Even though there are still a couple of outstanding issues with the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, manager of development services Forbes Symon recommended South Frontenac Council approve a condominium agreement for Cranberry Cove Condominium in Storrington District at its regular meeting meeting Tuesday night in Sydenham.
Symon said that because of flood watch conditions, the CRCA hadn’t had the manpower to devote to reviewing the agreement but he was confident all its conditions were being met and the Township could remove its conditions and send it on to County. (Frontenac County is the final approval authority on condominiums.)
“The developer has been working with the Health Unit, the CRCA and the Township to satisfy the conditions of draft approval,” he said. “It now appears that the conditions have been satisfied.
“It’s not as complete with a big red bow around it as we would like but it is to a point where we can recommend entering into the agreement with the understanding that there is still an ‘i’ and a ‘t’ to be dealt with.”
Council approved an encroachment agreement for Holiday Manor in Battersea to operate an outdoor licenced patio that encroaches on a municipal road allowance.
“From a roads perspective, the encroachment is not a significant matter,” said Forbes Symon, manager of development services.
1 more month for Percy
Council extended the lease agreement with Percy Snider on Stage Coach Road for an additional month to allow Snider to complete a move to his new facility.
“I would like to see it happen so we could celebrate Canada Day with it cleaned up but he is working on it,” said Mayor Ron Vandewal.
Council passed a motion to support the Eastern Ontario Regional Network’s submission of a business case to support improvement and expansion of cellular networks and mobile broadband services across Eastern Ontario. “The County has already supported this and will probably make some financial commitment to it,” said Mayor Ron Vandewal. “They’re just asking member municipalities to support it too, to strengthen the case.”
A report that explores options for a senior’s housing project in Sydenham came to Frontenac County council this week, and will soon go to South Frontenac Council.
The report, prepared by Re/Fact and SHS consulting makes a number of recommendation based on demographic research into South Frontenac which concludes that there is likely sufficient demand for self contained senior’s units on a single level at market or near market rental rates to fill 12 units in the Village of Sydenham. The consultants also looked at a number of potential building sites in the village, and talked to representatives from local agencies.
It concluded that a 12 unit complex, located on Stagecoach Road on a 1/7 acre parcel of land that is currently owned by Southern Frontenac Community Services would be the best location. It also proposes that Loughborough Not For Profit Housing, which manages two senior’s buildings in the core of the village, be approached to manage the new housing stock. Two options for the mix of housing are proposed. Under option 1, a grant from the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) capital funding progam would be sought to subsidise constructions for 6 one bedroom units in the complex. The rents in these units would therefore need to be set at 80% of market rent, in order to be eligible for $900,000 in grant money ($150,000 per unit). The other 6 units, which would have two bedrooms, would have their rent set at 90% of the average market value.
Option 2 differs from option 1 by not including any of the IAH funds. In this case, rent for the 6 one bedroom units would be set at the market rate, and the rent for the 6 two bedroom units would be set at 90% of the market rate.
Frontenac County has provide $350,000 in seed money for the project, and under each scenario the total estimated building costs are almost $3 million. Under option 1, the proponent of the project (ie the township) will need to invest $350,000 and under option 2 the estimated investment is about $1.1 million.
According to the business plans, once built the buildings should be self sufficient, generating enough money to cover mortgage, maintenance and upkeep cost in addition to a surplus of about $10,000 a year to go towards unexpected costs.
Four years ago, each of the Frontenac Townships made a commitment to work towards constructing a senior’s housing project within their boundaries, and $350,000 was set aside in a reserve fund managed by Frontenac County for each of the builds. For the South Frontenac project to come to fruition the Township of South Frontenac would have to take it on as a township project.
The consultant presentation to Frontenac County, which took place on Wednesday morning at the monthly Frontenac County meeting, was not expected to result in much debate. The rubber hits the road, however, when South Frontenac council looks at the report in early April as they will need to find the money to build it.
