This is a brief report to HIRA members and others on the Township of Frontenac Islands Budget and Priority Setting Council Meeting held on February 19, 2019 at the Township Office on Howe Island. One of our Directors attended the meeting. Only matters of particular reference to Howe Island or of general interest are highlighted here.
- Special Funding Requests–There were 3 requests for funding which relate to Howe Island each of which were tentatively accepted: Garden Buds-$1000; Seniors Exercise-$1500; and Howe island Just for fun Baseball BBQ-$2000. There was discussion about funding requests for next year. Any funding request will have to be accompanied by a financial statement as to how funding for this year was spent and possibly an inquiry as to fund raising activity by the organization requesting funding.
- Road Side Pick-up–There was a brief discussion related to road side pick-up. While no one seemed to know for sure, it was thought that there is no local by-law on Howe that restricts either the number of bags per household set out for pickup or the weight per bag. Council staff was asked to review the contract the Township has with the contractor and report back to Council.
- Cameras at the Ferry Terminals—Darlene Plumley, CAO and Clerk of the Township reported to Council that she and Rob Dillabough met with MTO for a brief discussion about providing real time cameras at each of ferry terminals. (There are real time cameras at the Wolfe Island ferry terminals). The MTO indicated the cost would be approximately $200 per camera per month which the MTO would not cover. No decision was taken at the meeting.
- Compensation for Council Members—There was a great deal of discussion about amending the base rate of compensation provided to Council members about amending the rates they receive for attending meetings, driving per mile, and using their cell phones. It appears the federal government has changed the rules regarding tax free allowances. Council estimates that an 18% increase in their compensation would allow them to breakeven year over year. They are considering an increase above this rate based on a study done a couple of years ago.
- Council held a closed session related to a staffing or personal matter at which point the HIRA Director attending the meeting left the meeting.
- The next meeting of Council for Budget deliberations has been set for Friday March 16, 2019 at 9:45 am on Wolfe Island.