Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday October 15, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen

Cooler weather and color in the trees - starting to look like fall. Spooky decorations are eerily arising all over Town. And if you want a real treat for the Halloween season check out Pumkinferno at Discovery Harbour - a seasonal “must see”.

The Week Ahead

On Monday the 16th our Premier will be visiting the area to find out about the many great things happening in North Simcoe. That morning I will get a sneak preview of our newly built Operations Centre out on MacDonald Road.  The Centre will officially open later this fall and be the home of Town Operations and Parks. Look for an Open House announcement shortly.

At 6:00 pm the Guys Who Care will be meeting at Lot 102. This “flash charity” event should raise about $20,000 in one hour, to be donated to one charity selected that same evening. If you are a guy and have $200 to help a local charity, please come and enjoy the event.

Wednesday will see me in Orillia for a meeting of the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN, Simcoe County and a number of area mayors. We will be discussing the development of local healthcare and raising issues important for residents. Then at 2:00 pm the Town’s Service Delivery Review Committee meets to continue the discussion on improving the services we provide to Midland residents.

At 5:00 pm you are invited to a special event at the Boys and Girls Club, located at 527 Len Self Blvd. (the NSSRC). The Open House will take you through a “Day in the Life of an After-Schooler”, showing you all the challenges and creative activities that our children have in store.

Thursday October the 19th sees us in the middle of Small Business Week. The NSCFDC is honouring the week with a breakfast and presentation featuring Sami Jo Small, Canada Women’s Hockey Team goalie and 3-time Olympic medalist. The event starts at 7:00 am at the Quality Inn. You must preregister at

Later that day Shelter Now will bring a group of interested individuals together to discuss their new affordable housing project. Shelter Now has serviced land available on Hartman Drive and will look for partners to help make this much needed project a reality. At 6:30 pm you may wish to attend the King Street Rejuvenation Committee discussion taking place at Town Hall. 

Friday starts at the County where we meet to discuss affordable housing. Then from 5:00 to 7:00 pm you are invited by the ladies of the Legion Branch 80 to come down for one of their famous fundraising spaghetti dinners.

Week - End

Saturday October 21

-       5:30 to 7:30 pm - Penetanguishene Museum hosts its 50th Anniversary celebration and fundraiser. The event will take place at the Penetanguishene Legion and features music, a silent auction and a fish fry.  For more information call 705-549-2150

-       All day – The Silver Goose Cyclo-Cross Race in Little Lake Park. The event features 275 high performance cyclists from across Canada and the US. Your chance to see some great cycling

-       7:30 pm - The Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation Gala takes place at the MCC. This year’s theme is Moonlight Masquerade - An Evening in New Orleans

Sunday October 22

-       1:00 pm at the Midland Public Library – mayor Gerry Marshall is going to formally announce his intention to seek the nomination for the provincial Liberals

Council Issues Update

Midland Bay Landing

This past week Council started the process to look at forming a “municipal service corporation” (MSC). An MSC is a corporation entirely controlled by the Town that allows for greater flexibility and efficiency in dealing with private sector partners on complex projects.

It is proposed that the MSC will take on the task of being our management face when dealing with the development of the Midland Bay Landing property. This multi-year and complex project will require a better form of management than referring the many development decisions back to the Council table. The MSC will bring together a skills based group of local residents and councilors to guide the development.  The MSC is in turn guided by Council developed policy and represented by individuals selected by Council.  A public meeting will be called shortly to give you a more complete background and answer questions about this management tool.

Gord McKay

The Year for Getting It Done - 2017


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