Region of Queens council took their last meeting on the road to the Pleasant River Community Hall.
The highlight of the agenda was council’s decision to invest almost $2 million to repair the failing air conditioning unit at the Liverpool Business Development Centre. The meeting opened with the public comment section.
A couple of residents spoke asking council to put a pause on the permits to a controversial house being built on Eagle Head Beach while a third inquired about the possibility of adding more bylaw enforcement officers.
After that council went about approving the job descriptions for workers at Hillsview Acres long-term care facility. The Region is mandated by the province to review the positions every four years.
From there, council voted to go ahead with the $1.9 million plan to install a new four-zone cooling system at the Liverpool Call Centre. Council then moved into the discussion phase of their meeting.
First up was a conversation around installing an accessible ramp at the Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre in Liverpool. Provincial law requires all government owned buildings to be accessible by 2030.
Council deliberated on the placement of the ramp and how it is to be enclosed. The preferred option seems to be along the side of the building adjacent to the Royal Bank that leads from the rear parking lot. The plan will be evaluated and brought before council in greater detail at a future meeting.
The last piece of business was a lively discussion on whether or not to form a pool committee. The Queens Community Aquatic Society recently received a $3 million private donation towards the construction of a new pool and are looking for the region to begin construction as soon as possible. The conversation revolved around who will make up the committee, what responsibility it will have and what will be asked of staff.
In the end, council decided to form a committee but what it will look like and what role it will play in the construction of a new pool has yet to be determined.
Council will hold a special council meeting Tuesday, July 5 to discuss the location of the new library.
Reported by Ed Halverson
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