Below is a summary of key items discussed at the Municipality of Port Hope regular Council Meeting held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The full agenda and staff reports are available on the Council Portal.
Transit System Review
Council passed a resolution to direct Staff to proceed with the implementation of a Transit Service, fully operated by the Municipality, on a one year trial basis. The current transit system utilizes the contracted services of The BTS Network, a company that provides bus operators and, at times, vehicle use. The new program will include the hiring of part time drivers and a part time transit coordinator, with funding from the 2018 transit operating budget.
The resolution also included the approval of an additional $80,000 for the purchase of a new specialized transit vehicle, and an additional $20,000 for the purchase of dispatch/scheduling software to be funded by the Provincial Gas Tax Reserve Fund.
Changes to the Transit Service are scheduled to take place in late summer.
Draft Approval of Lakeside Village Community (Mason Homes) Plan
Council approved the Draft Plan for Phase 4 of the Lakeside Village Community South subdivision, subject to the Draft Conditions of Approval, which are outlined in the resolution. These draft conditions are to be met, before the Final Plan approval and registration of this subdivision is secured.
Elias Street Fountain Relocation
After consideration of a Staff report at the last Committee of the Whole meeting, Council passed a resolution approving the relocation of the Elias Street Fountain to Kinsmen Park.
On March 20, the Heritage Business Improvement Area (HBIA) and the Kinsmen Club of Port Hope appeared as a delegation to Committee of the Whole to present the concept of refurbishing the Elias Street Fountain and relocating it to Kinsmen Park.
The budget estimate provided to complete this work is $30,000. Both the HBIA and the Kinsmen Club of Port Hope have pledged $5,000 each for a total of $10,000. The 2018 Capital Budget allocated $5,000 towards this initiative. As well, there remains a balance of $2,007.12 from previous fundraising efforts for a total of committed funds of $17,007.12. The HBIA and Kinsmen have committed to a fundraising program to secure the remaining funds required to complete this project.
Minutes from this meeting will be available pending approval at the next Council meeting on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at which point they will become the official record of the meeting.
A recording of the April 17, 2018 Regular Council meeting and the Committee of the Whole meeting is available at porthope.ca/council-communications.
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