Central Frontenac Council – December 11

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Dep. Mayor Victor Heese tries a swig of ‘gunpowder water’ (water with gunpowder in it) during a presentation from the Heritage Festival while Mayor Frances Smith looks on apprehensively at Tuesday’s Council meeting. Her Worship along with Coun. Brent Cameron also took a drink. “It tastes like salty water,” Heese said. Photo/Craig Bakay Dep. Mayor Victor Heese tries a swig of ‘gunpowder water’ (water with gunpowder in it) during a presentation from the Heritage Festival while Mayor Frances Smith looks on apprehensively at Tuesday’s Council meeting. Her Worship along with Coun. Brent Cameron also took a drink. “It tastes like salty water,” Heese said. Photo/Craig Bakay

Central Frontenac Council passed a bylaw allowing for the installation of a stop sign on Cross Road at Armstrong Road at its regular meeting Tuesday in Oso Hall.

Acting Public Works Manager David Armstrong said this is the final stage of a project begun in September to provide clear sight lines and safe access at the three-way intersection.

The road work has been completed.

“This project began two or three public works managers before me when they began acquiring land,” Armstrong said. “It’s basically to clean up the intersection.

He said costs for these works are accounted for in the 2018 maintenance budget.

Frontenac Heritage Festival
Council promised to look at an increase in funding for the Frontenac Heritage Festival when it meets for budget talks Jan. 30.

Mike Procter and Joan Hollywood told Council that their ranks have been “somewhat decimated” and as such, they haven’t the bodies to go to businesses asking for donations.

“We’re asking Council for $2,000, which is what they used to give us but somehow that was reduced to $1,000 last year,” Procter said. “Last year, we got $1,100 in donations but we’re estimating that will be down to $500 this year.

“Our budget is about $2,000 but anything we don’t use goes right back to the Township.”

Cemetery plot price increase
The price of plots at the township cemeteries are scheduled to increase in 2019 with the cost to residents rising to $531.01 from $524.95 and for non-residents to $655.27 from $646.18.

Coun. Bill MacDonald said he thought prices for non-residents were too low, noting that plots in Toronto can cost “thousands of dollars.”

Administrative Assistant Donna Longmire said “it’s probably time we revisited prices for non-residents.

CBO
Central Frontenac will have a new Chief Building Official some time in the new year.

Andy Dillon, who was formally with DNN Contracting, is now on staff and will assume the position as soon as he completes the courses he needs to qualify.

Alan Revill will remain as CBO until Dillon completes his courses.

Construction numbers on a high.
2018 will go down as a good year for construction in Central Frontenac with a construction value of $9,561,283 through November. That compares with $9,239,860 in 2017 and $7,540,759 in 2016.

“Anything in the pipe that would edge that over $10 million?” asked Coun. Bill MacDonald.

“It would take almost $500,000 so I’m thinking no,” said acting CBO Alan Revill.

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