CHATS

As they age most people want to maintain their independence by continuing to live in their own home.  Sometimes, it just takes a little help from the community to do just that.  Community & Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS) provides the help needed including Meals on Wheels, transportation services, homemaking and others  I welcome the opportunity to participate in the one fund raising event of CHATS:  Walk for Wellness.   You can support CHATS too:  support my walk or register to walk too.

I welcome others to join me in this annual event on Saturday, April 13 9-11AM.  Alternatively, you can participate by contributing to my effort.  Here is link to make a donation by supporting my walk.  If you want to participate in the walk register here.  If you prefer to send me a cheque please make it out to CHATS and mail it to me at the Township Office (2585 King Road, King City, ON L7B 1A1) and I will ensure that you receive your receipt for taxation purposes.

New Draft OP and Register For Updates

On Council agenda for March 18 the second draft of the Official Plan will be presented.  Completing a new OP is the #1 strategic priority for Council.  As reviewed in the brief report on the agenda we are targeting to have it adopted in September 2019.  At the 3/18 Council meeting there will be a presentation by our consultants about the new draft.  Communications on the Official Plan will be made on SPEAKING.   If you wish to receive updates, please  register on SPEAKING.  Note:  even if your registered earlier to get updates you must now register on SPEAKING.  

SPEAKING is King’s online engagement site; as I reported earlier we are using this tool to facilitate community engagement.  As you will see, when you go to SPEAKING, there are several topics for which information is being provided and on which feedback is requested.

 

Stateview Public Meeting

At Monday, March 18 Council meeting at 6 PM there is a public meeting for the Stateview Development.  This is the opportunity for the public to express comments, questions and concerns.  There is no need to register for making a deputation; just come to the meeting and wait until deputations are made.  Prior to this part of the meeting Staff will present their report.  No decision is made at this meeting.  One of the follow up’s from this meeting will be that Staff follows up on points raised by the public and are answered in subsequent report.  The Staff report will be on the website by close of business on the Thursday before.  Here is formal notice of the meeting.

Acknowledging a Volunteer

Last day for nominating a volunteer for acknowledgment because they have made a difference in your community is Tuesday March 12.  For nomination details see here.

2019 budget

2019 budget was tabled at recent Council. Our draft operating budget is about $31 million for 2019 with a proposed net tax levy increase of 2.8% over 2018. Mayor asked Staff to identify opportunities for lowering to 2.3%  You can review the budget in great detail.  Proposed new or modified programs/services are reviewed at tab 15.  The budget will be on the March 18 Council agenda.  Let me know what your thoughts are on the matter.  I will be providing my perspective in a few days as I have not yet completed my review.  In an earlier post I did review how the proposed 2.8% would impact your property tax bill.  As you review the budget keep in mind that we will be approving only the 2019 budget; the out years are forecasts.

Community Grants

If you are involved with a non profit community program which provides programs to the community your group may be eligible to receive a grant from the Township.  Applications for a grant must be submitted by April 1.  Here is a link to the criteria and application form.  If you are unsure don’t hesitate to contact the Clerk ([email protected]) to understand further eligibility etc.  Our annual budget process includes setting aside funds for this program; once the budget is approved the applications are reviewed and Council determines which grants will be given.