Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday January 27, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen

You know it’s cold when your garage door is frozen shut and you can’t even get to your snow blower. Hibernation is looking better all the time.

An interesting week just past. Your Council endorsed an interim control by-law to pause development on the Unimin property, followed by a well-attend public meeting to hear ideas about the future of the land. This 40 acre parcel of waterfront is a vital part of our future. While we now have some breathing space to get our ideas together, challenging decisions will need to be made in the days ahead. Please stay engaged.


Your Council has two meetings on Monday January 28th at Town Hall. At 6:30 pm is a closed meeting to discuss personal and land acquisition matters.  At 7:00 pm is the public Council meeting.  A lengthy agenda including;
-       Three deputations:
o    The 2013 Heritage Conference, to take place in Midland
o    A presentation on public health
o    Developments on the land use at 1707 Hwy 12
-       Then a public meeting where you are asked to speak. Four items:
o    Exchange and sale of lands around the Boathouse Eatery
o    Licensing for events involving multiple “Peddlers”
o    An increase in fire department related fees
o    Allowing stores to open on three additional public holidays – Good Friday, Thanksgiving Monday and Family Day
-       Motion to approve our new CAO, Ms. Carolyn Tripp
-       Adoption of the 2013 budget, except for the Police Services budget

On Tuesday January 29th you are invited to the opening of the Waypoint outpatient clinic at Georgian Bay General Hospital. The festivities start at 3:30 pm.

Wednesday January 30th our physician recruitment team is holding a special public presentation on the Economic Impact of Physician Recruitment in the Southern Georgian Bay area.  Dr. Allan C. Lauzon, Professor, University of Guelph will present at the Midland Public Library at 7:00 pm.

Thursday January 31st is a special day in the Town of Midland as Ted Walker steps into retirement.  Please come and extend your good wishes to Ted at the Town between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Then at 7:00 pm Mayor Marshall is hosting a public meeting on the impact of the declining water levels in Georgian Bay. This area meeting is at Brian Orser Hall. The information from this meeting will feed into our Georgian Bay Mayor’s initiative to seek help from the provincial and federal governments.

Friday February 1st begins with the Heart and Stroke flag raising at11:00 am at Town Hall. Then get ready to party – it’s the weekend of Midland’s Winterfest. This year is bigger and better than ever with a new “lumberjack show”, the popular Polar Plunge, the Gateway Spelling Bee, and the brand new Winterfest Ice Bowl (touch football) played at the new soccer fields. An action packed weekend – check it out at:

And if you want to round out the weekend with fabulous entertainment, Steven Page (of the Bare Naked Ladies) is featured at the Saturday Community Living Huronia Red Carpet evening. Fun begins at 5:00 pm at the Best Western.

Gord McKay

Be part of Midland’s Year of Getting Involved - 2013.


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