North Huron's Trevor Seip seeks evaluation of Blyth campground ownership
BY DENNY SCOTT
After reviewing a service delivery report prepared by KPMG consulting, North Huron Deputy-Reeve Trevor Seip wants to evaluate North Huron’s involvement with the Blyth Campground.
Near the end of North Huron Township Council’s Monday night meeting, Seip said the township’s ownership and operation of the Blyth Campground is the one part of the service delivery that stuck out for him. He felt council was aware of most of the other issues presented.
“Based on what I’ve seen in [the review], council has done a significant amount of that stuff,” he said, referring to recommendations from KPMG to consider changing if and how services are delivered. “In my mind, arguably everyone’s mind, [that land] is being underutilized. I wonder what we’re going to potentially do with that property.”
While Seip said he was aware of how “emotional” the community is regarding the property, which was highlighted when council considered using part of the campground for the new fire hall, council needs to make a decision regarding the future of the campground land.
North Huron Chief Administrative Officer Dwayne Evans said the future of the campground could be tied to a recreation master plan for which staff was about to issue a request for proposals (RFP). Through further discussion, it was explained that the RFP was set to be released on Tuesday, the day after the meeting.
Reeve Bernie Bailey said that, with the campground just being approved for use by the Blyth Festival for its 2021 season with a special outdoor show, the decision wouldn’t be one that came soon. Furthermore, he thinks the campground is an asset to the community.
“I think there is an opportunity there,” he said. “I think you have to have the right people in place to make that opportunity work.”
Clerk Carson Lamb then brought up a recent meeting between Evans, North Huron senior staff and Huron County staff with Blyth Business Improvement Area (BIA) Chair David Sparling to determine the future of the land. While the BIA has requested a committee to help steer the grounds, that request was deferred, Lamb said, to make sure the work wasn’t being duplicated through the recreation master plan.
Bailey said it was important for the issue to be handled with as much information as possible so council could “chart a path forward” for the land while looking at all the related issues.
Council took no action as a result of the discussion.