The future is a little more clear, though not set in stone, after a special council meeting was held in Selwyn on Tuesday afternoon.
A draft report for the future of the Lakefield Campground was presented to Selwyn Township which outlines options, and a recommended way forward for the site.
The meeting saw the draft report presented by Monteith Brown planning consultants which out- lined the townships options as well as input from local stake holders and community members.
In October of 2020, the township notified the existing campground operator of their intent to not renew their operating agreement that is set to expire in 2022.
The township then hired Monteith Brown to conduct a Utilization Study to provide council with a recommended operational model pertain- ing to the Lakefield Campground.
It was noted in the report presented to council that the lands occupied by the campground and the adjacent Douglas Sports Centre are owned by the township. The Douglas Sports Centre, the Lakefield Beach and the Millennium Trail that runs along the shoreline are all publicly acces- sible and are treated as distinct and separate com- ponents from the campground and are not part of this study.
For the third year in a row, the Lakefield IDA Pharmacy hosted a Hallmark ornament fundraiser for three local charities. The fundraiser allows customers to make either a $5 donation for a small ornament or a $10 donation for a large ornament of the previous years Hallmark collection. Through this fundraiser, IDA was able to present three $350 cheques to LAWS, the Lakefield Food Bank, and Lakefield Community Care. Pictured above is Lorri Rork of Community care and Colleen Rioux of IDA at the cheque presentation.
Access has been prohibited to the swimming hole and boat launch located in Warsaw next to the old United Church. The property was purchased by private citizens who approached the township with the idea of a partnership that would allow use of the popular water entry point.
At the October 2 meeting Acting CAO Martina Chait-Hartwig presented a re- port explaining that the church board and the township have operated on a hand shake deal for as long as anyone can remember allowing the public to use this property.Continue Reading
Trent Lakes does not have a process in place to deal with serious parking issues at Sandy Lake.
Municipal staff told council at this week’s meeting that the municipality will continue to be unable to issue parking tickets for the rest of 2021. Individuals visiting the beach have been parking along the sides of the road if the beach’s parking lot is full.
“This is an accident waiting to happen,” Mayor Janet Clarkson said. “We were having this same discussion at this time last year.”
Trent Lakes council has expressed concerns with the county about safety on County Road 37 (Lakehurst Road at Sandy Lake). Municipal staff are not authorized to issue Part II offences tickets and the municipality does not have a way to enforce the by-laws. Part II offences, if unpaid, become a proceeding in the Ontario Court of Justice.
This short documentary is a portrait of a tiny town, Lakefield, Ontario, and its independent weekly, the Herald. Across North America, newspapers are dying, but in Lakefield, Terry McQuitty, the town paper’s publisher, carries on a rich, 150-year-old tradition. Set to the pace of small-town life, Unheralded is a testament to the vital role newspapers can still play, and the close bond between reporter and reader.