Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saturday February 16, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen

The days getting longer and the sun is getting down-right warm. You may want to go out and shovel some snow while you still have a chance.

This past Thursday brought together ten elders and mayors representing communities on the shoreline of Georgian Bay. The meeting developed a plan of action for dealing with the impact that we are all experiencing from declining water levels. To date the elders and mayors have pulled together a statement of the harms that we are now seeing in each municipality. The attention will now be turned to meeting with our provincial leaders at the municipal conference in Toronto at month’s end. Look for a public “town hall” at the start of March where we will update everyone on progress.


Monday should be quiet as we all enjoy Family Day.

Tuesday February 19th will start with a closed meeting at 6:30 pm to discuss appointments to the Seniors Council, naming of a ball diamond and the Fire Department vacancy. The regular Council meeting follows at 7:00 pm. A busy agenda with:
-       Presentations for our Heritage Awards for Merit and for Appreciation
-       Two deputations; one on Human Rights and a second on the 17077 Hwy 12 property
-       Our request to County for leaf pick-up

On Wednesday Feb 20th at 12 noon, the Ontario Chiefs of Police is sponsoring a crime prevention event entitled “It starts with you”. Askennonia will be hosting the event at the NSSRC. This is a public event.  Then at 7:00 pm that evening Council will hold a closed meeting to discuss the Unimin property.

On Thursday February 21st at 9:30 am the Unimin Steering committee meets in the Council Chambers to receive the results of the recent public meeting and decide on directions to include in the final report. You are welcome to attend.

Later that day, at 2:00 pm is the Simcoe County Food Charter launch.  It will take place at the Simcoe County Museum. Then at 5:00 pm the Heads of Council meeting takes place. The four Huronia mayors will meet to discuss common challenges including area tourism and Georgian Bay water levels.

On Friday February 22nd at 6:00 pm the Gateway Learning Centre will be holding their Winter Blues dance at the Native Friendship Center. Certain to be a good time. Friday also sees the start of Huronia Players production of Ropes End. Tickets are available at the MCC for some of the remaining dates.

I close the week with a story.  I will be at the Gateway Learning Centre offices on Saturday at 11 am to read a book to the younger folks. If you want to come along and take part if a fun event, you are most welcome.


For your future planning, the County will be hosting public information sessions for its new waste management systems- specifically improvements to heavy waste pick-up and leaf collection.  Public information sessions will be in many locations including:
-       March 12th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm Brian Orser Hall, Penetanguishene . (Note: the County will provide free public skating that day at Brian Orser from 2:00 to 4:00 pm)
-       March 26th from 9:00 am to noon and again at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the County offices in Midhurst
Gord McKay

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