Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturday March 22, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

It is Spring. It is a beautiful day. Nuff said.

On Monday March 24th at 5:30 pm there will be a special meeting of Council to receive information on the new development charges.  Development charges are levied against new developments or expansions to pay for the Town services needed by the new development. You are welcome to attend.

At 7:00 pm it’s the March Council meeting at Town Hall.  A long agenda including:
-       Three deputations:
o    The new Huronia Tourism Plan
o    The new Midland Cultural Plan
o    Mr. Watters speaking to his lot severance
-       A Public Meeting (you may speak) about the proposed by-law to regularly inspect septic systems in Midland
-       Request for a snowmobile route off of MacDonald Road
-       Request for a review of taxes on vacant premises in the downtown
-       Notification of the 2013 “Sunshine List” showing 33 municipal employees, up from 19 in 2012
-       Civic reception plans for Adam Dixon, our own bronze medal para-Olympian
-       Decision on surplus lands on Ingram Cr., Lakewood Dr. and Estate Ct.

Tuesday will see me attending the County Council meeting in Midhurst at 9:00 am.

Wednesday March 26th will feature a special Police Service Board meeting at Town Hall at 2:00 pm to discuss the 2014 Board workload and the potential review of Board procedures. At 7:30 that evening, you are invited to the MCC for an evening with Canadian curling legend Glenn Howard.  Born in Midland, Glenn has risen to the summit of international curling.  He has won 4 Briers, 4 World Championships, and 15 Ontario Provincial Championships.  He has appeared in more games in the Brier than any other curler in history.  Glenn lives in Tiny Township. Tickets available at the door or at

Thursday will be busy. At 1:00 pm the Salvation Army will host a discussion at their 2nd Street location concerning bedbugs in our community. They hope to come up with an action plan to reduce the harm these pests cause many residents.  At 2:00 pm Midland hosts the Huronia Economic Alliance at Town Hall.  This is an open meeting where we discuss matters that shape our economic future. This meeting will review the structure and membership of our new Huronia Economic Development Corporation. You are welcome to attend.  And at 7:00 pm that day, there is a closed meeting to discuss the potential sale of the MPUC.

Friday March 28th you are invited to the regular Waterfront Project Steering Committee – 11:00 am at Town Hall.


-       March 29th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm is the Sweetwater festival at Wye March. (I flip pancakes starting about 10:30 am)
-       A special recognition of Allan Jones who celebrates 107 years this day

-       March 30th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm the Sweetwater festival at Wye March


On a concerning note, I pass along an extract of the information received recently from Enbridge Gas Distribution.

Following one of our three coldest winters in 25 years, on March 12, 2014 Enbridge Gas Distribution applied for a significant rate increase with the Ontario Energy Board for our 2014 second-quarter bills. Natural gas is still expected to cost less than it did a number of years ago (even at the increased price we’ve applied for, the cost of natural gas would still cost residential customers less than half the cost of electricity and oil). With the increased price we’ve applied for, natural gas prices will be similar to those seen in early 2009.

The overall impact on individual bills will depend on how much natural gas a customer uses. If the new rates are approved, overall a customer who uses about 3000 m3/year would be paying about $400 more per year (or $33/mos) due to the cold winter and NG market pricing ($1,382 compared to $984 based on the annual bill estimate for January’s rates). For a customer using 2,600m3 a year the overall bill would be would be about $1,211.

Always wanting to close on a happy note, Midland will see the opening of the Bo Authentic Thai Cuisine restaurant on Bay Street. Looking forward to the opening this spring.

Gord McKay

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