Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday June 26, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen

What a week for the Town. From the devastation and upset wrought by the tornado, to the remarkable response from fire, police, ambulance and other services from across southern Ontario to a sigh of relief when we learned that there were no fatalities or serious injuries. While the memory of the event will linger, Midland is recovering quickly. I hope you are all safe.

Your Town gets back to work on Monday June 28th with a closed meeting at 6:30 pm and then the regular Council meeting at 7:00 pm at the NSSRC (Deputation Only). A lengthy meeting including:
- Presentation of the Senior of the Year Award to Vern Sweeting (posthumously)
- Four deputations including
o affordable housing by Sharon Lapham
o an update on GBGH by Paul Heinrich
- A “Public Meeting” on new fees for the NSSRC programs
- Resolutions to have a second “Treasure Day” on October 2nd and a Town-wide garage sale weekend on July 17 and 18 (no permits required)
- With the demolition of Regent School well underway, the Town will receive a section of land at the end of Hannah St. for parkland
- A tender to pave the final section of the Tiffin Trail

While it is not on our agenda, the County presented its 2010 Strategic Plan to County Council this past week. It shows a very significant growth in debt financing from some $67 million in 2010 to over $200 million by 2015. The County will also see its credit rating drop as its debt level becomes 70% of its operating revenues. We Midlanders own our share of the County debt. I will see if I can get some further information brought to the Council table.

Get ready for Canada Day on Thursday July 1st. All sorts of activities at Little Lake Park starting at 11am. Check out the poster at. And yes, the fireworks are in Midland this year.

Gord McKay

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday June 19, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen

Spring is about wrapped up. Schools are ready to shut their doors. Tourists are again thinking of Georgian Bay. Get ready,

A quiet week in the Town.
- Library construction is now completed. Well worth a visit. The official ribbon cutting will take place in July.
- The two trial dog parks should be open this week. The one at Little lake is by the volley-ball courts, the other is at Tiffin Park. Your chance to take man’s best friend for a run.
- The skateboard park at Little Lake is slated to be refurbished this summer.

A few items for your calendar:
- The County has rescheduled its Waste Strategy meeting to Tuesday the 22nd at 1:30 pm at Midhurst
- Merchants, artists and those who just love a good time are setting out on mid-summer night’s cruise. June 22nd at 7:30. A fun evening of cruising and music on the Georgian Queen. Tickets still available.
- The Senior Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented at the NSSRC on Wednesday June 23rd at 1:00 pm

And lastly, the Town has followed up the Sundowner Road well issue with an extensive testing of area wells. Initial indications are that our water supply. both public and private. is in good shape. A report will be released by the Town shortly.

Gord McKay

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday June 6, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen

Summer is just around the corner and the Town is looking as green and pretty as ever.

Tuesday June the 8th at 7:00 pm is the scheduled Heritage Committee meeting at the Midland Public Library. The meeting may be moved so if you are planning to attend, please call the Town office.

On Thursday June the 10th is a very important meeting for individuals who plan to run in the upcoming election. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will be at the NSSRC at 7:00 pm to describe the rules for nomination, campaign finances and candidate responsibilities. Your chance for an early look at who’s interested. All are welcome.

And Friday June 11th at 6:30 pm its Party on the Dock. This Rotary sponsored event has become a Midland “must attend”. Tickets available at HGR and Tripp’s Paint, as well as at the gate. Your chance to welcome in the summer season in style.

Gord McKay