A look back at 2017… Part 2

April

OPP investigate theft from a vending machine at Little Falls Car and Pet Wash. Police estimate theft at $110

The Sunshine List for Ontario’s Public Sector for those earning over $100,000 was released. On the list were Town CAO Brent Kittmer, Town Treasurer Jim Brown and Rebecca Clothier, Administrator/Treasurer for Perth South.

Perth South approved severance of Surplus Farm House lots, which were the first such proposals brought before Council since the Perth County Official Plan was completed a year earlier.

St. Marys Community Players received six nominations and one award for the 2016 production of Sweet Magnolias.

The donations for the “Someone I Know” campaign continued with Chris West and the staff of Downtown GM presented a cheque for $1,400, AllRoads made a donation of $2,200 and Fadelle Marine donated $500

Jed Kelly, Director of Public Works, announced a new curbside and yard waste collection program. Collection will now take place every other Monday from mid-May to mid-November under a contract with Barry’s Handyman Services.

Incoming Rotary President, Ron Aitkin, presented Deputy Mayor Jim Craigmile, with the final payment of $17,500 which fulfilled the St. Marys Rotary Club’s pledge of $175,000 made 10 years ago to the Pyramid Recreation Centre.

On Saturday April 8th, the temperature was 16 and sunny.

The application by the Town to replace the OPP with Stratford Police was given the go-ahead by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission.

The Town had to do damage control after many complained about tree removal on Emily Street for “installation of utilities” in the area. The Town said two trees would be planted in town for every one tree removed.

The Board of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame have approved plans to update the Hall of Fame Museum with a 2500 square foot expansion.

Bickell Built Homes were the latest to donate to the ‘Someone I know” campaign with a donation of $4,000.

The Town awarded the contract for the reconstruction of the Wellington Street Bridge to McLean Taylor in the amount of $1.594 million.

The former Kraft-Heinz Plant has been purchased by E & E McLaughlin Group from Tillsonburg.

May

The Town finalized the final design for the Cadzow Playground and work began.

A breakdown of the census numbers show that of the population of 7,265, which was an increase of 9.2%, women out number men, 3,795 to 3,470. It also shows that there are more people over 60 in town than there are children between 0 – 14. The numbers for Perth South show that men outnumber women 1,980 to 1,830.

RBC Royal Bank are the latest to donate to the “Someone I Know” campaign with a very generous donation of $100,000

In a split vote, Town Council denied a request from the Stratford Perth Hospice Foundation  for a grant of $300,000 for a hospice to be located in Stratford.

Mayor Al Strathdee was the first to take the “polar dip plunge” at the Quarry with proceeds going to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program.

The goal of $5 million for the “Someone I Know” campaign is getting closer with a donation of $10,000 from Ryan Elliott’s Repair Limited and $5,000 from Ron Jones Construction.

Perth South is considering the Stratford Police proposal as St. Marys had previously done.

The community is showing tremendous support for Brock Chessell as he is being treated for cancer. Also, his Huron-Perth Lakers Minor Peewee hockey team shaved their heads and Little Caesars held a fundraiser.

June

It was a bitter sweet day for Canadian Tire because as they had a very successful fundraiser at the Quarry Polar Dip, at which $500 was raised for Jumpstart, but someone stole a kayak from outside the store.

The Middlesex OPP reported on a motor vehicle collision on Dorchester Road near Highway 401 where Margaret Alexander, a St. Marys resident who was a passenger in a car, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The Andrew Hodges Funeral Home made a $20,000 pledge to the “Someone I Know” campaign.

The TD Friends of the Environment made a donation of $5,000 towards the Little Falls Forest School program.

Stacey’s Pizza was the first recipient of the BIA’s new “plaque” program to recognize note-worthy businesses in St. Marys, as Stacey’s celebrated 40 years in business.

Coun. Don Van Galen proposed that the Wellington Street Bridge be re-named Elizabeth Bridge in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, but could find no support from the rest of Council for the name change.

Town Treasurer Jim Brown proposed that the Town will end vacant and land rebates in a phased out three year period.

‘Meals on Wheels” announced a price increase from $8 to $8.75

The end is in sight for reaching the “Someone I Know” goal of $5 million with JMRD Wealth management Team giving $25,000 towards the campaign.

Roy Halladay, Vladimir Guerrero, Doug Hudlin, Ray Carter and Team  Canada 2015 were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. The event was live streamed on Twitter.

South Perth Centennial School celebrated their 50th anniversary.

The St. Marys Independent issued a Canada 150th Commemorative Edition which drew praise from many people.

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