New rules for election signs

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SOUTHWEST MIDDLESEX - Twp. Council’s 24 March 2021 meeting was heavy on signage. Staff were directed to prepare a new by-law to control the placement of election signs within the municipality.

If the by-law passes, signs will be restricted to Nomination Day until Election Day, greatly shortening the length of time that they can be up. In the upcoming 2022 Municipal election, nomination day is 19 August and election day is 24 October. In the past, signs have gone up along roadsides as early as May, but this challenged Public Works staff from lower- and upper-tier governments as they tried to cut grass around a sea of signs.

Additional rules would include: Signs cannot be illuminated, be within 10 metres of another election sign of the same candidate, or located in a publicly-owned park or at a municipal facility. If passed, the by-law would apply to all types of election signs.

In the same meeting, an adjustment was made to the 2021 budget to ensure funding for new HVAC units at the municipal office, after an anticipated $124,349 provincial funding opportunity was deemed unsuccessful.

Council opted to use a recent COVID-19 Recovery Funding in the amount of $100,171 to cover the costs. The difference - $24,178 - will come from a reserve fund for other work at the municipal office.

Council authorized an agreement with G-TEL engineering for streetlight infrastructure locates at $44 per call. The Public Works manager says the underground wire locates require equipment the township just doesn’t have.

Earlier in the meeting, a minor variance application was approved to recognize a deficient setback for the new Glencoe daycare building. During construction, the general contractor realized the building was built 0.56 metres (1.8ft) too close to the front line in error, which of course required a minor variance application.

McKinley Leonard-Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner