Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday February 12, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen

This past Wednesday saw the OPP present their policing proposal to Council.  The meeting was attended by some 60-70 persons, the majority of whom were police officers and individuals from other municipalities that are also making policing decisions.

The OPP provided their year one all in cost of some $5.8 million. Council referred this number to our OPP Costing Committee to evaluate and make a fair comparison to the Midland Police Service cost – not a simple task. The Costing Committee will take at least 3 months to make their evaluation. For regular updates on what information has been presented and answers to your questions, please visit

The Week Ahead

Monday the 13th starts with a number of Town meetings.    At 2:00 pm the Midland Bay Landing Steering Committee meets at Town Hall for further discussions about our development partner. At 6:00 pm Council goes into a special closed meeting to consider labour relations, disposition of land and a personal issue. Then at 7:00 pm is the General Committee meeting. On the agenda:

-       Council will receive its Annual Safe Drinking Water report

-       A review of proposed user fee increases for the NSSRC, Parks and our Harbour.  Most fees are set to go up by 5% in 2017 and 2% per year thereafter

-       A request for the removal of two large trees in front of the Public Library

-       Discussion of whether we should move to telephone/online voting (instead of a paper ballot) for the upcoming election

Tuesday the 14th is a quieter day with only County Council at 9:00 am on the agenda.

On Wednesday at 6:30 pm the Midland BIA has asked the Town to meet with them to discuss parking issues in the downtown. That meeting is at ShopMidland.

Thursday the 16th sees two interesting meetings. From 10 am to 11:30 am our Library is hosting a Social Media Drop in Centre – everything you wanted to know about using social media. Please register at  . Then at 12:00 noon at the downtown ShopMidlnd location is an information session about how to start a business in our downtown. Sponsored by the BIA, the event will cover how to get started: benefits to opening up a business in downtown Midland; space availability and much more.  Please RSVP by at or call (705) 527-7246.

On Friday our Legion helps with the fundraising for the 2017 Frank Graham Cycle Liberation Tour. The Legion’s Ladies Auxiliary is hosting one of their renowned spaghetti dinners from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Week - End

Saturday February 18

-       10:00 am its “Makers & Breakers: What’s On the Inside?” at the Public Library. Geared for the younger set, ages 5 and up, this is your chance to explore ‘What's On the Inside’ of some common devices by busting them open and taking a look! They’ll look at things like lasers, magnets, and circuit boards. What do they do? How do they work? This month’s featured tech is computer hard drives. Register at the Library, 705-526-4216 

-       Winterama weekend in Penetanguishene. The parade starts at 10:30 am.


Three items in closing:

1.     North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN) is accepting applications for the positions of Board Chair and Director for current and upcoming vacancies in 2017. These postings will remain open until February 21, 2017.  Please see

2.     An electric vehicle charging station is coming to Midland. The station should be in place by March 31, 2017 and will be at our Tim Hortons on Hwy 12 - a great way to get a coffee and a charge at the same time.

3.       For all of us who have missed the insightful reportage of Doug Glynn, I am pleased to say he is back. Doug feels he has recovered enough to write again.  So he is launching his own blog.   I have always enjoyed Doug’s perspective and fairness in reporting local events. I think you will too.

Gord McKay

The Year for Getting It Done - 2017


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