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Feature Article - January 12, 2006

Feature Article

January 12, 2006

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South Frontenac Council

by Wilma Kenny

Property Crime Rates Continue to Drop in S. Frontenac

According to preliminary numbers for 2005, South Frontenac Township had 81reported break and enters in 2005. This compares to 133 for 2004, and 214 the year before that. Frontenac Detachment’s clearance rate (cases closed) was above average in 2004: last year, it was the highest in Eastern Ontario. In his report to Council, Constable Hiles said the numbers in South Frontenac have progressively decreased over the past 5 years. He attributes this to a combination of " a little luck, Frontenac Detachment’s aggressive Break & Enter Unit of Don Davies and Bob Abrams, and continued public support."

Public Works Manager Resigns

At a special meeting on January 5, Council accepted Steve Archibald’s resignation as public works manager, effective March 10, 2006.

Committee of Adjustment

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Members of the Committee of Adjustment/ Land Division Committee continue as last year: Hahn for Bedford, Deputy Mayor Vandewal for Loughborough, Robinson for Portland and Roos for Storrington.

Rezoning Requirement Questioned

Mrs Ethel McCann came to Council to protest the expense of rezoning a lot addition to her Hambly Lake property, on the grounds that staff had not advised her it would be needed, when she made her original application. (A deposit of $2000 is required for a rezoning application. This is used to cover administration costs such as advertising: the unused portion is returned to the applicant.) She noted that in 2003, her neighbour had not been asked to rezone a similar lot addition. In his report, Lindsay Mills, Planning Co-ordinator, said the neighbouring lot had been overlooked, and would be picked up in a pending ‘housekeeping’ amendment to the Comprehensive Zoning By-law, at no cost to the owner. After discussion and some concern about the danger of setting precedents, Council voted to treat Mrs. McCann’s lot addition the same way.

A proposal for conducting an Ecological Inventory around Mitchell Creek Bridge was received by council. The survey would gather information to determine if there were Species at Risk or other sensitive wildlife present in the area of Mitchell Creek Bridge. A decision was deferred until at least one other estimate could be obtained for cost comparison. Councillor Smith asked, “What are we going to do if they find something there?"

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