Comments from the Mayor
It is my distinct pleasure to bring greetings from the council and staff of the Town of Bancroft.
It is my further pleasure to have the opportunity to recognize the volunteerism and body of work of one of our local citizens who deserves the community’s full support and honour.
The band shell in Millennium Park will stand out as John’s work along with many others.
As I attend the many events in town I often see John taking part in his quiet way. Saw Tech, Home and Cottage Show, 150th Anniversary, Music in the Park to name a few.
I have heard it said that John has been the bridge between two eras. John spent countless hours with Henry Taylor. Henry was always happy to share stories and skills of times gone by. John’s motivation was primarily to ensure those skills not be lost to future generations.
John is unique in the fact that he is willing to share his knowledge and skills whenever asked. No project is too big or too small.
John seems to have a never ending talent for musical instruments, and a never ending circle of friends in the local music scene.
Thank you John, for your tireless contributions to our community. Congratulations on this tribute.
The Town of Bancroft proudly upholds the Human Rights Code of Ontario.
Ontario Human Rights Code
R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER H.19
“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world and is in accord with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as proclaimed by the United Nations;
And Whereas it is public policy in Ontario to recognize the dignity and worth of every person and to provide for equal rights and opportunities without discrimination that is contrary to law, and having as its aim the creation of a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of each person so that each person feels a part of the community and able to contribute fully to the development and well-being of the community and the Province;”
Mayor’s Comments July 9th
It is hard to believe it is only a month since our last council meeting.
I would like to dedicate my comments this morning to Councillor Steve Bruce.
I have known of the Bruce family all of my life. They were neighbours and friends of my family. With Steve I had only a passing acquaintance. Steve went to school with my brothers.
When Steve ran for council he well knew the people he would represent and he was prepared to learn all that he could about the process and business of council.
Steve approached the council table with huge respect and that carried over into his dealings with other councillors and myself as Mayor.
Steve sat on many Committees and worked with each one of you. He brought a practical point of view to each and every situation. He would listen to anybody’s dream and try to find reconciliation between that and the real world we live in.
In Steve’s first year on council he was Chair of the 150th Anniversary Committee. I can tell you, few committees have as much fun as that one. He brought out the best in us all. Didn’t we have fun in those costumes and Steve found he really liked to dress up.
As late as our June meeting, Steve came to council looking like he had just stepped out of a band box and said that Rose made him wear the monkey suit because Bernice expected it. I’m suspicious that he had become far more comfortable in a suit and tie than he was willing to admit.
Steve was responsible for the wood burning stove in the Santa Claus Parade. How he talked Don into pulling our stove with a real fire in it, on our trailer behind our truck is still a mystery to me. But, you just knew that Steve could pull it off, stove pipe and all.
I will borrow some comments that you made to me.
Steve was a larger than life character that we are all going to miss.
His enthusiasm for life and heart warming smile will be missed.
Steve was community minded, a dedicated councilor, husband, friend, hard worker and most of all; a decent man.
Steve’s dedication and service to the community will long be remembered.
We mourn the loss of a gentle, humble man who did his part to better the community that he called home.
The Council, All Staff and myself are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend.
We will feel this loss every time that we meet and will strive to honour his memory.
Please join me for a moment of personal reflection.
Mayors Comments for June 2013
Once more our community has come together at the Relay for Life to support the local branch of the Cancer Society. $90,000! Job well done.
Last week we held our public budget meeting. Thanks to the rate payers and others that attended. It is our wish to provide a forum for discussion and the budget impacts us all. Special “thank you” to Councillor Jenkins and the finance staff for the extra time and effort.
Extra thanks to our Deputy Mayor and councillors who have stood in for me at many functions over the last month. I truly appreciate it.
Meetings of the Joint Fire Services Committee are taking place and the staff will soon be complete.
There have been a couple of meetings with MMAH, Bancroft and Hastings Highlands to get things going for the ODRAP funding for the private sector. This as well is a Joint Committee. Special thanks to folks from the community who are willing to take part.
The County Roads Meeting that took place in Madoc will help all of the municipalities within Hastings County. There is a lot of work to be done but I believe we are on the right track.
At County Council in May all of the Mayors and Reeves who received Queens Jubilee Medals wore them while Warden Philips and immediate Past Warden Clemens received theirs.
The Belleville Intelligencer carried an article written by Anne Rector titled The Other County. Well worth the read. We need to promote Hastings County in general and North Hastings in particular.
No matter what the weather is like we are now in our summer season. Please watch for and attend as many functions as you can. They are just plain fun to attend and the volunteers that give so many hours to keep things happening appreciate your presence.
FYI Over the next week I will be speaking at the Police Chiefs of Ontario AGM in Peterborough and at Lady Faire at Grail Springs.
See you at Canada Day and Wheels, Water and Wings.
April 9, 2013 Mayor's Comments
Over the last month the draft CIP was brought before council over two days for consideration and debate. Council worked their way through the document paragraph by paragraph. It was a good exercise and we all left better informed.
A few days later the CIP Workshop for the public was held at Club 580. There were about 20 folks in attendance. Thank you to all who attended. Your efforts and comments are very important in the overall outcome.
The results are being compiled and will be added to the information. There will be an official public meeting at a future time.
Staff have been working very hard on the budget. The various committees/departments will meet next week to add their ideas and recommendations. We originally planned to complete our budget in April, now it looks more like May. This is an exceptionally important document and we must take the time to get it right.
Mayor's Comments - March 12, 2013
Good morning: At our February Council meeting I was presented a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. To say I was surprised is an understatement. The emotions that surface are many and varied. I believe you saw them all. Let me say today … Thank you so very much, I am proud to accept this medal on behalf of all the volunteers in our community, many who deserve it far more than I. When I have occasion to wear it, know that I do so for us all.
I would like to take this opportunity to mention a critical incident that happened in Bancroft a few weeks ago. What started as a call for help ended with an OPP Officer and two residents severely injured.
MEDIA RELEASE - March 6, 2013
Town of Bancroft Officials Meet with Provincial Ministries
During the recent Rural Ontario Municipal Association/Ontario Good Roads Conference held in Toronto, Town officials received delegations with three Provincial Ministries:
Bancroft Town Council looks forward to working with our Provincial partners to address these challenges.
Mayor's Comments - February 12, 2013
Good Morning. Over the last month President Obama was sworn in with great fanfare. I listened to the ceremony.
In Ontario, Kathleen Wynne has been chosen to be the new Premier replacing Dalton McGuinty. I tried to catch some of the speeches.
It quickly becomes clear that the same things hold true at all levels of Government. Certainly by different degrees but true nevertheless.
Mayor's Comments – January 8, 2013
The wonderful Christmas Season of Peace and Goodwill was overshadowed by the grief caused by the actions of an out of control person in Newtown. This senseless act strikes terror in the hearts of everyone. Our sympathy goes out to the community of Newtown.
While most of us were busy visiting and eating all the terrific food this season brings out, our works department put in many extra hours to keep our roadways safe. Perry and his dedicated elves made sure Santa’s sleigh and all our families could get through. Job well done!