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Message from Mayor Hughes on behalf of Township Council - July 19, 2017

The 2017 WayHome and Boots and Hearts Festivals at Burl's Creek are large-scale events that require Special Events Permits for Council's consideration prior to the events taking place.

The Township's special events permitting process is complex and involves extensive consultation with a broad range of regulatory agencies. The process for the WayHome and Boots and Hearts Festivals has been ongoing to address a number of factors related to public health and safety, traffic, sound levels, and financial considerations. This process and timing is typical for all large-scale special events held in the Township.

For more information on the Special Events Management process, read the Special Events Manual.

As part of this process, the Township requires a 2017 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with financial securities in place before Council may consider issuing the special event permits. The development of this MOU has been ongoing with the special events permit process.

In light of the recent decision by the Ontario Municipal Board relating to the Temporary Use By-Law application for Burl's Creek, the MOU required some revisions to reflect the OMB's decision. Read the OMB Decision and Report: OMB PL151011.

Now that the MOU has been finalized, along with approved operational plans and endorsement from regulatory agencies, Council is in a position to consider the special events permits for the 2017 WayHome and Boots and Hearts Festivals. A Special Council Meeting has been scheduled for Friday, July 21, 2017 with Closed Session commencing at 9:00 a.m. and Open Session commencing at 11:30 a.m.

Council recognizes there are differing opinions regarding support for activities at Burl's Creek Event Grounds and decisions made may not necessarily satisfy some of the residents and stakeholders. Council remains committed to acting in the best interest of the community as a whole, while adhering to legislation and regulatory acts.

Mayor Harry Hughes
Township of Oro-Medonte