owen-sound-city-transit-featPlease be advised that the Brooke Bus Route will be detouring around the area of City Hall and the Cenotaph for the Remembrance Day Ceremony on Wednesday November 11th and the opening ceremonies of the Festival of Northern Lights on Friday November 13.

The Brooke Route will be crossing the Sydenham River at 9th Street East instead of 8th Street East from 6:30 am until 12:30 pm on Wednesday November 11th due to the road closures for the Remembrance Day Ceremony.

The Brooke Route will also be using 9th Street East instead of 8th Street East from 4:00 pm until the last run leaving the terminal at 6:00 pm on Friday November 13th due to the road closures for the opening ceremonies for the Festival of Northern Lights. No other routes will be affected by these temporary route changes.

calculatorDirector of Corporate Services, Kate Allan, gave councillors a clear overview of the proposed 2016 operating budget for the City of Owen Sound in a full day meeting.  Without any changes to service levels, the tally of over $28 million in expenses and projected revenue represent a 4.34% increase in the city portion of the property tax bill - a number that will be lower when the county and education portions have been factored in.  While councillors asked staff to take another look for savings, they acknowledged that it is their job to make the hard decisions.

A Service Review anticipated in the first half of 2016 will bring the level of services provided by the City under close scrutiny, and City residents will have the opportiunity then to have their say. 

The capital budget is up for discussion on December 2.


City Manager Wayne Ritchie's Opening Remarks, November 4, 2015

In 2005 the City raised approximately $16,100,000 in taxation to provide services to taxpayers. In 2015 the City raised approximately $25,300,000 in taxation. In a ten year span municipal taxation increased by $9,200,000 or 57%.

Several events the City had little control over occurred during that period including:


OSPS-regAs some streets in Owen Sound remain closed due to construction, Owen Sound Police warn drivers against driving on roadways that are closed for construction, maintenance or weather conditions.

In particular, several fans leaving the Owen Sound Attack home game last Saturday night drove past obvious road closure signs onto northbound on 3rd Avenue East, from the Bayshore Community Centre. While a portion of this closed roadway is passable with caution for local traffic, the roadway becomes impassable a short distance north of the road closure signs. Drivers who disobeyed the signs found themselves in the ...

OS-logo-featThe City of Owen Sound would like to thank the public for assistance in determining the source of the high volume water usage in the southeast corner of the City in the area south of 10th Street East and east of 8th Avenue East during the period of September 10th to September 22nd. The City has received information establishing the source for most of the high flow events.

Council and staff greatly appreciate the assistance received from the public.




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