Chatham-Kent Council met for a regular meeting on Monday night, January 14, 2019.

Here is a recap from the meeting:

– West Kent Coun. Mark Authier entered a notice of motion to have security cameras installed outside three park restrooms, including Glen Mickle Park in Wallaceburg. Watch for more on this story on the Sydenham Current.

– Chantal Perry, program manager for employment and social services, provided a presentation about the 2018 Registry Week Enumeration Final Report. Check out her full report, here.

– Council heard a presentation by Steve Brown, director of Financial Services, about the 2018 BMA Municipal Study. Read his presentation, here.

– Council approved a motion by Chatham Counc. Doug Sulman to send in a request to the Province asking for Ontario municipalities to have regulatory powers over the location of marijuana stores in their municipalities. Counc. Sulman withdrew a second part to his motion, which would have asked the Province to restrict the retail marijuana sales within a 500 metres of schools, recreational centres community centres, parks and library.

– Council heard a deputation by Louis Roesch of the Kent Federation of Agriculture and Harry Lawson of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture about ‘Agriculture Matters – A Guide for Municipal Councillors and Staff’.

– Council accepted an information report on multiple community meetings held recently by Mayor Canniff and local Councillors, which includes recommendations for the creation of a $400,000 reserve fund in the base budget.

– Council approved an information report on Concert Bands in Chatham-Kent.

– Chatham Coun. Karen Kirkwood-Whyte entered a notice of motion requesting the development of a new 13-member fund review.

– A motion by Councillor Brock McGregor requesting a ‘Lessons Learned Report’ related to the 10/7 Café was approved.

– An offer to purchase a property on Wilson Street in Dresden was approved by Council.

– A report on Ontario Works Assistance – Administrator Appointment was unanimously approved by Council.

– A report on the October 2018 Budget Variance Forecast got the go ahead.

– A report on the authorization of payments to Glassroots Media was removed from the agenda by staff.

– Council also approved the committee reports from the Drainage Board, Chatham-Kent Board of Health, Chatham-Kent Library Board and the Tilbury BIA.