Friday, March 23, 2018


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Reader's Take on Audited Financial Statements


As I have done every year, I have spent some time in review of the Audited Statement for the Municipality of Meaford for 2013. Although the level of detail in audited statements for 2013 is less than in the budget, I find it is still a worthwhile exercise to study these audited statements.

I offer my observations to your readers as follows:


The municipality budgeted for a surplus of $3,823,807 (budgeted revenue of $19,374,836 with expenses of $15,551,029), but only had an actual surplus of $1,628,788 because four departments went over their budgets by the amounts as follows:

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Reader Suggests Alternative to Cell Tower


The following is an open letter to Meaford's council.

There is an alternative to a cell tower in the harbour; in fact, there is a solution.

For the past few months, numerous proposals to build cell towers in Meaford's neighbourhoods have angered and upset residents. At present, a 91-foot tower is proposed for the harbour, around 40ft from where The Farmers Market is held in the Rotary Pavilion. Furthermore, the Meaford community has been made aware that 'there are more cell towers to come.'

The truth that cell carriers don't want us to know is that DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) can provide better coverage while hardly being noticed, and these small cell antennas would significantly reduce the EMR health issues. DAS Small Cell Technology consists of low-power, slender, two-foot antennas that are placed on existing telephone poles. These antennas are linked by fiber optic cables, or alternately Ethernet cables, that run along power lines. This would make the DAS system a real win for Meaford. 

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As a Community We Can Challenge and Reverse What is Presented as Inevitable


Councillors in the Municipality of Meaford are working hard to understand the implications of the possible placement of a cell tower disguised as a flag pole at our beautiful harbour.

Todd White, Executive Director of Canadian Radio-communications and Notification Service (CRINS), organized and professional, shared several facts with council at their June 9 meeting. Three stood out to me:

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