July 2019
Published monthly
Newsletter
Vol. 1, Edition 1
The Monthly Report
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Council authorizes issue of Request for Expressions of Interest for
town-owned beachfront land
At the June 25 council meeting, council authorized staff to issue a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) for the purchase and development of town-owned lands at Beach Area 1.

The goal is to attract qualified developers to work with the town in the redevelopment and revitalization of these lands.

Learn more about the RFEOI here: http://bit.ly/2FykZ8Q.
Special Events
There are always fun things to see and do in Wasaga Beach. Check out the Special Events section of our website to learn what's coming up.

Upcoming events in the Town of Wasaga Beach

Food Truck Festival

The Food Truck Festival will take place July 26-28 in the Third Street Parking Lot.

Check out the lip-smacking variety of food truck goodness that will be on hand. Bring your friends and family and make a day of it.

Wasaga Beach Ribfest

The event happens Friday, Aug. 2 to Monday, Aug. 5 at the Third Street Parking Lot.

North America's best rib teams will be there, serving award-winning mouthwatering barbecue smoked ribs. Live entertainment will be a part of the experience as well.

For more details check out www.wasagabeachribfest.ca.

5k Foam Fest

Foam Fest takes place Saturday, Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Foam Fest is billed as a five-kilometre adventure run for all ages and all abilities with 22 of the most exciting obstacles in the world.

Learn more at www.5kfoamfest.ca.

Wasaga under Seige

Join us in commemorating the 205th anniversary of the sinking of the HMS Nancy on Saturday, Aug. 17.

British naval re-enactors will transport you back to the War of 1812.

Children can enjoy model ship building, knot tying activities, and more.

For additional details, see www.wasagabeachpark.com.

Georgian Triangle Music Festival

The Georgian Triangle Music Festival runs Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24 at various locations in town.

The seventh annual festival features multiple musical genres.

For full details, see www.georgiantrianglemusicfest.com.

Inflate-a-Fest

Inflate-a-Fest returns Aug. 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Playland Park Square, 40 Mosley St., Beach Area One.

Experience the largest gathering of amusement inflatables for all ages to climb, bounce, and play.

Jim Ramage Tennis Court Reconstruction Project

The town has invested $138,817 in reconstructing the Jim Ramage Tennis Court in Wasaga Sands.

The courts are available to all residents and are accessible off Club Court.

The courts are named in honour of Jim Ramage, founding president of the Lamont Creek Tennis Club.

Christopher Avenue Pedestrian Bridge reconstruction

Repairs to the Christopher Avenue Pedestrian Bridge should be complete by the end of the month.

The town is investing $56,906 to refurbish the bridge.

A company called Leading Edge Earthworks was approved to handle the project in June.

River Road West reconstruction paving

Crews were paving River Road West, between Brillinger Drive and Veterans Way, the week of July 22.

The paving, as well as line painting, is one of the final steps for this phase of the River Road West reconstruction project.

The project started in late August 2017. Work included widening the road, the installation of sidewalks on north and south sides of the road, the addition of dedicated turn lanes, as well as bike lanes.

The $5.4-million investment is possible thanks to $1.36-million from the federal government's Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, as well as $683,507 from the province, and the balance from the town. The municipal portion comes from a variety of sources, including taxation, reserves, and development charges.

Parks and Trails Master Plan awarded

The town is investing $89,885 to create a Parks and Trails Master Plan.

The plan will provide a framework to manage and sustain parks, trails, and open space in a cost-effective, proactive manner.

The plan will guide the municipality for the next decade.

Public engagement on parks and trails is planned for later this summer and fall, as well as in the late spring of 2020. Details about public engagement will be shared in upcoming editions of The Monthly Report, as well as our town page in The Sun, on our website, and on our social media channels.

Monteith Brown Planning Consultants Ltd. will handle the master plan project.

Wasaga Beach Council Highlights
Wasaga Beach Town Council met on Tuesday, June 25.

For an overview of what took place see our highlights package here: http://bit.ly/2YrhyrQ

You can watch the full council meeting here: https://www.rogerstv.com/show?lid=12&rid=72&sid=5800&gid=315959
New Second Street Boat launch dock is now operational

Our new Second Street Boat Launch docking facilities are now in place.

Council approved the project in April, awarding a tender in the amount of $66,635 to Canadian Waterfront Services Ltd.

This investment was made with local boaters in mind, as well as visitors to our community.

