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25 Mar

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COUNCIL APPROVES $88.9 MILLION BUDGET

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Update From Councillor Maurice Smith

 

TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES
$88.9 MILLION BUDGET FOR 2019

At our meeting on February 26 town council had an opportunity to discuss in detail the Town’s 2019 Operational and the Capital budgets. These budgets represent the cost of town operations and are separate from those of the Region and School Boards. All three have an impact on our annual tax bills.

There are many different aspects to the local budget documents. Some of the highlights are as follows;

  • Operations will consume $71.0 million of the tax dollar invoiced by the town and an additional $17.9 million has been set aside for various capital projects.
  • The increase in this budget from that of 2018 will equate to an estimated additional $31.00 for the average detached single family home with a property appraised value of $625,000.
  • An estimated $61.00 total property tax change per home includes the combined Regional, Town and Public School Board.

One of the major changes in the Operations portion of the budget which directly benefits our Ballantrae area, is the approval to hire four additional firefighters. This additional staff will allow the Ballantrae Fire Station to transition to a complete full-time 24/7 service. To accommodate this additional service certain modifications will be required at the current fire-station structure. My fellow councillors supported assigning $825,000 in the Capital budget for this purpose. I have agreed to be the council representative on the steering committee for this project.

Approval was also provided for a $1.9 million Grant to the W-S Public Library.

Approved Capital projects such as the following will be completed in Ward 2. The street lighting systems along Aurora Road will be changed before year-end. The first significant change will be the traffic signals at the intersection of Highway 48 where advanced left turn signals will be installed. Thereafter street lights will be installed on Aurora Road extending the two KM section from the Ballantrae Community Centre west to Grayfield Drive.

Funds were also made available to complete the rebuild of Felcher Park. Grand reopening is scheduled for early summer. $350,000 remains in the Leisure Services budget for outdoor pickleball courts.

Further details and supporting documents are available online at townofws.ca/budgets

Maurice Smith
Councillor Ward 2
Town of Whitchurch – Stouffville
905-640-1910 Ex 2102
maurice.smith@townofws.ca

 

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25 May

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Successful Community Teamwork

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Nine Years Of Community Persistence Yields Results

On Friday May 11th the house at 18 Coultice Drive was removed from the property. What happened?

Last year the MLRA was contacted through our website by a very concerned member of the public.  The party involved had seen pictures of a house for rent on VRBO and were drawn in by the beauty of Musselman’s Lake and wanted to spend the weekend away.  What they found when they arrived was a house occupied by numerous families, no running water and no hydro. The prospective renters were appalled at the living conditions and reached out to the MLRA for help.

The MLRA in turn contacted our local Councillor Maurice Smith to see what the Town could do.  As it turned out the Town was very familiar with the owner of this property as there had been numerous by-law infractions with police also involved over a span of many years.

Our Councillor knew that intervention was needed immediately and had the Fire Prevention staff involved to assess the safety of the situation. Using their expertise they deemed the house unfit for occupancy.

After nine long years of the residents in the area having put up with everything that has gone on at number 18 Coultice, with the combined resources of the Fire, Police, By-law departments and Town Staff working so hard behind the scenes, an uninhabitable house owned by someone who felt the rules did not apply to him, has been taken down. Lets hope it’s a fresh start for the residents of the area.

Sometimes it is easy to get frustrated with the speed that the Town moves, but the determination of  Councillor Maurice Smith  to keep pushing the ball forward and through the court system is greatly appreciated.

A big THANK YOU goes out to Councillor Maurice Smith, our Fire Dept.and Police, By-law Dept., and Town Staff for a job well done!

02 May

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VICTORIA DAY FIREWORKS

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Celebrate Victoria Day with Family Fun, Fireworks, and Food Trucks.

The safest way to enjoy Victoria Day fireworks is not in your backyard, but at the Town’s fireworks display. It is being held at the Ballantrae Community Centre, 5592 Aurora Rd on Sunday May 20th from 8 – 10 pm with a Rain Date of May 21st.

