Funding for Sports Hall of Fame spruce-up approved

Acting Mayor Andre Rivette oversees the city council meeting Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. The meeting lasted around a half hour. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – In a council meeting that lasted around 30 minutes, Cornwall City Council approved the request for $18,897 to make improvements to the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame at the civic complex.

The money will be used for improvements to the lower level hall of fame and the showcases on the main concourse in time for the Hometown Hockey television event in March.

The request was transferred from the outside agency funding, addressed during the budget meeting on Friday, and will be part of the 2018 parks and recreation budget.

Council also approved March 5, 2018 at 7 p.m. for a public meeting during city council, as part of the legal requirements for instituting development charges.

A polluter pay resolution – championed by Coun. Elaine MacDonald – was approved to be circulated to Ontario municipalities and the Ontario Ministry of Finance. The city wants the government to institute a special tax class, as well as other reforms, in order to make polluters pay for leaving brownfields.

The council meeting was overseen by Acting Mayor Andre Rivette as Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy is at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) conference in Toronto.