Daily News About Aylmer, Ontario and East Elgin


LATE THURSDAY

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THE SURVEY SAYS:
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THURSDAY, April 17/14

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*TANews will not publish Friday or Monday. Happy Easter.

 

AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

- All week: Aylmer Brush Collection

- Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

 

-Fri. -DadNDaughters FishNChips Open, 11-8pm

-Sat. -Aylmer Kinsmen Trivia Night, 7:30 pm, EEC Complex

 

-Tue. -Aylmer Earth Day Events (see story below)

-Tue. – Aylmer Council (Public Budget Meeting), 7 pm, EEC Complex)

 

 

AYLMER BIA: KEEP LIBRARY DOWNTOWN

 

(Information on a statement from the Aylmer BIA at their regular meeting Tuesday is from Nicole Pressey-Wiebenga, Administrator, Aylmer BIA:) – “In October 2012, MainStreet Aylmer submitted a letter of support to the Town of Aylmer regarding the future expansion of the Aylmer branch-Elgin County Library. To re-emphasize their position, the committee feels it is fundamental to keep the Library within the downtown core. It is a destination for many people living within Aylmer or visiting the facility. It is an economic booster for the core businesses. The Aylmer BIA values having the Aylmer Library locally.”

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“Yesterday you published a letter in which the writers compare Aylmer’s tax rate to other towns in Ontario. Unfortunately the numbers provided are meaningless without some context. For instance, if the Aylmer tax rate is 20% higher than another community then how do assessed values compare. If an average 1200 sq. ft. bungalow in Aylmer has an assessed value of 20% less than the community with the lower tax rate then the result is equivalence. As a retired property tax assessor I can tell you that assessed values and tax rates can vary significantly between municipalities. Several years ago while I was still employed I had access to the property taxes in many Canadian municipalities and was considering a move back to south western Ontario from Alberta. In comparing property in London, St. Thomas and Aylmer it was clear that at that time (2007-2009) Aylmer property taxes were lower than the other 2 communities on comparable properties. Market values were also significantly different with London generally having the highest market values. Hopefully the writers of the letter did a fair comparison as we all know that numbers can lie.”  (Mike Tuthill, Fort McMurray Alberta)

 

 

BAYHAM MAN CHARGED

 

(From Norfolk OPP) – “Yesterday, Norfolk OPP arrested and charged 40-year-old Craig Stephen Gregson of Bayham twp. with Counsel to Commit Murder. He had a bail hearing in Provincial Court in Simcoe yesterday. No further details were released.

 

 

UPDATE: PEEWEE B.A.D GIRLS

 

(Further information on the Belmont B.A.D. (Belmont, Aylmer, Dorchester) girls winning the provincial hockey title last weekend is from coach Ian Graham:) – “Their record for the entire year was 45 wins, 6 losses, 14 ties. On the weekend they played 3 round robin games – won vs Lambeth 2-1, tied Ottawa 0-0, won vs Ennismore 3-0. They finished top in their pool in the round robin. Then defeated Mount Forest 5-1 in the quarter finals, defeated East Lambton 1-0 in the semi finals and played Ottawa in the Gold Medal game and won 4-3. It took 4 and a half periods of overtime to win. The play went back and forth with both goalies making unbelievable saves to keep their team in the game. In regular season – we won our division in WOGHL and won the league playoffs. We entered 3 tournaments and won won and lost the other two in the finals. Assistant coaches include Brad DeHaan, Jason Orlebar, Rob Brower and Dave Moylan. Our trainer is Dawn Brower and our Manager is Stephanie Smith. Our goalie coach is Keira Moylan.

 

 

TWO KEY PUBLIC MEETINGS NEXT WEEK

 

There will be a public meeting on the proposed Aylmer budget for 2014 before the regular Council meeting on Tuesday at 7 pm, to be held in the Imperial Room of the EEC Complex. The public may bring their submissions to the meeting; it is advised to contact the Clerk at that time to be put on the agenda. As well on Thursday a public meeting on the EEC Complex Operational Review will be held at 7 pm also in the Imperial Room of the EEC Complex. Again the public may bring their submissions to the meeting and it is advised to notify the clerk of either municipality that evening in order to be included on the agenda.

