Ladies and Gentlemen
Our weather rollercoaster continues. Lately I have been receiving more calls about cleaning up the sand than to remove the snow. Such is life in the Town.
The Week Ahead
Monday January 22nd starts at 7:30 am when the NSCFDC hosts Marketing Monday, an education series to help small business learn about marketing fundamentals. The first event is entitled – “Marketing Foundations – Define your market and develop your marketing plan”. The workshop is free and takes place at Midland public library. Register online at www.nscfdc.on.ca/upcoming-events.php
At 6:30 pm Midland Council holds a closed meeting covering two items – nominations for the Youth Committee and staff changes related to our Service Delivery Review project. At 7:00 pm it’s the regular Council meeting including:
- Three awards of merit for outstanding citizens
- A deputation by SSEA on our climate change plan
- Tender results for a new transit bus
- Recommendations on snowmobile trails in Midland
- Preparatory by-laws for the 2018 municipal election
On Tuesday County Council takes place at 9:00 am. Council will learn about the new Georgian College Advanced Technology Innovation and Research Centre. Later that day at 3:00 pm the Housing Working Group meets at Town Hall.
Wednesday at 2:00 pm our OPP Transition Committee meets to discuss the latest developments. Please see OPP item below.
On Thursday the 25th the Town has scheduled two meetings for you to help us determine the future of our bus transit system. The Transit Operational Review Public Open House will be held from 2 – 4 pm and again 5 – 7 pm at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre. Please attend one of the meetings and/or provide your comments on-line at www.surveymonkey.com/r/midlandtransit.
Friday sees a meeting of the Physician Recruitment Committee at 8:30 am. The Committee is dealing with the question of whether it is still needed (seems we now have a good supply of doctors) and if so what its go forward plan should be. Then at 1:00 pm the Cruise Ship Industry Group meeting reviews the start-up activities for our cruise ship business case project.
Week - End
Saturday January 27
5:00 pm – Robert Burns annual dinner at the Midland Legion
8:00 pm - Sugar and Gold – Stories of the Underground Railroad. This full length stage production is a dynamic musical featuring riveting stories of the Underground Railroad written by Diana Braithwaite, a direct descendant of the first fugitives who arrived in Canada from America. That’s at the MCC.
Sunday January 28
7:30 pm - The Real Rabbie Burns with the Celts, a Celtic music supergroup well-known for their themed shows. Drawing heavily on the back-story, they entertain and amuse with true stories and anecdotes of the real Rabbie Burns.
Council Issues Update
A bit of drama in these final days. The Midland Police Service Board and the four police bargaining units have gotten into some protracted discussions that question whether the transfer will take place as hoped in mid-February. The matter is now before the Ontario Civilian Police Commission who will decide on Monday whether to let the transfer go ahead or delay their approval resulting in a three month delay in moving to the OPP. See attached letter for further details. I will update you Tuesday on what has happened on this important issue.
Lots of rumors on the potential move of the Keewatin from Port McNicol to Midland. What can be said with some certainty is that the owners of the Keewatin have indicated they will likely have to move the ship and that they would like to keep it in North Simcoe. No information has come to Council on this matter. So while we are all interested in the future of this significant tourism attraction we will have to wait until February when the principals come before Town Council.
Last year the County announced its long term Transportation Plan. It focused on inter-urban connections with the first bus route being from Barrie to Midland. The County plans a soft launch of the service right after Canada Day, with a free introductory service likely until Labour Day. Hopefully early ridership will lead to the long term success of this much needed link.
The Year for Forging Our Future - 2018