Frontenac County

K&P Trail to Sharbot Lake to be completed in 2019

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 February 2019 16:16  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The hard-fought completion of the K&P Trail to the junction with the Trans Canada Trail in Sharbot Lake, is being funded by Frontenac County this year. As part of the its 2019 budget deliberations, County Council agreed to spend up to $250,000 to complete the last section of trail, a stretch between Bradshaw Road, north of Tichborne, and St. Georges Lake. The trail is already complete between St. Georges Lake and the trailhead just south of Sharbot Lake, where it meets the Trans Canada Trail. Frontenac County Manager for Economic Development, Richard Allen, told Council that the final section includes a swamp (see photo) a watercourse, and must be re-routed around 2 existing houses as well. “$250,000 will cover the cost for sure, hopefully it…

County Council rejects competing transportation proposals

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 February 2019 16:15  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Frontenac County Council decided not to grant $48,000 each to Rural Frontenac Community Services (RFCS) and Southern Frontenac Community Services (SFCS), to provide transportation services for Frontenac County residents in 2019. Instead, they put $96,000 aside and tasked warden Ron Higgins with trying to bring the two organisations together to come back to the county with a combined proposal. Higgins has a month to report back to Council on his progress. Until this year, the two agencies had made a joint application for funding every year since 2011, when Frontenac Transportation Services (FTS) was established. RFCS oversees FTS, provided transportation to SFCS clients under a Memorandum of Understanding that was severed in October of last year. RFCS had requested $96,000 from Frontenac County in 2019,…

Frontenac County bumps up levy by 5.2%

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 February 2019 16:15  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Frontenac County will be requisitioning over $10.25 million from the four Frontenac Townships this year, up from $9.75 million in 2018. The tax hikes come mainly as the result of salary increases, both among unionised employees at Fairmount Home and Frontenac Paramedics, and among non-unionised staff throughout the county departments. Thanks to a decision of the outgoing council last fall, County Council members will share in those salary increases as well. The increases are spread throughout the major county operations. They include a $137,000 in the county share of the cost of running Fairmount Home, an 11% increase. The increase for Frontenac Paramedic Services is smaller, $74,000, a 3.8% increase. Among exclusively county funded operations, the Planning and Development Department budget is up by $67,000,…

Frontenac Community Arena purchases an emission-free, electric Zamboni

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 February 2019 11:56  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
They are actually called ice resurfacers, and the Frontenac Community Arena Board has decided to replace their aging 2000 Olympia M propane powered model with a 2019 Engo Wolf Electric model. As arena manager, Tim Laprade explained in his report to the board concerning the replacement that the initial cost of the Engo Wolf is much higher than a 2018 Olympia M - $165,000 as compared to $98,000. However, when the projected operational costs over the 16 year estimate lifespan of the two machines are factored in, the Engo Wolf at $211,000 is a cheaper option as compared to the Olympia M at $292,000. The main saving is in the cost of electricity for the Engo Wolf: $6,000 per year, compared to the propane costs…

Frontenac County draft budget

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 February 2019 11:55  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Frontenac County Council is meeting over two days this week to discuss the draft 2019 Frontenac County budget. Council will look at departmental business plans first before tackling the budget numbers and a proposed 3.6% increase in the dollars to be requisitioned from township councils, They will also consider a set of project proposals, which, if adopted, would result in further increases. Much of the 3.6% ($354,000) increase comes from increased wage costs across the various services that the county manages. There are relatively high increases in the budgets for the two largest county-run services: the county-owned Fairmount Home long-term care facility (7.83% - a $96,000 increase in money to be paid by Frontenac County residents) and Frontenac Paramedic Services (3.4% - a $65,000 increase).…

Good things grow in Frontenac County

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 February 2019 11:54  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Ann Babcock believes leaders aren’t born, they’re grown. Speaking from her farm in Frontenac County, the friendly woman smiles as she talks about her 31 years with Frontenac 4-H Association, a volunteer organization that teaches life & farming skills to youth. “4-H is extremely important in Frontenac County and everywhere else it exists,” says Ann, the club’s secretary. “It provides opportunities for members to learn skills such as cake decorating, photography and leading a calf. At the same time, they learn responsibility, cooperation, tolerance and self-worth. They learn to make informed decisions. They learn parliamentary procedure. The Community Involvement Club teaches compassion for the less fortunate and a desire to help make our community a better place to live. Involvement in 4-H helps to create valuable…

Kingston Frontenac Public Health visits Frontenac County Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 January 2019 14:35  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington Public Health made a presentation at the January meeting of Frontenac County Council earlier this month. The agency provides a broad basket of services, ranging from vaccinations to septic restaurant inspections, smoking cessation and active living promotion. Frontenac County provides a share of the funding for KFL&A Public Health, $771,000 in 2019, which represents just under 5% of the $15.7 million in public money that will go to the agency. Of that $15.7 million, $9.4 million (63%) comes from the government of Ontario, and the rest comes from the three municipal partners, based on population. Frontenac County residents will be paying $771,000 in 2019, an increase of $13,000 over 2018, and about 5% of the overall Public Health Budget. Their…