 

 

TUE. – EARTH DAY EVENTS IN AYLMER

 

Aylmer will celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday with the following program: 10 am – Tree Planting Ceremony in Balmoral Park; 11 am – (At the Town Hall) – Official Launch of the “Yellow Fish Environmental Awareness Program” by EESS Environmental Club; 1:30 pm – “Back Yard Composting” Presented by Dianne Vaughan; 2:30 pm – “Water Wise Gardens” Presented by Ron Rossini; 3:30 pm – “The Real Cost of Eating Well in Elgin” Presented by Joy Dawkins, Public Health Nurse/ Courtney-Brooke Laurie, Registered Dietitian, Elgin St. Thomas Public Health; 4:30 pm – “Share the Road & Elgin/St. Thomas Cycling Master Plan – Presented by Erica Arnett – Health Promoter, Elgin St. Thomas Public Health.

 

 

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LATE WEDNESDAY:

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WEDNESDAY, April 16/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All week: Aylmer Brush Collection

-Thu. -Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

 

 

AYLMER AMISH FARM CO-OP

 

(Information from Julie Richards-Bramill, who assists the Aylmer Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program with marketing:) – An Aylmer Amish farm is again sponsoring the 7th Triple Cord CSA’s Summer Organic Community Shared Agriculture program. Last year thirty members had a produce agreement with Mervin Miller’s organic vegetable farm on Glencolin Line. This year the program runs from May 16 to October 10th (22 weeks). CSA is a partnership with the farmer focusing on producing organic foods using ecologically sound methods of farming. People buy a share of the harvest – a regular share should provide enough fresh produce for a family of two adults and two children at a cost of $550; a smaller share is $360. There are also programs in place in London and Woodstock. More information at Triple Cord CSA’s blog: http://triplecordcsaorganicproduce.wordpress.com

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Bell (Hennessey), Geraldine  of Terrace Lodge Aylmer passed away on Monday in her 86th year. She was a resident of Hamilton for many years. Funeral Mass at Holy Angels’ Church St.Thomas on Wednesday at 2 pm. Arrangements through Williams Funeral Home St.Thomas.

 

 

A READER WRITES: - ”HIGH PROPERTY TAXES”

 

“It’s budget time again and Aylmer citizens will continue to pay one of the highest tax rates in the province once again. Town Hall continues to put big money into reserves which comes right out of your pockets instead of dropping the high mill rate which burdens young families and seniors alike. This lack of initiative to recognize the competitive disadvantage that Aylmer taxpayers face can explain why the population growth has been close to zero since 1996. When it comes to tax rates Strathroy is one community that cares about how competitive their rates are. A recent study of 33 communities’ tax rates across Ontario illustrated that Aylmer would have ranked #29 or near the highest taxed. Another study of lower tier towns with populations of 5000-10,000 showed an average property tax rate of 1.37 versus Aylmer’s 1.68.  Almost 20% lower! In these same communities the commercial rates were approximately 22% lower. This combined with sky high telephone rates and utility rates equates to a heavy burden on the shoulders of business owners.

Aylmer and Malahide are each on the hook for almost $300,000 in cost overruns at the Complex this year and Imperial Hall continues to show rental declines and had an income last year of just under $31,000 according to the Complex study. For years various committees and members of the public and  council have tried to correct the fiscal problems that existed only to get stonewalled when trying to gather critical information. We will soon have paid an extra five million to keep the Complex afloat. And when will elected officials in Aylmer realize that the residents in the township of Malahide  are vital to the overall economic, social and business success of Aylmer? Every decision in these tough times has got to consider present AND future costs. Limiting the annual tax increases to close to the Consumer Price Index is a start but it’s still added on the backs of one of the highest tax rates of any municipality. This council has had years to create a fiscal plan to reduce these tax rates. The numbers clearly indicating where we stand relative to our competition are readily available, however it appears that it may take a third party consulting firm’s study before our elected officials will pay attention.  (Aylmer Taxpayers Advisory Committee - Bob Warnock Jack Vankasteran Greg Currie Rudy Gheysen Don Shepherd)

