Frontenac County

$35,000 allocated in County budget for FCFDC Frontenac County Council has defied the advice of their Chief Administrative Officer, Kelly Pender, by tentatively placing a $35,000 grant in their 2017 budget to help the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (FCFDC) cover its operating costs. Anne Prichard, executive director of the FCFDC, made a pitch to the council last month. She pointed out that her agency, which is a federally funded not-for-profit corporation, has run into difficulty covering administrative costs because of structural under-funding. The FCFDC provides support for businesses in Frontenac County in the form of advice and workshops on various topics as well as providing loans and overseeing federal grant programs. A funding cut several years ago eliminated one position in the now three-person…

Frontenac Paramedic superintendent receives Exemplary Services Medal

Written by  |  Thursday, 13 October 2016 00:54  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Frontenac Paramedic Services (FPS) superintendent Todd Fisher received the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Services Medal at the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) 2016 Annual General Meeting in Collingwood, which was held Sept. 27 - 29. Part-time FPS superintendent Todd Lamorre, who is a superintendent in Hastings County as well, also received the award. The award is presented to paramedics who have served for at least 20 years in way that is characterized by the highest standards of conduct. At a formal ceremony during the OAPC gala on Thursday, Fisher received his medal from Honorary Lieutenant General Richard Rohmer and was joined on stage in front of hundreds of his peers by FPS Chief Paul Charbonneau and Deputy Chief David Gemmill. Fisher has…

Frontenac County wants to know what residents think

Written by  |  Thursday, 13 October 2016 00:36  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
As part of its branding exercise earlier this year, Frontenac County received word from the company it had hired to lead the exercise that there was a problem. Frontenac County residents did not know what the county did. In many cases they did not know the county even existed though they were living within its boundaries. “People say they live north of Kingston; in Sydenham; near Sharbot Lake; west of Perth; but they don't say they live in Frontenac County,” said Economic Development Officer Anne Marie Young. As the Frontenac County brand was developed and implemented, the first goal has been to use the brand to help develop a sense of place among county residents. At the same time, Frontenac County staff and council have…

Limestone Board sets out new accomodation review process

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 October 2016 22:07  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
As a group of parents sat quietly in the small gallery, wearing “I Love Yarker School” buttons, members of the Board of Trustees for the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) listened as the fate of the small Kindergarten to Grade 3 school was discussed at a committee meeting last Wednesday, September 28. Ruth Bailey, Pupil Accommodation Review Facilitator for the LDSB, outlined the issues that led to the establishment of a Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR) for Yarker Family School. Bailey noted that the Yarker school is the only Kindergarten to Grade 3 school in the board, making it “difficult to maintain a suitable program.” She also said, “Enrolment at Yarker school this year is 26 students, which is below our projections, and 50% of the…

LDSB loses ground in standardized testing; lags behind provincial average

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 October 2016 22:05  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Debra Rantz found herself in a bit of a difficult position last week. She has been in her role as director of education for the Limestone District School Board for just over a year, but before that she spent over two years as the chief assessment officer for the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). At a committee meeting at the board office last week she introduced an information session on the latest set of EQAO results for students in the Limestone Board, based on testing that took place last spring. In just about every category the percentage of Limestone students who achieved the provincial standard has dropped. This was true of Grade 3 and 6 students taking standardized tests in reading comprehension, writing, and…

Funds transfer raises eyebrows at County

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 September 2016 23:39  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Frontenac County Council has approved a staff plan to take $300,000 from a reserve fund geared at helping low-income residents remain in their homes, and use it to purchase land that is required to complete the K&P Trail. Some of the money will be used to buy land for the stretch of trail that runs from Tichborne to Sharbot Lake, and some for a lot in Verona that has been earmarked as a parking lot/trailhead. The remaining $100,000 is to remain in the reserve fund “pending finalisation of the K&P Trail land acquisition project and the Verona Trail Head Project” according to a report from Treasurer Marian Vanbruinessen and CAO Kelly Pender. Pender explained to Council, at their meeting in Glenburnie on September 21 that…

Natalie Nossal – Howe Island's link to municipal politics

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 September 2016 23:29  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Natalie Nossal has had to be a quick study over the last few years. With one year to go in the term, she was appointed to Frontenac Islands Council to replace a council member who resigned their position. She decided to run during the 2014 election and not only was she elected, she also received the most votes on Howe Island. Because Mayor Dennis Doyle, like all mayors in the 16-year history of the township, resides on Wolfe Island, the representative from Howe Island who receives the most votes is appointed deputy mayor and is the second representative from Howe Island on Frontenac County Council. She replaced outspoken former deputy mayor, David Jones, who was re-elected to Frontenac Council with 257 votes - good enough…

Frontenac CFDC seeking municipal support

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 September 2016 23:27  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (FCFDC), which is funded by Industry Canada, has been a source of grants and loans to businesses in Frontenac County for over a decade. Now, for the first time, they are looking for some money to flow in from the local community. Anne Prichard, the executive director of the FCFDC, has appeared before Frontenac County and South Frontenac Councils over the past week seeking financial support. At her presentation to Frontenac County on September 21, she outlined how the agency had its operating funding cut by over $70,000 in 2012/2013, and as a result has had to cut one staff position. At the same time, the loan portfolio of the FCFDC has increased by 41% since 2013. “That has…

