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 funding to enhance local events and festivals;
  • Provided assistance to community associations for their Canada 150 events;
  • Hosted Celebrate Springwater – a township-wide event to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary – at Tree Nursery Sports Park;
  • Managed, operated and maintained community halls;
  • Implemented a new Governance Model for the Community Recreation Associations by removing the burden on volunteers to operate and maintain the community halls. This enables volunteers to have a bigger impact on Community Development by allowing them to focus on events and activities;
  • Continued operation of the Indoor Market at the Elmvale Community Hall;
  • Continued to attract, support and retain business in our Springwater communities;
  • Launched a Community Improvement Plan with eight (8) programs to support local businesses and stimulate investment in the community;
  • Updated the Springwater Business Directory and Website to increase the profile of local businesses;
  • Hosted an Agricultural Business Forum to support and promote opportunities for farmers;
  • Engaged local businesses through business visits. Hosted a Business Breakfast for local businesses and investors;
  • Partnered with the Simcoe County District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, Flos Agricultural Society, and Elmvale Curling Club to host the 2nd Annual Skilled Trades Expo at the Elmvale Community Arena;
  • Awarded Destination Marketing Organization Funding;
  • Developed partnerships to create complete communities;
  • Raised over $30,000 for physician recruitment and local needs through the 11th Annual Springwater Swing Golf Tournament;
  • Hosted a Heritage Fair through the Library involving thirteen (13) other organizations, enabling residents to learn more about the range of cultures represented across Springwater;
  • Partnered with the Elmvale District High School to create a music video that provided an opportunity for drama students to sing, dance, act, and produce in a collaborative production;
  • Implemented Simcoe County’s #itstarts pledge at all library branches to promote more inclusive communities;
  • Awarded the Township’s International Competition Grant, which provides financial support to young athletes from Springwater competing at an international level, to youth participating in a robotics competition in the United States and a dance competition in Germany.

Smart Growth Management

  • Initiated the Official Plan Review that will include the key tenets of smart growth;
  • Planned growth to support economic, environmental and social development, including establishing smart growth criteria;
  • Completed the registration of Stonemanor Woods Phase 2A and Snow Valley Phase 5 developments;
  • Finalizing the Economic Development Marketing Plan to promote economic prosperity within Springwater;
  • Substantial completion, final acceptance and securities reductions for subdivisions after careful inspection during construction and detailed reviews prior to acceptance;
  • Communicated our vision to effectively develop, manage and operate urban design and architectural controls;
  • One of the first municipalities in Ontario to complete Source Water Protection reporting;
  • Provided comments on the Province’s Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review (Growth Plan for Greater Golden Horseshoe; Greenbelt Plan; Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan; and Niagara Escarpment Plan);
  • Managed urban sprawl and protected farmland;
  • Implemented Traffic Calming Policy;
  • Initiated updating of the Township’s Growth Management Strategy;
  • Submitted draft Environmental Study Report for the Midhurst Secondary Plan Environmental Assessment to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change;
  • Completed the Environmental Assessment for the expansion of the existing Wastewater Lift Station in Elmvale – Started Design phase;
  • Initiated review and update of Cut and Fill By-law.

Infrastructure, Financial Management and Service Delivery

Develop an on-going financial strategy

  • Completed twenty (20) year capital plan for water and wastewater resources;
  • Completed Road Needs Study and Structural Assessments with ten-year capital plan recommendations and preparation for a comprehensive Asset Management Plan;
  • Awarded funding to develop an asset management strategy and build capacity from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities;
  • Updated policies and fees (e.g., Parkland Dedication);
  • Updated the Township’s Water & Wastewater Rate Study;
  • Began to update the Township’s Development Charge Background Study & Bylaw for anticipated completion in 2018;
  • Approval of the 2018 Township Budget of overall property tax increase of 1.86% or $68.16 increase on the average assessed residence;
  • Approval of 2016 Consolidated Audited Financial Statements with a clean audit opinion.

Effectively manage our capital assets

  • Completed an Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan;
  • Completed interior renovations at the Phelpston Rink House;
  • Made capital improvements to the Nine Mile Portage Trail (George Johnston Road to Grenfel Road);
  • Completed Phase 1 construction of the Sports Pad and Tennis Court at Snow Valley Highlands Park;
  • Replaced water meters with more efficient ‘smart meters’ to more accurately measure usage and reduce repairs;
  • Installed rink boards in the Cindy Ladouceur Memorial Pavilion in Hillsdale;
  • Installed a rubber fall protection and accessible surface at the Doran Park playground;
  • Purchased fire rescue pumper truck;
  • Reconstruction, asphalt resurfacing and gravel resurfacing of several roads completed
  • Develop partnerships and a shared services framework;
  • Partnered with the County of Simcoe and Ministry of Natural Resources to construct the trail section along Snow Valley Road through the Ministry of Natural Resources’ property west of George Parkway to connect the Snow Valley Lowlands trail system;
  • Streamlined process for scheduling Public Meetings;
  • Installed GPS on all Township vehicles, including winter maintenance tracking on snowplows, to manage resources more effectively for residents;
  • Approved community-driven Master Fire Plan to support ongoing efforts to meet the emergency services needs of Springwater residents;
  • Bolstered recruitment and training of Volunteer Firefighters, with 17 recruits completing basic training and given probationary firefighter appointments;
  • Partnered with the Ministry of Transportation to develop a safer pedestrian crossing in Hillsdale.

Governance and Leadership

Encourage residents, visitors and stakeholders to actively participate in local government

  • Increased voter accessibility by authorizing internet/telephone and in-person voting for the 2018 municipal election;
  • Enhanced circulation distance for notification of Planning Act files;
  • Consulted with residents and local businesses for the Official Plan review;
  • Broadened public engagement on the Budget through outreach activities at community events and online through a budget calculator tool;
  • Solicited and incorporated public’s comments on water and wastewater rates into new Water & Wastewater Rate Study.

Develop an inspiring recognition program

  • Reviewed Township’s wage structure and began implementing recommendations;
  • Expand the Springwater training and development program to serve Council, staff and partners;
  • Conducted customer service training for all staff;
  • Provided leadership training for Council and Senior Management;
  • Implemented new, more comprehensive Emergency Management Training;
  • Provided Harvard Manage Mentor management training resources to staff;
  • Implemented Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training to enhance occupational health and safety.

Develop a Council governance framework

  • Reviewed and adopted new Procedural By-law;
  • Met with Provincial Ministries at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA), and Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) Annual Conferences to advocate for policies and programs that benefit Springwater.
     

     

     

     

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