Council Highlights June 5th, 2023
The Township of Huron-Kinloss Committee of the Whole meeting was held in Council Chambers at 21 Queen Street in Ripley at 7:00 p.m. Highlights from the meeting include:
The quotation from Marcel Equipment Ltd. was accepted for the purchase of one reconditioned Landfill Compactor to be used at the Huron Landfill at 2087 Concession 6 East. The Compactor is a 2017 model with only 3,620 working hours and a purchase price of $485,000 plus HST, which includes sandblasting, painting, and delivery. The Township’s current 2006 compactor will be traded in at a value of $75,000 and $375,000 of the remaining purchase price will be funded through the NWMO Near Term Investment fund.
BT Engineering (BTE) presented their final report on the Boiler Beach Traffic Study that was conducted in the summer of 2022. Council accepted the report and directed staff to explore off-street parking areas.
BTE was retained by the Township to complete a traffic study examining the feasibility of converting Boiler Beach Road to one-way operation from Concession 10 to Huronville Street in order to provide sufficient space for vehicle traffic, pedestrians, and on street parking.
Township staff concur with BTE’s findings that a year-round one-way road conversion in a southbound direction is feasible, however, conclude that it may not be the best solution for ratepayers and users of the roadway. Council has directed staff to explore off street parking options in more detail before making any decision.
If you are interested in consultants’ recommendations, please view the presentation.
Kincardine Family Health Team and the Ripley Medical Centre
The Kincardine Family Health Team (KFHT) has expressed interest in expanding the primary care services and future use of the Ripley Medical Centre. Staff met with the KFHT to discuss the needs of the community and opportunities to have a full-time presence at the Ripley Medical Clinic, by rotating the Kincardine Family Health Team staff and services through that site based on funding. This would provide access closer to home for many residents of Huron-Kinloss.
Staff are recommending a number of upgrades and renovations that will be required before the Ripley Medical Centre is able to provide healthcare services again. The services provided by the Family Health Team would greatly benefit the residents of Huron-Kinloss, especially those who do not have a Family Physician or have other barriers to accessing healthcare services in other communities. Another report will be brought forward to Council with renovation quotations for approval at a future date.
The next Township of Huron-Kinloss Council Planning meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on June 12th, 2023. Court of Revision is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Please note, the appeal period is closed for the Park Street Drain. Both meetings will be held in Council Chambers at the Municipal Office, 21 Queen Street in Ripley.
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