Town of Milton New Years Levee

Wondering what to do on New Years Day of 2014? Why don’t you come down to Milton Town Hall for the annual Mayor’s New Year Levee.

All the fun starts at 1pm and goes until 3pm.  Lots to see and do, so I look forward to seeing you then.

From Michael Gregory at the Milton Canadian Champion

Milton town councillors are inviting residents to join them for a festive kick-off to 2014 at the annual New Year’s Day Levee.

The traditional celebration will take place Tuesday, Jan. 1 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Milton Town Hall.

“Milton council is pleased to continue this tradition,” Councillor Cindy Lunau said in a news release. “We invite Milton residents and their families to join us in celebrating the new year.”

The event will feature musical entertainment and refreshments from La Rose Bakery and Tim Hortons.

Milton residents will also have a chance to discuss Town projects, and learn about council initiatives for the upcoming year.

Levee festivities date back to the mid-17th century when the governor of New France hosted an event to update citizens of the happenings back in Europe.

The tradition continues to be celebrated by many municipalities across Canada.

Halton Region Lifts 3 Bag Limit Until Jan 31st

What a crazy week its been in Milton.  After two full days of freezing rain & snow, many parts of Milton were left in the dark as power lines were damaged due to the weather.  Many of us in wards 1, 6, 7 & 8 were spared the trouble of the long term power outage, there were pockets of darkness in the rural areas of town.

Over the last few days I have met with many of you to talk about the challenges we faced and what can be done in the future to ensure that in case this does happen again, we are going to be better prepared going forward.

Was it a perfect process? Not at all.  There were some issues regarding communication from Milton Hydro that I feel were addressed quickly and if you followed them on Twitter and their website, they did improve as the work continued connecting people back to the grid.

Many thanks goes to our field workers at Milton Hydro for their hard work and dedication to get the power back up as quickly as possible. From their most recent account it looks like almost everyone is back up and running.

With all of this in mind the Halton Region has decided to temporarily lift the 3 bag limit until January 31st so that homeowners affected by the ice storm can get their household waste out & aid in the clean up of broken branches around their properties.

From the Halton Region website

In order to assist with clean-up efforts after last weekend’s ice storm, Halton Region is lifting the three-bag limit for garbage pick-up, allowing households to place as much as six bags of garbage for collection on their scheduled collection day until January 31. Brush debris will also be picked up on the same day as garbage from January 6-31 in designated urban areas. For rural areas, Halton Region is coordinating additional resources.

Until January 31, residents and contractors can also drop off brush debris at the Halton Waste Management site free of charge. Large bins are also available at Lowville Park and Ella Foote Hall for residents to bring brush and wood from downed trees.

“I want to thank residents across the Region for their patience as we continue to work to clean up after the storm,” said Gary Carr, Regional Chair. “Halton is a compassionate community and I also want to thank the many staff from the local municipalities, councillors, utilities and the hundreds of volunteers who have gone above and beyond to help their communities.”

Storm clean-up is expected to take several weeks and crews will work each day to collect as much debris as possible. However, due to the volume of brush to be collected it will take time and all debris may not be picked up in one collection. In order to assist with the clean-up, residents are asked to pile branches with a maximum of 7.5 centimetres (3 inches) in diametre and 2 metres (6.5 feet) in length on their regular garbage day.

For more information about Regional efforts related to the ice storm, please visit www.halton.ca/severeweather.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.

BUDGET TIME 2014

Its that time of year everyone.  You know what it is. Nope, not Christmas! Its BUDGET time in Milton and Halton! Dont get excited….Ive got you covered!

Here is the link for the 2014 Halton Region Budget http://www.halton.ca/cms/one.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=11033 The Halton Region will be voting on their budget on December 11th.  The proposed increase is 0.4% when including the HRPS budget but overall a 0% increase budget for 2014.

Here is the link for the 2014 Town of Milton Budget http://www.milton.ca/en/townhall/budgets.asp The proposed increase is roughly 5% for the town budget but I will outline a number of ways to get that increase below the rate of inflation.

If anyone has questions or concerns, please let me know mike@mikecluett.ca I’ll be posting updates and some of the options here on my website over the next few days.

Until then, enjoy and I’ll see you at the doors.

2014 Halton Region Budget Documents Available

Its budget time! I know, I know you’ve all be waiting on this moment each and every year. www.halton.ca/budget is where you can find the full 562 page budget document for Halton Region.

The Town of Milton 2014 budget is expected to be released November 25th on or about so that will give you LOTS of time to review this one.

OR, I can save you some time and review it for you. I know at THIS point it isn’t technically my job (that can be fixed on or about October 27, 2014) but I will do my best to review this one and provide some commentary.

So far it looks like Halton Region will continue its trend of 0% increases given the amount of growth with only a 0.4% increase allotted to Police Services. I’ll have more details as I continue to sift through the document. If there are any questions people have, please feel free to let me know.

Santa Claus Comes To Milton This SUNDAY!

Hang on to your hats everyone.  Santa Claus is coming to town this SUNDAY!

Please be reminded that there is a new route this year.  It no longer starts on Bronte Street but starts at Scott along Main Street.  This is due to the sheer numbers involved in the parade each and every year.  The parade no longer ends at Milton Mall but will continue along Main Street to the Milton GO Station.

I know its said every year its going to be the best yet, but organizers of the Milton Santa Claus Parade are telling me, you aint seen nothing yet.

Look forward to seeing everyone out this year.  Make sure you bring some food for the Stuff a Bus to assist our local Salvation Army Food Bank….bring your letters for Santa as well.

HO HO HO!!!