NORTH PERTH – At the July 18 North Perth council meeting, council discussed an EV charging station strategy jointly undertaken by a number of counties, a late application on a proposed mixed use development, and a closed session meeting pushed back.
EV Charging Station Strategy
The Regional EV Charging Infrastructure Report was presented. First brought to council in the spring of 2021, North Perth and neighbouring municipalities struck an agreement to apply for funding to develop a regional electric vehicle charging infrastructure – a network to fill in the gaps in rural areas between urban centres. Participating counties include Wellington, Perth, Grey, Huron, Dufferin, and Bruce.
The region currently has 22 Level 3 charging stations and 145 Level 2 stations. Level 3 stations primarily serve long-distance travellers, with their fast-charging time. Level 2 stations require more dedication, with an over two-hour charge time. The strategy proposes the installation of “at least two Level 3 stations,” by third party companies – not by the municipality.
Council voted to continue work on the project.
An application by Manitoba ltd. proposed an amendment to the Official Plan in advance of a public meeting scheduled at the Aug. 4 Perth County council. The proposal is a mixed used development on the west side of Mitchell Road South, between Kincaid Street and Twamley Street West.
The proposal, as noted by a handful of councillors, was submitted for council but changed late. Coun. Alan Rothwell expressed his issues with the change
“At a council meeting, now is not the time to drop three new slides on a council at 9:30 at night, when we had a 362-page agenda,” he said. “By heavens, please put it in our agenda package so we are not comparing what we’ve read, what we’ve viewed and today.”
The Aug. 4 public meeting is an online meeting and all those affected by the development are encouraged to attend and voice their grievances.
Closed session pushed again
Due to a lengthy meeting nearing the four-hour mark, the planned closed session meeting pertaining to 133 Arthur St. in Atwood was again delayed. Originally scheduled for the July 5 council meeting, it was pushed back to July 18. CAO Kriss Snell told council that the session was not time sensitive and is able to be postponed, given that the session is expected to go long. Council voted unanimously to delay the discussion.
Connor Luczka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Listowel Banner