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Council briefs: Cultural centre, road improvements, traffic calming

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Deferral of Cultural Centre Task Force

Donna Goodwin, economic development officer for arts, culture and heritage, asked council to defer the viability study of a Kawartha Lakes cultural centre until March 31, 2021.

The Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and the Kawartha Lakes Cultural and Heritage Network requested the deferral as the pandemic has made meetings and planned fundraising initiatives all but impossible.

They also requested that the $50,000 budgeted by the city for the feasibility study be extended for the new time frame.

Request for consideration of road improvements

Councillor Ron Ashmore requested that two roads be considered for improvements.

  1. Heights Road from Highway 7 to Mt. Horeb Road
  2. Grassy Road

Councillor Tracy Richardson supported the consideration of the second road as it is shared between the two wards.

Online petitions

Ashmore proposed that staff look into the ins and outs of allowing online municipal petitions.

“It is tough right now to do door-to-door petitions,” Ashmore said, “and the provincial and federal government allow them.”

Mayor Andy Letham and Councillor Tracy Richardson spoke in favour of the motion and a report will be returned to council in the last quarter of 2020.

Logie Street Park traffic calming

Councillor Patrick O’Reilly spoke to council about the concerns regarding both vehicular and pedestrian traffic entering and leaving Logie Street Park be considered.

O’Reilly requested that a report be delivered in the first quarter of next year or before on what can be done to make the area safer and that any remediation actions be in place for summer of 2021.

Kirk is a retired high school history teacher and coach who has had a lifelong interest in politics at all levels. Since retiring, Kirk has spent the last three years doing freelance writing of all kinds for various platforms. Kirk can often be found sitting in the press gallery at City Hall observing and reporting on the vagaries of local government.

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