United Way presentation for NK Council
by Doug Hutton
Jim Russell, CEO, and Tom Bennett, Chair, United Way of Peterborough and District gave North Kawartha Council’s October 15 meeting an update on the activities of the United Way.
Russell explained that Peterborough County has the highest rent-to-income ratio of any place in Canada. He also said that one in 10 people in Peterborough County live in poverty.
Last year there were almost 18,000 people across the county (548 were in North Kawartha) that accessed United Way services.
This year’s United Way goal is $2,500,001. Russell said that the one dollar is to symbolize that every dollar counts.
Centre wins Award
Gary Geraldi, Director of Parks and Recreation, was pleased to announce to council that the community centre has won the international Athletic Business Facility of Merit Award.
Geraldi explained that this is a private sector award that recognizes “excellent facilities”. He said that the architectural firm will be receiving the award on North Kawartha’s behalf and did not see any reason for any attendance by North Kawartha staff at the ceremony in San Diego.
Council agreed and will be sending a letter of thanks to Athletic Business.
Gary Geraldi, Director of Parks and Recreation advised council that there is a less-expensive plan for renovating the dressing rooms to accommodate the new franchise, if it is awarded.
The original plan involved estimated costs of $60,000-$100,000. The new plan involves renovating dressing room five. It requires some additional plumbing for showers, but the total is expected to be about $25,000.
Mayor, Jim Whelan asked how much revenue the new franchise would bring to the community centre and he replied that the estimate is $30,000 per year.
Councillor, Carolyn Amyotte said that she was pleased with the new proposal and Deputy Mayor, Barry Rand said, “Well done!” and thanked him for taking the “leadership role in this economic endeavour.”
Council will write a letter of support to advise the OHA that North Kawartha will make changes to accommodate the new franchise if it is approved.
Council received input from a number of residents and business owners concerned about the draft sign by-law.
Councillor-at-Large, Arnie Brown explained the rationale for the by-law. Although it is intended to deal with signs on trees on municipal roads only, it became apparent that there was a lot of confusion.
Many of the attendees were under the impression that the by-law pertained to all of the roads in North Kawartha.
After considerable discussion, council was able to clarify that it was only dealing with roads that the Township owns; not provincial, county or private roads.
A complete list of all roads is on the Township’s website. For example, the by-law does not have any jurisdiction over roads such as Burleigh St., Highways 28, 504, or 620.
Attendees were concerned about the proposed “per sign” fees because many of the small businesses have multiple signs.
Councillor Carolyn Amyotte said as a business operator, the costs would be “onerous” for her business.
Mayor, Jim Whelan said, “We’re not in any rush to pass this. We want it right and we want it the way people want it.”
Craig Watson, Roads Superintendent, suggested that the attendees obtain a copy of the draft by-law and make their comments based on it. Mr. Whelan thanked the audience for their input and said that the by-law will be redrafted.
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