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HIRA BRIEFING NOTE- May 22, 2022

This is a brief note to HIRA members and other residents of Howe Island about the Township of Frontenac Islands regular council meeting held on Monday, May 9, 2022. The public was provided with Zoom access to the meeting and a couple of our HIRA directors called into the meeting. Only matters of particular interest to Howe Island residents are highlighted here.

  • North Shore Road Resurfacing:

As reported in our briefing note for April, 2022 the contract for double surface treatment of North Shore Road, from Howe Island Drive east to Pat Norris residence, has been awarded to Miller Paving Ltd.

Work is expected to be completed in the first part of June, 2022.

  • Lower Side Road:

No change from our note of March 27, 2022.

Application of 2” of gravel to stabilize surface is to be completed as soon as stone is available from a supplier on Howe Island (cost considerations require use of a local supplier as it is very expensive to bring stone from the mainland). Completion is expected late spring of 2022.

Road work will also include application of calcium on the southern half of Lower Sideroad to mitigate dust hazards.

We understand that brush will be trimmed back from the roadside over the course of the spring and summer of 2022.

Please note that speed limits on Lower Sideroad have been reduced to 60 km/hr.

  • Drive System Upgrade for County Ferry:

No change from our April note. Bid specifications for a new drive system for the County ferry have been provided to Procurements Ontario and the project is now out for bid.  Stay tuned.

  • Norris Park upgrades:

The Howe Island Recreation Committee met on April 26, 2022.

A final site plan has been completed.

Playground equipment has been installed.

As we reported previously, all fencing work has been completed.

A contractor is in place to complete the tennis/pickleball court and the basketball court. Installation is expected to be completed in the spring of this year.

With respect to the picnic/concert pavilion and the accessible washroom facility, the township has accepted a bid from UBCON Construction Limited to complete construction of both structures at a total cost of $218,314.00 plus HST. Township council authorized a transfer of $90,000.00 from the Howe Island Recreation Reserve account to assist with funding.

No timelines have been provided by the contractor yet. We understand the plan is for a completed facility to be available by late fall of this year.

LED lighting for the ball diamond has been completed.

The Recreation Committee is scheduled to meet on June 14, 2022.

We look forward to a status update on expected timelines for the project following that meeting.

This item was reported in our previous briefing note but given the importance of the subject matter we chose to repeat the message this month:

Council passed the above-noted by-law to establish community safety zones on various roads in the township. One such zone will be established on Howe Island Drive from a point 800 meters east of Lighthouse Lane to 740 metres west of Lower Sideroad. The speed limit for this portion of Howe Island Drive will be reduced to 60 km / hour.

Signage related to the change in speed limit is to be installed in the very near future. The safety zone has been established to improve  roadway safety for motorists and pedestrians entering and exiting Pat Norris Park.

As previously reported application of stone is to be completed as local        stone supply becomes available. It is expected to take place in the late spring or summer of this year.

No change from our last briefing note. Township staff are still preparing documents to request bids for design work.

The annual half-load trucking restriction was removed on May 2, 2022.

Township Council approved a plan to overhaul and upgrade the municipal website at an estimated cost of $34,900 with an annual hosting, licensing and maintenance fee of $6,924. Funds that were previously earmarked for this purpose in the Modernization Reserve will be transferred to cover the cost.

It is expected the upgrade will take approximately 6-9 months to complete. The upgrade is expected to deliver a website that is more informative and user-friendly than the one currently in use.

END of COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS

Other info of interest

  • Howe Island Pitch-In 2022:

The event, co-sponsored by the Township of Howe Island in partnership with the Howe Island Ratepayers Association (HIRA), took place as scheduled on April 23, 2022. Once again the event proved to be a resounding success.

We extend our thanks to all of the volunteers who turned out to clean-up roadsides all over Howe Island. Your efforts continue to enhance the natural beauty of our community.

We would like to extend a special thank you to HIRA board members Sue Byrne and Andy Hathaway. Sue was responsible for organizing and coordinating the event. Andy volunteered his time and effort to provide Sue with onsite assistance throughout the day of the event.

  • 2022 Howe Island Hustle Road Race:

On May 7, 2022 Howe Island hosted the annual Howe Island Hustle road race sponsored by the Kingston Road Runners Association. Despite a number of logistical challenges that arose from the unscheduled shut-down of the County ferry, the organizers and volunteers rose to the occasion and delivered an eminently successful event.

