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cityhall2Owen Sound City Council has started the five month process of reviewing every city service.  The 600 page staff report that Council is discussing contains at least 60 recommendations, and comparative data from three other municipalities.  Here are City Manager Wayne Ritchie's opening comments and some essential comparisons with Brockville, Orangeville and Collingwood.

"The Mission Statement for Service Review 2016 is "To provide Council and tax payers with a comprehensive awareness of the services and programs offered by the City, and to identify which should be enhanced, reduced, remain as they are, or even be eliminated."
The documents that we will review in the next two days should provide Council and the taxpayer with why,  what and how for every City service.

The Municipal Act defines one of Council's roles as determining which services the municipality will provide. How does Council make those decisions?

cityhallThe City of Owen Sound is pleased to launch 'Service Review 2016' – a proactive initiative to enhance our municipality.

We want to hear from you! Can we upgrade a service? Can our operations become more efficient? Can we save money? How can we establish Owen Sound as an enviable municipality?

Service Review 2016 will occur on the following schedule:

 Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31: City Council will hold day-long public meetings to review departmental operations and discuss possible system improvements. These meetings will produce a list of items Council wishes to explore.

 Friday, April 8 onwards: Based on the topics established by Council, citizens are encouraged to complete the Service Review cards and enter them in the suggestion boxes installed at city buildings.

 Monday, May 9: A Public Forum will occur at the Bayshore Arena. This open meeting will allow citizens to

iceonwireThe Owen Sound Police Service was kept very busy last night, primarily responding to calls for service relating to the ice storm. Receiving 90 calls for police and fire department-related matters, officers and fire fighters dealt with fallen trees and branches, downed hydro and phone lines, alarms, transformer flare-ups and power surges, adding to the usual routine events. Thankfully motorists were ...

YPoolIt's March break and time to chill with the kids. If you're looking for some extra-fun ways to enjoy the week with them, here are a few suggestions, from special activities to tried and true favourites.

There's lots to choose from daily at Heritage Place Shopping Centre, the Owen Sound Library, Grey Roots Museum, the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, and the YMCA. You can also head to The Bowling Alley or check out the spring melt at Inglis Falls or Jones Falls. Looking for a great place to simply let loose, feed the birds, play basketball and enjoy this early spring weather? Head to Harrison Park.

Special family-friendly events this coming weekend include the Polar Bear Dip and Freez'n at the Roxy Theatre. Enjoy the break and read on for details!

4thstThe Operations Committee invites you to a Public Meeting on Wednesday March 23, 2016, at City Hall, 808 2nd Avenue East, in the Council Chambers beginning at 5:30 PM.

The meeting will inform residents of the proposed change to on-street parking on 4th Street West between 2nd Avenue East and 2nd Avenue West.

Due to concerns related to the road width and through-access on the street for large emergency vehicles, especially during the winter months when snow has accumulated, a public meeting will be held to receive

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