Because the proposed location for the housing project is within the boundaries of the Sydenham municipal water service, it can be a 12 unit project, and can even perhaps be added on to in the future. While it will require a large septic system, and the purchase of an additional 0.9 acre of land adjacent to the 1.7 acres owned by Southern Frontenac Community Services will likely be necessary, it will not require its own water system.
Under provincial regulations, any building project over 5 units on a single parcel of land must be serviced by an expensive to build and maintain drinking water system. That is why the project being proposed for Marysville on Wolfe Islands and future projects in North and Central Frontenac will be limited to 5 units, a restriction that does not apply in Sydenham but would apply anywhere else in South Frontenac.
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 change. He took a course on how to build “Earthship” homes, and since then he has built two of them in Ontario as a contractor. Over the last six years he has developed a more elaborate vision, a community of earthships, a 300 to 400 acre property to be occupied by 300 to 400 people set up in a circle or some other arrangement. The property would include 144 buildings plus other property that would be owned by a community-owned corporation. Families who purchase the homes will have the option of living in them as single family dwellings just like in any other subdivision, or they could contribute to the community, through 3 hours of labour per week towards a community benefit.
“Those who join in and work for 3 hours a week, and they don’t even have to live in the community to join in, will share in the benefits that come to the community. It’s up to the people what kinds of projects they want to pursue, but the idea is that a third of what is produced stays in the community, a third is sold for a profit, and a third is re-invested in the community.”
The Earthship is at the core of the concept because the homes are cheap to build, but more importantly they are off-grid and self heating, making them very inexpensive to live in. They are also greenhouses at the same time and families can grow their own food as well.
“The attraction of this contributional community concept is that once people are able to have shelter, heat, power, and food, their basic needs are met. That frees them up to live the kind of lives they want to live.”
Craig said that by promoting his concept in pubic seminars there are a growing number of people who are ready to invest in earthships and move to a new community.
“This is not a hippie thing, and it’s not about living in the past, or away from the world. The idea is not to be somewhere in the back woods where no one can find us, but as part of a broader community. There is also no rejection of technology. I still want to have high speed Internet and hot showers, and so does everyone else, but this offers people more control over their lives.”
The one thing standing in the way of getting an earthship community under way is a piece of land to build it on and a municipal jurisdiction that is responsive and is willing to develop the zoning and permitting process to allow it to happen.
“I found a perfect piece of property, 720 acres in Frontenac County,” Craig said. He looked up Frontenac County on the Internet and came up with Ron Higgins’ email.
“He responded positively to me, but it turned out the 720 acres is in Central Frontenac. But I have kept up correspondence with Ron Higgins and we had a meeting with the planner and they were very positive about the idea, but in order to do it in North Frontenac I need to find some land in that township.”
Craig said he is looking for at least 300 acres in North Frontenac and that he is ready to start up the project as soon as he finds suitable land.
“I need to find a property yesterday,” he said “because I am ready to start building right away. We have the people, we have the plans, we are ready.”
About 18 people showed to a public forum on November 16 to talk about the best option for a senior’s housing project in South Frontenac. A Committee made up of two representatives from Frontenac County Council (John McDougall and Tom Dewey), as well as Mayor Vandewal and South Frontenac Councilor Pat Barr are seeking proposals for a minimum 5 unit building that would be available for rent to senior’s.
The project is a county-wide initiative, with each township having $350,000 available to them to provide financial support for a public or private sector developer to build new housing. The township of Frontenac Islands was the first to take up the challenge, and the planning for a new 5 unit building on a lot that is located on the south edge of Marysville on Wolfe Islands is well under way. South Frontenac is the next to start working on it, and at the meeting on November 16 there were three groups represented who are thinking about putting a proposal forward. Of them, two are not-for profit corporations, Loughborough Housing and Southern Frontenac Community Services, and the third is Robert Morgan of RJM Classic Homes, a Sydenham based company.
“The meeting we held was very good, and with a number of ideas being floated it became clear afterwards that we needed to broaden the discussion before focusing on what kind of development we would like to support,” said John McDougall, who sits on both South Frontenac and Frontenac County Council.
