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Friday, September 22, 2023

CRINS agreement terminated


Trent Lakes has terminated an arrangement with an organization that was set up by municipalities across Canada to manage new and modified radiocommunications applications for towers or antenna system.

The Canadian Radiocommunications Information and Notification Service (CRINS) was established in 2011 and Trent Lakes joined in 2015.

Mathew Milligan from Bell Mobility told council that an existing tower at Flynn’s Corner will not provide service after March 31, 2024.

Bell had submitted an application to build a replacement but CRINS has not acknowledged receiving that application.

He said slow response times and delays in processing applications has created a situation where mobile and wireless internet services could be interrupted in four areas:
• North Side of Big Bald Lake
• Edwina and Kennedy Drives
• Hwy 36 between Crowes Line Road and Fire Route 81
• Hwy 507 between Hwy 36 and Mississauga Dam Road

Milligan said the Bell application needs to be processed as soon as possible so that the company can run a public consultation process about the proposed replacement tower.

Trent Lakes CAO Donna Teggart told council that there have been ongoing issues with CRINS and staff have tried to contact the organizations several times but have been unsuccessful.

Council voted to terminate the Trent Lakes membership in CRINS effective immediately and asked staff to make it a priority to ensure there is no interruption in service.

Municipal planning staff will create a protocol for administering applications and will bring it back to council at the October 3, 2023 meeting.