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$100k club climbed to 20 in New Tecumseth, vacation pay kept Holly on list

Posted March 23 - Former New Tecumseth CAO Brendan Holly, who retired at the end of last March, was paid $197,403, and benefits (vehicle) worth $8,812, topping the list of 20 senior managers who were paid more than $100,000 in 2017, according to the annual Sunshine List of Public Sector Salaries released this morning.

Police services holding gun amnesty in April - by appointment

Posted March 22 - Nottawasaga OPP and South Simcoe Police along with police services across the province, are holding a gun amnesty program during April, for residents who wish to voluntarily surrender unwanted or illegally-owned firearms, weapons, accessories or ammunition.

New Tecumseth led County growth in 2017, tax hit to upper tier tops $17 million

Posted March 21 - For the second consecutive year, New Tecumseth led all Simcoe County member municipalities in assessment growth at 6.62 per cent in 2017, up from 4.94 in 2016, setting in at a five year average of 4.16 per cent.

OMB approves ZBA permitting subdivision in Adjala-Tosorontio

Posted March 21 - The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has approved a zoning bylaw amendment allowing a 25 unit residential development to proceed at 1234 Conc. 5 in Adjala Tosorontio, ruling "the central woodland feature (on the property) is not and was not significant under the ORMCP (Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan)."

Norcross kicks off unofficial start to municipal campaign with DM run

Posted March 20 - New Tecumseth Ward 6 councillor posted on his Facebook page just prior to last night's council meeting, he will be running for the position of Deputy Mayor in the October 22, 2018 municipal elections.

Butternut trees force subdivision changes in Angus

Posted March 20 - A residential subdivision proposal for 162 units on Centre Street and the 5th Line in Angus, is being scaled down to 156 homes, all on 40 ft lots, to protect endangered Butternut trees found on the property.

Growth, hiring lags, higher interest rates kept New Tecumseth in the black

Posted March 19 - New Tecumseth's unaudited 2017 budget actuals ended with a year-end favourable variance of $802,292 credited mostly to $523,000 in supplementary taxation due to "unanticipated growth."

Medical assist calls up, fire calls down in New Tecumseth

Posted March 19 - New Tecumseth Fire Rescue (NTFR) responded to 993 calls in 2017, an increase of 51 over 2016, according to its annual report to council.

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'We must find a better way to build'

A reader writes: March 23 - In response to Adjala Tosorontio Deputy Mayor Doug Little's letter, to begin with, I would like to point out the Nelson gravel pit is not like all the others, as it is below the established water table, which creates a whole host of extra negatives for the environment, and affects the neighbouring properties to a much greater degree.

'We need a bond to insure proper rehabilitation'

A reader writes: March 23 - I would like to express my disappointment in the decision of the OMB to approve the Nelson gravel pit in Adjala Tosorontio.

Residents lucky Deputy Mayor didn't live next to landfill

A reader writes: March 22 - It was very interesting to read Adjala Tosorontio Deputy Mayor Doug Little's letter to the editor, justifying his support for the Nelson Aggregates pit. However, maybe it would be helpful if he could please provide documentation to support his claims.

'Gravel pits in the area have not been rehabilitated'

A reader writes: March 22 - In response to Deputy Mayor Doug Little's letter to the editor, council has heard from hundreds of residents through emails, letters and public meetings voicing their substantiated concerns about this gravel pit.


Jeffreys wins Robert Zed Young Health Leader Award

Posted March 21 - Carrie Jeffreys, VP Patient Services and Chief Nursing Executive at Stevenson Memorial Hospital, is a 2018 Robert Zed Young Health Leader Award recipient for her work benefiting the health and wellbeing of Ontarians.


'Main role of council is to represent the public'

A reader writes: March 21 - Strategic Plan 2017 for Adjala-Tosorontio states 10,975 people living here.

'Aggregate will always be a required resource'

A reader writes:March 19 - The Nelson Aggregate Gravel pit application has shown the residents compassion to protect the environment and the vigorous opposition and determination to stop these types of applications.

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Birkett raises cup in Mount Forest

Posted March 19 - Jack Birkett of Alliston, pictured above, started the season as a member of the Alliston Hornets, and ended it as a member of the Pollock Division champion Mount Forest Patriots. The Patriots, who defeated Walkerton in their finals, will now meet the Carruthers Division champion, Stayner Siskins in the quarterfinal round of the provincial Schmalz Cup playoffs.

TNT Peewee AE to meet Newmarket in YS final

Posted March 19 - TNT Peewee AE will meet the Newmarket Redmen in the York Simcoe league finals after defeating Stouffville in the semi-final round.

Pipelines recommended to run underwater, demolish wooden bridges
Posted March 16 - A feasibility study into the prospect of relocating water and wastewater pipelines between Alliston and Beeton away from three old abandoned CN Rail wood trestle bridges, recommends crossing under the watercourse using horizontal directional drilling, "the most economical method of trenchless construction."

OLG Slots at Georgian Downs to turn over to Gateway Casinos this summer
Posted March 15 - Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced this morning Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited (Gateway) will be the service provider for the Central Gaming Bundle, which includes OLG Slots at Georgian Downs and Casino Rama Resort.
OMB approves deal to expand Angus settlement area by 16 hectares
Posted March 14 - A nearly 20-year planning process to expand the settlement area in Angus that was held up by the County, has ended with a negotiated agreement approved by the OMB.
Bogus C-note shows up in Alliston
Posted March 14 - Nottawasaga OPP are cautioning local merchants to be vigilant with cash transactions as a counterfeit $100 bill turned up at a business in west end Alliston yesterday.
Compensation review back on the table in New Tecumseth
Posted March 13 - A request for proposal for consulting services to conduct a study for a market and pay equity compensation review for the Town, closes Thursday afternoon at 2 pm.
Township's New Tecumseth library agreement fee drops in 2018
Posted March 13 - Adjala Tosorontio will pay New Tecumseth $17,127 or $33.78 per user, pegged at 507 in 2018, to renew the annual libary use agreement providing Township residents with full access to branches in Alliston, Beeton, and Tottenham.
Paramedics meet 2017 response targets
Posted March 13 - Simcoe County paramedics exceeded the 2017 response time targets in all six emergency categories according to the department's year-end update to County councillors.
Nelson pit agreement up for ratification tonight
Posted March 12 - Adjala Tosorontio council is expected tonight to ratify the development agreement between the Township and Nelson Aggregates Co. for the OMB approved gravel pit near Everett.
'Even on a quick read, minor mistakes were noticed'
A reader writes: March 14 - On Monday night, Adjala Tosorontio councillors voted 5 to 2 to sign-off on what I believe is arguably the worst aggregate agreement ever made.
Stayner wins first title since 2004
Posted March 16 - The Stayner Siskins ended a couple of streaks last night with its 6-3 Game 5, Carruthers Division clinching championship win in front of its home fans, over the Alliston Hornets. The Siskins victory marks its first Jr. C title since the 2003-04 season. It ends the Hornets run of three titles in a row, and the Siskins losing skid in the playoffs against the Hornets, including the last two finals, at three since 2014. Stayner now moves on to the quarterfinal round of the provincial Schmalz Cup against the winner of the Mount Forest Patriots and Walkerton Hawks. Mount Forest is up 3- 2.
NDBL hands out its 2017 awards Posted March 13 - Mike Wallace and Trevor Foster were the top winners at the North Dufferin Baseball League awards event on March 11.


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