Council approves contentious location for Port Elgin splash pad

January 10, 2017

Town Council

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In a recorded vote at Monday night's Town Council meeting, the contentious location of North Shore Park for a proposed splash pad in Port Elgin was approved.

Those opposed to the location were Councilors Don Matheson and Cheryl Grace and Vice Deputy Mayor Diane Huber.

Those in favour were Deputy Mayor Luke Charbonneau and Councilors John Rich, Mike Myatt and Dave Myette.

Absent were: Mayor Mike Smith and Councilor Neil Menage

Therefore, the location for the splash pad has been approved by a narrow margin of a 4 - 3 vote, despite many environmental concerns raised by residents and a 1,700 person petition in objection to the site.

Also approved was the unanimous recorded vote in favour of accepting the Recreation Master Plan presented by Monteith Brown at a previous Council meeting.

At the beginning, the two issues were lumped into one motion for a vote, however, Councilor Don Matheson requested that the two matters be split for two separate votes to be taken.  The outcome was the same ... both issues were passed.

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