Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday April 19, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen

Spring, warmer weather and we are all starting to get busy. Your Town is no exception. This past week featured the Downtown Master Plan report from our consultant, Urban Strategies, bringing together your ideas about the remaking of our downtown. About 80 people attended the meeting and provided a lot of positive feedback.

The draft plan included a wide range of actions that will take years if not decades to implement. Key recommendations included:
-       Significant greening of the entire downtown
-       A traffic circle at King and Yonge, providing a remarkable entrance feature to the downtown
-       A dramatic change for the layout of the streets and buildings where our downtown meets the harbor
A copy of the draft presentation is at this link. under Presentations. The Town is still looking for your feedback by May 8th. Your comments will go to the Downtown Master Plan Steering Committee for final direction to the consultants. Then the work begins.

Last week also saw the quarterly public discussion on our healthcare future. GBGH services and constraints on healthcare funding were key discussion items. The meeting also learned that the Citizens Healthcare Steering Committee has completed its formation phase and is now looking for permanent members. I am reproducing their ad that will appear in the newspaper shortly. You may consider stepping up to this important position to help our community.

“Quality healthcare is essential to everyone in North Simcoe. Recent changes to healthcare services in our area have required citizens to take a more active role.   A group of citizens, working in consultation with the mayors, the aboriginal community and healthcare providers has established the Citizens Healthcare Steering Committee. We are now looking for ten individuals from our communities to take a leadership role in building our area’s healthcare.

The successful candidate for this volunteer position will support the Committee’s mission by:
-          Advocating for improved healthcare
-          Informing and educating all stakeholders
-          Working collaboratively
You are interested in healthcare challenges and in finding solutions to problems.  You are already involved in other community groups and regarded by your peers as approachable and fair minded. You listen to others and work with them in finding a common understanding of complex situations.  Others seek out your views in resolving problems.

As a Committee member you are expected to commit for a three year period and participate in 1 three-hour meeting each month. You must be able to use e-mail. While the Committee’s work is supported by the municipalities there is no compensation for the position.

If you are interested in applying, please forward your resume to Mr. Claude Marchildon at before May 15, 2015.  The Terms of Reference for the Committee are posted on


Monday April 20th will start at County with two information meetings. Those that follow municipal planning will know that the County’s planning process has been stalled for years due to an OMB appeal. This meeting updates what has happened with the County Official Plan through the last few years. The public sessions are at the County Museum from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Back in Midland we have a special Council meeting starting at 5:00 pm. The agenda includes:
-       A presentation on owning electrical distribution companies in Ontario. Part of this may be closed if we talk specifics about the MPUC.
-       A new Huronia Museum Lease and separate Partnership Agreement
-       A discussion on financial reserves policy. There will be an opportunity for public input allowing you to speak to the matter
-       Town surplus/deficit statement.  We had a small operating deficit on the tax side and a slightly larger surplus on the rate (water/wastewater) side
-       Our new Building Official arrangement with Penetanguishene
-       Acceptance of Jones Road by the Town

On Tuesday April 21st at 6:30 pm at the MCC is the 8th Annual Meridian Business Women of the Year Awards, sponsored by Meridian Credit Union. Business women have been nominated in the following categories: Business Woman of the Year, Female Entrepreneur of the Year and Heart & Soul of the Community. Tickets are available at the MCC.

Wednesday April 22nd will feature our monthly Downtown Safety meeting at 10:00 am at Town Hall. This meeting will get into the organizational issues of how to respond quickly to incidents in our downtown as well as creating a better social safety net to prevent them from occurring.

On Friday you are invited to attend the regular Waterfront Steering Committee. With the first tranche of funding in place from the developer, the committee will look to advance the next stage of design and the development of an “iconic feature” for our new neighbourhood.


-       50th Annual Elmvale Syrup festival takes place from 8 am to 5 pm – a sticky good time

Gord McKay

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