 

 

ST. THOMAS SUMMER STEM CAMP

 

(Information from Anne Ramsay, Communications Specialist for Partners In Research:) – “Summer STEM Camp (see ad) is an opportunity for youth to connect with STEM Experts during the summer months in a fun and educational way. Youth aged 5-13 participate in hands-on activities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Each activity is enhanced with a video conference session during which campers explore topics and ask  questions of scientists, engineers, astronauts, and other champions across Canada.

Each camp is one week long and activities vary from week to week so campers can come for multiple weeks and participate in the same activity twice. Past activities have included: building solar cars, planting tomato seeds from the space shuttle, designing and printing 3D printer models etc.. After two successful camps in London and Woodstock last summer, Partners In Research is expanding Summer STEM Camp to St. Thomas this summer at the Fanshawe College Campus.”

 

 

THE VERY ‘COMPLEX’ LIBRARY ISSUE:

 

1 – A READER WRITES:

“These other communities (see Tues. story) don’t have the problem Aylmer has. The complex has to be taken care of, they can’t continue to run at such a large deficit. So if the library will help this problem then they should consider it. Also the tax payers don’t want another white elephant to take care of! Maybe they should consider not moving the current library anywhere until the Complex situation is solved. I understand keeping the library downtown, but this isn’t the problem; the problem is that Aylmer and Malahide have a big problem with the finances at the complex and something has to be done. Moving the library or building a new library shouldn’t even be thought of until the complex situation is solved.  Money doesn’t grow on trees!” (Judy Killough)

 

2 – A READER WRITES: 

“Aylmer Council decided not to approve the construction of a new library building. Why this approval was not given was brought about by another very troubling presence in the room – the East Elgin Community Complex Operational Review. Moving the Aylmer Library out of the downtown to the EECC is not a done deal. A large number of people are demanding to see the justification for such a move.  Although I strongly disagree with this rather surprising development,  I believe it does provide an opportunity for residents of Aylmer and Malahide to receive several important things: 1. A full and comprehensive study of the eleven reasons being put forward suggesting that the Aylmer Library/EECC location option is a reasonable compromise; 2. A clear demonstration that both Councils – Aylmer and Malahide – are serious about resolving the many problems at the EECC as identified in the EECC operational review.

As the review clearly states what has been lacking at the complex is the correct vision. Years ago its purpose as a conference convention centre was called into question. The answer by previous Councils was to simply throw money at it in what has proved to the near impossible expectation that the centre and the arenas could find a proper footing in two very competitive markets. Yes, having a library in the EECC is one of at least five ideas offered in the EECC operational review. But I would caution Aylmer Council and anyone else from taking this one word out of context with the report’s Recommendation: B3. There is a time and a place for a ‘reasonable compromise’. Now Aylmer Council must convince us that putting the Aylmer Library in the EECC is a reasonable compromise.  (Bill Murch)

 

 

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TUESDAY, April 15/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All week: Aylmer Brush Collection

-Thu. -Bayham 7, Malahide 7:30 Councils

 

 

OPC RESUMING MAY RECRUITS CLASS

 

(Information from Andrew Morrison, Media Relations for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services:) – Last year the Ontario Police College at Aylmer cancelled the May class for Basic Constable Training for new recruits due to low enrolment. BCT is a 60 day residential program offered three times a year at OPC and the cancellation in May was rare – believed to be a consequence of reduced hirings in the province. This year OPC has sufficient interest to resume the May class – 240 have expressed interest. They had 191 recruits attend in September followed by 233 recruits in the January intake.

