Grey hopes to add EV chargers for its fleet, staff and public

Grey County is seeking a $100,000 grant for 20 Level 2 electric vehicle chargers at its transportation depots and administration building, with the possibility of more elsewhere. These are medium-speed chargers intended to plug into cars, SUVs and pickups to recharge them overnight. The chargers will have the capability to meter the electricity used to […]

Some city councillors question affordability of increases

On a night when Owen Sound council approved an eight per cent water bill increase and discussed how the city sets its other fees, the cost to taxpayers caused some on council to question how much more people can afford. Monday night council unanimously approved an eight per cent increase in the combined water and […]

Provincial plan raises ‘fundamental concern’ for future of farming

A rural planning expert slammed proposed provincial changes which he warned would allow tens of thousands more residential lots to be created on agricultural land while largely removing any local say over it. “This is such a fundamental concern for the future of agriculture in this province,” Wayne Caldwell told Grey County council Thursday. The […]

With River District project $1 million over-budget, council says no

Owen Sound council on Monday decided against proceeding with next phase of the River District Precinct plan to turn the 900-block of 1st Avenue East into an inviting people place because work bids came in nearly $1 million over budget. Seven councillors voted against the staff recommendation to proceed with the project because of the […]

Grey County councillors inspect new Rockwood Terrace project plans

West Grey Mayor Paul McQueen questioned consultants designing the new Rockwood Terrace long-term care/assisted living home in conjunction with county staff about how pandemic-resistant will it be. One of the most difficult things during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic was when home residents couldn’t visit with their families, he said. Would the new home […]

City seeking comment on community garden policies

After council turned down a community garden in a small city park near Hillcrest Elementary School due to community concerns in July 2021, council resolved to update city policy on these gardens. City staff have come up with a draft update, which eliminates the park in question, Stobbe Park, on 5th Avenue A West, a […]

Glassworks housing proponents respond to city council concerns

A proponent of a different kind of affordable housing project, on industrial or “employment” land which needs city permission to rezone, asked city council for help to “surmount the red tape.” Kelsey Carrierre, president of Glassworks Cooperative, filled in councillors on the group’s development concept. She appeared Monday, at the last meeting of the current […]

Grey County efforts to spur rental housing hit snag

Grey County council’s conditional development charge deferral program, which is intended to encourage rental and other priority housing construction, has unintentionally discouraged Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation financing, the only lender to raise this concern. On Thursday county council approved staff recommendations they hope would avoid that outcome, while staff continue to examine implications of […]

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