Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday November 22, 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen

Seasonal insight for male readers – its easier to put your Christmas lights up when it’s not snowing. Let’s hope it continues.

A relatively light week, sparkled with some important meetings

Monday November 23rd at 7:00 pm at the Town sees our Council meeting (Deputation Only). The relatively light agenda includes:
- a deputation by John Lister on the latest developments for our Arts Centre
- presentation of a petition on the Eighth Street – Arch restaurant situation. Council should make a decision on the matter later in the evening
- the creation of a new Traffic Sign Committee
- a recommendation by staff that the Town defend its proposal to designate the Drummond Wall as an historical asset

On Wednesday the 25th, the County will launch its new waste management committee. Expect to hear mare about Zero Waste in future.

Later that Wednesday, at 5:30, the Town will hold its final scheduled budget meeting. At the last meeting the Town appeared to be closing in on a Town tax rate increase of just over 4%. The Mayor underscored the seriousness of our financial situation by proposing a wage and hiring freeze for 2010. You may wish to attend.

On a more seasonal note:
- First Light starts at Ste. Marie on the 26th – a beautiful event
- Midland’s Tree lighting ceremony takes place at the Town dock (note the change) on Friday November 27th at 7:00 pm
- Also on the evening of the 27th, the Quest Art School and Gallery proudly opens their new gallery on King Street in Midland – a wonderful addition to our downtown

And lastly a call for volunteers. The Town needs your help to welcome the Olympic Torch on December the 29th – everything form parking lot assistance to dressing up as the Olympic mascot. If you are interested, application forms are available at the Town office and the NSSRC.

Gord McKay

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