Downtown reconstruction update

 Town managerial shuffle

Bruce Grant and Darren Alexander from BM Ross Engineering made a presentation to Council on Tuesday updating them on the downtown reconstruction. Grant said that the last reconstruction was done in 1972. The project this time will extend from Peel to Thomas and include work on the Victoria Bridge. The project is slated to start on April 4th and the completion date is June 16th, which means that the project will be ongoing during the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame weekend. There will be no parking while the work is ongoing which will allow for two lanes to be open for traffic. The Town is planning on having parking areas set up outside the downtown core. Where ever possible, sidewalks will be made higher to be the same level as the steps going into stores which could help accessibility issues. There will be ongoing meetings with the BIA and other stakeholders, with whom there will be a meeting on February 3rd.
With the departure of Chad Papple in early January, the Town has made a major shuffle with the managerial team. Jed Kelly is now the Director of Public Works, Trisha McKibbin is now Director of Corporate Services and Deputy Clerk, with Amy Cubberley taking over as Museum Curator. And when the one billing system comes into effect in April, Jo-Anne Lounds will be moving from Water Billing to Procurement and Risk Management Specialist, reporting to Town Treasurer, Jim Brown.