This is a brief report to HIRA members on the Township of Frontenac Islands Council meeting which took place May 14th 2018 at the Wolfe Island Council chambers. One of our directors attended the meeting. Only matters with particular reference to Howe Island or of general relevance are highlighted here.
- Delegation: Ferry Service-Bill Robertson, HIRA Chair, spoke to Council following up on HIRA’s several previous requests relating to matters affecting ferry service. He emphasized that transportation to and from the Island must be Council’s number one priority. He asked Council: (a) to again consider internet connected cameras at each ferry terminal which would improve service by providing ferry users with real time information on position of ferries and length of line-up; (b) to change the maintenance periods form 9:30-11-30 am to late at night; (c) to add an additional crew member at least during rush hours to speed up loading and unloading; (d) to add road lines on the roads leading to the ferry to give users some idea of wait times; (e) to place a Johnny- on- the spot in the P for park lot on the Howe Island side during the foot ferry outage period for the convenience of ferry users.Council said they had considered the camera request at the last round of budget deliberations but had considered the deck replacement on the Foot Ferry more important. They said they would consider the camera request at the next round of budget deliberations. They said they had asked the MTO to change the maintenance periods but were not hopeful MTO would make the change. They said that an additional crew member had been added last weekend at some time.
They instructed Bob Dillabough, Public Works Manager, to put up markers or paint lines on the road at certain intervals so that ferry users in line-ups can have some idea of wait times. They agreed to look into placing a Johnny- on- the spot on the P for park lot.
- Delegations- Spithead Road Reconstruction- Roger Ellerton, a resident of the east end of Spithead Road spoke of his objections to the reconstruction of the Road as a one-way road rather than a two-way road as it currently is now. Joe de Mora, Chair of the roads committee of the Spithead Residents Association spoke in favour of proceeding with the reconstruction of the Road as a one-way road.
- Kayak Dock- Council voted to accept the quotation of Power Marine Center for the supply and installation of a Kayak Dock for $11,556.00. It will be installed near the Foot Ferry.
- Foot Ferry Refit- Council informed the meeting that the timetable for the return of the Foot Ferry is on schedule for June 30th 2018. The deck has been removed and some of the hull dividers are installed; more rust than anticipated was uncovered.