Council briefs Jan. 22, 2019

By Observer Staff

Queens County Transit (QCT) interim chair Bill Smyth delivered a presentation to council about the organization’s progress to date and its future plans. The service, which is available to all Queens residents, offered 905 rides in the previous four-and-a-half months. A coordinator has been hired along with three part-time drivers. Seven volunteer drivers are also on board and the group is looking for more. QCT is seeking $22,000 in municipal funding for fiscal year 2019-20.

Queens Daycare Association’s purchase of the former Mount Pleasant School from Region of Queens Municipality (RQM) was unanimously approved by council. The sale price was $1. According to council documents, the closing date will be “on or before” July 2, 2019, which provides time for the Queens County Food Bank to move to its new location.

RQM’s sale of the former Caledonia school bus garage to Robert A. Cole has fallen apart. Documents indicate: “Subsequent to council’s approval, Mr. Cole has withdrawn his proposal to purchase the property.” A $151,000 purchase and sale agreement for the property had previously been approved by council Nov. 27, 2018. Mayor David Dagley said staff will look at options for the property, which will remain in municipal hands for the time being.

Council unanimously approved Region 6 Solid Waste Management‘s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-20. Thirteen municipal units participate in Region 6 and their standard contributions this coming year are projected to be $8,499.

After a lengthy, confused and sometimes comical discussion (listen from 03:55 on this crappy RQM recording) council voted 5-3 in favour of holding four evening meetings during the course of 2019.

The meetings will begin at 7 p.m. and some may be held outside of Liverpool. Staff are expected to draft a detailed recommendation for a council vote next meeting.