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Mayor's Column August 2018

Mayor’s column August 2018

Now that the warmer weather is here; please be cautious of walking in the woods by wearing long pants and sleeves. Those nasty ticks can spread Lyme disease. There are more and more cases every year in Ontario; including Halton Hills. Last year there were 17 cases of Lyme disease in Halton Region. If you want further information on Lyme disease, please visit the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation at


Vision Georgetown is Councils response to the legislated Places to Grow Act. At last week’s Council meeting, the lead consultant for Vision Georgetown provided an update on recommended changes to the Secondary Plan. Noting that a significant milestone had been reached, the presentation supported a comprehensive staff report that addressed agency and public submissions received on the draft Secondary Plan since the May 7, 2018 statutory public meeting. The Secondary Plan was developed in support of the vision and guiding principles for the new community including walkability, the protection of natural and cultural heritage features, the creation of a community core and other community focal points, convenient access to parks and public spaces, a mix of housing, opportunities for economic development and the promotion of resource and energy conservation. This is a historic moment for the Town.


I’d like to thank all the volunteers, the Acton BIA and all of the sponsors who are putting on the Leathertown Festival on Sunday August 12.


Food banks are often forgotten in the summer and usually remembered only at Christmas time. It is as important to give them your support in the summer. Please contact your local food bank to see what food items are needed.

Acton Foodshare (519-853-0457) is located at 352 Queen Street, Unit 6 (behind Beckers Store). Open Tuesdays from 8:30 to 12:00 and from 12:30 to 2:30.

The Georgetown Breadbasket (905-873-3368) is located at 55 Sinclair Avenue Unit12. They are open Tue: 5:00pm-7:00pm, Wed: 8:30am - 12:00pm and Sat: 8:30am - 12:00pm


The Georgetown Farmers Market is every Saturday in downtown Georgetown from 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM until October 13th. The Acton Farmers Market is every Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM, hosted in the parking lot of Bethel Church, 365 Queen St.


Splash pads are a family-friendly place for children to enjoy the warm weather in a safe and fun environment. Enjoy our splash pads in both Acton and Georgetown, open daily from 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM and during extreme heat alerts, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM.


Congratulations to Atur and Sargon Hawel, the Glen Williams Citizens of the year 2018!


Keeping it real! I can be reached by telephone at 905-873-2601, ext. 2342 or by email at or read my blog at You can also follow me on twitter at: @RickBonnette1

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