City Council will discuss the state of the current cold-weather warming shelter plan during Monday evening’s meeting, following the recent ice storm that left Saultities without power for an extended period of time.
Coun. Matthew Shoemaker, seconded by Coun. Donna Hilsinger, is bringing forward a motion asking City Staff to review the warming-shelter plan currently in place and recommend any changes based on the needs of the community, which became evident during the recent, year-end weather event that left chunks of the Sault without power for up to 36 hours.
This plan, developed in 2018 after being brought forward to Council by a concerned Shoemaker, wasn’t triggered during this event as the temperatures prior to it were relatively mild and not the -40 degrees celsius required (according to Environment Canada standards) to activate it.
“Staff at the City of Sault Ste. Marie recognized the need for a warming shelter despite the relatively mild weather and, in partnership with the Water Tower Inn, provided a space for community residents to find warmth,” the resolution states.
“The situation experienced in the last days of 2019 and the first days of 2020 identified the need for an update to the City of Sault Ste. Marie’s warming shelter plan.
“Now Therefore Be It Resolved that staff review the warming shelter plan currently in place and recommend the necessary adjustments based on the needs of the community that have become evident as a result of recent events.”