Frontenac County

Lawyer tells County to reject a call for intervention on Johnson Point

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:29  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
A controversial vacant land plan of condominium on Loughborough Lake will be considered once again by Frontenac County this week, and if the county follows the advice of their lawyer, opponents of the project will be disappointed when they leave. Meela Melnick-Proud, Sarah Harmer and Matt Rennie will appear as a delegation. They will be armed with a lengthy report outlining, among other things, how the shoreline at some of the locations in the proposed condominium development has been cleared, in contravention, they say, of one of the “conditions of approval” that were included in a ruling by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in its ruling on the project. Their report quotes item 5b of the OMB ruling “... the vacant land condominium agreement applying…

Expropriation train is rolling along the K&P Trail

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:30  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
In February, Frontenac County Council gave its approval for staff to proceed with expropriation on three properties whose landowners had decided not to accept the purchase offers from the county, and last week those expropriations took effect. The three properties are all located on Road 38, on the stretch between Tichborne and Sharbot Lake. That stretch originally included 22 pieces of the former K&P rail line that had been sold off to the adjacent landowners. For the other 19 properties, either an agreement was reached or the county was able to find an alternate route for the K&P trail, whose completion has been a signature goal of the council for almost ten years. Two of the three pieces that are being expropriated are located in…

Youths charged in cottage mischiefs

Written by  |  Friday, 06 April 2018 20:01  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
On April 5, 2018, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) of Frontenac and Napanee arrested two male youths connected to several seasonal cottage break & enters and mischiefs in South and Central Frontenac Townships. Between December 2017 and the end of January 2018  Frontenac and Sharbort Lake OPP began to investigative a significant amount of break and enters to seasonal cottages around Bob’s Lake, St. Andrew’s Lake , and Craig Island. The youths ransacked the properties, damage was done to windows, doors and various items inside the cottages were destroyed. The estimate damage total for all dwelling is approximately $200,000.  As a result of the OPP investigation two17-year-old males have been charged with 56 Criminal Offences jointly, with the…
As the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) and the Frontenac County Economic Development Department continue their efforts to foster a massive expansion to the capacity of the Ontario goat milk industry, a new milk source that may be even better than goat milk is being studied by Queen’s University researchers. Feihe is a Chinese baby formula company that is building a plant near Kingston in what was a major coup for KEDCO. The company is intent on establishling two production lines, one using skim milk which is available from Ontario dairy producers, and another using goat milk, which is not readily available in Ontario in the quantities required for the massive Chinese market. “We know that it has been a major undertaking for KEDCO and…
Frontenac County Council has decided to continue talking with the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) about the possibility of co-locating headquarters. In a report to Council last week (March 21), Frontenac County Chief Administrative Officer Kelly Pender indicated that the CRCA and Frontenac County each require somewhere between 7,500 and 10,000 square feet of office space to run their operations, but together they would each require less space. “We would only need one lobby, one large room for council meetings, one septic system, etc.” he said. “It’s not just the construction cost that would bring savings,” he added, “there would be considerable savings for ongoing expenses, everything from heating to maintenance costs. In terms of use of taxpayers dollars, there isn’t a cheaper option. Building…

Atom Flyers tops in province, PeeWees and Bantams oh so close

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:52  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Frontenac Atom Flyers came back from Walkerton last weekend with the CC championship trophy, the icing on the cake of what turned out to be one of the most successful seasons in Frontenac Minor Hockey history. After defeating the Capitals 5-4 and 5-4 in the two games of the finals at Frontenac Arena the previous weekend, the Flyers kept up the pace and downed Walkerton 4-3 on the Caps’ home ice Saturday. “It (Game 3) was a pretty tough game up there but our boys played hard and prevailed,” said Head Coach Jamie Craig. “We weren’t just one guy, this was a total team effort. “We had our system and we stuck with it.” Craig said this was redemption for a lot of his…

Council approves $586,327 in spending for various items

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:51  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
It was an expensive Central Frontenac Council meeting Tuesday afternoon at Oso Hall in Sharbot Lake. First up on the agenda was the approval of $97,500 for three Chevy pickup trucks from Dilawri Auto. Public Works Manager Brad Thake told Council that this represents $20,000 in savings from the budgeted $120,000. “We’re not replacing any trucks,” Thake said. “We have been using a lot of bigger trucks for smaller maintenance jobs such as installing signs, replacing culverts, road work. “This will cut down on the wear and tear on our bigger trucks.” Then Council approved $324,397 for SCBAs (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) including air cylinders, face pieces, required accessories and upgrading the current air compressor. The replacement is in the budget for $330,000. “Our current…

