February 2013 Chair Notes

Yes, we did change our CCAN meeting date and location to accommodate presentations from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and the Water Power Group.

The evening was started with an abbreviated regular meeting of the CCAN during which we ensured the CCAN membership that we were alive and well. We are still focused on spring and summer events including Waterfront Project fundraising, Capreol Days (Gavin Rousseau event) and supporting all other community events. I am sure our calendars will fill up in the next days and weeks.

At 7:00 pm, the MPAC presentation was very informative and well presented. I cannot summarize all that was said but I can give you the web site address and a phone number. There is much information, not only about your property but the property of others. The Assessments are of public record and you can access at least 24 properties in your community for comparison purposes. If you have a Challenge for Reconsideration, it must be filed by April 1, 2013. This applies to owners of property not tenants. The web site is www.MPAC.ca and the phone number is 1-866-296-6722 with a fax number of 1-866-297-6703 and they will; be more than pleased to help you find information about your property or others.

The Water Power Group followed the MPAC presentation. This is the Group that plans to install at “water power generating system in the Vermillion River near the rapids. They have been here before and will be returning on a regular basis until the Project is approved and commenced.

There objective in making presentations to us is to ensure that the community is fully aware of their plans and an opportunity to raise objections or show support for the project. The city of Greater Sudbury is aware and supportive of the Project and the “upside” for the community would be partnership in the development of trails and park space along the Vermillion including support for the CCAN Waterfront project. The Vermillion River Stewardship Committee was represented at the meeting and questioned the presenters on issues of concern to them and us as a community. Due diligence is always welcomed in anything that involves our community. Informed decisions are the cornerstones of a strong community.

Let us welcome Spring with a healthy attitude and a desire to help the community in any way you can. A volunteer or supporter, both are vital.

Randy Crisp – Chair of the Capreol Community Action Network