Thanks are in order to all the volunteers who contributed their time and energy to make this year’s “Hustle” a success. Special recognition is due for Lana Saunders, who organized and coordinated the event, and to Dan Lambert who provided his barbecue and his culinary skills to ensure the race participants and volunteers were all well fed.

Honorable mention is in order for Deb Holtom for the assistance she provided marshalling volunteer support. Honorable mention is also in order for Councilor Bruce Higgs who contributed the tent and awning equipment used and also supervised installation and tear-down of same.

END of BRIEFING NOTE

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a member of HIRA, thank you for your support. If you are not a member, please consider joining at $10 per year. Yearly membership dues are due on January 1 of each year. If you have paid, thank you. If you have not paid, please send or deliver a cheque payable to HIRA to one of our Directors or place a cheque into the HIRA mailbox at the roadside at the Township Office

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HIRA BRIEFING NOTE- April 18, 2022

HIRA BRIEFING NOTE- April 18, 2022

This is a brief note to HIRA members and other residents of Howe Island about the Township of Frontenac Islands regular council meeting held on Monday, April 04, 2022. The public was provided with Zoom access to the meeting and a couple of our HIRA directors called into the meeting. Only matters of particular interest to Howe Island residents are highlighted here.

  • North Shore Road Resurfacing:

No change from our note of March 27,2022.

Contract for double surface treatment of North Shore Road, from Howe Island Drive east to Pat Norris residence, has been awarded to Miller Paving Ltd. Contract cost is estimated at $68,040. The contractor expects to complete before the end of June, 2022.

Township staff expect to grade the section of road around the end of April as required equipment becomes available for use on Howe Island.

  • Lower Side Road:

No change from our note of March 27, 2022.

Application of 2” of gravel to stabilize surface is to be completed as soon as stone is available from a supplier on Howe Island (cost considerations require use of a local supplier as it is very expensive to bring stone from the mainland). Completion is expected late spring of 2022.

We understand that brush will be trimmed back from the roadside over the course of the spring and summer of 2022.

Township council plans to pass a by-law at the next council meeting, scheduled for April 4, 2022, to lower the speed limit on Lower Side Road to 60 km/hr.

  • Drive System Upgrade for County Ferry:

Rob Dillabough, Public Works Manager, advised that bid specifications for a new drive system for the County ferry have  been provided to Procurements Ontario and the project is now out for bid.  Stay tuned.

  • Norris Park upgrades:

No material change since our last note of March 27, 2022.

A final site plan has been completed.

Playground equipment has been ordered and will be installed in the spring of this year.

As we reported previously, fencing work has been completed.

A contractor is in place to complete the tennis/pickleball court and the basketball court. Installation is expected to be completed in the spring of this year.

With respect to the picnic/concert pavilion, staff are still engaged in preparing a Request for Proposal. The plan is the completed facility will be in place by late fall of this year.

Staff are still engaged in preparation of a Request for Proposal for the accessible washroom/storage building. The plan is for a completed facility to be available by late fall of this year.

LED lighting for the ball diamond has been completed.

The Recreation Committee is scheduled to meet on April 26, 2022.

We are hoping for a status update on expected timelines for the project following that meeting. More information may be available at the next meeting of Township council, scheduled for May 9, 2022.

Council passed the above-noted by-law in order to establish community safety zones on various roads in the township. One such zone will be established on Howe Island Drive from a point 800 meters east of Lighthouse Lane to 740 metres west of Lower Sideroad. The speed limit for this portion of Howe Island Drive will be reduced to 60 km / hour.

Signage related to the change in speed limit is to be installed in the very near future. The safety zone has been established to improve  roadway safety for motorists and pedestrians entering and exiting Pat Norris Park.

As previously reported application of stone is to be completed as local        stone supply becomes available. It is expected to take place in the spring of this year.

No change from our last briefing note. Township staff are preparing documents to request bids for design work.

The annual half-load trucking restriction is in place now. The public works manager expects it to remain in force until approximately May 1, 2022 but he cautions that lifting the restriction will depend on weather conditions between now and the end of April. The restriction will remain in force as long as weather and road conditions make it necessary.

