Sunday, May 28, 2017



Council (Still) Foolish to Have Rejected Third Party Administration of Community Grant Fund

StephenVance 540On Monday Meaford's council proved once again that handing off the administration of the annual municipal community grants program to a third party just might not be such a bad idea.

In the past, council has had difficulty sticking to the eligibility requirements, and not wanting to say no to otherwise worthy causes they have approved grant requests that didn't quite meet the requirements. At other times, unnecessarily lengthy debates over a few dollars here and a few dollars there, or whether one request should be approved over another, have resulted in prolonged agony in the council chamber.

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Upper Levels of Government Need to Bolster (And Fast-track) Infrastructure Funding For Municipalities

StephenVance 540Week after week, it seems as if we hear our upper levels of government boasting about the billions upon billions of dollars that they will be spending on infrastructure, supposedly in the very near future. Being the 'infrastructure-nerd' that I am, I sure hope it's true, but even more, I hope that many of those billions of dollars will be destined to municipalities, which are arguably in the greatest need of large injections of infrastructure funds.

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Former Mayor Gord Crapper Will be Missed

StephenVance 540Former Meaford Mayor Gordon Crapper passed away on Saturday, August 20, just a few weeks after he reached his 90th birthday.

Gordon Crapper served this community as mayor for 12 years from 1979 to 1991 – well before I moved to Meaford. I didn't know Gord well, and if not for this newspaper, I quite possibly would never have known Gord at all, but he became quite a supportive fan of this newspaper, and, knowing that like him, I have a great interest in small town history and in old small town photos, he would pop into our office every now and then with an old photo of Meaford's past.

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