18 Apr

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April Snow Forces Cancellation

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Regretfully Earth Day Spring Clean Event Has Been Cancelled

MLRA Earth Day Spring Clean 2013

The MLRA has been running fantastic annual Earth Day events since 2006.  Back in 2013 we held our Earth Day Community Spring Clean even despite a light dusting of snow but for the first time in our history, we have been faced with unprecedented weather that will not allow this event to take place.  Although the weather this weekend will be some of the best weather we have seen this year, the area has not yet recovered from the ice and snow storm from a couple of days ago.  With the ground still covered in a heavy layer of snow and ice, we won’t be able to see the litter to clean up and we are concerned about the safety of everyone involved.

This will be the first time that this event has been cancelled.

The Earth Day event has grown over the years and has become the largest Earth Day clean up in the region. The best part is that you really can see a difference walking around the lake after the day has passed.

This year, as always, we had dedicated sponsors who showed their commitment to the community by supporting this very special event. We would like to thank the following organizations for their continued support. United Soils has been a devoted sponsor over the years with supplying free food and their street sweeper. The street sweeper lifts tons of sand off our roads before it can wash into the lake. Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority was also excited to be back with their children’s education program and their teams on hand to answer questions for the residents. Tim Hortons from Stouffville once again stepped up and was going to be on hand with their coffee, hot chocolate and Timbits to get us going in the morning.

Our Councillor Maurice Smith has been an integral part of the planning of this event and was once again on board with full support from the Town of Stouffville providing the garbage bins, vests, gloves and bags that are so important for this event.  Councillor Smith coordinates the police that are on hand to make sure everyone is safe while we walk the roads.

Last, but not least, Mike Feld from Most Excellent Productions and Cedar Beach Resort were once again going to provide all of their equipment and people free of charge so that this event could take place.

This is truly an amazing community that we live in and we are so very grateful for the continued support we receive from the residents and  local business owners. We will never be able to thank you enough for all your help and support through the years.

We may not be able to host a formal Earth Day event this weekend, but once the snow melts, please get outside and take a moment to help Spring Clean our community.

Thank you,

MLRA

 

Official Media Release

 

Link

Earth Day Clean Ups Cancelled Due To Uncooperating Weather

 

16 Apr

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Join The Fun…Meet Your Neirghbours

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Earth Day “Community Spring Clean” Cedar Beach Pavilion, Saturday April 21, 2018.


Related Links

JOIN THE FUN…meet your neighbours

Blast From The Past

04 Aug

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Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up Comes to Musselman’s Lake

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Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up

Hello Everyone, we hope you are having a safe and fun summer so far.

Even though we have our very successful annual Earth Day Community Spring Clean Event every spring, we jumped at this offer from the great people at Desjardins Insurance to include Musselman’s Lake in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. It is much appreciated!

Cedar Beach Resort has once again stepped up and will be managing all the garbage/recycling from this event as they have been doing for us annually on Earth Day. Thank you Kyle Jenkin and the whole Cedar Beach Resort team for their continued commitment to the betterment of our community.

 

More information below.

 

“DESJARDINS to help clean up Musselman’s Lake!

On August 22, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm,  employees of Desjardins’ office in Aurora will be walking along the banks of Musselman’s Lake to help take action against shoreline litter.  They will be participating in “The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup”, a conservation initiative by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Canada) and the Vancouver Aquarium, which encourages people across Canada to remove shoreline litter and help create healthy waters for everyone, including the wildlife and communities that depend on them.

Last year, this program collected 445,915 cigarette butts, 25,045 beverage cans, 31,541 plastic bottles, 16,860 plastic grocery bags, and 35,005 plastic and foam containers.

There will be approximately 20 volunteers from Desjardins visiting our community, and they will be walking by our lake’s sand banks and roadways while cleaning up litter that can have a devastating impact on our wildlife and local ecosystem.  When you see them outside during the afternoon of August 22, please do not hesitate to say hello!

