As all Islanders are aware, the County Ferry was shut down last Friday on very short notice due to the stated reason of staffing shortages. This led to long lines at the small ferry and extreme frustration generally. Ferry service is becoming unpredictable and unreliable and is an increasing safety concern for Howe Islanders.
The County Ferry is owned by the MTO but is operated by the County of Frontenac under an operating agreement between the County and MTO.
The small ferry is also owned and operated by the Township of Frontenac Islands with financial assistance from the MTO.
There is a Meeting of the County of Frontenac Council this coming Wednesday July 17, 2019 at 9:30 am at the County offices at 2069 Battersea Road, Glenburnie, Ontario. The Meeting Agenda has been set.
The HIRA Board held an emergency meeting this morning and decided to seek an amendment to the Meeting Agenda to permit a delegation from HIRA to speak to the deteriorating ferry situation on Howe and seek the County’s commitment to restore and improve the ferry service on an urgent basis.
We have asked Mayor Doyle and Bruce Higgs, both of whom sit on the County Council, to seek the amendment from Council to permit the delegation.
If they commit to seek the amendment, (whether or not it is granted will be up to Council), we will notify recipients of this Briefing Note so that, if you are available to attend the meeting on Wednesday, you can attend and support the delegation.
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