Possible changes for seniors and disabled when putting garbage out — Boy Scout property on Cty Rd 45 — Weed Control — Brighton Railway Crossing — Additional Infant Rooms at Brighton School

Article by Valerie MacDonald/Images by TAP

After the ceremony of installing the new warden was completed during the December 16 Northumberland County Council meeting, the agenda was a full one.

Older or disabled people, or any others having difficulty getting their recycling to the curb, will be happy to know that county councillors have suggested staff look at an option to “allow qualifying individuals to use clear or clear blue bags to sort and place their recyclable materials for roadside collection” instead of using the large and heavy box containers that have been provided under phase 2 of the county’s recycling changes.

A needs and feasibility assessment will study the issue. The findings be presented to council before, or if, any methods are adopted.

Councillors agreed to continue to lease the clubhouse and property on County Road 45 north of Baltimore to Boy Scouts of Canada for another year with an option to extend it a further year beyond that if requested.

And council members voted to recommend County staff work with the education ministry and the Kawartha Prince Ridge District School Board to look at ways for an infant room and kitchen addition to be added to the Brighton Children’s Centre in Brighton Public School.  Up to $350,000 was earmarked for this.

After Northumberland County councillors voted to ask county staff to contact stakeholders to create a Vegetation Management Advisory Committee to address weed control in the future – including the controversial use of herbicides –  incoming Deputy Mayor Mandy Martin said it was a topic discussed during the county’s agricultural advisory committee held earlier this month.

The Northumberland Federation of Agriculture is on the record as wanting to continue the use of herbicides while environmental and naturalist groups are lobbying the government to move away from such practices.

The first meeting of the six new ad hoc committee will be held next month.

A million-dollar or more railway safety improvement project at the “high-risk grade crossing” in Brighton is receiving significant funding to undertake the work and to “educate the public regarding the safety instalments,” states a recommendation endorsed by County councillors at their December meeting.

The in-camera session topics identified for closed-door discussions included labour relations, special purpose pay for county employees, comparator groups for non-union county employees and property acquisition. Details of these are only disclosed once public recommendations are formulated.



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