idea-regOwen Sound - Are you interested in helping to shape the decisions affecting Owen Sound? If so, consider volunteering as a member on a City Board or Committee.

The City of Owen Sound considers volunteers to be the City's most valued community resource. City Council invites persons wishing to serve as a member of a Board or Committee to submit an application to the Deputy Clerk. Application forms are due December 5, 2014 and are available in the Clerks Department or on the City's website at

construction-talk-regOwen Sound - The Operations Advisory Committee for the City of Owen Sound will be hosting a Public Information Centre and Meeting on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at City Hall, 808 2nd Avenue East, in the City Council Chambers beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Public Information Centre and Meeting is being held to inform residents of the reconstruction project slated to begin Spring 2015.

A formal presentation will be given at 7:00 p.m. and there will be an opportunity for residents to ask questions and provide comments. The project will involve replacing infrastructure that is beyond its useful life including, the roadway, sidewalks, watermain, sanitary sewer, storm sewer and municipal services within the limits of the municipal Right of Way. Additionally Ryerson Park will be reconstructed as part of this work. The preferred design solution for the Park will also be presented at the Public Information Centre in conjunction with the 8th Street East reconstruction design.

construction-regOwen Sound – Building permits issued in October were valued at $1.2 million, according to Owen Sound Chief Building Official Kevin Hicks. The total value of construction to date is higher than in 2013.

The major projects issued permits last month were construction of an addition to École Saint-Dominique Savio, valued at $852,900; and alterations to the remaining building at the former PPG site, valued at $225,000.

Attached are the 2014 Building Stats for the City of Owen Sound. The table below compares the number of building permits issued last month with the same month last year, as well as construction values and number of new homes:

Monthly Number of Permits by Month Construction Value New Homes
October 2014  27 $1,235,000  0
 October 2013  21  $2,692,350  1

Brian-OLeary-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

Hockey has been a huge part of Brian O'Leary's life, but he has always had an interest in that other sport - local politics. Now that he has the time, he has come off the bench and joined the team at Owen Sound city council. "Sometimes it's better to get involved than to sit back and complain," he said in an interview.

Recently O'Leary has observed that the Owen Sound council did not have a good chemistry, didn't seem to get along. "I see the council as a team, with the mayor as the captain. Just like in a hockey team, it is extremely important to have a strong captain."

Koepkes-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

In 2010 Marion Koepke packed up her desk and left her job as Owen Sound City Clerk to join her husband in retirement. This year Koepke will be returning to city hall with a seat on the council.

There is no doubt she knows what she is getting into. Over 26 years in several positions at the city Koepke worked with dozens of elected officials, and prepared thousands of pages of council agendas, and took minutes at the small desk below the council seats. She said in an interview that recently she could see that there was not a good feeling at city, and some councillors former and current encouraged her to bring her skills to the council table.


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