Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday November 23, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

The work of one Council draws to a close and a new one begins.  You would think the business of the Town would be taking a bit of a breather but that’s not the case. Your new Councilors are going though “basic training”, getting their committee assignments and being updated on the challenges they will be facing at the Council table.

From your mayor’s perspective things have never been busier. Last term, a major accomplishment was having the four municipalities come together around economic development. This term it will be around healthcare. Over the past year we have seen a series of events that have raised concern about the long-term sustainability of our healthcare services – services critical to our future. These events include potential withdrawal of services from our area and structural funding shortfalls at GBGH. The four mayors (including a mayor-elect) have committed to joining forces to provide civic leadership on this important matter. It’s a long term initiative that will require informed public engagement.  I will keep you updated.


On Monday the 24th at 7:00 pm is the November Council meeting – the last one of this term of Council. A relatively short but none-the-less challenging agenda for a retiring Council:  
-       There will be a Public Meeting (you may speak) on the proposed new by-law for development charges. The by-law will freeze development charges for the five year period, subject to an annual review by Council
-       Two deputations and a number of letters on the proposed 2015 Watercross event on Little Lake
-       A by-law to allow Kaitlin to build 4 model homes in their Bayport property
-       A vote on the Source Water Protection by-law

On Tuesday its County’s last Council meeting for the term.  At noon, Askennonia invites you to the NSSRC for a luncheon honoring our veterans and featuring Conrad Black as the speaker.

Wednesday November 26th is relatively quiet except at the Huronia Museum. From 5:00 to 9:00 pm they will be hosting a reception to launch their new General Store exhibit.  Lots of good things happening at the museum these days.

Then it gets busy. At 7:00 am on Thursday November 27th the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corp. (NSCFDC) and the Ontrario College of Trades host a skilled trades breakfast at the Best Western.  Then at 9:00 am County Councilors will assemble in Midhurst for their orientation.

In the afternoon, two long serving members of Town staff will be honored with separate retirement gatherings. At 1:00 pm you may wish to come and say farewell to Rick Leaney at the NSSRC. Rick has been the heart of our harbor operation for too many years to remember.  At 2:00 pm at the Fire Hall its Barb Anderson’s retirement.  While she does not have the title, Barb has been running our Fire Department - despite what the organization chart says.

And in the evening, two more special events:
-       The Town Tree lighting starts at 6:30 pm at the Town Dock with a parade up to the Library for a lighting ceremony at 7:00 pm. 
-       From 5:30 to 9:00 pm the famous “First Light” event at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons takes place with over 5,000 candles. Admission is $10.00 per person with a non-perishable food item.  This “Top 100 in Ontario” event will take place on the evenings of November 27, 28, and 29.

On Friday, November 28th, 2014 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Brian Orser Arena, is a business presentation organized by our NSCFDC. The topic entitled “The Balanced Scorecard and Organizational Effectiveness” will be presented by Frieda Ambroziak.  Pre-registration is required at the NSCFDC 705.526.1371 ext. 113

Your new municipal Council will be going through a day of orientation. And if they survive that they are invited to the staff Christmas party that evening.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…..

-        The Civitan Santa Claus parade will start down King Street from Little Lake Park at 11 am
-       The Serenata Choir Christmas choral presentation, including the Georgian Bay Brass, is at 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s 
-       Midland Secondary School hosts their artisan show at MSS from 9:00 to 3:00 pm. This will raise money for the MSS Learning Centre.
-       Final day for First Light at Ste. Marie


-       The Children’s Community Choir is hosting its Christmas show at St Paul’s at 7:00 pm
-       Midland Secondary School – second day for their artisan show at MSS from 9:00 to 3:00 pm.

And in closing I have a local charity that requires 300 square feet of dry storage for clean materials. If you have any space you can make available, let me know.

Gord McKay

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