In a slight change of events Deputy Mayor Allen Edwards chaired the Friday, June 14, 2013 Council meeting. The meeting ran quickly and concisely. To increase visibility while exiting the LCBO in Port Carling the Township will be placing a rock in the first parking spot on Medora Street to the west of the parking lot. As well, to limit parking on the north side of Portage Street in Bala by placing several planters and a bicycle rack will be placed on the paved shoulder. There was also further discussion regarding large vehicles parking at the Bank of Nova Scotia in Port Carling.
Hirsh Resort Developments was before the Planning Committee on Monday, June 17, 2013 as their original resolution had expired as the Township did not receive the required securities. Mr. Simon Hirsh stated that he did not realize that there was a six month expiry date on the resolution.
A large delegation from Clear Lake was in attendance at Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to discuss establishing a public boat launch on an unopened road allowance on Clear Lake Road.Nine individuals delegated, speaking for and against the proposed boat ramp. What they all seemed to be in agreement with was that a long term and sustainable solution was necessary. The committee was asked to do what is best for the community as a whole, as this has been a divisive issue on the lake. Cottagers had to find a solution to getting their boats in and out of the lake. It was pointed out that the Townships Official Plan does support a public ramp as there would be no commercial barging and it would not be used to access island cottages. Although a private citizen offered his property for a ramp, the majority of the committee felt that the public ramp was the most sustainable solution.After much discussion, it was decided that the best solution was a public boat ramp that would have “limited access”. Our understanding is, that that means there will be dates when boats have to be launched before and removed after. The remaining time the ramp will be closed. The MRA wonders what will happen when a renter or additional family members (aunts, uncles, cousins, kids) arrive with their watercrafts during the summer months? Or, if a boat has a mechanical problem and needs to be taken to a marina? This leaves us with the important unanswered question of when is a “public ramp” not a public ramp?
The Township has made arrangements with Toronto Digital Imaging to repair the Port Carling wall. The entire wall will be removed and replaced with a new one.
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters had two delegates speaking to the Committee of the Whole regarding lawful permission for gun hunting on Sundays. As of this date hunters are allowed target practice and hunt with a bow and arrow on Sundays but not a firearm. Several municipalities already permit Sunday hunting. This request was sent back to staff for a report which will allow citizens in opposition a chance to speak on the matter.
The new part-time by-law officer is busy following up on complaints and site plans. It is important to realize that if you call to file a complaint or submit a complaint in writing, you must provide your name or the complaint will not be investigated.
Despite Mayor Murphy’s pre-election intention to eliminate closed session meetings, they seen to be more frequent and longer. At Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013, Council went into close session for two hours prior to completing the public portion of the meeting.
The MRA would like to remind you that Sherwood Creek Bridge on Muskoka Road 4 into Windermere is closing as of July 15, 2013 for repairs.
Hope you had a safe and enjoyable Canada Day Weekend.
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