The much maligned tennis courts at Kerr Park in Bracebridge are now in line for a $90,000 upgrade.
Tuesday morning Bracebridge’s general committee signed off on the project, which is set to get underway in the spring.
The proposal includes resurfacing and rehabilitation of two courts, painting of the surface, including pickleball and tennis lines, new posts and nets, and any other items required. The courts have been in poor condition for years, and a third court is in such bad condition that Town staff have recommended closing it to the public for safety reasons.
Another set of tennis courts at Kelvin Grove is frequently used by the Bracebridge Tennis Club and Coun. Rick Maloney questioned whether the Club could now start using Kerr Park, so more members of the public could use the centrally located Kelvin Grove.
Cindy O’Reagan, the town’s director of recreation, said they plan to talk to the club about that issue when the work at Kerr Park is finished.
Councillors want more sway with Chamber of Commerce
Some Bracebridge councillors are looking to get a bit more clout with the Chamber of Commerce.
Currently, Town councillors rotate having a spot on the Chamber’s board of directors, but they don’t get to vote on board decisions.
At Tuesday general committee meeting, Coun. Lori-Lynn Giaschi-Pacini requested the Town’s CAO look into the issue of getting full voting rights at the board, and come back with a report. She said some councillors aren’t happy with the current situation and feel like little more than messengers for the Chamber.
Mayor Graydon Smith questioned the purpose of such a report. While he agreed that councillors would love a vote at the chamber board meetings, he pointed out that ultimately the chamber is an independent body with their own bylaws. Regardless of what the report says, Smith said the town’s not in much of a position to force the Chamber to do anything.
Giaschi- Pacini said the information would be helpful either way and council ultimately agreed to proceed with the report.
Councillors sign off on $252,980 in roof repairs
The Town of Bracebridge’s general committee agreed to shell out $252,980 for the construction of a new roof at their municipal office.
The roof in question shelters the municipal record storage room; the public works repair garage and operations garage, and other facilities. Walt Schmid, the head of public works said the roof is 29 years old and nearing the end of its life expectancy.
Some councillors questioned the need for skylights in the new roof, but Schmid said they were simply to replace existing skylights. The councillors were worried about heat loss and leaking in the skylights by Schmid said it hasn’t been a problem in the past.
The project was passed unanimously.