Eastern Ontario Regional Network
At the first meeting of the City of Pembroke’s council in 2020, the members passed a bylaw authorizing Mayor Mike LeMay and the chief administrative officer Terry Lapierre to sign the municipal contribution agreement between the City of Pembroke, the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC), the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN), and the Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Committee (EOMC) in support of the Eastern Ontario cell gap project. The City of Pembroke is in financial partnership with cities and counties across Eastern Ontario and the provincial and federal governments in addressing cellular dead zones across Eastern Ontario. The City of Pembroke’s share of project costs is $78,403 payable over four years. The City’s 2020 municipal contribution of $19,600.83 will be included in the 2020 budget.
Two hour free parking
Council passed an amendment to the parking bylaw to permit two-hour free parking from Monday to Saturday from Jan. 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020 in several locations throughout the downtown core. The free two-hour parking is applicable where parking meters are located on Pembroke Street West (between Mackay Street and Hincks Street), Victoria Street, Albert Street, Prince Street, Alexander Street, Agnes Street, Frank Nighbor Street, Church Street (between Pembroke Street West and Renfrew Street), Moffat Street (between Pembroke Street West and Renfrew Street) and in the Shamrock Lot.
Finance and Administration Committee
Engineering contract awarded
At the Jan. 7 meeting of the City of Pembroke’s Finance and Administration Committee, the members voted to award Ainley Graham and Associates Ltd. for engineering design services for forcemain upgrades and generator replacement at the Townline Lift Station. The contract amount is $133,810 plus HST with an additional $17,500 for the tendering of the generator replacement and as a contingency allowance. Council also voted to approve the future awarding of contract administration services also to Ainley Graham and Associates Ltd. based on the values submitted in its proposal and subject to future budget allocation.
At the same meeting, committee approved the Community’s Stategic Plan for the period of 2019 to 2022. The plan is intended to guide the activities of the city over the current term of council in such areas as infrastructure, economic development, recreation and transportation.
Community safety and well-being plan
Pembroke’s Finance and Administration Committee approved the hiring of consultant Patrick Finnegan from the period of Jan. 1, 2020 to April 29, 2022 to develop a joint Community Safety and Well-Being Plan as required by Section 143(1) of the Police Services Act. The plan, which is a requirement of the Province of Ontario, is intended to build and enhance local crime prevention partnerships; encourage the development of coordinated, multi-sectoral responses; and promote community leadership and participation in crime prevention that addresses local risks and needs of the community.
Road closure for Hockeyspree
Saturday, Feb. 1 is hockey day in Hockey Town. The Pembroke Business Improvement Area is hosting its 5th Annual Downtown Hockeyspree event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day and requested from the City of Pembroke the closure of Prince Street from Lake Street to Pembroke Street West so the games and activities can take place. Committee approved the request.