This is a brief note to HIRA members and others on the Township of Frontenac Islands meeting held on Monday, May 11, 2020 at the Wolfe Island Township Hall. The meeting was held virtually for some councilors and the public was provided with a call in number to provide an opportunity to listen to the meeting. A number of our HIRA directors called into the meeting. Only matters of particular reference to Howe Island are highlighted here.
Garbage Collection—-The new By-Law implementing a bag-tag system for curb side pick-up was passed with both Howe Island Councilors voting in favor. Permanent residents will get 104 tags per year; seasonal residents will get 40 per season. Extra tags can be purchased at $2.50 per tag. Bags cannot exceed 30 pounds. The price of printing the tags was not available at the meeting as the tag printing firm is currently not operating due to COVID-19. The exact savings to be realized by going to a bag-tag system is not therefor known at this time. The system is expected to start in September, 2020.
Expansion of the Council Room —-A wall in the Howe Island Council room will be moved to make more room for spectators; this is in the 2020 pending budget approval.
Roads—– For users of the North Shore Road you will know that sections of the Road are in state of total disrepair. The Public Roads Manager (PWM) has said in his May 11 report to Council that the North Shore Road currently has limited to no granular limestone sub-base which is causing the majority of the issues. He says to correct this the road would require a reconstruction of the road platform by applying 10 inches of granular B and 6 inches of granular M. This item has been the subject of the PWM’s actions pending report since at least September, 2019. The PWM has said he has prepared an estimate and placed it into the final draft 2020 budget. He also has said that Council has requested alternatives due to the cost and will be looked at the next budget meeting. (The next budget meeting is scheduled for May 21, 2020). Subsequent to the Council meeting, representations have been made to Deputy Mayor Higgs and Mayor Doyle to repair potholes on the North Shore Road with hot patch. Mayor Doyle has asked the PWM to confirm when the hot patch will be available to fix the pot holes.
Ferry—–Mayor Doyle asked Councilors if they thought steel plates were needed to be put on the ferry in light of high water potential (presumably to avoid having to drive the sand-loaded truck on and off the foot ferry or, in the case of the big ferry, to avoid having the cement blocks on the ferry thus cutting capacity). The answer given, without much explanation, was plates were not necessary.
Mainland Cameras—-In our last Briefing Note dated April 19, 2020, we mentioned that the mainland ferry terminals cameras have been deferred at the request of the Howe Island Councilors. Mayor Higgs was asked subsequent to our Briefing Note why the cameras were deferred. Mayor Higgs replied that the Township budget is in its final stages and it was concluded that there are other priorities of concern such as roads. He said the mainland ferry terminals cameras can be considered in future budgets.
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