Category Archives: Simcoe County

04 Feb
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Mayor Don’s Updates – February 7, 2019

Ontario Bill 66 Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act The Ontario Provincial Government last December introduced Bill 66 – the proposed Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018. Included in the legislation in its Schedule 10, were proposed changes to the Planning Act that ...

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22 Jan
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Simcoe County Approves 2019 Simcoe Budget

Council approves 2019 County of Simcoe Budget   Midhurst / January 22, 2019 – Simcoe County Council today approved a 548 million budget for 2019, which focuses on the resources necessary to maintain existing services and service levels in the region, while continuing to invest in infrastructure, Transit, Paramedic Services, Solid Waste Management, and Social Housing. Residents will see an overall 2.00 per cent increase on the County portion of their municipal property taxes in 2019, an impact of approximately $5.70 per $100,000 of property assessment across the region. The County maintains a strong financial position, having received for the fourth year in a row a AA long-term issuer credit ...

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22 Jan
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Mayor Don’s Updates Jan 24, 2019

January 24, 2019 Mayor Don’s Update – by Don Allen Springwater new Council’s first two meetings occurred in January and here are some of the items reviewed.   We received an interesting deputation by Elmvale District High School students regarding ...

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13 Dec
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Mayor Don’s Update – December 12, 2018

By now, most of the Christmas tree lightings, parades and sleigh rides have happened this year and they were all wonderful. The weather cooperated and provided some snow and conditions not too cold and windy. The special aspect of these ...

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12 Dec
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County Council elects George Cornell as Simcoe County Warden

Please find the press release from The County of Simcoe of yesterday’s County Council meeting.  Looking forward to a great term with a great group of people! Midhurst/December 11, 2018 – County Council today elected George Cornell, Mayor of the ...

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25 Oct
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Important Information on Curbside Battery Collection!

County of Simcoe and City of Barrie battery collection week runs November 5-9, 2018   Midhurst/October 24, 2018 – Curbside battery collection is back in Simcoe County and the City of Barrie as collection crews hit curbs November 5-9, 2018 to ...

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22 Oct
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Today is Election Day – Make Sure that You Vote!

Good Morning Today is the final day of this municipal election. If you have voted, I thank you. If you have not, we need you and all of your eligible family members to vote by 8pm tonight (Monday October 22nd). ...

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18 Sep
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Deputy Don’s Update – Raising the Big Brothers’ Big Sisters’ Flag in Township of Springwater

Thank you everyone to gathered to raise the flag in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Month. The theme of this month is IMAGINE and we are encouraged to imagine what a young person can become when they have the ...

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04 Sep
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County of Simcoe Forestry to conduct controlled burn in Museum Tract in Midhurst

Please find information regarding an upcoming controlled burn scheduled for the Midhurst Tract FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE County of Simcoe Forestry to conduct controlled burn in Museum Tract in Midhurst Midhurst/September 4, 2018 – The County of Simcoe will be executing ...

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01 Sep
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Deputy Don’s Updates – Garbage Collection Updates in Simcoe County this Fall

Sharing the highlights from a recent Garbage Collection Flyer, mark these important dates on your household calendar.  With kitty litter and pet waste being added to your green bin components, there are many ways to become greener in Springwater!   ...

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30 Aug
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County to Build Regional Services Hub in Orillia

Please find the most recent press release from the County of Simcoe regarding a land acquisition agreement for future regional services hub   County to build regional services hub in Orillia Midhurst/August 30, 2018 – The County of Simcoe has ...

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27 Aug
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Electronics Collection Coming to Simcoe County in September

Please find press release from County if Simcoe regarding electronics collection. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Electronics collection coming to Simcoe County curbs weeks of September 17 and 24   Midhurst/ August 27, 2018 – Simcoe County residents have a new option ...

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23 Aug
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Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall to assume the functions of the Warden

Please find press release from The County of Simcoe, which comes as a result of Gerry Marshall taking a new role in Wasaga as interim CAO. Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall to assume the functions of the Warden Midhurst/ August 22, 2018 ...

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07 Aug
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NEW Simcoe County LINX Transit Service now connecting communities with Route 1

LINX Transit is now official running!  Read through today’s press release from the County of Simcoe to see all the details on the LINX Transit Service in Simcoe County!   NEW Simcoe County LINX Transit Service now connecting communities with ...

