November 2022

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Vol. 4, Edition 4

The Monthly Report

November update

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CONGRATULATIONS Our new town council was sworn into office on Nov. 15. Members will represent the community for the next four years. The council is comprised of Councillor Richard White (from left), Deputy Mayor Tanya Snell, Councillor Ellen Timms, Mayor Brian Smith, Councillor Joe Belanger, Councillor Faye Ego, and Councillor Sasha-Rose Dileo.

McNeill named

Wasaga Beach CAO

Mayor Brian Smith, on behalf of council and staff, is pleased to announce that Andrew McNeill is the new chief administrative officer for the Town of Wasaga Beach, effective Jan. 10, 2023.


“Andrew brings a wealth of experience to the role and will be an integral part of ensuring the successful implementation of council’s plans for this term,” Mayor Brian Smith said. “Andrew served as our director of economic development during the 2014-2018 term of council and we welcome him back to the town.”


Gerry Marshall, interim chief administrative officer, will stay with the town and focus his efforts on special projects.


“We thank Gerry for his contributions during this period of transition and look forward to working with him as he spearheads special projects for us. As a former warden, mayor, and corporate leader, Gerry has a background that will allow him to achieve successful results.”


McNeill said he is excited about taking on his new position.  


“I am humbled by the opportunity to return to the town as CAO, and look forward to working with the newly elected council, town staff and the community to build a vibrant and complete community, full of opportunities and experiences for generations to come,” he said.


For more than 25 years, McNeill has worked tirelessly in the fields of land use planning, transportation planning, environmental planning, economic development and real estate development to build vibrant and complete communities in both Canada and the United States. 


McNeill has held numerous leadership roles in the municipal sector in Ontario, leading cross-disciplinary teams and overseeing capital and operating budgets, including his most recent role as director of city planning and design for the City of Brampton.


At Brampton, McNeill was responsible for leading the long-range planning, growth management, heritage planning, and housing and urban design portfolios for the city.


In addition to the City of Brampton, McNeill spent 14 years with the City of Mississauga in various leadership roles where he led cross-disciplinary teams to help transform Mississauga from a suburban auto-centric community into a more vibrant, urban, walkable, transit-oriented and economically successful city.


McNeill has also held multiple private sector roles, including vice-president with Live Work Learn Play, a mixed-use development and advisory services firm based in Montreal and Toronto. As well, he has had roles with Urban Strategies Inc., in Toronto and Glatting, Jackson, Kercher, Anglin, Lopez, Rinehart, in Orlando Florida, where he worked on numerous large-scale community master plans and resort projects across the state of Florida and the northeastern United States.


Throughout his career, community engagement, collaboration and partnerships have always been central to McNeill’s work.


For the past five decades, McNeill has split his time between Wasaga Beach and the GTA. He has deep roots in the Wasaga community, where his family first settled in 1921 and ran a successful cottage court until the mid-1970s.


McNeill grew up playing golf at Marlwood, windsurfing at Allenwood, kayaking the Nottawasaga River, cycling Tiny Beaches Road, cross-country skiing at Blueberry Trails, building and working at “World of Golf” (Waterworld) and enjoying all of the experiences that Wasaga had to offer.


McNeill is married to his loving wife, Teresa, and has twin 10-year-old children (Sienna and Noah) who enjoy spending time with their grandparents at Allenwood Beach.

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Take the LINX bus to Barrie

The route runs weekdays between Allandale Station in Barrie and the Real Canadian Super Store in Wasaga Beach.

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Hop on Wasaga Beach Transit to get around town

Wasaga Beach Transit is an affordable and economical way to get around our community.

Our buses run seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Leave the car at home and take the bus.

Learn full details on our website.

TransitPLUS specialized transit

The TransitPLUS specialized transit service is a shared ride, door-to-door service designed to meet the needs of the Town of Wasaga Beach's residents who have a disability that prevents them, on a regular basis, from being able to use the conventional transit service.

Learn more on our website.

When to call 211 or 911

211 is a tremendous community connection program, where a live person assists callers 24 hours a day to find information about a wide range of health and community services.

911 is strictly for emergencies (fire, ambulance, police) when help is urgently required. More here.

Wasaga Beach Council Highlights

Wasaga Beach Town Council met on Thursday, Dec. 1.

For an overview of what took place, see our highlights package here.

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Town of Wasaga Beach Quick Fact

Did you know we have a number of online payment options?

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Waste collection information

The County of Simcoe is responsible for waste collection in the Town of Wasaga Beach.

You can learn more about waste services by visiting the county's website.

The site includes a variety of information, including waste collection schedules and landfill locations.

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Water conservation rebates are available!

The Town of Wasaga Beach has a water conservation rebate program.


When you install a low flow or dual flush toilet you are eligible for a $70 rebate.


Residents who install a rain barrel can get a $30 rebate.


Please note that only property owners on municipal water are eligible for the rebate.


You can find rebate forms at here or pick one up at town hall, 30 Lewis St. Applicants must include copies of receipts indicating that they purchased the particular item.


Completed forms and supporting documentation can be presented at town hall. The rebate will be applied to your next water bill.

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Medic Alert Connect

Are you familiar with MedicAlert Connect?

MedicAlert Connect provides Ontario Provincial Police with 24/7 direct access to a person's medical information including conditions, anxiety triggers, and de-escalation techniques, to assist with reuniting you and your loved ones.

Learn more.

Did you know the OPP has an online crime reporting site?

The site lets you report a crime without visiting an OPP detachment. Learn more.


There's always something to do through the Wasaga Beach Public Library

See the library main website

December Programs - Adults

December Programs - Children

Message from the Mayor

Thank you for taking the time to review our latest edition of The Monthly Report.

We produce this e-newsletter every 30 days to share with you information about the Town of Wasaga Beach. Reviewing the newsletter is a great way to stay informed.

This is my first Mayor's Message in The Monthly Report. I want to say what a privilege and an honour it is to serve as your mayor.

On behalf of council, I thank all members of the public who joined us for the inauguration meet-and-greet on Nov. 15. It was terrific to see so many warm and friendly faces in attendance.

We look forward to representing you, our friends and neighbours, over the next four years. Our pledge is to work towards creating an even better Wasaga Beach in which to live, work, visit, and invest.

Council is excited to be working with such great town staff this term. We have a talented team of men and women delivering important public services.

As you read in The Monthly Report, we are pleased to have Andrew McNeill join us as our new chief administrative officer, effective Jan. 10, 2023. Andrew served as our director of economic development during the 2014-2018 term of council. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the CAO role. He is an outstanding leader and it is great to have him back with the town.

On Dec. 15, council will get its first look at the draft 2023 budget. We have much work to do before the budget is approved in March. Please look for our budget updates on the website and in future editions of The Monthly Report. You can also watch our budget meetings (live or recorded) on the town website. As well, we will hold a public meeting (watch for details) to get your input on the proposed budget.

As we move further into the Christmas season, I encourage you to shop local as much as possible. We have great businesses in town with wonderful services and products. They rely on your patronage now and throughout the year.

If you can, please remember to support the Wasaga Beach Food Bank this holiday season. A number of other great local causes are also looking for your help this Christmas. Please give what you can.

Again, thank you for taking the time to review The Monthly Report. Hug the ones you love and be kind to each other.

Brian Smith is mayor of Wasaga Beach.

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