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Electronic communications between councillors can pose as 'illegal meetings'

Posted May 20 - A two hour "orientation update" for New Tecumseth council led by the Town's Integrity Commissioner (IG) yesterday afternoon, included warnings their practice of discussing municipal business via email and text chains involving at least a quorum of members, can be construed as an "improper closed meeting."

Working session with Town's Integrity Commissioner this afternoon

Posted May 19 - New Tecumseth council is meeting in a working session this afternoon starting at 4 pm, featuring John Mascarin, of Aird & Berlis LLP, New Tecumseth's Integrity Commissioner. Mr. Mascarin, who was reappointed through to March 1, 2019, will lead an overview and update of municipal governance changes including new responsibilities bestowed upon the Ombudsman, the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, Council roles, the Information Privacy Commission's decision re Councillor records etc. as they relate to FOI requests.

Simcoe County DC rate increase to be phased in for 2017 start

Posted May 19 - Simcoe County council will vote next Tuesday on a recommendation to delay implementing a proposed 46 per cent increase in its portion of development charges (DCs) until January 1, 2017.

County shifts to broader approvals process for MMF, OPF

Posted May 19 - Simcoe County's plans to construct and operate a Materials Management Facility (MMF) and Organics Processing Facility (OPF) in a County forest at 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West, Springwater, requires Official Plan amendments along with Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change approvals.

Proposed residential subdivision in Baxter moving forward with new developer

Posted May 18 - Brookfield Homes, currently building residential subdivisions in Treetops Alliston, and Tottenham, is in the process of purchasing the C.L. Marshall Farms property in Baxter, which has been draft plan approved for 250 single detached homes, since March 2010.
'Creative Excellence' at Briar Hill
Posted May 18 - Cable Bridge Enterprises' (Nottawasaga Resort) Briar Hill was the recipient of three Simcoe County Home Builders' Association (SCHBA) Awards of Creative Excellence - Excellence in Single Family Dwelling (including Townhouses and Condos) under 1,500 sq.ft. for The Toscana, Excellence in Renovation (Any Room under $30,000 contract cost) for Accessible Family Bathroom and the Judges Choice Award - for Accessible Family Bathroom. The awards ceremony was held May 13.

Council objects to Simcoe County's pending 'back of an envelope' loan to Innisfil

Posted May 17 - New Tecumseth council wants Simcoe County to shelve its proposed $57.7 million funding deal to finance water and wastewater expansions to service Innisfil's Hwy 400 corridor, until it develops a "financial resources master plan and policy, including project eligibility, criteria, respecting loans to municipalities ensuring resources are available to all municipalities on a fair and equitable basis."

Zoning amended for six storey Tottenham condo development

Posted May 17 - The proposed Vista Blue Condos development in Tottenham has secured zoning amendments that will permit its maximum height to increase from 12.8 metres (42 ft) to 22 metres (72 ft) to accommodate a six storey, 61 unit building at 19 and 23 Dillane Street West.

Structure fire near Beeton under investigation

Posted May 16 - The cause of a fire 4849 9th Line yesterday afternoon remains under investigation by Nottawasaga OPP and New Tecumseth Fire Rescue.

SCDSB community partnership proposal on tap tonight

Posted May 16 - The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is dispatching its heavy hitters to New Tecumseth tonight seeking to partner on at least one component of the planned replacement of Banting Memorial High School in Alliston.

Break and enter attempt in Angus stopped in progress

Posted May 16 - A man on the roof of an Angus business after midnight early this morning was called into police as "suspicious," ending in his arrest.

County sets framework to finance Innisfil works, launch pad for other deals

Posted May 13 - Simcoe County's economic development sub-committee of council, is recommending County councillors approve a two year loan up to $57.7 million, with a one-year renewal option, at the County's most favourable borrowing rate, that would inject immediate funds for the first phase of extending water and wastewater service to Innisfil Heights - Hwy 400/IBR corridor.

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A reader writes: Posted May 17 - On behalf of the Alliston Hornets Jr. C hockey club, I would like to thank our great fans, sponsors, and supporters for another successful season.

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Farmers Market opens May 21

Posted May 16 - The Alliston Farmers Market opens its new season this Saturday on Mill Street (between Victoria and Dominion) from 8 am to 2 pm. The market, which features all locally produced goods, runs every Saturday through Oct. 29th.

Spring Bazaar Saturday

Posted May 16 - Adjala United Church Spring Bazaar, bake sale, plant sale, Saturday May 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., corner of 5th sideroad and 4th concession Adjala.

Garage sale at Knox Church

Posted May 16 - Garage Sale of Knox Presbyterian Church 160 King St. S., Alliston from 8 am to 1pm on Saturday, May 21st.

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