Plans, Budgets and Community Initiatives

South Frontenac Township Council is just starting two process that will help shape the Township for the next few years.

The Strategic Plan

Council has agreed to develop a strategic plan for the next four years.  The plan, while not binding, has more than moral significance. Staff will be expected in consider the plan’s priorities when making proposals to Council and when implementing Council decisions.

I would strongly encourage you to tell Council your main priorities for the Township.  Lake health; decreasing inequality; better services for seniors and adults with disadvantages; controlled development; conservation, renewables and climate change; increased recreational activities; and, upgrading lanes and partially maintained Township roads are a few of the ideas that could be included. I am sure there are many more you can identify.

To make your priorities known to Council: 1) attend the Loughborough open house on March 26, and/or 2) write a short (or long) note to the Township on the priorities for the next four years.  I would appreciate it if you would send me a copy of your comments so I am aware of the specific concerns of Loughborough residents.

The Budget

Ove the next month we will be finalizing next year’s budget.  Our all-day budget meeting is February 7.  We have seen a draft capital budget which includes 2.2 million dollars to replace the Perth Fire Hall. There is also talk of increasing the grants available to improve private lanes, increasing the grants for community improvement and increasing service on partially maintained township roads.

Recreation Facilities

The draft budget also contains proposals for new playground equipment at the Wilmer Road Park ($40,000 dollars), shoreline repairs to the Sydenham Point Park ($100,000) and repairs to the Sydenham football field playing surface ($50,000).  The Shoreline repair would build rock retaining walls for the non-beach areas and replace the sand beaches that are currently being washed away with pea gravel. My proposal that there be sand play areas close to the beaches had been supported by the Recreation Committee and was positively received by Council.  The football field redo is contingent upon the School Board matching the funds.

Updates:

Congratulations to John Sherbino on being elected Loughborough’s citizen appointee to the Committee of Adjustment.  Mikes Howes will continue to chair the Loughborough Recreation Committee.  The residents who volunteer many hours on these committees deserve our collective thanks.

Monday, February 16 at 7pm the first meeting of the Bicycle Routes Working Group will be held in the Sydenham Township Hall.  The group is a committee of residents who would like to identify and promote a series of bicycle routes in the area.  It is open to anyone who would like to attend. Please contact me for more information.

Saturday, February 21, from noon till 4pm, at Perth Road School, a group of Residents is holding the first ever Perth Road Winter Olympics.  It is described as an annual community building event to promote physical activity during a more challenging time of the year.  Among other events there is a winter costume competition, a biathlon with various non-lethal weapons, like potato guns, and boot hockey. It is meant for all ages, open to everyone and promises to be a lot of fun.  Check out the event’s Facebook page and come along.

The Johnson Point open house and public delegations to Council is on March 3.  A decision on this development will be made shortly after that meeting.

I would like to know your opinion on any of the above issues as well as any other concerns you may have.  Please give me a call, 613-532-7846, or send me an email.

I look forward to seeing you around the township.

Ross.

 

About Ross Sutherland

nurse, researcher, public health care activist, councillor South Frontenac Township
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