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Village Voice-Sept. 23, 2016

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Many will be affected

            We are writing in response to Glenna Burn's article (Housing or aggregates? Pick one, Aug. 26, page 6) concerning Trent Lakes choosing aggregates or homes.

            Many will be affected as a result of the former council's decision (only current Mayor Bev Matthews, then a councillor, voted against it) in choosing the Dewdney Mountain application over the established homes on Ledge and Quarry roads.

            When the town meeting was held at

the former bowling ally, many residents stood at the microphone asking council to not choose the quarry—but they did not listen.

            All those annoying sounds from an active quarry will travel well over the water to residents living on Nogies Creek. We chose to live here to hear the sounds of nature not quarries.

            When the winds are right, dust will arrive at our doorsteps.

            The majority of homes were established here before this application came about. Many in our area get their drinking water from Nogies Creek. There is the threat of ground water contamination and run off as there are proven Karst formations (holes in the limestone) in the vicinity of the quarry application. The threat of water contamination is so real that the residents on Nogies Creek pay to have yearly water tests done.

            This will be the fifth year that we pay over $1,000 a year to have areas above and below the proposed quarry site tested for byproducts that are a threat from quarry activity. We do this on advice of a lawyer and hydrogeologist for baseline readings.

            Who will compensate us when property values drop if this quarry comes to fruition?

            Because Trent Lakes’ former council chose this mega-quarry application over people in houses, citizens of Trent Lakes and Bobcaygeon will experience major truck traffic, as if we don't already have that problem. How often does a bridge have to be replaced due to heavy traffic?

            The Provincial Policy Statement says that social impacts should be considered before a quarry application is approved. Does not all of the above fall into this category?

            A small number of residents are still paying out of pocket to fight the application, and it is not over yet. Council can do what is right and reverse the former council's decision; it has been done before in other municipalities.

            Aggregates or homes? The choice for aggregates comes with many negative repercussions, affecting people near and far.

Ruth Pillsworth and Vince Virgilio

Trent Lakes

Shameful publishing

            I’m disappointed that you published that anonymous letter slagging off Kathleen Seymour-Fagan (Wasn’t that a party—except . . . ?, Sept. 9, page 4) 

             Number one, it’s shameful to publish anonymous burn-book type letters.

             Number two, a bit of common sense dictates that Kawartha Coffee was licensed for the event, and if they are licensed they have to block off the area that is licensed. Same as Embers did for Midnight Madness, etc.

            It’s the law. So the poison pen is complaining about her following the law.

             Number three, Kathleen worked very hard to ensure the event happened, and no respect is given her for that.

            Again, I think it’s sad to print snide slams against someone whose work brought this event about.

            Yes, the sidewalk would have been free and clear if we’d all sat home in front of our televisions rather than gathering together in a show of support and unity for a dying man.

Beth Gilroy


Making community groups pay

            As a user of the Bobcaygeon Municipal Service Center I was told that as of Jan. 1, 2017 there will be an hourly charge of $16.50 applied to all users of the upstairs meeting rooms.

            Please don’t get me wrong, I agree that if you are a private commercial user, there should be a nominal fee for use. However, the largest number of users are not-for-profit groups like the Social Media Party, Bobcaygeon Farmers Market, The Chamber of Commerce and many other small groups too numerous to mention.

            This is a real hardship for many of these groups. These groups, made up of dedicated volunteers are the real community builders. The council is mandated to encourage and nurture community-building efforts, not ravage and destroy.

            The galling thing about all of this is that we have already paid for this service in our property taxes. My concern is that this is the thin end of the wedge. Community groups will start to meet elsewhere. When we undergo yet another round of service cuts, the Bobcaygeon service centre will be deemed underutilized and then scheduled for shut down.

            This is all part of the now defunct central-planning mantra that these planners were taught.

            I have news for you fellas. It doesn’t work. Eatons and many others have taught us that.

