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
The Village partnered with the Township of Wollaston-Coe Hill (Hastings County) earlier this year to participate in the First Impressions Community Exchange (FICE). FICE is a program that has participants visit the other community and record their impressions to offer the host community a new perspective on the strengths and weaknesses from an outsider’s perspective.
Business Owners – Please join Mayor Robin Jones to discuss the results of the FICE experience AND to provide feedback on the first year of having LeBoat in operation. The slides prepared by Coe Hill will be presented. If you have other topics you would like to discuss, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas will soon be here – so let’s meet and debrief the summer before we get caught up with the excitement that comes with December 25th and winter!
The Cove offers buffet breakfast for $10 pp @ 08:00. Our meeting will begin around 8:15. Hope to see you on October 18th.
The topic for the next BREAKFAST WITH THE MAYOR is:
The importance of Succession / Business Owner Planning: From growth to sudden/planned transition. We have two or three speakers – including financial planner, accountant and lawyer – who will speak directly to the business owners about planning for your financial future. Whether it is passing your business to your children, selling it to others or just closing the doors – there are many things that you should be thinking about now.
Everyone is invited. We have tailored the presentation for business owners.
More information to follow….
The Counties posted the below sign last week on the n/e side of Main St bridge. There are safety concerns for anyone standing on the rocks on the hill beside the bridge due to the loose rocks. There are no concerns about the safety of the bridge.
The Good news is the company we contracted to repaint the parking lines had a cancellation and are fitting us in before the long week-end. The challenge is they notified us this afternoon that the work will begin tomorrow – Wednesday, May 17 @ 4:00 p.m. working through the overnight hours.
Village staff will be doing their best to notify businesses to ensure that no vehicles are parked on those streets where parking spots are painted on the road. This also includes the municipal parking lot on Bedford St and the Community Centre hard top parking lot/firehall at the arena. The work should be done by Thursday morning.
I am asking for everyone’s assistance. If you see a neighbour’s vehicle parked on the street in one of these areas, or if that is their habit – please let them know that they need to find another parking spot for Wednesday night. Again, this is only for those streets where the parking lines are painted on the road. The accessibility parking spots and the no-P circles are also being repainted.
I apologize for the last minute notification and appreciate any assistance you can provide by watching for neighbours and others who might not read this blog/email.
If you have concerns, please call me at 273-9195 or email at email@example.com.