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 County District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, Flos Agricultural Society and Elmvale Curling Club to host the National Award winning Skilled trades Expo at the Elmvale Community Arena;
  • Ongoing review of Community Hall Board governance framework;
  • Released the Springwater Update 2015/16;
  • Council approved of a Community Assistance Program and International Competition Grant;
  • Council assists in the expansion and improvements to Elmvale District High School;
  • Installation of playground equipment at Graham MacDonald Park, Green Pine Park and Grenfel Community Park;
  • Presented Library Board’s 2016-2018 Strategic Plan;
  • Launched Speaker’s Series with authors Kelley Armstrong and Mike O’Neill, and former spy Lawrence Fox;
  • Attended Springwater and Tiny Town Halls, and the Tiny Fire Department’s Family Fun Day;
  • Hosted a Family Literacy Day Celebration with representatives from CTV, 93.1 Fresh Radio and Council in attendance;
  • Public Library representatives attended the Springwater Farmer’s Market in Elmvale each Friday;
  • Participated in Georgian Bay Reads – a five library event “defending” a Canadian author;
  • Attended Huronia Centennial, Forest Hill, and Minesing Central School’s Welcome to Kindergarten nights;
  • Continued and added regular programs such as the Summer Reading Programs, story times, movies, and crafts;
  • Created a quarterly print newsletter to better promote library events and information to the community.

Smart Growth Management:

  • Phase 1 of the Township’s first Community Improvement Plan completed;
  • Township Wide Community Improvement Plan – Initiation of Phase 2 – Draft Policies and Implementation-
  • 20,000 Population Allocation Program Finalized;
  • Initiated Phase 1 of the Official Plan Review including the preparation of a Growth Management Study, Communications Plan completed and visioning workshops scheduled to take place before end of year;
  • Hosted Public Information Centre for Midhurst Environmental Assessment Phase 3 & 4;
  • Commenced Environmental Assessment for the replacement of the Elmvale Queen St W sewage Lift Station to address current capacity issues and accommodate growth;
  • Developed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Township, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority and Severn Sound Environmental Association.

Infrastructure – Financial Management – Service Delivery:

  • Refurbishment of Elmvale Community Arena steel roof;
  • Refurbishment of the Grenfel Pavilion structural steel;
  • Achieved Annual compliance and training for Emergency Management compliance with the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Office;
  • Purchased a new pumper for the Fire & Emergency Services department;
  • Initiated Fleet-Complete GPS Pilot that will track fleet function and task, such as plough, sand or on standby;
  • Approval of the 2016 Township Budget of overall property tax increase of 1.16% or $37.13 increase on the average assessed residence;
  • Approval of 2015 Consolidated Audited Financial Statements with a clean audit opinion;
  • Approval of the Township’s Long Range Financial Plan and supporting policies;
  • Updated Cash in-Lieu of parkland fee which was last updated in 1995;
  • Updated Cell Tower Protocol to apply new standards related to setbacks, notification and application fee;
  • Commenced the undertaking of a 20 year long term capital plan for Water and Wastewater facilities;
  • Commenced replacing all residential mechanical water service meters with efficient smart meters to capture accurate water reads, reduce repairs and increase staff productivity;
  • Continuing investment in the development of a “Provincially mandated” Asset Management Plan (AMP);
  • Reviewing programs for the replacement of all decorative streetlights within subdivisions to LED for long term energy savings;
  • Updating pumping and blower systems within Water and Wastewater plants for long term energy savings;
  • Public Information Centers were held in Elmvale and the Administration office to review Public Works Capital Projects;
  • Implemented self-service inter-library loans;
  • Updated financial intake procedures and statistics for better reporting and accountability. 

Governance & Leadership:

  • Adopted new Strategic Plan 2016 – 2018 “Our Springwater, Our Future”;
  • Commenced a review of the Procedural By-law;
  • Ongoing community engagement via Town Hall meetings;
  • Hired three new senior managers: new Library CEO, new Director of Fire & Emergency Services and a new Township Clerk;
  • Created a library staff handbook and guide.
     

     

     

     

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