Just finished Day 2 of the AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) conference in Windsor. Have had several meetings with different Ministries including Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Ministry of Infrastructure.
The Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services listened to concerns about the skyrocketing cost of policing and agreed that there was a need to look at providing the service in a different way that would allow sustainability for the municipality. More to follow in the fall or spring session of legislature. I am looking forward to seeing what changes are proposed.
Early this morning I met with MPP Peter Milczyn, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure, Bob Chiarelli. With the recent Cabinet shuffle, I felt it was important to establish contact with the Minister who replaced Brad Duguid. It was immediately clear that MPP Milczyn was fully informed about our waste water treatment plant deficiencies and that we have been working hard with MOECC to resolve the issues. I left the meeting with a feeling of confidence that the provincial government DOES understand our challenges.
We will be preparing our application for the Ontario Community Infrastructure Grant – intake 3 (OCIF) in the next few weeks. Premier Wynn announced on Monday at AMO that an agreement had been reached between the Federal and Provincial governments for the Federal Green Infrastructure and Water and Waste Water Grants and that intake will open for this new funding in the fall – and we will be poised to apply for it as well.
A BBQ tonight was a nice way to do some networking. Here is a photo of some of the Leeds Grenville Mayors – Ron Holman, Joe Baptista, Doug Malanka and Pat Sayeau.
Dr Zulfar Moledina opened his doors today and began seeing patients. I toured the refurbished office with him and took in the new design, new equipment and spent time talking to some our residents.
For now, the office is open Mondays and Wednesdays. He wanted to open in August so that the kids could get their check ups before heading back to school. His office door still opens off the spring – the “opening soon” sign in the Main St window was to announce his arrival and some folks have wondered if you access the office from there.
WELCOME DR MOLEDINA – It was a pleasure to meet you and your staff today.
With the dry, hot weather expected to continue for the next several weeks, a Level 1 Burn Ban has been put into place in Westport.
Level 1 means:
- No Burn Permits may be activated and Open Air Burning or use of Burn Barrels at any time is prohibited.
- Campfires and cooking fires are restricted in use. They must be .6m x.6m x .6m (2’ x2’ x 2’) and built according to the by-law, with proper clearances and can only be used between the hours of 8pm. To 11pm. They must be fully extinguished after use, allowing a fire to smoulder out is not acceptable.
Let’s work together to ensure there are no open air burnings or anyone using a burn barrel. People with a campfire or cooking fire needs to pay special attention to the size of the fire and ensure that it is fully extinguished by 11:00 p.m.
Stay safe everyone.
Attached is a photo of a new bike, stolen today when the owner went home for lunch and left it beside his house. The Owner of the bike lives on Concession near Spring St. If you see this bike abandoned, please contact Greg or Dale Lyons. If you see it being ridden by someone you don’t know, think about calling the police before you approach.
Congratulations to Sarah, who just finished first in her age group after competing in a triathlon in the Alps. And she placed 125th out of 1500 other athletes. Her time was 07:45:04.28 . Sarah – Your hometown is so proud of you!
If anyone wants to read “the rest of the story” about this unique race in France, I have included a summary below.
It is unique because the swimming event takes place in the crystal waters of the Lac du Verney, accessible to swimmers only during the Triathlon. Exceptionally, thanks to the authorisation of EDF, a partner in the competition, competitors will have the privilege of swimming in clear waters, at an altitude of 700 m, in a setting of greenery provided by the luxuriantly wooded peaks that surround this body of water. Sheer delight, which will soon make you forget the rather chilly temperature of the water, at some 15-16°C at the height of summer.
It is unique because the course of the bike race is quite simply legendary, with 3 mountain passes on the programme – the Alpe du Grand Serre (1375 m) and the Col d’Ornon (1371 m) – as well as the climb of the 21 switching bends of the climb to Alpe d’Huez, which has earned its well-deserved fame in the Tour de France, which includes it almost every year.
The magic of doing the same ride as the participants of the Tour de France never fails to impress both champions and amateurs alike.
The landscapes on this part of the Ecrins Mountains are simply fabulous. If you’re lucky, you might even see some chamois on the wild hillsides of the passes!
Patience and courage are the mottos for this major altitude change course, which is unique, finally, because once you’ve set down your bike, the run course event takes place within the majestic setting of the resort of Alpe d’Huez. The course is a mixture of asphalted roads and mountain paths, and consists of three 7.3 km loops.
One last altitude effort that confirms that the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon is indeed a summit of the international world of triathlon.
| BONNER Sarah
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