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Monday, July 15, 2019

NII MOU Deferred at County Level Until August

Bruce County | by John Divinski  

County councillor and Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau was the only one who did not vote for a deferral

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Bruce County and the Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) has hit a bit of a snag.

According to most councillors who voted to defer, they feel the MOU was too vague and general.

County councillor and South Bruce Peninsula Mayor Janice Jackson says the document didn't spell out any financial implications affecting the county nor did it define a path forward.

Others were concerned that bowing out of the agreement wasn't spelled out as clearly as it could be.

As you probably know, the NII has announced it will set up its facility in the old Saugeen Shores police station as soon as it's vacated and councillors wanted to be sure that any renos to the building are covered by the municipality and not the county.

County councillor and Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau was the only one who did not vote for a deferral of the MOU saying the result is "not going to bring things crashing down around our ears."

He says, "Council wants to see a couple of what I would call minor revisions to the document and would rather not pass it before those have been made."

Mayor Jackson, who had gone after the NII on behalf of her community, was disappointed with the lack of talk before a final decision was made.

She says for the NII to land in Saugeen Shores without much conversation at the county council level "was a bit of a surprise," but "it is what it is."

A revised MOU will come before county council in August.

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