Happy 2019 to the residents of Scugog. This is my first Mayor’s Message and I am excited to bring you Township news and information. We hope that this avenue provides an additional way to engage with residents.
The 2019-2022 term of council is off to a great start. We have an enthusiastic group that is hitting the ground running with work. The Council is a good mix of new and seasoned representatives who ran positive campaigns and this group has already proven they are comfortable in expressing their views, while having productive and respectful debates on the issues coming forward.
During the election, staff were hard at work continuing to deliver services, projects and initiatives. To continue the path forward, an updated Strategic Plan will be developed. I and members of Council and staff will participate in a two-day strategic planning workshop to set the priorities, objectives and initiatives over the next term of council.
The Strategic Planning Sessions will review all ideas and wishes from Council, current strategies, projects and initiatives as well as the results of our survey to formulate a strategy and priority playbook. I would like to thank all those who participated in our Speak up Scugog and Cannabis Retail Public Outreach surveys and phone poll. Collectively we heard from over 1200 residents for feedback. Taking the time to fill out a survey and provide your opinion helps us, as we make decisions.
The full Strategic Plan will be drafted for Council approval, at the end of February. Once approved for release, staff will conduct a public information session to introduce the proposed strategy and provide one final opportunity for public input.
Some of the ongoing priority work will continue in the following areas:
Meet and work with our friends the Missisaugas of Scugog Island First Nation to reach a fire protection and road maintenance agreement that works for everyone.
Continue the Environmental Assessment application process and fundraising work for the Lake Scugog Enhancement Project which includes dredging the lake and engineered wetland.
Continue the advocacy work to obtain financial stability for Scugog by seeking provincial compensation and funding, to offset the growth constraints of the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine.
Make a decision by the provincial deadline, January 22nd regarding retail cannabis stores in Scugog.
I’m looking forward to continuing my visits of community groups throughout the next few months. I wish you much health and happiness in 2019.
~Mayor Bobbie Drew
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