 

 

B.A.D. PEEWEES ARE ONTARIO CHAMPS

 

(Information from Toni Shields of the B.A.D. (Belmont-Aylmer-Dorchester) girls hockey organization:) –  The provincials were held in various arenas in Toronto this weekend. Novice B, Atom C and Senior B made it to quarter finals and Atom B  won Bronze. The Peewee C team, coached by Ian Graham, won Gold. Last year Bantam B and Senior BB won Gold.

 

 

GETTYS BACK IN CONCERT IN AYLMER

 

(Contributed) – Keith and Kristyn Getty, Irish modern hymn singer/songwriters and recording artists are returning to Aylmer for a concert at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church, Thursday, May 1 at 7 pm. For Tickets: call 519 765 5098 or email: gettyconcertaylmer@hotmail.com . Ticket prices range from $30-60. The concert is sponsored by H. Broer Equipment Sales & Service, Aylmer.

 

 

ELGIN AGR. SCHOLARSHIP

 

(Contributed) – The application process is open for the 2014 International Plowing Match (IPM) Legacy Agricultural Scholarship. Each year $2500 is awarded to one female and one male student who are attending college or university in Canada to study an agriculturally-related program. To be eligible an applicant must: be a resident of Elgin or St. Thomas; have completed at least the first year of studying at a post secondary institution in Canada and be studying a discipline related to agriculture. All applications must be received by 4:30 pm on May 15. Visit www.elgincounty.ca or call (519) 631-1460 ext. 180.

 

 

THE VERY ‘COMPLEX’ LIBRARY ISSUE:

 

1- LOCATION OF LIBRARIES IN LOCAL TOWNS:

 

According to Google Maps, all the towns similar in size to Aylmer in southwestern Ontario have their libraries located close to their downtown districts:

Dorchester, Tillsonburg, Delhi, Simcoe, Pt. Dover, Hanover, Paris, New Hamburg, Ingersoll, St. Marys, Strathroy, Kincardine, Goderich, Leamington, Petrolia, Wallaceburg, Amherstburg, (St.Thomas).

The only exception is the village of Komoka.

It is in a Complex on the edge of the village. According to Tammy Johnson, Library Supervisor, the Komoka Library opened inside the Middlesex Centre Wellness and Recreation Complex in September 2011. It is a multi-use facility with twin ice pads, gymnasium and the YMCA.  The library was previously located in the Komoka Community Centre in the village.

 

2- DOWNTOWN TILLSONBURG LIBRARY

 

(Information from Lisa Miettinen, CEO of the Oxford County Library System:) – “The square footage of the renovated Tillsonburg Library (now a branch of the Oxford County Library) is approximately 8,500 square feet. While this is smaller than would be considered ideal for the population size, the decision was made by the County to purchase the existing library facility and renovate it rather than attempt to secure a new location. In addition, we constructed a 400 square foot addition at the rear of the building, allowing us to build two quiet study rooms. We believe that the library’s location in the downtown core is ideal. The collection size is smaller. However, the age of the collection is much newer: as of January 2014 the percentage of the collection published in 2000 or later is 92.2%.”

 

 

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MONDAY, April 14/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-All week: Aylmer Brush Collection

-Aylmer Council, 3:30 pm

-O.V. Naturalists, Pt. Burwell School, 7:30 pm (see last Mon. story)

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Nagy, Margaret of Aylmer passed away Saturday in her 89th year. Wife of the late Joseph Nagy Sr. (1995). Survivors: daughter-in-law Glenda (Morris) Nagy of Aylmer etc..  She was born in Hungary. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Monday 7 -9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 am.

 

-Robinson, William “Bill” of Aylmer passed away on Friday in his 84th year. Survivors: wife June (Sheppard) Robinson; two children;  brothers Tom and Terry (Lois) of the Aylmer area etc.. Bill was a licensed electrician. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Monday 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

 

-Watson, Janet Ketchen of Pt. Stanley, formerly of Aylmer, passed away on Sunday in her 97th year. Janet was a teacher, mostly of Home Economics, at EESS for over 30 years from 1945-1971 – she was believed to be the oldest former East Elgin teacher. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home on Wednesday 2-4 p.m. The funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church Thursday at 11 am.

