Budget 2020 Begins

At September 9 Council there is a staff report reviewing timelines and process for the 2020 budget. For the 2019 budget  was, for the first time, a multi year one for the operating expenses; 2019 was approved and for outyears it was a forecast.  For the 2020 exercise, only the 1st year will be approved and for out years forecasts will be update.  The Staff report includes a review of budget pressures and potential mitigation opportunities.  As indicated in the report one of the pressures is our declaration of a climate emergency and our approval of an aggressive energy conservation and demand management plan and our direction to Staff to develop a Climate Action Plan.

Schomberg Street Gallery

 

 

 

This is a wonderful event:  in addition to seeing the art and meeting the artists there is the simple pleasure of strolling along Main Street in historic Schomberg.  And, there are unique cafes for picking up a delicious treat.

Sunday September 15  10-5

 

Tree Bylaw: feedback wanted!

Last day to provide feedback on the draft tree bylaw is Sept. 9; please provide your comments on [email protected]. Staff will then be assessing feedback and will bring to Council a revised draft bylaw unless they should determine that there is more work to be done.  As I have posted earlier I am very supportive of a bylaw which protects and promotes the trees on private property.  No bylaw is perfect; by their nature they are a restriction on activity.  But I believe we are vulnerable without such a bylaw given the amount of change happening in our 3 settlement areas which is the area affected by the draft.  e.g  New owners of property come into the Municipal Office and inquire about regulations including asking about a tree bylaw; our answer is “there no bylaw”. People acquire lots with the long term intention of developing them; without a tree bylaw we have no ability restrict the removal of trees or to get compensation for such. Please help us achieve a good bylaw for King.

New Guidebooks for King

In the last couple weeks there have been enclosures in the King Weekly Sentinel of King publications:  2019/20 Fall/Winter Community Guide and 2019 Residents Guide.  If you did not receive or want another copies can be picked up at the Municipal Centre.  And both are available on line.

Why is this road being paved?

New communication “tools” have been launched by Engineering & Public Works to inform residents and business about Township road projects. On king.ca you can see a listing of all projects for 2019: specifically which road segment and the rationale for doing the project.  Signs will be posted in vicinity of the project with information on timing and who to contact for more information.  Finally, notices will be delivered to all on the affected road segment.  This listing combined with a summary of all projects planned for 2019-2021 provides overall picture of construction projects for our roads network.  Note:  I will be giving feedback to Staff that we needs same information for regional road projects in King.