Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday May 22, 2016


Ladies and Gentlemen



One beautiful long week-end, tailor made for enjoying with family and friends. I will keep this short as my granddaughter wants me to go look for frogs.



Tuesday May 24th is a day of Council meetings. At 9:00 am it’s County Council in Midhurst. One of the reports that we will be receiving covers the waiting lists for County “rent-geared-to income” housing. The statistics are not good:

-       Families face a three year wait

-       Seniors face a 5.7 year wait and

-       Individual adults face a 5.8 year wait.

This reinforces the critical need to bring additional housing on stream so we can get our residents reasonably housed. At 11:00 am the County will hold a hearing on the allocation of 20,000 housing units made available to requesting municipalities in Simcoe County.



At 6:00 pm its Midland’s turn. We start with a closed meeting addressing three topics – labour negotiations, committee nominations and a personal matter.  At 7:00 pm it’s the Council meeting including:

-       Three deputations

o    Update on EDCNS, our economic development arm

o    Introduction to the new CEO of our Library

o    Status report on Little Lake brought to us by Keith Sherman, SSEA

-       Presentation of long service medals for our Fire Service

-       Decision on the second suite by-law

-       Discussion of the home occupation by-law

-       Review of a question of whether additional DC charges should be assessed against a developer on Aberdeen Blvd.

-       Finalization of our 2016 tax rate. The good news is that the Town portion is up by 1 percent and the overall tax rate that you will see on you bill is up by just 0.3%.  Given that inflation is in the 1.5% range, you will have a relative tax reduction.



Wednesday is Midland’s Rotary Club "Random Acts of Kindness Day" taking place all over Midland. Drop by the Town dock at 12:30 pm for a free hot dog lunch – and remember to pay it forward.



On Thursday the 26th at 5:30 pm you are invited to a Downtown Project Steering Committee meeting in the Council chambers.  Your chance to see what we have planned for the downtown.



Friday the 27th will have us welcoming the United Church Conference to Midland. This multi-day gathering will see hundreds of visitors in Midland, discussing matters spiritual and enjoying our beautiful Town.  Please give them a warm welcome.



That evening you are invited to a unique photography exhibition at 7:00 pm at the Museum.  Gunter Hille has been photographing Midland for 50 years and has some remarkable images of our community. Please come and enjoy an Evening of Photography. And at 8:00 pm Huronia Players stages their new production of Goodbye Piccadilly.  If you have never seen a Huronia Players production, now is the time.



Weekend



Saturday

-       10:30 am look to the harbor for a lot of sail boats as the Midland Sailing Club hosts its annual sail past

-       8:00 pm Jerry Lee Lewis tribute at the MCC



Council Issues Update



MPUC

This past week Council hosted another public discussion on what should be done with the MPUC. There is a lot of information pointing to the increasingly risky environment our utility is facing. Council voted that the status quo was not an option. We have to make a structural change to our MPUC.



At the end of this month, Council will receive a report from the MPUC as to the sale and/or merger options they have discovered in their discussions with other utilities. Then about mid-June Council will reconvene to make its decision on where our MPUC is headed.



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The date for Margaret Trudeau’s visit to Midland draws near. She will speak about her lifetime of experiences in support of The Guesthouse Shelter.  Here is a link to a recent interview with Mrs. Trudeau http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=865396



The event will take place at the Highland Inn on Thursday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm. It promises to be a fascinating evening supporting an important local cause.





Gord McKay





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