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tap-featThe City of Owen Sound is asking residents and businesses to run water ONLY if they are connected to a neighbour via a temporary hose, or temporary watermain until Monday, April 27, 2015.

The forecast over the next few days and over the weekend shows negative temperatures overnight, which could potentially freeze hoses unless your water is running steadily through them.

Please begin running water from one tap only, about the size of a pencil, ½ inch diameter (about 1 cup (250 ml) of water in 10 seconds).

Again, this only applies to residents and businesses who are on a temporary hose or watermain.

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goodsexchange-featureThe first of three Goods Exchange Days for 2015 will be taking place on Saturday April 25. It's like a City-wide Free Yard Sale.
Goods Exchange Day is an enjoyable way to divert usable items and materials from landfill disposal. It is also a great way to get rid of unwanted stuff without the hassle of having to put on your own garage sale.
We ask that City residents place unwanted but still usable items at the curb in front of their homes after 8:00 a.m. on Saturday April 25. Everyone is encouraged to take a look around and pick up items that they can re-use. Popular Goods Exchange Day items include sporting goods, furniture, small appliances, books, art, tools, toys, doors, sinks, windows etc. Anything that does not find a new home must be taken back in by 6:00 p.m. as there will be no special municipal collection.
In order to ensure that items at the curb are indeed intended as Goods Exchange Day items, we ask that residents tie a white plastic bag to one of the items at the curb.
As always, we ask that residents please drive carefully, watch for pedestrians and obey traffic laws in their quest for curbside bargains.

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by Anne Finlay-Stewart

Before councillors took their seats before the cameras they had already been meeting in camera for more than three hours, primarily discussing local property issues. The regular council meeting involved some real rearranging of the agenda, so I have been a little more thematic in my notes for clarity.

The meeting began with a pleasant duty for Mayor Ian Boddy - recognizing the Owen Sound Volunteers of the Year.

Among them, this year's honourees have over 120 years (to which they will admit) of combined service to their communities. Eugenia Rawn was primarily nominated for her work with the Quota Club, and Ann Kelly for the Festival of Northern Lights, but between the two there was hardly a community cause or committee to which they had not made a contribution. Barbara Olmsted, manager of the Auxiliary-run gift shop at Grey Bruce Health Services, spends as much time on her duties there as any full-time employee. Of course, being the gracious women they are, all three Volunteers of the Year thanked and credited others for their success.

OS-logo-featMayor Ian Boddy announced today that City Manager Ruth Coursey will be retiring effective immediately after a 26 year career in municipal government.

"On behalf of Council and the citizens of Owen Sound, I would like to thank Ms. Coursey for her dedication to the City since accepting the position in July 2011. She has been extremely beneficial to the residents, and has made great strides within the business community", commented Mayor Boddy. "Personally, I thank Ms. Coursey for her assistance during my transition to the mayor's office, and I wish her much success as fresh opportunities and adventures come her way".

Council has named Wayne Ritchie as the Acting City Manager. Mr. Ritchie has been with the City of Owen Sound since 2001 as the Director of Finance.

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