To be brief, to redevelop a commercial property and to sell it as residential is completely wrong and not appropriate for Muskoka's long-term future.
It's time we held our new Premier accountable to promises made. We also need to continue to ensure and keep the developer in check making sure minimal disruption to Bala happens.
We continue to pay too much for OPP in Muskoka Lakes - and we need to respectfully work with all other Muskoka Municipalities to correct this inaccuracy.
This is a delicate issue, but one that needs to be looked at the Township and across the District. Changes cannot happen for this term of Council but for 2020 anything is possible.
The MNRF continues to ignore Muskoka taxpayers. Working with our newly elected PC government, hopefully we can affect change that protects our properties.
This truly takes a delicate balance of want and need. Currently taxes are set to double in the next 10 years - something has to be done.
Many want one Muskoka - not only is this the wrong approach, but it will certainly exaggerate any imbalance between the Muskoka Lakes Tax Base and the rest of Muskoka.
Webcasting, accessibility to council and meetings as well as more efficient meetings are all issues and need immediate attention.
We need the district! Yes we pay more but often we get added services we can't afford ourselves (ie. Port Carling Locks). Can we do a better job of better distributing some costs - Yes and that will be a mandate for 2018 and beyond.
To say that we need to find solutions for people to live affordably in Muskoka is an understatement.
We need to ensure that not only staff have a place to live, but also and more importantly that they are respectful should they live in communities or with nearby neighbours.
I ran on a platform of Muskoka365 8 years ago and it is still relevant today. We need to find ways to incentivize business to remain open throughout the winter and continue to promote a year-round economy.
Keeping our lakes healthy also includes keeping them safe. Boat operators disrespecting noise, speed and wake issues continue to negatively impact all of Muskoka.