I hope your summer has been great with the hot sunny weather we have had. Township and County Councils are resuming, with lots of items on the schedule. Here is a summary of my thoughts on some recent items.
Stonemanor Woods development
Council approved entering into a pre-servicing agreement for the western part, Phase 2 of this subdivision, to enable the start of preparation and construction of infrastructure. Phase 1 is well underway and sales of residences have exceeded expectations. A total of 684 residential units will be built when completed.
Fire Pumper Truck Purchase
Council approved the purchase of a new pumper truck from Darch Fire Inc., which was budgeted for in the 2016 capital budget. The new truck is key for the health and safety of our firefighters, improved response time, and improved performance of apparatus and equipment upon arrival for all emergencies. A committee of firefighters and management staff reviewed all aspects and recommended that a more flexible commercial chassis type vehicle would be preferable. We were able to “piggy back” with a similar process Clearview Township has gone through and obtain the benefits of a joint tender for the truck, including servicing features and a very competitive price of $452, 912, inclusive of taxes. This compares to an original budgeted $600,000 for a purchase such as this. The truck is anticipated to arrive in November 2016 and will be housed at Station 2 (Midhurst).
Springwater Swing Golf Tournament
It was a great tournament this year, for the first time held at the Barrie Country Club. Springwater staff and Barrie Country Club staff and the golf committee worked hard to make this a great event, which raised over $26,000. This will be contributed to the Community Assistance Program to provide financial assistance to the residents in our community who need it most. Thanks to the many sponsors and to the loyal supporters who came out to golf on a beautiful sunny and windy summer day.
MSP Environmental Assessment
The Township of Springwater is continuing with Phase 3 & 4 of the Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Planning Process to determine specific new water system requirements, wastewater treatment and collection system requirements and transportation infrastructure requirements to accommodate future growth within the Midhurst Secondary Plan. Reports and studies regarding all aspects of this, which have been commissioned as part of this important review, continue to be released and can be found on the website at www.springwater.ca/msp_ea. There is much important information to review in advance of a public information meeting on October 18, 2016 from 4:30pm to 9pm at Snow valley Resort (2632 Vespra Valley Rd.). Further reports will be finalized throughout this period and feedback will be reviewed and considered, leading to a further Council presentation on this in January 2017 and another public information meeting in February 2017. The final Class EA is estimated to be ready for release in the February-March 2017 period. I will write more information about this as the process progresses.
Bush Fire in Springwater
On August 5th, 23 firefighters from 2 stations worked hard to extinguish a 3 acre bushfire believed to be caused by an underground after burn of a fire believed to be extinguished previously. This was one of a number of fires our dedicated firefighters have had to put out this summer in the extremely hot and dry conditions we have had. Springwater was a holdout for issuing a burn ban but things got too dry and hot so the ban is in effect from August 6th until further notice.
Simcoe County will receive in the next year $2.8 million as a reimbursement for approximately 49% of the $5.7 million it costs the County to operate the blue box program. This is less than last year’s amount but is a greater percentage of the total costs, as a result of greater efficiencies in the blue box collection process.
County staff report CCW-16-266 was received at County Council this week, reviewing the GHD consultant’s report on the various project delivery methods of the Materials Management Facility (MMF) and Organics Processing Facility (OPF). The MMF will use a Design-Bid-Build (DBB) procurement process. The OPF procurement process will be longer and more complex. GHD recommends a three-step Design-Build-Operate (DBO) model. The staff report and GHD technical memorandum are informative and can be found at http://docs.simcoe.ca/ws_cos/groups/public/%40pub-cos-sta-com/documents/web_content/rsc503458.htm (the agenda for the Council Committee of the Whole August 9, 2016 meeting) at item number 16.
A neighbouring landowner meeting has been tentatively set for Thursday, September 8. It is anticipated that feedback will be sought on the procurement strategy recommended by GHD, with comments received provided to County Council in a final report this fall. This will be in preparation for the first procurement document for the OPF, a Request for Information (RFI), to be let in November.