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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:20

Kawartha Lakes roundup - Nov. 4, 2016

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KC 2.5 percent budget hike: Kawartha Conservation is asking the city for $34,717 or 2.5 percent more in its 2017 budget than the 2016 figure. “In preparing this budget our staff and our board were very aware and respectful of the city’s financial challenges,” said KC CAO Rob Messervey. “We also recognized that one of the city’s Top 10 Strategic Priorities identified in their Strategic Plan is to protect and enhance water quality,” he explained, adding that “as part of this budget we have been able to leverage $283,000 from outside sources.”

No Driving School bylaw: After hearing from Young Drivers of Canada representatives, council decided to

take no action on a staff report recommending a bylaw to regulate the activities of Driving Schools in Lindsay (see letter, Driving school bylaw a mistake, Oct. 21, page 4; article, Driving school bylaw could ruin business, Oct. 31, page 6; and letter, Test where you live, page 4, this issue).

Heritage districts get go-ahead: After in-depth studies for the Oak Street neighbourhood in Fenelon Falls and for Downtown Lindsay, council has approved creatingHeritage Conservation Districts in both areas. These are areas with distinctive heritage characters that should be conserved for future generations.

Keep snow routes clear: Overnight parking restrictions on city streets began again for the winter season on Nov. 1—and will run to next April 30. Parking is not allowed on city streets or in municipal parking lots (except by permit) between 11 pm and 6 am. In the following downtown areas the restrictions don’t begin until 2 am: Kent Street West from Lindsay Street to Victoria Avenue (Lindsay); Bolton Street from King Street to Canal (Bobcaygeon); Colborne Street from Water to Bond Streets, May Street from Water to Francis, and Francis Street West from Colborne to Francis (Fenelon Falls); King Street from Queen Street to Sturgeon Road (Omemee). A vehicle parked where it should not be may be impounded and fines levied.

Pushy people:Kawartha Lakes Police has received complaints of uniformed persons wrongly claiming to be city staff attempting to gain access to homes in the area. Residents should scrutinize any photo ID carefully, looking particularly for the city logo, and checking for nearby CKL vehicles to confirm the person is really city staff. If you have concerns, contact CKL’s Water and Wastewater Division or Kawartha Lakes Police. You are not obliged to let anyone into your home. Although the city does sometimes do lead sampling at private residences, none is currently being done. When it is, you’ll find it posted on the city website.

Library closures: Kawartha Lakes Public Library branches in Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay
and Woodville will be closed on Friday, Nov. 4, so staff can participate in training sessions.

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