A sure sign that Summer is on it’s way is the activity at the corner of Bridge and Queen Streets in Lakefield on the Saturday of the May 24 weekend. Pictured above is the ever popular Plant Sale hosted by the Lakefield Horticultural Society. This is one of their biggest fundraisers of the year and keep in mind money raised helps to beautify the Village of Lakefield.
by Terry McQuitty
It is a short and bumpy road, but it leads to one of the most visited properties in the region, the Morton Community Healthcare Centre (MCHC). Strickland Street and its poor condition was the topic of conversation at the regular Selwyn council meeting last week and the rocky road was raised again this week in Douro-Dummer.
Douro-Dummer CAO David Clifford presented a report to council on Tuesday evening outlining the situation and what options are on the table to address the issue.
Clifford said “Anyone who has travelled this road realizes it needs work very soon”.
Stickland street is a stretch of road that is shared between Douro-Dummer and Selwyn. The road is admittedly in bad shape, but repairs to the street must wait until a decision has been made on supplying water to the healthcare centre from the water tower at the top of the hill. Clifford told council that there have been conversations with the healthcare centre regarding improvements to the street running from the township boundary with Lakefield straight through to highway 28.
Douro-Dummer has budgeted funds for the street improvement for the past number of years. Staff has pushed the issue of water service to the facility, but to date nothing has been finalized.
Clifford warned that the state of Strickland Street is deteriorating and will require attention in the very near future. Improvements include: ditching, reset/replace culverts, excavate and reshape the road bed and re-surface with double surface treatment.
Strickland Street is a boundary road with Selwyn and according to a boundary agreement all capital work is to be split equally between the municipalities. Both Public Works managers have reviewed the work required to bring the road up to snuff and determined the total cost for the project should be $180,000.
Mayor J Murray Jones asked Public Works manager Harold Nelson who would do the actual work.
Nelson replied that he had met with Selwyn Public Works manager Rick Dunford and it was agreed that Selwyn would do the physical work.
Both Selwyn and Douro-Dummer have made this project a priority on their Roads Needs Study and Douro-Dummer has planned to do the work in 2020.
Selwyn Council received a report last Tuesday recommending that the MCHC be advised that the townships (Selwyn and Douro Dummer) intend on doing the Strickland Street improvements in 2020, and requesting that the MCHC advise the townships of whether they want to move forward with installing Village water to the clinic.
It was agreed that MCHC should let both Selwyn and Douro-Dummer know if they want the water servicing the clinic by June 1.
Deputy mayor Karl Moher pointed out that with a volunteer board the time line might be too short for such a commitment, but Clifford responded that the engineering could take six to eight months and if they want to fix the road in 2020 they have to get started.
Councillor Tom Watt moved that they follow the recommendation and it was passed unanimously.
by Angela Lavallee
At the regular council meeting the municipality of Trent Lakes accepted a report on reducing green house gas emissions (GHG) within its facilities.
On May 21, members of the Trent Lakes council heard from Sarah Macaulay Tax Clerk/Accounts Payable Clerk on what thus far the municipality has done to stomp out their carbon footprint.
According to the report by Macauley, Trent Lakes adopted a five year energy plan in 2014 where a time frame of July 2019 was given on what steps have been done and be reported to Minister of Environment and Mines. Macauley says there have been significant changes where the municipality has upgraded heating in municipal owned buildings and changed all lighting in some facilities to the new LED . There have been sensor lighting installed in bathrooms, kitchen areas and washrooms.
Currently Trent Lakes manages 13 facilities and the biggest change was in 2017 when Galway/Cavendish Fire Hall switched heating units. “By going with propane from oil has had a significant decrease in GHG emissions,” says Macauley. “The GHG emissions have decreased.”
The report also states the community center has had insulation redone, a new roof and HVAC installed.
Another big change came in 2016 when Oak Shores Fire Hall was decommissioned and a new hall built in Nogies Creek.
“Despite the new fire hall, we still have a less GHG emissions to report,” added Macauley.
Members of council were elated to hear of the report and was astonished at the work it took to complete it.
Councillor Armstrong said she was amazed by the report.
“This was a very detailed and very thorough, we commend you on the work you and others have done on this,” says Councillor Armstrong.
Donna Teggart, Director of Finance/Treasurer for Trent Lakes reminded council of how the report is seeked by the Sustainable Peterborough for a possible template and other municipalities have asked as well.
by Angela Lavallee
The Ford Government is tackling area soft spots for cellular internet access.
The Minister of Infrastructure, Monte McNaughton, made the announcement came on May 17, 2019 in Northumberland County, where County Warden J. Murray Jones also attended, to hear the announcement of funding with its intended use to provide strong internet access to all areas in Ontario.
The plan: Dish out $71 million for Eastern Ontario to combat areas without broadband or weak mobile internet. The Expansion would create over 3000 full-time jobs and sink $420 million into the private sector business from revenues.
In 2016, the CRTC declared broadband internet a basic necessity of life and called it “vital” to Canadians. It’s estimated that roughly 2 million Canadians or 18 percent are without strong broadband internet, or no access at all.
According to the CRTC, every customer should have download speed of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) and an upload of speed of 10 Mbps. It was also announced from the CRTC, that every customer should have the option of unlimited internet access at home and on mobile devices.
In Eastern Ontario, McNaughton said there is a significant decrease in access to strong broadband and multpile cellualr dead zones. The funding would address the areas lacking in internet access on mobile devices.
Minister McNaughton also said weak broadband coverage is standing in the way of regions growth in economic development.
The statistics from the minister indicate in Eastern Ontario, 40 percent of areas do not have access to High Definition streaming services, where as 20 percent do not have basic standard video, or the proper use of typical mobile applications use or mobile video calling. At the end of the day, 10 percent do not have access to voice call service, this according to the Minister McNaughton.
The total price tag for the project and what ERON is seeking, $213 million in it’s entirety from a public-private partnership. It’s layed out that one-third of the funding ideally would come from the province, one -third from the feds while the rest is spread out between the mayor’s caucus of Ontario, and municipalities who will share the $10 million contribution. The rest will come from mobile carriers who will be selected from a bidding process this according to ERON. The project is spread out over 10 years.
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In this week's print edition
TSW opens after a weeks delay
Peterborough County supports recycled content in plastic bags
OPP investigating fatal ATV crash
County motion calls on province to maintain 70% funding ratio
New Horizons seniors funding available
Lakefield Legion elections
2019 Lake Alliance meeting June 1
Family Paddle Day
County of Peterborough Recognition Awards
Spring showers lead to more mosquitoes
Local woman turns 100
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Story Time at the Buckhorn Library
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