Update on NEMI, Laurie Cook, Ward 1 Councillor.

  The following are some of the notable things going on in NEMI that may be of interest to residents of McGregor Bay.  
     First of all, the new Official Plan for NEMI was approved by Council and includes some good aspects that will affect us in Ward 1 and actually recognizes our unique character in the Bay of Islands and McGregor Bay.  It can be viewed on the Town website at  www.townofnemi.on.ca  under 'planning'.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to send in submissions and comments.  The overall majority were from the Bay of Islands and McGregor Bay.
    The next thing is the 2016 budget which also was approved and can be viewed at:
http://www.townofnemi.on.ca/#administration under 'financial statements'.  There is a  5.37%  increase in the budget which means our taxes in Ward 1 will go up depending on how much each property's assessment increases.  2016 is a new assessment year for MPAC so if you feel your island's valuation is unrealistic I encourage you to appeal.    www.mpac.ca   Real estate seems to be quite stagnant so many places are likely overvalued.
    The taxes we pay in Ward 1 are high because our assessments tend to increase more than the other wards and though it doesn't seem like we get much back, there are a few services that we are paying for and so should definitely take advantage of.  The one which we all contribute towards is the recycling depot in McGregor Bay at J & G Marina.  The blue bins are put there exclusively for the use of seasonal island residents and we in Ward 1 alone pay for that service.  Please tell anybody in the Bay you know who may not be aware of these bins, as it means hauling a lot less garbage to the landfill.
    The other service which we can all use as seasonal Ward 1 residents is the local NEMI library located at  50 Meredith St. (2 blocks west of the hospital and just past the turn to Hwy 540).  705 368 2444 for directions and info on getting a library card.  There is a new librarian whose name is Jake Marian and he is rapidly turning the library into a  vibrant community hub.  The internet is now free of charge to use and there are desktop computers available as well as wi-fi.  Also, the collection of DVD's is excellent and increasing quickly.  Since January, there have been an additional 600 titles added.  There are all kinds of audiobooks and e-books available in addition to large print and regular books and magazines.  Please plan a visit to this jewel of Little Current and make use of your public library.  
     I'm available @705 282 7076 for any comments or questions regarding Ward 1 in NEMI.  Looking forward to meeting many of you this summer!
All the best,
Laurie Cook 
Councillor Ward 1 
Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands

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