Council discusses mayor’s new role, sale of road allowances, office hours/policies

Guelph/Eramosa council briefs

BRUCEDALE – The Guelph/Eramosa Township council meeting on April 3 began with councillor Corey Woods congratulating Mayor Chris White on his recent election to chair of Conservation Ontario. 

The organization represents the province’s 36 conservation authorities.

Sale of road allowances to Sharpe Farm

During the meeting council finalized the sale of two unopened road allowances to Sharpe Farm Supplies Ltd. for $201,050.

One of the roads is just outside of Everton, and the other is off Marden Road. 

Clerk Amanda Knight noted it was “a little bit of a journey” to get to this point.  

Woods said he’s “glad we finally got this figured out and hopefully from here on forward we close these up, we sell them to Sharpe Farms, and they can continue on doing what they need to do with them.” 

Regarding the Everton location, White said, “We’ve really solved a lot of long-term issues in that community and it’s nice to be able to support our farming community with Sharpe.” 

Municipal office changes

Council adopted a work-from-home policy and approved revised hours of operation for the Guelph/Eramosa municipal office.

Work-from-home agreements for office positions are made on a case-by-case basis, with some staff not permitted to work from home without pandemic restrictions in effect. Eligible staff may work from home one day a week with separate employment agreements that will be reassessed annually. 

Municipal office hours are currently 8:30am to 4:30pm with an hour lunch break.  As of June 5, the lunch break will be reduced to 30 minutes and the office will close half an hour earlier, at 4pm.