Sustainability Plan Refresh

There are two one hour session when Staff will present the “refreshed” Community Sustainability Plan.  The crrent one was approved by Council 2012.  Since then there have been accomplishments and progress and some actions have been dormant or at least have not merited attention.  Its time to set new goals reflecting where are today and where want to be.  The vision isn’t changing.  Here is where you can register to attend either of the sessions on Thursday, June 24th at either 12:30 or 6:30 pm. He ite ope you can make it as Sustainability Advisory Committee (8 residents and/or business owners), 3 members of Council and Staff want you to see it and to hear from you.

Phasing Out Gas Fired Generators

Presumably in response to the more than 30 municipalities in Ontario (where >50% of Ontarians live)  making  requests to the Province to phase out gas fired generators the IESO (Independent Electricity Supply Operator) has launched a consultation on this. On June 24 9:00-11:00 AM there is an engagement webinar to which the public is invited. Reason for attending is to learn more about the current supply mix for electricity in Ontario. Stakeholders have been invited over the last month to submit questions and comments.  You can read here the feedback that I have submitted as an individual.

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Innovation Hub and Living Lab

I am very much looking forward to the presentation at the beginning of the June 14 Council meeting about the Kingbridge  Innovation Hub and Living Lab. It will be given by Prashant Pathak,the Chair of the Kingbridge Centre and Karen Dubeau Executive Director. In the June 10th issue of the King Weekly Sentinel  there is an article providing some insight into this new initiative in King.  I really recommend tuning in for this.

2022 budget

On June 14th Council agenda there is a staff report recommending directions and timelines for preparation of the 2022 budget. It’s recommended that the increase in tax levy will be no more then 3.2% and that staff will work to identify opportunities to reduce the increase to close to 0%. This aggressive goal does reflect what council has already indicated as a desire in response to the financial hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s worthwhile to recall that there was a similar desire for 2021 and that indeed zero percent was achieved by delaying some capital programs and program changes; in (more…)

Building Permits and Fees

On the June 14th Council agenda there is a report recommending a new fee schedule for building permits and a phase in schedule for the recommended increases. Having read the report  there is no question, in my mind, as to the appropriateness of the proposed increases as they are long overdue. If this is a subject of interest I recommend signing in for the live stream as there will be a presentation on the matter. To read the report and all the appendices see the Committee of Whole agenda and scroll down.

Animal Services

On the June 14th council agenda there is a report recommending renewal of the contract with bond the city of Bonn for the provision of Animal Services. The report reviews the very satisfactory service king has received for issues associated with domestic animals (e.g. barking dogs causing annoyance, animal shelter, licensing of kennels) and the proposed new contract.