5. Volunteer Award: Mike Hart was recognized for his good work in bringing children together for Wednesday night baseball as well as leading the community in other activities. Congratulations Mike.
6. Applications for Consent: The Nichol/Wallace on Howe application was deferred.
12. Mike Quinn and many of the volunteers were present to thank Council for supporting the purchase of a new emergency vehicle.
15. Other Business:
A. Discussion around the purchase of an ice-making machine for the Wolfe Island ice pad. Seems it’s no longer an “ice pad”. In March, Council approved an expenditure of up to $252,000. to support the cost of site preparation, concrete, rebar, insulation, tubing and headers, and dasher boards for the outdoor ice pad. Now it seems it would be better to have a roof in order to save on the cost of an ice-making machine(in May the Wolfe Island Community Centre Board requested funds for a Zamboni but nothing was resolved at the May Council meeting). Wonder if a business plan has been done to support on-going costs?
B. Matt wanted to have an update on the proposed enhancements of Howe Island Drive and the Lower SIde Road as he seemed to be questioning the amount of preparation work being done on the Lower Side Road. A meeting will be arranged with the consultants and the Township.
C. Wolfe Island farmers are having a problem moving their product off the island as well suppliers to farmers are having problems going on and off the island due to ferry traffic. Two ferry waits are being experienced. This concern was expressed by an attendee representing the Wolfe Island farmers, “could impact the future of agriculture on Wolfe Island”. The farmers are requesting a seasonal pass for agricultural related vehicles to jump the queue. Of course, much thought must go into such a request but these ferry waits certainly highlight the problem of growth on an island.
The Mayor, in his December 2006 address following the election stated that transportation was the number one issue on the agenda and that the pending Wolfe Islander III environmental assessment, that would include the next generation of Howe Island transportation, should start now. In his address, the Mayor stated,”It is the largest issue facing our community and will take all the talent at this table to bring about positive results. No one staff person , mayor , councillor or individual can take the ball and run with this. It is too complicated, emotional, fraught with difficulty and filled with misinformation. But I believe four years is sufficient time if we work as a team to see something happen”. Nothing has happened…
Nobody has heard from the Ministry of Transportation, so, a letter will be sent wanting to know where the environmental assessment is at this stage. As well, the Wolfe Islander III will be out service for a few weeks in October and November and will be replaced with a smaller vessel thus adding to the transportation chaos.
Should we think out loud? It can be dabgerous but the facts are…the wind mills continue to be serviced by mainland vehicles, tourists are driving around to look at them, Big Sandy Bay is attracting tourists, construction is high based on the continuance of land being severed therefore driving the population of island, yet Wolfe Islander III stays the course. While I speak of the Wolfe Isalnd ferry problems, Howe islanders this summer have to wait for ferries as the island seems to be on the map as a pleasant drive particularly if you’re on a motorcycle or bicycle but, they do take up room on the ferry.
So, where is Council taking us? Where is the Official Plan? HIRA wrote to the Council on April 27 requesting an update, diidn’t get a formal reply. We’re told that a meeting in September would offer a draft to islanders. Stay tuned…
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