Mayor's Message - November 6, 2017

Posted on Sunday November 05, 2017

Good morning, Bonjour


I swear to God the trees in my yard are laughing at me.  This coming week our County trucks will once again be driving our streets to pick up our bagged leaves.  With this in mind I spent Friday afternoon raking and bagging about 25 bags of leaves. As I hauled the bags to the curb the wind picked up and leaves covered all of my yard once again, I am sure the leaves that remained on the trees weren’t rustling in the wind but rather they were giggling! 


Speaking of the County and pick up’s, don’t forget to put your batteries out to the curb this week with your garbage and recycling. You should have gotten a special bag in the mail this past week to do so.


Last night saw the Penetang Kings celebrate their 40th anniversary. It was great to get caught up with players, parents, fans and friends from the past and the present.  During the alumni games there was still strong evidence of some of the great skills possessed by the players from their JR C days.  Beyond thanking the Kings for some great and memorable  moments, that had us all out of our seats cheering, or had our entire town bursting with pride, we also owe them thanks for developing such strong community citizens. If you took a moment to look around after the games were played, you quickly realised how many of the players have gone on to be business leaders, owners, community leaders, volunteers, coaches and general all around good guys.  Congrats to all the Kings past and present!  


One of the major items in play for council, both budget wise and scheduling wise is our Main Street reconstruction project.  You may recall Council made a couple of significant and conscious decisions to protect our downtown merchants during the construction period.  The first was a council decision to spend approximately $250,000 more on the project in order to complete Main Street in a one year period.  One of the driving factors in council spending the additional quarter million dollars was the belief that our downtown merchants would be able to better survive a one year disruption of Main Street as opposed to a having to face reconstruction in back to back years.  The second decision by council was the extra spend to have JB Enterprises to include a Public Relations Officer (PRO) or Downtown Liaison person as part of their workforce.  Knowing time is of the essence and critical, the third decision by council was to have the contract contain a bonus clause for early completion of the project and significant penalty clauses for late completion.


Post making the decisions noted above Council has been approached by representatives of our Downtown Merchants with a request for Council to invest a further $120,000 to create a taskforce and hire a public relations person dedicated to champion the merchants challenges/causes/marketing during construction.  Council has deferred making a decision in regards to this request until we can meet publically with JB Enterprises to better understand their communication and what their exact liaison approach will be.  A public meeting with the contractor is scheduled for Tuesday, November 21st 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Brian Orser Hall.  Council will make a final determination on this matter during future 2018 budget deliberations.  


Whatever the decision outcome of council on the taskforce ask, my best advice to all our merchants is to please review your own circumstance in terms of what it will take to keep your own business door open, customers flowing and cash registers ringing while we reconstruct. Once you have your plan in place, our town staff are more than happy to meet with you one on one to discuss your thoughts. I encourage all of our merchants to please arrange a meeting with our Public Works folks and share your thoughts and ideas,


Things to take note of


Quest Art School + Gallery is offering a free painting workshop for children ages 7 to 13 on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m.  During the two-hour class, young artists will complete a 6”x6” painting which will be included in Quest Art’s upcoming Simcoe Sightings exhibition, on display from Nov. 17 to Jan. 6. Thanks to grants from the Huronia Community Foundation and the County of Simcoe, Quest Art’s goal is to have 100 children create a painting for display.  Children from community organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club are also creating paintings for exhibition. Pre-registration is required by contacting 705-526-ARTS (2787) or by visiting Quest Art at 333 King St., within the Midland Cultural Centre.


North Simcoe Community Futures speakers series continues on November 23rd. . The topic is Wave Accounting, We certainly feel that this session will be very beneficial for businesses who get bogged down with the paperwork.  Online registration required and there is no fee to attend.  Please see the attached for details.


There is an upcoming Spuds for Sistema Luncheon on Tuesday, November 7th at noon. Place: North Simcoe Rec Centre. Lunch will consist of a baked potato with several choices for toppings, coffee or tea and a piece of cake. Cost $20.00. Sistema’s costs are quite minimal so most of what you contribute will go towards helping the kids with their music program. If you would like one or more tickets please email with your name and the number of places you would like to reserve. You can pay for your meals when you arrive.  For info about Sistema visit 


Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe is hosting a charity bonspiel Sunday, November 26 at the Midland Curling Club- 474 King St. Midland. 2 open draws- Teams of 4 play two 4 end draws.  Lunch and prizes included.

Join our Town of Penetanguishene at their Annual Santa Claus Parade, hosted in partnership with the Penetanguishene Lions Club. Saturday, December 2nd. Parade starts at 4:00pm on MAIN STREET from Jeffery Street to the Town Dock.  PARADE ENTRIES ~ VOLUNTEERS Please contact; Marlena Ladouceur, Recreation & Events Coordinator
705-549-7453 x 223  AND  Our FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS will follow immediately after the parade, with the Annual Tree Lighting at the Town Dock, followed by Christmas festivities at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum. Face Painting, BBQ, Live Music, Crafts, Hot Beverages, Cookies, Horse & Wagon Ride and more!

The week to be

A full week of planes, trains and automobiles for me.  Monday thru Wednesday finds me in Chicago, along with County Economic Development staff, for meetings with 8 manufacturing businesses from across the world regarding the opportunity to open their business doors in the County of Simcoe.  Beyond the manufacturing meetings we will meet with a variety of business site selectors (groups who pre scout/filter opportunities for businesses they represent) and we connect with the Canadian Consulate.  I return from Chicago late evening Wednesday, land in Toronto and scurry off to Niagara on the Lake for Thursday’s and Friday’s SWIFT (fibre broadband) board meeting.


Here at home our Seniors Committee and Trails committee meet on Tuesday, while Wednesday evening Town Council gathers for a regular council meeting.  The meetings are of a business as usual nature with no hot topics in play.  You can find the agenda on the links below.

Regular Council – 7pm


Committee of the Whole – Immediately following Council


A reminder we are fast approaching Remembrance Day, please do purchase your Poppy and show our Veterans how much we care and appreciate their efforts on all our behalves. Staying with Poppy’s for a moment more there is a Church Service for the Poppy Campaign hosted by our Penetanguishene Royal Canadian Legion at 10:30 a.m. this morning at St. Ann’s Church. The Legion asks for you to be there by 10:15 and invites one and all back to the Legion after the Mass concludes.


That is it for this week, speak soon, and do enjoy your day!


Mayor Gerry

Gerry Marshall

Warden County of Simcoe,

Mayor Town of Penetanguishene,

County (705) 726-9300 Ext. 1260

Town (705)-549-7453


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