Mayor's Message - December 3, 2017

Posted on Sunday December 03, 2017

Bonjour, Good morning

Our third annual Santa Claus Parade drew a good crowd yesterday, while Mother Nature lent a hand by providing some very favorable weather.  Our tree is now lit, if you get a chance be sure to drive by the town dock after dark , you won’t be disappointed as the decorations look outstanding!  Thanks to our Lions Club, to all who volunteered, to all who had entries in the parade, to our Museum for providing after the parade fun and to our town staff for making it a memorable evening.  And a big shout out to the Le Caron Drum Line for the delivering a command performance, Merci !!   What a great way to kick start the festive season!

As I mentioned last week, Council approved the 2018 operating and capital budgets.  The 2018 budget includes expenditures totaling just over $24 million ($10 million operating & $14 million capital). The 2018 town taxation increase over last year comes in at 1.96% rising to 2.19 % when we include the OPP component.  To put this in perspective of dollars, the town portion of your tax bill will result in an increase of $16 per $100,000 of the assessed value of your home. That said, the final overall 2018 tax rate will be set in April when we receive the County and Provincial tax rates. Once we blend the County and Education taxes with the Town and OPP taxes, my back of the envelope math suggests that your overall 2018 tax bill will come in around a zero percent increase.

The highlights of the budget include:
The Town’s tax-supported capital program for 2018 was approved at $1.15 million;
The Town’s total capital program for 2018 (from all funding sources) was approved at $14 million;
A combined investment of $327,000 into Fire & Emergency Services vehicles & equipment over 2018 and 2019;
A combined investment of $1.9 million into the Town’s Recreation and Community Services facilities over 2018 and 2019;
The Town’s tax-supported operating budget for 2018 was approved at $10 million;
Funding of $205,000 for Events including summer programming at the Town’s new Amphitheatre;
$300,000 for the Town’s Preventative Maintenance Roads Program;
$54,000 for the Town’s Transit Program;
OPP Contract costs of almost $1.6 million;

and we continued commitment towards debt reduction.


And we continued to leverage Provincial and Federal grants/subsidies to assist in offsetting capital costs.



Things to take note of

The Annual First Light event at Sainte-Marie and the Martyrs’ Shrine still has a weekend to go, December 7 to 9. For more information visit their website at


The next “OUR HEALTH” event speaks to this issue and is titled  ”Heart Ache”.  They have three very knowledgeable panelists: a cardiologist, a pharmacist, and a heart patient, to bring us up-to-date on the latest and best care for North Simcoe residents with coronary heart disease.  Join in on December 5 at 7:30 PM at the MCC to hear about new directions in cardiac care. Please invite your friends and colleagues. Thanks to their generous sponsors, admission is once again free with registration. Obtain your tickets early to avoid disappointment.  PS this event is the 10th in the “Our Health” series and to date we have heard from over 30 speakers!


December 6th - La Maison Rosewood Shelter will commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women at 6:00 p.m. at Operation Grow located at 436 Bay Street in Midland


December 8th - Hospice Huronia is offering an opportunity to remember loved ones by making a donation in their memory for the 2017 “Tree of Remembrance”. The tree is located at the Georgian Bay General Hospital in Penetanguishene. Everyone is invited to join them for the official lighting ceremony at 7:00 p.m.


December 9th from 1:30 – 3:30 our Museum will be screening the widely acclaimed family movie Polar Express.  Admission is by donation.  All passengers in need of refreshment will be served popcorn and juice.  Take your picture in a train conductor hat and neck scarf with our original 1879 steam engine.


December 10 - The Annual Christmas Dinner in support of We Are The Villagers presented by Phil’s Casual Dining 519 Hugel Avenue in Midland. Seatings at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. Turkey dinner with all the fixings along with live entertainment by Village Kids, a 50/50 draw and a draw to win a Giant Chocolate Santa Claus. Adults $20, children under 10 $10. Reserve your tickets by email or call 1-855- 528-5252.


December 14th sees the Day in a Life series continue. This month features Father Michael Knox.  Father Knox  has been the Director of Martyrs’ Shrine and Superior of the Jesuit Community, since February 2016. Tickets are $25 for  adults and $15 for students. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the MCC Box office or at  Please see the attachment for details.


Saturday December 16th sees our Museums 10th anniversary of presenting Breakfast with Santa.  To celebrate the occasion we will have live reindeer and a sleigh for picture taking.   Reservations are necessary and seating is filling very quickly. 


Sunday December 17th  our Museum will again be hosting Breakfast with Santa with all the same games and crafts as Saturday, but sadly the reindeer need to return to the North Pole Saturday night and can’t be with us on Sunday.  However, Santa will be with us both days !!  Reservations are available for Sunday but not necessary.  Contact the museum at 705-549-2150


The week to be


Monday  - sees me meet with Anita and CAO Jeff for our weekly update session, I connect with Margaret Prophet of the Green Belt Coalition,  I meet with a group interested in PGH, I attend a media update and participate in a service medal award ceremony.


Tuesday – as we need to keep our emergency skills honed, I  participate in a Town mock emergency exercise.  Our Trails committee meets at 4:30 at the arena.


Wednesday – I attend an County audit and finance committee meeting, welcome family and friends to our Georgian Village Christmas Dinner, attend the La Maison Rosewood Shelter's Vigil - National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and end the day with a Town Council meeting. There only item on the council agenda is Bill 68 legislation how it relates to amendments to our Procedural By-law.  The link below can take you to the details.


Thursday – I attend a sub-regional health care planning session, I pop by Waypoint for a special funding announcement, I end the day in Orillia for a farewell reception for Dr. Brian JR Stevenson & Judy Davies as they leave Lakehead and are off to the next chapter of their book of life.


Friday -  I chair a SWIFT Fibre board meeting and attend the Hospice Huronia’s Tree of Remembrance Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Penetanguishene site of Georgian Bay General Hospital.


Saturday – finds our Town Staff, Council and Volunteers at our annual Town Christmas Dinner and Dance.


Have a great day everyone !

Mayor Gerry

Gerry Marshall

Warden County of Simcoe,

Mayor Town of Penetanguishene,

County (705) 726-9300 Ext. 1260

Town (705)-549-7453


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