HIRA Briefing Note January 12, 2021

HIRA Briefing Note- January 12, 2021


This is a note to HIRA members and others on the Township of Frontenac Islands Council meeting held on Monday, January 11, 2021 on Wolfe Island. The public was provided with a Zoom call-in number. A number of our HIRA directors called into the meeting. Only matters of particular reference to Howe Island are highlighted here.

BY-LAW NO.   2021 – 01 2021 – 02

Two standard tax by-laws that are passed every year to Authorize borrowing during fiscal year ending December 31, 2021 and a  By-law to provide for an Interim Tax Levy and to provide for the payment of taxes and to provide for penalty and interest if not paid.

BY-LAW NO.   2021 – 03

Bylaw 2021-03 was passed to appoint South Frontenac Building inspectors for use for Part 8 building code inspection of onsite sewage systems.  There are 5 inspectors all qualified at the same cost as before but it was done through the Health Unit now to be done by South Frontenac.

Frontenac County Appointment of Warden and Deputy Warden

Please be advised that the Council of the County of Frontenac at its Inaugural meeting held December 16, 2020 appointed Councillor Ron Vandewal as Warden and Councillor Denis Doyle as Deputy Warden of Frontenac County.

Howe Island Trail and Ball Diamond damage by all-terrain vehicles.

Councillor Bruce Higgs brought it to the attention of Rob Dillabough that there has been additional damage done to the Howe Island Trail and to the ball diamond.  This will be discussed at the upcoming budget meeting and discussion will be held on the use of cameras and By-law enforcement officer control.

Discussion was also held on individuals not paying on Ferries and the need for protocols or enforcement by our By-law officer.

Council is drafting a resolution on speeding up Covid-19 Vaccines in KFLA and asking that priority should be given to one that is easier to be given and handle than the Pfizer vaccine.

Presentation from Richard Allen Frontenac County Manager of Economic development.  Here is the link or it is available on the Township website.  There is a slide on Root Radical Howe Island in the presentation.

End of Council business


HIRA  Howe Island Ratepayers Association


Your HIRA board wanted to thank our Ferry Operators for the great job that they have been doing in keeping our Ferries in operation.  There has been no significant interruptions in service so far this winter.  Hopefully the rest of the winter will go as smoothly for our ferries.

We also wanted to let you know that we do plan have a number of events this year.  We will be organizing our annual Pitchin  ( Island roadside pickup) campaign this year. We will be holding it during the week of Earth Day 2021 which is April 22. This year’s earth day theme is “Restore Our Earth.”. We will let you know the details as we get closer to the date.

We also plan to hold our Pancake Breakfast this year.  Were planning it for the Labour Day weekend as we hope that the Covid-19 restrictions will allow it by then.  The event would be held outside and proper protocols would be in place to allow the event to happen safely.

We would also like to formally announce that we have taken over complete control of our Website . Previously it was hosted by a US firm and it was costing us too much.  We are looking for new photos of Howe Island to put on the site.  If you have photos that you would like to share on the site please follow the photo guidelines listed below..

HIRA Web site photos 2021

Would you like to share some of your favourite Howe Island Landscape Photographs with other islander via our official HIRA web site.

In the interest of privacy the photo should not identify individuals, addresses or licence plate numbers as they could end up on the site which is open to the general public.

This means that anyone anywhere in the world will be able to see the pictures.They will not be able to modify or change the photos on the site but they will be able to copy them.

There are pictures on the site today as examples. Other ideas for the photos are as follows:  (pictures of ferries, wildlife, barns, agriculture, sunsets, sunrises, trees, gardens, marsh, and ice) Just to name a few. The pictures must be delivered as an attachment to the following email address . The pictures should be in landscape mode and we may have to crop them to use them on the site as they all have to be a similar aspect ratio.

You must be the owner of the picture to submit it to HIRA.  Once the photo is submitted you relinquish the copyright of the picture to HIRA. 


Your HIRA team would also like to remind everyone that HIRA dues of 10 dollars are due for 2021 if you have not paid in advance or you are not a lifetime member. You can drop off cheques to the HIRA mailbox at the township office or pay one of the executives listed on our web site.

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HIRA Briefing Note December 15, 2020

This is a brief note to HIRA members and others on the Township of Frontenac Islands Council meeting held on Monday, December 14, 2020 on Howe Island. The public was provided with a Zoom call-in number. A number of our HIRA directors called into the meeting. Only matters of particular reference to Howe Island are highlighted here.

BY-LAW NO.   2020 – 29

By-law to Regulate and Govern the Use of the Lands known as the Howe Island Trail. The by-law was passed to prohibit motorized vehicles on the trail. Staff was asked to come back to council with a plan on how to control access. Mobility scooters will be allowed.

Draft By-law

The Council of the Corporation of the Township of Frontenac Islands receive for later consideration the draft By-law to Prescribe Standards for the Placement of Shipping Containers.

Agreement with Central, North and South Frontenac

Township entered into joint agreement with Central, North and South Frontenac to use the South Frontenac as Building Code administrator as an enforcement agent for building code for sewage systems 

Report to Council from Fire Chief Mike Quinn and Fire Chief Tim Hawkins: 

Vital communication equipment has been upgraded and installed at the Howe Island Station to serve both Howe Island and Wolfe Island Fire & Rescue Services. The Howe Island site was chosen as the site can be accessed 24 hrs per day should there be technical issues.  This equipment is the primary method to notify firefighters of emergencies across Frontenac Islands.

