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by Francie Dennison

Though admitting the cost of the reconstruction necessary to keep the Glanworth Road overpass of Hwy 401 may be a deciding factor in the MTO's decision, Central Elgin Council still passed a resolution at their December 21, 2016 meeting supporting Elgin County's request to the Honourable Jeff Leal, Minster of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs that it be considered.

Correspondence (Action)

1. Central Elgin Planning Advisory Committee (CEPAC): Renewal of CEPAC Agreement - 2016 to 2019: Renewal of the existing two-party agreement for the provision of professional planning services to the Municipality of Central Elgin and the City of St. Thomas: received as information and filed.

2. 2016 AMO AGM and Annual Conference: Announcement of 2016 AMO AGM and Annual Conference scheduled for August 14 to 17, 2016 in Windsor. Council and municipal staff approved to attend as per Central Elgin policy.

3. Yellow Fish Initiative: Correspondence received from Chris Underhill, Technical Studies Department Head, Central Elgin Collegiate Institute, seeking permission to continue Yellow Fish Initiative in Port Stanley. The painting of yellow fish at storm drains used to be done by the Girl Guides but there is no longer a Girl Guide unit in Port Stanley. This group was approved to take it over subject to providing liability insurance and coordinating with the municipality's Physical Services.

4. South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corporation (SCOR EDC): Correspondence received from SCOR EDC seeking a renewal of its partnership. This was deferred to budget deliberations. The membership cost for Central Elgin is $5,000.

5. Glanworth Road Overpass: Copy of correspondence sent to the Honourable Jeff Leal, Minster of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs from the County of Elgin respecting the Glanworth Road Overpass. The Ministry of Transportation is currently completing a new Environmental Assessment for the improvements to Highway 4 and the Highway 401 exchange. Part of this plan includes the removal of the Glanworth Road overpass. The County of Elgin is concerned that the removal of this overpass will pose a significant risk to our agricultural community.

The Glanworth Road overpass is an important transportation route for Elgin County farmers who routinely use it to move heavy farm equipment. If the overpass is removed, farmers will be required to drive large, slow-moving equipment on busier roads. This will pose a serious safety risk not only to farmers but to other motorists as well.

The reconstruction of the Glanworth Road overpass would allow farm traffic to continue to safely cross Highway 401 at this location. We respectfully request that the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs take whatever action possible to address the safety concerns of Elgin's agricultural residents.

Council passed a resolution supporting this letter from Elgin County and will send a copy of that resolution to the Ministry. Deputy Mayor Martyn noted that the cost of the needed reconstruction to keep the Glanworth Road overpass may be a deciding factor.

Correspondence (for Council's Information)

  • Received as a batch collectively without discussion, to be filed as information
  • 1. Jacklin Farm Phase 2 - Draft Plan of Subdivision: Correspondence received from Steve Evans, Manager of Planning, County of Elgin, advising of draft conditions for Draft Plan of Subdivision - Jacklin Farm Phase 2
  • 2. Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act: Correspondence received from Township of Oro-Medonte regarding fees for MFIPPA requests.
  • 3. County of Elgin Highlights: County of Elgin Highlights for County Council meetings dated December 8 to 10, 2015.
  • 4. Shawside Development Area :Notice of Complete Application from the City of St. Thomas - Draft Plan of Subdivision Shaw Valley Development Area
  • 5. Official Plan & Zoning By-law Amendment - City of St. Thomas: Notice of Public Meeting from City of St. Thomas respecting Official Plan & Zoning By-law Amendment (Talbot Central and Talbot West)


CEP 86-15: Proposed Amendments to the Township of Yarmouth By-law 1998 and Village of Belmont By-law 91-21 - General Provisions on Fencing in Residential Zones. Council directed staff to prepare a draft amendment to the Township of Yarmouth Zoning By -law No. 1998 to modify the general provisions as they relate to fencing in residential zones and to prepare a draft amendment to the Village of Belmont Zoning By -law No. 91 -21 to include new regulations on fencing in residential zones; and set January 18th, 2016 at at 7:20 p.m. as the date for the public meeting on the amendments.

CEP 87-15: Request to Extend Draft Plan Approval - Craigholme Estates Phase VI, Stage 2, Draft Plan Application No. 34T-01002. Council passed a resolution recommending that the County of Elgin extend draft plan of subdivision approval 34T -01002 (Stage 2) respecting the request by Craigholme Estates Ltd. for a three year time period.

CEP 89-15: Parkland Dedication By-law. Council authorized staff to prepare a by -law to deal with matters of parkland dedication and cash in lieu thereof for Council' s consideration; and to circulate the draft by -law to the St. Thomas Elgin Homebuilders Association for review and possible comment.

CEP 90-15: Application to Amend Township of Yarmouth By-law 1998 - Paul Hepburn, 43337 Fruit Ridge Line. Council directed staff to prepare a site-s peck draft amendment to the Zoning By -law to recognize the three existing dwellings on lands located at 43337 Fruit Ridge Line, and set January 18th, 2016 at at 7:10 p.m. as the date for the public meeting on this proposal.


  • Taken and passed separately
  • By-law 1904: Dell Municipal Drain "Branch G" - FIRST and SECOND READING. This will now go to the Court of Revision and affected land owners can only appeal if the drain does not drain their land. Lloyd Perrin expected this will be appealed to the Drainage Tribunal.
  • Taken and passed collectively
  • By-law 1958: Confirmatory By-law
  • By-law 1959: Execute an Agreement with Central Elgin Planning Advisory Committee (CEPAC)
  • By-law 1960: Development Agreement - Druet, 170 Brayside Street. Deputy Mayor Martyn said she was unaware there was a severance application included in this development agreement to build a garage and was told by Don Leitch that was just a mistake that would be corrected.
  • By-law 1961: Being a By-law to Appoint JGM Consulting as Integrity Commissioner
  • By-law 1962: Being a By-law to Appoint JGM Consulting as Closed Meeting Investigator

New Business: None

Unfinished Business
1. Public Garbage Can Policy

Closed Session

CS1: Closed Session Minutes CS2: Security of Property (s.239(2)(a)) - Port Stanley Harbour

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