North Frontenac

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’…

North Frontenac Council Report

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:01  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Eric Kohlsmith, from the Mississippi Rideau Septic System Office (MRSSO) made a presentation to Council on Friday regarding the results of their 2016 Sewage System Re-inspections. The MRSSO made 67 voluntary re-inspections in North Frontenac in 2016. 90% of the inspections were cottages and almost 2/3's of the inspections were done on Kashwakamak and Missassagagon Lakes. The MRSSO had planned on inspecting the North Frontenac Parklands campsites as well but were thwarted by low-water and drought conditions. “The past year our response rate has increased,” Kohlsmith said. “The protocol is looking at systems that are 10 years or older and haven't been re-inspected in the past.” “The goal of it is education,” Kolhsmith said. “We're looking to make sure the system is operating properly, not…

Jack’s Jam turns 10 with celebration on Jan. 21

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:10  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Jack’s Jam is celebrating its 10th birthday Jan. 21 and as such, they’re planning a few extra features when the music begins again at 1 p.m. in Plevna’s Clar-Mill Hall. “Weather permitting, it’s going to be a special day,” said Karen Hermer, emcee and one of the organizers. “It will be in honour of Jack and Lois.” Jack’s Jam was the creation of Ardoch pickers Jack and Lois Weber, who started out inviting friends to their basement. Their inspiration was the musical evenings that used to happen at Ed’s Place, a local restaurant owned by Ed Schlievert. But the Webers’ basement soon filled up and the next thing they knew, they were at the hall, coming close to filling that up on many occasions and…

Higgins to run again in 2018

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:23  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
All things being equal, Ron Higgins is planning to run for re-election as Mayor of North Frontenac in 2018. In an email early this week, Higgins said “When I took office as Mayor I said I would give myself 2 years to decide if I will run again or not." He added that he believes he has made a difference and with the support of his wfe Wendy is planning to seek a second and final term before retiring in earnest. He informed council of his intentions last Friday.

High marks for Asset Management Planning - North Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:14  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Vickie Leakey, a senior manager with KPMG professional services, appeared before Council to bring an update of the Asset Management Plan that the township has been developing and following over the last 5 years. She said that the township is in a much better position than most in the region and that this might account for some of the success the township has had in obtaining grants for much needed roadwork. The township devotes 2% of its levy to ratepayers to a reserve fund for the replacement of capital assets, which includes equipment and both paved and gravel roads. In her report, Leakey said that the township faces an issue of affordability when it looks at its capital needs because of its lower growth rate…

Artisan Open House at Mariclaro, Back Forty Cheese

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 December 2016 14:30  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Need one last opportunity to drive up the 509 before Christmas? The combined open houses at Mariclaro (located on Road 509 just north of the Mississippi Bridge) and Back Forty Cheese (located a few hundred metres down the Gully Road) feature fine handmade Christmas gift options. Mariclaro will be featuring its full line of bags, purses, clutches, wallets and more all made from top quality reclaimed materials, including many pieces from the Air Canada Collection,  a line of handcrafted items made from re-purposed Air Canada seat covers that was very successful at the recent  One of a Kind Craft Show in Toronto. Susie Osler, a ceramic artist who lives and works near Mablerly will also be showing at Mariclaro. She makes colourful vases and containers…

North Frontenac Council

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 November 2016 15:23  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
NFCS Annual UpdateLouise Moody, from North Frontenac Community Services (NFCS), made a presentation to Council on Friday to explain what the NFCS does for youth in the community and to update them on this year's successful programs which Council supported financially. NFCS offered a weekly after-school program at Clarendon Public School and this past year there were 9 families enrolled in the program. The agency also implemented a “Steps of Success” program in the area that offers youth courses so they can be ready to be home alone and prepares them to babysit for their families. Moody explained that the babysitting courses are offered to kids 11-years old and up. This past year, with funding from the Ministry of Recreation and Tourism, they were able…

North Frontenac Council - Nov 4/16

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 November 2016 21:41  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
ROMA electing new member Liz Huff, a board member of the Rural Ontario Municipalities Association (ROMA), made a presentation to Council on Friday on the roles and benefits of being a board member for ROMA. ROMA is an organization made up of elected councillors from across rural Ontario that lobbies the Provincial government to make changes at the municipal level. Huff, a Councillor in the Leeds/1000 Islands riding, explained that ROMA tries to find a common voice across municipalities in Ontario to try and deal with some of the issues that are specific to rural Ontario. She cited rising policing costs, access to broadband internet, taxation issues, implications of cap and trade, and higher energy costs as some of the issues that ROMA is currently…

Robertsville Ambulance Base finally gets its LEED

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 October 2016 21:50  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
In 2008 a consultant's report called for an ambulance base to be built at the junction of Roads 509 and Ardoch Road in Central Frontenac to serve residents in North and Central Frontenac and motorists on Highway 7 between Kaladar and Brooke Valley. A lot happened after that, including a plan to build a base and a fire hall in Ompah, but after six years a base was opened in July of 2014 at the corner of Road 509 and Robertsville Road, a few kilometres from where the consultant's report had recommended, but in North Frontenac. Since then, the base has been a success, serving residents in North and Central Frontenac as well as Lanark Highlands and Tay Valley townships, and motorists on Highway 7.…

North Frontenac Council - Oct. 14/16

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 October 2016 21:23  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
North Frontenac Official Plan Planner Joe Gallivan appeared before North Frontenac Council last week in preparation for submitting a draft revised township Official Plan in November. Gallivan is the Manager of Planning for Frontenac County and was the author of the Frontenac County Official Plan, which forms the backdrop for the township plan. He told council about a number of details he is planning to include in the plan when he submits it to the township next month. One of them was a proposal to remove the “hamlet” designation for a number of former communities in the township that no longer exist. “There are restrictions in hamlets that do not apply in a rural zone, and there is no reason for those restrictions in places…

North Frontenac Council – Sept. 23, 2016

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 September 2016 23:32  |  Published in NORTH FRONTENAC
Township to host Ontario ATV Association AGM In early June 2017, all available cottage, lodge, and Bed & Breakfast spaces in North Frontenac will be filled when 115 delegates and their families come to the township for the Annual General Meeting of the Ontario ATV Association. Councilor Denis Bedard made the announcement at a meeting of North Frontenac Council last week. Securing the AGM for North Frontenac has been a project that Bedard, along with the Ottawa ATV Association, which manages the ATV trails in the area, have been working on for months. “They are keen to come here because not only do they want to have a meeting, they want to ride as well. It will be a good opportunity to promote our trails,…

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