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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Port Elgin Beach Preservers Theorize a Done Deal

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

A special Committee of the Whole meeting will take place December 16th and allow 10 speakers

Once again Saugeen Shores council chambers were full as the Beach Preservers group made a presentation to Committee of the Whole.

Afterwards, outside the council chambers, Preserver member Patricia Corrigan-Frank was asked if she felt the issue was already a done deal and council was just going through the motions.

Corrigan-Frank stated, "I'm afraid so.  I don't like to say that about council but I think this has been in the works for a couple of years and there's been things put in place that have eased the way for this development."

She referred to taking it "off the original footprint."

She suggested people have approached the Habourlite and the Beach Side Cafe, wanting them to sell to the investors of the proposed Cedar Crescent Village.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau disagrees about any done deal.

"There is no done deal until council makes a decision.  Council has not made a decision; council cannot make decisions in closed session or out of the public view."

The proposed multi-million-dollar restoration which would include things such as a full restaurant; a event hall; plus other public and commercial amenities will be the subject of a special Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting on Monday, December 16th.

Councillors have approved expanding the Open Forum portion to 30-minutes, allowing 10-speakers 3 minutes each instead of the usual 5.

However, council would only listen and not comment on these presentations.

In addition, council has waived the so-called "six month rule" where speakers can only speak once on the same subject.

This will allow previous speakers to come forward without worrying about the six month restriction.

The meeting will allow for three formal delegations where there could be dialogue between council and the presenters.

The special COW meeting will begin at 6:30pm, December 16th and will be held in the Rotary Hall at the Plex.

CAO David Smith and businessman/developer Pier Donnini will also be making presentations at this meeting.

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