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Embracing Our Differences

MeBWmediaAh Mother Nature. She is unpredictably moody, seems to have difficulty making up her mind, and can at times be more of a tease than... well... let's just leave it at that.

 

This past week in Meaford as the temperatures began to increase, and the snow slowly melted away, I found myself waking each morning excited about the gradual disappearance of these long winter months.

 

Yes, it is true, I am not a winter person. And like the 67 percent of respondents to the recent poll on The Independent, I am itching for spring to arrive.

 

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Teamwork Really Does Produce Results

MeBWmediaSomething happened at Meaford Hall on Tuesday evening that doesn't happen often enough in our community. Members of council, municipal staff, the Chamber of Commerce, and the community itself gathered to celebrate a significant achievement.

 

On Thursday of last week the Municipality of Meaford was presented with an award from the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO). The award was in recognition of the fine work done by members of our municipality in the creation of the Dragons' Den Meaford event.


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We Voted in Favour of Increased Taxes

MeBWmediaAs the 2011 budget inches closer to completion there will be increased pressure on members of council to find areas to slash costs in order to have a tax increase that is as low as possible, or even better many would suggest, to have no increase in taxes at all.

 

In recent weeks I have myself received plenty of email and letters to the editor in which a variety of potential areas for reduction have been pointed out. And if I am receiving those sorts of email messages, I can only imagine what members of council have been receiving.

 

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Why We Shouldn't Complain About Water Rate Increases

MeBWmediaA lot goes on behind the scenes in order for the water to flow from your tap as you fill your kettle for your morning coffee. And in a post-Walkerton world, provincial legislation is making every attempt to ensure that the water that goes into that kettle is as safe as possible. But that safety which we have come to expect, carries a cost.

 

A lengthy but informative presentation to council on Monday January 10 by independent consultant Gary Scandlon of Watson & Associates, provided a snapshot of the hoops and hurdles that must be navigated in order for a municipality like Meaford to bring that water to our homes.

 

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