To do that, the township has posted a 12 question survey on the Southfrontenac.net website. The survey asks residents if they think senior’s oriented housing is needed in the township, where that need is greatest, and what kind of project is best suited to the township. It also asks whether it should be a rental unit, unit sizes and amenities, what kinds of services should be in place, and what government support should be available to the developer.
Ken Foulds and Ed Starr from Re-Fact consulting of Ottawa are helping the committee select a project and they will also help with the business plan. Once a project is selected and arrangements made for financing, they will also help with a business plan. Eventually, it will be the group that is developing the project who will come to the fore. The consultants and the county committee will pull back and let the project proceed.
“That’s how it worked in Marysville,” said McDougall,” who added that one of the things that needs to be determined is what the $350,000 can be used for, particularly if the project goes to the private sector.
Location is one of the subjected being explored through the questionnaire. All three of the groups at the meeting on the 16th have property available in Sydenham, however, so there is some likelihood it would be built there.
South Frontenac Community Services has property available at the Grace Centre site. Robert Morgan has set aside some land in a subdivision he developed off of Rutlege Road, and Loughborough Housing has some space available on the same site as their two building are located, and has another piece of land available in Sydenham. A site in Sydenham that can be hooked up to water would fit with the township’s development plan for the village.
Another decision that needs to be made is whether the units should be available at market rent or as rent-geared to income properties. Market rent is what is being contemplated on Wolfe Island.
The Seniors Housing questionnaire will be available until the end of the year on the township website. Southfrontenac.net.
URCA is an acronym that stands for United, Roman Catholic, Anglican in recognition of the three churches in the Village of Flinton that worked collectively to establish low cost housing for residents of Kaladar/ Barrie Township who needed it.
It's no coincidence that the project, which was needed in the North of 7 region back in the late 1980s as much as it is today because of economic and social conditions, ended up happening in Flinton. If it was left to bureaucrats to decide, the project would have undoubtedly been built on Hwy. 41 in Kaladar, Northbrook or Cloyne. Who would build social housing away from the transportation and economic corridor that is the lifeblood of the region?
It is partly the three churches in Flinton that made the difference, partly the close-knit nature of the community and partly the Freeburns, Rieta and Art. They ran the store in town, and got involved in the project in 1987. The first thing that needed to be done was to survey the need for housing, and Art spearheaded a door-to-door survey so everyone in town was contacted.
In the August 25, 1987 edition of the North Frontenac News, the headline announced “Flinton Housing Proposal Accepted” and the lead paragraph said, “On Monday, August 17, a housing corporation in Flinton received confirmation that its preliminary proposal had been accepted by the Ministry of Housing.”
8,700 proposals had been submitted by Ontario communities for funding, which only a small number received.
The optimistic committee, of which Art Freeburn was chair, expected to begin construction on 30 units of seniors' housing in short order, with the expectation that the project should be in its completion stages in 1988.
It did not happen like that. After dealing with government delays that put off the project time and time again, things came to a head about five years later. After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in consultants, architects, well drilling, and lawyers, the government was on the verge of cutting loose from the project.
That was when Art Freeburn made his most important contribution. Furious that all his and the community's efforts were about to come to nothing, he demanded and received a meeting with government officials in Ottawa. He came home that evening with a promise that he could proceed with 16 units. But then he had more work to do convince a reluctant community that the units would be a mix of seniors' and family dwellings, when the community had all along been adamant that only seniors' housing be built.
Knowing that the government was not going to back down, Freeburn told the community that both kinds of housing were going to built, and that is what happened.
The project was completed in the mid 1990s, and Art Freeburn remained as Chair on the URCA Board of Directors until his death in 2007. A memorial to him is featured in the URCA office.
The current Board Chair of URCA, Linda Hume, took on the role at the urging of Art Freeburn.