The launch and docking can be found just east of Nancy Island Historic Site.
Tender awarded for Main Street Bridge rehabilitation project

The town is investing $6.1-million on the rehabilitation of the Main Street Bridge.

Council awarded the tender to Dagmar Construction for the work, following a competitive process. This is the same company the refurbished the Schoonertown Bridge.

The bridge was constructed around 1960. The scope of the rehabilitation work includes patching, waterproofing, paving of the concrete deck, refacing and widening sidewalks, upgrading concrete abutments, as well as new street and navigation lighting.

In order to avoid disturbances to businesses and tourism activities in the busy summer months, the first phase of construction will start after Labour Day weekend.

Construction completion is anticipated by June 2021.


For a historical look at bridges in Wasaga Beach see here: http://bit.ly/2Yetxs4
Wasaga Beach Public Library is your cultural access stop

The Wasaga Beach Public Library is a great spot to access reading material, movies, programs, and other types of information.

The library is located at 120 Glenwood Dr.

You can learn more about the library by checking out their website at www.wasagabeach.library.on.ca/client/en_US/was/

Check out the library's latest newsletter here: https://simplebooklet.com/julyaugust2019newsletter
Don't miss out on these fun opportunities!
Conversation in the Park
ON THE BEACH Deputy Mayor Sylvia Bray enjoyed a chat with Darren Gilbert at council's Conversation in the Park community engagement event. The session took place July 13 at the Municipal Picnic Area off 5th Street. Coffee with Council and Conversation in the Park community engagement events launched earlier this year as a way for members of council to talk face-to-face with residents about town initiatives. The next session is Sept. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. Stay tuned for further details. Another session will take place Nov. 26, at 6 p.m. at town hall.
Message from Mayor Nina Bifolchi
I am happy to tell you that council has authorized staff to issue a Request for Expressions of Interest for the purchase and development of town-owned land at the beachfront.

Together, council and staff have worked hard on this project and it is exciting that we have reached this next phase.

Our goal is to redevelop and revitalize the lands at Beach Area One.

For our community, this is a tremendous opportunity. As I've said before, a beachfront with a residential and tourism accommodation component, plus commercial space, as well as community gathering space, will help breathe life into this important part of our town.

In other community news, I am pleased to tell you we recently opened our new Visitor Information Centre at Nancy Island Historic Site in partnership with Ontario Parks and South Georgian Bay Tourism.

This centre will serve as an important point of contact for people new to our community and those who are returning. While digital access to tourism information is the way most people learn about our community initially, the centre will serve as an on-the-ground spot to connect with experts on Wasaga Beach and the rest of the region.

Staffed by knowledgeable representatives trained by Ontario Parks and South Georgian Bay Tourism, the centre is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until Sept. 2, and weekends from Sept. 7 to Oct. 15.

During the launch for the centre, held a few weeks ago, it was my honour to proclaim July as Chamber of Commerce Month.

The Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 80th anniversary and on behalf of council I extend best wishes to the organization.

Our chamber has deep roots in the community. Born at the end of the Great Depression and on the eve of the Second World War, the chamber and its membership have witnessed tremendous change over the last eight decades.

By adapting and finding new ways to serve members and our entire community, the chamber has remained relevant throughout its existence. I am confident the chamber will continue to excel and shine in the years ahead.

I recognize past chamber executives, as well as our current one, for their leadership over the years. These are volunteers and we must commend them for their contributions.

If you haven't already, I encourage you to get out and enjoy one of the many fantastic events happening in our community this summer. We are so fortunate to have an array of activities to choose from.

Nina Bifolchi is mayor of Wasaga Beach.
Wasaga Beach Town Council
Mayor Nina Bifolchi
705-429-3844, ext. 2225
Deputy Mayor Sylvia Bray
705-888-1131
Councillor Joe Belanger
705-816-0733
Councillor David Foster
705-441-2211
Councillor Mark Kinney
Councillor George Watson
705-309-7653
Councillor Stan Wells
705-429-3239
Your town council...
Members of Wasaga Beach town council are elected to represent the people of Wasaga Beach.

You can discuss town matters with a member of council by calling or e-mailing them.

If you would like a member of council to attend a special event please contact Pam Kenwell at 705-429-3844, ext. 2246 or e-mail eamc@wasagabeach.com
George
Vadeboncoeur
Chief Administrative Officer
705-429-3844, ext. 2222
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