Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunday November 3, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen

The clocks have been turned back and Mother Nature is settling in for a short winter’s break. No break on the Town agenda though, as you will see below. Also by the time spring returns we will be well into the municipal election race. So if you are thinking of running, there is no time like the present.  

On Monday November 4th at 10:00 am invitees from the tourism sector will meet at the Oakwood Community Centre in Tiny. The objective is to develop a plan of action to better coordinate and market tourism in our area. We all appreciate how important tourism is for our economy but to date we have not effectively promoted our region’s many superior tourism assets. This plan will head us in that direction. The new plan will be publically available next February at the Tourism Summit to be held in Tay.

The positive economic news continues for Midland on Tuesday November 5th at 3:00 pm with the opening of the Des Jardins Caisse Populaire on Hwy 93 in Midland.

Wednesday November 6th will see the Grade 6 students from Bayview Public school at Town Hall for a tour - an infrequent opportunity to tell younger folks what municipal politics and operations are really like.

That evening, get ready for a series of meetings at Town Hall:
1)     At 6:30 pm is a special meeting of Council to decide on the signage for the new Bourgeois motors location on Hwy 12.
2)     At 7:00 pm is a Public Planning meeting for residents to comment on the rezoning and prospective sale of two surplus town properties - 340 Lakewood Dr. and 808 Birchwood Dr.
3)     Following is the regular Planning and Development Committee meeting including:
-       A revised proposal for the development of the Moranis property at 422 King St.  (Note that while the public cannot speak at this meeting I anticipate Council will recommend another public input meeting to gain comments on the revised proposal.)
-       Zoning change for the old Holy Cross church property at 845 Yonge Street.
-       A lot severance on Sumac Lane (fronting Little Lake)

If Town business is not your cup of tea you may wish to visit the MCC to take part in their new “Destinations” travel club. This monthly club will be hosted by Meg Whitton (the DOCK FM) and help you explore the world of travel. This inaugural meeting starts at 7:00 pm with the topic of “Cruising” (ocean cruising and river cruising).  Tickets are $19 at the MCC Box Office or online at

On Thursday November 7th Council will hold a closed meeting to obtain information about the prospective MPUC sale. While the meeting has been closed for a variety of reasons, I am trying to get at least portions of it opened so that you are aware of the issues confronting Council as it decides on the best course of action for our MPUC asset. I will put out a special e-mail if the meeting will be held, at least in part, in public.

Friday November 8th get ready for a pre-Remembrance Day treat “When Johnny Came Marching Home”.  This stirring performance features the Purple Heart Band, plus the three-part wartime harmony group The Maisies.  The fun starts at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $25 plus tax at MCC. $30 at door. Veterans are free.


Two special items for your Saturday:
The museum has a special craft event on Saturday and Sunday. Ethel Chynoweth Pawis will lead you in making your own moccasins at Huronia Museum.  The cost is $100 plus HST. Please call the Huronia Museum.
At 2:00 pm is a reception at the library in honour of past Board member Shirley Whittington
Monday November 11th is Remembrance Day.  Please join us at the Cenotaph at 10:45 am.

Gord McKay

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


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