New Cruise Boat may be coming to Julian Wharf
by Doug Hutton
Randy Hinton, Captain and owner/operator of the Shallow Rapids Navigation Company requested North Kawartha council’s permission to relocate his cruise boat business to Julian Lake Wharf from Fenelon Falls.
He explained to council’s September 2 meeting that the shorter lock-operating hours and government regulations regarding passengers disembarking on government land, has effectively decreased his business by 30 per cent this year.
He asked council to approve, in principle, the use of the wharf and the construction of a small ticket booth.
The 107 tonne boat was once Miss Niagara, Miss Buffalo and is 50 years old next year.
Captain Hinton has operated without any incidents from Fenelon Falls for over 20 years for all kinds of functions from birthdays to weddings. He explained that his business is fully insured and is willing to include North Kawartha on the third party liability part of his insurance.
Council approved the request in principle and directed staff to prepare an agreement for formal approval.
New Bell Communications Tower
Bell has proposed to install a new tower at 2526 County Road 620. The tower will be 300 m high and notification will be sent to residents within 900m as part of the approval process.
Space on the tower will be available for lease by other telecommunications companies. Council has no approval role in the process but had no particular concerns about the tower as long as it meets all federal and provincial regulations.
Draft Sign By-Law
Roads Superintendent Craig Watson presented a second draft of the new sign by-law.
He explained that this is simpler than the first one, but still requested some direction from council.
There are very few small Townships that have established sign by-laws. Deputy Mayor Barry Rand suggested that staff talk with Limerick Township which has a new sign by-law.
Councillor Carolyn Amyotte wanted staff to reconsider the charges detailed in the new draft. She expressed the concern that the $50 original cost and a $25 annual cost per sign might result in “significant costs” for smaller businesses with multiple signs.
Deputy Mayor Barry Rand asked staff to advise the public that this by-law is being prepared so that some public input could be received. Council received the draft for information and will discuss it at a future meeting.
NKCC Septic System Tanks and Pumps
Director of Parks and Recreation Gary Geraldi advised council of a major problem that occurred with the septic system at the Community Centre.
He explained that the system meets all environmental standards, but a recent failure of two of the three discharge pumps demonstrated the possibility that some members of the public are ignoring the signs and are misusing the facilities.
When the two pumps stopped operating, it was discovered that they were jammed with debris consisting of items like mouth-guards, diapers, plastic bags, and even hockey pucks. The repair cost is about $5,000.
Mr. Geraldi explained that the septic tanks differ from normal tanks because there are holes in the bottom of the dividers as well as in the top. These bottom holes allow sludge and debris to access the discharge pumps.
He is currently considering the possibility of fabricating a cage over the bottom holes of the last section of the tank to stop the debris.
Capital Forecast, Strategic Planning and Budget Meeting Schedule
Council agreed on the following schedule:
Strategic Planning, Oct .11 at 9:30 a.m.;
Capital Forecast, Oct. 18 at 9:30 a.m.;
Budget Meeting, Nov. 22 at 9:30 a.m. (second one Dec. 10 in the afternoon if required).
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