Trent Lakes Council Meeting – May 1, 2018

Council Highlights

May 1, 2018

Proposed New Depot

Bob Taylor-Vaisey, representing the Cavendish Ratepayers Association, made a presentation to council on Tuesday asking council:

  1. To direct staff to provide a comprehensive business case that must include a full needs assessment, an identification of viable alternative solutions (to include, but not be and an assessment of risks associated with each option.
  2. To direct staff to prepare a report confirming whether existing depots and the silo at repair, including any compliance requirements for OHS statutory and regulatory standards.
  3. If no decision is made by this Council based on the reports requested in advance of the lame duck period commencing July 28 and ending with the installation of the incoming Council, then Council’s consideration and vote on this issue be deferred until the installation of the incoming council.

His presentation was supported in writing by the Galway Area Ratepayers Association, the Salmon Lake Cottagers Association, the Crystal Lake Cottagers Association and the Buckhorn Ratepayers Association.

Mr. Taylor-Vaisey told council that there are many reports on file that have been done on this issue but that none of them uses a common methodology.  He added that the options being assessed have been changing, and asked that the options contained in the latest Cambium report (presented at the public meeting April 13, 2018) be the ones that are considered.

Councillor Peter Raymond said that Mr. Taylor-Vaisey may not be aware that council will be updated on this issue by CAO Lois O’Neill-Jackson at the next council meeting on May 15th, and that many of the points the association is asking for may be covered in that update.  Councillor Raymond suggested that council receive the information from Mr. Taylor-Vaisey’s presentation, and consider it after the staff reports are presented.

Mr. Taylor-Vaisey said that he believed the Cavendish Ratepayers Association Board would support Councillor Raymond’s motion.


High Water Concerns

Don Mitchell, Director of Emergency Services told council that both the Trent-Severn Waterway and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are concerned about high water levels due to the snow still on the ground in northern Haliburton and in southern Algonquin Park

“With the heavy rain we are expecting over the next few days, and the melting snow, it’s all going to come this way,” he said.  “We’re not out of the woods yet.”

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Networking Session May 9

The topic of the fourth Trent Lakes Economic Development Committee free Business Networking Session will be How to Attract and Keep Great Employees.

The keynote speaker will be Employment Councillor John Hedderwick.  The session will be held in the council chambers, 760 County Road 36, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The fifth session will be held June 7, 2018, and the topic will be Small Business Startups.