Saturday, June 30, 2012

Saturday June 30, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen

The kids are out of school; air conditioners are buzzing; hazy smoke is drifting from the BBQ as your friends arrive – the lazy days of summer are here. Politicians need a break too, so just a few notes from the Town.

On Tuesday July 3rd, a special meeting of Council has been called for noon at the Library (Community Room). Council will consider a status report from KPMG on our Town operations as well as a request for parking assistance by the Midland Cultural Centre.

Wednesday July 4th I will be at County for a full day strategic planning session.  Later that evening, note that the monthly Planning and Development Committee meeting has been cancelled for July.

On Thursday July 5th a special unveiling of the Sarah Burke Street sign will take place at the Huron Street location at 5:00 pm.

Saturday July 7th its Community Reach’s annual fundraising motorcycle ride. If you like choppers you want to be at the NSSRC at 10:00 am.

Some of the fun dates you will want to be aware of this summer.

July 14th  - the 18th annual Library Garden Tour from 9:00 am to 4:00pm.  16 gardens will be featured this year. Tickets are required.

July 14th - Garfield Dunlop holds his annual BBQ in Coldwater starting at 3:00 pm.

July 16th – The International Joint Commission invites public comment on its Upper Great Lakes Report “Addressing Uncertainty in the Upper Great Lakes Water Levels” That’s at 7:00 pm at the  NSSRC.

August 11th – The annual downtown Artwalk festival featuring artists and family entertainment.

August 24th to 26th – The return of Tugfest well see an armada of tugs in our harbor

Every Sunday morning, don’t forget our own downtown Farmers Market – rain or shine.

And not to leave you with the impression that Council and staff are taking the summer off - just a few of the things that we will be working on:

Council meetings will occur at 7:00 pm on July 23rd and August 27th. The PDC will meet on August 8th.

KPMG operational review will continue through the summer.  Planned public meetings are July 24th at 7:00 pm at the Town, with a final report on September 13th.

Economic development will be in high gear with the launch of the Renew Midland program; a proposal for an area business incubator; a recommendation on how to organize and fund our economic initiatives; a review to streamline our development application process; final preparations on our new economic website and the September 29th Prosperity Summit.

Preparations for the public discussion of the Unimin lands.

Decision on converting our streetlights to energy efficient LED lights.

Consideration of a park dedication for Sarah Burke.

Receive a staff report on transit services considering in-town services as well as a link with our neighbors in Penetanguishene

Discuss the transfer of the municipal leaf pick-up to the County in 2013.


News from the Town will take a brief break this summer – back in September.  Special bulletins will be sent as needed. Enjoy Midland’s beautiful summer.  See you at Canada Day at Little Lake Park.

Gord McKay

Be part of Midland’s exciting Year of Having Fun - 2012.


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