“His greatest concern was that URCA continue to be governed by the people of Flinton,” said Linda Hume. She was interviewed at the URCA office as she was preparing for this year's AGM along with property manager Larry Pick and board member Christa Sheridan.
“He felt that if local interest waned the units would be taken over by the County of Lennox and Addington and they might start to deteriorate if that happens,” she said.
Larry Pick has been the property manager at URCA for a number of years.
“We have a very good relationship with the County staff who manage our waiting list and provide funding for us,” he said, “and they appreciate the need and value of local oversight.”
“We really need to make sure that we have a strong membership in our organisation,” said Linda Hume, “and we hope to get a good showing at our AGM this year to increase those numbers. The business end of the meeting takes 15 minutes and then there is a potluck. All people have to do is show up and register as members. It is not a big commitment but it will give us more to work with,” Linda Hume added.
With statistics showing that there are 20,000 low income people in Lennox and Addington according to the 2013 sector, agencies like URCA will be more and more important, especially north of 7, in the coming years.
“We hope for a good turnout on June 24,” said Linda Hume, “it should be a good night for a BBQ.”
Severe mold, later confirmed to be many times over safe limits, forced Danielle Pollard to vacate her home at Kaladar in late September, her young daughter in tow.
This week, after a series of measures had been taken by the landlord, Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services (OAHS), the house has been given a clean bill of health as far as air quality is concerned, and Pollard is preparing to move back in.
However there are a few loose ends. Much of her furniture, and all the mattresses in the house could not be successfully freed of mold and have been thrown out.
“I asked them about my out of pocket costs for furniture and they told me that they had informed me when I moved in that I should obtain renter's insurance. I did that, but my renter's insurance does not cover damage due to mold. I'd say that is the responsibility of the landlord,” said Pollard.
In an email to her from OAHS, a commitment was made to look at relief from rent and hydro payments that Pollard has made for October and November, but when she pointed out that her renter's insurance does not cover mold damage in an email to OAHS they did not respond.
“I'm going to have to bring the financial matters to a Landord-Tenant Board tribunal,” said Pollard.
Before moving back in, Pollard is checking all the household items to make sure they are mold-free and, with the help of her church, friends and neighbours, is working on replacing the household items she needs to be comfortable in the house.
“I am a bit nervous about moving back in, because even with the inspection and the measures that have been taken to prevent mold from coming back, I still fear that it will come back, and where will I be then?” she said.
Last year, Pollard left an OAHS house in Northbrook because of mold in the basement, only to find her Kaladar home filled with mold in September.
OAHS Executive Director Don McBain, responded to a question about compensation for Danielle Pollard via email this week.
“I have requested a report from our property management division on current discussions with the client” he said. There are 9 Ontario Aboriginal Housing Corporation homes in Addington Highlands, 13 in North Frontenac, 19 in Central Frontenac, 4 in South Frontenac, 3 in Westport, 4 in Tay Valley, and 22 in the Township of Rideau Lakes, making it one of the largest providers of rent-subsidised housing in the region.
McBain said that of the 61 units listed above, 55 are currently occupied, 5 are being rehabilitated and prepared for new tenants, and one is in need of more major repairs, which will be undertaken next spring.
Danielle Pollard and her young daughter live in a subsidised rental house in Kaladar that is provided by Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services, an agency that is based in Sault Ste. Marie, and has rental properties throughout the province.
That is, she lived in the house until late September when she found that the air in the house had taken on a sour, moldy smell, and found that some of the walls of the house, all her furniture and other possessions were covered in a light grey mold. She is now staying with her mother and ailing father at their small home in Northbrook.
When I met her at the house last week, it appeared spotlessly clean inside because much of the mold had been washed off, but it persisted on the beds and some other spots. However, the smell of mold was immediately apparent as soon as I entered the house.
“Part of my frustration comes from the fact that I moved to this house because I had to leave the previous Aboriginal Services house that I lived in in Northbrook, because the mold in the basement was so bad it made the house unliveable and ruined half of my furniture,” Pollard said. “So I moved in here, and they told me the house was mold free but it isn't anymore.”
