Southgate decreases staff in office

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Southgate Council held its regular meeting by electronic means at 9 a.m. on Jan. 13.

IN-OFFICE STAFF DECREASED

CAO Dave Milliner reported that staff in office had been rolled back from six to minimal levels in response to the latest provincial order. The doors remain closed. There is departmental access spread out through the week.

Council asked about what building was going forward. If residential is started it can go ahead. Agricultural buildings only fall under essential if they are for food production.

Chief Building Official Bev Fisher said that the department was continuing to prepare permits, so that there would not be a backlog when non-essential construction can resume.

LAND FOR CEMETERY

Steps will be taken to establish a new Old Order Mennonite Cemetery on the site of the inactive Watson’s Cemetery owned by the township.

Southgate is the administrator of the site on the east side of the road, west of the Egremont-Proton Townline.

The Bereavement Authority of Ontario would set requirements for needed studies and arrangements, including investigations for any burials.

The group proposes to add some lands to the existing lot to be able to have a church and expanded cemetery.

Before the project went any farther, they wanted to know if the township would be willing to dispose of the land.

The planner noted that the land is only a potential liability to the township. The property cannot be developed otherwise, council heard, so no appraisal will be sought.

The Ontario Geneaological Society gives an alternate name, Mount Zion Methodist Cemetery, and on the Bruce-Grey OGS website it notes one recorded monument, for James Nickle, died 1856 age 42 years and his daughter Elizabeth, died Nov. 18, 1864 age 16 years. It is not known whether there are any burials.

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