 

 

THE VERY ‘COMPLEX’ LIBRARY ISSUE:

 

1- RECENT ELGIN COUNTY LIBRARY RENOS:

 

(Information from Brian Masschaele, Elgin County Director of Community, Cultural Services) Elgin County Library renovations in the past decade (all libraries are in municipally owned buildings except Pt. Stanley which is owned by the Pt. Stanley Festival):

-West Lorne, 2007, is 1,793 square feet and was a new, enlarged build in a community complex as a result of a fire

-Dutton, 2008-9, is 5,000 square feet and was renovated within the existing configuration

-Springfield, 2010, the library moved from a facility comprising 1,217 square feet to the current facility which comprises 1,850 square feet plus use of community rooms

-Rodney, 2011, the 1,428 square foot facility was completely renovated within the original configuration

-Straffordville, 2012, the 4,000 square foot facility was completely renovated within the original configuration

-Port Stanley, 2013-14, the 4,640 square foot facility is nearing completion of extensive renovations within the original configuration.

 

2- LIBRARY IN EECC WAS REVIEWED BEFORE:

 

(Information from Bill Murch, former Chair of the Aylmer Library Facility Review Committee 2011:) “The selection of the new library building location at the corner of John and Sydenham St. is the result of more than ten years of work by three different Town Councils, town and county staff, and six town committees. The Aylmer LFRC during its eight month tenure did consider the ECCC as a location for a larger Aylmer library. We toured the EECC and reported back to the committee where we discussed three options – the Imperial Room, an addition to the east side of the complex and a new building in one of the parking lots. When you look at LFRC’s Terms of Reference you will see that the LFRC was told to “evaluate the (location) options in terms of capital cost, maintenance cost and fulfillment of needs” and to “have regard for the Elgin County Library needs, the heritage preservation of the existing building, central and accessible location in the community.”  This is what we did with all the location options we considered. Our recommendation on November 7, 2011 was: “the “Town Square Block” (bounded by Talbot Street West, John Street South, Sydenham Street West and Centre Street) be considered as the preferred location (for a new library building).”

 

 

MALAHIDE FIRE REPORT:

 

- April 7, 2014, Station #2, Rogers Road, Medical Assist

– April 8, 2014, Station #3, 51176 Ron McNeil Line, Power Lines Arcing

– April 8, 2014, Station #1, Calton Line, Medical Assist

– April 8, 2014, Station #1, #2, #3 and #4, , 51411 Nova Scotia Line, Fire

*(At Carter road, 1130 am, wood burning appl. malfunction, $5000 damage, on scene 2 hr)

– April 8, 2014, Station #2  #1, #3 and #4, 53290 Glencolin Line, Fire

*(At Springer Hill Rd,1:30pm, chimney fire, no damage)

– April 10, 2014, Station #3, 51511 Pressey Line, Power Lines Arcing

*(5:30 am, Springfield, cause unknown)

– April 12, 2014, Station #1, Heritage Line, Medical Assist

– April 12, 2014, Station #4, Lyons Line, Medical Assist

– April 12, 2014, Station #1, Richmond Road, Grass Fire

– April 12, 2014, Station #1, Sawmill Road, Medical Assist

 

 

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FRIDAY, April 11/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-CH. 5 – 7:30 pm – London Knights v Guelph Storm Playoff Hockey

 

-Sat. -APAC: Jeremy Fisher; OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm (see ad)

 

-Next Week: Aylmer Brush Collection

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 3:30 pm (April 22: Public Budget Session)

-Mon. -OV Naturalists, Pt. Burwell School, 7:30 pm (see Mon. story)

 

 

1- THE VERY ‘COMPLEX’ LIBRARY ISSUE:

 

