Several motions approved by St. Marys Town Council

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By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

There may not have been any earth-shattering news coming out of last Tuesday's St. Marys Town Council meeting, but there were several notable items discussed and approved.

The first subject of great substance was correspondence received by the Town of St. Marys from the Stop Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee of Perth County. The communication from the Committee is calling on members of the Town to wear purple on November 25 in solidarity with the cause of ending violence against women and help promote the cause. It also asked St. Marys to join in proclaiming December 6, National Day for Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Also approved by Council from the correspondence, as part of the National Day of Remembrance and Action, is that the Town of St. Marys, Province of Ontario and Canadian flags at Town Hall, the Municipal Operations Centre, the Pyramid Recreation Centre, and the Lind Sportsplex be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset on December 6.

Council also discussed follow-up administrative business related to the Perth County Connect IntraCounty and InterCity Transportation project. Council officially approved the bus stop license agreements as part of the project. These agreements will see two bus stops in St. Marys for the IntraCounty bus route, and one stop in St. Marys for the InterCity route. As part of the project's soft launch, it is expected that each route will add one stop in St. Marys when the service moves into its full launch, which is expected to begin early next year. Brent Kittmer, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town, was also delegated authority to make any final minor edits to the agreements should such tweaks be needed.

Council also discussed and approved the COVID-19 Business Grant Program and selection committee for that program with a minor amendment. The program was announced last week and will give up to $3,000 to local businesses that can demonstrate a negative financial impact as a result of the pandemic. Town Treasurer Andre Morin noted that initial discussions about the grant program considered capping the grant at 30 percent of revenue lost, but that was ultimately not a part of the grant program as Morin noted that some businesses may not have lost revenue substantially but have incurred more expenses as a result of the pandemic. A small amendment was proposed and approved that essentially will allow the business recovery task force more flexibility to alter, continue, or expand the grant program in the coming months if more grant funds become available through federal or provincial relief efforts.

Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, St. Marys Independent