Jeff Green | Dec 22, 2011
Received for Information
When a township council wants to reject a request for money or support, or ignore the recommendation of a consultant, government body or even a member of their own staff, they have a polite way of doing so.
They simply ignore whatever the request for action is, and receive the correspondence “For Information”.
In response to an email from an outfit called the Dimestore Fisherman asking for a cash donation and five days’ free accommodation in order to have a TV show filmed in Addington Highlands, Councilor Bill Cox said “Motion to receive for information” and everyone put up their hand.
To a request for support for a meeting with the Ministry of Natural Resources to address a lack of enforcement of hunting and fishing violations, it was Councilor Helen Yanch’s to turn to make a motion to “receive the request for information”, which council did.
Council also received for information a supplemental report from a consultant after they had complained that the consultant’s report on recycling in the township had overstated the costs of their program and misunderstood the way it works.
“He said he made some changes to the report, but it doesn’t look like he did much of anything,” said Henry Hogg after the report was received.
Township will not clean up other people’s messes – A motion to have the public works department clean up a large amount of garbage, including chesterfields, tires and other large items on a dead end road that is a boundary road with North Frontenac, was defeated.
Denbigh Waste site - still waiting for Certificate of Approval - Works Manager Royce Rosenblath reported that work has been completed on a leachate pond at the Denbigh waste site. “We have done everything that the Ministry of the Environment has asked us to do, and we will wait for them to either find something else they want us to do or give us our certificate so we can proceed.”
New tendering plan - The township is planning to go to tender early in 2012 to find vendors of record for specific kinds of smaller jobs, so when jobs need to be completed as quickly as possible, they can simply hire the vendor instead of having to wait through a tendering process.
Library work to commence – The township has received the cheque for $72,000 from the Trillium Foundation, and renovation work at the new Denbigh Recreation Centre to accommodate the library’s move to the centre will commence in January.
(Editor’s Note: Addington Highlands Council will be meeting on January 3 at 1pm at the Flinton Recreation Centre, during the News’ hiatus, and we will not have a report from that meeting).
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