Apsley Winter Carnival seeks council support
by Doug Hutton
North Kawartha Council reviewed reports at its October 1 meeting from the Roads, Emergency Services, and Parks & Recreation Departments regarding the requests from the Apsley Winter Carnival Committee for assistance.
Chair of the carnival Paul Tucker said that the carnival will be larger than before and will be reaching out to attract a larger audience.
He added that more advertising, a new website and a more comprehensive program is focussed on family fun.
Numbers generated from the Ontario Government’s TREIM program, estimate that the carnival will generate $275,000 for the Township and surrounding areas.
Council was not able to approve everything that was requested, but was supportive of most of the requests. The Apsley Winter Carnival is February 21-23, 2014.
New Emergency Services Antenna Location
Fire Chief Max McCauley requested a change to the budget to utilize the new Rogers tower that will be erected just south of the NKCC in December or January.
He explained that Emergency Services is currently on an analogue system using a tower in Nephton. Unfortunately, this system results in radio “dead spots” in the Northern regions of the Township.
The new Rogers tower will be in a much more central location and the system is expected to provide complete coverage of the Township.
Councillor Dan Boyd asked why a cell phone system wouldn’t work and Chief MacCauley explained that the radio system requires more reliability and communicates directly with a dispatch centre in Peterborough.
Mayor Jim Whelan asked where the $12,000 was going to come from and was told that some other expenditures from the current EMS budget would be deferred.
Chief McCauley added that the total cost of the system is $20,000, but the additional $8,000 will be in the 2014 budget.
Junior “C” Franchise
Director of Parks and Recreation Gary Geraldi discussed the status of the Junior “C” franchise proposal.
He explained that most of the requirements can be met, but the estimated cost of the modifications to the dressing rooms, is a problem.
Mr. Geraldi has received estimates from $60,000 to $120,000 for the modifications which are not budgeted.
The promoter, Gordon McKenzie Crowe, is well respected in the business and will be investing about $200,000 into the new franchise.
Council decided to defer the decision until after the capital forecast meeting so that the expenditure can be considered in the context of the other major expenditures.
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