According to the groundhog’s predication, when he comes out of his burrow and sees his shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter. They say his prediction is right 99.9% of the time. I guess he was right again this year, seeing that old man winter wreaked havoc with us for the whole month of March, which means we will still have two weeks left in April.
Moving on, I would like to share with you some important items of interest that have taken place since our last regular Council meeting that was held on March 16, 2011. A motion was made and passed by Council, based on the recommendation of the Village Recreation Coordinator, to accept the Trails and Bikeways Master Plan Proposal as submitted by BDA Landscape Architects on March 15, 2011 in the amount of $14,994.00 plus $1,949.22 HST for a total bid of $16,943.22. Council voted unanimously in favour of the motion. Councillor Scott Sparks stated that although no deadline has been set, the plan should be completed and made available within the next few months. A second motion was made and passed by Council for the Village of New Maryland, as recommended by the Planning Advisory Committee, to adopt the amended “Policy on Procedure and Protocol” for the Village of New Maryland’s Planning Advisory Committee.
On March 30, 2011, the New Maryland Elementary School hosted their first annual ConnEXPO celebration of 21st Century learning. The school was selected by the Department of Education to model 21st Century learning and was recently selected by Microsoft Canada as one of their global Pathfinder Schools. ConnEXPO offered those attending the celebration the opportunity to witness the transformation in learning and teaching that is taking place through numerous student exhibits and demonstrations. The school’s motto is “Leadership and Learning” and their focus is to be a community school. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend this important and exciting event. On behalf of my colleagues on Council, Staff and the residents of New Maryland, I would like to congratulate the New Maryland Elementary School teaching staff and to thank them for their efforts to position our students to be creative and responsible leaders.
Looking ahead to April, two Mayor’s proclamations are designated for the next Council meeting on April 20, 2011. The first proclamation will declare the month of April 2011 as Cancer Awareness Month. The Canadian Cancer Society’s annual Door-to-Door campaign is taking place during the month of April, and I encourage citizens, businesses and other organizations to give this campaign their support. The second proclamation will proclaim April 2011 to be Daffodil Month, and April 27 to be Daffodil Day. I again encourage all residents of New Maryland to show their support for someone on their cancer journey by wearing the Daffodil Pin which is available at the Village Office.
As a reminder, our Council meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to attend. We meet on the third Wednesday evening of the month at 7:30pm in Council Chamber. I am in the Village office every Wednesday from 10:00am to 4:00pm, and I am also available for appointments during the week with reasonable notice. You can contact me at the Village office at 451-8508, by E-mail.
In closing, here’s something to think about: “Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than smart” ( Alan Alda).
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