“Full text of the Library Resolution at Monday’s Council: - “Whereas, the Aylmer Branch of the Elgin County Library (Library) has the largest volume of users in the County; and Whereas, the available space within the existing library does not meet the needs of the users; and Whereas, the library display space will be further reduced when alterations to make the space compliant with upcoming regulations to meet the basic needs of physically challenged patrons; and Whereas, the consultant’s report for the East Elgin Community Complex (EECC) recommended that the meeting rooms of the EECC be utilized for another purpose, of which a library is a suggestion; and Whereas, “Bear Park” could then remain as an open space and the historical features of the Old Town Hall would remain visible and able to be appreciated; and Whereas, the interior alterations of a portion for the meeting room space at the EECC would be achieved in a significantly more cost efficient manner than the construction of a new stand-alone building; and Whereas, a library at the EECC would enhance the revenue and reduce expenditures at the facility; and Whereas, our municipal partner the Township of Malahide (Township) has already suggested using the meeting room space for a library; and Whereas, alterations of available space at EECC would allow for future municipal funding of other projects, debt payment or property tax reductions; and Whereas, the utilization of space at the EECC is a reasonable compromise to meet the needs of the library; and Whereas, these needs would be achieved in a cost efficient manner:

Now therefore it is moved by Councillor Barbour and seconded by Councillor Oslach: That the Council of the Town of Aylmer contact the Township of Malahide to enter into an agreement to utilize any or all of the meeting room space at the East Elgin Community Complex for a library; and further, that staff be directed to prepare a plan, in consultation with Elgin County library staff and the staff of the Aylmer library;  and further, that this matter be done in a timely manner.”

 

2-A READER WRITES:

 

“The Mayor of Aylmer should remember that this is not the “Aylmer Library”.  It is in fact a branch of the Elgin County Library and serves all residents of Elgin County. That includes both Aylmer and Malahide. To suggest otherwise is, to say the least, disappointing. I do not understand how downtown Aylmer will suffer if the location of the Library is not downtown. Exactly how much business is generated by the patrons of the library before or after they consume its services? If it is, as I suspect, a very low number, what other effect will cause downtown to suffer. What we need to get around is the thought of building another grand white elephant monument to the politicians of the day. We already have one of those and it is mired in political spite and back-biting and is costing the taxpayers $500,000 per year. I have no opposition to a downtown Aylmer location for a county library facility, but only if existing space can be used. Otherwise, using the unproductive EECC space is a cost-effective and highly logical solution.” (Doug Lee)

 

 

NEW ELGIN CYCLING ROUTES

 

(Contributed) – “The draft cycling routes being considered for the Elgin St Thomas Cycling Master Plan are now available online. Residents are encouraged to visit the www.activeelgin.ca website (and click on active transportation) to review the routes and provide feedback. Public input on the proposed cycling routes is being accepted until May 1st. Paper versions of the routes are also available at Elgin St Thomas Public Health.

 

 

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THURSDAY, April 10/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Fri. -CH. 5 – 7:30 pm – London Knights v Guelph Storm Playoff Hockey

-Sat. -APAC: Jeremy Fisher; OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm (see ad)

-Next Week: Aylmer Brush Collection

 

-Mon. -Aylmer Council, 3:30 pm (April 22: Public Budget Session)

 

 

1-THE VERY COMPLEX LIBRARY ISSUE:

 

-Aylmer Co. Pete Barbour on why he voted for investigating relocating the Aylmer library to the EEC Complex: “My support for expanded space to meet the needs of the library users has not changed. What I have sought is to seek sufficient information to make an informed decision, the consultants’ report was the added link. It is my opinion that space was the concern of the library, it was up to Council to make improvements in a cost efficient manner. I believe that we are now on that path.”

 

-Co. Arthur Oslach on why he voted for investigating relocating the library to the EEC Complex: “Doing my research and talking to not only most of the businesses in town but with many citizens; this is what made up my mind.”

