Mayor Don’s Update – November 12, 2020

Veteran Banners in Elmvale

In honour of local veterans, banners have been hung on street poles in Downtown Elmvale. The banners serve as a reminder of all the local servicemen and women who fought for our freedom. The initiative is a partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 262 (Elmvale), the Elmvale BIA and Springwater Township. Thirty-two veterans were honoured this year, and the partnership hopes to further expand on the number of veterans recognized in years to come.

With the COVID19 restrictions around Remembrance Day services this year, the banners provide an opportunity for residents to pause and reflect on all the sacrifices made for our freedom. If you haven’t already, I invite you to visit downtown Elmvale and pay tribute to those who fought for our country. The banners will remain up throughout the month of November.

Land Purchase for New Community Hub

Springwater Council has approved the purchase of approximately 50 acres of land from the Ministry of Natural Resource and Forestry, for the development of a new community hub. The land, known as the Hasty Tract, is located at 1132 Snow Valley Road, at the corner of Snow Valley Road and Bayfield St. N/Hwy 26. Due diligence on the property and negotiations with the Ministry had occurred in earnest over the past two years and recently, CAO Schmidt and I had made a delegation to the Minister at the AMO conference to try to finalize this prospect.  

The site is strategically located within the Bayfield Corridor Study area and will serve as a multi-purpose community hub. Immediate plans for the land include the construction of a new fire station to service the Midhurst area. Additional future development will be phased in to meet the community needs and include a new multi-use recreation centre, an arena, library and meeting/activity space.

A special thank you to Minister John Yakabuski, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and MPP Doug Downey for all of their assistance in moving this project forward.

The purchase price of the land is $3,884,846 plus HST and will be funded by reserves and internal debt.

Elmvale Active Seniors Residence MZO

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has granted a Ministerial Zoning Order(MZO) for the Elmvale Active Seniors Residence, known as The Elms, to proceed with a site plan for a senior’s residence on Queen Street in Elmvale.

An MZO allows the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to make a final ruling on how a piece of land can be used. This decision cannot be appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).

The proposed senior’s complex includes up to 240 one and two bedroom, affordable senior’s apartments with underground parking and a medical centre.

Sam Langman was the Chair of the not-for-profit group dedicated to seeing this project come to fruition. Unfortunately, he passed just prior to receiving the MZO from the Ministry. The rest of the committee will continue to work with the Township and the community to see this project become reality. Again, a special thank you to MPP Doug Downey whom we worked with, to help move this project forward and reduce the “red tape” that would have been prohibitive in time and money, to get this off the ground and make it possible to proceed.

2021 Budget

The 2021 Budget process is underway and the budget will officially be tabled at the November 18 meeting of Council. Each year Council and staff work together to strike a balance between the needs and wants of the municipality, while keeping taxes low. Meetings on November 23, November 25, November 30, December 7 and December 9have been scheduled for deliberations. All of the meetings will be streamed live online at www.springwater.ca/live. If you miss a meeting, visit our YouTube channel to watch a replay. For additional information on the 2021 Budget visit www.springwater.ca/budget

Please continue to stay safe and follow the updated COVID directives.