A HIRA BRIEFING NOTE
February 13, 2018
This is a brief report to HIRA members on the Township of Frontenac Islands Council meeting which took place on February 12 2018 at the Township Offices on Howe. Only matters with particular relevance to Howe Island are highlighted here.
- Planning- The Director of Planning for the County of Frontenac addressed Council requesting their concurrence in increasing the staff resources by one senior planner for a 3-year contract position. He noted that their workload was forcing a lot of staff overtime. He noted that the cost would be apportioned among three of the four Townships comprising the County. South Frontenac Township has their own in-house planning staff and does not use County planners for South Township planning. The Township of Frontenac Islands’ (that’s Wolfe, Howe and Simcoe) portion based on assessment is about 10%. The cost will be phased in over 3 years and it is estimated that at the end of the three years the cost to the Township of Frontenac Islands will be approximately $36,000. Council supported the increase in staff (and with it the additional cost) and the Mayor noted that the level of planning service from the County is better than the previous contract planners.
- Official Plan Amendment-Council approved an Official Plan Amendment changing the St Philomena’s Church property on Howe Island Drive from Agriculture to Rural. This amendment is to recognize the existing land use and had been in the works for some time.
- Road Race Plan-A representative from the Kingston Road Runners addressed Council to inform Council of their plans to hold a road running race on Howe on May 12 2018. Council was informed that the money raised from these races is directed to various charitable or community initiatives. On Howe Island they are proposing to direct funds towards a tennis/basketball/pickle ball court. It was noted that in order to see such a facility becoming a reality in the foreseeable future it would require partnerships with external grant agencies. Council decided to discuss this item during their budget deliberations and Council may recommend the formation of a Committee to advance this initiative.
- Road Side Garbage Pickup Contract- Council awarded the contract to Island Properties Management (Rob Feeney) and while they were the low bidder the increase over the present contract is approximately 63%. Councilor Higgs noted that this was a significant increase that could have the effect of a 2% increase in the tax rate and therefore Council should look to ways to decrease the cost by changing to pickups every two weeks rather that every week and encourage more recycling. Deputy Mayor and Councilor Nossal suggested this was a “cost of doing business” and felt that monies to offset this additional cost could be found through the budget negotiation process. (Editor’s Note: From Council’s Agenda material it appears the cost per year for pick up going forward will be $73,467(the competing tender from Manco Recycling and Waste was $74,858). Stark Battens who has been doing the road side pick-up for several years charged $45,000 in 2017)