Item 5. Applications for consent, Bonnie Ottenhof. This dealt with the severance of 3 acres on Howe Island Drive that was denied by the township planner as the land was classified as agricultural and went against the Official Plan and Building By-Law. All council members felt the planner was wrong and agreed to allow the severance leaving 109 acres as agricultural.
Item 10. Litter By-Law. The litter by-law was carried. Two, double-sided signs will be placed at each ferry and one single-sided sign will be erected at the recycling depot. Austin Page, By-Law Committee, HIRA, led the charge on this and presented the case at the May council meeting. Further information will be posted. Thank you Austin for this much needed by-law.
Item 12. County of Frontenac, Green Energy Task Force. Matt made a brief report, mainly that Townships will be encouraged to place solar panels on municipal buildings thus encouraging residents to consider roof-top solar panels. Seems with the provincial government’s reduction of the price for ground-mounted solar panels from 80 cents per kWh to 58.8, a wrench has been thrown into future development…overall and as quoted by the provincial spokesperson, “too big a profit for those operators; not enough value for ratepayers”…HIRA comment, define “value”. More than 3000 projects under the Mi-croFit programme have been approved with another 16,000 applications in the pipeline…those approved will get the 80 cents over the 20-year period, those in the pipeline have to make a decision as to whether it’s a viable proposition at 58.8 cents.
Other Business. Pat advised Council that a meeting was held last week with Jewell Engineering and North Key Construction regarding some issues with the enhancements of Howe Island Drive and the Lower Side Road. Pat stated that the necessary corrections will be made next week. As a reminder and in a press release from the Federal and Provincial governments dated June 8, 2009, Howe Island received $1.027 million in stimulus money for the Lower Side Road & Howe Island Drive rehabilitation project.Wolfe Island received $476,000 based on the amount being given to Wolfe by Canadian Hydro Developers as outlined in CHD’s road restoration agreement following the construction of the wind farm (the Township agreed at the November 9, 2009 council meeting, prior to TransAlta taking over CHD, to a lump sum payment of $575,000 and a similar amount in aggregate…suggest this amount was far less than what was determined prior to the ‘hostile bid’ from TransAlta).Click here to read the agenda.
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