Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: February 2014

Steve’s Mayoral Newsletter: February 2014

Greetings and salutations,

In this month’s column I would like to address 3 important items: garbage, the ice storm and the OMB.

This past Thursday the mayors of the six northern York Region municipalities met with the owner and executives of GFL, our contracted garbage collection company. The owner acknowledged and apologized for the poor service we have all received since April 2013 when they took over the contract from Turtle Island. In fact there was a public written apology from GFL in the paper last week. He has provided an action plan to remedy service and has assured us that it begins now! We have a 90 day progress meeting scheduled to ensure that this essential service is performed in an appropriate manner.

I am sure you all heard about the recent GTA Mayor’s meeting in Mississauga to create a unified position on the Ice Storm funding requests. I participated in this meeting where we unanimously agreed to request a 1/3 Federal, 1/3 Provincial and 1/3 Municipal funding formula be used to cover the additional costs incurred as a result of the ice storm. We have requested a March 1st date for a response from both the federal and provincial governments. The Township continues the clean-up process throughout the municipality and will continue it into the spring. Check our Township page in this paper or our website www.king.ca for details.

I am delighted to report that the Township was victorious at the OMB defending our position that an outdoor wedding banquet facility on the Oak Ridges Moraine at the corner of the 400 and Lloydtown Aurora Road was not a “Recreational Use”. There were many residents that participated and I would like to thank them for their dedication and efforts. This is a huge win for all of us and illustrates that the system can work.

I would very much encourage any new resident as well as others to come out to our informal Meet the Mayor and Local Councillors evenings. This is an opportunity to find out and ask questions about this great community you have chosen to call home.

Informal Meet & Greet Opportunities
Thursday, February 6th, 2014 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm King City Library 1970 King Road, King City

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Nobleton Library 8 Sheardown Drive, Nobleton

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Schomberg Library 77 Main Street, Schomberg

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Ansnorveldt Library 18997 Dufferin Street, Ansnorveldt

As always, I encourage you to get involved in our community, come out and participate in the shaping of King’s future, and don’t forget to shop local. For more details on services and other news in the Township, please go to our website www.king.ca.

Regards Steve.