This is a brief report to HIRA members and others on the Township of Frontenac Islands Council meeting which took place on Wolfe Island at the Municipal Office on Tuesday November 13th, 2018. Two of our directors attended the meeting. Only matters of particular reference to Howe Island or of general reference are highlighted here.
- Library – Accessible doors will be installed at the entrance of the Township office and the Library on Howe Island. This installation will be completed within a few weeks.
- Township ferry -The new Council will be considering further restrictions respecting large vehicles and trailers on the Township ferry as there has been difficulty loading these vehicles.
- Ferry passes- Council confirmed that family and friends passes for the Howe Island ferries do not expire. Ferry staff will be so advised.
- Recount-Council received a letter from Tim Kirkby requesting a recount of the ballots cast in the recent Howe Island municipal election. Council approved a recount of the votes for the position of Councillor on Howe Island. The recount will be conducted by C.A.O./ Clerk Plumley and Deputy Clerk Dwyre on Thursday November 15 at 1:00 PM.
- Cannabis-Issues surrounding cannabis were discussed and Council confirmed that there will be no retail outlets on Frontenac Islands. Council will also be considering additional restrictions respecting the use of cannabis.
- Cameras at Ferry Dock-Among the Actions Pending in a Report dated November 12 2018 prepared by C.A.O./Clerk Plumley and submitted to the Council, continues to be the Item: Cameras for the ferry dock. The Report provides that research into the costs and connectivity is ongoing.
- Removal of Trailer Hitches- At the October 2018 Council meeting Councillor Higgs had inquired about whether Council had considered the removal of hitches to allow more room on the ferries. The Action Pending Report provides that staff research into the Highway Traffic Act only mentions trailer hitches relating to the obstruction of the license plate. The Report provides that “rather than remove the hitch, an additional charge could be placed on the vehicle with a trailer hitch. This would leave it up to the individual to remove the hitch rather than pay the extra charge”.