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New Hamburg Board of Trade General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Meeting chaired by vice-president, Steve Wagler; apologies from president Tim Bender.
  • Share the Wealth draw: $250.00 won by Cheryl Gordijk (ticket #1269)
  • 50/50 draw: $59.00 won by Tom Hinz

1. Guest speaker: Township of Wilmot's Mayor Les Armstrong

  • Highlights:
  • The township has been balancing the books and putting money aside for future projects. Staff are the people making this work. This year we will make the final payment on our administration building. The Wilmot Recreation Complex (WRC) is doing better than expected, especially since the swimming pool opened. There is no debt attached to the complex. We will be completely debt-free next year.
  • A $71,000 refit of the New Hamburg Community Centre is scheduled. Half the costs will be covered by the federal government. There will be remodelling of the lobby, concessions and changing rooms. The main meeting room - where Board of Trade meetings are held - will repaired and freshened up.
  • Township wants to paint a mural on the New Hamburg grandstand, and they are seeking an artist to provide it.
  • $100,000 has been commited to the local splash pad.
  • $75,000 will be spent on a new playground at the WRC.
  • The recent phone town hall meeting was well attended, with over 1,200 people on the line. This type of meeting will probably be repeated in future.
  • Questions and comments from the floor:
  • Kathryn Ritz (Ritz Printing): How many people responded to the "What's My Wilmot?" initiative?
    Mayor Armstrong: Approximately 85 postcards were completed and returned, 40-50 people filled in the online survey, a total of 70 attended the four in-person town hall meetings, which was disappointing. If people want to have contact with their council, they need to be become more involved.
  • Meredith Hagen (MeMe's): What is the goal of the township's strategic plan?
    Mayor Armstrong: It will provide a guide for future activities.
  • Bob Zehr (Nith Valley Construction): NVC has lost bids against contractors from far outside the region. Is it possible for bidding contractors to be pre-qualified in order to limit low-bidding outside trades?
    Mayor Armstrong: It's certainly doable.
  • A discussion followed that voiced concerns about the perception that township is engaging in some activities at the WRC which conflict with local businesses (art and music classes, plus yoga and fitness sessions).

2. Annual Budget:

  • Steve Wagler presented the financial update for  2012. This is to be reviewed by our audit committee, with our bylaws stating this needs to be done within 90 days of the beginning of the year.
  • However, one member of the committee is unavailable, so Steve proposed extending this period until the end of May. Motion to accept - Randy Thomson; seconded by Doug Brenneman.
  • The proposed 2013 b
  • udget was presented by Steve. Motion to accept - Paul Knowles; seconded by Tom Hinz.

3. Other business:

  • Steve asked for volunteers from the Board of Trade to attend township meetings, so we can receive reports on issues that might affect us.
  • Our application for a summer student has been submitted, and we should have a response by May.
  • Theresa Dietrich gave a presentation about this summer's inaugural Q'ing For Life - Grilling in the Burg on Saturday June 8th, 2013.
  • This will be a fundraiser and public awareness event for WALDA (Wilmot Area Life Donation Awareness), a community-based charitable organization providing education and support for organ and tissue donation. Entry forms for the barbecue competition are available on the WALDA website. The event is seeking sponsors, competitors (teams), and volunteers. Theresa also urged people to visit the Be A Donor website and register their consent to be a tissue and organ donor.

8. Meeting adjourned: 9:00pm.

Minutes as recorded by Nigel Gordijk.