Upgrades to gaslines inbound

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SOUTHWEST MIDDLESEX - Council gathered virtually for their regular meeting on Wednesday, 24 February 2021. All councillors were in attendance, as were representatives from Enbridge Gas who provided an update on the upcoming London Line replacement project.

The pipeline replacement will pass through the township, spanning from Komoka to Dawn Twp. Minimal service interruptions are anticipated for Enbridge customers when the new line is ready to switch over.

The company says that 10-15 new customers will gain access to the utility, as the new line will favour road allowances over private easements across farmland. Those landowners with pipelines running through their properties currently will be contacted by Enbridge. Consultation will determine whether old lines are ripped out of the ground or abandoned-in-place.

Consultants from Montieth Brown were also on-hand to outline what progress has been made on the Parks & Recreation Master Plan. Residents be advised, public consultation is set to take place beginning in March.

2021 is the deadline for council to consider its size. A motion from Coun. Martin Vink to consider a review of the composition of council was defeated in a tie vote. Following that discussion, council moved into Committee of Adjustment to approve Severance Application B3-2021 - 24179 Pratt Siding Road, a severance of a surplus farm dwelling.

After a report from staff, council agreed to hire Marianne Love Consulting for a union position evaluation. This was quoted at up to $7,500, and was approved by council in the budget. Council also approved the adoption of Municipal Standards documents as prepared by Spriet Associates. This package will provide standards for developers moving forward.

Coun. Ian Carruthers expressed his interest in relocating $20,000 left over from Hard Surface Assessment costs which came in lower than expected, and moving it to the sidewalk repair allotment, a win for pedestrians.

After parting comments regarding the municipal voicemail box (and apologies to those who called - it was full) and out-of-order streetlights, the bylaws were read and the meeting adjourned just after 9pm. Council will meet again on Wednesday, 10 March 2021.

McKinley Leonard-Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner