There has been a lot of attention recently on North Korea, and with good reason. The steady stream of missile and nuclear weapon tests has the international community on edge, and the war of words between US President Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un is adding to the tension.
North Korea (officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) is a fascinating country, but one that is extremely isolated and regularly comes in last among nations in its support for openness, transparency and other democratic norms and principles. Currently ruled by Kim Jong-Un, following his father’s death in 2011, it was founded by Jong-Un’s paternal grandfather, Kim Il-Sung. The elder Kim came to power with the backing of the Soviets in 1948, and his family has ruled North Korea with an iron fist since then.
North Korea began its nuclear weapons program in the 1980’s, and it has become a priority for the ruling Kim family as a means of ensuring the regime’s survival and deterring an invasion by the US. North and South Korea technically remain at war, having not negotiated a peace agreement following the end to fighting in 1953.
In the early 1990’s, the US government negotiated an agreement with North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, in return for US assistance. This agreement fell apart by 2002, and North Korea has since continued its pursuit of nuclear weapons. It is generally accepted that they have at least 13-21 nuclear warheads, but that they have not mastered miniaturizing the warheads to fit on a ballistic missile that could reach the US.
Canada does not have an embassy in North Korea, with relations managed on the Canadian side through the embassy in South Korea. Similarly, North Korea does not have an embassy in Canada, and manages relations with Canada through their representative at the United Nations in New York. As a result of the limited diplomatic ties, Canada has worked with other countries that have a diplomatic presence in North Korea, including recently working with the Swedish embassy in North Korea to secure the release of a Canadian pastor who was being held in a North Korean prison camp.
Following the most recent North Korean provocation, a test on August 29th of an intermediate-range missile fired over Japan, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs issued a statement condemning the actions of North Korea, and calling for the international community to continue its efforts to get North Korea to abandon its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs, and work towards a political solution.
Canada will continue to support efforts, through the United Nations, or the previously utilized Six Party Talks, involving North and South Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the US, to reach a peaceful resolution.
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The following is a brief update of some of the major proceedings that occurred during this summer. You can obtain further details on the Township of Springwater website. www.springwater.ca
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT: As previously reported the draft Environmental Study Report (ESR) (1800 + pages “Midhurst Water, Wastewater and Transportation” document) related to the impacts of the mega development planned for the southern portion of the Township has been forwarded to the Province. www.springwater.ca/MSPEA The ESR will be made public at of an open house once the Province responds.
CANADA 150 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS: Canada 150th Anniversary Celebrations Soapbox Derby and Classic Car Show that took place in June was enjoyed by many. Thank you to the volunteers for all the enormous hard work, the sponsors for their generosity and Township staff for their assistance. I also wish to thank the great neighbours in the area for their cooperation. We have received numerous requests to repeat the derby. The signature Township wide event that took place at the Township Administration Center included a spectacular display of fireworks. The attendance was less than I expected. I was surprised by the large number of residents that complained they were unaware of the event. It was well advertised and communicated. Easy to tell who reads Township communications and what I send them? Hard to justify, but will continue my effort!
MIDHURST PAVILION AND SPORTS PAD: If you follow what happens at Council you will be aware that the majority of Council voted to approve a community pavilion and sports pad to be located near Doran Park. The cost is 90% paid by development charges, 5% by taxes and 5% by Midhurst. This is a win for the entire township. A staff report is scheduled for Sept. 6th Council meeting. It would be fitting for the students and teachers who maybe utilizing the facility to show their support by attending the meeting. Bring a parent!
FUTURE CONCERNS: We will be commencing the 2018 budget preparations shortly. Taxpayers need to pay attention to what takes place. Meetings are open to the public. Some of the current members of Council may want your vote if they seek reelection. Voters have a responsibility to do their due diligence. We are all aware of some of the impacts of decisions made by pervious Councils that we are now saddled with. While it is easy to point fingers, they did not elect themselves! There are frightening rumors as to who may be running in the next election. Get involved and get informed before it is too late. These are not campaign statements for me. I would like to retire. You need candidates who are competent, can be trusted to protect the interests of taxpayer’s and will dedicate the time. This is business, confirm commitment, common sense, intellect and personal agendas.
AUTUMNFEST FALL FAIR: This year’s fall festival is scheduled for September 30th 11:00 am. As usual the same few volunteers are working hard to organize this event for everyone in Springwater. Assistance is required.
IMPORTANT DATES: Regular Council Meetings: Wednesdays, Sept 6th and 20th at 6:30 pm. There are several other special and closed session meetings. For other committee meeting times and dates go to: www.springwater.ca Meetings are held at the Township Administration Centre. You can view the live broadcast feed of Council meetings at http://www.springwater.ca/live .
Jack Hanna Ward 5 Councillor
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Many of us often forget about the wonderful gem just 10 km north of Elmvale, the Tiny Marsh. It’s a great place to go for a serene walk in the outdoors, whether on the trails through the woods or along the dikes. I was there last week to check out my new binoculars; I saw several herons, a pair of rare sandhill cranes, three pairs of trumpeter swans and two baby swans.
I have enjoyed visiting the Friday morning Elmvale Farmers’ Market in the community parking lot. The Township is hoping that there is enough interest in continuing this market indoors at the community hall during the fall, winter and spring. The key issue is numbers: there needs to be enough customers to make it worthwhile to vendors, but there needs to be enough vendors to make it worthwhile to customers. If you are a vendor who might be interested in being at this market, whether every week or only for some weeks, please contact me; the one criterion is that products must be grown or made in Simcoe County.
As part of its ongoing Economic Development Plan, Springwater will be hosting another business breakfast in November. Look for details later.
Ontario is in the midst of a rapidly growing and expanding opioid crisis. Opioid overdoses and abuse can tear apart families and communities, hurting our most vulnerable.
Most people would be hard-pressed to find someone that hasn’t been directly affected by this – whether it’s a friend, family member, neighbour, or loved one.
Between 2006 and 2015, fentanyl overdose deaths in Ontario soared by 548 per cent, meaning that now more than two people are dying every single day from opioid overdoses.
Clearly something needs to be done to address this. Immediate action needs to be taken to stop this crisis before it grows any bigger than it already has.
The Ontario PCs have been listening to communities affected by this crisis, and consulting with public health and law enforcement experts.
Based on these conversations we have called on the Liberal Government to take a number of different actions.
My colleague MPP Michael Harris (Kitchener-Conestoga) introduced a Private Member’s bill that would crack down on illegal pill press machines which are used to make counterfeit pills. I recently had the opportunity to travel to Cambridge and meet with members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service to discuss this important bill.
In Timmins a couple of weeks ago, I announced that the Ontario PCs will be introducing legislation requiring the Wynne Liberals to invest at least 10 per cent of their government advertising budget this fiscal year to an opioid and fentanyl awareness campaign.
I don’t know about you, but I think that our government advertising budget would be better served warning our youth about the dangers and risks of this deadly drug than on vanity ads promoting the government’s band-aid hydro schemes.
On top of that, we’ve called on the government to release weekly overdose reporting data to the public, and to create a ministerial task force on the issue.
If the government were serious about addressing this opioid crisis they would immediately heed our calls when the Legislature resumes. I know that the PCs will continue to push for this.
While there is no silver bullet when it comes to this growing problem, these are important steps that will help to stop this crisis in its tracks. As more and more tragic stories continue to hit the newswire, we need to ensure that another preventable death never happens again.
Canada Summer Jobs
As summer winds to a close, and as I gear up to head back to Parliament this fall, I am humbled as I reflect upon what a busy, productive and interesting season it has been. I enjoyed travelling all across the Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte this summer, meeting and speaking with constituents. From business owners, to students, families, professionals, newcomers to our neighbourhood, and organizations alike, I have gathered an incredible amount of feedback relating to the issues that are affecting and concerning the members of our community. It is important that I know about these issues and gather this feedback, as it helps me to better represent our area in the House of Commons.
One part of the work we have done this summer that I would like to highlight here is the Canada Summer Jobs Tour. Through this tour I was able to meet and speak with students and employers in our riding who have received funding through this program. Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative begun by the previous Conservative government in 2007. It provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. Since its inception, it has been a great success, and helped to strengthen local economies across Canada, offering new and meaningful opportunities for both students and employers.
Our office receives the applications through Service Canada each summer for review, so that we can ensure the funding in our riding is going to support both local and national priorities for that year. For 2017 we focused our local funding priorities on youth programs, arts and theatre, religious organizations, sports and recreation, non-profit organizations and local efforts surrounding the Canada 150 celebrations. 221 jobs were created this year with the $738,570 funding dollars provided. I encourage any organization who is interested in this program to watch for the call for applications early next year, and feel free to call our office if you would like further information or direction.
Before I head back to Ottawa in September, I would like to take this time to thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving you in the House of Commons. I assure you that I will remain an active and engaged Member of Parliament on debates and discussions surrounding the issues that are important to you, the members of Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte. Wishing you all an enjoyable last few weeks of summer, and please do not hesitate to contact our office with your feedback, concerns and questions.
Member of Parliament
Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte
Labour Day sadly announces the end of summer and many are saying that we seemed to have missed that season this year.
We are back to our regular schedule for Council Meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Administration Centre, Nursery Road. Wednesday of this week was our first meeting for the Fall and our next meeting is Wednesday September 20th. We invite residents to come out and engage in your local government and pose questions. As mentioned, we expect a busy Fall with a number of important matters on the calendar. Some upcoming meetings may be of interest to a number of residents. The Township Recreation Advisory Committee meets on Sept 13th and a Special Meeting of Council to discuss the Master Recreation Plan will be held on Sept 19th. If you want to know about Springwater`s plans for the future for local recreation, these meetings will provide a lot of insight. Check the Township calendar for more details.
Hillsdale Residential Developments
Many are aware that there was an OMB approval back in 2008 to allow the development of 473 homes in Hillsdale in what is known as Heritage Village. Most people felt that this type of development would not be in character with the community. There was a special planning meeting held on Monday August 28th that presented a new plan of 232 on the Heritage site. I was most pleased to see over one hundred people attend and many expressed their real concerns and raised a number of important issues. The courtesy and professionalism of both the presenters and questioners was noted by all of us on Council. Most people are pleased with the reduction in the number of units and the elimination of the multi residential units that had been included in the approvals by the OMB. At the same time there was a second application for approval of an OPA and ZBA to allow another 114 single dwelling units to the north of the Heritage Village lands on what is commonly known as the Sarjeant Lands. There is still an outstanding issue on this land before the OMB and development has not been approved at this stage. Going forward each application will be dealt with separately. There are a number of concerns that were expressed by residents and they need answers from both the developer and some of the agencies. Traffic congestion is a concern, especially the amount that may travel through the existing community and the challenges of entering Hwy 93 to travel south which will be the prominent direction of the traffic. The proposed changes to the wastewater treatment facility may be of concern and we await professional feedback on the proposed approach. The natural wildlife corridor is a concern as this area is known for deer breeding grounds and bedding areas. Having had the opportunity of witnessing the impacts of new developments in other areas since I took office, I have requested that new lots backing on existing lots should be a similar width to avoid a two on one fabric. We were successful in convincing another developer to rework their lot designs and develop transitional lot fabric to avoid conflicts in lot sizes. The Heritage Village developer has agreed to review their plans. The other transitional feature I would like to see, in addition to the transitional lot fabric feature, is including tree and vegetation separation buffers where old and new homes are in close proximity. I can assure the residents that as we progress with the developments, there will be more opportunity for input at each stage. I suggest Hillsdale residents pay close attention to notices of meetings as we proceed.
Canada 150 Community Events
The events continued in recent weeks and many in Springwater joined the celebrations.
Hillsdale End of Summer Extravaganza: This great family event held on Saturday August 26 at the Hillsdale Community Park hosted a variety of activities and food for the entire family. Our local Fire Department was on hand with displays and a chance for the younger crowd to try managing a fire hose. The wood fired pizza that was offered was just fantastic and the weather was spectacular.
Grenfel Gathering: On Sunday August 27th many past friends and as many as eight generations of some families gathered at the Grenfel Community Centre Pavilion on Sunnidale Road. There was lots to do with good food, children`s fun and games and a lot of good old fashion local music.
Minesing Labour Baseball Tournament: This long running annual event was held from Friday September 1st to Sunday September 3rd and is a big fund raiser for the community. 28 teams participated with playoffs in 4 divisions. I am happy to say my cousin Geri Priest and her team won the C division and the Spartans featuring our own Councillor Coughlin trounced the competition to win the B division. It was simply a fantastic event and I thank the tireless efforts of the volunteers that make these community events happen.
