Community Comment: Community garden taking shape in Montrose

"Stay tuned for information regarding your opportunity to participate in planter box construction and layout activities later this month."

I’d like to start off by thanking the people of Montrose for letting me be their voice for our community.  It’s been a very interesting first year and I look forward to the remaining three.

Our community garden (courtesy of MYATS – Montrose Youth Action Team Society) is taking shape with the fence installation complete and stone work up and going.  Stay tuned for information regarding your opportunity to participate in planter box construction and layout activities later this month.  Everyone involved is looking forward to the produce that will be grown for 2016 and beyond.

Also, this weekend, the Greater Trail Bantam Rep Tier 2 Hockey Team is having a sandbag fundraiser on Saturday, October 10th.  All the hard work will be taking place at the end of the 3rd Street loop in Montrose (the rear parking lot for Montrose Park near the Spray Park and new Community Garden location) starting at 8 a.m. and runs until the approximately 4,500 sandbags are filled and delivered to the various service stations around the area.  Come on out and support their efforts!

Make sure you look for the Village newsletters to stay updated on future Community Events, including the final dates for yard / garden waste and branch pickups this year (October 29), and Montrose Recreation Halloween events.

It’s that time of year again where the bears are out and about looking to put on those extra pounds before hibernation.

So try and make sure your garbage is put away where they will not bother trying to get it.

For human wildlife conflicts, please contact Provincial Conservation Officer Services Toll Free at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) to report wildlife-human interactions where public safety is at risk.

The Village has recently purchased a new snow plow truck unit that will help not only in the winter months but is outfitted to be able to use for all aspects of work year round, making it a more efficient unit for the employees.  We have also recently completed numerous upgrades to the Community Hall, including a new kitchen floor, gas range and a new “user-friendly” audio system.

As the hall has seen a dramatic increase in use over the past few years, make sure that your group contacts the Village Office to reserve a spot for your upcoming event.

With the days getting shorter and visibility being compromised, slowing down is even more important so one can be aware of children and residents on the streets.

We do have four crosswalks in the Village that are used for the safe crossing of pedestrians across Highway 3B and Council is currently working with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to try and improve lighting at these locations.

Lastly, our council is already meeting trying to get the budget in place for next year.  This is an interesting time with lots of hours spent and hopefully it goes as smoothly as last year!  As always, residents are encouraged to participate in these discussions and deliberations.

Mark Reid is a councillor for the Village of Montrose.

Community Comment is an opportunity for elected officials from our local municipalities to update citizens in the region on the events, plans and progress in their respective communities. Every Friday, the Trail Times will present, on a rotating basis, a submission from councils, school trustees or regional district directors.