| Jan 08, 2014

Historical Society

The Cloyne and District Historical Society is asking both North Frontenac Council and Addington Highlands Council to support their application to the Ministry of Transportation to add a tab to the Cloyne Village signs saying “Home of the Pioneer Museum and Archives”. Addington Highlands joined North Frontenac in supporting the endeavor.

Support for waste reduction act; change in direction on OPP funding.

Council supported a letter from North Frontenac to MPP Randy Hillier asking that he support the Waste Reduction Act that is before the Ontario Legislature. If passed, the act will result in municipalities having less financial responsibility for funding recycling programs. The producers of recyclable materials would be forced to take up the slack.

Council also supported a letter to the province from the Ontario Association of Police Service Boards asking that the proposed billing regime for OPP service be altered because it penalizes municipalities that have a relatively large proportion of seasonal residents.

Rink fees waived

Rink fees were waived for Ashley Wood, who is running a fund-raising hockey tournament in the name of the late Cody Wood. The money will be going to the grade 12 class at NAEC, which would have been Cody's graduating class.

Anyone want a $150,000 contract?

The township is having difficulty finding a contractor willing to put in a furnace and air conditioning system for $150,000 at the Flinton Rec. Hall and township office building.

“All of the contractors who looked at it have either decided not to bid, or have made a bid and then pulled it, saying they did not have the time to do the job,” said Clerk Jack Pauhl.

The township will try to get the job done, and will cut the air conditioning part of it, if necessary. The project is being funded by a grant that will need to be returned if it cannot be completed.

Conservation Authority fees

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is asking for $4,034 from Addington Highlands in 2014, a marginal decrease of $165 in the levy. The decrease comes from the fact that the growth in property assessment values in Addington Highlands lags behind that of Ottawa, the major funder of the conservation authority.

Quinte Conservation, on the other hand, is asking for a $1,087 increase, bringing the levy to Addington Highlands to over $15,000, a hike of 7%.

“I move that we send them a letter asking them to come back with a lower increase,” said Deputy Reeve Bill Cox.

“You did that last year and it didn't make a difference,” said Clerk Jack Pauhl. “I could get them to come to a meeting and explain their budgetary needs."

“They explained before, but it is not the explanation that I want to hear,” said Cox.

Councilor Helen Yanch seconded Cox's motion to send a letter and it was approved by Council.

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