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North Frontenac Councilby Jeff Green
This week, North Frontenac Council made one large expenditure, $511,000 to Smith Construction for road paving (which was included in their 2012 budget) as well as a number of much smaller expenditures for other projects.
One of those expenditures was for the Snow Road Hall, where the Monday June 27 meeting was held. Lorie Ryder appeared before Council, representing the South Palmerston Community Centre Committee (the formal name of the hall), and put in a request for $2,000 for materials. Volunteers are available for installation. Council decided to fund half the project, and granted $1,000.
Canada Day grants
Council granted $500 for the festivities being organized for Saturday for a township Canada Day event (see details in Canada Day supplement) and $600 for the fireworks display at the Ompah gravel pit in the evening. Please note that the Canada Day events are indeed set for Saturday June 30 in North Frontenac.
The Harlowe Hall Committee has raised $5,000, which they would like to see going towards the installation of a roof over the back door of the hall. They asked for the township to manage the project and to refinish the floor. Council agreed to allocate staff time for the two projects.
$750 to feed fishermen
The township received a request from the Land O’Lakes Tourist Association to support a stay at Frontenac Parklands by the production team for Fish TV, a syndicated fishing show that is shown on Global TV, World Fishing Network, Outdoor Life Network, and others. The request was for $750 for food (accommodation has been arranged). Council agreed to provide the food money.
Update on Bobolinks
Councilor Gerry Martin, township representative to the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, (MVCA) reported that the hatchling Bobolinks have been born at the site where the MVCA is planning to build a new headquarters in Carleton Place.
“They should fly the nest by the beginning of August and the building project can start,” said Martin.
No news on Ompah build
There was no reference to the Ompah Fire Hall/Ambulance Post project on the agenda. CAO Cheryl Robson said she has not heard back from MALROZ Engineering, the company that is dong a Environmental Assessment on the proposed site of the project, so she left the item off the agenda. Council is expected to consider their next move in early July. A Request For Proposal for the project yielded a recommended bid of $1.14 million for the project, $734,000 for the township share. That is almost $200,000 more than the township had contemplated paying.
The Frontenac County portion is $380,000, $80,000 over the county budget, but the county also declined to consider the item when it came up at their meeting last week, as they are also waiting to hear about the Environmental Assessment.