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Regular Council Highlights – November 22, 2022

Regular Council Highlights with image of Council in Council Chambers

Regular Council Highlights with image of Council in Council Chambers

Kawartha Lakes – The following are highlights of the Regular Council Meeting on November 22, 2022.

The Regular Council Meeting can be viewed in full on the City’s YouTube channel.

First Regular Council Meeting of the new term Council

The new Kawartha Lakes Council returned to Council Chambers for the first Regular Council Meeting of the 2022 to 2026 term. The November 22 Regular Council meeting was a procedural refresher for the returning Council members and a helpful introduction to the process for the new Council members. Mayor Elmslie, along with City Clerk Cathie Ritchie and Chief Administration Officer Ron Taylor, walked the new Council through the meeting step-by-step and answered any procedural questions that the new Council had along the way.  

Council Announcement - Enjoy the festivities and be sure to shop local this holiday season

With holiday parade season kicking off this week, the Councillors took the opportunity to share some holiday event details. If you’re interested in learning more about some of the holiday events happening in Kawartha Lakes, read our upcoming holiday events news release. The Councillors also took the time to ask their constituents and all residents of Kawartha Lakes to continue to support local this holiday season. With most local businesses still in recovery mode from the pandemic it’s important to continue to help them out wherever possible by shopping local and supporting the local restaurant and service industry.

Kawartha Lakes supports the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) response to Bill 23

AMO’s submission regarding Bill 23: More Homes Built Faster was included in the amended agenda. The first motion put forward was that the City of Kawartha Lakes supports the concerns raised by AMO in its letter to Laurie Scott, MPP and the Standing Committee on Heritage, Infrastructure and Cultural Policy. The motion called for staff to review the Bill and provide recommendations in a report back to council in January. Lastly, the motion asked that based on the recommendations in the staff report, council would provide comment back to Laurie Scott, MPP. This motion passed unanimously.

There was a second motion, asking that council provide comment in support of AMO’s submission before the comment period ends on November 24. Providing a comment now would reserve the right to provide further comment at a later date. This motion also passed unanimously.

Read AMO’s full response to Bill 23 here.

Appointments to Advisory Committees, Boards and Task Force

Members of Council are required to sit on various Advisory Committees, Boards, Task Forces and Outside Agencies throughout the term of Council. This report addresses that requirement by implementing the necessary appointments. The report and appointments can be viewed in full here. With the exception of two groups, appointments are made for the term of Council, with a mid-term review in 2024. The mid-term review provides an opportunity for the appointments to be re-examined and updated, if necessary.

The exceptions to the term of Council appointments apply to the appointment to the Committee of Adjustment and the appointment to the Fenelon Falls Cemetery Board. The appointment to the Committee of Adjustment runs for a two-year term and the appointment will be implemented through the adoption of a by-law. With regard to the Fenelon Falls Cemetery Board, the mandate for that Board was recently extended to run until the end of 2023. As a result of that extension, the Council appointment will run until the end of 2023.

This report also addresses the appointment of a member to the Trent Conservation Coalition Source Protection Committee. The Source Protection Committee is an outside agency that oversees the process of developing the Drinking Water Source Protection Plan.

Seasonal bicycle lane closures

A By-Law was passed to close all seasonal bicycle lanes in the municipality for the winter. Therefore, any bicycle lanes designated as seasonal in Schedule “A” are deemed closed from November 1 to April 15.

Reminder: there will be no winter maintenance on seasonal bicycle lanes.

Next Council meeting

December 13, 2022 at 1pm.
Public attendance in Council Chambers is available by appointment through the Clerk’s Office. Otherwise, the meeting will be broadcast live on the City’s YouTube Channel and broadcast live on Cogeco cable television.

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