North Frontenac

Communications gaps top concern in North Frontenac

Written by  |  Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:07  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
“We’re building a toolkit to increase overnight stays in Frontenac County,” Paul Blais of MDB Insight told a special meeting of North Frontenac Council last week in Clar-Mill Hall. “To do that, we need to establish supply and demand — how do they mesh and where are the gaps?” Blais and fellow consultant Libby Smith of Terra Consulting are holding similar events in each Township. On May 1 from 1-3 p.m., they’ll be at the community hall in Marysville on Wolfe Island and from 7-9 p.m. they’ll be at the Storrington Centre in Sunbury. On May 2, they’ll be at St. Lawrence College Employment Services in Sharbot Lake from 9-11 a.m.Using Ministry of Tourism parameters, Smith gave an outline of “who are our tourists” which…

AH and NF Councils agree over fire equipment plan

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:01  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
After a joint North Frontenac-Addington Highlands Council meeting last Friday at Barrie Hall in Cloyne, it appears that concerns about equipment reserves for the joint Kaladar Barrie Fire Department (KBFD) have been laid to rest. The meeting was called at the request of North Frontenac (and Mayor Ron Higgins in particular) to address funding for the replacement of the Rescue 5 vehicle at an estimated cost of up to $315,000. Both Councils agreed to approve budget submissions of $281,119 being added to the Vehicle/Equipment Reserve in 2017. The Councils also approved an allocation of $110,000 ($55,000 per Township) for the next nine years (2018 to 2026), with the amount required to be reviewed on an annual basis when the KBFD Asset Management Plan Tangible Capital…

Mayor takes exception to resident’s survey results

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 April 2017 10:43  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
By Kip Vankempen’s own admission, it’s just one man’s survey but the results did spark response from Mayor Ron Higgins at North Frontenac’s regular Council meeting last Friday at Barrie Hall in Cloyne. (The meeting was held in Cloyne because it immediately followed a joint Councils meeting with Addington Highlands on the joint fire agreement.) Appearing as a delegation to Council, Vankempen said he used the internet application SurveyMonkey and received 83 responses. Of the 83 respondents: • 92 per cent opposing the new municipal building expenditure• 96 per cent felt the federal gas tax could be put to better use than the building project• 97 per cent believe the Cloyne firehall is important• 97 per cent believe firefighting and rescue equipment should be maintained…
Judd Tooley, Louise Lemke and their Lodge Clarendon & Miller Community Archives (CMCA) are sharing aspects from their research as an introduction to the public presentation May 6th (1 p.m.) Clar-Miller Hall, Plevna. Visitors can browse the many photo boards and researched documents of North Frontenac Lodges and Housekeeping Cottages. Thanks to The Frontenac News for publishing a three- part series in advance of the event. Information and photos for this article were courtesy of Marilyn White and daughter Nancy Hiscock.Judd Tooley’s Lodge (Mackie Lake) Judd Tooley and Louise Lemke were both born and raised in the Plevna area. Judd grew up at Playfair Corners just north of Plevna where his parents Luther and Emma (Wood) lived; Louise at Sand Lake (just west of Plevna)…
Clarendon & Miller Community Archives (CMCA) will be sharing their latest year-long research covering the topic of Lodges: Past and Present.  This project aims to recognize the huge economic contribution that local lodges/housekeeping cottages made in the past and continue to make to the township. In addition to Lodge information, the Committee collected information about Housekeeping Cottages to assist with the Accommodations listing website that the Frontenac News initiated last year. On May 6th at Clar-Mill Hall in Plevna starting at 1 p.m. CMCA will transform the Hall into a Lodge-like setting, allowing for an interactive format. Guest speaker and well-known country entertainer, Neville Wells, will provide his personal experiences of growing up at his family-owned Mosque Lake Lodge.  Visitors can browse the many photo…

Longer life for waste sites

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 March 2017 13:04  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
David Bucholtz, a representative from the consulting firm Cambium, made a presentation to Council on Friday morning regarding the state of the Township's waste disposal sites. Bucholtz told Council that all of their current active waste disposal sites are meeting the compliance standards, set by the Ministry of Environment, for surface water and ground water contamination. Cambium's predictions for lifespan on the Township's dumps differ significantly from the predictions that the Township's former consultants AECOM presented to Council in 2015. Bucholtz said that the 506 dump site has approximately 30 years left in its life cycle compared to the 13 years that was estimated by AECOM in March of 2015. The Plevna site also showed an increase in lifespan from 19 years to 42 years.…
David Craig is currently living in Perth and is building an earthship home just east of town, but what he really wants to do, and soon, is start building a community of earthship buildings in North Frontenac. Earthships are a home design concept that uses recycled tires, concrete and the structure of the landscape to create homes that can heat themselves by drawing heat from the ground, and are so energy efficient they can be powered with two solar panels and a bank of batteries. All that is needed as a backup is a small wood stove or propane heater. They were pioneered in New Mexico by Michael Reynolds. David Craig had been working in the traditional building trade when he decided to make a…

Snow Road Ride for Dad

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 March 2017 12:50  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Last week’s warm temperatures and heavy rain that forced cancellation of an actual snowmobile ride, but unwavering volunteers at the Snow Road Snowmobile Club still hosted their third successful Ride for Dad event on Saturday.    Donuts donated by Tim Hortons and hot coffee greeted participants registering their pledges.   The 26 registrants collected $6,419 in pledges.  Although Alice Gilchrist, with pledges totalling $1,285, was top pledge earner for the third year in a row, Bob Olmstead and Rob Schippert were close behind and tied in 2nd place with $1,030 each in pledges.  The club wants to thank all the generous sponsors who donated cash or goods or food, those who collected pledges and those who donated, and all the volunteers who worked before, during and…

