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Trent Lakes roundup-Sept. 23, 2016

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OWN LAWYER IS INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER: TL council on the recommendation of staff has appointed their own municipal lawyer, John M. Ewart as the new Integrity Commissioner. Since 2012, Ewart and his firm Ewart O’Dwyer of Peterborough have specialized in municipal law. Councillor Peter Raymond asked whether appointing a municipal employee was a conflict of

interest. “Would it be better to hire a different lawyer?” he asked.

WANTED—20 GOOD PEOPLE: A new Lions Club may be coming to TL if 20 people commit to it. Jean Graham from the Newcastle Lions Club told a receptive council that “volunteering provides opportunity to give back.” Membership is $75 to $90 a year with usually two 2 hour meetings each month. An information meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 pm in the Buckhorn Community Centre.

SHARING BASS LAKE ROAD: New “Share the Road” signs will soon appear on Bass Lake Road. The new signage was in response to a presentation by Janet Klein, a resident on the road, who was worried about speeding traffic and pedestrians. She requested reduced speed in parts of the road to 35 km. Public Works superintendent Ivan Coombs proposed these signs to council instead of reducing speeds. He felt that if the precedent was set on Bass Lake Road then other areas would want reduced speeds too.

$3.44 A DAY: Ever wondered what you get for your tax dollar? TL treasurer Donna Teggart has broken the numbers down. The average property tax in TL is $3,023 annually. The municipality receives 41 cents for every dollar collected. That’s about $1,254 for every yearly tax bill, $104.52 a month, or $3.44 a day. Your $3.44 pays for protective services, transportation infrastructure, governance and administration, fire and emergency services, parks, recreation, 911 and capital programs.

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