Active School Travel: Tawnya Boileau from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and Vanessa Skelton, Engineer at GHD Limited provided an update on the Active School Travel Project. A number of partners are involved including, all 4 school boards and school bus companies, and have all signed the Active School Travel Charter. A pilot “Walking School Bus” initiative will take place in the spring. Funding is available for 3 routes 5 days a week.
Ms. Skelton provided an overview of the report in which GHD Limited assessed potential routes for children to walk to schools in Kemptville and identified hazards along those routes. The report identified a number of infrastructure recommendations to increase safety and parent confidence to facilitate active school travel, such as a pedestrian cross over on Van Buren at Raina Way, and the creation of a pathway at Dr. Gordon to connect Reuben Crescent through Riverside Park (and maintained year-round). The report also identified policy recommendations, including the development of an education program on pedestrian safety, promotion of active travel, and enforcement of correct driver behaviour. The Committee of the Whole passed a resolution to accept the report and consider the recommendations to help prioritize infrastructure changes in forthcoming budgets.
Advisory Committees and Associated Boards: The Committee of the Whole received the recent minutes from the Municipal committees and boards and provided a brief overview of each Advisory Committee. In September, Council initiated eight Advisory Committees and appointed volunteer community members to participate based on an open application call.
Details on each committee can be found on the Municipal website: https://www.northgrenville.ca/govern/governance/committees-and-boards.
Ferguson Forest Centre Corporation: The Committee of the Whole recommended to Council that a new fifteen year lease agreement with the Ferguson Forest Centre Corporation be approved. This lease agreement will be renewed every five years and extended an additional fifteen years.
Special Daytime Committee of the Whole meetings are now live streamed. Meetings are held Wednesdays at 2:30 pm. The schedule and live stream can be found on the Municipal website www.northgrenville.ca (click on Agendas, Minutes and Video).
Public Meeting: Budget Open House, Tuesday, January 28 at 6:00 pm at Maplewood Hall, located at 92 Maplewood Ave, Oxford Mills.