BROCKTON – There’s good news for people looking for rental accommodations in Brockton, said Mayor Chris Peabody.
On the agenda for this week’s council meeting is a recommendation for a site plan control agreement for two 31-unit, four-storey apartment buildings. Although the agreement is for two buildings, Peabody said the builder would like to get started on the foundation for one of them, and have all the framing done for interior work to be completed over the winter.
One key report (of 23 on the agenda, following a lengthy closed session) is on the salary grid economic adjustment.
Three options are presented in CAO Sonya Watson’s report, with the staff recommendation being for option two.
The salary policy was amended in 2019 to include a consistent process for the yearly cost of living increase for staff. The current adjustment is tied to the Canada Consumer Price Index.
Currently, Ontario is seeing a record increase in the annual inflation rate – the highest in 31 years. It’s now 6.7 per cent.
The three options presented in the report are to maintain the existing policy; amend the policy to include a cap of four per cent and a minimum of one per cent; or authorize a one-time exemption to the policy.
Peabody said he likes the cap and minimum – the recommended option – described in the report as a way to acknowledge there will be highs and lows in the cost of living, while ensuring some consistency year after year and ensuring fair treatment of both staff and taxpayers.
The meeting agenda included notification that the Canadian Indigenous flag was raised on the community flag pole to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21.
See next week’s Herald-Times for full coverage of Tuesday’s council meeting.
Volunteer recognition event
The municipality has scheduled its volunteer recognition event on Thursday, June 23 to recognize the efforts of local committees and service clubs. The event will take place at the Cargill Community Centre, starting at 4:30 p.m. The Brockton Civic Award and Brockton Good Neighbour Award will be presented at the event.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times