The Bobcaygeon-based Social Media Party (SMP) is asking all members of Kawartha Lakes council to respond to three yes-or-no questions by Nov. 15.
Responses will be collated and tabulated and the results posted on the SMP website at socialmediaparty.ca. Party secretary Peter Weygang warns in an email to the councillors that no response “will be interpreted as a negative response.”
The questions are:
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
By Pat Warren
Kawartha Lakes council decided Oct. 17 to cut the number of city councillors in half—from 16 to eight. The historic change will be implemented for the 2018 municipal election, once ward boundaries and representation are ironed out.
This decision—like it or not—is probably the city’s biggest since amalgamation. And unlike the 2001 amalgamation, dictated by the province, this one is “Made in
Even though the proposed 2017 budget for Kawartha Lakes is still looking at a 4.6 percent jump, both Mayor Andy Letham and CAO Ron Taylor say the city is moving in the right direction.
"We're heading away from the dangers of raiding reserves to fund operating costs,” says Letham, “and now we're finding
By Glenna Burns
Trent lakes council has approved the installation of four signs around the municipality asking people to contact the Ontario Provincial Police when they see boaters who are under the influence of alcohol consumption.
Some people don’t seem to understand that drinking and boating can be just as
The next meeting of Fenelon Forward will be on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 pm in the church hall at St. James Anglican Church.
There will be update reports and action-plan discussions for key village issues,including:
YOUR FILMMAKING CAREER: Want to make movies? The city is looking for volunteers to operate audio and visual recording equipment to broadcast both regular and special council meetings on Cogeco Cable. Volunteers will operate multiple cameras from a single control panel located within council chambers. “This is a great opportunity for
New residential listings in the Kawartha Lakes Real Estate Association’s multiple-listing system totaled 128 units in September—which is down 37 percent from last year.
It’s the lowest level for new listings in September in more than 25 years.
Overall supply is currently running near
Trent Lakes municipality received a generous gift that will save lives on Tuesday, Oct. 4, when John Gignac presented TL fire chief Don Mitchell with $5,000 worth of Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms.
Gignac, a former firefighter, told council the heart wrenching story of losing his niece Laurie, her husband Richard and their
The high cost of residential electricity was top of mind when members of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) and the Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus (EOMC) met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in Kingston recently.
Peter Emon, Chair of the EOWC and Warden of the County of Renfrew, described the meeting, requested by Premier Wynne, as “an open and frank discussion . . . about the need for further, real relief to the high
Kawartha Lakes doesn’t need to licence a business that is already well regulated provincially, argues Norm Bailey, the director for the Lindsay, Peterborough, Cobourg and Bowmanville offices of Young Drivers of Canada.
His biggest problem with the latest draft of the city’s proposed bylaw to licence driving schools is that it would not allow
If you’d like to give back to your community, here’s one way to do so. The City of Kawartha Lakes is looking for folks to volunteer on any of 11 boards and Committees of Council.
But you need to apply by Oct. 21.
The committees have a wide range of focus, from agriculture to accessibility. Pick the one that
After Kawartha Lakes staff presented background reports for the capital and operating budgets to the special council meeting Sept. 27, council has asked staff to find savings—including $2.5 million from the operating budget.
Council looks set to increase the capital budget as reserves are quite low and the debt limit needs to be raised to help fund a housing initiative and other capital projects. The housing-project costs should be recouped by rents in the long run.
Within the reports from staff were decision units for council to consider for lowering the overall budget
If the budget were to pass in its present state—which is really only a starting point—the tax-rate increase for 2017 would be about
The Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC) is pulling out all the stops to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
Beyond the usual luncheon to cap off Small Business Week in Kawartha Lakes, says General Manager Andrew Wallen, KLCFDC will be throwing an all-day BASH (Business And