Winter stout – beyond Guinesse

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 January 2019 14:35  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
This is not the season for light beer. It is not the season for mild flavours, or mere refreshment. We are in an all-out battle with winter now. Christmas is long gone, maple season could be 6 weeks a way. Last summer is a distant memory and the warm weather is so far off in the future as to be impossible to consider. We have winter sports. Hockey, skiing, snow shoes, snowmobiles, etc. but when it comes down to it, the main thing most of us want to do at the end of the day is to keep warm. Beer is the quintessential Canadian summer drink, and while a nice citrusy summer style beer still tastes good even in the winter, a slightly chilled heavy…

Frontenac Paramedic branding exercise completed

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 January 2019 11:19  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
When Avenue Strategy and Backcountry Branding presented a new look for the Frontenac County brand three years ago, the council of the day was skeptical. The new crest appeared empty. It had just a few lines of colour, stylized fir trees and maple leaf. Kathleen Volebregt from Avenue Strategy talked about the story of Frontenac County that she had gleaned from interviews, and Jon Allison from Backcountry Branding explained how the shapes and colour encapsulated that story in a stylized manner. The politicians were skeptical about the emptiness of the image and there were even suggestions that new elements should be added to the crest. Allison explained that the brand would be filled out over time by the way it would become associated with the…

Fifteen years on, Frontenac CFDC keeps on keeping on

Written by  |  Wednesday, 23 January 2019 11:18  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Anne Prichard starting working for the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (FCFDC) before the corporation even existed. She was hired by the management committee that was in the final stages of establishing the corporation, which was one of the last ones to be set up in rural Ontario counties by the Government of Canada. In early January of 2004, the founding Board of the FCFDC met and affirmed Prichard as their executive director. The corporation has three core operations. They loan out funds to businesses who are not eligible for loans from banks as well as assisting businesses in obtaining loans from major financial institutions, they provide support and advice for new and existing businesses, and they administer granting programs such as the Eastern Ontario…

Reid cautions against municipal restructuring, Hillier defers

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 January 2019 12:16  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
There were few surprises at the inaugural meeting of the 2018-2022 Frontenac County Council, which was held on Wednesday, December 22, just as the Frontenac News final edition for 2018 was being printed. North Frontenac Mayor Ron Higgins will serve as warden for the second year in a row, to be followed in 2020 by Frances Smith (Central Frontenac), who was elected deputy warden for 2019. Ron Vandewal (South Frontenac) will assume the warden’s mantle in 2021, followed by Dennis Doyle (Frontenac Islands) in 2022. While all four of the above-mentioned mayors are serving at least their second term on council, four new members of Frontenac County Council took office at the meeting. They are: Alan Revill (South Frontenac), Bill MacDonald (Central Frontenac), Gerry Martin…

Townships weigh the pros and cons of pot sales

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:47  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Both North and South Frontenac gave cannabis fans in their municipalities a green Christmas present at their final meetings of the year, deciding to permit private cannabis retailers access to their market, subject to the restrictions that are set out by the government of Ontario. But the chances of a pot store opening up within the next six months within either township are remote, as the government has limited the number of private stores in the entire province to 25 when stores will be allowed to open up on April 1st, only 5 of which will be located in Eastern Ontario. The problem is one of supply, and once that is sorted out the government has indicated they will let the market determine how many…

Community Christmas Dinners – a special commitment

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:46  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
For a lot of people Christmas Day and Christmas dinner is all about family, but for some family is made up of more than blood relatives. Local communities become families over time, and it this spirit that makes Community Christmas Dinners happen. In our region, there are three Christmas Dinners that have been around for a number of years, in Northbrook, Sharbot Lake, and Verona. They are all different, but they serve a pretty similar menu, they are all free dinners that are community funded, and they are all open to anyone and everyone in the local community. “Some people come because they are alone, some come to spend part of Christmas with friends and neighbours, and some couple come because it is a log…

Ruttan to chair Limestone Board of Trustees in 2019.

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:09  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Suzanne Ruttan has been the South Frontenac Township trustee to the Limestone District School Board since 2010. She has served as the Board Vice Chair for the past three years, and when the new Board was sworn to office last night in Kingston, she assumed the role of Chair of the Board of Trustees for 2019. “We held elections for officers and committee appointments at a working meeting last week,” she said when interviewed on Tuesday, and I put my name forward and ended up being the only candidate. There was an election for Vice-Chair and the position ended up going to Laurie French, another veteran trustee who represents Napanee. Ruttan and French are two of only three returning members on the 9-member board, the…

Rotary Cash Calendar

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:08  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Local Rotary Clubs from Kingston, Napanee and Frontenac are selling the 2019 Rotary Cash Calendars this month. The $20 calendars are similar to other calendars in featuring scenes from Kingston and Frontenac County (many of the photos in the calendar are the work of Inverary-based photographer Joe Furtado) Purchasers of the calendars are also eligible for daily draws throughout the year, each of which carries a cash prize, ranging from $25 on regular days, to $500 on special holidays. There are a total of $15,000 in cash prizes available, and no more than 3750 calendars are sold. Rotary has deep roots in Frontenac County. It is one of the founding organisations behind the RKY Camp on Eagle Lake in Parham, (RKY stands for Rotary/Kiwanis/YMCA) and…
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