This veterinarian cares to the end

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:51  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Meredith Galbraith is passionate about the humane and ethical treatment of animals. Speaking from a busy coffee shop in late March, the doctor of veterinarian medicine talks candidly about her work in Frontenac County to help pets transition comfortably into death. "We all want a purpose and I feel like the work I do is meaningful," she explains kindly. "With my help, pet owners can write the story that is right for them; the narrative of their pet’s life and of their life together. Endings matter because the life mattered." A veterinarian for the past 25 years, Dr. Galbraith offers a unique service. For a standard fee of $300 plus tax, (additional travel time or an out-of-hours call include additional fees) she will euthanize companion…
The City of Kingston has been working with agencies in Frontenac County over the last 5 years to develop an understanding of homelessness/housing vulnerability in Frontenac County, and provide supports and services to help people attain secure housing. The City, with funding from the provincial government, is responsible for its own residents and those of Frontenac County. Sheldon Laidman is the director of the Housing and Social Services Department for the City of Kingston. His department has overseen point in time counts in the city on a single day, every two years since 2014, at the same time of year. The 2018 count is coming up on April 11. “The United Way does the count for us in Kingston and it gives us some very…

Frontenac Minor Hockey Association Update

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:55  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Association has been putting a lot of focus into Developmental Programs and this has shown at all levels of our hockey program. This success, however can be seen most prominently in our Rep Program.It had been years since one of our Frontenac Flyers teams made it to the OMHA Finals and two years ago our Novice Rep team (Coached by Jason Quesnel) broke that drought. But it didn’t stop there, last year the Novices (Coached by Jamie Craig) set the ground and made headlines by Winning and becoming the OMHA Champions. This year we are proud to have 4 out of 5 of our Rep Teams advance to the OMHA Semi Finals and one step closer to again winning. Our Novices, coached by Don…

Fairmount Home Strategic Plan

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:32  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Lisa Hirvi, the Administrator of Fairmount Home, presented the broad outline of the strategic planning exercise that Fairmount staff has undertaken to a meeting of Frontenac County Council last week. Fairmount Home, a 128 bed long term care facility, is located on the same property as the Frontenac County Offices in Glenburnie, in rural Kingston. The Home is owned and operated by Frontenac County. It is not only the largest and most valuable physical asset of Frontenac County, it is also one of the two largest services that the county offers. Upper tier municipalities in Ontario, such as Frontenac County, are required to operate or participate in funding a long term care facility and Fairmount satisfies that requirement for Frontenac County. Although access to long…

Brains on local food – how to connect farmers to eaters

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:55  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Frontenac County representatives and farmers came together Thursday February 15 at the Verona Lions' Hall for a potluck and brainstorming session. The brainstorm centred around developing the local food economy with the perennial questions coming to the fore: How do we address the lack of connectedness between producers and consumers? How can we develop better road signage and online directories to get the message out? How do the idea of buying local food and an awareness of opportunities to do so become ingrained in consumers' minds so that local food can grow? Fifteen years ago, egg signs at the ends of laneways were virtually the only evidence that farm goods were available direct to consumers. Around this time, a campaign was created under the logo,…

County moving towards expropriation to secure three properties for K&P trail.

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:55  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
At their meeting this week (Mayu 21) Frontenac County is being asked to initiate expropriation proceedings to deal with three properties on the former K&P rail line. The owners of the three properties, one of which is located south of Oconto Road in South Frontenac, and two are located in Central Frontenac closer to Sharbot Lake. The owner of the properties have rebuffed attempts by the county to negotiate a land purchase of the former railway corridor. The county has secured most of the privately held sections of the rail/trail line, and has completed construction at the north and south ends of the final section of trail between Tichborne and Sharbot Lake, but these outstanding pieces, along with the challenges posed by some of swampier…

Tourist organization offering unique retreat for tourism operators

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 February 2018 13:16  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Since the demise of the Land O’Lakes Tourist Association, Frontenac County has been partnering with the Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization, a group encompassing three full counties Haliburton, Lanark, Renfrew) and parts of three others (Frontenac, Hastings, Lennox & Addington) in order to promote tourism across those areas. OHTO one of 13 regional tourism organizations funded by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. One of the programs that the OHTO is promoting is called Ignite, and representatives from the County, OHTO and program facilitators were at the Sharbot Lake Country Inn Monday to invite business owners and tourism operators to the program. “The Ignite program provides guidance, support and encouragement with inspiring new experiences and workshop elements to seed the development of new and enhanced…

Talking food in Verona

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 February 2018 13:10  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
It was likely a coincidence that the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (FCFDC) chose to hold an event about the future of local food production on Groundhog Day. But with Maple Syrup producers laying low, farmers sorting their seeds, and restaurants in winter survival mode, it was a good time to get everyone together. Katherine Howes is doing her thesis on Frontenac County as part of her work towards a post-graduate degree in Rural planning and development at Guelph University. She also has a farming background in Parham, and set the stage for the event with a short power point on her findings thus far. One of the aspects of the local food industry that Howes has looked at is access to production facilities for…
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