Desjardins, a leading cooperative financial group in Canada, has a stated mission to contribute towards improving the economic and social well-being of local communities”

23 Jun

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CANADA DAY & Strawberry Festival

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CANADA DAY Free Bus Shuttle from Lake to Strawberry Festival

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL INFORMATION

The Strawberry Festival this year is even more special than ever with it also including CANADA 150 Celebrations on CANADA DAY!

This year for a variety of reasons the Festival has been moved from Main St. to Memorial Park.  This has created a concern over a lack of available parking for the number of people who attend this wonderful event.  The Town of Stouffville has set up a bus route to get people moved around the Town.  Our Councillor, Maurice Smith has successfully lobbied on our behalf to have a shuttle bus included in this route, from the Musselman’s Lake area into Town!

This is fantastic news for all of us who live around the lake!  The schedule is below, as you will see there is a bus running for us from 9am until the last drop off, after the fireworks at 11:45pm.

Canada Day Map & Bus Shuttle

Musslemans Lake_Ballantrae Canada Day_Strawberry Free Bus Shuttle

Thanks Maurice for all of your continued hard work and making sure we get included in the Town events!

Have a safe and wonderful Canada Day Weekend everyone!  Happy 150 CANADA!

 Related links

Special Free Strawberry Festival Bus on July 1
Strawberry Festival
Canada Day Map & Bus Shuttle
Town of Stouffville CANADA 150 events
CANADA 150

23 Jun

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A Legacy Community Park

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A Long Time Coming: Coultice Park a Reality

By Charlene Jones

Coultice Park Musselman’s Lake. Stouffville Review website photo

The past met the present and predicted the future on Saturday June 17th at the former Wagon Wheel Ranch on Ninth Line. Many faces reflecting our community gathered to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony, the grand opening of Coultice Park. These faces showed the history of our area, and as one person said “This park has been in the works at least 15 years.”

Coultice Family at the Coultice Park Opening June 17, 2017. Maurice Smith website photo.

Councillor Maurice Smith spoke to the same theme, beginning and ending his short talk with the words “It has been a long time coming.”

Natalie Coultice-Matthews description of her father’s past, his beginnings as a chicken farmer, his short stint as chinchilla farmer and his destiny as horse ranch owner created waves of sympathy from the crowd.  It was Jim Coultice’s vision to leave a legacy for the future.

Looking around at children exploring the gym equipment, teenagers sauntering in small packs through the crowd, the parents, grandparents and elders of our community for whom this park has been a dream it is clear: Jim Coultice’s vision has left us all richer by far.

It’s a gift that will keep giving for a long time coming.

15 Jun

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A Dream Come True…

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Grand Opening of Coultice Park at Musselman’s Lake!

Come and join in the celebrations of our long awaited and much anticipated new park!  Family fun and festivities start at 10am on Saturday, June 17th.

Our exciting new park is located at 14769 Ninth Line.

Parking available courtesy of  Cedar Beach Resort in their parking lot. A courtesy shuttle will be running from George’s Variety store to the park for those who would rather not walk.

Festivities will include:
Balloon animals for the kids
Face painting
There will be a demonstration of the various fitness stations within the park.
Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority (LSCRA) and members of the Coultice family will also be in attendance.

Rain or Shine the fun will go on.

As you can tell by the number of related links…this has been a long time coming.

Related Links

$2 Million Allocated Toward Coultice Park
Coultice Park Design Update
Coultice Park Meeting
Park Meeting Brings Us A Step Closer
COMMUNITY PARK A STEP CLOSER
THE CLOSING DATE FOR OUR COMMUNITY PARK HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM DEC.19, 2013 to APRIL 3, 2014.
Talks with Canada Revenue Agency once more delay finalization of Community Park
On Tuesday February 26th Mayor and Council voted to extend the park agreement closing date to July 18th 2013.
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With Another Update On The Park Plan.
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With Another Update On The Park Plan.
Councillor Phil Bannon Updates Residents On Community Park
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With The Most Recent Update On The Park Plan.
 Community Park Update
 “Acquisition of Parkland and Open Space-Community of Musselman’s Lake” “Approved”
 REALITY EXCEEDS THE DREAM
 WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE
 FANTASTIC NEWS!
 Another Step Closer
 Historic Meeting Trivialized by Stouffville Sun-Tribune
 Fantastic News!!!
Informational Meeting
 Town Meeting
 

12 Jun

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Celebrating CANADA 150 With A New Park!

