St. Philomena’s has been a meeting place for Howe Islanders for almost 150 years. This special interest group – St. Philomena’s has been created to provide a place for members of HIRA who are also members of St. Philomena’s to post their photos, news and events of general interest to Howe Island residents. Historical information can also be found on ‘The Islands’ site hosted by Jennifer Hoeltzel If you wish to be able to post to this area of the site, please contact Gerry Ross or HIRA and we will provide you with the appropriate permissions to post articles and/or photos. A link will be added to the parish site once it becomes available.
Archives for February 2007
Mr. Jim Mills and Mr. Wade Coulter presented the results of the Howe Island Ratepayers Association Ferry Survey and a provided a performance comparison between the previous 9 car Howe Island Ferry and the current 15 car Howe Island Ferry. This comparison indicates that the current larger ferry moves 3 more cars per hour than the previous smaller ferry (assuming both ferries fully loaded). Mr. Paul Charbonneau, Director of Transportation Services for the County of Frontenac participated in the discussion of County operated Howe Island Ferry Service. He was very open about the deficiencies of the new ferry. Jim Mills has invited Mr. Charbonneau to a meeting of the residents of Howe Island and it is scheduled for March 27th.
After the ferry survey presentation by Jim Mills and Wade Coulter the following motion was tabled by Pat Norris to have the foot ferry operate year round:
RESOLUTION # 10 by Pat Norris and Matt Fiene
Whereas the Township of Frontenac Islands signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Howe Island County Ferry Replacement with the County of Frontenac on July 21, 2003 on the understanding that both the tonnage and hourly vehicle capacity would be increased for the users of the ferry service as addressed in both the MOU with the County of Frontenac and the Ferry Operating Agreement with the Ministry of Transportation;
And whereas the MOU outlined that the ferry would be built as detailed in the KAM Technology Report dated May, 2004;
And whereas the cycle times (trip times) of the newly commissioned Frontenac Howe Islander are longer than the vessel it replaced;
And whereas the anticipated service delivery enhancement has not been delivered:
Now therefore Council directs staff to continue the operation of the Township Ferry effective January 1, 2008 (conditions permitting) and further direct staff to secure the Provincial Subsidy for the service requirement through discussions/negotiations with the County of Frontenac, the Operators of the service.
There was unanimous support for the motion. The action on the ferry is cause for congratulating Jim Mills and his committee.
Mr. Brian Humphrys was present to present the results of the Howe Island Ratepayers Association survey poll regarding the proposed sale of Lot 8 Plan 13M-29 on Howe Island. There were 105 surveys returned of 350 distributed. Results were 41 % in favour of selling the lot and 59 % against the sale of the lot. A letter from Mr. G. Hobbs opposing the sale of the lot was received. Council decided to defer a final decision on whether or not to sell the lot until the next regular meeting of Council at which time strategic priorities could be clarified regarding where Howe was going on recreational land. The new Wolfe Island councillor, Denis Doyle had attended the first meeting along with the Mayor ( and about 20 Islanders ) and had been impressed at the people speaking up for recreational and park land. So this was deferred.
A second meeting on Development Priorities will be held in March.
Frontenac Island’s February Council Meeting will be held on Monday, February 12, 2007 at the Howe Island Municipal Building at 6:30 p.m.
The Township will be hosting a meeting at the Township Office, Tuesday February 6th, at 7:00pm to come up with a ‘handful’ of Development Opportunities for the future of Howe Island. Host will be Mr. Brian Richie from the Ontario Ministry of Food Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Please plan to attend this important meeting!!