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St. Marys moves 'coffee with council' to downtown cafe

Event planned for Feb. 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Snapping Turtle Coffee Roasters on Queen Street East
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Mayor Al Strathdee enjoys a cup of coffee at Snapping Turtle Coffee Roasters. The café is the location for the Town’s upcoming Coffee with Council event, happening on Feb. 4 from 9 to 11 a.m.

The Town of St. Marys is trying to brew up some buzz around its budget.

On Saturday, Feb. 4, the town is hosting 'Coffee with Council' at Snapping Turtle Coffee Roasters in downtown St. Marys.

This informal, drop-in event will run from 9 to 11 a.m. and is open to all residents and ratepayers, the town said in a news release.

The coffee will be free, and so will the discussion around the budget.

The idea is to give taxpayers a chance to ask questions and make comments in a casual environment.

Several members of council are planning to attend, including Mayor Al Strathdee.

“We invite all residents to come down, have a hot drink, and chat about the budget,” Strathdee said. “This is also a great opportunity to get to know your Councillors and meet senior municipal staff."

Past Coffee with Council events have been held at Town Hall. Moving the event to a Saturday morning at Snapping Turtle is an opportunity to promote a local business, while making the event more accessible and less formal, the town says.

“We hope that this event will attract residents of all ages and backgrounds,” said Strathdee. “We thank Snapping Turtle for sharing their space and look forward to great conversations over a great cup of coffee.”

A copy of the draft 2023 municipal budget is available online at www.townofstmarys.com/budget and in print (for viewing only) at the Municipal Operations Centre (408 James St. S.). 

Questions about the budget can be directed to André Morin, director of corporate services/treasurer, at 519-284-2340, ext. 217 or amorin@town.stmarys.on.ca.

Snapping Turtle Coffee Roasters is at 145 Queen St. E.