One Week in a Small Town

Old Havana

My hubby John and I just got home on Monday from a last minute trip to my regular haunt – Cuba.  Once I got the laundry done (shame to wash out those tropical smells on such a cold day), the fog started to lift from my brain and I got a chance to scan the local news to see what we missed.  What a difference a little week can make:

Seems that the weather got so bad on the day we left, that the Santa Claus parade in Collingwood was postponed for a week.  That’s never happened before.  I’ve also never missed it before.

The new Collingwood Library is taking shape.  It’s behind schedule by 5 weeks but, it’s under budget so far.  Will that hold?

Budget deliberations in our fair town continue as council struggles with demands and big ticket projects.  Simcoe County has already approved a 3.4% tax hike for their share of the 2009 property taxes and the town is struggling with rates over 2%.  Before you panic, the mill rate has not yet been set and that is what will ultimately decide our property tax fate.

The developer behind the Admiral project has officially announced the project is now on hold.  Seems that while 80% of the proposed commercial space is leased, just 27 units are sold.  He is now considering five options:  put the project on hold for awhile, stay the current course, sell the project, reduce the size to three stories or find a new partner.  Not surprisingly, he is blaming V.O.T.E. Collingwood and the current council for delays that led him to this point.  He seems to have forgotten that, if he’d complied with all the rules and guidelines in the first place, that building would long be built and occupied by now.

The Town of Blue Mountains has changed it’s name and will now be known simply as, “The Blue Mountains.”

Blue Mountain Resort is running a “double down” special for two day/night lift tickets for $89.00 (+GST) until December 24th.  That’s $40.00 off.  Another good reason to visit our area!

Finally, I have to tell you that my best friend and mother passed away on November 29th after a long and difficult illness.  I don’t know if it’s a unique part of small town living or if it is common everywhere but, I have to tell you that the outpouring of love and support we’ve had from every corner of this region and beyond has taken our breath away.  Clients, friends, business associates, local businesses, neighbours, town councillors, the medical community, local agencies and many more have all filled us with their kindness and warmth.  There are no words that can adequately express our appreciation so we’ll have to leave it at, THANK-YOU.

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This entry was posted by Marg on Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 at 8:02 am and is filed under About Town, Blue Mountains, Local News and Current Events. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

One Comment

  1. Great post!

    We are taking off for Mexico in just over a week and I can’t wait!!

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