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Please Vote!

Declarations of support are wonderful.  And indeed it is much appreciated when a supporter makes a financial contribution and/or asks for a sign.  But, what really counts is the “X” on the ballot.

From  Monday, October 15 to Friday October 19 there is advance voting every day from 9 AM to 8 PM at current Municipal Office (20 75 King Road);   voters from all across King can vote there.  On Saturday there is advance voting from 9 AM to 5 PM at the King City arena.  If you decide to wait until Oct. 22 to cast your vote you need to go to the polling station indicated on your polling card.   If you don’t know where you to vote click here.

Fire Prevention

Fire prevention is the most valuable work of our Fire Departement.   Wednesday, October 10 3:30-7:30 come to the King City Fire Station to learn how each of us, each family can prevent fires.   Families who attended the event last year in Schomberg report that it was extremely worthwhile for the whole family.  And, when they went home they developed a plan for all the family to escape a fire.

Be Informed and Vote!

Declarations of support are wonderful.  And indeed it is much appreciated when a supporter makes a financial contribution and/or asks for a sign.  But, what really counts is the “X” on the ballot.  Please do vote; this coming Saturday there is advance voting in Nobleton and the following week there is opportunity every day.  See here for details.   And be informed before you cast your vote.  There are all candidate meetings Wednesday and Thursday (10/10 and 10/11) hosted by Concerned Citizens of King
Township; here are the details for those meetings

Steps Towards a new Recreation Centre

October 9 Council agenda includes a couple Staff Report covering important pre-requisites for building our new recreation centre.  First there is the 60 year lease for the land at Seneca for a nominal fee.  And there is the award of a contract for architectural and engineering services.  As I was reading the latter I was at first concerned as the cost of the latter is proving to be much greater than budgeted; but with further reading it is indicated that the additional costs will be covered by sources other than tax supported sources.  Although I am relieved as to how the incremental costs will be covered I will be asking how our budget for this service was so grossly underestimated.

Lease with York Region Police

On October 9 Council agenda there is a staff report covering the lease with York Region Police covering the YRP substation located at the new King Township Town Hall.  As reviewed in the report YRP has contributed $1 million towards the Town Hall of which total cost is $21.5 million; in addition YRP will pay annual rent, and will pay its proportionate share of operating costs and its share of depreciation costs.  King residents and businesses will benefit considerably with YRP being located here.  And as the lease details indicate their decision to be here is helping us have a sustainable cost structure for the facility.

 

Public Art in Laskay

There has been much well deserved celebration of the move of Laskay Hall to Heritiage & Cultural Centre.  And now, there is appropriate celebration of Laskay’s history.  Staff report on Oct. 9 agenda recommends the award of a contract for the design and installation of outdoor public art in Laskay. I like the choice very much.  I encourage you to have a look at appendix A of the report.   I applaud the team who made the selection.

 

Fire Prevention: King City

The most valuable work done by our Fire Department is fire prevention.  Wednesday, October 10 3:30-7:30 come to the King City Fire Station to learn how each of us, each family can prevent fires.  I heard from families who attended the event last year in Schomberg that tips about what can be done in the home to reduce fire risk (e.g. maintenance of the clothes dryer) were very worthwhile.  And, when they went home they developed a plan for all the family to escape a fire.

Ask The Candidates

Wednesday, October 3 the King Chamber of Commerce is hosting an all candidates meeting at Nobleton Lakes Golf Course. Registration is recommended; and when you do so you can submit your question.

And if you can’t make it to this meeting there is another opportunity.  Concerned Citizens of King Township is hosting 2 all candidate meetings:  October 10 for Ward 1 and 5; October 11 for all other wards.

Health Care in Our Community

A reminder:  Mackenzie Health Foundation will be at the Heritage & Cultural Centre (2920 King Road) on Sunday, September 30 to talk about the future of health care in our community.  Its very exciting as the options for hospital care are expanding with the building of the new hospital at Major Mackenize and Jane. Guest speakers are scheduled for 2:30.

 

 

No Retail Cannabis in King

There is staff report on September 24 Council agenda about retail cannabis including a proposed resolution indicating that King is opting out of the opportunity to have retail cannabis shops in King.  The report also reviews that we will amend our zoning bylaws to confirm that such is prohibited.  As reviewed in the report the Province has indicated that municipalities can opt-in or opt-out on this matter; and that a decision to opt-in cannot be changed whereas a decision to opt-out can be changed later.
I fully support the Staff recommendations as there are simply too many unknowns at this point; the only one certainty is that costs of enforcement will be high.  This report and recommendations follow the direction Council gave in response to the Staff report in earlier Council meeting.