“What I want to know is whether the house is safe to live in and whether I can clean some of my furniture or does it all have to go,” she said.
Matt Doyle of the Kingston Frontenac Public Health Unit did an inspection of the house and in his letter of opinion he said any materials in the house that are porous and can not go through a washing machine, need to be replaced.
That would include the couch and chairs and almost all of the furniture, which is made of wood.
Pollard said that repeated requests for service to Aboriginal Housing Services have only resulted in inspections, but the results of those inspections have not been shared with her and no commitment to a remedy has been made.
“I've now been out of the house for almost a month, and I don't see that changing,” said Pollard, “and if I do have to replace all my furniture - how I am going to replace it?” she said.
An air quality test was ordered by Aboriginal Housing and was done early last week at the house, and last weekend an inspection was done by the Ministry of Housing Inspection and Enforcement Board on Pollard's request.
Results of those tests should have been delivered to the regional office of Aboriginal Housing in Peterborough, but calls from Pollard and a subsequent call on Tuesday by the Frontenac News have not been answered.
This is not the first time mold has been an issue in the house. According to Mike Powley, the Kaladar waste site attendant, the furniture and other possessions of the previous tenant in the building ended up in landfill because “they were covered in grey mold.”
Ontario Aboriginal Housing operates nine units in Addington Highlands, 13 in North Frontenac, 19 in Central Frontenac, four in South Frontenac, nine in Stone Mills, and 13 in Lanark Highlands.
Back toHomeLetters - April 24, 2008 Letters: April 17
Help Mary, Help Yourself! Rev. Patsy Henry & Susan Irwin
Turtles On the Move,Tracy MooreHelp Mary, Help Yourself!
I would like to introduce you to Mary. You may know someone like her, or you may find that you have in lot in common with Mary’s situation.
Mary is a pleasant, 79-year-old widow who is proud of her independence. She owns her own house, has a car and three adult children. One child lives in the Sharbot Lake area, the other two in Toronto. All three children are busy with their own lives but visit when they can. All three have expressed concerns about Mary’s ongoing ability to maintain the house and manage on her own.
Mary too is concerned, although she would never admit it to her children. The house is a lot of work and she’s finding it hard to keep up with everything. She tires more easily and the aches and pains associated with strenuous activity seem to trouble her more. But the grass still needs cutting, the garden still needs weeding, the snow needs shovelling, the windows need cleaning, the floor needs washing, the clothes need laundering, the roof needs fixing and then there’s the cooking. Oh dear, who wants to cook a big meal for one?
And then there’s the driving. Mary doesn’t drive at night anymore. She doesn’t like to drive long distances and city driving makes her nervous. Why does everyone drive so fast? Next year she has to go for a driving test. What if she doesn’t pass and loses her driver’s licence?
You can appreciate Mary’s dilemma. It is shared by many seniors, both singles and couples. It is shared by their families who worry for their well-being. It is a dilemma that occurs in urban centres, as well as rural settings, although within an urban area there may be a greater range of housing, transportation and care options available. It is a dilemma that will occur with increased frequency in our rural community given the high number of seniors living in the area and our aging population.
So what is Mary to do? Move to Perth, Kingston or another city to take advantage of seniors’ apartments, condominiums or other assisted living accommodation? Hang on and manage as best she can because she wants to remain in our rural community where she has strong roots, friends, her grandchildren and many, many memories? Still capable of independent living, Mary is not yet ready to consider the retirement home or nursing home options available in the area. But what else is there?
At present, the options are limited. However, that could change, if we, as a rural community, were ready to work together to develop much needed alternative housing for seniors.
What Mary would like is an affordable seniors building or complex with individual apartments and a dining room where residents could come together for at least one meal a day. Perhaps personal support services would be available to assist seniors who need more care but less than that which would necessitate a move to one of the area’s existing retirement homes or nursing homes. Perhaps also, transportation services could be provided by Rural Routes, for those unable to drive.
Mary’s dream is but one of a number of models of seniors housing available for consideration. Whatever the model or vision, all entail a number of issues of varying complexity ranging from location, ownership, financing, management and so forth. As well, any new seniors’ housing development should complement and augment existing seniors’ accommodation in the area’s retirement and nursing homes.
In order to tackle these issues and move forward we believe that a working committee of committed volunteers is needed. If you are interested and would like to volunteer, please call the United Church Office at 613-279-2245 and leave your name and a telephone number where you may be reached.
Working together we can accomplish much.
Rev. Patsy HenrySusan Irwin, Barrister & SolicitorTurtles on the Move
Aturtle was at the end of our driveway. I followed it for about a mile back into the woods, then to a swamp. Finally I gave up and turned back while it carried on. We live on Big Clear Lake in the east bay.
Please let people know that the turtles are traveling now. Please avoid hitting them when driving.
Council defers web-casting proposal
The next time you are home alone on a Saturday night, thinking that there are a billion websites out there and nothing to watch, you might curse Central Frontenac Council for deciding not to post their council meetings on the web.
The township’s information technologist Charlene Godfrey prepared information about two live streaming and web archiving services that are available so that people within the township and beyond would be able to view council as they carry out township business at their twice monthly 5-hour sessions.
The cost estimate from one service provider is $7,500 per year plus a one-time camera purchase of $600. Another company offers the service for a $9,000 up front cost and a $3100 annual service fee.
“Do we have any idea of how much use others have made of this?” asked Councilor John Purdon.
“There are some municipalities that are slightly larger than ours, but since we have so many people from outside the region who cannot get to meetings, we are making this proposal,” Godfrey said.
“My own view is that this might be a bridge too far at this point,” said Deputy Mayor Gary Smith.
“I think we should defer this until we get some information about the demand for it,” said Councilor Frances Smith.
The motion to defer was approved.
Municipality lines up behind seniors housing proposal
The proposal to build a four-plex low-income seniors’ housing townhouse on Clement Road in Central Frontenac is facing a hearing of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).
Neighbours of the proposed development have taken Central Frontenac Township and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to the OMB over the process they used to approve zoning and land severance for the proposed development.
While it is the developer, in most cases, who must pay all legal costs defending the approvals to the board, the developer in this case, North Frontenac Non-Profit Housing, has no budget for legal representation.
Last week, Frontenac County Council agreed to pay half of the legal costs for the housing corporation, to an upset limit of $10,000.
At their own council meeting on Tuesday night (November 24) Central Frontenac made the same commitment, providing a $20,000 cushion for the cash-strapped housing corporation.
“So often we go to the OMB to defend the integrity of our official plan when we say no to people who want to do things, and it is just a cost, but here we are defending a seniors housing project and we will be creating new assessment. It is fitting that we provide the support, especially when seniors’ housing is recognised in our Official Plan,” said Mayor Gutowski
The OMB hearing is expected sometime in January.
Infrastructure Ontario – Council received a presentation by Bob Keene of Infrastructure Ontario, an agency that offers loans to municipalities for building projects and large capital purchases.
Keen said that Infrastructure Ontario provides interest rates that are similar to what banks offer to municipalities, but they are able to guarantee rates for the life of a loan, even a 15, 20, or 30-year loan, whereas banks’ interest rates usually have to be renegotiated every five years.
Keene also said that the application procedure at Infrastructure Ontario has been streamlined
Treasurer Judy Gay said she has looked at Infrastructure Ontario in the past, and “the interest rates were similar to the banks. The only difference was the onerous application process.”
She said that the guaranteed interest rate is something the township might take advantage of in the future.
Septic system maintenance program – A draft septic system maintenance program was presented to council by the chief building official, Ian Trickett.
The proposal includes stipulations that property owners pump out their systems every five years and provide a certificate of inspection to the township to that effect.
There was talk of a township subsidy for the certificate program, and Ian Trickett said “The proposal is to target the most sensitive area first, waterfront residential in phase 1, general residential in phase 2, etc.”
The details of the plan are still to be worked out, and CAO John Duchene said, “We are asking that this be sent to our lawyer for an opinion at this time, and there is no point us working out the details unless the lawyer says we can go ahead with it.”
“I think the integrity of our environment is important,” said Mayor Gutowski. “I think we should take the next step.”
“We have neighbours that are already doing this,” said Deputy Mayor Gary Smith, “we are behind the eight ball.”
A legal opinion is being sought on the proposal.
Building figures down – For the second year in a row, Central Frontenac has seen a decrease in residential construction activity. Permits for 26 new homes had been taken out by the end of October, and 128 permits in all, for a construction value of $5,185,000.
At the same time last year permits for 30 new homes had been taken out, and 152 in all, for a value of $6,342,000.
By the end of October in 2007, permits for 35 homes had been taken out, and 176 permits in all, for a construction value of $7,083,000
Piccadilly Hall – Ian Trickett reported that plans to construct a handicapped accessible washroom at the rear of the Piccadilly Hall have run into a snag because of structural issues at the rear of the hall. He suggested, for the second time, that the rear should probably be rebuilt instead of renovated.
Councilor Bill Snyder disputed this, saying the hall might be off square, but it is in good shape.
Trickett recommended that a request for proposal be set up to allow contractors to consider either a renovation or a rebuild proposal, and this was accepted.
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority – Del Hallet, general manager of the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, made a short presentation to council.
Hallet outlined the authority’s mandate to protect water quality, reduce hazards, consider shoreline conditions, improve watershed habitats, and work on public access and education.
Hallett said, “We are quite blessed when it comes to the area in which we work; our watershed is in better shape than others across the province.”
He also referred to council’s earlier discussion about septic maintenance, and said Rideau Valley, in conjunction with the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, “conducts septic re-inspections in five municipalities” including Tay Valley and North Frontenac.
“We also understand the Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington Health Unit is shifting focus away from approving septic permits for new construction. This might be an opportunity to for us to help out as well,” he said.
Deputy Mayor commends mayor over county governance – Gary Smith attended the most recent meeting of Frontenac County Council where an agreement over governance was reached.
“I commend the mayor for an excellent presentation. I think it will lead to better governance for the county and improved relations between the townships and the county,” he said.
Generator Stolen From Verona Festival, Doug Lovegrove
Re: Mark Segworth's Warning, Bill Robinson
Where is the local talent?, Shawn McCullough
To the concerned citizen's from Clement Road, Jeff GreenGenerator stolen from Verona Festival
Bad news from the festival. Just after the festival’s close down and clean up, a generator that was on loan from Bell Aliant to assist with power for the festival was stolen from the back parking lot at the Verona Free Methodist Church and was last seen Sunday August 16. The stolen generator is a gas-powered portable generator, model ONAN Pro 6000E, serial number I991986215. The Verona Community Association hopes that anyone who may have information on the theft or the present location of the generator would pass the information along to the local office of the OPP, 613-372-1932. They also may contact the festival manager, Wayne Conway, at 613-374-3807.
Doug LovegroveRe: Mark Segsworth’s Warning
Yes there was an accident at the corners of Hwy 38 in the village of Harrowsmith and nobody was hurt, and nobody was charged. It was an accident and accidents happen on straight sections of highways all over the world.
The problem has been studied here at these corners for years.
Recently a traffic count was done for a different reason, the count was approx. 4500 vehicles a day
Why spend money on something we know already…. It is a bad situation.
My observations are my own, not the words of John Sherbino, who thinks differently, Also I would like to let him know the count of council was 7 to 2 against the spending $30 K.
Besides we have our own qualified engineer: About the $30K, we could spend that for a passing lane within the settlement area of the village. There is a young couple trying to start a business in the area, who are facing a $28,000 bill from the township for a passing lane. Perhaps the money could be used to help them out.
