Here's what happened at the Council Meeting on March 5, 2018
2018 Supplementary Capital Budget Borrowing By-law for the Mulock Estate
Newmarket Council approved a Borrowing By-law that would allow the Town of Newmarket to obtain a $26 million loan from Infrastructure Ontario with repayment terms of 30 years to finance the additional expenditure of the 2018 Supplementary Budget. This will account for a 2.6 per cent increase on the tax base, which works out to $47 per year for 30 years for the average assessed home in Newmarket. The additional expenditure will be used to finance the purchase of the Mulock Farm/Estate located at the northwest corner of Yonge Street and Mulock Drive.
2017 Economic Development Year in Review
Here are some highlights relating to Economic Development in 2017 for the Town of Newmarket:
- Employment is up by almost 900 jobs (2.2 per cent) from 2016 to 41,687 jobs – 2017 York Region Employment Survey
- Most jobs are in the health care sector (19.90 per cent)
- Newmarket welcomed Celestica’s Toronto based Manufacturing Operations, which is due to begin operation in 2018. Celestica is estimated to bring approximately 700 jobs to the community over the next 18 months.
- Newmarket welcomed Gin-Cor – a market leader in vocational and service vehicles. Gin-Cor is expected to bring 200 jobs to the community in 2018.
For more information on programs and initiatives relating to Economic Development in Newmarket, visit businessnewmarket.ca
Licensing of Driving Schools and Instructors
Newmarket Council has directed staff to establish a licensing program to regulate Driving Schools and instructors. Staff will be holding a Public Information Centre on Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers (395 Mulock Drive). A formal presentation will be provided to the public and the driving school industry. Comments and feedback received at this Public Information Centre will be reported back to Council along with a proposed Licensing By-law.
Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions, is available under Agendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website. For more information or to view the reports, visit newmarket.ca
Save the date! Mark these events in your calendar:
Music and Magic - March 13
Have a blast with interactive indoor music and magic shows, crafts, games, and a bouncy castle. Tickets are available online and at the Magna Centre Customer Service Kiosk on the day of the event. You can also volunteer at this event, if you are interested please register at newmarket.ca/volunteer
March Break Fun at the Elman W. Campbell Museum - until March 17
The Elman W. Campbell Museum will present a variety of activities during March Break. Activities are suitable for ages 5 to 10. Visit newmarket.ca/museum for more information and to pre-register.
Location and time: Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South), March 13 to 17 drop in from noon to 3 p.m.
Albert Chiarandini: Painting the Way - March 10 to April 20
This exhibit is a glimpse into the distinguished life and artistic practice of the renowned Italian-Canadian painter Albert Chiarandini. Opening reception will feature special guest speakers Ewa and Steeve Chwojko on Sunday, March 18 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Location and time: March 10 to April 20 during gallery hours (Tuesday to Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street)
2018 Spring and Summer Activity Guide
Are you ready for Spring? Look for your Town of Newmarket Spring and Summer Activity Guide online at play.newmarket.ca. Registration for residents begins on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 a.m. Registration for non-residents begins on Wednesday, March 14 at 8:30 a.m.
Scout Displays - until mid-March
Attention all scouts - check out our annual scouting display! The scouting movement was started by Lord Baden-Powell over 100 years ago.
Location and time: Newmarket Public Library (438 Park Avenue), until mid-March during Library hours of operations (Tuesday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.)
After Hours Big Band - March 24
Enjoy the music of the 30s and 40s with a variety of contemporary jazz. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
Location and time: Saturday, March 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Seniors' Meeting Place (474 Davis Drive)
The Mindful Project - Second Annual Mental Health Exhibit: Beam On
In honour of Canadian Mental Health Week and National Youth Week, the Mindful Project will be showcasing its second annual art exhibit and will explore the expressive and cathartic process of creating and sharing art. The Old Town Hall Gallery is calling all artists to submit their pieces related to mental health and wellness. Themes include: Situational or personal trauma, forms of mediation, meditation and relaxation. Submissions are being accepted until March 29 at 4:30 p.m. The exhibit will run from May 1 until June 28.
2018 Summer Camp Guide and Registration
Camp registration for residents and non-residents is now underway. View the 2018 Summer Camp Guide and register online at play.newmarket.ca
For up-to-date weather and cancellation details of Town-run outdoor events, please call 1-877-PLAY936 (1-877-752-9936) on the day of the event no more than two hours prior to the start time. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all events. Please contact the Town at 905-895-5193 or visit newmarket.ca/events for more information.
Clocks spring forward on March 11
Replace old batteries, test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when changing your clocks
With Daylight Savings Time beginning on Sunday, March 11, Central York Fire Services (CYFS) reminds residents to set clocks forward one hour, and to replace the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and test all units.
Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms provide the early warning signs needed to help people escape their residences in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide leak. In order for battery operated smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they must have working batteries. It is recommended that batteries be replaced regularly - every time you change your clocks, you should change your batteries.
It’s the law to have working smoke alarms on every floor of the home and outside all sleeping areas. It is also required that carbon monoxide alarms be installed outside all sleeping areas so they can be heard while sleeping.
For more information about smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, or for fire safety information, visit cyfs.ca
Thank you for attending our Community Open House
Thank you to all residents, community groups and stakeholders that attended the Town’s Community Open House event on Tuesday, February 27. With over 250 attendees, Newmarket staff from all departments enjoyed hearing valuable feedback, and learning how the community feels the Town can make Newmarket even better. We look forward to see you again at our next Community Open House event in the future.
Congratulations to Charlene Argiopoulos, winner of the $100 Recreation and Culture Credit.
The Town reminds residents that there is no public access to the Mulock Estate property until further notice
The Town of Newmarket recently announced that it entered into an agreement to purchase the Mulock Estate (at the northwest corner of Mulock Drive and Yonge Street), with the vision to transform the property into a community park/outdoor green space. The Town would like to remind residents that the property is still under private ownership, and that there is no public access to the property until further notice. Timelines for construction, access, and a site tour will be confirmed in the future – until then, the Town asks members of the public to kindly refrain from visiting the site.
For more information, please call 905-895-5193 and to stay up-to-date with news from the Town, follow us on Twitter and Facebook @TownofNewmarket
Newmarket is looking for feedback on our Town-wide Traffic Mitigation Strategy. Let us know your thoughts on traffic and transportation in Newmarket by taking our survey at newmarket.ca/trafficstrategy today. For more information, call 905-895-5193.
DocuPet Education Campaign
Traffic Mitigation Survey
Please note a community representative, hired by DocuPet, is going around Newmarket to advise residents to license cats and dogs as per the Town of Newmarket’s Animal Control By-law. DocuPet will not be participating in a door-to-door sales campaign and licenses will not be sold at the door however, a door hanger will be placed on door handles advising dog/cat owners to license their pets. Dog and cat license fees cost $35 or $30 for seniors age 55 and over. Licenses can be purchased by visiting newmarket.docupet.com or at Municipal Offices, Ray Twinney Recreation Complex or Magna Centre during Customer Service Kiosk hours. For more information, visit newmarket.ca or call the Town at 905-895-5193.