President David Saunders called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and welcomed our speaker, Mayor Adrian Foster.
Mayor Foster opened with an update on the many developments in Clarington, such as the Owasco expansion, the Rona building purchase and the new Toyota parts warehouse which will serve dealers from Manitoba to the east coast. A large expansion for marijuana grow operations in this area is now about 250,000 sq. ft. with the potential for 500,000 sq. ft. The Mayor indicated that industrial land for new development in Clarington was at a minimum.
Fortunately, the budget was kept to a 2.2% increase, (less than many GTA communities), with taxes costing approximately $5,800.00 for an average junior executive home. The Ontario Government is now reviewing Regional Governments for efficiencies. The Mayor feels that a reduction in representation from the local councils and duplication of services would help.
Regretfully, Clarington Council voted to allow the cancellation of train whistles effecting the Wilmot Creek community. The cost of railway crossing updates and insurance will increase the Clarington budget substantially in the future.
Mayor Foster ended his presentation with an extended Q & A period.
John Pierrepont thanked Mayor Foster for his excellent and informative presentation.
Secretary Warren Tait read the minutes from November 28, 2017. Ken Wilkes moved that they be accepted and Masood Vatandoust seconded. This was carried.
Treasurer George Rickard reported that as of February 28, the bank balance was $797.94. George made a motion to accept the report and Bob Malone seconded. It was carried.
Announcements:A quick executive meeting was to be held immediately after the General Meeting.
Date of Next General Meeting:
The next General Meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
The speaker in May is to be announced.
Moved by Carl Good at 8:15 p.m.