Foraging Workshop

Find out what is edible and tasty in the woods and open spaces.  Foraging Workshop May 15 at Laskay Hall

Concert and Dinner

May 18 you can enjoy songs of love and dinner in King City.   See poster for details

Climate Protection Plan

On the May 13 Council agenda there is report identifying how the the Township will develop and ultimately execute a plan for reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas.  As indicated we have base line data from 2012 against which we can measure progress.  Goals are proposed.  When I compare the latter to what was in our original 5 year Integrated Community Sustainability Plan of 2012 I am pleased to see far more specificity.  I question whether our targets are aggressive enough as the target of 30% reduction in corporate energy emissions (kg of eCO2) by 2030 (vs 2012) is same as we set in 2012.  Urgency today is much greater than we perceived in 2012.  As report indicates increased investments in energy management initiatives will be required and will need to considered in the 2020 budget process.  I look forward to seeing full plan at 6/24/19 Council meeting for

Museum Renovation

On May 13 Council agenda there is report identifying the need for to increase capital budget for the renovation of the interior of the museum at Heritage and Cultural Centre. Explanation for the increase is reviewed in the report.  As was the case for Laskay Hall there are often surprises when renovating heritage structures; hence an increase of $50,000 to the $300,000 budget is recommended. The museum which is the one room Kinghorn School built in 1861 merits this renovation:   it will make this building an accessible exhibition space for both honouring King’s history with a permanent exhibit illustrating it and other exhibits.

Schomberg Community Hall Renewal

On 5/13 Council agenda there is a report recommending the advancement of a project to renovate and revitalize the Schomberg Community Hall.  Advancement to June 2019-2020 is entirely appropriate in order to use a $100,000 grant offered under the Enabling Accessibility Fund of the Federal Government.  As reviewed in the report the closure of this well used community space does create problems for 3 very popular annual events:  Schomberg Street Gallery, A Main Street Christmas, Schomberg Agricultural Fair.  Staff are committed to working with the groups who organize these events.  I know examples in other municipalities where comparable problems have triggered some very creative solutions which have been sustained long after the originating problem was solved.   The $1 million capital for this project was originally budgeted for one year later. Given how the Schomberg Main Street Revitalization Project is marching forward (see the Staff report updating status here) advancing the Community Hall project is excellent.