In This Week's Edition:
Cody Crowley Interview
The Homecoming: an interview with Cody (The Crippler) Crowley.
County reviews the their defibrillator program.
Peterborough Paramedics performance report.
Friday, March 24, 2017
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Covering the East Kawarthas
The Lakefield Chiefs are the 2016-2017 Cougar Cup Champions following a 5-2 win over the Clarington Eagles. (front l-r) Luke Miller, Michael Christie, Shawn Dunbar , Brett Thomson. (Second row l-r) Nick O’Brien, Brent Patterson, Lyndon LeMoire, Nick Hildenbrand, Eric Oosting, Jordan MacLean, Karn Dart. (Third row l-r) Tyler Revoy, Jamie Arcand, Cole Ellis, Ethan McDougall, Mike Connelly, Mitch Ogilvie, Colton Armstrong, Matt McIntyre, Mark Dobranowski, Connor Ellis, Jason Hinze, Steve Mackay, Scott Davidson. (Back l-r) Joe Steenburgh, Aaron Vatcher, Ethan Schott, Jeff Hawthorne.. More pictures here.
No Trent Lakes fireworks By-law
On Tuesday afternoon, as directed by Trent Lakes Council in December, Clerk Kari Stevenson presented a report on the creation of a fireworks By-law.
On the instructions of Council, Staff contacted ratepayers, cottager associations and other municipalities and received feedback from the O.P.P. and Police Services Board.
In response to the inquiry, the O.P.P. researched past calls for Trent Lakes that were related to fireworks. The calls over the past 4 years are as follows:
• 2016 - 5
• 2015 - 3
• 2014 - 0
• 2013 - 5
However, these calls were not all complaints about the use of fireworks. They were:
• 6 complaints of shots fired which turned out to be fireworks
• 4 noise complaints
• 2 general nuisance
• 1 concern over property damage related to neighbours using fireworks.
Should the Municipality enact a By-law prohibiting or restricting the use of fireworks, the O.P.P. do have the authority and ability to enforce it on the Municipality’s behalf. However, calls are put in queue and responded to by priority. A By-law offence would be put on the bottom of the list making it unlikely that the O.P.P. would show up on scene while the fireworks were being used. When an officer does arrive at the offending property, the Municipality would be billed for a call for service of no less than one hour.
Most of the municipalities with fireworks By-laws have full time fire department staff or a By-law Officer that responds to complaints during the week.
Clerk, Kari Stevenson recommended that since there were so few complaints that a By-law and the resulting added policing costs were not warranted.
Council unanimously agreed not to go forward with the proposed Fireworks By-law.
Trent Lakes mayor will not receive a salary increase
On Tuesday, Councillor Peter Raymond’s March 10 motion -to defer the vote on Council Remuneration until all council members were in attendance to vote- was addressed.
At the previous Council meeting (March 10) CAO Lois O’Neill-Jackson presented a report on Council Remuneration Review prepared by Pesce & Associates Human Resources Consultants. The Consultants’ report recommended that the annual salary of the Mayor be increased by $1.425.00 to $32,000 and that the remainder of the Council salaries remain at their current levels.
Mayor Matthews declared a conflict of interest at the beginning of the meeting and prior to discussions left Council Chambers leaving Deputy Mayor Windover to Chair the meeting in her absence.
Deputy Mayor Windover read CAO Lois O’Neill-Jackson’s recommendation and asked Council if they wanted to make a motion. After a brief consultation with Clerk Kari Stevenson, Deputy Mayor Windover asked if there were any questions or comments.
Councillor Lambshead said that he (and other running mates) assured constituents that this Council would not increase their salaries during this term and was not in support of implementing the remuneration increase for the Mayor at this time.
Councillor Raymond reminded Council and the public that remuneration has not been reviewed for some time and that this (sitting) Council had requested that staff engage consultants to carry out a review. He said “we’re obligated to do something,” with the information.
Councillor Persson agreed with the recommendations of Pesce & Associates, however he disagreed that the increase should be implemented this term. He also agreed with Councillor Raymond in that the money wasn’t wasted because Council now has the information for next incoming Council.
CAO O’Neill-Jackson told Council that a new, more in-depth and timely study will have to be done again for next Council.
Deputy Mayor Windover moved the motion and was instructed by staff to provide direction to staff in the motion. Windover asked for an amended motion.
Councillor Lambshead moved the motion to not implement the remuneration increase in 2017.
The motion was passed.
OPP and MNRF looking for poachers on Trent U property
Members of the Peterborough County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying person(s) responsible for shooting a deer during the closed season on Trent University property.
On the afternoon of February 3, 2017, a conservation officer from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Peterborough office attended property owned by Trent University along the Trent Canal at Nassau Mills Road, between Armour Road and University Road, in the City of Peterborough. The officer located evidence that suggests a deer was shot and dragged to a location where it was loaded into a vehicle. Hunting is not permitted in the area where the deer was shot. In addition, the open season for deer closed on December 31, 2016.
Investigators know the area is frequented by outdoor enthusiasts and are confident that are witnesses who can assist in identifying suspect(s). If you have any information about this case, please contact the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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