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County submission calls for mix of municipal, elected
Posted June 11,
Simcoe County's latest entry into the record related to the
regional government review, requests the provincial government retain
the existing two tier system, and support to reduce the number of
councillors to include a mix of municipal reps and elected regional
While no number is attached to the June 6th letter to Minister
of Municipal Affairs Steve Clark, it does suggest the Warden still be
elected by County council, but the position would be "limited in
eligibility to the directly elected Regional Councillors,
so as not to pose a conflict with local municipal responsibilities."
County council is currently composed of 32 members who are the
mayors and deputy mayors of the 16 lower tier municipalities.
The "framework" presented to the Minister, was developed by
the County's Regional Government Taskforce chaired by Wasaga Beach
Mayor Nina Bifolchi.
"As a result, Council ratified two key framework documents
that provide some input and demonstrates the County's willingness and
desire to work directly with the Province to effect change as may be
deemed appropriate by your Government," according to the letter signed
by Warden George Cornell, Mayor of Tiny Township.
The Taskforce also said it was open to "acknowledging that
this is based on current available information, and suggests that the
current delivery is either challenged, inefficient or not provided at
the right level, or requires a more detailed analyses: Conservation
Authorities; Fire Services; Land use Planning; Library Services; and
Additionally on the table that "could possibly benefit from a
broader service delivery
review are Housing, (Affordable, homelessness, local non-profits etc.);
Long Term Care and Seniors Services; Paramedic Services; Roads and
Infrastructure; Transit; Water and Wastewater.
"Simcoe County has proven to the Province that we are a leader
in the delivery of many Municipal Services, and we appreciate your
frequent acknowledgement of this. Like other regions in this specific
review, there are varying specific local opinions and positions as
well. Whatever the findings and recommendations of your process
however, Simcoe County and our member municipalities respectfully
request that you work directly with us, and present some clear desired
outcomes or specific criteria, so that we can work together to present
specific solutions that address these desired outcomes in a way that is
as collaborative and ultimately successful locally as is possible."
New Tecumseth is one of the remaining municipalities that has not taken
a formal position in the review process, opting to "wait and see."
Click to view
the taskforce report
All stories, unless otherwise noted,
by Tony Veltri