Building down in Guelph-Eramosa

The township has seen $7,040,080 in construction permits issued between January and March, or the first quarter of this year. In comparison, last year  permit values were at $15,632,000.

Chief building official Dan Sharina explained at the April 7 Guelph-Eramosa council meeting the decrease is due to a large number of renovations done on the school last year. In fact, there have been 45 permits issued in the first quarter of 2015, compared to 27 permits over the same period last year.

The rise is largely due to an increase in residential permits.

Community fundraiser

Steve Liebig and Mark Hunt of the Rockwood Eramosa Firefighters Association asked council to waive the Rockmosa Community Centre rental fees for the annual Yuk Yuk’s community fundraiser taking place at the centre on April 18.

“Every dollar made from Rockmossa at the Yuk Yuk’s (event) will be donated back to the community,” Liebig explained. “Not one dollar is for our benefit in any way shape or form.”

Council agreed to waive the fee.

Public meeting

Richard and Wendy Ward brought a zoning amendment application to council seeking to remove the permitted detached dwelling unit use of the lot from the bylaw and recognize the undersized area of the proposed severed lot at 5495 Fourth Line. Council approved the township zoning bylaw amendment.

Planning associate Kelsey Lang said that once the requirements of all affected parties are met, such as this amendment, the severance will occur.

Tax adjustments

Six applications were approved for property tax adjustments. The total value of these adjustments is $18,566, with the township losing $4,391, the county losing $10,828 and education losing $3,367. The adjustments are largely due to demolitions.