The working group looking at Short Term Rentals (STRs) in Trent lakes will be re-established to review components of a licensing by-law and provide a draft by-law for council.
An STR working group was originally established by the previous council and provided a phased in approach to the issue. The group was disbanded after presenting a three-stage process.
The process called for Phase 1 In 2022 which included reviewing existing by laws, exploring options for after-hours enforcement, tracking and reporting STR complaints and for staff to communicate with repeat offenders.
Phase 2 covers 2023 and includes budgeting for enhanced enforcement, introducing new nuisance by-laws (noise, parking, swearing, shouting, trespassing, littering, unlawful burning or fireworks), implement an Administrative Municipal Penalty (AMP system for non-parking offences and possibly hiring a third party to prepare a list of STRs in the municipality.
Phase 3 in 2023 includes council revisiting the issue of introducing an STR licensing programs.
Barbara Waldron, Chief Building Official updated staff on what has been done so far.
Staff, she said, have put together a list of STRs in the municipality that were found on AirBnb, VRBO and Booking.com. They found there are 146 STRs on those websites and expect this will continue to increase.
Happy 100th birthday to Hazel Hart who’s birthday was on St. Patrick’s Day. Hazel is a wonderful, kind lady who worked for many years as a bookkeeper at Millage’s plumbing in Lakefield. For years Hazel was an avid curler in Ennismore taking part in many bonspiels. Hazel is a past-president of the former Ladies Auxillary of the Lakefield Legion and enjoyed Monday night darts at the Legion for many years. Hazel is pictured at her birthday party on March 18 with her niece and nephew-in-law Marilyn and Rob Riel. Hazel is living at Extendicare Lakefield now and would enjoy getting a card or note. Please send to Lakefield Extendicare - P.O. Box 910, Lakefield, ON K0L 2H0
With spring now here, many residents may be wondering what the Lakefield Campground will look like this season under the new operator, Otonabee Conservation (ORCA).
The Lakefield Herald was able to connect with ORCA’s, Chief Administrative Officer, Janette Loveys Smith to talk about what this new season will bring under the agreement between ORCA and Selwyn Township.
In 2022, ORCA took over operation of the campground, with the township maintaining ownership of the property.
Loveys Smith said that ORCA started to assume responsibilities for collection of the winter storage fees from seasonal campers back in November of 2022 as part of the operating agreement they have with the township.
Off Road Vehicle (ORV) riders will soon be able to use county roads in Douro-Dummer to connect trails from Havelock-Belmont-Bethuen to North Kawartha.
Weity Hamersma representing the Peterborough County Trails ATV Club appeared before the Committee of the Whole on February 14 to request that the Township of Douro-Dummer approve of the use of sections of County Road 6 and County Road 44 to allow riders to travel into the Township of North Kawartha from the County Forest and other nearby trails.
Councillor Vervoort tabled a motion stating that Deputy Mayor Nelson speak to the County of Peterborough in regards to the request from Weity Hamersma and bring a report back to Council for discussion.
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.