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Message From the Mayor

Mayor Janet Clarkson

Welcome to the Municipality of Trent Lakes

In the heart of the internationally acclaimed Trent-Severn Waterway system.

Mayor's Update: December 16, 2013 

Well, what do you think of all that snow?  The great Canadian north Aye!  First, I would like to invite each and everyone to the 2nd annual Mayor’s Levy. It is being held at the Buckhorn Sports Pad on Saturday the 28th of December from noon to 3pm.  There will be complimentary hot dogs and hot chocolate for everyone and if this weather continues in its present vane the ice should be excellent. This event was a great success last year and I hope to see as many of you there as possible.   
The rink is open now for skating.  Please remember that there is a warm room available and lighting is provided by a meter system that charges a toonie for one hour.  If you call ahead, there are 50 pair of skates available for lending courtesy of Jeff and Sheila Chesher. You may also exchange a used pair of skates for a new size if your child has outgrown their current pair.
The end of the year is always a time of reflection and this year has been both a productive and a challenging year for us all.  Our new municipal name, Trent Lakes has been well received. Like all such major changes, there has been a time of adjustment. Many of you are working through the address changes that have included 911 number changes as well.   For some of you this has been more than a little inconvenient. There have been some challenges with the Canada Post elimination of RR addressing in our municipality. Gone are the days when everyone automatically knew where everyone else lived. We are told that mail delivery will improve. The 911 addressing update has gone well and staff has worked hard to make this change as smooth as possible. When this project is totally completed, it will be easier for emergency services to locate someone in an emergency.  Your frustration is understood and your patience has been appreciated. 
Our new Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw is nearing completion and with the help and input of concerned citizens, I feel we are getting as close as possible to a good working document. 
Quarries continue to be a thorn in everyone’s side and we hope to hear shortly what if any major changes there will be to the Aggregate Act.  There are lots of rumours circulating but until we see the document, they are just that.  We will be speaking with the Minister again in February. 
A Community Improvement Plan is underway and there will be public input later in the new year.  The plan will initially focus on the village of Buckhorn but it will eventually role out to the entire municipality where possible.  There is some upper-level government funding available for this program but we have work to do before we apply.
Our municipality is in very good shape financially but we are in for some substantial increases in our policing budget.  Remember please that one of the few ways we can control police spending is the use of 911 emergency services. Please dial 911 for EMERGENCIES only.  Accidental calls or discarded cell phone calls (for example.  letting children play with old phones) are a serious problem.  These calls require 2 officers and when they are travelling many kilometers to answer a false 911 call you or a loved one may be stranded waiting for a police officers that had been falsely dispatched to a different location.  We have an overly high incidence of these calls so please be diligent. 
Now for the good part or as some people call it the silly season.  Next year is a municipal election year and I can’t stress strongly enough the need for everyone to get involved.  Whether you choose to run or vote please exercise your right wisely.  Municipal government is very complex in these times and the more rural we are the more difficult it is to get a grasp of the day to day operations.  It is very challenging,  rewarding and multi-layered.  So please put your ear to the ground, follow the debate and make an informed decision.  Our very small turnout at the poles is problematic as a person who chooses not to vote, distances him or herself from the process.  Step of folks and get involved.  I am available any time for criticism or conversation; hopefully more of the latter.  Do not hesitate to contact me at 705-657-3315. 
Have a very Merry Christmas and safe and Happy New Year.  Don’t forget the Mayors Levy on December 28.  See you there!
Janet Clarkson



exterior of administration office, upper level, summer

Some Community Events:

Heritage Day at the Buckhorn Community Centre on February 16, 2013 (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).

Lakehurst Carnival at the Lakehurst Hall on February 8 (evening) and February 9, 2013 (all day). 

Career & Information Fair at the Buckhorn Community Centre on March 27, 2013 (1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

Raise the Roof Dance at the Buckhorn Sports Complex (May 4, 2013).

Cavendish Plant Sale at the Cavendish Community Centre on May 25, 2013.  For more information call 705-657-8912.

Kids Fishing Derby sponsored by Harvey Community Policing Committe, at Sunrise Resort on May 26, 2013.  For more information call 705-657-3315.

Raise the Roof Fundraising Golf Tournament at the Quarry Golf and Country Club on May 28, 2013.  For more information call 705-657-3315 or click here.

Strawberry Supper at Galway Hall on July 6, 2013.  For more information call 705-488-2217.

Kids Fishing Derby sponsored by Cavendish Community Policing Committee, at Catchacoma Marina on July 13, 2013.  For more information call 705-657-8737.

Cavendish Carnival at the Cavendish Community Centre on July 20, 2013.  For more information call 705-657-8912.

Brush Strokes Art Show at the Cavendish Community Centre on July 27, 2013.  For more information call 705-657-1091.

The Buckhorn Farmers and Craft Market
The Buckhorn Farmers and Craft Market runs every Tuesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (May to September) at the Buckhorn Community Centre Parking Lot and Building. 

No More Parking Problems!

Come See our New Vendors and Meet Your Old Friends

Interested Vendors/Artisans please contact Mayor Janet Clarkson at 705-657-3315 if you are interested in having a space.