February highlights from North Huron council

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NORTH HURON – North Huron council released highlights from the Feb. council meetings, a new initiative according to administrative assistant, Olivia Kempel.

“The Council Highlights piece will be released at the end of every month and contain all of the highlights from council meetings,” Kempel said in an email.

The Feb. 1 regular council meeting included a discussion on the Wingham Trailer Park redevelopment.

“Council declared the lands surplus and will be inviting potential buyers to submit ‘expressions of interest’ and offers of purchase, detailing the type of housing that would be constructed on site.”

Also at the Feb. 1 meeting, council adopted the 2021 budget, supported to repeal the heritage designation at 104 Patrick St. in Wingham, sent letters of support to increase awareness of the 2021 census, and backed a request for financial support to the Huron County Plowman’s Association for the annual plowing match.

The highlights included a generous donation of $2,500 to the North Huron Food Share.

“The food share has been serving the municipalities of North Huron, Huron East, Morris-Turnberry, Howick, Ashfield-Colborne -Wawanosh, Huron Kinloss and South Bruce for twenty-five years and has experienced an increase in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Town Hall Accessibility Project is moving along. Council approved the construction of three barrier-free doors (two external and one internal) and an accessible ramp. The township received a $100,000 grant from Employment and Social Development Canada for the project.

The Feb. 16 regular council meeting highlights include the decision to use alternative voting for the 2022 elections, a new Solid Waste Management bylaw, and the Residential Intensification Guidelines approval.

The Huron County Chamber of Commerce provided council with an overview of the Chamber and requested that North Huron join its membership.

“Council directed North Huron staff to obtain feedback from the Wingham BIA, Blyth BIA, and the North Huron Economic Development and Recovery Committee regarding North Huron’s involvement in the Chamber of Commerce.”

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times