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Mayor Says County Shouldn't Be Involved In Community Improvement Plans

Bruce County | by John Divinski  

Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau says CIPs are better dealt with by local governments.

At least one Bruce County councillor is questioning whether or not county government should be involved in Community Improvement Plans (CIP).

Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau feels there are bigger issues facing the upper tier of government.

A CIP is a planning tool used to focus efforts for improvement such as maintenance, rehabilitation, development in targeted areas, usually municipalities or lower tier governments.

Mayor Charbonneau says the county is facing issues of a regional nature and shouldn't be focussing on an issue that's better dealt with by local municipal governments.

In an information report to the county Planning and Development Committee on August 15th, Economic Development Manager Jill Roote says,

"Technically speaking, upper tier governments don't initiate CIP's.  It does come from the local municipality."

However after discussion, Roote was directed to bring back a clarifying report on the matter at a future meeting.

Charbonneau, during discussion says he would suggested discontinuing with the upper tier CIP for 2020.

The councillor says "We're a regional government, let's focus on regional issues.

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