Appreciating Those Who Volunteer

Do you know a person who gives their time for the benefit of your community?  Now is the time to nominate a person who has made a difference in your King community; a person you believes special recognition for all the time and energy they put out for their neighbours and their community.  You can also nominate a person who doesn’t live in King but who  provides valuable volunteer hours to the King community.  And as we know that the definition of “community” isn’t always consistent with municipal borders  you can nominate a King resident who volunteers outside the King community.   Nominations must be submitted by March 18. Here are all the details.  

Spring/summer Community Guide

Spring/summer 2020 Community Guide is out.  If you don’t haveo one pick one up at Municipal Centre or at the Community Centres.  You can also access all of the valuable info on activities and groups in King online.

Township Recreation Centre: update

At Council on Feb. 10 there is a report providing update on the initiative to build a multi use recreation complex at northwest corner of 15h SDRD/ Dufferin on Seneca lands.  Captial budget of $37million has been approved and preliminary work is underway.  Confirmation of specific amenities is still in process; design parameters are to include at minimum full sized NHL ice surface, indoor recreational pool, athletic spaces, community rooms.  Any additions are assessed in context of staying within budget.  In the report is full update and concept drawings of amenity placement.  Construction could begin in fall 2020.

Country Day School Project

At Feb. 10 Council meeting there is a report regarding the application from Country Day School (CDS) to modify their campus to enable replacement of portables and to incorporate the historic 1883 one room school house such that it is fully visible,  in its original form and fully protected.  The Heritage Advisory Committee (of which I am a member) is very happy to see how this heritage asset is being treasured.  I am very supportive of the recommendations of Staff.  As identified CDS needs to increase the number of trees they will replant as a result of removing 32 trees for the project.

ServiceKing

On Feb.10 Council there is a report reviewing a new service/program launched since the relocation of all Staff to the new Municipal Centre, called ServiceKing.  Residents and businesses are now able to interface with front line Staff at one place:  the counters (equipped with chairs and monitors) right at the entrance to the Municipal Centre. This is in contrast to the previous situation whereby, depending on the task (paying a parking fee or registering for  a recreation program), you went through different doors and/or different buildings located in different villages. From the feedback I have heard this is a welcomed service.  I am interested to know what metrics, other than volume, will be tracked.