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Council Highlights
May 29, 2018

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In this issue

  1. Honours & Recognition
  2. Hospice Dufferin
  3. Draft Site Alteration Bylaw
  1. Economic Development
  2. Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail Funding Agreement
  3. Two Culverts on Mono-Adjala Townline to be Replaced

Honours & Recognition

It was a busy start to council with Mayor Laura Ryan proclaiming May 27th - June 2nd, 2018 as Tourism Week in Mono. Ontario's tourism is a $32 billion industry (in direct tourism receipts) and supports 389,000 tourism jobs; providing $11.3 billion annually in tax revenues. The Town of Mono welcomes over 54,000 visitors each year who spend more than $4.2M while visiting our Town. Mono actively supports Headwaters Tourism's mandate to promote the Headwaters region (Mono, Shelburne, Dufferin County, Caledon & Erin). 

David Barr Receiving Seniors Award

Council then had the honour of presenting the 2018 Town of Mono Senior of the Year award to Dave Barr. Mr. Barr talked about his wartime experiences as an aircrew wireless operator but spoke most passionately about returning from the war to Mono where he married his sweetheart, Grace. Together they raised their family on a farm in the north end of Mono and proudly noted that his son continues to farm the same plot of land.

Director of Public Works Michael Dunmore presented Service Awards to Murray McLellan and Blair Hunt. Murray and Blair have each dedicated 30 years' service to the Town in the Public Works Department. So the next time you see a grader or snow plough, give a nod to these committed staff who work diligently to keep us safe on our roads.

Murray and Blair Receive 30 Year Service Awards
The celebrations didn't end there. Mayor Ryan also proclaimed this week National AccessAbility Awareness Week. Mono wants to recognize the people and organizations in our community who are making a difference and have improved the accessibility to buildings, spaces, programs and services. If you would like to nominate a person, group or organization to receive the Town's Accessibility Achievement Award, please email

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Hospice DufferinHospice Dufferin Logo

Maureen Riedler, Executive Director of Hospice Dufferin, spoke to council regarding the hospice's work on behalf of residents and families undergoing life limiting illness. The hospice, funded through the Central West Local Health Integration Network, provides bereavement support as well as emotional & financial support to patients and families. Their services include yoga therapy, social & educational programs, social worker, caregiver support, and spiritual counselling. They are a community hospice for the County of Dufferin serving about 400 clients each year.

Hospice Dufferin also relies heavily on fundraising, raising 70% of their annual budget through donations & events including Hike for Hospice in May and an annual gala each fall.

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Draft Site Alteration Bylaw

Director of Planning David Trotman, in conjunction with Bob McCrea chair of the Planning and Environmental Advisory Committee and resident Ed Kroeker, presented a draft of a new Site Alteration and Fill bylaw. The new bylaw proposes creating two classes of fill permits. A Class 1 permit applying to applications where the fill being added or removed is less than 250 cubic metres and a Class 2 permit for larger projects.

Council discussed whether to prepare a Director's Guide for the new bylaw that would detail the requirements, typically consisting of a Class 2 permit, of a soil management plan and other engineering specifications.

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Economic Development

Dufferin County's Economic Development Officer, Karisa Downey, provided an overview of the County's economic development initiatives. The County is mapping the services & utilities available in each community to aid business start ups when considering locating to Dufferin. They are also working to expand Internet service and natural gas. They encourage all businesses and residents to test their Internet speed at The County is also supporting job fairs and canvassing existing businesses to determine their workforce needs.

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Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail Funding Agreement

The Town considered a draft agreement with the Town of Orangeville and Credit Valley Conservation to share the cost of maintaining the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail at Island Lake Conservation Area. Each would share the operating and maintenance costs equally along with putting aside sufficient reserves to cover the anticipated capital replacement costs. The agreement also covers the Town's two trails at Island Lake; the Island Lake Access Trail and the Hockley Trail, which Mono is currently solely responsible for. Residents would continue to have free use of the trails when utilizing active transportation to access them - i.e. walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, in-line skating or skateboarding.

Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail Map

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Two Culverts on Mono-Adjala Townline to be Replaced

Earlier this month, public works staff discovered a 2 foot diameter sink hole on Mono-Adjala Townline, between the 25th and 30th Sideroads, during a regular road patrol. Investigating further, they determined that it was caused by a failed culvert that was partially under the road bed. A second damaged culvert was found a little further south. Emergency repairs have been made to the road with plans underway to either repair or replace the culverts. In the meantime, daily inspection of that stretch of road is being done.

It is suspected the culverts suffered latent damage during the significant 100-year storm last June 23rd and that heavy rain this month caused the washout to occur.

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The next Council Meeting is scheduled for June 12th, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Agendas and minutes for all council and committee meetings can be found on the Town's
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Connecting with the Town
Learn to Canoe

Learn to Canoe

Learn to Canoe on June 10th!

Mono will be holding two Canoe Workshops at Monora Pavillion on Sunday, June 10th.

The workshops are suitable for adults and children. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. The first workshop runs from 9:30-11:30am with a second one from 1:30-3:30pm.
Cost is $5 per person and advance registration is required. Please email to register. 

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 Land Trust Information Session

Have you ever wondered how you can donate land for conservation or public use?

The Town of Mono Research and Advisory Committee (MRAC) is holding this free session for your benefit and general public information on June 9th. The session is from 9am-12pm and registration is at 8:30am.

Learn more:

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 Landfill Opening

The Town of Mono's landfill site, located at 795261 3rd Line (between Mono Centre Road and 25 Sideroad) will be open to residents on the following dates:

Wed. June 13 from 9am - 1pm
Sat. June 16 from 8am - 3pm
Wed. June 20 from 9am - 1pm
Sat. June 23 from 8am - 3pm

No garbage will be allowed. The landfill is being opened for the disposal of tree and brush debris only.  

 More info:

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 Candidate Training Session
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs will be conducting two free Candidate Training Sessions for potential candidates for the 2018 Municipal Election and third-party advertisers on Thursday, June 28, 2018:

2pm to 4pm
Grace Tipling Hall
Shelburne Town Hall
203 Main Street East, Shelburne

7pm to 9pm
Orangeville Town Hall
Council Chambers
87 Broadway, Orangeville

For more information, go to

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Mono, ON, L9W 6S3
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