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21 Aug

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COMMUNITY PARK A STEP CLOSER

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Coultice Park Has Been Cleared

Rick Wigmore, President of the MLRA & Councillor Phil Bannon celebrate the unveiling of the Coultice Park sign

Rick Wigmore, President of the MLRA & Mayoral Candidate Councillor Phil Bannon celebrate the unveiling of the Coultice Park sign

Coultice Park has been secured and the old buildings removed as per condition of sale. Mayoral Candidate Councillor Phil Bannon says that additional Community Meetings and design are scheduled for 2015.

Coultice Park building leveling and land clearing.

Coultice Park building leveling and land clearing.

Coultice Park building leveling and land clearing.

Coultice Park building leveling and land clearing.

Coultice Park building leveling and land clearing.

Coultice Park building leveling and land clearing.

Coultice Park building leveling and land clearing.

Coultice Park building leveling and land clearing.

Coultice Park building leveling and land clearing.

Coultice Park building leveling and land clearing.

Coultice Park building leveling and land clearing.

Coultice Park building leveling and land clearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of Mayoral Candidate Councillor Phil Bannon

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REALITY EXCEEDS THE DREAM

02 May

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WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE

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This is a great time to be living at Musselman’s Lake…talk about exciting times!

After enthusiastic volunteers did an exceptional job on the cleanup, everyone who attended the MLRA Earth Day Spring Clean Event was treated to a great BBQ lunch and to one good announcement after another.

MLRA Earth Day Spring Clean Event 2014

Residents have been given saplings every Earth Day to take home and plant. Some of the trees from the MLRA’s first event are now over 6 feet tall

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A clean-up crew heading back in for the BBQ lunch after a job well done

The first announcement came from Cheryl Shindruk, Senior Vice President of Geranium Corporation, the developer for the Copperstone Project on Lakeshore. Geranium as part of their community involvement not only agreed to sponsor a $40,000 study of Musselman’s Lake but provided the services of a leading Ontario limnologist. Cheryl told the residents how pleased Geranium was to participate in this study for the betterment of the community and how excited they were to be building here.

Dr. Neil Hutchinson of Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. with Cheryl Shindruck, Senior Vice President Geranium Corporation

Dr. Neil Hutchinson of Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. with
Cheryl Shindruk, Senior Vice President Geranium Corporation

Along with Cheryl was Dr. Neil Hutchinson of Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd., who together with Dr. Tammy Karst-Riddoch conducted the 1 year study and prepared the report, titled “Water Quality and Management of Musselman’s Lake”. This unique report is filled with complete scientific data and analysis which you would expect but also explains in layman’s terms what happens to the Lake with each season. Plus, the report explains how seasonal changes that we as residents have observed are completely normal for a kettle lake. Dr. Hutchinson made an excellent often humorous presentation on how the lake changes and what they found. (Short version: lake is in very good shape but Chloride numbers should be monitored as they are a little high.) Both Cheryl Shindruk and Rick Wigmore were presented with bound copies of his report by Dr. Hutchinson. (Executive summary and full report will be posted on this web site)

Councillor Phil Bannon, who as everyone knows by now is running for and would make an excellent or should we say “most excellent” mayor stepped up to the podium with more exciting news for our community.

Rick Wigmore, President of the MLRA & Councillor Phil Bannon celebrate the unveiling of the Coultice Park sign

Rick Wigmore, President of the MLRA & Councillor Phil Bannon celebrate the unveiling of the Coultice Park sign

It’s Official…the community park “Coultice Park”, after 8 long years of negotiation is finally going to be a reality. Besides our community, no one can be more jubilant than Councillor Bannon about the announcement. Councillor Bannon had made it his personal quest to ensure the Community of Musselman’s Lake got the park that it so deserved. There will be an official announcement at Town Council May 6th. Phil thanked the Coultice Family for their perseverance in seeing this amazing land deal through to a close. Mayor Emmerson and Town Councillors were also thanked for their part in seeing this dream become a reality. In this case reality exceeded the dream as not only are we getting the 5 acre community park of our dreams but…also an additional 136 acres of prime ecological land to be managed by the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority. This park deal is a legacy that can be handed down from generation to generation.

