NEWS ALERT… On September 19, HIRA board members…Gary Hall, Gary Nichol, Geoff Hobbs and Terry Botten… attended Frontenac County’s Council meeting. Carl and Heather Lippert made a presentation to Council. Prior to their presentation, an ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT by Liz Savill, CAO, County of Frontenac, was distributed to all in attendance.
The REPORT provided a background of the ferry and made mention that in 2003 the County took note of the frustration expressed by users and concluded that a provision to restrict certain traffic from the ferry during specified hours of operation would resolve at least some part of this concern.
The REPORT states the resolution passed by our Township Council and makes this comment: “Following receipt of this resolution, the County has been the recipient of a large number of messages from users of the ferry service. With only a few exceptions, all writers disagree with the request of the Township Council and are imploring the County to maintain the restrictions.”
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT’S RECOMMENDATION:
“That Council of the County of Frontenac accept this Emergency and Transportation Services Frontenac-Howe Islander Ferry Rush Hour Restrictions Update report;
And further, Council of the County of Frontenac direct staff to continue to review its legal authority to ensure that its commuting users of the Frontenac-Howe Islander Ferry Service are given priority access to the service during peak travel hours;
And finally, Council of the County of Frontenac request that this matter return to the Council agenda at its next meeting for further consideration.”
Some HIRA board members have met Chris Messerschmidt, County of Frontenac, who will provide the Council with his findings and Council is hopeful that the study will be presented at the next Council meeting.
We at HIRA will keep you informed of the status of this situation.