By Brian Donlevy,
The new look Tillsonburg logo is an award winner. Mayor Stephen Molnar announced that the branding exercise was honoured at the recent Economic Developers Council of Ontario awards gala. The new look took top prize in the Branding category for municipalities between 10,000 and 50,000 residents. The new brand has the town name in script with a green maple leaf and the words connected, enriched, inspired.
There will be traffic delays in the south end of Tillsonburg this fall. Council has been told that major structural work is needed on the Highway 3 Bridge over Big Otter Creek. One option was to close the bridge entirely for one construction season, but that would have forced all of the traffic off the highway through town. Instead, MTO has decided to keep one lane of the bridge open controlled by traffic lights. The estimated delay time for motorists will be two minutes. The bridge will also be totally closed 8 evenings from 7 until 5 in the morning.
Tiillsonburg Council has decided to delay a non-profit housing project proposed by Tillsonburg Community Housing. Council was dealing with a request to change zoning from low residential density to medium residential density to allow for a sixteen unit senior’s building on Hardy Avenue. Council heard concerns about property values, parking and esthetics from local residents. Most of the concerns of the potential neighbours could be handled during the site plan process, not at this stage, but council decided to delay the entire project. The matter will come back in March.
If Tillsonburg Town Council does not provide fiscal support to the T:GO transportation plan, the system will either be severely cut back or cease to exist. The service started with a 2 year grant from the province which ends in March. In order to replace those funds, $40,000 is being requested from the Town and almost $38,000 from gas tax Tillsonburg receives from the province. Council will make a decision when a staff report comes back.