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An open letter to the Residents of the Municipality of Meaford From Outgoing Councillor Mike Poetker

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

At the end of November 2018 I will no longer be a councillor to the people of this community. I shall remain as an advocate and ambassador to any that wish to visit or move here. As a lifelong resident I have enjoyed the Meaford Lifestyle, pace, and yes even the climate (mostly).

Eight years ago I put forward my name and intentions to seek election to represent you and this Municipality and you elected me. Twice. Thank you.

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Let’s Not be Afraid of the Status Quo for our Municipal Parks


At the recent Woodford meeting organized by the Chamber of Commerce (very well done), some candidates railed against the new Park By-Law as being ‘unnecessary’ to ‘fascist’. Core issues were ‘parks closed for six months’ and ‘trespassers could be prosecuted’.

I don’t think we should be worried about this by-law, as there is effectively no change from the way things have been, save for clarifications and specifics. It is also similar to that of municipalities adjacent to us. It does outline abuses that the Municipality of Meaford cannot entertain. Most Meafordites would agree to banning illegal activities and public urination (I believe for the first time here), and fish guts in receptacles and not on picnic tables.

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Where Are All the Candidates?


I have lived in the Municipality of Meaford for ten years. This will be my third municipal election in the area. Not once other than this year has a candidate come to my door campaigning. This year so far the only candidate who did come was my neighbour.

As I understand there is roughly a 50-50 split in the population of Meaford between urban Meaford and the surrounding rural areas. My neighbourhood contributes quite a significant amount of taxes relative to the density of the area yet not once has a candidate been out to talk about the issues prior to an election.

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