Authorized funds for Fire Department to install Stationary Generator $23,766 plus HST for if there was a power outage it would ensure communication lines would still be open and heat and lights for building would stay on.

Bonus was passed for Full time $100 and part time $50 employees as well as closure of admin offices over Christmas Dec 24,25,28,31, and Jan 1st 2021

Funding was passed for Howe Island Garden Buds in the amount of $1,000 for 2021 and a Thank you for their support

End of council highlights  HIRA     Howe Island Ratepayers Association

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HIRA Briefing Note December 3 2020

You are invited to attend the HIRA Howe Island Ratepayers Association 

Anual General Meeting Thursday December 10 2020, at 6:30 PM.


This meeting will take place on Google Meet which is similar to Zoom. You will be sent the call in details via a separate note which you should add to your calendar. We will open the meeting approximately 10 minutes before start time. Only members of HIRA will be able to vote during the meeting.

Agenda for 2020 Annual General Meeting of HIRA


1.   Welcome

2.   Adoption of the Agenda

3.   Adoption of the Minutes of the HIRA 2019 AGM below this note

4.   Treasurer’s Report

5.   Membership Report

6.   Introduction of Current Board – Jim Mills Chair, Jennifer Medves Vice Chair,  Gary Johnson Treasurer, Sue Byrne  Secretary,  Directors – – Andy Hathaway, Brian Humphrys,  Bill Worona,  and Murray Holtom

7.   Proposed for re-election: Jim Mills, Sue Byrne , Andy Hathaway, Brian Humphrys,   Bill Worona, Jennifer Medves, Gary Johnson,  and Murray Holtom

8.   Nominations from the Floor

9.   Voting for the Slate of Directors

10.   Recap of the Past Year

11.   Questions

12.   Motion to Adjourn

Howe Island Ratepayers Association (HIRA)

 Annual General Meeting (AGM) Minutes

St. Philomena’s Church Hall

 September 12, 2019

Following a presentation by Dr. Kieran Moore on Lyme Disease, Bill Robertson, President, opened the AGM at 9:00 pm. There were approximately 70 people present. 

Bill Robertson welcomed those present to participate and emphasized that HIRA was a community-oriented organization. HIRA would continue to sponsor speaker topics. Members were also encouraged to participate in the Terry Fox Run taking place on Howe Island during the upcoming weekend. Members were encouraged to register or renew their HIRA membership. The membership year is from January 1 to December 31.

Agenda: Accepted – moved by Andy Hathaway, seconded by Jim Mills.

Minutes AGM October 11, 2018: Accepted –  moved by Peter Tucker, seconded by Jim Mills.

Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer, Peter Tucker, provided an update: revenues of $1410. expenses of $1023.37. The expenses were mainly for management of the Website, hall rentals and printing of brochures.

HIRA ended the year with a bank balance of $5,329.51 June 30 2019.  This consists of an Operating Fund balance of $3,899.56 and a Pancake Breakfast Fund balance of $1,429.95. The Pancake Breakfast Fund balance will be used for recreation projects on Howe Island.

Membership – Membership Coordinator, Andy Hathaway, indicated that there are 111 paid members and 224 e-mail addresses on the distribution  list for correspondence such as the HIRA News Brief.

Executive Nominations – Bill Robertson, President, introduced the current Board Executive Members who would stand to be re-elected: 

Andy Hathaway, Jim Mills, Peter Tucker, Brian Humphrys, Bill Worona & Bill Robertson.

There were two new HIRA board nominees: Jennifer Medves & Sue Byrne.

As there were no nominations from the floor, the vote was unanimous and a new slate of eight HIRA Executives were appointed for 2020.

Past Year Accomplishments – Bill Robertson reported that HIRA’s efforts this past year were primarily focused on the effect of the record high water on island transportation and road maintenance.

HIRA Initiatives included: Municipal All Candidates Meeting, Pitch-in Campaign, HIRA Blast Briefing Notes, Pancake Breakfast, 2019 AGM presentation on Lyme Disease, Representation at Township Council Meetings on Howe Island & Wolfe Island.  Monitoring Township Council Meetings, Appearance before County Council on the limitations posed by the current MTO Ferry system & to advocate for a new & substantially improved means of transportation for Howe Islanders.

Note – specific issues raised @ the County & Township include but are not limited to the following — High Water & Howe Island Residents, Ferry Capacity, Ferry Drive System, Ferry Maintenance Scheduling, Ferry Shut-down Notices, Ferry Stand-by Staffing, Road Conditions & Repairs, Security Lighting, Ferry Traffic Cameras, Garbage Pick-up Schedule & Recycling, Road Signage,

2020 Focus – County Ferry Drive System, Ferry Maintenance Scheduling, Ferry Shut-down Notices, Stand-by Staffing, Security Lighting, Road Maintenance

Continuing Initiatives – Pancake Breakfast, Pitch-in Campaign, HIRA Blast Notices,  

Meeting was Adjourned at 9:30 pm, moved by Peter Tucker, seconded by Jim Mills.


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