Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday March 16, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

A week away from Spring and from the depth of snow outside you would think that we had just wrapped up Christmas. Preliminary results are in for our snow budget this year. Snow ploughing is at about 50% of budget for the year but snow removal is already in the red for 2014. We need a little help Mother Nature.


Monday March 17th will have one Town meeting.  This will be a closed session at 6:00 pm to discuss the absence of our CAO.

On Tuesday March 18th you are invited to Georgian Village in Penetanguishene from 4:00pm to 7:00 pm for an update on the County Master Transportation Plan. You will also have a chance to comment on the developing transportation strategy and how it affects Midland and our area.

At 7:00 pm that evening the Healthcare Innovators group meets. This sub-group of the Huronia Economic Alliance is developing new healthcare businesses and jobs for North Simcoe while improving the availability of healthcare services. Despite the group’s short existence, it is already working on two concrete ideas to spur our healthcare sector.

Over the past year, the YMCA has been spending time in North Simcoe to better understand the challenges of youth engagement. They have recently conducted a survey of youth in our area and are now looking to put some of the identified initiatives into place. If you are working with youth, or have an interest in helping youth, the meeting is on Wednesday at 10:00 am at MSS.

Also on Wednesday I will be joining Mr. Wes Crown, our Town Planner for a noon presentation to Rotary at MCC. We will be discussing the developing Waterfront project and providing the overall vision and the benefits this development will bring to our community.  At 4:00 pm that day, the regular Police Service Board meeting takes place at Town Hall

Thursday March 20th - more consultation. Simcoe Muskoka LHIN has created a Task Group to explore how to improve services to seniors in our area. You are invited to participate at 9:00 am at Georgian Village in Penetanguishene.  Then at 7:00 pm your choice of two items:
-       At Town Hall will be an education session on a planning process known as “Risk Assessment”. This discipline is used for developing brownfield sites that otherwise may sit dormant because of the cost of clean-up. This meeting will be followed by a closed meeting on the MPUC.
-       At the Library Restaurant, will be a fundraising event, Wine and Whiskey for Wetlands. Tickets are $ 25.00 for 4 wine or whiskey tastings, appetizers and live music. Proceeds go to the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre.  Call them for tickets at 705-526-7809 or at
(A hard choice for Thursday evening!)

Friday things start to get crazy. Community Living Huronia is sponsoring “Funky Sock Day”. Your chance to sport your wildest socks and/or leggings and show support for those with Downs Syndrome. At 10:00 am that morning, Stop the Drop will host a meeting at Midland Town Hall to discuss a possible water level research project in our area.

Gord McKay

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