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31 Jul
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LINX Launch Day Announced by Simcoe County – Tuesday, August 7

 LINX launch day marks the start of an exiting addition to services in Simcoe County.  Find out more about the start of this new service below: County celebrates LINX launch day ~ Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 10 a.m. ~ ...

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30 Jul
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List of Election Candidates from Springwater Municipal and School Board 2018 Election

Please see the attached media release regarding the release of the certified list of candidates for the 2018 Springwater Municipal and School Board Election: 20180730 – Certified List of Election Candidates Released

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19 Jul
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Deputy Don’s Update – County Expanding Paramedic and Seniors’ Services in Elmvale

  Read through today’s press release from the County of Simcoe, where you will find updated information on the investments that the County of Simcoe is making in paramedic service, long-term care and Senior Services Adult Day Programs.  These important ...

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13 Jul
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Fire Ban

With the lack of rain and long dry periods that we have been experiencing, The Township has implemented a complete fire ban   See more details below in their press release   We certainly hope for rain not only for ...

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06 Jul
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Simcoe County Gets Electric Charging Stations for Vehicles

Check out the latest press release from the County of Simcoe!   Great strides being made in the county towards sustainable infrastructure and environmental stewardship

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26 Jun
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Deputy Don’s Update – Grow Your Own Bin – Not Your Garbage – at WR Best Public School

It was a great day to meet up with the students from Simcoe County’s WR Best Public School in Oro today.  Together we learned a great deal of information on “Living Green” including the County’s initiative on organics and the ...

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13 Jun
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County prepares to connect communities with new LINX Transit Service starting August 2018

Yesterday, The County of Simcoe announced the new LINX Transit Service that will be starting this summer in our region.  I was on hand to tour the new buses and hear about the plans for the future of this service.It ...

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22 May
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Happy 175th Anniversary – Simcoe County!!

Simcoe County celebrates its 175th Anniversary!  It is an honour to be part of the council during this historic celebration.  In the press release below you will find out some historical facts, as well as details about some of the celebrations ...

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10 May
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Pie Off for Mental Health Event Coming Up This Weekend!

Just wanted to help share the information on a great event coming up this Saturday at the Midhurst Community Hall. Location: 78 Doran Rd, Midhurst, ON Doors open at 6pm Show starts at 7pm Cut off for Pie Entries: 7:30 ...

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07 May
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Deputy Don’s Update – The County of  Simcoe has chosen Bio-En Power for its organics processing

  Further to my article about this in Deputy Don’s Update of April 19, 2018, given the disposal cost per tonne under the new contract for pet waste is the same as pet waste plus diapers, I think it would be ...

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19 Apr
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Deputy Don’s Update – April 19, 2018

Honduras Rights Monitor Springwater and other residents have been supporting and working with the Spring Family on behalf of Honduran human rights worker Edwin Espinal, being held along with 21 other political prisoners under horrific conditions in military prisons in ...

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27 Mar
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Simcoe County Announcements Funding Announcement to Area Hospitals

County to invest $45 million in area hospitals! Midhurst/ March 27, 2018 – The County of Simcoe is investing $45 million in area hospitals to support capital and redevelopment projects occurring between 2017 and 2031. Warden Gerry Marshall and members from County ...

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22 Mar
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Deputy Don’s Update – March 22, 2018

Community Recreation Associations Also known as Hall Boards. The acronym for Community Recreation Association (CRA) makes us think of more “taxing” thoughts however, I will use “CRA” and try not to smile when using it going forward! CRAs are vital ...

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28 Feb
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Deputy Don’s Update – Wednesday, Feb 28/18 – Check Out the Update on Elmvale District High School

We have just received an update on the recent progress at Elmvale District High School and I thought that I would pass it along incase you have seen the high school recently. The addition is well under way and that ...

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20 Feb
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Deputy Don’s Update – Potential Greenbelt Expansion Information and Council Meeting February 21/18

Potential Greenbelt Expansion – Continued The population of the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) in Ontario, currently approximately 9 million, is forecasted to grow to about 13.5 million by 2041. The Outer Ring municipalities within the GGH (which Springwater is part ...

