I was fortunate enough to spend Family Day Weekend in the Bahamas... unfortunately, I had to come back! For those of you who haven’t felt the warmth of the sun lately, it was wonderful! Hopefully March Break will take some of you down south and perhaps my next update will have a much needed “spring” tone filled with bright colours and sweet sounds...wishful thinking?
Speaking of weather, I received a few complaints about the snow windrows in Markland Wood. The snow ploughs that clear our streets are not equipped with the blade to avoid those windrows. We are asked to call 311 and the City should send a separate truck to clear this pile of snow at the end of your driveway within 72 hours. Given the severity of this winter, this does not always happen. Please be patient but persistent as well. Furthermore, the City is preparing for milder temperatures so they will be ready to deal with emergency pothole situations and they will have crews clearing catch basins in order to prevent flooding. Residents are asked to help clear ice and snow from the catch basins in front of their homes and to contact 311 to report potholes so crews can be assigned to repair them.
This month you will notice a special “double-cover” issue. We are fortunate to have such a beautiful golf course and club in our midst. “The land Mark Cavotti bought from the Silverthorn family in 1958 was about 410 acres...Markland Golf Club would simply not exist today without the energy and generosity of Mark Cavotti. It was Mr. Cavotti’s enthusiasm and love for the game that led to the construction of the course in the first place. It was his vision of Markland Wood as a distinct community...”. And here we are, fifty years later, a truly distinct community!
There have been no new updates on the 240 Markland Drive proposed development. As I mentioned last month, I strongly urge you to complete the questionnaire if you have not yet done so. Thank you to all of you who have dropped one off since my first appeal. We would like to hear from everyone! Visit our website at www.marklandwood.org to send it in electronically. The questionnaire is found on the HOME page, click on the article
“240 Markland Drive Condominium Proposal Questionnaire” and you will find it at the bottom of the article. If you do not have access to the internet, you will find the questionnaire on page 4 of this newsletter. Please tear it out and drop it off to 5 Shadetree Crescent. It is very important that we have these questionnaires. The MWHA is seeking to get 100% return from the community and we really need your input, no matter what your view on it is.
On January 31st, Superintendent Frank Bergen met with Brian Brennand and I at 22 Division. We discussed “Markland Watch” and the concerns we have about the number of accidents at Bloor Street and Markland Drive along with speeding issues. Superintendent Bergen was very informative and his enthusiasm was quite refreshing. Again, I emphasize how important it is that we report ALL incidents to the police whether we think they are significant or not. This helps the police compile their information, make correlations and ultimately solve crimes. As for the accidents at our intersection, 22 Division is concerned with the number of occurrences and have agreed to work with the City to come up with a solution. They will also be enforcing the speed limit on Bloor Street: 50 km/hr. On another note, 22 Division has a Facebook page which is updated daily. If you are a Facebook user, please “LIKE” 22 Division Toronto Police Service.
Thank you to all of you who have dropped off your $20 Membership Dues. If you received a notice attached to your January newsletter, please make arrangements to drop off your dues along with your notice. Cheques should be made payable to MWHA. If you would like someone to pick up your payment,
please do not hesitate to call me.
Don’t forget to submit your drawings for our Cover Contest! All entries must be submitted no later than March 15th. Please read further in this issue for more details. Wouldn’t you love to see your artwork on the front cover of our April Marklander?
Wishing you all a safe March Break...enjoy your pancakes on Shrove Tuesday...and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Anna Schaefer, President
Markland Wood Homeowners Association