Downtown culvert project delayed until August
by Roger Varley
Work on the Brock Street culvert replacement, which was projected to start this month, is unlikely to begin until some time in August.
At an information session at the township offices on Tuesday, Public Works director Ben Kester said tenders for the construction have been sent out to five pre-qualified contractors who specialize in major projects, with responses to the tender closing on July 9. On July 16, Kester will submit a report to council making recommendations on awarding the contract.
“Hopefully, we’ll start construction in August,” Kester said.
He said it has always been estimated that the $10-million project will take eight to nine months to complete, but noted that, with the late start date, it might take longer if work is suspended during January and February because of weather.…continue reading…
by Roger Varley
Notes from the June 18 Council Meeting
No pay raise for council: With a couple of minor exceptions, Uxbridge council voted Monday not to approve any pay raises for the next council.
The salaries for ward councillors and the regional councillor will remain unchanged at $28,499.40. The mayor will continue to receive compensation of $43,936.36.
However, council did agree to increasing the stipend paid to the chair of the finance committee. As it stands now, committee chairs receive additional $1,750 a year (except for the chair of planning and economic development, who receives an additional $2,500). For the next council, the chair of finance and emergency services will see that stipend increased to $2,500.…continue reading…
Accessible washrooms reopen with fanfare
by Roger Varley
It’s not often one sees several members of council and senior township staff lined up waiting to enter a restroom. There would have been a member of Parliament, too, but Jennifer O’Connell couldn’t make it due to a lengthy House of Commons session the night before.
The occasion was the official opening Friday, complete with ribbon cutting, of the newly renovated washrooms in Elgin Park, designed to be more accessible to the public.
The washrooms, across the path from the picnic shelter, have been completely redesigned on the inside and the doors leading into the facility have been moved from the side walls to the front. Both washrooms feature lighting that goes on automatically when the doors are opened, although a glitch made the lights in the women’s washroom temporarily inoperable.…continue reading…
Roxy Kids are ceasing action
After 21 years of being at the helm of the Roxy Kids in Action, Cathy Christoff has decided it’s time to move on, and the childrens’ volunteer group is shutting down.
“This was a really tough decision, it took me two years,” explained Christoff. “I’m thinking of my family, and of my grandkids.”
She went on to explain that the Roxy Kids, a group of motivated youth from ages 8-16 from Uxbridge and surrounding areas, were much more than the events they put on. “Roxy Kids takes up about 20 hours a week of time,” said Christoff. “It’s all the coordination, matching people to Job Actions [the volunteer services the kids performed], all the behind-the-scenes stuff that takes time.”…continue reading…
Party in the Park on Canada Day
Today (Thursday) marks the first day of summer, which means Canada Day is coming quickly. And as always, Uxbridge has big plans to celebrate this big day.
Festivities in Elgin Park begin at 6 p.m. with Uxbridge Town Crier Bill McKee starting things off. According to Elaine Leigh, a member of the township’s Canada Day planning committee, there will plenty of food vendors on site to provide munchies, including the Meat Merchant, Jeff’s Gourmet, Fantastic Funnelcakes, and the Uxbridge Lions Food Booth. The Uxbridge Swim Club will be selling ice cream, and the Girl Guides will have cotton candy, freezies and glo-sticks (not to eat!) available. For the adults, the Second Wedge Brewing Co. will have a beer garden set up.…continue reading…
From the MP’s Desk
column by Jennifer O’Connell, MP
Summer is approaching and I’m looking forward to spending more time in Uxbridge attending community events and celebrations with all of you.
It’s been quite a busy legislative session, with important pieces of legislation and motions being passed. As we head into the final stretch before the House of Commons rises for the summer, marathon voting sessions are in full swing in order to get important legislation passed.
We’ve passed Bill C-74, the Budget Implementation Act that’s fulfilling the commitments we made to Canadians. That includes an increased Canada Child Benefit, the new Canada Workers Benefit, and the EI Parental Leave Benefit that’s supporting families and women thrive in the workforce. We’re also working to pass our new National Security Framework, Bill C-59 and Bill C-69, which will dramatically increase environmental protections and provide a more predictable, fair regulatory process.…continue reading…
Be a 19th century soldier
Do you have what it takes to be a 19th century soldier? The Uxbridge Historical Centre is hosting a week-long camp this August for youth 8 – 13 years of age who want to step back in time and experience what life was like for a soldier over 100 years ago.…continue reading…
Take your antiques to the Museum clinic
Join acclaimed antiques appraiser and fine art advisor Janet Carlile at the Uxbridge Historical Centre for a fun and informative program discovering the history and value of your fine art object or antique.…continue reading…