            Readers, if you think this mantra is fantasy, try calling the service centre. You have to call Lindsay then it is re routed back to Bobcaygeon (705-324-9411 ext. 3580). Small move upon small move, we are suffering from the “Death of a Thousand Cuts” no single cut will kill you, or it may not even noticed, but cumulatively they will prove deadly.

            This is the destruction of our communities for the sake of a defunct idea. We are demanding that this fee be waived for non-profit and community groups.

Steve Clarke, Chair, Social Media Party


I give up on butts

            I am resigning from my attempts to address cigarette butts in Bobcaygeon, today.

            It seems nobody notices the disgusting butts on the main drag outside establishments, under benches and around the garbage cans.

            Perhaps someone can champion this cause. Terracycle might help. Rotary or Lions might help.

            Best of luck to you. It’s a bigger job than a single volunteer can handle, but there could be a job sweeping up butts. Copy this simple, cheap idea. I love when people use my ideas.

            Whatever works. Litter loves litter. Adopt a Road is more than a sign. It’s one quarter of CKL’s Sustainability Plan.

            Time for an audit. Time for a pick-up challenge: Trent Lakes versus Kawartha Lakes. Build a mountain or do nothing.

            I did what I could.

Wendy Smith

Thanks for the flowers

            What a wonderful, exciting summer we all have enjoyed. Bobcaygeon has been busy with tourists and locals alike. The events Bobcaygeonites provided were well attended, especially the iconic “Hip” event.

            As a proud Bobcaygeon resident and an avid gardener I want to take this opportunity to thank the hardworking societies, groups, government departments, retailers and individuals who help make our village beautiful with hanging baskets, planters and colourful public gardens. This season’s floral displays were particularly spectacular.

            Many thanks go to the Bobcaygeon and District Horticultural Society, Impact 32, The City of Kawartha Lakes “Chest” Fund, and all our retailers who maintain their storefronts with planters, as well as removing weeds and debris from our streets on a regular basis.

            A special thank you to Mat Wild for watering all the hanging baskets seven days a week to ensure they performed beautifully. Our streets have never looked more inviting.

            In case I have missed anyone, a final big thank you to everyone who helps make Bobcaygeon a beautiful place to live and visit.

Diane Hearse


You don’t say ‘No’ to Willa

            The Boyd Heritage Museum in Bobcaygeon has been holding a fundraising draw for 14 years.

            Each year the museum has 1,500 tickets printed and Willa Smithers sits out at Foodland and sells and sells and sells. You don’t say “no” to Willa.

            We start selling tickets in February at the first book sale and continue at each book sale through the summer, and at the Antiques and Collectibles Sale each third weekend of August.

            The draw takes place at 2 pm on the Sunday of the show. Only one ticket is drawn and that person can win up to $1,500—if all the tickets are sold.

            This year we sold every ticket and so the winner received $1,500. We win also (50 percent) but we have to take the cost of printing the tickets, license fees, etc., off our total.

            So next year when you see Willa sitting outside Foodland or at one of our book sales, stop by and give her a toonie and have a chance to win $1,500.

             Thanks for the support

Barb McFadzen 


Still seeking a referendum

            It is interesting to note the preponderance of letters expressing serious concerns about the continued reduction in services (closing service centres, libraries, arenas, local halls, fire halls, etc.), and escalating taxes (20 percent in three years).

            We are experiencing a cutting of costs regardless of local impact—as a desperate attempt to keep the “city” financially afloat.

            These concerns are from all areas of the city, and reflect a sense of impotency to affect any meaningful change upon a mayor and his followers who are attempting to breath life into a form of government that was stillborn some 15 years ago.

            It is time citizens petition the provincial government for a binding referendum on either continuing the present disastrous form of single-tier government or returning to a two-tier local government that was both effective and efficient.

            Social media could prove a very effective way to garner support for such a referendum.

Fred Brecht


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