This is a brief report to HIRA members and others on the Township of Frontenac Islands Council meeting which took place on Howe Island at the Municipal Office on Tuesday October 9th, 2018. Two of our directors attended the meeting. Only matters of particular reference to Howe Island or of general reference are highlighted here.
- Severances-a severance application was approved for a lot at the east end of Spithead Road allowing a reduction of set back from 10 meters to 5 meters with conditions.
- Removal of Trailer Hitches- Bruce Higgs asked what was being done about this outstanding item. If trailer hitches are removed, it would allow more room on the ferries particularly the foot ferry. Council was informed that there is a long line of items needing attention like this item. Council wondered if it had the jurisdiction to pass a bylaw requiring the removal of trailer hitches when not being used. Staff will be asked to review the jurisdiction and enforcement issues and get back to Council.
- Ferry fees and fares-Council passed a bylaw to maintain the current formula for billing for the Howe Island ferry operation. Council was informed that suggestions received over the past year had been considered by County of Frontenac Financial Services but that they determined that the current fees and fares are adequate to cover expenses. Council was also informed that although there are various other ways of collecting revenue in support of ferry operations, there is no compelling reason to change the manner in which revenue is collected at this time. The report to Council included the following:”It was identified that there may be ways to raise the same amount of funds but in a manner more equitable and fair to Howe Island residents.”
- Council Compensation Report-A consulting firm, Krecklo and Associates has provided a Council Compensation Review Report to Council. Council gets a benefit in that a portion of their compensation is tax free. CRA has removed that benefit. That Report contains a recommendation to increase the Council’s compensation to make up for the lost benefit. At Tuesday’s meeting an action item Council was going to pass was to effectively adopt the recommendation to increase their compensation. Deputy Mayor Nossal strongly objected to such adoption. Council then changed “adopting’ the recommendation to “considering” the recommendation, effectively putting it over to the next Council.
- North Shore Road-Rob Dillabough informed Council that construction of improvements to the North Shore Road would begin on Wednesday October 10.