Industrial Park servicing comes with hefty price tag

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BROCKTON – Topping a very busy agenda for Brockton council this week was the $6.5 million servicing of the East Ridge Business Park expansion.

Items that were discussed included the future road allowance for the extension of Ontario Road, proposed townhouses, drainage, ditches, storm sewer, sanitary sewers, watermain, street lighting, natural gas and other related matters.

The presentation to council indicated the goal for tendering is the end of April or May, with construction in late summer or early fall of this year.

Although the cost of the project is substantial, Brockton’s growth means it’s an investment in future success.

“We need to create more spaces for business,” said Mayor Chris Peabody.

The mayor also discussed a possible return to in-person council meetings. At last week’s meeting of Bruce County council, Peabody supported Warden Janice Jackson in her plan to return to the council chambers in April.

“The county getting back to in-person meetings is going to be the catalyst for Brockton,” he said, anticipating a possible return for Brockton in May.

Peabody said he supports in-person meetings. While Zoom provided a good alternative when in-person meetings couldn’t be held due to COVID-19, it isn’t optimum.

“There’s so much you lose on Zoom,” he said.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times