But our Canada 150 celebrations are not quite over, so stay tuned to the Township calendar. The Midhurst Autumnfest will be held September 30th along with the Festival at Fort Willow. More on those two events in the next edition.
Community Improvement Plan
The Township of Springwater has launched a Community Improvement Program to support local businesses and stimulate investment in the community.
The Community Improvement Plan allows Springwater to establish grants, loans, incentives and other programs to encourage private sector investment in development and renovation efforts that seek to improve and revitalize areas or achieve local goals and priorities.
The Community Improvement Plan endorsed by Springwater Council includes 8 programs. Each program has a maximum funding amount, specific and general eligibility criteria and an application review process to determine appropriateness. Each year we as Council will determine the overall funding amount allocated to the Community Improvement Plan. All eight (8) programs have been activated and $50,000 has been allocated to the Community Improvement Plan for the 2017 calendar year. Contact our Planning Department for specific details.
Small Business Enterprise Centre
If you are a small business and would like some guidance on growing your business or even establishing a new business, contact the Barrie Small Business Enterprise Center for an appointment 705-720-2445. A representative spends the day at the Township Administration Centre on the first Thursday of each month to provide advice to businesses including the development of business plans along with ideas to improve or grow your business. This is all part of Springwater’s efforts to see business grow in the Township and create more job opportunities close to home.
Mayors Open Visiting Hours
If you would like to meet with me on any matter you can always arrange an appointment or if in the neighbourhood of the Administrative Centre you can drop by Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4:00 p.m. during July and August. I invite you to bring your complaints, concerns or even appreciation for what is happening in Springwater. I have had numerous people come by and in some cases we have resolved some simple issues. If nothing else I promise that you will be heard. The door is open. If you can’t make it and want to keep up to date, you can listen to my thoughts on matters of interest on our local Kool FM or Rock 95 or go to their website as they have a feature with a monthly interview with me hosted by Dan Blakely.
Keep informed and involved with Springwater by checking out our website www.springwwater.ca and especially our calendar of meetings. Tune into our live streaming of the Council Meetings at www.springwater.ca/live . Stay close to the action and read this excellent local paper, the Springwater News, and check out our regular Springwater Link and Council Corner columns. Be part of the solution and have your say.
A reminder these articles are my thoughts and perspectives on issues and I am but one voice on Council. These opinions may not reflect the position of other Councillors.
Dick Wesselo. - We’re into September already! The summer is for all intents and purposes over and the kiddies are back at school. Some Cottagers have closed-up for the season and the leaves on the occasional tree are turning to their fall colours. We’ve already had some chilly nights in North Simcoe as well and as we drive along County Road 6, we sincerely hope that the bridge construction over the river Wye will be finished before the snow flies.
The start of the new school year brought a number of reports into the news media about the shortage of school bus drivers. The news reports focused primarily on the situation in the GTA. Locally however, the situation is just as pressing.
The shortage should not come as a surprise to anyone. The requirements bestowed upon school bus drivers are significant and the remuneration does not adequately reflect these responsibilities. Those who aren’t able to park their bus at home for whatever reason have to travel to the yard (to “work”) twice daily, effectively doubling their personal “to and from work” transportation costs.
Both Parkview and Sharp used an extensive mail campaign during the early summer in the hope to attract new drivers. It is my understanding at this time that the North Simcoe routes are covered.
However, if you have time on your hands and are looking for something to do to get yourself out of the house, driving a school bus maybe something to consider. Most buses operating in North Simcoe have “Drive for us” type stickers containing phone numbers attached to them. Call one of the Bus Companies in the area and explore the opportunities!
While on the subject of school buses, school buses come in all sizes but all are “chrome yellow” and display the words “SCHOOL BUS”. You must STOP whenever approaching a stopped school bus with its alternating red lights flashing and stop arm extended. When approaching from the front, leave a safe distance between you and the bus. When coming from behind, stop at least 20 meters away. Do not proceed before the red lights stop flashing and the stop arm is retracted.
The August 24, 2017 edition of this paper contained a great article on page 24 (the back page) titled “The Waverly Soldier’s Monument”. The article details the Monument’s origin and history and provides various noteworthy bits of interest. The monument was unveiled almost 100 years ago (Oct. 5, 1920) in honor of those residents from the 4 intersecting Townships (Tiny, Tay, Flos & Medonte) who gave their lives during WW1. If you missed the article, you can find it at “https://issuu.com/springwaternews/docs/aug_24_2017_ed_502_for_web”.
There is an annual memorial service held on the 2nd Sunday in September. This year, the service will take place on Sunday, September 10 and will start at 2:30PM. Please honor those who gave their lives so that we may live in freedom.
The Township of Tiny is the proud recipient of the Municipal Accessibility Award through the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association’s (OMSSA) Recognition Program. The OMSSA Recognition Program recognizes a champion who has displayed extraordinary leadership and made an exceptional contribution to the awareness of, activities associated with, or programs advancing accessibility in their municipality. Bravo Tiny!
Recent Letters to the Editor of a local paper have suggested that the Mayor of Penetanguishene and County Warden, Gerry Marshall should consider running for the Liberal Nomination in the North Simcoe Riding. Political stripes and choices aside, if you run for MPP, you run with the party’s label. Whatever you, as an individual, did well in your previous life, becomes history. By default, you are now tied to a party platform going forward. In addition, if you seek to join an incumbent Government, you buy, to a large degree, into the past actions of the incumbent Government as well.
The current Wynne Government has numerous ongoing issues of serious concern. The amount of money that has been wasted and the amount of debt that has been loaded on us taxpayers as a result, will not likely be repaid during my lifetime. I note the issues surrounding the eHealth project, the cancelled gas plant, ORNGE, the Ontario Northland Railway, the Caledonia Hydro Line, the LHIN’s, CCAC’s and MPAC, just to name a few.
If you’re successful, appreciated and respected as a Mayor and as a Warden, why would you seek to become part of a Government with a track record like the Ontario Liberals?
Many jurisdictions south of our border are debating the removal of statues that, according to some, refer to less memorable occurrences in US history.
Similar thoughts are brewing in Canada. My concern is, where do you stop? Today it is Sir John A. Macdonald, who is it tomorrow? Wilfred Laurier, Louis Riel, Pierre Elliot Trudeau? Is it fair to judge the actions of historical figures in today’s light? I don’t think so. It’s history. History reminds us of what happened in bygone days. Use the statutes as a reminder, as an educational tool. We can study their life, learn from them and if we disagree, do our best to not make the same or similar mistakes as we go through life. Trying to ignore or sweep history under the rug through the removal of public displays is in my mind a nonstarter.
Upcoming local Events:
- Thursday September 7, between 4pm-6pm - Jarlette Health Services will be showcasing their plans for the "New" Villa Care Centre on King Street. The event will take place in the 1st Floor Activity Room in the “Older” Villa on Young Street.
Please contact Ms. Stacy Zelazny, Coordinator of Volunteer Services at the Villa Care Centre at 705-526-4238 ext.217 for further information.
- Our Federal MP, Bruce Stanton, his wife Heather along with MPP Patrick Brown and our new Ontario PC Candidate in Simcoe North, Jill Dunlop, will be hosting a fish fry on Sunday, September 10th between 2 to 5pm at Little Lake Park in Midland (under the Pavilion, rain or shine).
This is the second year during which this joint federal (Conservative Party of Canada) and provincial (Ontario PC Party) event will take place. Last year, the event was in Orillia, at ODAS Park, and pulled pork on a bun was served to the Community.
The hosts look forward to meeting North Simcoe Residents there for a great "food 'n fun" afternoon.
- Tiny Town Hall Meeting - Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7 - 9 pm., Tiny Township Community Centre.
- Midland and area Terry Fox Run - Sunday, September 17, 2017. Registration: 9:00 am - 9:45 am, Perkinsfield Park - 43 County Road 6 South. Bicycle, Strollers, Rollerblade, and Wheelchair accessible. Dogs and cats on leashes are welcome to attend and participate in the event. Route distances: 5 or 10 kilometers.
Five Residents took advantage of Tiny’s Open Deputation Process during the August 28, 2017 Committee of the Whole Meeting (CoW). Beach issues dominated this time period again and focused on “Private Property” stickers that were added to signs located along Kitching Lane. These affected signs previously indicated the 10’ delineation of the Public area only. The presenting residents questioned whether the adjacent properties were Private. Mayor Cornell noted that as far as the Township was concerned, the areas adjacent to Kitching Lane were known as Privately owned lands and he read a statement prepared by Doug Luker (Tiny’s CAO) that partly read as follows:
“In the Kitching Lane area, private property signs were deemed necessary to ensure clear delineation to mitigate against any ambiguity in the area. As such signage has been specifically designed and located to ensure that all visitors to the Kitching Lane area are aware of the boundaries of the publicly owned property.