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16 Feb
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Greenbelt Study Area Expansion Public Meeting – February 21, 2018

Please find information regarding the February 21, 2018 – 5pm Springwater Council Agenda found in today’s blog post – http://donallen.ca/springwater-council-agenda-february-21-2018-starts-5pm/   Part of the February 21st  Council meeting, starting at 7pm, will be to receive comments from the general public ...

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16 Feb
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Springwater Council Agenda February 21, 2018 – starts 5pm

Please find the agenda  HERE with related staff reports: Minutes review and approval Question Period Correspondence and Information Items – NVCA; Cameron Estates; Building a Seniors Campus; Severn Sound Environmental Assoc.; Action Report – Snow Valley Highlands Phase 5 Certificate of Completion; ...

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24 Jan
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Deputy Don’s Update – January 25, 2018

Fire Station 2/Yard 1 Renovation and Expansion The tender documents were posted for this project last December and five proposals were received by the January closing. Proposals were reviewed by staff and the Township’s contracted architects, who recommended that the ...

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17 Jan
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A Great Celebration for Regional Healthcare!

Today I had the privilege of attending the official opening of Simcoe Muskoka Regional Heart Program!  What an amazing facility that we now have, right here in our community!  This advanced cardiac intervention facility is a true example of the collaboration of ...

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12 Jan
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SIMCOE GARBAGE UPDATE Jan 12, 2018- 4:30pm

Waste Connections of Canada has 72 trucks routed, a dozen more than normal, today in an effort to clear up the back-log of materials.  They have been working extremely hard in difficult conditions including ice rain, a flash freeze and ...

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10 Jan
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Deputy Don’s Update – January 10, 2018

Happy New Year All.  New Skating/Snowshoeing Trails We had a great time over the holidays using the Simcoe County Museum Skating Trail and Snowshoe Trail. Located at the Simcoe Museum grounds at 1151 Highway 26 – facilities are open Tuesday ...

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04 Jan
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Invitation to SWIFT Survey About Internet Usage

Please review press release. 2018-01-03 – RFP Release updating progress on the SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT). Tell us about your Internet service and usage to help us build ‘broadband for everyone’ To connect everyone as effectively and efficiently as possible, we’re ...

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31 Dec
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Springwater Accomplishments for the Year 2017

Council and Staff accomplished much in 2016. Some selected items are as follows: Community Development Optimized the distribution of recreation and all other service facilities across the Township; Approved construction of the Midhurst Pavilion at Doran Park; Leveraged Canada 150 ...

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13 Dec
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Deputy Don’s Update – December 14, 2017

Merry Christmas I start by wishing all of you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a happy healthy New Year. Again this year, the various Springwater tree lightings and other Christmas ceremonies were true examples of the warm ...

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29 Nov
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Environmental Resource Recovery Centre (ERRC) and FIRE – 29-11-17

The proposed Environmental Resource Recovery Centre (ERRC) facility that the County of Simcoe is considering constructing in the County forest at 2976 Horseshoe Valley Rd. W. in Springwater raises many concerns. One major concern involves the potential of fire breaking ...

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29 Nov
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Environmental Resource Recovery Centre (ERRC) and FIRE

The proposed Environmental Resource Recovery Centre (ERRC) facility that the County of Simcoe is considering constructing in the County forest at 2976 Horseshoe Valley Rd. W. in Springwater raises many concerns. One major concern involves the potential of fire breaking ...

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16 Nov
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Deputy Don’s Update – November 16, 2017

Remembrance Day Again this year, the messages leading up to November 11th and the services on that Day were reflective and moving. As I have mentioned before, I come from a military family – my father was an army Colonel ...

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16 Nov
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Deputy Don’s Update – November 16, 2017

Remembrance Day Again this year, the messages leading up to November 11th and the services on that Day were reflective and moving. As I have mentioned before, I come from a military family – my father was an army Colonel ...

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05 Oct
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Deputy Don’s Update – October 5, 2017

What fantastic weather we have been having for the fall fairs. Last weekend, Midhurst Autumnfest was a great success due to many volunteers working hard and great turnout for this fun event. The Elmvale Fall Fair this weekend will be ...

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21 Sep
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Deputy Don’s Update – September 21, 2017

Finance and Audit Committee Part of my commitment when elected was to form and chair the Township Finance and Audit Committee. Councillor Hanna and I and an external member (who has stepped down due to no longer being a resident) ...

