A mayoral congrats to Canadian athletes, White Family Scholarship announces its winners and 2022 declared the 'Year of the Garden'. Here's a short summary of some of the things discussed at the Aug. 10 Thorold city council meeting:
MAYOR SENDS CONGRATS TO ATHLETES
At the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Terry Ugulini congratulated the athletes who participated at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. “We look forward to hosting future Olympic athletes when Thorold hosts the 2022 Canada summer games,” Ugulini said. `
Over 5,000 athletes and coaches are expected to attend the games next year. The mayor also expressed congratulations to Wesley Derwinsky, of Thorold, who placed second in the 2021 Canada Strongman competition in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Que. on Aug 1.
THOROLD SENIOR CENTRE TO REOPEN
In his notes, Ugulini said that he along with town staff and members of the Thorold Senior Citizens Association discussed the reopening of the Thorold Senior Centre.
Meetings to fully reopen the Centre do not begin until September, however an open house will be held at the Centre on Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with COVID-19 protocols in place.
WHITE FAMILY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Regional councillor and chair of Runway of Recognition committee, Tim Whalen, along with Ray White from the White Family Foundation attended the council meeting to announce the winners of the White Family scholarship.
Logan McCallum and Marissa Mongelluzzo, both Grade 12 students from Thorold were announced as winners of the $40,000 scholarship.
“They couldn’t be better representatives for Thorold,” said White. “The tough part was saying no to everybody else,” he said to council, with both students also present at the meeting.
2022 DECLARED 'YEAR OF THE GARDEN'
Council voted in unanimous favour of proclaiming 2022 as the "year of the garden." The motion, forwarded by Coun. Ken Sentance, stated an invitation from Communities in Bloom in collaboration with the Canadian Garden Council to all municipalities to celebrate 2022 as the year of the Garden.
Both Couns. Carmen DeRose and Jim Handley shared their support for the motion through sharing their personal experiences with gardens and claiming them to be beneficial to all involved.
The motion, passed unanimously, will see 2022 declared the year of the garden in Thorold. Also, June 18, 2022 will be recognized as Garden Day in the city and see more formal support from Thorold to make it a “garden-friendly” city.
SPEED REDUCTION STUDY ON BEAVERDAMS ROAD
DeRose forwarded a motion to council to have a speed reduction study on Beaverdams Road, between Thorold Townline and Davis roads, also known as Hwy. 58.
DeRose said that according to residents in the area, there is a “blind spot” on the road, near the Thorold Auto Parts & Recycling shop.
The speed limit going eastbound toward Niagara Falls is 80 km/h, while the limit going westbound toward Thorold is 70 km/h. DeRose said this creates a “dangerous situation” for traffic exiting the automotive parts store. Council voted in unanimous favour of requesting the region to undertake a speed-reduction study of the area, and lower the speed limit based on the results of the study.
Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News