Councilor Bill Robinson, HarrowsmithWhere is the local talent?
While reading through your paper I came across an article highlighting the entertainment for the up-coming Parham Fair, and couldn't help but wonder, "Where is the local talent?"
There are a number of great local bands to choose from and yet the fair board seems to repeatedly hire from out of the area, ignoring the local bands. I am a musician born and raised in Parham and have been asked three times to bid on the headlining gig with our band, "Printers Alley". All of our bids have been markedly lower than Ambush's and yet have been rejected every time. We were not contacted at all this year to bid.
I have no problem with the boys in Ambush as I know all of them, but it feels like a slap in the face to our band and some of the other great local bands such as "Red Rose Express", "Tailgate, and "The Cellar Hounds", to name a few. Whoever wrote the article is either just very opinionated or very assuming to write that "Ambush" is "our favorite group". "Our" meaning members of the board who vote against us local bands? Trust me, hire any one of these local bands I mentioned and you'll have as good a show or maybe even better.
Remember, all of these men and woman are actively involved in our local charities and fund raisers such as "Relay For Life", etc. I think our area residents would be very happy to see some of this great local talent. Perhaps we need a few more local people on the fair board entertainment committee. That might make a difference!! Maybe the local musicians should consider putting on our own festival on …let’s say.....the last weekend in August next year in Parham!
As a community, we are encouraged to support local small business and agriculture, etc. But where is the support for musicians? A local fair is a showcase for what that particular community has to offer, is it not?
Now that I've aired my opinion on behalf of all the local (very talented) musicians, I'm curious to hear what the rest of the community has to say.
Shawn McCulloughTo the concerned citizen's from Clement Road
As a member of the Board of Director's of the North Frontenac Not For Profit Housing Corporation (NFPHC) I take exception to some of the language employed in the “Open Letter to Residents of Clement and Wagner Roads” that has been circulated.
Included among the letter's assertions are the comment that locating rural housing 3.5 kilometres from Sharbot Lake is tantamount to “an ill-advised experiment in social engineering which will put fragile senior's into a forest ...”
I find that a bit rich.
Whoever wrote the letter, which is unsigned, may not like the proposal, and is fully within their rights to appeal the whole thing to the Ontario Municipal Board to be sorted out, even if it that means the housing corporation could lose out on some funding, face increasd costs, or lose the project entirely.
The letter is trying to convince the community that the objections are legitimate by including accusation that the whole thing was “railroaded” through Council, that there is “no local support for this project,” and that it is “something no one else could even hope to get through council” without presenting any evidence.
I must point out that the housing corporation has followed all of the rules that have been laid out before it, and has been open about our intentions and plans from the very beginning.
I recognise the neighbours to this proposed development have concerns, which were expressed at a meeting in which the Housing Corporation invited the neighhbours to discuss the project before it went to the township planning process.
The major concern that I came away with from that meeting is the fact there are problems with the entranceway to Clement Road, and the upkeep of the road itself, both of which are not highlighted in the letter.
I sit on the housing board. Although I am not speaking for the board in this letter, I would like to assure the public that our board is merely trying to fulfill our mandate in bringing senior's housing to our area, insteading of seeing it move to Kingston. We have no hidden agenda, and we have not skipped out on any of the procedural hoops that have been thrown our way.
Whilethe letter writer is happy to make use of his/her right of appeal, which is part of the process, but feels it is ok to say in the same breath that the rest of the process is unfair, that the whole thing is being “railroaded” through.
I have talked to many of the neighbours about this project, and have thought carefully about the concerns that have been expressed, particularly about the entranceway to the project.
But this letter only makes me feel angry that after approach everyone as neighbours, our board is being accused of manipulating a public process.
We are promoting a project we are convinced will be good for the community as a whole, in this location.
People have every right to oppose it, but this letter does more than that. It uses insult and accusation in place of information and well founded concern.
Jeff Green, Board Member(North Frontenac Not-for-Profit Housing Corporation)