Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sunday March 2, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

As a public service there will be no whining about the cold winter in this week’s blog – right to business.

Monday March 3rd will see a 6:00 pm closed meeting to discuss a number of personal issues and one affecting the acquisition/sale of land. At 7:00 pm at the Town Hall is the March General Committee – a bit early to accommodate the March Break.  Agenda items include:
-       Consideration of two applications for our 2014 farmers market
-       Decision to include (or not) the title “County Councillor” on the 2014 election ballot
-       The report of Councillor expenses for 2013
-       Annual reports on water, wastewater, septage and transit

On Tuesday March 4th expect a political announcement at Town Hall.  That same day the final scheduled public ARC meeting will take place at PSS at 7:00 pm. Over the past three months the ARC committee has heard from many members of the public and has been zeroing-in on the high-school option that they will recommend to the School Board. You are invited to attend and participate in shaping our future public high school system for North Simcoe.

Wednesday March 5th you are invited to attend an Open House for the proposed official plan changes to the Unimin lands. The Open House takes place in the Council Chambers from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.  This is your opportunity to see how our Town’s Official Plan will be changed to meet the public expectations developed in last year’s planning consultation. These changes are essential to building out the Unimin lands. (Note the Town still does not own the lands as we are going through the environmental review)

At 7:00 pm at the Town is the Planning and Development Committee. An interesting agenda including;
-       A proposed zoning change to accommodate the Guesthouse (formally Out of the Cold) at 522 Elizabeth St.
-       A staff recommendation on official plan changes for 990 Sumac Rd.
-       Discussion on financing the sewer connection for 151 Marina Park (the partially completed building by Bayport)
-       Recommendation for zoning changes for four properties recently declared surplus – 1037 Ingram Cr., 1041 Ingram Cr., 349 Lakewood Dr., 347 Estate Ct.

Thursday; it’s time for A Day in the Life with Senator Hugh Segal – one of the most interesting, well informed and humourous commentators on the Canadian political scene. He’s been a Professor in Public Policy, has written 8 books on Canadian politics and political history and is soon to become the head of Massey College at the University of Toronto. That’s this Thursday at 7:30 pm at MCC. Tickets are $19 at the MCC Box Office or at

On Friday you are invited to gather at Wye Marsh for the annual Garfield Dunlop Lasagna Dinner in aid of the Wye Marsh Wildlife Center.  There are three sittings: 4:30, 5:30 & 6:30 pm.  Always a good time for a warm meal with your friends and neighbours.

                        Stay warm.

Stay warm.

You have likely noted the absence of our CAO, Carolyn Tripp, over the past few weeks. She is away for health reasons. The CAO duties have been temporarily assumed by Mr. Wes Crown. Some additional changes have been made within our Clerk’s office and Planning to accommodate the shifting workload. We all look forward to having Carolyn back with us soon.

Gord McKay

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