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23 Aug
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Deputy Don’s Update – August 24, 2017

Blue Box Funding and Diversion Based on data collected for 2015, Simcoe County, for the 7th year in a row, ranked in the top 10 (of 243) Ontario municipalities for waste diversion, ranking 5th. Residents of the County achieved the ...

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26 Jun
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Deputy Don’s Update – June 26, 2017

Celebrate Springwater –  Canada 150  This June 24th celebration in Springwater was filled with family fun, entertainment, live music and fireworks. The day gave us sun and a perfect evening.  There were an estimated 1,000 people who showed up. Children ...

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25 Jan
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Deputy Don’s Update – January 26, 2017

Springwater Budget The 2017 budget process has been very thorough and open. After 6 open Council meetings to review the 2017 budget in detail, Council is scheduled to approve it this week. The main points of it include: • A ...

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31 Dec
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Springwater Accomplishments for the Year 2016

Council and Staff accomplished much in 2016. Some selected items are as follows: Community Development: 10th Annual Springwater Swing Golf Tournament raised over $26,000 for charity – included 8 local merchants in the Shop Springwater component; Partnered with the Simcoe ...

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15 Dec
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Deputy Don’s Update – December 15, 2016

I love this time of year and attending the various community tree lighting ceremonies and parades. They are heart-warming demonstrations of close community spirit and friendliness and it makes me thankful to live in Canada, Ontario and Springwater. I wish ...

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17 Nov
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Deputy Don’s Update – November 17, 2016

Increased Safety in Hillsdale Solving the problem of greater safety in crossing Hwy 93 in Hillsdale advanced a significant step closer last Council meeting. Hillsdale resident Ms. Lynne Worrall Wright took the time and effort to find the agenda on ...

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11 Oct
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Deputy Don’s Update – October 11, 2016

Population Allocation in Springwater Most of you will have heard of the 180 degree reversal of Simcoe County last week regarding its continued support of the Springwater Council’s unanimous decision not to allow 4 of the 5 applications within Springwater ...

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02 Jun
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Deputy Don’s Update – June 2, 2016

20,000 Simcoe Population Allocation Further to Mayor French’s summary regarding this in this edition, the positive teamwork of the Township staff, our lawyer and Council resulted in a comprehensive briefing document which was prepared and presented to all applicants and ...

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07 Apr
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Deputy Don’s Update – April 7, 2016

Materials Management Facility (MMF) and Organics Processing Facility (OPF) A meeting was held on March 23rd attended by 29 neighbouring landowners living within 500 meters of the 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road selected site. Further afternoon and evening public information sessions ...

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06 Mar
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Don’s thoughts regarding proposed Organics & Materials Mgt. Processing Facilities – March 6, 2016

I am a strong proponent of saving the environment and increasing diversion from landfills in whatever fiscally responsible way possible. We must continue to reduce our garbage generation and increase our diversion, especially of organics, to eliminate it from our ...

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25 Feb
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Deputy Don’s Update – February 25, 2016

I hope you all enjoyed a fun Family Day. There were great social events in Midhurst, Minesing, Anten Mills and Hillsdale that I was aware of. I went to most of these and can attest that community spirit is alive ...

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28 Jan
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Deputy Don’s Update – January 28, 2016

Happy healthy 2016 to all. Council is back at it, with lots of matters to review and progress in 2016. Here is my perspectives on some recent happenings. EEK Pit  – The rezoning application to allow for an expansion Eek ...

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31 Dec
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Springwater Accomplishments for the Year 2015

Council and Staff accomplished much in 2015. Some selected items are as follows: Community Development: Increased funding contribution for the Elmvale District High School partnership proposal; Completion of Recreation Master Plan, which included three public open houses, a session with ...

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15 Dec
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Deputy Don’s Update – December 15, 2015

The Christmas events throughout Springwater have again been wonderful this year – even without snow! I have been to many of these and it has reminded me why we love the spirit and friendship which exists all around us in ...

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03 Dec
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Deputy Don’s Update – December 3, 2015

Simcoe and Springwater 2016 Financial Budgets We continue to review and work toward finalizing the County Simcoe and Springwater municipal budgets for 2016. Of your property taxes, approximately 36% go to the County, with 24% going to education and the ...

