This is a brief report to HIRA members on the Township of Frontenac Islands Council meeting which took place June 11, 2018 at the Howe Island Township Offices. One of our directors attended the meeting. Only matters with particular reference to Howe Island or of general relevance are highlighted here.
- Alternative Voting Methods-Council passed a by-law which will permit alternative voting methods to be used at election time. These alternatives will include electronic voting machines, voting by mail and paper ballots.
- Return of the Foot Ferry-The current scheduled return date of the foot ferry is July 1, 2018. Council was informed by the Public Works Manager that the refurbishment is 75% complete, is on schedule and is being kept on schedule. Certain welds on the ferry have had to be brought up to standard (which was additional work). The ramp work is under way and is part of the work still to complete.
- Kayak Dock- The kayak launch dock is now situated at the foot ferry public area and can now be used. A suggestion from the public that overnight parking in the parking lot at the foot ferry be restricted to cars with Howe Island Ferry stickers, received a favourable response from the Council.
- Severance Fees- The fees to be paid by persons seeking severances was discussed and residents are reminded to refer to the appropriate by law which sets the fees. Some are 5% of the land value depending whether the land abuts the water.