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

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