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Selwyn considers Development Committee

by Simon Conolly

Selwyn Township will consider creating an Economic Development Committee, following a presentation to council’s Nov. 26 meeting by Fred Koster, Chair of the Bridgenorth Business Association (BBA).

He said the Township needs the committee to develop economic opportunities in Bridgenorth and Lakefield, and suggested it be made up of representatives of the BBA, the East Kawartha Chamber of Commerce, council members and a staff person.

The motion to form the committee, in principle, eventually passed on a 3-2 recorded vote, with Mayor Mary Smith and Councillor Anita Locke opposed.

Councillor Sherry Senis moved the motion, and it was seconded by Deputy Mayor Andy Mitchell.

Mr. Koster said economic opportunities are being missed, pointing out that Bridgenorth has no lawyer, no optometrist, and not even a dollar store.

Mayor Smith said the motion was premature, and wanted a staff report on just what the committee’s focus and objectives would be.

She pointed out that the Township works with the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation (now known as Development Peterborough).

CAO Janice Lavalley said the Township had moved away from standing committees several years ago, moving to ad hoc committees which were found to be more effective.

Councillor Donna Ballantyne said the committee’s focus would have to include Ennismore and Young’s Point, and that part of Buckhorn located within Selwyn.

“I’ve been talking about an Economic Development Committee since the day I got elected, Deputy Mayor Mitchell said.

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