Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sunday October 9, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen

Thanksgiving weekend is upon us. A time to reflect upon the many gifts we receive in life and a chance to spend some time with family and friends.

Two public service announcement to begin with.

1)     It’s Fire Prevention Week

You are invited to drop by your local fire department and learn more about smoke and carbon monoxide (CO2) alarm requirements and other valuable fire safety information. In addition area fire departments have organized a number of special events for the whole family:

·         Thursday October 13th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at McDonald’s Restaurants Highway 93 and

Wal Mart locations. Meet with representatives from your local fire department about fire safety and see the various fire apparatus.

·         Friday October 14th at the Penetanguishene Memorial Arena. From  6:30 pm – 7:30 pm please join Sparky for a public skate, followed by a hockey game at 8:00 pm - Penetanguishene Kings vs. Orillia Terriers

·         Saturday October 15th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Midland Home Depot. Meet your local firefighters and see the various fire trucks on display. Join in Home Depot’s hands-on workshop and build something exciting that you get to bring home with you! Even get your own chance to try a fire hose!

A special reminder to replace any smoke and CO2 alarms that are not working or are over ten years old.

2)     This week starts our fall County leaf pick-up. Your chance to move all those bags of garden debris out of your garage. Check your County waste calendar for additional dates.  

The Week Ahead

Monday is Thanksgiving.  Town Hall will be pretty quiet.

Tuesday October 11th starts at County Council at 9:00 am. Council will receive a staff report on the disposition of Midland’s OPA #9 regarding Second Units. Midland Council asked for a three year hold for Second Units for new properties but the County staff is recommending that the restriction be dropped. Council is likely to hear some debate about the recent County decision to allow 3,000 housing units to be developed in Springwater. Also that morning your Midland Council will hold a special training session on communications and media training, starting at 9:00 am.

Midland Council meets again in closed at 5:00 pm to receive a report on our OPSEU negotiations and a potential land sale. At 7:00 pm at Town Hall it’s the General Committee meeting. A very short agenda including:

-       Draft by-law respecting use of Midland harbor and Town docks

-       Deputy Treasurer recruitment

On Wednesday the12th is the 25th Anniversary of the Christian Community Breakfast. This is an inspiring morning for the whole community featuring Rev. Carey Nieuwhof as guest speaker. You are invited to enjoy a hearty breakfast and good fellowship. Doors open at the NSSRC at 6:30 am. Tickets are available in advance at your local church and Johnstones Musicland.

Later that morning the North Simcoe Housing Working Group makes a presentation to Tay Council on Second Units in rural communities.

Week - End

Saturday October 15th 

·         Wye Marsh hosts another Marsh by Moonlight paddle from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

·         Pumpkinferno continues with Halloween excitement at Discovery Harbour – after dark.

·         The GBGH gala takes place at MCC starting at 7:30 pm

Council Issues Update


The budget process will start a little later than normal this year due to staff changes in Treasury.


The OPP has advised that we should be getting our pricing quotation in November.


Seasonal Parks & Recreation Closures Underway

All great summers must come to an end. It’s time for staff to begin closing some of our Parks & Recreational facilities in preparation for winter.  Here's a list of some of the services that will soon be closed for the season:

·         Park & Harbour washrooms will begin closing October 11th.  Little Lake Park washrooms will remain open until the week of October 17th

·         The Harbour Office will be open at limited times starting next week

·         All tennis and pickleball nets will be removed the last week of October

·         Playgrounds will be closed and equipment removed the last week of October

·         Garbage, recycling, and maintenance services for parks will cease at the end of October

Please do not hesitate to contact the Town’s Operations Department at 705-526-4275 ext. 2217 should you have any questions. 

Gord McKay

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