Wolfe Island corn maze gives back to Easter Seals kids

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 September 2016 23:26  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
For the 9th consecutive year, the Wolfe Island Corn Maze will host a day of family-friendly fun in support of children with physical disabilities. On Saturday, October 8, attendees can enjoy a walk through the two corn mazes and live music by the Kings Town Tenors. They can also enter a raffle to win a fall gift basket! Admission is $10 for adults (age 12 and older), $8 for kids (5-11 years) and children aged four and under are free. 100% of all ticket sales from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. will be donated to Easter Seals Ontario. This year the creatively designed maze carved out of a cornfield features two mazes with a refreshment area in the middle called the "Oasis Rest Stop". The…

Anne Marie Young named Economic Developer of the Year

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 September 2016 16:23  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Kingston, ON – Anne Marie Young was named Economic Developer of the Year by the Ontario East Economic Development Commission in Kingston today. Young is the Manager of Economic Development for the County of Frontenac. The award was handed out by Kevin Coleman of the Business Development Bank of Canada at the opening ceremony of the annual Ontario East Municipal Conference at the Ambassador Hotel and Conference Centre. During the presentation, Coleman praised Young for developing the County’s first-ever brand and recognized her efforts in the development of the K&P Trail. “The trail is a foundation for economic stimulus on which the actions in the County’s Economic Development Implementation Plan are based: to enhance and grow businesses in the catchment area of the K&P Trail,”…

Fire Ban in all of Frontenac County, Addington Highlands and Stone Mills

Written by  |  Wednesday, 03 August 2016 23:05  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Moderate drought conditions persist, declaration regarding a severe drought now pending Citing continuing dry conditions and residents’ concerns, South Frontenac Fire Chief Rick Cheseborough declared a total fire ban in South Frontenac on Tuesday afternoon (August 2) “Because our residents have been extremely cautious with fire this summer and have been following the rules that are in place, we've had no major brush fires except for a couple of calls as the result of lightning strikes,” Cheseborough said shortly after declaring the fire ban. However, with the MNR fire rating set at high, and a number of residents phoning the township office reporting dry conditions in the vicinity of their homes, the township decided to put the fire ban in place. “The ban will stay…

Council sets up task force to wade through office renovation options

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 July 2016 21:18  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Frontenac County staff presented a report last week that outlines the projected costs for three different options to reconfigure the county's administrative offices. As usual with reports concerning potential construction projects in the public sector, it provoked sticker shock among members of Council. The county offices are located in what is known as the Old House, a building that the county purchased in 1965 on a 7.7-hectare lot for $78,000. At that time the property was located in Pittsburgh Township, which was part of Frontenac County. The Fairmount Home for the Aged was built on the property and an annex was built between the two structures. In 1998 Pittsburgh Township joined the new City of Kingston, but Frontenac County maintained ownership of Fairmount Home and…

County staff breathe sigh of relief as reluctant Council approves new logo

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 July 2016 21:21  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The new Frontenac County logo was unveiled at the summer meeting of Frontenac County Council in Glenburnie last week (July 20) Jon Allison, from RedTrain of Kingston, presented the crest-shaped logo and the accompanying InFrontenac tagline with a slide show that outlined the potential uses of the materials for marketing everything from products produced by Frontenac County businesses, to tourism experiences in the county, and the concept of “Frontenac”. The logo features three swatches of colour: grey representing rocks; green representing agricultural fields; and blue representing water. At the bottom there is a maple leaf, a reference to Canada, and sitting on the swatches of colour there are four trees, which represent the four Frontenac townships. The graphic renditions of the trees are meant to…

Protect Yourself From Identity Fraud

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 July 2016 20:41  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The OPP Frontenac Detachment is urging all residents to be vigilant with their personal information. In the past month, Frontenac OPP has investigated several complaints from residents who have become victims of Identity Fraud. Culprit(s) obtained personal information such as, full name, date of birth, Social Insurance Numbers, full address, driver’s license number and credit card information. The information is then used to apply for credit cards at various large chain department stores. How to protect yourself: Do not provide personal information to unknown persons over the Internet or telephone. Familiarize yourself with billing cycles that you receive in the mail. If bills that are expected to arrive at a certain date do not arrive, inquire with the company or financial institution. Ask yourself if…

Canada Day fun in Frontenac County

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 July 2016 20:59  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
While the kids played games, adults took the opportunity to visit at events throughout the region on a Canada Day where the rain held off, for the most part. The oddest event this year was certainly the best legs contest for men at Harrowsmith. Top left - waiting to get into the bouncey castle at Centennial Park (Harrowsmith) - top middle - Cooking up a storm at Gerald Ball Park (Sunbury) - top right, riding the Water Slide at the Point Park in Sydenham, and bottom right, the 2017 150th anniversary committee already promoting their plans for next year at the beach in Sharbot Lake

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