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Committee recommends apartment for condo conversion

By Robert Washburn

The conversion of a nine-unit apartment building on Spencer Street East will not reduce the amount of affordable housing in Cobourg, the town planner said Thursday. An application from Rodger Cooper to convert the existing rental apartment at 45 Spencer Street East, on the southeast corner of John and Spencer streets, came before the planning advisory committee Wednesday. It recommends council should approve the conversion. The units will sell for approximately $115,000 to $127,000. Current tenants will not be affected by the conversion. Continue Reading →

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Proposal seeks to reduce committee members, eliminate pay

By Robert Washburn

Proposed changes to the town’s planning committee will mean fewer members will serve longer terms and citizens will not be paid to attend, according to a report. Deputy Mayor Stan Frost said recently he wants to review all town committees are part of a major review of the town’s system of advisory bodies. In the proposal, the number of committee members drops by two, to seven from nine. There will be one less representative from town council and one less person from the public. Qualified people apply and are appointed by council. Continue Reading →

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Council approves interim solution for free parking, revisit issue in August

By Robert Washburn

In an effort to meet deadlines and dampen council critics, Councillor Miriam Mutton introduced a series of compromises Monday night to deal with free parking passes. Following a series of recommendations from the town’s parking committee to ban all free parking passes, including town staff, Mutton came back with an interim set of motions allowing fewer free passes and some strict controls on the others to be distributed. Council approved a reduced number of parking passes to the Cobourg Lawn Bowling Club, giving them 65 to cover spaces in the immediate area for this season only. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Transportation study should be done in-house, says councillor

By Robert Washburn

A Cobourg councillor feels town staff and a bit of common sense might have saved taxpayers about $71,000 to produce a roads study last week. Councillor Donna Todd said the skills already exists within the town staff and people know what intersections and roads need work so there was no need to hire HDR/iTrans, of Richmond Hill to carry out a nine-month study to produce the Transportation Master Plan. “I feel we do have the talent on staff already and when we go and purchase these consultant’s studies that we know the information,” she said after the council meeting on May 24.  “We know where the routes need to be and I find it a little disturbing that we spend money on all this information that is already we know first hand.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Free parking passes under fire as committee request cancellation

By Robert Washburn

Cobourg council put the brakes on a recommendation to cancel all free parking passes, including those for town staff and police, Tuesday night until some details can be worked out. A series of motion related to free parking passes were delayed in order to measure the impact on a number of groups and residents, as well as, to determine the financial impact on the town budget. Councillor Miriam Mutton said she agrees with the delay, but emphasized the need to act now in order to make the system fairer. “This has been way overdue,” she said. “The parking committee was ready to move on this.”
The parking advisory committee recommendations came after the town was granting nearly 1,000 free parking passes in the past to residents along Church and Charles streets, for beach volleyball organizers, lawn bowling, lifeguards, seniors in the Market building, police volunteers, commissionaires, dragon boat members and the art gallery, along with a host of others. Continue Reading →

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Town off in wrong direction when it comes to parking in west end, says developer

By Robert Washburn

The town’s plans to restrict or deny parking in two west-end subdivisions will create more problems than it solves and may even make things worse, one of the developers said recently. New Amherst principle Max LeMarchant has never received any complaints about parking issues on public roads in the five years he as worked on the development on Elgin Street West, including in the winter when snow ploughs travel the streets. “The whole thing with parking restrictions, I am not sure what generated it, but I think it is misguided,” he said. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Cobourg’s parking mess

By John Draper

All of a sudden, parking has become a big issue in Cobourg. Last summer it was parking by visitors at the beach – despite signage, parking was allowed on the pier and no waterfront parking was free, even for residents. The residents in the new (white) waterfront condos are unhappy because not enough visitor’s parking required by the building permits. They pay taxes so they expected to be able to park on the waterfront but now, that’s very limited. This is not an easy problem since other residents also want to park on the waterfront in the summer. Continue Reading →

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