Many thanks to St Paul’s Anglican Church congregants, Frances Hazell, Mary Chaikowsky and Arthur Thompson for the effort they have put into the two Memorial Gate flower beds in Lockwood Park.
The past couple of years, I weeded them in advance of the July 1 celebrations, but these orphan gardens needed a lot of TLC. What a difference some time and effort have made. Frances and Mary planted beautiful annuals in time for Canada Day and ensured they were watered and maintained all summer.
Last week, Frances, Mary and Arthur worked together to plant hydrangeas. I am sure they will be stunning next summer. Thank you for taking the initiative and making our park more colourful.
The issue of whether Council will permit licensed cannabis retail stores was decided on January 8, 2019. After much consultation, including a letter placed in every Westport post office mail box encouraging residents & business owners to share their opinions with members of Council, Councillors were unanimous in approving licensed cannabis retail stores in the Village subject to complying with all AGCO requirements and proper zoning.
Councillors, during the debate on licensed cannabis retail stores on January 8th, shared that they were surprised at the lack of concerns reported by residents and business owners on the subject – particularly in response to the letter. Many people raised their lack of support for the federal government’s decision for legalization of cannabis. However in light of that decision, the majority of people felt there was no reason to deny someone from setting up a legal licensed cannabis retail store.
If you have read the news this week, you will know that due to a lack of supply of legal cannabis the Ontario government has stated that it will only authorize 25 licensed cannabis retail stores to open on April 1. Who knows if and when a licensed cannabis retail store will open in Westport, however I wanted you to know that all Councillors took great pains to be informed and to learn what the constituents of the village wanted to see in Westport.
If you have concerns or questions, call any time. @9195
Paul Snider hosted a luncheon for Staff and Council just before Christmas. We enjoyed some time with each other while having a rare lunch of Chinese Food. It was great to share this moment with an amazing group of men and women.
Thank you Paul
re: Christmas Tree and Fallen Trees/Branches clean up
Public Works will pick up Christmas trees left at the curb every day until Wednesday, January 8th.
Public Works will have a chipper in the Village late next week to remove several trees downed on municipal property during Monday’s ice storm. They will also remove fallen trees/branches for you if they are placed at the curb by the morning of Thursday, January 9th.
Thanks Peter, Derek and Jamie.