Councilor Required To Apologize For Statement Made In Email to Constituent

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 March 2017 12:39  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Coun. Vernon Hermer will be required to apologize to Council and “send a follow-up email to a resident correcting his (Hermer’s) inaccurate statement” following a charge that Hermer breeched Council’s code of conduct in an email to a resident. Specifically, the issue was referring to the matter of renovations/retrofits/additions to the municipal building. When a resident sent an email questioning the project, Hermer responded in part: “believe me, I don’t feel that the residents position or opinion concerning this project was respected or even considered in their decision to move forward.” Originally, the matter was to be discussed under closed session (identifiable individual) but Hermer himself insisted that it be brought into open session. Mayor Ron Higgins said he found Hermer’s remarks “disrespectful” and “inaccurate…

North Frontenac Budget Approved and Ratepayers Will Pay 2.39 Per Cent More

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 March 2017 11:46  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Council passed its 2017 budget at its regular meeting last week in Plevna. Residents will see a $23.91 increase on every $100,000 of their property’s assessment or 2.89 per cent. The Township portion increased by 2.39 per cent but the bottom line also includes Frontenac County’s increase of 5.01 per cent. Treasurer Kelly Watkins began her public presentation with noting that Ward 1 contains 46.17 per cent of the Township’s taxable assessment, followed by Ward 2 at 35.11 per cent and Ward 3 at 18.72 per cent. She said that the Township needs to raise $5,765,957 by taxation and their portion of the County levy amounts to $1,496,828. The education portion of the levy is due to municipalities by March 31. While there…

North’s Official Plan Open House

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 February 2017 21:43  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Despite freezing rain Saturday morning, a full house turned out in Ompah to discuss proposed changes to North Frontenac Township’s Official Plan. Many of those in attendance were from lake associations and there was one proposed change they were all glad to hear — larger minimum lot sizes and setbacks — even if the proposed changes don’t go as far as some would like. Many of the comments were like this from Jim Holton, past-president of the Canonto Lake Association. “We’ve been arguing for larger lots for years,” Holton said. “Water quality is not just about phosphorus.” “Our available lakefront properties are getting scarce,” said Mayor Ron Higgins. “For example, Mazinaw Lake is at capacity. “But I think the (County) private roads study will be…

Holly Labow of Polished Spa

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:18  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
When Holly Labow moved her spa business out of town to her home north of Grafton a few years ago, she was concerned that she may lose business being north of the 401, and in the country. “That didn’t happen. People made the trip for the services I provide and the atmosphere I created,” she said last week from her new home on Pine Lake, on Brown’s Lane off the Ardoch Road in North Frontenac. Being a few minutes north of Grafton, and just 15 minutes from Cobourg, is not exactly the same as being located off the Ardoch Road, especially in the winter when even permanent residents are planning southern getaways. Holly and her husband Michael bought their lakefront property a few years ago,…

Perry Finds $100,000 Savings for Township

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:00  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Deputy Mayor Fred Perry made a suggestion at last month's special budget meeting regarding borrowing money from the Federal Gas Tax Reserve to help pay for the new municipal complex as opposed to taking out a loan on the full amount. This idea could save the Municipality over $100,000 over the course of the loan but would deplete the Townships reserve funds. “I don't, personally, want to be depleting our reserves,” Councillor Wayne Good said. “If we start doing that here on this we'll have to start playing catch up.” “As the Federal Gas Tax Reserve builds up at $186,000 a year is the plan to use that if there is a bridge failure?” Councillor John Inglis asked. CAO Cheryl Robson explained that it could…

2.39% Proposed Increase for North Frontenac Local Budget

Written by  |  Friday, 03 February 2017 15:11  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Council worked through their 2017 budget on Thursday last week and ended up with a 2.39% increase in dollars to be raised through taxation, or $134,331. Major increases were seen in the creation of a winter road maintenance reserve fund for $50,000, the rising OPP policing costs at $175,225, and an increase in fire costs at $49,608. The fire budget saw increases in consulting and training fees as well as a $15,350 increase in the dry hydrant program and a $6,800 increase in building maintenance for the Kaladar-Barrie Fire Hall. This increase led Council into a discussion on the efficiency of the Kaladar-Barrie Fire Hall and a frustrated Mayor Ron Higgins requesting a review of the joint Kaladar-Barrie Fire Hall agreement. “I'd like to review…

Clar-Mill Hall Packed with Pickers for Jack and Lois Weber Tribute

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 January 2017 14:34  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
It was standing room only at the Clar-Mill Hall in Plevna last Saturday as more than 30 pickers got together to honour Jack and Lois Weber on the occasion of Jack’s Jam’s 10th anniversary. There were 90 people in total at that first jam (which went from 1 p.m. to “five to ll”) and there had to be a lot more than that for the 10th anniversary. “Jack’s Jam is one of the key community events both for entertainment and socializing,” said North Frontenac Mayor Ron Higgins while presenting plaques commemorating the event to Jack and Lois. “It’s popular for musicians, visitors and residents alike. “It’s key to ensuring community spirit (and) lives on by sustaining historical traditions.” Jack’s Jam started out in the Webers’…
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