Town approves proposal for new fire station

December 17, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Sam Odrowski

The Town of Orangeville has taken another step closer to constructing a brand new fire station.

After a few years of working to find a suitable property to build a new fire station, Council approved a sales agreement to purchase a little over six acres of land from Metrolinx for $2.5 million at 30 Centennial Street during its meeting on Monday (Dec. 14).

The new 20,000 square foot fire station requires a minimum of three acres of land and the Town’s General Manager of Infrastructure Services, Douglas Jones said the Centennial Street location is ideal in terms of close proximity to the existing fire station.

The $2.5 million agreement to purchase the land will be executed by March 15, 2021.

Heritage calendar

In other news, Coun. Todd Taylor lauded Coun. Sherwood’s involvement on the Heritage Orangeville Committee and their newly released calendar for 2021, during Council’s meeting on Monday night.

“It was delivered to me by a member of the committee this week. I loved it. My neighbours house is in the calendar and I just think it’s exceptional work as we celebrate our great Town and show it off really well, so congratulations to Coun. Sherwood and to that committee,” noted Coun. Taylor.

Coun. Sherwood said the committee put their “whole heart” into creating the calendar and she’s very proud of the work that was done. It was a great year to celebrate heroes throughout the community, she added.

“If anybody from the public would like one they are located at our facilities throughout the Town, but if you want to email I will personally make sure that one gets delivered to you, if you’re not able to get out and get one,” she pledged.

COVID-19 business recovery

Also during Monday night’s meeting, Council approved a report and enacted a bylaw between Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) Inc. and the Town for the execution of the Conditional Flow Through Grant Agreement. Council also directed Town staff to implement the Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Network Program.

The COVID-19 program is a $2.04 million project that will help small businesses with the economic fall out brought on by the pandemic.

The funding comes through BACD and provides $32,000 to each of Ontario’s Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBEC), which includes Orangeville. The funding enables SBEC’s to hire business advisors to provide specialized assistance and education to local small businesses.

The Orangeville and Area SBEC is engaging private sector professionals to provide specialized workshops and to deliver enhanced, one-to-one confidential coaching services to assist business owners with the issues they face.

The Town anticipates the delivery of 100-125 one-to-one consultations and 10-15 group-training sessions at the Orangeville and Area SBEC in 2021. The guidance provided to entrepreneurs will support the Town’s business retention efforts, including enhanced business operations, capacity, improved profitability and competitiveness.

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