This is a brief note to HIRA members and others on the Township of Frontenac Council Meeting held on Monday, February 10, 2020 at St Philomena’s Hall on Howe Island. A number of our Directors attended the meeting. Only matters of particular reference to Howe Island are highlighted here.
High Water—Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands Mark Gerretsen attended the meeting and directed his remarks mainly to the continuing issue of high water although he did make reference to the need for broadband network to the Frontenac Islands. By way of summary, from Mark’s remarks, it is apparent that it is principally the shipping industry that is driving the high water issues we are having in Frontenac Islands and the Great Lakes. The International Joint Commission controls the outflow of water from Lake Ontario under Plan 2014; too much outflow adversely affects shipping; the amount of water flowing out of Lake Erie into Lake Ontario peaks at the same time maximum water is flowing down the Ottawa River towards Montreal. Threats of flooding at Montreal restrict the amount of water the IJC will release at Cornwall thereby leaving us in the Islands with high water. Mark asked everyone to sign a petition which if there are sufficient signatures will give him standing to raise the high water issue in the House of Commons. The petition is found at https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2300
Learn more about the high water and what you can do at: High Water Talks, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, Duncan McArthur Hall, Queens University, 6:00 pm-8:30 pm. For more information go to: www.unitedshorelineontario.ca –Events.
By referring to the United Shoreline Ontario web site above you will see that it believes Plan 2014 is an unbalanced plan and should be revoked and replaced with a truly balanced policy that distributes injury and benefits fairly to all stakeholders.
Broadband Network—-On this subject, Mark simply said the Federal Government is willing to cooperate with other levels of government in promoting broadband to rural communities.
Planning—-Joe Gallivan, Director of Planning and Economic Development, County of Frontenac, addressed remarks about commencing work on the Official Plan for the County, which includes Howe Island, next year. He mentioned that the County is now dealing with a better set of tools in connection with planning such as sophisticated contour mapping tools which will be of assistance in determining flood plain outlines.
Public Works Department Manager Pending Actions—-The North Shore Road guard rail leading to Byrne Point and the Spithead Circle surface treatment are listed as pending- 2020- budget-ongoing and pending-2020 budget-approval respectively. The Howe Island Dog Park is described as being looked at by the PWD in 2020. The PWM has received quotes for real time cameras for the mainland side of the ferry terminals and they are to be considered by the Township Council for the 2020 budget. A budget for improvements for the North Shore Road has been prepared and is deferred to the 2020 budget. A Quinn’s Hill/ Gibson Curve culvert budget has been prepared and is included in the roads budget to be considered by Council. Regarding upgrades to Patrick Norris Community Park, submissions for government funding have been made. A decision can be expected in late spring early summer.
howeisland.org NOTE: If you are a member of HIRA, thank you for your support. If you are not a member, please consider joining at $10 per year and $100 for life. Yearly membership dues are due on January 1 of each year. If you have paid, thank you. If you have not paid, please send or deliver a cheque payable to HIRA to one of our Directors or place a cheque into the HIRA mailbox at the roadside at the Township Office.