END of COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS

Other info of interest

  • Water Level Data Sources:

With the arrival of spring, water level data becomes an important resource for many Islanders. The following links provide timely, accurate water level data for local residents:

  1. The weekly water level bulletin (updated every Tuesday) here:

https://www.isdm-gdsi.gc.ca/isdm-gdsi/twl-mne/wb-bh-eng.asp

  • The monthly water level bulletin here:

https://waves-vagues.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Library/41036438_012022.pdf

  • And if your need is immediate you can phone the Kingston gauge for an instant water level at:

 613-544-9264

  • A Reminder about Howe Island Pitch-In 2022:

HOWE ISLAND PITCH-IN 2022

Saturday, April 23, 2022

  • Once again the Township of Frontenac Islands and the Howe Island Ratepayers Association (HIRA) are partnering to organize the 2022 Pitch-In Canada event on Howe Island.  We encourage all Howe Island residents to celebrate the start of spring by cleaning up waste from the Island roadsides.
  • All participants are encouraged to register for this community event by contacting Sue Byrne at 613-542-4869 or email sbyrne1269@gmail.com.  Upon registering you will be assigned a section of road for waste pick-up.
  • Official Pitch-In garbage bags are now available at the Township Office, Baseline Road, during business hours.  Collected waste may be dropped off at the Township Recycle Depot the morning of the Pitch-In.  Members of HIRA will be at the Township Recycle Depot on April 23 from 8:00 AM until noon to hand out garbage bags and assist in garbage drop-off.
  • Through the efforts of volunteers, this initiative continues to enhance the natural beauty of our community.

Join us and pitch-in on April 23, 2022

END of BRIEFING NOTE

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HIRA BRIEFING NOTE- March 27, 2022

HIRA BRIEFING NOTE- March 27, 2022

This is a brief note to HIRA members and other residents of Howe Island about the Township of Frontenac Islands regular council meeting held on Monday, March 14, 2022. The public was provided with Zoom access to the meeting and a couple of our HIRA directors called into the meeting. Only matters of particular interest to Howe Island residents are highlighted here.

  • North Shore Road Resurfacing:

Contract for double surface treatment of North Shore Road, from Howe Island Drive east to Pat Norris residence, has been awarded to Miller Paving Ltd. Contract cost is estimated at $68,040. The contractor expects to complete before the end of June, 2022.

  • Lower Side Road:

No change from our last briefing note.

Application of 2” of gravel to stabilize surface is to be completed as soon as stone is available from a supplier on Howe Island (cost considerations require use of a local supplier as it is very expensive to bring stone from the mainland). Completion is expected late spring of 2022.

We understand that brush will be trimmed back from the roadside over the course of the spring and summer of 2022.

Township council plans to pass a by-law at the next council meeting, scheduled for April 4, 2022, to lower the speed limit on Lower Side Road to 60 km/hr.

  • Drive System Upgrade for County Ferry:

As we reported in our previous briefing note, Rob Dillabough, Public Works Manager, advises that bid specifications for a new drive system for the County ferry are now with Procurements Ontario and he expects the project to go out for bid by end of March 2022.  Stay tuned.

  • Update on Norris Park upgrades:

As we reported previously, a final site plan has been completed.

Playground equipment has been ordered and will be installed in the spring of this year.

As we reported previously, fencing work has been completed.

A contractor is in place to complete the tennis/pickleball court and the basketball court. Installation is expected to be completed in the spring of this year.

With respect to the picnic/concert pavilion, staff are still engaged in preparing a Request for Proposal. The plan is the completed facility will be in place by late fall of this year.

Staff are still engaged in preparation of a Request for Proposal for the accessible washroom/storage building. The plan is for a completed facility to be available by late fall of this year.

LED lighting for the ball diamond has been completed.

  • Howe Island Recreation Trail:

As previously reported application of stone is to be completed as local        stone supply becomes available. It is expected to take place in the spring of this year.

  • New marine building at the township ferry landing:

No change from our last briefing note. Township staff are preparing documents to request bids for design work.

END of COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS

Other info of interest

  • Water Level Data Sources:

With the arrival of spring, water level data becomes an important resource for many Islanders. The following links provide timely, accurate water level data for local residents:

  1. The weekly water level bulletin (updated every Tuesday) here:

https://www.isdm-gdsi.gc.ca/isdm-gdsi/twl-mne/wb-bh-eng.asp

  • The monthly water level bulletin here:

https://waves-vagues.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Library/41036438_012022.pdf

  • And if your need is immediate you can phone the Kingston gauge for an instant water level at:

 613-544-9264

END of BRIEFING NOTE

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