Councillor Bannon continued with the exciting announcements. A new restaurant is coming to our Lake. Opening up soon at Cedar Beach will be the Fishbone Bistro that many are familiar with in Stouffville. This will be a great new addition to our community.

Another announcement was made by Phil Bannon that is going to have a positive impact on our community. The town had reached an agreement with the owners of the Water Tower property to erect barriers and fencing to keep ATV and motocross bike trespassers off the property and return this area back to the peace and quiet that we had there before the invasion of trespassing off road vehicles and the noise associated with them.

All in all it was quite an eventful Earth Day and one to be remembered! Everyone left tired but feeling good about themselves and our community by what we had accomplished.

MLRA Earth Day Community Spring Clean Event Videos and Photos

CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE FOR MLRA EARTH DAY PHOTOS

CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE FOR MLRA EARTH DAY PHOTOS

THANK YOU

Can’t remember when we had another Earth Day with so much to be thankful for and so many people and companies to THANK!

A big THANK-YOU goes out to everyone who showed terrific community solidarity by coming out to spring clean, the roads, ditches, and the shoreline in our community on such a wet cold miserable day. There were around 100 residents who did our community proud by actively participated in the massive spring clean-up with around 50 who stayed for the BBQ lunch and announcements.

  • Kyle Jenkin of Cedar Beach for location and equipment
  • Geranium Corporation for sponsoring  the Lake Study
  • Mike Feld and Most Excellent Productions for the venue set up including microphone, speakers, tents and musical entertainment
  • Ian Feld of AquaVantage Marine who took care of picking up the Food and Tim Horton’s, plus providing a truck and trailer for the clean-up,
  • Stouffville Tim Horton’s for coffee, hot chocolate and Timbits
  • Alec Cloke and United Soils Management who provided the food and the “most excellent” hot dogs
  • The Town and Town Staff for the bird houses, the trees, the gloves, the road sign, the bins, etc.
  • The Musselman’s Lake Residents Association who organizes and promote Earth Day and especially all the residents who eagerly gave of their time on a cold damp day.
  • Ravenshoe Group who supplies the MLRA website and event photography.
  • Gibson Printing who supplied the flyers,  the new MLRA banner and signs

P.S. Would like to send out a special THANK YOU to Kevin Wigmore and the residents that helped him using their own pontoon boat. This Musselman’s Lake Marine unit laboured on and in the very cold water to pull debris of all types out of Lake. Your extra efforts were very much appreciated.

 

14 Mar

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FANTASTIC NEWS!

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 Mussleman’s Lake Is Getting It’s Park And Open Space!

Mussleman's Lake gets Park and Open Space

Mussleman’s Lake gets Park and Open Space

After over seven years, Councillor Phil Bannon’s perseverance has made a dream into a reality.

It has been a process that has taken over seven years to complete but thanks to Councillor Phil Bannon’s vision and perseverance, the Community of Musselman’s Lake is not only getting a community park but, a legacy to be handed down from generation to generation.

The former Wagon Wheel Ranch property/Coultice Estate consists of 150 beautiful acres that is now going to be used for a community park of approximately 5 acres and the remaining environmentally sensitive land will be left almost entirely natural under the management of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.

The Town and LSRCA have spectacular plans for this location which will be presented by Town staff in a community meeting (date to be announced) for residents to review. Residents have had input into these plans at previous community meetings held by the Town.

A Big Thank-You!

On behalf of the MLRA, we would like to thank Andrew McNeely and the Town Staff who worked so diligently to put the proposal and deal together. We would also like to thank the Mayor and Council who supported the park plan these many years. Especially we would to like to thank Councillor Phil Bannon, who has worked tirelessly and attended an endless number of meetings in order to get the residents of Musselman’s Lake a community park.

