Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday June 19, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen

I was out sailing on the bonnie HMS Badger yesterday. The Ship’s Company made fine sailing companions, even though there were some disturbing murmurings about holding the mayor for ransom. A good time - good neighbours - gotta love Midland.

Recap – This past Thursday the Towns of Penetanguishene and Midland held a third public meeting on our joint urban growth node.  The 50 some attendees provided comments on the fourteen areas identified for cooperation, how we should work together and how to keep the public engaged. The course is set – the work begins.

This Monday June 20th the Town will hold a special public Council meeting at at the Town Hall to discuss three topics:
-          the Council strategy - our list of priorities and a direction to staff on how they are to be implemented
-          Council committees – how many should Councilors participate in and how we should manage our involvement
-          Penetanguishene’s water study project

Tuesday June 21st may seem a little like Ground Hog Day. We will gather again at to inaugurate our waterfront trail connection to the Tay trail.  The ceremony takes place on the waterfront trail behind Baytech off of Highway 12.

On Wednesday your mayor will be traveling to Barrie in the morning to get a preview of the new Georgian College Wellness Centre. This centre will train the health care professionals who will serve our community in the years ahead. Later that afternoon its off to Midhurst to meet with the provincial facilitator about how the province can help our Urban Growth Node.

Thursday June 23rd is a very special day. One year ago a tornado struck our community, damaging property and changing lives. Please take a moment to reflect upon those who were affected, the amazing support we received from our emergency services and neighbouring communites and the spirit that moved Midlanders to rebuild our great community.

Thursday at the Georgian Bay General Hospital will hold its AGM at in the hospital cafeteria. Then at our local McDonalds holds their official re-opening.  This is your chance to drop in and see the extensive renovations at their store on Hwy 93.

On Saturday June 25th at head over to Victoria Harbour to help them celebrate their 100th anniversary. The day will include a parade, free hamburgers, a time capsule and many family festivities.

And in closing, my congratulations to Penetanguishene on the installation of their new dock.  A beautiful structure and well worth a visit. This may be the start of dock envy.

Gord McKay

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