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Meaford Council News

Problem For Council: What to do With a Larger Than Expected Surplus?

council chamber333An unusual problem faced Meaford's council at their March 10 meeting – what to do with a much larger than expected surplus?

For much of 2013 senior municipal staff have anticipated a year-end surplus in their tax supported operating budget, but the size of the anticipated surplus grew throughout the year, and ultimately, the surplus announced on March 10 was a whopping $923,500 – some $400,000 more than the estimate given council late last year.


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Apple Might Stay Where it is

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Meaford's iconic tourist information Apple could stay in its current location if the municipality is the successful bidder, though Meaford CAO Denyse Morrissey cautioned that there are several concerns that need to be answered before the municipality submits a bid.


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Councillor Loses Bid to Ditch Municipal Slogan

miele other big appleMeaford Councillor Barb Clumpus lost her bid for the municipality to discontinue use of the branding slogan “The Other Big Apple” after council voted against a resolution brought before council on February 18.

I think this tag-line has outlived its usefulness in terms of a marketing campaign,” Clumpus told council when introducing her resolution.


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Does Meaford Need a New Name?

mfd ops ctrMeaford Councillor Lynda Stephens gave notice to her fellow council members that she intends to bring forward a motion at a future meeting which will seek the inclusion of a question on the upcoming municipal election ballot to change the name of Meaford.

This municipality, when it first came into existence, was called Georgian Highlands. I've heard for years and years now how some people think it's divisive (using the name Meaford) because it's the town name and people don't feel a part of it,” Stephens told council at the February 18 meeting.


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