Southgate Council news digest

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All members of Southgate council were part of the electronic meeting on Mar. 17, 2021, when changes at the Homestead resort were considered..

Council approved a site plan for the Homestead to allow a larger outdoor patio space, big enough for 50 patrons with enlarged washroom areas, to comply with pandemic restrictions.

The Homestead Resort at Wilder’s Lake features a golf course, restaurant and cottages.

The application came from Randharr Investments Inc., and Deputy-Mayor Milne declared an interest as a family member is involved and did not participate in the discussion or vote.

The planner noted that there are 86 parking spaces provided, which will help avoid on-road parking in the future, as a proposed subdivision nearby may lead to the road being assumed by the township.

The property is at 263530 Southgate Rd. 26 at Wilder’s Lake. A year-round water supply for firefighting will be provided by the owners, and dark sky compliant lighting will be used.

PUBLIC WORKS HIRING

A new full-time position will be advertised for a Team Leader-Waste Diversion and Resources Management.

The position would take responsibility for Proton and Egremont transfer station conditions, compliance with regulation and scheduling. Record-keeping, managing the site and other duties would be involved.

It will be posted internally, as staff said there are people in the township that would be qualified and are interested.

Another position for a TAPS operator/labourer will also be posted internally. It is an additional full-time equivalent. Duties will rotate with others in the department but the position is being added to provide brushing and other maintenance on a year-round basis

NEW TRUCK

A new 4x4 pick-up truck for the Southgate building department was added to the current tender for a Public Works vehicle.

The 2021 budget had $45,000 for a new vehicle because of adding an inspector to the department. The money comes out of building department fees, not taxation.

The truck would be handy over rough ground when new builds are at the stage of footing, Chief Building Official Bev Fisher said, and it could serve as a landing platform for the drone.

CYBER THREAT

A new memo to Southgate staff makes employees who fall victim to a scam on their work email responsible for the costs involved. The memo included tips to avoid falling prey to the email scams, and checking with managers before authorizing purchases.

COUNTY OPEN HOUSE

The County of Grey is considering changes to the County Forest Management Bylaw and a virtual open house will be held on Mar. 24 at 5 p.m.

CLOSED MEETING

Council went into closed session for: verbal update on By-law Enforcement legal action to gain compliance with property standards for three properties and an update on Surplus Road Allowance – Opinion of Value for Lane Street, Holstein.

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