Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday June 27, 2008

The summer is upon us so meetings at the Town will be fewer and farther between – and so will my updates with News from the Town. But things are not quieting down at Council, as you have seen in the local press.

Council may meet again on July 14th, at the discretion of the Chair. We will have our first Planning Advisory Committee meeting with our new Director of Planning on Wednesday July 9th (“You May Speak”). The Heritage Committee is to meet on July 8th and the Committee of Adjustment on the 10th.

July 1st is all about celebrating this great country of ours. And as you can see in the attached, our Town is doing it in fine style. One special note: there will be a special flag dedication to our veterans taking place at 9:30 am at Huronia Park, at the foot of Bay Street near Bayshore.

Enjoy your summer.

Gord McKay

Monday, June 23, 2008

Monday June 23, 2008

The good old summertime has arrived. And with it we all should be spending more time outside enjoying this beautiful Town we call Midland.

The main meeting for the Town this week will be Council, taking place today (Monday) at 7:00 pm (“Deputation Only”) at the Town. A quieter agenda:
- Will confirm funding for the downtown outreach workers until the end of the year
- A new staff committee to look at the “location, design, cost estimates and timing” for a new Town Hall
- A communiqué from the County about our new Green Bin program (attached)
- An interesting request from the Museum, at the end of the meeting

The Georgian Manor is holding an Open House to review their development plans this Tuesday at 2pm at 7 Harriet Street in Penetanguishene.

And next week will see our new Town Director of Planning aboard. We will return to our regularly scheduled Planning Advisory Committee meetings on July 9.

And don’t for get our big Canada Day celebration coming up July 1st.

Gord McKay

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sunday June 8, 2008

Garbage! Right after the weather, the most popular topic for discussion this week was the mess on our streets as a result of the annual heavy waste pick-up. You have to believe that in 2008 we should be advanced beyond the point where we have to display mounds of trash on our streets for two weeks. Fortunately, two items may interest you:
- At this week’s General Committee meeting (see below) the Mayor will lead a discussion about the trash issue
- A private sector “Simcoe Product Stewardship” group has just been formed to change the way we generate and dispose of trash in Simcoe County. If you want to be part of the solution, please give me a call.

This Monday at 7 pm at the Town, the General Committee (“Written Comment”) meets to discuss many interesting matters:
- Funding for the Downtown (SOS) street-workers program
- Setting our tax rate guidelines for 2009
- Further review of the Rotary Trail location

The Midland Heritage Committee meets on Tuesday the 10th this week. You can be sure the Drummond Wall situation will be discussed. Please contact the Town (526-4275) for the meeting location.

On the environmental front, the SHARE (renewable and alternate) energy group will be holding its annual general meeting on Thursday June 12th at 6:30 at Wye Marsh.

And don’t forget to attend Party on the Dock, starting at 6:30 on Friday June 20 at the Midland Town Dock. Rotary throws a great party.

Gord McKay