The agenda for May’s meeting is attached with HIRA’s comments on certain items.
5. K. Gilpen, Frontenac By-Law Enforcement: Mr. Gilpen is an independent operator contracted by Eastern Ontario Townships. Mr. Gilpen’s team (6 enforcement officers) deals with animal control, safe property standards and trailer by-laws. Mr. Gilpen was invited to attend the meeting to discuss safe property standards and trailer by-laws. Most of the time was spent on trailer by-laws as the Mayor stated, “it’s residential activity that is getting out of hand” and that “people who are in such trailers are paying taxes on vacant land yet using all the amenities of the island and therefore the township is losing revenue”.
The discussion revolved around the Township being PROACTIVE or REACTIVE in dealing with owners of trailers as to date, nothing is happening as trailers move onto the islands. Currently, a complaint must be received by Frontenac By-Law Enforcement; however, Council Members discussed that residents are hesitant to complain as they are worried about ‘repercussions’. Mr. Gilpen said the matter was quite simple, be PROACTIVE just as other Townships are in dealing with this issue.
Howe Island has a trailer by-law that was passed on July 4, 1995, signed by Pat Norris and Carol Dwyre. Briefly, the Municipal Act, RSO 1990, Section 210(95) authorizes the licensing and prohibiting of trailers within a municipality. Our by-law states, amongst other things, that no person may locate a trailer on any property within the Township for 30 days or longer in any year other than for the sole purpose of sale or storage, without: written agreement of all landowners with a 300 foot radius of the site of the trailer; the written approval of the Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Health Unit; license from the Township Clerk; a license may not be issued for a period of more than 2 months in any calendar year without the permission of the Township Council.
This item will be discussed at the June meeting.
7. Heather Lippert-Mail delivery on Fuller Road…with Canada Post reviewing mailbox locations, Heather and Carl Lippert were asked to move their mailbox 70 metres from Howe Island Drive on Fuller Road (Canada Post requires this distance from a stop sign). While a portion of Fuller Road is plowed for a school bus turn-around, Council decided that the Township will not continue to plow/maintain Fuller Road; therefore, Canada Post won’t allow the Lipperts to erect their mailbox on Fuller Road. Heather and Carl must return to Canada Post for clarification on where their mailbox should be placed.
11. Communications: HIRA Official Plan review…HIRA wrote to Council requesting an update on the status of the Official Plan (see our letter posted on the website). Seems the Township and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs are at odds. Lands designated as Agriculture in the Official Plan are considered Prime Agricultural land by the province, classed as 1, 2 or 3 soils and severances are only permitted for farm-related uses. Frontenac Islands’ prime agricultural lands consist of class 2 and 3, however, 67% of the land base is in these two categories. Seems the Ministry, with one exception is keeping the Prime Agricultural status on Howe. No information has or will be sent to HIRA until the Council, Tunnock Consulting and the Ministry have met which could be late summer or early fall.
What is disappointing with this delay comes from the comments made by Tunnock Consulting at the April 16 meeting on Howe…”no hidden agendas, everything is open here”, “consulting with you”, “opportunity to review in a public forum prior to going to the province”. Remember, the draft of the Official Plan was scheduled for late September/early October with the completion being in Q4 of 08/Q1 of 09. ISLANDERS…WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS?
G. Mulder, Ministry of Natural Resources re deer population survey…next year! Any comments on the above or anything other agenda item, please contact Terry Botten, firstname.lastname@example.orgAgenda.pdf