HIRA Briefing Note-October 17th 2019
This is a brief report to HIRA members and others on the Township of Frontenac Islands Council meeting held at the Township office on Howe Island October 15th, 2019. Two of our Directors attended the meeting.
Only matters of particular reference to Howe Island or of general interest are highlighted here. Please review the attachments referenced in this note.
Cameras- The news that the cameras are up and operating at each Island side ferry terminal has been greeted with much enthusiasm by ferry users. HIRA acknowledges and thanks Mayor Doyle, Councilors Higgs and MacDougall and the rest of the Township Council and Council staff for their hard work in seeing the Island side of this project to its successful conclusion.
Delegations- Prior to the meeting date, HIRA made a request of Council for a delegation opportunity. It was accepted. This is the request that we sent to Council.
“HIRA intends to address Council on issues relating to:
- Ferry service including the state of the foot ferry maintenance backup parts – trailer hitch signs
- What is happening with the County’s plan to seek a new deal with MTO for Howe Island Ferry Operations;
- Plans to ensure that High and Low water issues on the St. Lawrence River do not impact our Ferries;
- Steps being taken by Township Council for new drive system for the County Ferry;
- Planning process in relation to ferry service;
- State of North Shore Road repairs;
- Lighting for the P for Park on Howe;
- Cameras Howe Island terminals.”
At the meeting, HIRA thanked Mayor Doyle, the other members of Council and their staff for the installation of the Cameras on the Howe Island ferry approaches. HIRA reported that our members have asked what the plans are for installation of cameras on the mainland.
HIRA thanked Rob Dillabough for the installation of the trailer hitch signs. This should reduce the safety issues on the ferry and help with ferry loading if we can get islanders to comply.
This is the link to Public Works Manager Rob Dillabough Report for Howe Island
Frontenac County has announced plans to seek a new deal with MTO for Howe Island Ferry Operations. Paramedics are currently looking after the service 24/7. That contract is currently under renegotiation and MTO has sent a request to Toronto for approval. Next County of Frontenac meeting is October 17, 2019.
The request for high water preparation at small ferry – the adjustment of ramps for high water and the placement of steel plates on deck instead of using truck full of sand is still being looked into by MTO.
New Drive system for County ferry status has not changed as it still has to go to MTO engineering. It appears we will see nothing done until Amherst Island ferry is available as a replacement boat for the big ferry.
HIRA asked if Council has any long term plans 1,2,or 5 year to handle ferry capacity. Darlene Plumley was asked to look into the previous study completed some time ago.
The road tour covered the North Shore road improvements. Nothing definitive to report. The light for the parking lot at large ferry is on a Bell pole but we are still waiting for Bell who owns the pole to give Hydro the ok to turn on.
HIRA indicated to Council that HIRA supported the application for government funding for improvements to the Recreation Park and would provide a letter of support as requested by Councilor Noreen MacDougall.
Council passed bylaws for one way road at Spithead and for an increase in annual ferry passes for next year of $5.00.
Council is looking at High Speed Internet through Cogeco.
Council is sending a letter to the International Joint Commission to lower the water in the fall to stop the flooding in spring with a copy going to MPP Katherine McKenna.
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