Aug 29th, 2012
Persistent Severn mayor was 'misled' by province, enlists county support in quest for transparencyBy Kate Harries AWARE News Network August 30 2012Severn Mayor Mike Burkett has got some upper-tier backing for his campaign to ensure that solar projects don’t take place on good agricultural land. Simco...
Aug 10th, 2012
Severn digs for info on solar farmsBy Kristen Smith, Orillia Packet & Times July 30, 2012SEVERN TOWNSHIP - The mayor of Severn Township wants to see proof two solar farms are not being built on prime farmland.Mike Burkett is asking to see soil studies provided by solar development company Recurrent E...
Jan 26th, 2012
Less than 13 per cent of Ontario is farmland Letter to the Orillia Packer & Times January 23 2012 The Ministry of the Environment recently approved two large-scale solar industrial facilities (aka solar farms) in Severn Township. Read more ...
Oct 26th, 2011
By ROBERTA BELL Midland Free Press October 21 2011 Since the arrival of the controversial water and sewage plant, Cumberland Beach has turned into a hotbed for development in Severn Township. Read more ...
Jan 9th, 2011
By NATHAN TAYLOR, THE PACKET & TIMES January 8 2010The concerns of residents in a south-end Severn Township neighbourhood will not be ignored, the mayor says.Lawrence Shaw has been on the township's case for four years about addressing the "disgraceful" road conditions and flooding situation in the a...
Jan 7th, 2011
West Shore 88-lot subdivision plan overcomes final hurdle By JENNIFER BURDEN The Packet & Times January 6 2010SEVERN — A new Simcoe Estates Ltd. subdivision in West Shore was given the green light after a final appeal to the development was dismissed by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) on Thursday.T...
Nov 27th, 2010
By JENNIFER BURDEN Orillia Packet and Times November 26 2010The Township of Severn is on the lookout for a new chief administrative officer (CAO).Eric Peterson retired from the position he held since 2001 at the end of October.The career opportunity opened up last week.Mayor Phil Sled, who is being r...
Nov 20th, 2010
NATHAN TAYLOR Packet & Times November 20 2010Mike Burkett was born and raised in Severn Township, but he had no idea just how big the municipality was -- and how many people he actually knew -- until he started his door-to-door campaigning during the municipal election race. ...
Oct 18th, 2010
Citizens have lots of concern about township By JENNIFER BURDEN, THE ORILLIA PACKET & TIMES October 18 2010Along the main streets of Severn Township, in hockey arenas, bowling alleys, restaurants and barber shops, residents are buzzing about the municipal election that is only one week away....
Sep 17th, 2010
By JENNIFER BURDEN THE Orillia PACKET & TIMES September 16 2010Election candidates in Severn Township are facing some competition this year compared to 2006, when all but one member of council was acclaimed.Incumbent Phil Sled is up against three others for the position of mayor. Colin Bidmead, Mike ...