Licensed Cannabis Retail Stores approved by Westport Council

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


Volunteers needed to provide support to the Emergency Operations Centre

An Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is a centralized command and control room where public safety, emergency response, and support agencies can plan, prepare and respond to a wide variety of events.

A fully capable emergency operations facility is an essential element of a comprehensive emergency management system and necessary to ensure continuity of operations. Council Chambers in the village of Westport has been equipped and designated as our EOC and is used for managing emergency events. 

Village staff have been trained through the Ministry of Solicitor General for key positions.  They have a good understanding of the Critical Incident Management protocols and support their use to realize the following advantages in an emergency:

A. Centralizes Incident Management

  • Provides central point where all information related to the incident is received and analyzed, incident priorities are determined, strategies are developed and critical resources are assigned to tactical operations.
  • Provides for operations during extended periods of time.
  • Enhances coordination between involved agencies and provides for the efficient and effective use of all modes of communications available for the incident
  • Minimizes disruption to campus departments not directly affected.
  • Provides a centralized location to conduct planning meetings, tactics meetings, shift briefings, media briefings, press conferences, public information releases and other information dissemination.

B. Provides for Situation Status Management

  • Establishes a central location for information to be gathered, analyzed, tracked, displayed, distributed and stored.
  • Provides for the verification of information.
  • Provides for immediate availability of incident information.

C. Provides for Resource Status Management

  • Establishes a single location for resources to be tracked (e.g., personnel, equipment,), their location and status.

As we move into winter and the ever present concerns of severe weather, we have taken stock of our strengths and capacity and are looking to the public to add to our bench strength.  The Village needs volunteers to assist with three areas during an emergency or similar event and we will be holding a training day on Monday, October 28. 

The following roles require assistance from the public through trained volunteers:

A. Canvassing.  Whether it is a boil water advisory, severe weather event or evacuation, we need volunteers who can knock on every residential and business door in the community to communicate the situation and document their actions.

B. Reception Centre.  In the case of evacuation, a reception centre(s) needs to be established as a safe meeting point for residents and business owners.  Social Services from UCLG will assume this responsibility once they arrive in the village, but we will need to get things set up.

C. Scribe for the Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC), who has overall authority for the event/emergency, needs a note-taker during an incident.

An advertisement from Town Hall with more information on how to apply will soon be posted the Village and my web site as well as in the paper.  The training on October 28 will cover these three areas in the morning and in the afternoon we will hold a mock emergency exercise so volunteers can see how things work in an emergency. 

Please think about volunteering for these roles.  If you are not sure, join the training and see if it is the right fit for you.

Call anytime – 273-9195

CRF Pavement Preservation on George and Spring Streets

Reasons for pavement preservation

The maintenance of the top coat of asphalt is a fundamental aspect of long term pavement life. This is because water is the main element that causes damage to a roadway by seeping into the roadbed through cracks and expansion/contraction during freeze thaw cycles. Inevitably, new asphalt deteriorates due to the oxidization of the asphalt cement, which leads to brittle roads that crack over time.

Options for pavement preservation

Reclamite is an emulsion that is applied to the top course of the asphalt and rejuvenates the existing asphalt cement and slows down the oxidization process. This helps to extend the life of the top course of asphalt and reduces the cracking that typically appears within five to six years after a new application. As a result, this treatment is applied to roads that are in relatively good condition and before significant cracking develops.

Typical crack sealing involves clearing out existing cracks and filling it in with a rubberized product. It is used to seal the top layer and prevent water seepage into the granular bed. CRF is an alternative treatment to typical crack sealing treatment. CRF applies an emulsion and sand product that treats the entire road as opposed to just the cracks. In addition to filling in the cracks, CRF also provides asphalt rejuvenation similar to Reclamite.

The Counties has worked with Superior Road Products in the past. Given this past experience, and recent local test results,  the Counties is trying this product again. Other adjacent municipalities and counties are already working with Superior Road Products. 

The Counties negotiation with the supplier also provides test locations for the townships and Westport.  George and Spring Streets were chosen by Westport Public Works and the product was applied on Tuesday.  There is no cost to the Village.  

Many thanks to the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville.

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