Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday May 25, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

At last summer seems to have arrived. And with it the temptation to get out the lawn chair and push the world away.  As you will see below, there are a number of important meetings coming up in the Town this week. You may want to get involved before the truly lazy hazy days of summer set in.

This past week, the Town held a special meeting of Council to pass the required Development Charge By-law. These by-laws are set every five years and define the onetime charges assessed on new houses and buildings to pay for increased use of Town services. Your Council voted to freeze our current rates for one year so we could decide on what rates would best allow for managed growth in Midland. By taking time to assess the planning and economic implications of development charges, we will be in an informed position by this fall to set our rates for another five years.

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Monday May 26th at 4:00 pm is a Waypoint Sponsors event at Waypoint – a celebration of the many people who continue to make Waypoint such a success.  Then at 6:00 pm at the Town is a closed meeting to discuss a matter of litigation.

At 7:00 p is the May Council meeting. A long agenda featuring:  
-       Two presentations:
o    Our champion Midland Atom BB Hockey team and
o    A special award to four of our firefighters
-       Three deputations:
o    Huronia Museum’s three year strategy
o    Presentation on our septic tank inspection program
o    Request for a compassionate exemption for two additional dogs – our by-law limits households to two dogs
-       Finalization of the 2014 budget – we are coming in with a Town tax rate of about 0.5%
-       Review of two new summer 2014 events for our Town – Ribfest and a Watercross event for Little Lake Park
-       By-law regarding the zoning variance for the proposed Guesthouse shelter relocation
-       Direction on the long outstanding RSI waste re-cycling facility.

Tuesday May 27th starts with County Council at 9:00 am.  Then at 3:00 pm are two important items:
-       Our Georgian Bay General Hospital will make a media announcement regarding the situation they face
-       The first meeting of the North Simcoe Housing Working Group will meet at NSSRC.  This group will establish our North Simcoe requirements for affordable housing and homelessness prevention.  This position will guide the County’s 10 year housing strategy.

At 7:00 pm that evening a “Café Conversation” on healthcare in our area will take place at the NSSRC.  The panel discussion is hosted by Fred Hacker and sponsored by Chigamik and the Association of Ontario Health Centres.  There is no charge to attend.


Wednesday is a quieter day. Our Healthcare Innovators group will be presenting one of their innovative business ideas to the Midland Penetanguishene Builders Association.  If successful we will be able to better help area seniors who modify their homes to make them more livable.


Thursday May 29th, you may want to be at Home Depot at 9:00 am as they launch their “Buy a Hammer, Build a Community Campaign” in support of Shelter Now.

At 12 noon is a very important meeting at the NSSRC. The North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN recently issued an RFP (since rescinded) that could have resulted in ophthalmological services moving out of the North Simcoe area. Many citizens were concerned with the increased difficulty in accessing services such as cataract surgery and the potential for other services (eg. Endoscopy, laboratory services) leaving the area.  After a number of discussions with local groups, the North Simcoe mayors agreed that we needed to sponsor a public discussion on what healthcare services were needed in North Simcoe. This first meeting, focusing on seniors healthcare, starts the discussion that should lead to a “Healthcare Charter” – a citizens statement of what healthcare services our area must have to meet our citizens’ needs. You are welcome to attend.  A light lunch will be served.

Following that meeting, at 2:30 pm at the NSSRC, is the regular Huronia Economic Alliance meeting.  The meeting will review the potential Board members for the new Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe (EDCNS). A well-structured EDCNS is a major step forward on our economic development journey.

Friday and the weekend looms. At 5:00 pm join Bruce Stanton at Brian Orser Arena in Penetanguishene for a Fish Fry in support of Gateway.  Then at 6:45 the Relay for Life event in remembrance of cancer survivors takes place at Rotary Park in Penetanguishene.

Weekend

Saturday

So much to do – so little time!
o    “Welcome to the Water” – the new In-Water Boat Show at Bayport Marina – all day – all welcome
o    At 11:00 am the Midland Bay Sailing Club hosts ”Blessing of the Fleet” at its location
o    At 12:00 noon the HMS Badger arrives at the Bayport gas dock carrying Mayor Marshall. Cannon fire will be de rigeur
o    1:00 pm the Commodores Sail Past takes place in Midland harbor,  just off the sailing club
o    Ontario Seniors Games featuring tennis at Little Lake Park, starting at noon

Sunday
o    “Welcome to the Water” – In-Water Boat Show at Bayport Marina continues
o    At 8:45 am I board the HMS Badger at Bayport for the return trip to Penetanguishene. Ceremonies will occur there about noon
o    The farmers market opens downtown at the Harbourside Park location at 10:00 am. Note this is a different location from last year.


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More signs of summer in our downtown. The new Authentic Thai restaurant is now open on Bay Street.  The new men’s clothing store Taylor&Co. is now open on King Street. The expanded Bajic denture clinic is now open at 519 Hugel.
Gord McKay


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