By Brian Donlevy,
Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 3 and Vienna Road is now planned to proceed in the summer of 2014, but it will still involve some closing of the north/south route. The biggest adjustment to the original construction plan will be a route along Vienna Road that will allow access by emergency vehicles throughout the construction period. The engineers had looked a four alternatives to the project but in two of the cases it would have meant more transport truck traffic through the downtown of Tillsonburg. Two of the alternatives would have meant that Siemens would not have been able to make any eastern deliveries of their turbine blades. Because of staging construction parts of Vienna Road will be closed at various times during the 14 weeks of construction.
The Town of Tillsonburg is looking at renovations and upgrades to the Annandale ball diamonds rather than building a new multi diamond complex. Staff heard that after acquiring land, adding the necessary features for ball diamonds and other amenities the price tag for a new complex could run as high as $2.9 million. The biggest concerns around the Annandale facility are light pollution, stray fly balls and parking. Parks and Recreation are looking at solutions to those problems and a $30,000 request is part of the 2014 budget proceedings.
If dog owners in Tillsonburg want a park of their own they are going to have to find a champion to spearhead the project. The matter was raised at council and the opinion was a park was not a high priority at this point in time. But Council will listen if someone is willing to lead the charge and help with the fundraising to get the canine playground built.
It will now be easier for citizens and councilors to figure out how much of the town’s reserves are in cash and how much is tied up in property. Currently reserve dollars are placed in the town’s account mixed in with Tillsonburg’s operating capital. Council wanted a clearer picture of how many dollars are in reserve so staff is going to set up a separate account. As well, when reserves were reported they would include the estimated value of Tillsonburg’s land reserves. Those dollar values will now be reported separately.
Having set a road map has made it easier for the Tillsonburg Parks and Recreation Department to accomplish a number of their goals. The Community Parks, Recreation and Cultural Strategic plan was completed in 2011 and contained 98 goals, over short medium and long term time frames. To date 20 of 32 short term goals have been completed. Part of the master plan includes taking an in depth look at how to revitalize the 55 acre fair grounds site.