Good news. At the Monday, April 7th, McKellar Council meeting Third Reading of By-law 2014-12 to terminate the Public Forum (that immediately precedes council meetings) was deferred. During the discussion one member of council voiced the opinion that Third Reading, and the fate of the Public Forum, should be deferred until Council had reached a decision on the whole issue of finding a way to encourage greater civility at Council meetings [...]
Tony McManus will be performing at the Strawhouse Gallery, 3 Lakeside Drive off Centre Road, McKellar, on Friday, April 11th, 2014, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30. By reports and reviews Tony is considered to be one of the top guitarists of Celtic music in the world. To check him out go to www.tonymcmanus.com Suggested donation is $20. We always accept any goodies for the snack table with thanks. 705-389-2056.
The Ontario Provincial Police through the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services are proposing a change in the way they bill for Police Services. If implemented, the proposed billing model will more than quadruple McKellar's police costs from $116,625.00 to $563,094.00.
This would require an 18% tax increase to the general levy or significant reductions in municipal services in order to cover the higher policing costs, which are proposed to go into effect January 2015 [...]
[Please see reaction to this news item from Greg Godbeer under News > Letters].
At the McKellar Council meeting on March 17th 2014, By-law No. 2014-12 (formerly presented as Resolution 14-77) received first and second reading. By-law 2014-12 calls for the deletion of the Public Forum from Procedural By-law 09-24. Simply stated, Council plans to discontinue the Public Forum that immediately precedes Council meetings despite receiving numerous letters from residents and a formal letter from the Manitouwabing Lake Community Association expressing strong objection to such an action [...]
Musically versatile and extraordinary dancers Evie Ladin & Keith Terry will present a concert of clawhammer banjo, percussion dance, story telling and songs old and new at the Strawhouse Gallery on Wednesday, March 26th, at 8 p.m. A robust evening of acoustic music and dance. A skilled hybrid of American folk arts. Suggested donation $20.
Before the concert at 6:30 p.m. they offer an Old Time Harmony Singing Workshop. $10 [...]