North Huron signs agreement with Wingham Trail Committee

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NORTH HURON – The Wingham Trail Committee (WTC) and the Township of North Huron have agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which will assist in defining the roles, relationships, and responsibilities of both the municipality and the WTC.

Jamie McCarthy, North Huron’s director of public works, recommended the MOU to council on May 16 after discussions with WTC volunteers to establish the best method forward.

“The main reason for moving this forward is to reduce liability on the township and on the volunteers. Various options were discussed at length and the MOU was seen to be the best option,” said McCarthy in her report.

The WTC has its own working group of volunteers that support beautification projects on the Wingham Trail. This is similar to other groups in the township, such as the Friends of the Village of Blyth, the local snowmobile clubs, and the Wingham Horticultural Society.

They have their own working funds and are responsible for managing their accounts and funding. The group meets with township staff annually to review projects that can be supported through the North Huron operating budget.

“There are funds in the 2022 operating budget to complete work at Wingham parks and provide health and safety training to the volunteers,” McCarthy said in the report. “The township hopes to assist the Wingham Trail Committee to continue to thrive in the future."

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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