Grey County putting out welcome mat for doctors
Everyone is welcome in Grey County, but doctors will soon be singled out for special attention.
County council has approved a motion by the transportation and public safety committee to erect "Doctors Welcomed" signs on county roads entering Grey. They will be placed on the nine "Welcome To . . ." signs already in place at no cost to the county.
"The idea is to recognize that there is a doctor shortage," Howard Greig, chair of the TAPS committee, said.
"The doctors that are driving through this community are welcome in Grey County. The purpose is to make them aware we would look forward to them not only being here but coming to stay here."
Brian Mullin, the mayor of Grey Highlands, brought the idea to the Sept. 4 TAPS committee meeting when he appeared as a representative of the Centre Grey Area Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee.
The committee will be responsible for monitoring "the effectiveness of the signs."
PROJECTS BACK ONLINE
A provincial grant of more than $2.1 million has put some stalled county projects back on the front burner. Council approved plans this week to use approximately two-thirds of the funding for projects and to place the rest in reserve.
The Ontario government announced in late August that municipalities would receive an extra $1.1 billion for capital purposes. Grey County's allocation is $2,120,225.
A Sept. 15 meeting of chief administrative officer Gary Wood, department heads and chairs of standing committees recommended eight projects, formerly shelved, now go ahead with the new funding.
The largest single sum, $500,000, was devoted for renovations and upgrades at Rockwood Terrace in Durham.
Electric baseboard heating upgrades in 349 housing units will be done at a cost of $307,000. Renovations and an office redesign at the county building will cost $100,000.
Another $347,000 will be spent on spot improvement and paving of Grey County Road 29, an intersection improvement along Grey Road 40 and to cover a $107,000 resurfacing budget shortfall.
Transportation and public safety committee chairman Howard Greig blamed the shortfall on the price of asphalt, which went up in lockstep with the price of oil but hasn't come down with falling crude prices.