New Detachment Commander for Dufferin OPP detachment – Inspector Terry Ward was introduced to Council as the new Dufferin Detachment Commander.

Recognizing front-line workers – Resident Allan Luiker spoke before Council, outlining his suggestion that a tribute to front-line workers and the risks they take be made at the Alder Recreation Centre, if not through renaming the facility, then in the form of an acknowledgement above the entrance doors to the centre. Council directed staff to investigate using the Public Art Program to recognize essential workers. 

Taxicab and limousine driver’s licence extension – Council voted to extend the expiry date for taxicab and limousine driver’s licences issued in 2020 from January 31, 2021 to April 30, 2021.

Edelbrock Centre transit transfer station update – At its meeting on December 14, 2020, Council directed staff to work with the County to assess the feasibility and costs for locating the transit transfer point at the Edelbrock Centre, connecting Centre Street with Dawson Road. Infrastructure Services has spoken with staff at the County of Dufferin, who are prepared to work with the Town on re-locating Orangeville’s Transit transfer point to the Edelbrock Centre property. However, County staff highlighted a number of matters which need to be addressed before final approval is given. Specifically, the County highlighted that impacts on operations at the Edelbrock Centre, traffic/noise, route alignment, environmental matters, washroom and parking would need to be addressed.

Council approved the location of the transit transfer point on a transit way connecting Centre Street and Dawson Road at the Edelbrock Centre and directed staff to work with the County to develop an acceptable design.

Riddell Road intersections analyses In late 2019 Council received a delegation from a group of residents concerned about safety of the intersections of Riddell Road and Alder Street, and Riddell Road and Spencer Avenue/Centennial Road. Specifically, the delegation questioned the safety of the left-turning movement from northbound Riddell Road onto both westbound Alder Street and Spencer Avenue. The services of Paradigm Transportation Solutions Limited (Paradigm) were retained and their report outlined a number of recommendations. Council voted to implement protected left turn signals at each intersection and additional lane markings, as set out in the Paradigm report.

Traffic by-law amendment for town-wide speed limit reduction – At its meeting on September 28, 2020, Council passed a motion that all 50 km/h roadways in Orangeville be revised to 40 km/hour, with the exception of Hansen, First Street, Town Line, C Line, Riddell, Centennial, B Line and Broadway. Additionally, three new areas would become Community Safety Zones – Rolling Hills Drive, McCannell Avenue and Blind Line. The town will replace a total of 186 signs, which will cost approximately $25,000 in materials. The new speed limits will not come into effect until the signs are all in place, with a target date of March 1, 2021. Council passed the amending by-law, allowing staff to move forward with the sign replacement.