BROCKTON – During the new business portion of the Oct. 26 meeting of council, Coun. Steve Adams said he was “surprised and disappointed” that the “pilons” are still in place at the airport.
He was referring to the large pieces of concrete that continue to block off the hangar belonging to Phil Englishman despite the fact the pilot was absolved of any wrongdoing in a court case last summer involving the airport and despite repeated efforts to resolve the ongoing dispute between him and the airport commission.
Adams asked Deputy Mayor Dan Gieruszak, Brockton’s representative on the SMA board (and board chair) for an update on the situation at the next meeting. He also asked Gieruszak for a report on the amount the SMA has spent on legal costs over the past year.
In other council news
• Mayor Chris Peabody announced that a “normal” Santa Claus parade is planned for this year, on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. Last year, COVID restrictions led to the cancellation of the usual parade. However, Santa was undeterred and toured Walkerton streets with a fire department escort, visiting with children.
• Coun. James Lang made a notice of motion regarding a plan to provide low-cost insurance through the municipality for recreation facility users who aren’t part of an organized group with its own insurance. “This is a common practice,” said Mark Coleman, director of community services. “It helps to minimize risk to the municipality and renter.” A report will be brought back to council.
• Council discussed the upcoming Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) conference, Jan. 23-25, 2022. The conference will once again be virtual. In particular, council discussed which cabinet ministers they wish to speak with. Topics of interest include policing costs (Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones), a new arena (Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s minister of heritage, sport, tourism and culture), affordable housing (Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark), and mental health support (Dr. Merilee Fullerton, minister of children, community and social service).
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times