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Mayor Don’s Update – October 14, 2021

Elmvale & District Food Bank Open House

The Elmvale & District Food Bank is hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 16 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to recognize its first year in the new building at 62 Yonge Street North. The event will include tours of the building and provide opportunities for the public to ask questions regarding the Food Bank’s general operations. At 11:00 am, a special presentation will be made to officially name the building, the “Michael Stone Building”, in honour of Michael Stone’s contribution to the Food Bank over the past 40 years.

At the October 6 meeting of Springwater Council, the Township received some very exciting news from Elmvale & District Food Bank President David Don. In a delegation to Council, Mr. Don advised that through the generosity of the community, the Food Bank will be able to pay back the Township loan it received for the new building in full—nine years ahead of schedule!

In February 2019, the Township committed to a one-time capital contribution of $100,000 towards the construction of the facility, and the Food Bank fundraised $100,000. The municipality also agreed to front end the necessary funds in excess of $200,000, to be repaid over a period of up to 10 years. When the new building was completed in November 2020, the remaining cost of the building was just over $284,000. This is a tremendous achievement and a testimonial to the commitment and generosity of the community to support this hard-working. vital organization. Congratulations and I would like to thank all those who have supported our Food Bank by making a donation.

County Waste Management Workshop

Simcoe County Council is holding a Waste Management Workshop on Tuesday, October 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm to discuss the initial cart sizes ordered and being delivered and the feasibility of smaller cart sizes for some households that can’t realistically handle the larger cart size under the new automated cart collection program. The workshop was initially scheduled to occur in 2022 after residents have had a chance to become familiar with the new collection system and provide feedback through a user survey. However, in response to a number of requests among residents for smaller cart sizes, County Council agreed these discussions should take place earlier than planned. The Waste Management Workshop will be live streamed on the County of Simcoe’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/CountyofSimcoe/live. I will update on the outcome in a future article.

Dyslexia Awareness Month

The Township will “Mark it Read for Dyslexia” on Tuesday, October 19. At the request of Trisha and Gregory Barker, parents of a child with dyslexia, the Township Administration Centre and the Springwater Public Library in Elmvale will be lit up with red lights to raise awareness for dyslexia.

“Mark it Read” is a campaign organized by Dyslexia Canada and the official Canadian celebration for Dyslexia Awareness Month. Each year, monuments and buildings across the country are lit up red, while thousands of individuals wear red in schools and workplaces. The campaign provides a platform for young voices and helps empower those with dyslexia to learn how to self-advocate for their educational needs.

Dyslexia is described as an unexpected difficulty in reading. It is most commonly due to a difficulty in processing phonetics, which affects an individual’s ability to speak, read, spell and often learn a second language. It is believed that dyslexia affects 10 to 20% of the population. There is no cure, but with early screening, diagnosis, intervention and appropriate accommodation, dyslexic individuals can become highly successful students and adults.

I hope you will join me this month in taking the time to learn a little bit more about dyslexia, how it affects those in our community, and what we can do to be more inclusive.

County Municipal Comprehensive Review Public Information Sessions

Throughout October, the County of Simcoe is hosting a number of virtual Public Information Sessions to support its Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) process. This collaborative approach is mandated to help bring the County’s Official Plan into conformity with the Provincial Growth Plan, A Place to Grow: Growth plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The MCR will establish the overall pattern of development and land resource management in the County and set the stage for more detailed local planning.

Public Information Sessions regarding key MCR topics are planned on Monday, October 18 and Tuesday, October 19 at the following times:

Provincial Natural Heritage System Mapping Refinement

  • Monday, October 18, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • Tuesday, October 19, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Provincial Agricultural System Mapping Refinement

  • Monday, October 18, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 19, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Climate Change

  • Monday, October 18, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 19, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Watershed Management

  • Monday, October 18, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 19, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Interested residents and stakeholders are asked to register through Eventbrite (simcoemcr-oct18-19.eventbrite.ca) for the topic, date and time that best suits their schedule. Materials related to each of the Public Information Sessions will be posted to the County’s MCR project webpage (simcoe.ca/dpt/pln/mcr) on Thursday, October 14.