And finally thank you to all the residents who united in support of this amazing project.

THANK-YOU ALL!!!

Councillor Phil Bannon’s Park Announcement Made On WhiStle Radio

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06 Feb

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WHISTLE RADIO INTERVIEWS COUNCILLOR PHIL BANNON

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Exciting Interview With News About Winter Carnival, Park, and Election

WhiStle Radio’s Stouffville Now host Sarah Newton talks with
Councillor Phil Bannon about Winter Carnival, Park Announcement and Mayoral Announcement.

 

19 Dec

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THE CLOSING DATE FOR OUR COMMUNITY PARK HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM DEC.19, 2013 to APRIL 3, 2014.

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Talks with Canada Revenue Agency once more delay finalization of Community Park

Please be patient as the deal is still proceeding. Although the Park Plan deal was to have been closed this month, extensions are a common occurrence when you have three parties involved with three lawyers.

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THE UPDATE

The Town has extended the closing date once more to allow discussions to continue between the Coultice Estate and Canada Revenue Agency.

Apparently the sticking point in the whole negotiations boils down to the Community Park. The CRA is at this time is satisfied that the donation of 135 acres of environmentally sensitive land will be handled under the Eco Gift program. However the C.R.A. has ruled the 4-5 acres of land for Community Park does not qualify as a donation under the Eco Gift program. It now appears there is a way out by splitting the applications and putting the Community Park under the Community Gift Program.

The Town is still working with the Coultice Estate and the C.R.A. to divide the applications and make this happen. April 3, 2014 was arrived at as a date reasonable for all the lawyers to file the correct paperwork to satisfy all parties.

All partied involved in this transaction are motivated to close the deal so we are certain that it won’t be long now. The deadline extension doesn’t really delay the park too much as work The Park could not have been started until spring anyways.

We would also like to THANK the Town Staff and especially Councillor Bannon for not giving up on this idea.

 

Councillor Bannon has asked us to share this email with everyone.

Dear Residents of Ward Two,

This is a matter that is close and dear to my heart. It has been a long journey to get where we are today. Discussions with the James Coultice Estate are still very active. Work continues on their submission/negotiations with Revenue Canada for the Eco-Gift valuation for the dedication of the environmentally sensitive lands and the parkland block to the Town. The Agreement has been extended to April 3, 2014. The determination of the land valuation is a critical component of this process.

Staff are hopeful that this phase of the work program will be wrapped up by April, so that they can initiate community consultation on the design and the identification of features/facilities within the park block.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Regards,

Phil Bannon

 

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30 Jul

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Talks with Canada Revenue Agency once more delay finalization of Community Park

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The closing date for the Community Park has been extended once more from July 18, 2013 to Dec. 19, 2013.

jul29-papersPlease be patient as the deal is still proceeding. Although the Park Plan deal was to have been closed this month, extensions are a common occurrence when you have three parties involved with three lawyers.

THE UPDATE

The Town has extended the closing date once more to allow discussions to continue between the Coultice Estate and Canada Revenue Agency.

Apparently the sticking point in the whole negotiations now boils down to the Community Park. The CRA is at this time is satisfied that the donation of 135 acres of environmentally sensitive land will be handled under the Eco Gift program. However the C.R.A. has ruled the 4-5 acres of land for Community Park does not qualify as a donation under the Eco Gift program. It now appears there is a way out by splitting the applications and putting the Community Park under the Community Gift Program.

The Town is now working with the Coultice Estate and the C.R.A. to divide the applications and make this happen. December 19th, 2013 was arrived at as a date reasonable for all the lawyers to file the correct paperwork to satisfy all parties.

All we can add at this time is to encourage the C.R.A. to get on with it. This community has waited far too long for a community park. We would also like to THANK the Town Staff and especially Councillor Bannon for not giving up on this idea.