This is a brief report to HIRA members and others on the Township of Frontenac Council Meeting held on Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Township Office on Howe Island. Three of our directors attended the meeting. Only matters of particular reference to Howe Island are highlighted here.
Delegations—The Howe Island Garden Buds President, Barb Worona, gave Council an overview of their spending and requested a small increase in funding from Council for next year to $1250 from $1220.
Lighting in the P for Park at the County ferry—It was noted that the street light at the north end of the parking facility is now working.
Actions Pending By the Public Works Manager—North Shore Road (Byrne Point Guard Rail) and Spithead Road work all pushed forward to the 2020 budget deliberations. North Shore Road ditching program and reconstruction of the North Shore Road platform (to correct the fact that the NSR has limited to no granular limestone base which is causing the majority of the issues) has also been pushed off to the 2020 budget deliberations. Howe Island drive at the Gibson Curve and the Quinn Hill improvements to address flooding at high water will be addressed during the 2020 budget deliberations. The Patrick Norris Park improvements will be part of the 2020 budget deliberations.
Cameras—Based on communications from Mayor Doyle to HIRA, it is expected that the installation of a real time camera at the mainland ferry terminal for the County ferry will be on the agenda for the 2020 budget deliberations.
Budget Deliberations Meeting—This meeting is scheduled to be held at the Howe Island Township office on Tuesday, December 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm. This meeting is open to the public.
Bubble System and Weights on the County ferry—Councilor Higgs reported to Council that MTO has tested the bubble system at the County ferry and reported its OK. He also reported that the MTO will be adjusting (shortening) the cables that raise and lower the shore ramps for the County ferry so that there will be no need to put weights on the ferry deck during high water periods.
Foot Ferry—Staff advised Council that MTO is conducting an engineering study to address reconstruction of the ramps at the foot ferry in light of high water issues.
Meeting with Member of Parliament Garretson—A meeting with Mr. Gerretson is still contemplated but not yet scheduled all with a view to discussing the high water issue and its adverse effect on Frontenac Islands.
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