A HIRA Briefing Note-May 14, 2019
Reminder: Pancake Breakfast Monday, May 20, 2019. 8:30 am to 11:30 am.
St Philomena’s Hall
This is a brief report to HIRA members and others on the Township of Frontenac Islands Council Meeting which took place on Monday May 13, 2019 at the Township Offices on Wolfe Island. One of the HIRA directors attended the meeting. Only matters of particular reference to Howe Island or of general interest are highlighted here.
- Public Works Manager (PWM) Report on Actions Pending—As to the North Shore Road Byrne Point Guardrail, the report states that the PWM will be working on a Plan to come to the Council in the future. There was no information at the meeting as to when the work on the plan will start or the timing of completion.— As to the Spithead Circle, the Report states that the PWM has started the process with legal and survey. No further information at the meeting on timing. — As to Foot Ferry dock rehab, the report states that work will begin after July 15th due to Ministry of Natural Resources permit requirements. —As to real time tracking and cameras for the ferry docks, the report states the PWM will be working at requesting quotations in the future. No information at the meeting on when the work on requesting will begin. (You will note below under the heading Ferry Committee, that part of the mandate of the Ferry Committee to be appointed by Council in early June, is to research the feasibility of cameras at Howe Island ferry dock. There appears to be confusion or overlap as to what the PWM is intending to do with respect to cameras and what the Ferry Committee is intended to do on the cameras issue). —As to road maintenance, the hot mix box (intended to improve pot hole repair) has been delivered and after fixing pot holes on Wolfe for two weeks will be brought to Howe to do the same thing. No explanation at the meeting given by the PWM or asked for by the Howe Island Councilors why Wolfe given priority. — As to Spithead re-construction, the report states that granular base, surface treatment and seed mulching has been approved and a work plan is being put together. No information given at the meeting on timing of the work plan. —As to North Shore Road, Howe Island Drive and Baseline Road ditching program, work is to be completed after Construction projects completed. No explanation given at the meeting on what Construction projects are referenced..
- Weed Spraying Program—Weed spraying along the roads on Howe will begin shortly. Advertisements regarding the weed program will be placed in the local paper and on the Township web site. If you do not want spraying along the roadside frontage of your property, signs to that effect will be available from the PWM.
- Waste and Recycling—There will be an Open House at the Howe Island Recycling Depot hosted by the Township on Saturday June 8, 2019, 8:00am to noon.
- Howe Island Ferry Advisory Ad-hoc/Special Project Committee. —The Township is looking for three representatives from Howe Island to join this Committee. The Committee mandate includes gathering information on ferry usage, finding opportunities for faster service, researching feasibility on cameras at the ferry docks and gathering information on ridership, wait times and customer satisfaction. For the form of application and the full mandate of the Committee, go to the Township web site. Two Council members will be on the Committee; one will be Chair. Applications must be sent to the CAO/Clerk Plumley in the prescribed form by May 31, 2019.
- Road Closure.—An application by the Dowlings for a road closing matter having to do with north of the Lower Side Road was differed to the next meeting of Council on Howe Island pending receipt of further information.
- Priority of School Buses on the Ferry. —A proposal for a one month test period during which loading school buses in priority to cars and trucks would be suspended, was defeated. Instead a proposal to meet with school boards and bus company’ s to discuss reducing the number of school buses traveling to and from the Island was adopted. The meeting heard that there are 35 children being bused on and off the Island by three large and one smaller bus.
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