Southgate Council News

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Council held its regular meeting by electronic means on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Council approved the new fire agreement with Melancthon. Deputy-Mayor Brian Milne asked about acknowledging Melancthon through a decal on equipment.

Nathaniel Shipston was welcomed back to the Dundalk Fire Department. He is trained, having been a member of the department in the past.

ROAD ALLOWANCE

The township received a request to purchase the rear part of Lane Street in Holstein from the party who owns the lots on both sides. The owner, Michelle Van Kessel, is considering demolishing the existing house and building anew in the centre of the property.

The Township will then have a shorter section of the narrow road to maintain.

For that to happen, planner Clint Stredwick said, will require other planning applications. For now, staff was instructed to take the next steps needed to sell the laneway.

PLANNING

Site plans were approved for: NJM Machine Inc. at 712789 Southgate SR 71; Halfway Fabrication Inc. at 046719 Southgate Road 04 and Nancy and Levi Bauman at 186375 Grey Road 9.

YEAR-END FIRE REPORT

Dundalk Fire Department answered 136 calls in 2020 with 87 of them in Southgate. There were 28 calls in Melancthon and 21 in Grey Highlands.

The department responded to 21 fires, 26 motor vehicle/rescue, 18 public hazard calls and 24 medical calls among others.

INTERNET UPDATE

Deputy Mayor Milne stated that the high-speed fibre project in Dromore has begun construction. The project is also working in parts of the Municipality of West Grey, is well under way for the spring.

RED GRANT

After further consultation with OMFRA personnel, it was decided that the Proton Street project would not be a good fit with the Rural Economic Development funding, so no grant application was submitted, staff said.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald