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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: July 10, 2014

Summer is finally here and I hope you are enjoying a little warm weather after last winter.  Here is a brief update as to what your municipality's council and staff have been up to!
 
Pat Kemp decided to change locations and Lois O'Neill-Jackson moved from Clerk to our Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).  Lois is very well qualified and her work ethic and personality are a welcome addition to our staff.  We have a new Clerk (Bob Angione), Bob was assistant to Pat Kemp prior to becoming the Clerk and we are finding him very efficient.
 
Council continues to bring sober thought to the workings of the municipality and as a result of this we are very well positioned financially.  Our garbage bag usage cards have been very successful in reducing WASTE.  This has resulted in an overall savings to all of us as well as giving the environment a well deserved break.  We are moving forward with a community improvement plan which will make our area much more inviting to businesses and help to offset our taxes.  Keep an ear open for public meetings regarding the plan.
 
Our website is being revamped and it will be much more user friendly when it launches.  We are working with the Peterborough County City Health Unit in implementing septic inspections and are waiting for their next move.  Members of council will be attending the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference and will be bringing attention to the Minister of Natural Resources our many concerns regarding quarries.  We need more say in the number of quarries and substantially more money from operators to help maintain the damages to our roads.  We share the concerns of our citizens and this is where we have an opportunity to make our concerns known.  The Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services in charge of OPP, will also be advised of our concerns regarding a new funding model which has to be developed to bring some long-term sustainability to the OPP budget.  Right now it is out of control.
 
A couple of ways to help us control that spending is to be very careful of false 9-1-1 calls.  Even a child playing with an old cell phone could accidentally dial 9-1-1.  Cell phones, unless demolished, continue to recognize 9-1-1.  Also, automatic dialing is often an accidental call or what is referred to as a "pocket call" when the owner moves and applies pressure to the phone.  All of these are potentially dangerous as it takes 2 officers away from their regular patrol at a cost of $200 per hour to respond.  Additionally they may be driving many miles out of their way and then not be available for a serious 9-1-1 call.
 
This is once again an election year.  Municipal elections are different as you have a vote in each area you reside.  Trailer owners in campgrounds are tenants of the campground and may be eligible to vote.  You can verify if you are on the voters' list by going on line to www.voterlookup.ca . I welcome a conversation with people who may have any concerns or suggestions.  
 
Have a safe summer. 
 
Janet Clarkson
Mayor
    
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

exterior of administration office, upper level, summer

Some Community Events:

Cavendish Carnival at the Cavendish Community Centre on July 19, 2014.  For more information call 705-657-8912.

37th Annual Buckhorn Fine Art Festival at the Buckhorn Community Centre. August 15-17, 2014. 705-657-1918

Rock the Locks, Buckhorn Lock 31, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. August 23, 2014 www.rockthelocks.ca

Ongoing:

Music in the Park at the Austin Sawmill Heritage Park, Kinmount. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. July & August

The Buckhorn Farmers Craft and Collectables 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.