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Snapping out of the summer slumber

It’s hard to believe, especially with the blanket of warmth that has been smothering Oshawa in recent days, but the dog days of summer are over, and there are less than 100 days remaining in 2017.

Inside our municipal and regional chambers, things are starting to pick up steam, and as residents of this city, there are many things brewing inside those halls that should be on your radar.

Firstly, let’s look at the waterfront.

At Oshawa city hall, work continues to revitalize the land surrounding the Oshawa Harbour with the goal of converting it to parkland, and most recently, councillors approved the use of approximately $30,000 to hire a consultant to review proposals from a pair of companies looking to develop a marina at the waterfront. Not only that, but a pair of revised proposals were just received by the city for developments that received massive protest earlier this year. Finally, the port has also gotten itself into quite the financial situation. In case you’ve been at the cottage for the last few week, those operating our port are owing approximately $4.1 million to FarmTech due to the cancellation of the ethanol facility.

At the region, a report is set to come forward before the end of the year identifying priorities for dealing with a series of issues related to affordable and senior’s housing, while councillors are also debating how to move forward with a waste management strategy to meet revised provincial regulations.

The early winter months will also see the city turn its eyes towards next year’s budget, and is already looking for your input. A new online budget tool has been established to educate residents not only on how their tax dollars are used, but it also allows the user to balance their own set of city books with their own priorities.

With that said, it is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what is happening in the city, and with the days of summer behind us, it’s not only time to bundle up (if the heat ever goes away) but to also get educated and involved.

The pages of this newspaper are definitely a good place to start.