In This Week's Edition:

Water Restrictions

Due to lack of rainfall, residents are asked to cut back on water usage.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity, Warsaw Build introduces the family.

Trent Lakes Condo

Council supports condominium application in Trent Lakes.


Friday, June 24, 2016



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The Lakefield Herald will be closed on July 1 for Canada Day.

When it rains, it pours. Pictured above is a downed tree on Strickland Street during the storm on Monday evening. More pictures here.

Glenn Empey





asks for reduction in water consumption



Canada Day at the Legion

by Anita locke

Lakefield Legion Branch 77 will be celebrating Canada Day in style with two days of events.

On Friday, July 1 there will be an open mic/open stage beginning at 1 p.m. Bring your instruments, your voices or just yourself for a great afternoon of music. Back-up band and sound system will be provided.

The Legion’s Ladies Auxiliary will have a craft and bake sale, and the Lakefield Lions will be on-site with their food booth. They’ll be cooking up burgers, hotdogs, hamburgers and fries. There will also be a 50/50 draw.

For the children, there will be face painting from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. as well as some other activities to keep them busy.

On Saturday, July 2, beginning at 1 p.m. George Terpstra will be on hand to lead the crowd in rousing renditions of their favorite karaoke songs. The Legion will also be firing up the BBQ for hamburgers and hotdogs.

Both events will take place outside on the patio (weather permitting) or downstairs in the clubroom if it rains.

Admission is free to these all-ages events.



‘Tis the Season for Blue-Green Algae



Golf Course Road to remain hard surfaced

by Terry McQuitty

Residents from Golf Course Road in Douro-Dummer filled the council chambers on Tuesday evening to make another plea to keep the road hard topped rather than reverting back to gravel. Tuesday marked the third visit to council to make their case.

The delegation was led by Ken Wood and Jerry Garbutt with Wood acting as main speaker. Wood reiterated the concerns of previous council meetings, but focused on policies and procedures during this presentation. Woods stated that the roads policy as it exists is flawed and explained to council and the gallery that council has the ability to change procedures that are not functioning properly.

Woods questioned the report submitted by Public Works Manager Harold Nelson at the March 17 council meeting. Woods believed the numbers presented were inaccurate and that by using the Townships own numbers returning to gravel would actually be more expensive than hardtopping to begin with and in the long run it could be a substantial increase.

Nelson addressed the concerns and explained that they were actually comparing apples to oranges when calculating the costs and reiterated that hard topping would cost substantially more.

Jerry Orbit questioned council as to why they were not contacted as promised after council took their road tour last month. Councillors and staff toured the road and asked staff to offer another report.

Deputy Mayor Karl Moher tabled a motion that would see the first 900 metres of the road designated semi urban and therefore eligible for hardtopping under the municipalities roads policy. The motion was defeated in a 3-2 vote.

Councillor Shelagh Landsman tabled a second motion asking that the whole road be categorized semi urban and hardtopped all the way through. Mayor Jones asked for a recorded vote which saw the motion passed with a 3-2 vote. Deputy Mayor Karl Moher  and Councillor Johnston voting against and Councillors Landsmann, Watt and Mayor Jones voting in favour.

Golf Course Road will remain hard topped.


Ward Boundary consultation set to begin in Selwyn

by terry gillis

il convened a Special Council Meeting to review municipal ward boundaries and provide further direction to staff as per  Resolution No. 2016 - 081 - Ward Boundary Review which was moved by Councillor Donna Ballantyne  and seconded by Councillor Anita Locke at the March 22, 2016 Council Meeting.

Resolution No. 2016 - 081 provided the direction for staff to further explore and report back to Council on the following:

1. Dividing the Smith ward into two separate wards

2. Expanding the Lakefield ward to encompass the Lakefield South development area which is currently in the Smith ward

3. Exploring the logistics and financial impacts of forming a six member as well as a seven member Council

4. That a special meeting be scheduled to discuss ward boundaries once all of the necessary information has been collected

At the March 22 regular meeting, as was reported in the Lakefield Herald, Selwyn Township CAO, Janice Lavalley presented Council with the Ward Boundary Review Report. At that time,  CAO Lavalley was seeking direction for staff to provide a more focused and comprehensive report which provides the detailed information and public consultation plan required to present a ward boundary adjustment proposal, which expands the Lakefield ward to encompass the Lakefield South development area, to the community.

Previous Council had directed, through the approved work plans, that the review of ward boundaries commence in 2016 in order to ensure that, should there be any changes approved, the process is complete in time for implementation effective with the 2018 municipal election.

At Tuesday evening’s special council meeting, C.A.O. Lavalley presented Council with the requested review which outlined the different ward change options and the financial impact (if any) of the options as well as additional information.

The Ward Boundary Review recommended three options for dividing Smith Ward and two options for the expansion of Lakefield Ward:



Unheralded the documentary

"Unheralded" chronicles a week in the life of "The Lakefield Herald", a local newspaper published in Lakefield, Ontario. Whether writing about dog shows and 100th birthdays, or telling stories of citizen opposition and community loss - local news reporters have a difficult job, especially when the readers are their neighbours. "Unheralded" is an NFB-TVO Calling Card production.