Friday, October 21, 2016



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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Meaford Taking a Smart Approach to Vehicle Idling

StephenVance 540With their initial approval of a vehicle idling bylaw, Meaford's council has adopted a smart approach to the issue.

Rather than beating residents over the head with an all-encompassing (and difficult to enforce) bylaw that would prevent the idling of vehicles everywhere, including private driveways and fast-food drive-thrus, council has instead taken a softer approach that will see vehicle idling prohibited on municipal properties,

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Future Councils Could Have Very Different Parking Issues to Deal With

StephenVance 540Meaford's council had a lengthy and lively debate this week about whether to implement a pay for overnight parking system for the relatively few downtown apartment dwellers who own cars, but don't have a parking spot included with their apartments.

All members of council offered their opinions, and asked excellent questions, and there were some valid points raised on all sides of an issue where nobody is exactly wrong in their views.

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