Seguin eNewsletter - Fall 2018
Seguin eNewsletter - Fall 2018
Message from the Mayor
As I write this the leaves are falling rapidly and we have seen the first snow of the season. As many of you know I will be retiring at the end of this term so this will be my last newsletter as your Mayor. It’s been an honor to serve these past 12 years and I will move into retirement with many positive memories. As we approach the end of the current term of council I thought it appropriate to share some of the highlights of what we have accomplished together over the past four years.

Financial
•   Limited the overall average residential tax bill increase to 0.33% per year average over the 4 year term while absorbing the phase in of a $656,700 increase in annual OPP policing costs over the same period
•   Completion of a Comprehensive Policing Analysis to determine best fit for Seguin under the new OPP costing formula
•   In house project management to deliver quality road upgrades at reduced cost
•   Reserve levels maintained at a healthy level and within target guidelines
•   Seguin’s provincial Financial Indicator Report Card continues to earn an ‘A’ rating
•   Township remains debt free

Environment
•   Automation and efficiency improvements in the Septic Re-inspection Program to enable more frequent inspections
•   Expansion of Seguin Lake Water Quality Program to include more lakes and additional quality indicator testing
•   Introduction of Waterfront Design Guidelines as an extension of Living Sustainably in Seguin for enhanced lake water quality protection
•   Township wide expansion of the “Stewardship Seguin” program

Economic Development
•   Additional employment opportunities resulting from natural gas extension along Oastler Park Drive iinncluding Crofters warehouse addition
•   Addition of Milford Bay Trout Farms processing operation to Airport Business Park
•   Launch of Airport Infrastructure Enhancement Project
•   Initial sales of Phase 1 of the North Sandy Plains housing development

Efficiency and Effectiveness
•   Continuation of major arterial road upgrades including South Seguin Estates, Rose Point, Otter Lake and Salmon Lake Roads with high value for monies invested
•   Waste system efficiency improvements resulting in operating cost reductions while providing increased system capacity
•   Long term contract with a local landfill for household waste disposal for increased efficiency, cost reduction and service level improvements
•   Introduction of a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) tracking system to focus our staff organization on key operational parameters
•   Enhanced staff commitment to service excellence with an Employee Engagement Initiative and expanded customer satisfaction survey utilization
•   Completion of handicap access for all Township Community Centres and Libraries.

All these accomplishments are the result of the contributions of many. Thanks especially to staff for their dedication and commitment and the great job they do every day. I also extend my sincere thanks to Council and the many Seguin volunteers and committees who help make Seguin a better place to live and work. I also wish to say a big thank you to you the ratepayers for your support and encouragement over the years. Most importantly, I thank my wife Susan for her assistance and input throughout. Your collective help and support made the task much easier and I am grateful for that.

Seguin is our home and I look forward to having more time to enjoy it. There will always be work to be done and the new council will bring fresh ideas to the council table. I take my leave confident that the Township will continue to prosper in the future under the new leadership.

Best wishes to all,
Bruce
Humphrey Waste Site Improvements
Please be advised of a temporary change in service hours at the Humphrey Waste Transfer Site to accommodate construction of significant upgrades that are being made to help better serve the community.
 
“This project is a continuation of our waste strategy which will see the elimination of all small HL6 garbage bins and the installation of a transtore unit at that site”, said Peter Koppisch, Director of Public Works. “At the current time, waste is being handled twice, and that will no longer be necessary after this project has been completed, so it will allow us to provide more efficient service delivery to the public.”
 
The Humphrey Waste Transfer site will be closed weekdays from 7am-5pm starting October 22 to November 2, 2018 due to construction. The transfer site will remain open all other times and weekends during this period. All other Township waste transfer sites including Airport and Turtle Lake sites are available for any inconvenience this may cause during this time.
 
For more information please contact the Public Works department at 705-732-4300.
Seguin Public Libraries are planning for the future and want to hear from you! Please give a few minutes of your time to complete their online Patron Input Survey.

The data you will contribute will help form the basis of a strategic plan for the next 5 years. It is very important that responses are gathered from regular library patrons, visitors, residents and non-residents, and non library users.

Please take a few minutes to complete this anonymous survey to help them serve you better!
Fall Back Safely!
Sunday November 4th marks the end of daylight savings time, when we set the clock back an hour in anticipation of winter. The point is often lost on many of us, especially in the spring when we lose an hour of sleep, but traditionally daylight saving time is supposed to save energy and enable us to take advantage of the daylight hours.
A more practical reason to acknowledge daylight saving time is it also provides the perfect opportunity and reminder to check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

There are increased carbon monoxide poisoning risks with the use of fireplaces, gas-fired furnaces, and space heaters. You should replace the batteries in all of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Replace any smoke alarm that is older than 10 years old or by manufacturers recommendations; and carbon monoxide detectors that are older than 7 or by manufacturers recommendations.  Be sure to also check your fire extinguishers!
Your home should have smoke alarms on every level, outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom. For the best protection, interconnect the alarms, so when one sounds, they all sound. Test all smoke alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.

In the event of a fire, a working smoke alarm and a well-practiced fire escape plan can mean the difference between life and death.
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COMING EVENTS!

Special Events

Movie Night in Rosseau
October 29th, November 26, December 17th
Rosseau Memorial Hall

Humphrey Halloween Howl
October 31st 5:00pm-7:30pm
Humphrey Fire Hall
115 Highway 141

Wreath Making Workshop
November 18th
Humphrey Arena
15 Humphrey Drive

Christmas Sale
December 1st 10:00am-2:00pm
Humphrey Community Centre
15 Humphrey Drive 
Breakfast with Santa
December 8th 9:00am-11:00am
Foley Community Hall
60 Rankin Lake Road

9th Annual Santa Skate
December 9th 2:00pm-4:00pm
Humphrey Arena
15 Humphrey Drive

Humphrey Winter Whirl
February 2nd 10:00am-2:00pm
Humphrey Barn & Nature Trails
115 Hwy 141

35th Annual Seguin Sled Dog Mail Run
February 16th 8:00am-2:00pm
Humphrey Arena to Rosseau Memorial Hall
Seguin Township
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