As part of the MCR process, the County hosted Public Information Sessions regarding Growth Management and Land Needs Assessment (LNA) on October 5, 2021. Following these information sessions and in conjunction with its lead consultant, a first draft of the proposed LNA has been provided for public review and consultation. The technical background material including the LNA Draft for each lower-tier municipality along with an Explanatory Memorandum can be found at simcoe.ca/Planning/Pages/MCR-Studies/GrowthManagement.aspx. Input on the LNA will be collected up to and including the date of November 12, 2021, so that it can be taken into consideration prior to any recommendations being made to County Council. Those who wish to provide written comments can send their correspondence to both Greg Marek (greg.marek@simcoe.ca) and Dan Amadio (dan.amadio@simcoe.ca).​

Midhurst Valley Ribbon Cutting Event

On September 28, we celebrated the official launch of the Midhurst Carson Road development as well as the grand opening of the new Midhurst Valley sales centre. This was a significant milestone for the Township, representing the culmination of many years of work by the municipality on the Midhurst Secondary Plan, which sets the long-term vision for the Midhurst community.

Midhurst Valley is a master-planned community that is currently in preconstruction at Anne Street North and Carson Road. The development design provides 3,000 units, meeting the Province’s Places to Grow density targets and offering a mix of large and small lot singles and townhomes with associated park, open space and schools. Phase 1 of the subdivision includes the construction of 342 homes by award-winning builders, including Geranium, Brookfield Residential, Country Wide Homes, and Sundance Homes.

I congratulate all partners involved for their significant achievement in bringing this project to fruition. Prospective buyers can register for an appointment at midhurstvalley.com.

Anten Mills CRA 50th Anniversary

Recently the Anten Mills Community Recreation Association (CRA) celebrated their 50th anniversary! The festivities included an artisan fair featuring Anten Mills artists, authors and crafters, door prizes, and an opportunity to see recent improvements to the park. It was wonderful to see so many of our residents gathered with us, as well as many folks who have supported and contributed to the CRA’s achievements over the last five decades.

To mark the occasion, the CRA has installed beautiful perennial gardens on the grounds and a new 500-metre walking path around the park. The Township is pleased to contribute a permanent storyboard sign, which once installed, will outline the history and major milestones of the community. During the event, a temporary placeholder sign was put in place, in addition to an engraved stone commemorating the 50th anniversary.

Ever since it formed in 1971, the Anten Mills Community Recreation Association has been a shining example of what community can accomplish when we work together. I applaud the CRA and the many volunteers who have had an impact on the recreation and social activities of our community. We are very fortunate to have neighbours who want to help build public spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Elmvale Blood Drive

Sign up to save a life! Canadian Blood Services will be hosting a Blood Donor Clinic at the Elmvale Community Hall on Saturday, October 16 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Every donation counts. Book your appointment online at blood.ca or by phoning 1-888-2DONATE.

Simcoe County Electric Vehicle

The County of Simcoe has announced that its first fully electric vehicle (EV) has been an enormous environmental and fiscal success. The 2020 Hyundai Kona EV is the most economical and sustainable vehicle in its fleet, with an approximate cost of $35 in annual maintenance to date and roughly $15 per week in electrical charges to drive. The County hopes to continue purchasing electric vehicles when cars and trucks in the fleet retire and as additional electric vehicles become more readily available and easily attainable.

The County has also been investing in public EV Charging Stations in strategic areas throughout the region since 2016, in an effort to reduce harmful greenhouse gases from vehicle emissions and promote the expansion of electric vehicles. Charging Stations are located at the following sites:​

  1. County Museum – 1151 Highway 26, Midhurst
  2. Washago Carpool Lot – corner of Highway 169 and Highway 11, Washago
  3. Station Park – 212 Huron Street, Stayner
  4. County Administration Office – 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst

These are my thoughts and not necessarily those of Council. Keep well.

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