Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday March 20, 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen

Raining outside – snow is melting – spring is happening.

A quiet week in the Town.

Two meetings on Wednesday April 1st. The first starts at 5:00 pm and deals with changes to our development charges (You may not speak). A public meeting on development charges will be scheduled for later on.

Then at 7:00 pm the regular PAC meeting (Speak at discretion of Chair). Much of the meeting will address issues covered in recent Public Meetings – rezoning for Bayport, the Pratt lands and a draft plan extension for Tiffin Pier. One interesting item is a plan to work with the County to redevelop the section of Highway 93 between Yonge St. and the Canadian Tire store.

And for those of you worried about taxes, our representatives to County will be discussing redistributing the municipal tax burden between the different tax classes – residential, commercial etc. This discussion will affect the taxes you pay. Contact your Councillor.

Gord McKay

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday March 22, 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen

A bit delayed in sending out this News from the Town. It has been a busy March break. But back to reality.

Your Council will meet on Monday March 23rd at 5:30 pm for a special closed meeting. (You can view the agenda on our Town website at under Meetings) Then at 7:00 starts the regular Council meeting (Deputation Only). It could be another long meeting with some of the more interesting topics including:
- A letter regarding Midland accepting leachate from Site 41
- Changes to our Notice By-Law
- The Mayor addressing the issue of poverty

The new restrictions on pesticides come into effect on April 22nd. Please refer to the attached notice from AMO.

And lastly this Saturday, your Council will meet with its “Counselor” to see if we can work out some of our process issues. And later that day, please remember that Vox Huronia will be presenting its “Requiem and Revival” concert at St. Pauls United Church at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12.

Gord McKay

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sunday March 8, 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen

My first walk in my garden today. Gotta love those warm temperatures and sunshine.

A busy week in the Town. It starts off on Monday the 9th at 6:30 pm with a closed meeting. At 7:00 pm its the monthly Committee meeting (Written Input). This will likely be a long meeting so come prepared. Some interesting agenda items:
- Report on the 2008 remuneration paid to your Councillors. Your chance to find out who is the most parsimonious member of Council
- You will hear that Midland residents will pay some $1.1 million to the County in 2009 for your waste services. It’s definitely time to shift waste costs from the taxpayer and back to industry
- Fee increases. Dog tags are proposed to go up from $15 to $30.
- The development charge issue for the Shelter Now project will be discussed again

Midland’s Heritage Committee will meet at the Town on Tuesday March 10th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be considering a request to petition for more heritage education in our high schools. (Did you know that more than half of Canadians between ages 18 and 24 could not name our country’s first Prime Minister?)

The Simcoe County District School Board will hold its last Accommodations Review meeting on Wednesday Mar 11th at 7:00 pm at the Penetanguishene Secondary School, 51 Dunlop St. The meeting will consider how many high schools are needed in our area, given our declining number of students.

Gord McKay