Bristol council discusses composting and community garden

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Deborah Powell

BRISTOL – Council held their regular monthly meeting, March 4.

Deborah Powell

BRISTOL – Council held their regular monthly meeting, March 4.
A ratepayer asked if any progress has been made towards composting given that the province requires organic material be diverted from landfills by 2020. Mayor Brent Orr said current programs are not geared to rural areas and they are awaiting further, more suitable developments. Council discussed potentially establishing a community garden, as suggested by Councillor Kilgour, either at the municipal building or in Norway Bay.
A motion was passed to authorize the building inspector to apply for funding through the AgriEsprit program for McLellan Park improvements. Following cadastral reform and a study of municipal properties, a list of land parcels to give to landowners was presented to council before it was sent to the C.P.T.A.Q. The properties consist of lot fragments and roads no longer in use.
Council discussed installing a boat washing station near the river as part of a program to prevent the spread of invasive species. Although funding is available through a Nature Conservancy of Canada program, council determined there isn’t an appropriate location in Norway Bay to install such a facility. The municipality of Kazabazua has invited Pontiac municipalities to consider using their facilities for organic waste. Council agreed further investigation is warranted.
A call for tenders for library renovations is now posted on the SEAO website. The first meeting of the Bristol Beautification Committee, made up of councillors and invited ratepayers, will be March 22. Councillors Holmes and Graham said a directory of services will be part of the Committee’s work. There was some discussion on how to encourage property owners to remove junk from their yards.