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Feedback-deadline-today-FeatThe City of Owen Sound is reviewing and revamping its strategic plan, redrafting the city's vision, mission, and areas of policy focus. The public consultation process of this review ends today. You can contribute to the review process online by filling out the strategic plan survey here.

parking-on-the-street-FeatThe City of Owen Sound would like to remind all residents that in accordance with Traffic By-Law No. 2009-075, on-street parking is allowed between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. effective Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

If you would like further information regarding the City of Owen Sound's Winter Maintenance program, including our service standards, please visit www.owensound.ca/city-hall/operations/public-works/roads/winter-maintenance.

city block featThe City of Owen Sound's reconstruction project of 8th Street East between 5th and 7th Avenues is about to begin.
8th Street East will be closed to through traffic from 4th Avenue East to 8th Avenue East beginning April 6. Local access shall be maintained to affected properties and emergency response vehicles at all times.
Construction activities are expected to be complete in Fall 2015.

Owen-Sound-Transit-featureTransit fares are set to increase on April 1, 2015 as approved by City Council in July 2013.

Transit fares are being gradually increased over the period of July 2013 to January 2016 in an effort to help make the Owen Sound Transit system more financially self-sustaining.

council-mar19-featBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

These notes are just that – observations and musings on what I see, and a little more meat on the thin bones of official minutes. If you want to see what I saw, we post the video of each city council meeting on our City page as it becomes available. When they have been approved, the minutes can be found on the city site or from a link on our City page.

Public meetings – These are opportunities for members of the public to hear about and have a say on issues before council, often mandated by the Ontario Municipal Act. This week there were three such public meetings in a row – about re-zoning property for the residential hospice, small changes in building permit fees, and the 2015 city budget. Not a single comment from the audience.

Deputations – Individuals and organizations request the opportunity to present information or requests in person at council meetings, and the subject matter can be almost anything. This week we gave a facade grant for the improvements in the 2nd Avenue East heritage building that houses Community Living. We heard about the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority's 2015 budget which includes only a 1.7% increase in Owen Sound's levy to cover cost of living increases in wages and benefits, and their plans for repairs to our mill dam.

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