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The Huron Chamber of Commerce recognizes the importance of participating in the municipal affairs of our region.  We endeavour to attend as many council meetings as possible, in addition to our presence at many of the committees and boards of the various councils.  Here we provide an update on some recent council meetings.

Goderich – April 29th

Town of Goderich LogoJames Scongack from Bruce Power and Jessica Linthorne of the Nuclear Innovation Institute presented updates underscoring the crucial role of the nuclear sector in our economy, particularly through Bruce Power’s involvement in the production of medical isotopes. These operations not only advance global healthcare but are also a cornerstone of our local economy, supporting high-skilled employment and innovation. Mr. Scongack made a similar presentation to Huron County Council on May 8th.

The meeting also addressed the comprehensive plan to revitalize Goderich’s downtown infrastructure. This project is currently being reassessed by a task force, which includes Huron Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Colin Carmichael. The task force is exploring design revisions to manage costs more effectively, both initially and operationally. Councillor Thompson provided an in-depth review of the project’s objectives, focusing on how adjustments might achieve these goals while minimizing expenses. The Chamber of Commerce encourages its members to engage with and provide feedback on this project, ensuring it aligns with the needs of local businesses and enhances our community’s overall functionality and aesthetic appeal.

Council denied an application to licence a hot dog cart at Rotary Cove due to conflict/competition with the existing concessions operated by Goderich Rotary.

Central Huron – May 6th

Township of Central Huron LogoCentral Huron Council considered a report from CAO Steve Doherty regarding the future of the Bluewater Youth Centre (BYC). Following a presentation by Huron County’s Director of Economic Development, Vicki Lass, at the April 15th meeting, Council discussed the ongoing efforts of a working group focused on the abatement, demolition, and repurposing of the BYC property. The council reviewed a recommendation to maintain the existing working group rather than creating a new one, with CAO Doherty empowered to invite additional expertise as needed. This decision supports streamlined management and the efficient use of resources in repurposing the BYC property.

North Huron – May 6th

Township of North Huron LogoCouncil received a quarterly update from Westario Power, the local utility for Wingham and a significant portion of Bruce County. Delivered by CEO Waler Malcolm and Board Chair Luc Charbonneau., Westario reported a notable improvement in the company’s financial performance with an increase of about $1 million in their bottom line compared to the previous year. The company has also intensified their line clearing efforts to enhance the stability of the power network, a crucial factor for local businesses dependent on reliable electricity.

Additionally, the meeting spotlighted the awarding of a Commercial Façade Improvement Grant to Healthy Computers, a tenant at 185 Josephine Street in the heart of Wingham. This grant, part of the Community Improvement Plan, supports up to 50% of eligible costs for façade renovations up to a maximum of $10,000. Healthy Computers received $534.50 to replace outdated signage, thereby improving the aesthetic and accessibility of their storefront. This initiative is vital for maintaining vibrant and attractive commercial spaces, encouraging further investment and visitor interest in the area. More than $29,000 in available funding is still available for businesses in Wingham, Blyth, and Belgrave.