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05 Nov
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Deputy Don’s Update – November 5, 2015

October 27th marked the one year point since we were elected. We are one quarter of the way through our four year term. It has been an active and productive year for me and for Council – I count 176 ...

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24 Sep
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Deputy Don’s Update – September 24, 2015

30-6-15 Springwater financial results Overall, the Township operating results for the first half of 2015 resulted in a surplus better than budget by $926,367 before transfers to reserves and $861,162 after transfers to reserves. Of Contributing to this surplus, revenues ...

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13 Aug
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Deputy Don’s Update – August 13, 2015

Solid Waste Management Strategy Update Simcoe County Solid Waste Management Strategy, approved in 2010, prioritizes the need to increase our diversion rate, reduce garbage, and securely manage our own transfer and processing capacity.  The County will benefit from ownership and ...

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04 Jun
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Deputy Don’s Update – June 4, 2015

I appreciate the interest, comments and feedback I have received from residents from all areas of Springwater regarding different matters I have reported on – please keep up the communication. Springwater Q1 ended 31-3-15 Results Revenues of $6.2 million were ...

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21 May
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Deputy Don’s Update – May 21, 2015

New Fire Station for Midhurst I have the upmost respect and appreciation for emergency services, both full time and voluntary staff.  I fully support the fire services needs if there is a risk to the responders’ safety and that of ...

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23 Apr
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Deputy Don’s Update – April 23, 2015

In today’s blog post, there are several updates to share: Springwater Green Belt Policy Review Council discussed the report presented by staff in its April 7, 2015 meeting, including the additional option of considering development policy considerations on a site ...

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09 Apr
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Deputy Don’s Update – April 9, 2015

Springwater Green Belt Policy Review The Township Green Belt Policy restricts new non-farm proposals within 1km of the boundaries of Barrie and Wasaga, with the intent to maintain a clear separation between rural and urban land uses, to prevent urban ...

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07 Apr
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Ontario (Province) Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review – April 7, 2015

The four Provincial land use plans are being reviewed, including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Niagara Escarpment Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Greenbelt Plan. Regional town hall meetings are being held by ...

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07 Apr
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Ontario (Province) Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review 7-4-15

The four Provincial land use plans are being reviewed, including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Niagara Escarpment Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Greenbelt Plan. Regional town hall meetings are being held by ...

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26 Mar
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Deputy Don’s Update – March 26, 2015

I hope everyone enjoyed March break and are glad to see the first signs of spring. Council is back at it, meeting last Monday and County Council on Tuesday. Following are some notes and thoughts regarding selected current matters under ...

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12 Mar
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Deputy Don’s Update – March 12, 2015

I hope to be able to provide ongoing communication to interested readers from my perspective as Deputy Mayor. The first three months have been very interesting, fun and productive. Springwater Council, in my opinion, has developed into a positive working ...

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01 Feb
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Deputy Don’s Update on The 2015 County of Simcoe Budget

On January 27, 2015, Simcoe County Council approved a $432 million budget for 2015. Originally, a 2% increase was proposed on the County portion of the municipal taxes Simcoe County residents receive. After review of the draft budget, I met ...

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18 Jan
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Simcoe County Council Members 2014-2018

Townships: Adjala-Tosorontio – Mayor Mary Small Brett; Deputy Mayor Doug Little Clearview – Mayor Chris Vanderkruys; Deputy Mayor Barry Burton Essa – Mayor Terry Dowdell (Deputy Warden); Deputy Mayor Sandie Macdonald Oro-Medonte – Mayor Harry Hughes; Deputy Mayor Ralph Hough ...

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16 Jan
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Deputy Don’s Update – Simcoe County – Profile – January 16, 2015

On this blog, I also want to keep readers informed of my thoughts of what I experience by sitting on Simcoe County Council. Simcoe County: Was established in 1843 and now consists of 7 towns including Bradford West Gwillimbury, Collingwood, ...

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11 Dec
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Simcoe County Council – December 11, 2014

On December 9, 2014, Mayor French and myself were sworn in as Councillors at Simcoe County Council. A summary of the governance structure of County Council is below. I ran for and was elected Vice Chair of the Performance Management ...

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