Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday June 25, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen

Summer is officially here and the excitement is building around our upcoming Canada Day festivities. It’s going to be a great summer for getting out with a planned Ribfest, Feast Fest, Tug Fest and Floatie Fest to name just a few special activities. Invite your friends up and introduce them to Midland at its best.

The Week Ahead

On Monday the 26th at 10:00 am the OPP Transaction Team meets to receive an update from our consultant on the costings for the OPP and the MPS.  At 5:30 pm Council holds a closed meeting at Town Hall to review three items; 1) labour negotiations; 2) committee appointments; and 3) disposition of land. This is followed at 7:00 pm by the June Council meeting including:

-       Presentation to the Midland Mystics – Division 8 Provincial Basketball Champions

-       Three deputations:

o    Request for a heritage district on King Street by Ms. Scarth

o    An update on the Rosewood “Operation Grow” by K. Willis

o    Presentation on the upcoming Terry Fox Run

-       Recommendation for fencing around the Tiffin storm water management pond

-       Request to complete the technical studies required for the Midland Bay Landing property

-       Proposal to create a Municipal Services Corporation to manage the Town’s land assets

-       Recommendations to help our Town staff serve you better

On Tuesday County Council meets at 9:00 am; the last meeting before its summer break. The meeting will take place at the County museum and considers some of the longer term financial and operational issues confronting the County.

Two interesting items on Wednesday the 28th. The property at 118 Main Street (old Brule Hotel) in Penetanguishene is going through a dramatic internal refurbishment. Through the efforts of some 15 community agencies and local companies the building will be brought up to modern residential standards.  This project brings 29 affordable housing units to our area. While the media tends to focus on new builds, it is the improvements to our existing housing stock that will solve our affordable housing shortfall.

At dusk come on down to 509 Bay St. (the parking lot at King St) and enjoy the Midland Movie Night screening of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure". Bring your own lawn chair.

On Thursday I attend a full day meeting in Orillia on coordinating the healthcare initiatives taking place in Simcoe County with the municipalities and residents.  This education day prepares the mayors to work with the LHIN and the province to better guide the changes that are occurring to our healthcare system.  At 7:00 pm both GBDSS and St Theresa’s hold their 2017 graduation ceremonies. Then at 7:30 pm Buffy St. Marie plays to a sold out house at the MCC.

Friday the 30th and the Town offices are closed. If you are looking for something to do, our Library invites you to join them at 2:00 pm to celebrate their 50 years on King Street.  

Week - End

Saturday July 1 – Happy Canada Day

-       An all day celebration.  Check out the program at

-       Some of special Canada Day items:

o    10:30 am Civitan Parade down King Street

o    11:30 am unveiling of the Midland mural at NSSRC

o    Pickleball tournament at Tiffin Park. It starts at 9:30 am until 3:00 pm. Bring a chair

o    Fireworks at our neighbours in Penetanguishene

Sunday July 2

-       6:00 pm Music in the Park at the Little Lake Park Rotary bandshell.  The music plays every Sunday until September with July shows starting at 6:00 pm and August shows starting at 7:00 pm

Council Issues Update


The Town OPP Costing Committee should receive the cost analysis from the outside consultant this week. That will give us the long awaited “apples to apples” comparison of the costs of an OPP service versus an MPS service. The costing will cover many financial aspects including wages, benefits, transition costs, government grants, etc - and project those costs over a number of years so that the full impact can be seen. I expect the content of the report to be made public in short order.

Midland Bay Landing

Council will be asked to authorize a number of environmental studies that were to have been completed by our previous development partner.  Fortunately we have $250,000 from our previous partner that can be used for this purpose. Combine that with anticipated funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and we should be able to complete all outstanding studies with no cost to the Midland taxpayer.  With that done we will be fully ready to negotiate with future development partners.

Gord McKay

The Year for Getting It Done - 2017


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