Based on the correspondence the Township has received, it appears that some of the neighboring residents and visitors may be questioning or challenging land ownership in the area. I would recommend that anyone who wishes to pursue this course of action seek private legal advice before assuming land ownership rights and access beyond the area as delineated by the Township.”
It was also noted that Liability and Insurance issues necessitated the need for clear and concise signage, however unfriendly these signs may appear.
Deputy Mayor Walma clearly was no fan of the stickers and Councillor Hastings did not want the Township to get into the business of posting what is “private property”.
In addition to beach access, the availability of garbage cans was brought into question and that matter was referred to Public Works.
A tense moment arose during a resident’s scheduled presentation when Councillor Wishart notably chuckled at her comments. He did somewhat recover during the ensuing discussion. Unfortunately, the damage was done.
The sign issue will come up for discussion again during the September 11 CoW meeting. For Tiny’s Council, the 2017 Beach season is clearly not over yet!
The results of Tiny’s 2017 Pollinator project were presented to Council. This project was the direct result of a letter Council received well over a year ago from a young girl in the Township. She noted that pollinators, bees especially, were increasingly under stress due to reduced habitat and poor nutrition, disease and pests, their exposure to pesticides and the effects of extreme weather. She suggested that the Township supports the growth of wildflowers in the Township’s ditches and along the road embankments.
The group reiterated the issues, detailed the objectives of the project and the requirements of the grant and shared the project’s successes. One of the group’s recommendations was for the Township to continue “to fund a seasonal youth environmental program that continues to nourish the pollinator agenda and add additional environmental issues such as invasive species, dune conservation, and water quality.” Council’s discussion noted that continuation of this project was desired as this year’s efforts would likely end up being a waste otherwise. The item was referred to the upcoming 2018 budget discussions.
There is a cross walk painted on Tiny Beaches Road (TBR) South near the 9th Concession. The area does not have great visibility and given the ongoing speeding issues along TBR, anything that slows traffic down will translate into an improved safety environment for local pedestrians. Signage indicating the presence of the cross walk should be placed shortly.
The previously reported request for speed reduction along Concession Road 3 East was discussed. Council decided to maintain the current speed (80 km/hr) and to request increased OPP presence.
Steve Harvey, Tiny’s Chief Municipal Law Enforcement Officer, presented a summary of By-law’s Second Quarter Activities and reports regarding the Canada Day Long Weekend and the Civic Holiday Long Weekend. The not so ideal summer weather certainly made Bylaw’s job easier this year!
Tiny received an announcement for a funding opportunity from the National Office of the Trans Canada Trail. The availability of $50 million was announced under a Trail Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). This is new funding for capital construction priorities along the trail and the plan allows for the submission of multiple applications from Municipalities. Tiny will submit applications for (1) the Concession 2 East partial bridge rehabilitation, (2) trail surface upgrades between Concession 3 and the Town line and (3), for the Bernie LeClair Park improvements.
The historical nature of the old railway overpass and the costs of the Concession 2 East bridge rehabilitation project will be further reviewed during the upcoming Sept. 11 CoW Meeting.
In the absence of a firmed-up plan for either a major renovation of the existing facilities or for the construction of a new Township Office, a leasing arrangement for an additional portable office was approved.
The purchase of Playground and Bocce Ball equipment for the Lafontaine Beach Park at the bottom of Concession 16 West was recommended for approval. Assuming the weather cooperates, the areas should be “play ready” before the snow flies!
Approval was provided to Public Works to retrofit the recently installed new light fixtures in Balm Beach with a new dimming module and lens. The reason given was that residents and businesses within the Balm Beach area had requested that Public Works reduce the intensity of the LED street lights as they did not have the soft yellowish glow of the previous light fixtures. In addition, it was noted that the new light emitted was too intense (1) when trying to observe the stars at night; (2) when trying to look towards the water from the street and (3) for residents within their homes. The unfortunate part of this decision is that the ability to recycle the modules and use them in a different area of the Township is very limited. I understand that complaints about street light brightness have been raised in other areas of the Township as well. With this precedent set, the Township will likely see more requests for street light reduction come forward.