 

-Reaction of Mayor Jack Couckuyt: “The Library has no future if it goes there (the Complex). Downtown Aylmer will suffer. This is an Aylmer decision, not a Malahide one. The Complex will be dealt with, but we must not sacrifice the library to help it….. (From the Mayor’s Blog site:)  ”A library must be downtown. It must be the showcase for a community… A library should not be used to correct mistakes in another facility such as the Complex. Perhaps the problem is that the people of Aylmer  think we will do nothing about the Complex…We are going to have a  plan to deal with the Complex deficit.  But a Library is an Aylmer Library not a Complex Salvation.”

 

2-USERS AND WALK IN TRAFFIC AT LIBRARY:

 

(Information from Chris Mayhew, Aylmer Library Supervisor:) – “Aylmer Library cardholders represent 38% of all library users in Elgin County (10 branches). 53% of Aylmer Library cardholders are residents of Aylmer. 23% of Aylmer Library cardholders are residents of Malahide. Other municipalities make up the remainder.

-Children and Seniors probably comprise 65-75 % of our users.

-It’s obviously difficult to assess but in talking to our patrons I would say probably over fifty per cent are walk in users, coming from their homes, downtown etc.”

-Added Sandi Lopenen, Elgin County Library Co-Ordinator: “We do not know how many arrive by foot or by car, but we do know where our cardholders reside, and by extension the potential for individuals to walk if they are able. Essentially, 31% live within 750 metres of the current library.”

 

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH SWAN PRINTS

 

Trinity Anglican Church in Aylmer is selling prints of “Homeward Bound” by artist Deborah Vindasius of Pt. Burwell to benefit their mission fund. The print is of the annual swan migration at the Aylmer Wildlife Centre at the OPC. It sells for $55 and can be obtained by phoning the church office.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, April 9/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sat. -APAC: Jeremy Fisher; OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm (see ad)

-Next Week: Aylmer Brush Collection

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Rempel, “Susie” Susan Agnes of Aylmer passed away on Tuesday in her 56th year. Survivors: mother Anna (Marten) Rempel of Aylmer etc.. Susan was a member of the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church on Friday at 10:30 am.

 

-Walker, Roland George of Pt. Burwell passed away on Friday at the age of 60. Survivors: wife Betty (Brown) Walker; two children including – Jennifer (Henry) Neufield) of Straffordville etc..Visitation today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Verhoeve’s Funeral Home Tillsonburg. The funeral will be held there on Thursday at 11 am.

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“Dave Ritchie raised some excellent points in his letter. I was shocked to see that Aylmer Council reversed its decision and will now investigate moving the new library to the complex. You can sure tell it’s an election year, and who is going to be running for re-election. I thought that those who had voted for the downtown location of the new library were visionaries – people who knew the value of such a facility to the town and the downtown, now and in the future. We now know that they are only concerned about the here and now and of course, votes. Of the four councillors that voted in favour of the move to the complex, how many of them have school age children or grand children? Would they feel comfortable having them cross Hwy #3 to go to sign out books? In fact, how many of them use the library at all? What about all the nay Sayers? I’m sure the same truths apply to them.” (Dave Dykeman)

 

 

A READER WRITES:

 

“I think they should put the library at the complex. Everyones’ concerns about kids crossing Highway #3 is a little much.  We have two crosswalks in this town already that get used frequently by kids everyday of the week. How about not wasting our tax payers’ money in building a new library and use it to put in another crosswalk down at the Complex and Tim Hortons.  It would be an asset for the community. When people are at the complex they go to Tim Hortons or the variety store and when you have annual events at the complex most people walk there. That end of town is starting to build up too, so it will not be a waste. (Name withheld by request)

 

 

THE LOCAL LENS:

 

Don durkee photo

Catfish Creek is currently witnessing high water levels – this scene is in Kinsmen Park looking east to Myrtle St. (Don Durkee photo) (CLICK)

 

 

ONE YEAR AGO THIS MONTH:

 

“OPC CANCELS CLASS”

