Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday April 19, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

A long Easter week-end and it looks as if the fine weather is here to stay. King Street is very busy with spring shoppers and I understand the Easter bunny has been busy too.  Enjoy.

Tuesday starts with County Council at 9:00 am.  One of the more interesting items for Midland is the vote on funding for inter-urban trails. The County will consider providing partial funding for a number of trails in the County including the Fuller Avenue bike trail.  Midland’s portion of this shared project is already in the 2014 budget.  Hopefully we can complete the Fuller trail this year with our good neighbour.

Later that day I meet with a young man who is considering running in our upcoming election. Despite many citizens being down on their political leaders, the job of municipal Councilor is a tremendously important one for our future. In the coming term your elected leaders will decide upon the development of the Unimin lands, your taxes and even the future of your police service. Please make sure you vote and if you have any interest, consider running for public office.

Many of you will recall the fabulous Butter Tart festival that the Town hosted last year. Well it’s back! On Thursday April 24th at 1:30 pm at the Boathouse restaurant the BIA launches the 2014 edition of the World’s Best Butter Tart Festival. There will be some surprise announcements. All are welcome to attend.

At 2:00 pm is the Huronia Economic Alliance meeting at the Penetanguishene Fire Hall. The meeting will discuss our new economic development corporation and the hiring of the economic development officer. Right after that meeting the four mayors will turn their attention to the recent LHIN RFP situation that could have moved ophthalmological services out of North Simcoe. We will be considering a game plan to ensure that we have adequate levels of healthcare in North Simcoe for all of our citizens.

Then at 7:00 pm Thursday evening Council will meet at Town Hall to discuss what should be done with the nearly $900,000 2013 budget surplus.  You are welcome to attend.

Friday April 25th at 12 noon will see the start of the 2014 Midland Home Show.  This is your opportunity to see in one spot all of the local vendors that you will need for your home repair and services. The show wraps up on Sunday.


-       Midland Home Show all day at the NSSRC
-       Huronia Foundation for the Arts and the MCC host a joint dinner/dance fundraiser at MCC starting at 6:00 pm.  A few tickets are still available.

-       Midland Home Show all day at the NSSRC
-       We are the Villagers hosts a pancake breakfast at Brian Orser Arena in Penetanguishene from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
-       Shelter Now is hosting a Bowls for Beds fundraiser at their location starting at noon


And in closing some further information from Enbridge Gas for those trying to cope with the high costs for natural gas in our province.

“We recognize that the recent gas rate increase may make it difficult for some customers to pay their natural gas bills. The OEB’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) provides emergency financial assistance of up to $500 towards their energy bill. In 2013, more than 2,700 low-income households received assistance on their natural gas bills. We also have the Home Weatherization Retrofit Program for qualified low-income homeowners which offers free energy saving measures, such as insulation, to help lower future energy bills and increase comfort in the home.

As you may know, Enbridge Gas Distribution has a policy of not turning off gas to residential customers with a history of non-payment during the cold winter months. This year, we have delayed the date at which we will begin disconnections, from April 1st to April 22nd as the cold weather has lingered well into spring. Lastly, if a customer is having or expecting to have difficulty paying their bills, we would encourage them to contact us (Enbridge), so that we might work with them to make payment arrangements.”

Gord McKay

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