Coun. Jamie Smith gave a verbal report on the Simcoe County District School Board’s Accommodation Review Committee study.
Smith said a 15-2 consensus was reached by the group to recommend closing Tecumseth North School, with the bulk of the students being relocated to Tecumseth Beeton Public School. Some students would also go to Cookstown and Alliston Union public schools.
The group also agreed that the Alliston Union building should be replaced at the present site and be able to accommodate 500 students.
Local projects are on Simcoe County’s shovel-ready infrastructure projects when provincial and federal funding is made available.
A county report lists three local projects to be considered. These are County Road 50 from Adjala Sideroad 5 north to Athlone, $1 million. The 5 Sideroad bridge north of Highway 89, $1.4 million. Beeton garage build, $1.9 million.
Altogether the county’s infrastructure tally for the projects is $27 million. Once infrastructure money is allocated, county staff will report back to council to determine which projects can be completed with the funding.
The countdown is on for the third-annual Earth Hour.
Last year more than 150 municipalities across Canada signed on to turn off unnecessary lights for the global event. The goal is to increase awareness about climate change and show how individuals can be part of the solution.
This year’s Earth Hour is March 28 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
To officially register for Earth Hour, log on to www.earthhour.org. According to the website, 77 countries and 680 cities have already committed to this year’s event.
Cleaning up the damage at the 13th line CN Railway bridge after a log and ice jam wreaked havoc on it last month will cost $195,140.
The damage happened Feb. 11 when the temperature rose 10 C and there was more than 30 millimetres of rain with a 24-hour period. The thaw caused water levels in the Nottawasaga River to rise and washed large pieces of ice, logs and debris downriver.
Feb. 13 New Tecumseth was made aware that four of the timbers bracing the abandoned railway bridge were damaged. At that time, an engineer determined that there was no immediate danger, but action should be taken to have the debris removed and bridge repaired or replaced.
Monday night council approved having engineer R.J. Burnside and Associates, who were the first engineers to view the damage, draft a plan for what is needed for repair and replacement.
In order to get the work done quickly, a contractor is being selected through a quotation process. Three pre-selected contractors will be able to submit quotes for the work.
The project has been included in the 2009 budget and will be funded from bridge and road reserves.
Hockey Tournament Funding
The York Simcoe Express AAA Minor Peewee hockey team has asked the town for $2,000 in order to host the AAA Minor Peewee championship tournament.
As winners of the OMHA title last season, the team is holding the championships March 27, 28 and 29 at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort’s Centre Ice Sportsplex.
A town report said the money is to help cover expenses such as referees, refreshments for players and timekeepers.
Staff recommended that the team be approved for $1,000 because of the high number of grant requests the town is receiving.