Happy New Year/Bonne Année ! Here’s hoping that you had a safe and enjoyable Christmas Season…Remember that food bank donations are particularly low at this time of year, but the need remains high. Any contribution (food items or cash) that you are able to make is greatly appreciated.
2017 promises to be a very exciting year as we Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Ontario’s 150th birthday, the 100th anniversary of Lions International and the 10th anniversary of our own Tiny Township Lions Club, …whew we are going to be busy!
A special note from the OPP… Provincial Constable, Susan Jessop – Community Services Officer, Southern Georgian Bay OPP: “Please ask folks to stay off the local Bays, as it’s not safe.” Unfortunately a young woman lost her life over the holidays snowmobiling on Penetanguishene Bay (see attached notice). Please exercise extreme caution around are waterways, they are not safe!
Please see attachments for information on our Tiny outdoor rinks, student summer employment opportunities through the Huronia Historical Parks and an update re County Waste Collection and weather related challenges.
This past month…..
As I mentioned last month, Deputy Mayor Walma and I, along with many others, participated in the Simcoe County – Eat the Math Challenge, we were each supplied with and lived off of an emergency food bank box for the week of December 5th – 9th. The campaign was held to raise awareness of systematic poverty and challenges with food security. The experience, while nothing close to many people’s reality, certainly helped me gain a perspective. It made me aware of making better choices when donating to the food bank, to appreciate everything I do have and to help start the conversations as to what we can do to make things better… join us in March at our County-wide Food Security Forum to share feedback, ideas and next steps for change! Learn about Basic Income guarantees that could begin to offset financial poverty for many.
I along with the other three local mayors and our MP attended at the Quest Art School and Gallery for the Canada 150 funding announcement for the North Simcoe Canada 150 Mural Project. This large-scale community project will see four murals created for each of the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene and the townships of Tay and Tiny. This project is funded through a $54,758 contribution from the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Fund, an $8,500 grant from the County of Simcoe, in-kind support from each municipality and a generous donation of paint from Tripp’s Paint and Decorating Shoppe. Look for the Township of Tiny Mural in 2017! (See attached notice).
The month ahead…..
You’ll see I’ve added a new section this month at the end of my letter called Upcoming Events – “Save the Date”. Please check this section on a regular basis to see events that are planned for the year ahead and please try to schedule them into your calendar.
January 1 – TODAY!! Tiny Township Lions Club Polar Dip. “Take a Flying Leap into 2017” with this annual event! Registration begins at 11:00 a.m.; DIP at Noon!, with a minimum pledge of $25. There will be a BBQ, prizes, coffee, hot chocolate and more! I will be there once again to officially send the participants dipping…note send not go dipping! (See attached poster for details.)
January 11 – 2017 Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament – Organizing Committee Meeting. Thanks to Councillor Richard Hinton for volunteering to be our Chair for 2017! (next month I will have more details on the 2017 recipient charities.)
Januray 11 – Weekly update meeting with CAO Doug Luker and Deputy Mayor Walma.
January 16 – Citizen’s Healthcare Steering Committee Meeting
January 19 – EDCNS Board Meeting.
January 19 – The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is hosting a Smoking Cessation workshop, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Contact the Health Unit at 705 721-7520 to register.
January 20 – Deadline to order tree seedlings! The Severn Sound Environmental Association and Township of Tiny are working together to provide property owners with reasonably priced, native tree and shrub seedlings for planting in early spring 2017. (See attached poster for more details, including how to place your order.)
January 26 – North Simcoe Community Futures Development Speaker Series – “Find Your Inner Leader”, by Tracey Evans. The event will take place at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Register at www.nscfdc.on.ca. (See attached poster for details.)
January 31- “Our Health” a Community Educational Series continues at the MCC, 7:30 pm. The talk on the 31st will focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). (further details available through the MCC website.)
Tiny Council Updates
I am pleased to advise that Ms. Marie Marchand, a Tiny resident, has been awarded one of the County’s 2016 Post-Secondary Education Bursaries in the amount of $3,000. Twelve of the County’s member municipalities participated in the program with a total of fifteen bursaries given out to deserving students. Congratulations to Marie on her hard work, and we wish her much success in her post-secondary studies. We are making arrangements to recognize Marie at one of our upcoming Council or Committee of the Whole meetings!
We held our 3rd 2017 Budget meeting and we reached a consensus on a recommended municipal tax rate increase of 2%. The draft budget will be presented to Committee on January 30th and then to our Feb. 13th Council meeting for ratification. I congratulate staff and Council for their preparedness and comprehensive budge meeting discussions. I feel we have a very fair and responsible budget which is consistent with the priorities of our strategic plan, will allow us to maintain our optimum levels of service and to continue to address our aging infrastructure challenges.
Upcoming Township Public Meetings
Township of Tiny, Committee of the Whole and Council meetings take place in Council Chambers located at the municipal office at 130 Balm Beach Road West, on the second and last Monday of the month, unless otherwise posted. The full 2017 Council Meeting Schedule is available on our website at www.tiny.ca.
Committee of the Whole:
- January 9, 2017
- January 30, 2017
- January 30, 2017 (to ratify the recommendations of the January 9, 2017 Committee of the Whole).
- 2017 Recommended Budget to be presented at the January 30, 2017 Committee of the Whole Meeting.
County of Simcoe Council Updates
Further to my news last month, on December 13th, the County of Simcoe held it 172nd inaugural meeting. Congratulations to Warden Gerry Marshall, who was acclaimed for his second two year term as County of Simcoe Warden and to Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall, who was elected to his second two year term of office. Tiny’s Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma was elected as Vice – Chair of the Human Services Business Section and I was elected Vice – Chair of the Corporate Services Business Section. The County’s business is divided into three business sections – Performance Management, Human Services and Corporate Services; and each section is presided over by the respective Section Chair or Vice Chair during Committee or Council. In addition, the Warden, Deputy Warden, 3 Chairs and 3 Vice-Chairs sit on the County governance committee and are responsible to consider governance options that would help make County Council more effective and accountable and in turn make recommendations to
Upcoming County of Simcoe Public Meetings
Committee of the Whole/Council:
- January 10, 2017
- January 24, 2017
January 10 – County of Simcoe Economic Development Sub-Committee Meeting (I sit on this committee as our North Simcoe rep.)
Upcoming Events – “Save the Date”
- February 11, Saturday – Carnaval D’Hiver, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Perkinsfield Park. (See attached poster)
- March 13, Monday – Tiny Township Lions Club Flag Raising – 10th Anniversary (Municipal Office)
- May 27, Saturday – Town Hall Meeting, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Wyebridge Community Centre.
- June 3, Saturday – National Health and Fitness Day (details to follow)
- Summer 2017 – Community BBQ (date and details to follow)
- July 14, Friday – Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament & Dinner – Brooklea Golf & Country Club
- July 13 – 16, Thursday – Sunday, Festival du Loup, La Fontaine
- August 18 – 19, Friday – Saturday, Farm Fresh Food Fest, Tiny (visit their website at www.farmfreshfoodfest.ca)
- September 14, Thursday – Town Hall Meeting – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Tiny Township Community Centre, Conc. 8.
That’s all for this month, talk to you next month!
Mayor George Cornell
Township of Tiny
To contact me via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone: 705-526-4204 and leave a message with Laura Russell, Sr. Administrative Coordinator.
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