Dufferin Service Delivery Review – The County of Dufferin conducted a comprehensive service review of shared municipal services/resources, internal county operations, and human/community services. The consultant, Optimus, provided an overview of the results of the Dufferin Service Delivery Review, focusing on shared services identification, review, and recommendations. The report was received by Orangeville Council.

Orangeville Tourism Strategy & Action Plan – Terrilyn Kunopaski, Director and Trade Development of Bannikin Travel and Tourism Ltd. presented the Orangeville Tourism and Strategy Action Plan. Council received the plan and directed the Economic Development and Culture office to begin implementation of the strategy as part of its annual operating work plan.

Orangeville Minor Hockey, Orangeville Girls Hockey & Skate Canada – representatives of Orangeville Minor Hockey, Orangeville Girls Hockey Association and Skate Canada outlined the challenges facing ice sports during the pandemic including the costs associated with providing these opportunities to the community. Council directed staff to report back regarding their requests, asking that the report include information on the feasibility of extending the ice season.

Dufferin County Canadian Black Association – Alethia O'Hara-Stephenson provided an overview of the Dufferin County Canadian Black Association. Council resolved to register as a partner on the Dufferin County Canadian Black Association business registration page and to list the Dufferin County Canadian Black Association as a resource on the Town website.

OBRAG notice of termination – on December 16, 2020, OBRAG submitted a formal notice to terminate the agreement with the Orangeville Railway Development Corporation (ORDC), effective December 31, 2021. OBRAG stated the decision was due to a number of economic factors, including the significant decrease in active members and rail traffic over the past two to three years. The required annual re-investment in the 100-year-old rail line was not sustainable at the current freight levels. OBRAG will continue to maintain the rail freight usage of the shortline rail until the termination date of December 31, 2021, after which the rail services will cease. Council had approved in August, 2019 that ORDC sell or otherwise dispose of its assets and wind up its operations. ORDC is to report back to Council on final recommendations.

Regulatory By-law Review work plan – Council directed staff to report back on various regulatory by-laws in accordance with a schedule for the remainder of the term of Council, subject to approval of the staffing resources identified in the Clerk’s Division 2021 budget.

Proposed tow truck licensing by-law for Dufferin municipalities – At a meeting with the County of Dufferin and its local municipalities in August 2020, interest was expressed in having the Town of Orangeville develop, administer and enforce a uniform tow truck licensing by-law. Staff recommended that the request be dealt with in two stages: by-law development and a licensing and enforcement program.

Council passed a resolution that any municipality wishing to participate in stage one of the development of a uniform tow truck licensing by-law contribute $1000; and that upon the passing of a by-law Town staff provide the Dufferin County local municipalities with the opportunity to opt into having Orangeville administer the licensing and enforcement of the by-law on a cost recovery basis.

Restaurant and pet shop licences extension – In order to provide relief to those businesses facing financial challenges as a result of the pandemic and the enhanced restrictions, Council voted to extend the expiry dates of restaurant and pet shop licences to April 30, 2021. The new expiry date would be carried forward to subsequent years.

Grey County Transit Agreement – The County of Grey recently launched a trial community transportation system known as Grey Transportation Service (GTR), planned to run until the end of March 2023. Buses are scheduled to depart from Owen Sound at appropriate times to ensure riders arrive on time for employment in Grey Highlands, Dundalk, Shelburne and Orangeville and to also connect with Orangeville Transit and GO-Metrolinx. The schedule provides for two trips in the morning and two trips in the afternoon. It is planned that the GTR make stops which coincide with two of Orangeville Transit system’s bus stops: at the Fourth Street transfer terminal and at the Orangeville Mall-Metro bus stop. Grey County wishes to establish a public transit bus stop and erect signage at each of these two locations. Council voted to enter into an agreement with Grey County to permit two public transit bus stops with signage, one at Fourth Street and the other at the Orangeville Mall – Metro, Hansen Boulevard stop. The Town will maintain the stops but will be reimbursed for expenses.