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Council Highlights
January 30, 2018


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In this issue

  1. Credit Valley Conservation Budget Presentation
  2. Traffic on French Drive
  3. Parkland Needs Study to go ahead
  1. Lack of snow not an issue at Winterfest
  2. Mono to Undertake Town Wide Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Credit Valley Conservation Budget Presentation

New CVC logo

Credit Valley Conservation CAO Deborah Martin-Downs along with Jeff Payne, Director Corporate Services and Bill Lidster, Manager Conservation Parks gave a presentation to Council on the conservation authority’s activities in 2017 and their 2018 budget.

CVC launched a re-branding in 2017 which included a new logo. Ms. Martin-Downs explained that the leaf represents nature and the feather - wildlife; with the overall shape being a waterdrop. The new tagline is, "Inspired by nature" which encapsulates their mission statement:

At Credit Valley Conservation, we create connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We lead the protection, restoration and enhancement of our local natural environment, and we inspire a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping us connected, healthy and happy.

Highlights and achievements in 2017 included the new Island Lake stage and Canada 150 celebrations. Island Lake Conservation Area attracted over 230,000 people last year, up 45% over the previous year and over 200% since 2012. Ms. Martin-Downs emphasised that Island Lake CA is not just a summer venue as they offer plenty of winter events too including ice fishing, a winter derby and a maple syrup festival.

CVC is also working on a 100 km trail that will eventually run the entire length of the watershed from Mono to Port Credit on the shore of Lake Ontario. Other projects include LIDAR imaging of the entire watershed with flood risk assessment, including flood line mapping and will continue over the next two years.

55% of CVC's operating budget comes from municipalities with Mono's share for 2018 coming in at $12,741, up 3.38% from 2017. Other sources of revenue include user fees (16%), internal chargebacks (28%) and the Province (1%).

2018 Operating Budget

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Traffic on French Drive

As reported in Council Highlights on December 12, 2017, the issue of both speeding and commercial vehicles using French Drive to get to the traffic lights at 1 Line EHS and Hwy 9 was discussed. Mayor Ryan reviewed the actions taken to date to resolve the matter. Asking the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to install traffic lights at 2nd Line EHS and Hwy 9 was discussed though it was noted that it could take years for the Province to agree to put them in. The merits of restricting truck traffic were also considered.

Regarding speeding through the residential neighbourhood, traffic calming measures such as speed bumps was discussed. CAO Mark Early noted that these can cause issues with snow ploughing and asked that the Director of Public Works investigate further. In the interim, the Town will request increased speed enforcement by the OPP.

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Parkland Needs Study to go ahead

Council approved Director of Recreation Kim Perryman's recommendation to accept the bid by Monteith Brown to conduct the Parkland Needs Study. As reported on November 28, 2017, the Town issued an RFP to have a consulting firm undertake a study and make recommendations on the future recreation requirements of the Town. As per the terms of the RFP, Monteith Brown will be required to submit their report in June 2018. Their study will include soliciting input from residents and stakeholder groups.

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Lack of snow not an issue at Winterfest

Director of Recreation Kim Perryman reported that Winterfest, held on January 28th, was in no way hampered by the lack of snow. Turnout was excellent with several new events this year making up for the more traditional cross county skiing, snow shoeing and tobogganing. In their place was marshmallow roasting, Fat Bikes, and a game of Shiny. Of course, hot apple cider, homemade baked beans (thank you Madam Mayor), crafts and the Snowflake Raffle are a perennial favourite.

Ms. Perryman thanked the volunteers, without whom Winterfest could never happen, and the businesses that donated to the raffle.

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Mono to Undertake Town Wide Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Mono officially joined Partners for Climate Protection, a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) and to acting on climate change. As its first step to honouring this commitment, the Town will complete a greenhouse gas inventory.

A greenhouse gas inventory brings together data on community and municipal energy use and solid waste generation in order to estimate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a given year. The forecast will project future emissions based on assumptions about population, economic growth and fuel mix. The inventory will track three principal greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane (CH4), expressed as a CO2 equivalent (eCO2).

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The next Council Meeting is scheduled for February 13th, 2018 at 7 p.m.

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Connecting with the Town

A pretty good Euchre hand

Looking to beat the winter blahs & tired of sitting at home watching commercials? Come out and join friends at Mono Community Centre for a night of round robin Euchre! Every other Thursday evening 7 - 9 p.m. starting Feb 1st at Mono Community Centre. Cost is $2 per night to cover light refreshments. Email Recreation@townofmono.com for more info.

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Ping pong paddles

Ping Pong is back at the Lower South Room at Mono Community Centre every Wednesday evening from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. The season started on January 17th and runs until May 16th. Cost is $20 for the season or $3 per night; kids under 12 free.

item divider icon Family Ski Day - February 19, 201

Enjoy a day of free cross country skiing at Monora Park

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