 

“The Ontario Police College at Aylmer has cancelled the May class for Basic Constable Training (BCT) for new recruits.  Only 100 recruits were available for the May intake. The college has 150 instructors for the BCT program so, as a result of the imbalanced ratio, those recruits will be part of the September intake. The course calendar at the college remains full through the summer as the postponed BCT course allows for more senior officer training to take place. Permanent positions at OPC are not affected by the cancellation of the summer intake.  BCT is a 60-day residential program offered three times per year at OPC. There are intakes in January, May and September. The cancellation of the May intake at OPC is a rare occurrence, and the college will be using the opportunity to introduce a new Learning Management System that will be available for the September intake.”

 

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TUESDAY, April 8/14

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AYLMER, EAST ELGIN TODAY:

 

-Sat. -APAC: Jeremy Fisher; OTH Theatre; 7:30 pm (see ad)

-Next Week: Aylmer Brush Collection

 

 

GAME ON: LIBRARY AT COMPLEX?

 

(With notes by Bill Murch) – In a surprising move, Aylmer Council in session yesterday agreed to a request by Malahide Council to examine the possibility of relocating the Aylmer  library to the EEC Complex. By the original agenda, Council was set to decide on a tender, recommended by Archon Architects to be Graceview Enterprises of Belmont who submitted the lowest bid at $2.4 million, for the construction of a new library building.

However, Malahide Council last Thursday sent a request to Aylmer,  added Friday to Monday’s agenda, to delay the awarding of a tender until the recent EEC Complex Review could be examined – a public meeting on its suggestions is slated for April 24. (One of those proposals related to considering the library in the banquet rooms at the EECC.) Aylmer Council, which had rejected Malahide’s plea to reconsider the library at the Complex last month, then decided to grant the Malahide request by a 4-3 vote with Co. Barbour, Oslach, Vandemeersch, and Lapointe in favour. Co. Barbour and Oslach had voted in favour of proceeding with the new building in previous votes.  Council agreed to delay the tendering decision until the June 2 Council meeting.

Then on a motion by Barbour, seconded by Oslach, Council agreed in a 4-3 vote (the other supporters being Vandemeersch and Lapointe) to enter into an agreement with Malahide to conduct an investigation into utilizing any or all of the meeting room space at the EECC for use as a library and directed town staff in conjunction with the county library staff to prepare a study for such a plan.

 

LONDON KNIGHTS ON CH. 5

 

Eastlink Community Channel 5 aired live the first two games of the OHL playoff series between London Knights and Guelph Storm this past Friday and Sunday. According to Eastlink Regional (Aylmer) Manager Ron Mervis, this week’s games, Tuesday and Thursday, will not be available due to existing programming commitments. However, game five on Friday at 7:30 pm will be televised as will , if needed, game six Sunday at 2 pm.

 

 

OBITUARIES:

 

-Stone, John  of St Thomas, formerly of Aylmer, passed away Sunday in his 59th year. Survivors: three children including Vicky Stone and John Stone both of Aylmer etc..  Cremation has taken place followed by a private family service.

 

-Pilkey, Dorothy May of Aylmer passed away on Saturday at the age of 88. Wife of the late Leslie Pilkey. Survivors include: ten children, 47 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren etc.. Visitation at the Thompson-Mott Funeral Home, Waterford Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held there Friday at 1 pm.

 

-Moritz, Walter of Aylmer passed away on Monday in his 89th year. Survivors: wife Hilda (Wischnewski) Moritz; daughter Heidi Van Overloop and husband Carl of RR2, Aylmer etc… He was born in Lithuania and was a tobacco farmer at RR5, Aylmer. Visitation at Kebbel’s Funeral Home, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held there on Thursday, at 11 am.

 

 

AYLMER BRUSH COLLECTION

 

Aylmer will hold its annual Brush Collection next Monday to Thursday. Only brush will be picked up at the curb on the day prior to one’s regular garbage day.

 

 

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