Saturday, May 5, 2012

Saturday May 5, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen

A sunny weekend (again). My garden calls (weeding).  I will keep this short.

On Monday a small group of County Councilors are meeting at County to discuss the problem of structural downloading from the province. While many people recall the “explicit downloading” that occurred under previous provincial governments, the reality is the downloading has never stopped. Your municipality is regularly required to produce new reports, manage new provincial regulations or cover for a provincial service withdrawal. The cost is implicitly handed to your municipality. The group will examine how we deal with this problem.

Tuesday May 8th will see another step in our economic development with an internal meeting to discuss the creation of a trades incubator.

Wednesday May 9th at 6:00 pm, I will be making a presentation the “Midlandcommunity” group. Topics will range from taxation to Fire Departments. Then at 7:00 pm we remember our fallen veterans with a candlelight ceremony at the Cenotaph.  Please arrive early.

On Thursday May 10th, Georgian Bay General Hospital is organizing a volunteer clean-up of the hospital grounds. A good opportunity to help both our hospital and Midland look better. Please come at noon, dressed for rough yard work. And in keeping with the gardening theme, the Girl Guides will be planting trees in Little Lake Park starting at 4:30 pm.

Saturday May 12th will be busy:
-       Season opening mass at Martyrs’ Shrine at 10:30 am
-       Opening of our new Visitor Information Centre at the Town dock at noon
-       M&M is hosting its annual BBQ in support of Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. It takes place at their store on Hwy 93 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Come hungry.

Today being Treasure Day in Midland, a reminder that the County’s new Special Collection Program will start in 2013. This program replaces the old Heavy Waste Pick-up.  With the new service you will be able to call a special phone number and arrange to have your items picked up at your door at your convenience. There will be a fee – yet to be determined.

And in closing, below is a link to the presentation I made last week to Midland Rotary on Midland’s economic development.

Gord McKay

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