HIRA BRIEFING NOTE- July 18, 2021

HIRA BRIEFING NOTE- July 18, 2021

This is a brief note to HIRA members and other residents of Howe Island about the Township of Frontenac Islands council meeting held on Monday July 12, 2021. In light of Covid-19 restrictions, the meeting was virtual. The public was provided with Zoom access to the meeting. A couple of our HIRA directors called into the meeting. Only matters of particular interest to Howe Island residents are highlighted here.

STATUS OF ROAD MAINTENANCE INITIATIVES 2021:

  • North Shore Road:  Ditching work and culvert installation is complete. Stone application is ongoing. Completion expected soon.
  • Baseline Road: Reconstruction and double surface treatment is complete.
  • Spithead Road: Double surface treatment is complete.
  • Howe Island Drive (@ Quinn Bay curve): Double surface treatment is complete.

FACILITIES & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT UPGRADES:

  • Howe Island Administration Office & Library:

Window installation scheduled for completion on July 14, 2021. Flooring installation yet to be scheduled.

  • Howe Island Recreation Trail Maintenance:

New tractor & mower for Howe Island has been delivered. It is our understanding that the trail is to be mowed this week.

Trail is to be graded and stone surface to be applied after work on North Shore Road is complete.

  • Upgrades to Patrick Norris Park:

Federal, provincial and municipal funding approval for upgrades to Patrick Norris Park are now in place and the project is expected to be completed during the current construction season.

Upgrades are expected to include

  1. Construction of accessible public washrooms
  2. Install multi-use tennis courts with capability to accommodate other sports e.g. pickleball etc
  3. Construction of shelter/pavilion to house picnic tables, host musical/cultural events
  4. Complete improvements to ball diamond
  5. Install safe base underneath children’s playground equipment

Township council has convened an ad hoc committee of interested residents to provide community input to a site plan and to assist staff to implement the plan.

The committee (the Howe Island Recreation Committee) held an initial meeting on June 17, 2021. The committee members are:

           Noreen MacDougal (Chair)

           Sue Byrne

           Deb Holtom

           Natalie Nossal

           Rory Chamberlain

The committee plans to provide updates to Howe Island residents via a communication sheet as the project progresses.

We are grateful for the efforts of the committee members and we thank them all for the contribution of their time and their expertise.

We also would like to thank C.A.O. / Clerk Darlene Plumley for the excellent work done to successfully navigate the grant application process and to secure the funding for this project (approx. $295,000). Congratulations to Darlene for a job well done!

HOUSEHOLD WASTE BAG TAG PROGRAM:

          No change to the plan described in previous briefing notes….

  • 2021-2022 waste bag tags will be available to all Howe Island residents as of August 2, 2021. Each residence is to receive 104 tags at no charge.
  • Tags may be picked up at the Howe Island township administration office on or after August 2, 2021. Residents will be required to provide proof of residence to township staff to receive their tags.

Proposed Development Charges By-Law:

HIRA has presented Council with a request that the township ferry be included in the calculation of costs associated with the township road network.  Road network costs are a component of the cost base used to calculate development charges levied on builders/developers. Although the provincial Act does not make specific references to costs associated with the operation of a ferry system, HIRA takes the position that the township ferry system is an integral part of our municipal transportation network and should, therefore, be included in any development charge cost base.

Support for this position was not unanimous at the council level but our submission has been sent to staff for further consideration. Stay tuned. 

Financial Report-June 2021:

Per report submitted to Council by Deputy Clerk / Deputy Treasurer Scott Kerr revenue and expenditures recorded to date re Howe Island are in line with 2021 budget. The only variances are positive:

  • Fire revenue higher than anticipated due to grant received for the Ontario Fire Safety Program…..$2,500 for Howe Island
  • Road revenue higher than anticipated due to 2017 flood relief funding from Municipal Affairs ….$65,082. Funds have been transferred to the Howe Island transportation reserve.

Police Services Board – Leeds Detachment (OPP):

The Township of Frontenac Islands, in cooperation with the other 6 municipalities in the County of Leeds, has requested approval from the Solicitor General to the formation of a single Police Services Board to provide oversight for the Leeds detachment of the OPP.

Each municipality in the county is to be provided with a single seat on the eleven member board. Two seats are to be extended to representatives of the county- at- large and two seats will be occupied by members to be appointed by the province.

By-Laws Adopted:

  • By-Law 2021-18
  • A by-law to regulate open-air burning in the township. The by-law replaces three existing by-laws that regulate the use of open-air fires on Howe Island and Wolfe Island. The new by-law requires residents to apply for a permit from the township before conducting open-air burning on their property. Cost for a permit is $5.00 per day.

Permits will be available from both the Wolfe Island and the Howe Island municipal offices.

  • Amendments to By-Law 2016-28, Schedule “A” and “C”

The by-law in question regulates maximum speeds on township roads. The amendments do not involve changes to speed limits currently in place on Howe Island. Amendments were made to address traffic issues on Wolfe Island.

END of COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS

Other Items of Interest

  • 2021 Howe Island Terry Fox Run:

The 16th annual Howe Island Terry Fox Run will take place on Sunday, September 19, 2021. All funds raised are directed to cancer research.

This event depends heavily on volunteer assistance. If you are interested in volunteering your services please contact Allison Hinton @ (613) 561-5851 or email Allison@HallofFlame.ca.

  • Second Dose Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic Conducted June 13, 2021:

In the spring Howe Island was granted the privilege of running our own COVID-19 vaccine clinic for those who were at risk medically and the over 75’s.  As you know the Moderna vaccine requires two shots so a few weeks ago we were given about 72 hours to get the second dose clinic up and running and we are very grateful to all the volunteers who gave up their Sunday afternoon on June 13, 2021 to help out. 

Some people thought this was a walk-in clinic and unfortunately we could not offer them the vaccine, but the nurses on the island did link those people to clinics where vaccine was available.   We are very grateful that so many people pulled together as a team and worked with the Fire Hall staff to offer a seamless process that kept every one safe.  A prime example of how small communities can work together to pull off amazing events.  Thank you to everyone involved

END of BRIEFING NOTE

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