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!
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.
Thank-you to everyone who helped make our first Family Fun Day that was held on May 28th a great success. It was an awesome day!
We had tons of fun with great entertainment and yummy food…bouncy castles, crafts, Ballantrae Fire Truck, Crew + Sparky,
Meat Merchant Trailer, Charlinda Chocolates, raffle prizes, 50/50 Draw and fun loving DJ Mike Feld from Most Excellent Productions.
A special thank-you to our event sponsor United Soils, host Cedar Beach Resort and participants Town of WS,
Ward 2 Maurice Smith, WS Museum and volunteers from MLRA and CCA community associations.
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An Important Notice Regarding Your
Property Assessment from MPAC
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) Website: www.mpac.ca
MPAC About My Property Website: www.aboutmyproperty.ca
All residential property owners in Whitchurch-Stouffville will have recently received a Property Assessment Notice from MPAC. This is a very important document as it will form the basis upon which the town will assess your property taxes for the next four years. (2016 – 2020)
MPAC previously completed their property assessment effective January1, 2012. The current assessed value is effective January 1, 2016. The statistics upon which the current valuations are based indicate the average single residential valuation has increased 45.9% in York Region during that time period.
The year-over-year change, January 1, 2017 over January 1, 2016 is anticipated to be 12.2%.
Please review your notice carefully as it contains a summary of the data MPAC have for your property and upon which they base their calculation. It also indicates the school system you support.
If you have any questions you can go to the MPAC website, or you can call their office at 1-866-296-6722. If you deem it necessary you will have 120 days in which to file a “Request for Reconsideration” notice. (Until October 11, 2016).
An additional source of much information on market trends etc is available on the website titled
About My Property.
Councillor Ward 2
Town of Whitchurch – Stouffville
Residents have received phone and door solicitations regarding drinking water
Residents should be assured that the Town has a Quality Management System (QMS) for water distribution to ensure that all residents throughout the community are supplied with safe, high quality drinking water.
Town Approves 2016 Budget
Click here for a PDF copy of the media release re Council approval of the 2016 budget for the town.
With this change in the town’s portion of your property taxes, as well as that charged by York Region and the School Board, which are all included in your realty tax bill, residents will see their property tax bill increased by approximately 2.1% this year.
I am very pleased to advise that I had support from other councillors to include three special capital projects in our Ward 2 area.
• $2. million allocated toward the work on the new Coultice Park
• A new sports Fieldhouse for Ballantrae Park on Aurora Road
• Installation of sidewalks on both Highway 48 (Pine Vista to Ballantrae Road) and Aurora Road (Grayfield to Hwy 48)
These projects are all scheduled to be well underway during 2016.
If you have any questions I invite you to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.