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Summer is drawing to a close and students will be returning to school next week. 

Drivers are reminded to pay particular attention in school zones, and around school buses for all the excited parents and children.

The Province has provided responses to each of the City, County, and Township pertaining to the ongoing annexation discussions.  The Province is providing further assistance of the Facilitator for all sides to meet again for one day in September.  Our Council met with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs at the recent AMO conference in Ottawa, and was reassured that the Ministry will consider restructuring proposals that are supported by all three parties.

The first release of homes at The Highlands of Millbrook subdivision occurred in June.  They are now pre-registering for the second release in September.  The entire first phase of The Highlands of Millbrook includes the lands immediately south of Fallis Line, and west of County Road 10.  When completed, that phase will include 345 new homes.  For further information, or to pre-register for the next phase, visit www.myhighlands.com.

North of Fallis Line and along County Road 10, between the Grace Presbyterian Cemetery and the Cavan Monaghan Township office is the site of the future Community Centre.  Prequalification of contractors for the construction of the new Community Centre will be commencing shortly, with an expected RFP early in the new year.  Shovels will be in the ground by spring 2018.  The expected opening date is August 2019.  There will be another opportunity to see details of the complex that is being built, on September 19th at 6 pm at the Township Office.  Community Fundraising efforts to raise $1 million towards the new Community Centre are also underway.  For further information, or to become involved, contact Gerry Barker at 705-932-9329.

The 2017/2018 ice season is quickly approaching, and ice rentals begin on Sunday Sept. 24th.  Available ice dates and times can be found on the Township website (cavanmonaghan.net ) starting Friday, September 8th.

Construction along King Street West between Cavan Street and Huston Street continues, and is expected to extend well into the fall.  Please obey the posted road closed signs and respect the construction zone.  The signs indicating “Road Closed Local Traffic Only”, refer to those living in the immediate area within the construction zone.

The best method for residents to contact the police and report any incident or traffic complaint is via their Non-Emergency number (705) 876-1122 or toll free 1-888-876-1122.  Alternatively, residents can visit their website at http://www.peterboroughpolice.com and file an online incident report for minor offences in which there is no suspect such as damage to a mailbox or some other minor offence such as a theft from an auto.  If it’s an emergency, always call 9-1-1.

If you have questions pertaining to recycling, hazardous waste, large item pick up, electronics or brush pick contact the County of Peterborough at 705-775-2737.

The TD Bank, which had been an icon in Millbrook for over 100 years, closed the local branch on August 18th.  Council, staff, and citizens are continuing our efforts to attract another financial institution into the village.  For local residents who need assistance for rides, you can contact our local Community Care Services at 705-932-2011.  Stay tuned on investigations that are currently underway in the Township pertaining to public transit and ride sharing services.

With the proposed legalization of Cannabis less than a year away, what are your thoughts on its integration into our community, not only with citizens, but also business opportunities and integration into our downtown?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

And once again, school is back in … slow down.

By Scott McFadden

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