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DREAMS DO COME TRUE! Coultice Park and Surrounding Protected Land are Proof 0f it!

A community park plus rare, fragile and disappearing plants identified on the protected surrounding land will now be valued and guarded. What a historic and unique  “win/win” deal for our community!

By Charlene Jones

Coultice Family at 2014- Coultice Park Dedication. Thank you Coultice Family

Community parks usually emerge from the pockets of developers, who designate a section of land for a park then build the community around it. In the unflagging manner of everything unique about Musselman’s Lake, our community grew prior to the perceived need for a park.

One of the perks that draws people to want to live here involves the casual friendliness. People enjoy walking and talking to each other. Dogs pant at the end of their leashes, children hang off their parents’ hands while parents’ smile at neighbors and friends as everyone enjoys their day.

Many of our neighborly encounters took place on the road and increasingly drivers honked to warn us. Soon the idea of a public park where children might play safely and adults chat comfortably became a need.

Rick Wigmore then President of the MLRA on left on Earth Day 2014  with then Councillor Phil Bannon. Thank you Phil and Rick.

True to the unusual geography we share the process of bringing the park to reality took many turns and twists, with dips and hills along the way. The vision for a community park stayed firm through three changes of government, seven years and much public input.

The first public meeting held in 2008 showed three different potential sites. The final choice was Coultice Park, formerly known as Wagon Wheel Ranch. That was the beginning.

The land formerly called Wagon Wheel Ranch used to be a horse riding stable and ranch spread over 150 acres of pristine land close by the Rouge River Hiking Trails. The property lies enclosed in Oak Ridges Moraine protective custody. Along with the stewardship of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, most of the land will remain protected.

That’s a good thing if you’ve a heart for ecology. Rare, fragile and disappearing plants identified on the site will now be valued and guarded.

Councillor Maurice Smith picked up where Phil Bannon left off to ensure the Coultice Park dream became a reality. Thank you Maurice Smith.

Coultice Park itself, 5 acres of land easily accessible off the Ninth Line offers what many voices at public meetings over seven years have requested: splash pad, washroom/change location, children’s playground, fitness equipment, and of course, the beauty of the land.

For all the many people Government officials, Residents’ association members, members of the public who have held the vision of a Park in our community and worked to bring it to completion, June 17th marks success: Congratulations! We have our Park!

 

Related Links

A Dream Come True…

$2 Million Allocated Toward Coultice Park
Coultice Park Design Update
Coultice Park Meeting
Park Meeting Brings Us A Step Closer
COMMUNITY PARK A STEP CLOSER
THE CLOSING DATE FOR OUR COMMUNITY PARK HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM DEC.19, 2013 to APRIL 3, 2014.
Talks with Canada Revenue Agency once more delay finalization of Community Park
On Tuesday February 26th Mayor and Council voted to extend the park agreement closing date to July 18th 2013.
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With Another Update On The Park Plan.
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With Another Update On The Park Plan.
Councillor Phil Bannon Updates Residents On Community Park
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With The Most Recent Update On The Park Plan.
 Community Park Update
 “Acquisition of Parkland and Open Space-Community of Musselman’s Lake” “Approved”
 REALITY EXCEEDS THE DREAM
 WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE
 FANTASTIC NEWS!
 Another Step Closer
 Historic Meeting Trivialized by Stouffville Sun-Tribune
 Fantastic News!!!
Informational Meeting
 Town Meeting