Springwater Update

with Mayor Don Allen

one in a series of regular updates

FEBRUARY

A new mayor and three new councillors have taken their seats at Springwater Council.

In his first update, mayor Don Allen talks budgets, ATVs, organic waste and more.

First, who is this guy Don Allen…



BUDGETS

Budget deliberations continue at council with an eye to finalizing this year’s money-paper on February 20. Allen says they’re a little behind this year, giving the new councillors a chance to get a good grasp on things…

The February 20 budget meeting is open to the public. It begins at 6:30 at the Administration Office in Midhurst

And, of course, there will be impact from the County of Simcoe Budget…



OFF-ROAD TRAIL EXPANSION

One of the priorities for council this session is to look at expanding off-road vehicle trails, allowing for connections to neighbouring townships…

Open House and information meetings will be held March 27 at Elmvale Community Hall and March 28 at the Township Administration Centre in Midhurst

WINTER MAINTENANCE

It has been a challenging winter for township residents with lots of snow and extreme cold. Equally challenging for those charged with clearing the snow…



ORGANICS RECYCLING

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs recently approved the County Official Plan Amendment to allow a green bin organics recovery centre to be built on Horseshoe Valley Road West. There’s still a lot of work to be done and more than a few questions to be answered. Mayor Allen brings us up to speed…



BILL 66

The provincial government heard the concerns raised by politicians and stakeholders about Schedule 10 of Bill 66 and will proceed with that section. Mayor Allen says that may impact development in the Township and efforts to attract new businesses…



GREASING THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU

Councillors are always glued to their Wards and the council chamber, they also attend many conferences. Among them, the ROMA Conference, which allowed them to meet with various provincial cabinet ministers about local concerns and initiatives…



RECREATION GUIDE

The Spring/Summer Recreation Guide has been distributed to Springwater residents, a compendium of events and programs offered by the Township…

And if there’s not enough in the guide to keep you busy, Springwater has a non-resident fee agreement with the City of Barrie to access its recreation program…