BROCKTON – Mayor Chris Peabody said he’ll be attending Thursday’s meeting of Bruce County council’s planning meeting electronically – he’s been isolating at his cottage, having returned from last week’s Good Roads conference in Toronto, and the meeting of the Canadian Nuclear Association in Ottawa with COVID.
He said he was generally disappointed with the outcome of meetings at Good Roads regarding funding – or lack thereof – for the new arena. The province made it clear it isn’t providing funding for this type of project. Last week the mayor said there’s still some possibility of federal funding.
However, he’s quite optimistic about the results from the nuclear association event he attended.
Peabody said his purpose for going to Ottawa was to promote the availability of serviced land in Brockton to nuclear suppliers.
“I was able to talk to a lot of businesses,” he said. “We have an abundance of serviced industrial land.”
Much of it is in the East Ridge Business Park.
One of those businesses has scheduled a meeting next week on site, said Peabody.
He further noted the many contributions made by Bruce Power to the wider community, and spoke of the refurbishment project that has led to an influx of suppliers and related businesses to this area.
His major concern for Brockton right now is the Walkerton BIA. Richard Popiez, owner of A&R Music, submitted his resignation from the BIA’s board of directors the day of the April 12 Brockton council meeting. This was the fourth resignation from the board in the past couple of months.
Municipal council accepted the resignations with regret, but deferred any decision on the BIA to a future meeting, to buy a bit of time to learn more about the situation.
“We don’t want to throw out the baby with the bath water,” said the mayor.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times