1) What can Brockton do to promote economic growth and youth retention?
Continue to work with the Community Development Officer to implement the recommendations of the Business, Retention and Expansion Report. Partner with SEDC, and neighbouring municipalities in Saugeen Connects (saugeenconnects.com) which, among other programs, has engaged the services of Succession Matching.com.; Have development ready land; Work with the Bruce Economic Development team to leverage the Bruce Power expansion and attract new businesses to Brockton;
2) Should Brockton provide the same services in its rural villages and hamlets as it does in Walkerton? (sidewalk snow clearing, flowers along the main street etc.) If so can Brockton afford this cost?
All areas of Brockton should receive the same level of services insofar as is possible and practical. It is not economically feasible for municipal staff to clean all sidewalks but sidewalks that are in the downtown commercial core or serve as routes to schools and school bus pickup areas should be cleaned. Municipal staff has been directed to investigate the cost, and availability, of private contractors to provide this service. The facade improvement program and Spruce the Bruce should be available to the villages. We have to continue to leverage grants to make recreational programs and services available to the seniors and youth in the villages and hamlets.
3) Would you support allowing a cannabis retail operation to set up shop in Brockton?
Yes, but only if we have the opportunity to influence store locations and the number of stores in our municipality. We need to review the regulations being set by the provincial government with regard to minimum distances from schools and market concentration. At this point it is unknown whether local zoning compliance will be required for site approval. If that authority is not granted then I would not support allowing a retail outlet in Brockton. Although the provincial government will provide municipal governments with $40 million we do not know the impact on local services and additional costs will need to be tracked to access funding from the provincial contingency fund