Work on Blanche School underway, NextEra proceeding in Elora

In this picture, taken in January 2020, the foundation of the new Blanche School was just being poured. Now, the finishing touches are being applied - lights are currently going up and the construction of the sidewalks is underway.


The County Commission Meeting that took place on Tuesday, October 20 saw a number of updates on developments in the community, including the work being done on Blanche School and the status of the contract with Nextera Energy.

Following the typical procedural measures such as the invocation and the approval of the minutes, the meeting began properly with an update from Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bill Heath, who provided information on the state of the construction being done on a few of the structures within the school system. The first to be mentioned was Blanche, where, according to Heath, lights are currently going up and the construction of the sidewalks is underway. Heath encouraged any interested parties to go have a look at the work being done on the site for themselves, as much has been done to improve the property. For their aid in these developments, Dr. Heath gave special thanks to commissioners Ricky Bryant and Doug Campbell.

As for the obsolete Blanche building, Dr. Heath stated that he was looking for community input on what to do with the property in years to come and encouraged interested citizens to provide the school system with feedback for posterity.

Dr. Heath then gave a brief update on the status of the construction being done on Lincoln County High School, noting that the new STEM wing is complete and has managed to leave the school system with a $90,000 surplus in the budget. Additionally, Heath stated that an open house will be held at the facility in the near future, although an exact date has not yet been set.

Following Dr. Heath’s update, Planning and Zoning Director Nancy Harris took the podium to discuss the status of the County’s partnership with NextEra Energy in the development of the Elora solar energy project. According to Harris and the team from NextEra, the project is currently under construction and will be completed in 2021. The team assured the commission that the work being done on the project is being completed with adherence to standard COVID-19 safety protocols.

The matter of Croy engineering being employed to provide site-work oversight on the project was then brought to the commission’s attention, and a motion was made in favor of allowing the firm to do so. The motion was approved unanimously.

Harris then addressed the unrelated matter of calling a public hearing for the rezoning request that is to apply to the Dollar General Store in Taft. The motion in favor of this matter was approved, and the hearing is set for November 17 at 5:30 P.M.

Director of the Chamber of Commerce Carolyn Denton then took the podium and poke of the upcoming Host of Christmas Past. The Host is to be held on the weekend of November 13-15, and all attendees are asked to adhere to standard COVID-19 precautions.