Our region moved in to the “Yellow Zone” last week and no sector was happier than the hospitality industry. Jake Exton of the Canoe & Paddle located on Bridge Street in Lakefield said he was excited to have his friends and customers return to the pub. The restaurant is set up for in house dining and all COVID protocols are in place. Pictured above are Shaynah Lawson and Jake Exton gearing up for business on Tuesday.
Council intends to designate 44 Bridge
by Vanessa Stark
Selwyn council has decided to declare their intention to designate 44 Bridge street in Lakefield as a heritage building. This decision did not come lightly or without comment.
The property located at 44 Bridge Street has become the subject of community protest of the potential to demolish the building on the property. The building has been deemed the Old Stone Mill House which was built in the late 1850s and has been home to many prominent and important members to Lakefield history.
The building underwent a Heritage Review and it was determined to have significant heritage value.
Robert Lamarre, Manager of Building and Planning, presented a report to council outlining Selwyn Townships recommendation for the property based on the heritage easement
The report stated that the overall average score for the building based upon the evaluation criteria was 82%.This score puts the structure into category A in the scale of designation categories.
The report said that “Category A properties are defined as ‘individually outstanding and have the broadest heritage significance by virtue of architectural, historical, and environmental criteria.’ Category A properties are of the highest priority for heritage designation. Consequently, the Committee has recommended as follows:
That Council designate the property at 44 Bridge Street in Lakefield as a heritage property under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act (R.S.O. 1990, c.O.18) being of “cultural heritage value or interest”; and That Council’s intention to designate be advertised in a newspaper having general circulation in the municipality as per the Ontario Heritage Act R.S.O. 1990, c.O.18, s.31; and That the owners of the property to be designated, and the Ontario Heritage Trust, be served with a Notice of Intention to Designate as per the Ontario Heritage ActR.S.O. 1990, c.O.18, s.29 (3).”
Council was given the option to either support this recommendation to declare an intent to designate the property as heritage or simply to leave the property as it is, which is currently zoned commercial and allow for the building to be potentially demolished.
Councillors were all able to make a statement before making a final decision.
Lakefield Ward Councillor Anita Locke spoke first and put forward a motion.
She first thanked Robert Lamarre for his hard work and then put forward the motion stating “Whereas the Township of Selwyn has taken a number of measures to protect the build heritage of the community and whereas a heritage brief prepared by the heritage consultant and evaluated by the heritage committee indicates that the property is a category A individually outstanding and have the broadest heritage significance by virtue of architectural, historical, and environmental criteria
“And whereas Selwyn Township Municipal Heritage Committee has recommended that the property at 44 Bridge Street be designated as a heritage property under part 4 section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act.
“And whereas council seeks development opportunities that are consistent with built heritage preservation therefore be it resolved that the property at 44 Bridge Street in Lakefield be designated as a heritage property under part 4 section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act being of cultural heritage value or interest be designate and that the intention to designate be advertised in the newspaper having general circulation in the municipality as per the Ontario Heritage Act and that the owners of the property to be designated and the Ontario Heritage Trust be served with a notice of intention to designated as per the Ontario Heritage Act.
“And further that in accordance with the Ontario heritage act any development proposal that would impact the components of the structure that are subject to the designation be subject to consideration by council and the Municipal Heritage Committee.”
This Motion was seconded by Deputy Mayor Sherry Senis who went on to say, “To say I am dismayed with the way this issue has unfolded is to put it mildly, especially knowing that it could have been avoided. It’s really unfortunate this property fell through the cracks for designation but having said that the property’s heritage have been established through the heritage brief to support designation. I feel going forward that the rederick has to stop from all quarters, it’s not necessary and accomplishes nothing.”
Smith Ward Councillor Gerry Herron was next to speak, stating, “I do not want to support this motion tonight however I do understand that I must. This isn’t about the protection of Habitat, it’s not about a real estate deal, it’s about protecting the house and according to the brief it qualifies. The bottom line is, in my opinion, that habitat did nothing wrong.
“I keep hearing that mistakes were made and last meeting I said that there were no mistakes made, however I was wrong on that. The only mistake that was made and that would be the catalyst of all this, is when a person of influence knew that Habitat was looking at purchasing this property years before they did it, and did nothing. Instead of getting involved with the Heritage Committee, nothing was done and it was ignored. This whole mess could have been avoided with a simple phone call or email prior to 2018.
We also need “The Save Old Mill House Group” to step up to the plate and have some of their members join the committee. Their passion is admirable, their organization has been commendable and I believe they will be an asset to us in the future.”
Ennismore Ward Councillor Council Donna Ballantyne was also able to speak to this issue saying “It is unfortunate that this scenario had to be played out in the manner that it was. Obviously the ball has been dropped sometime over the past several years. Since it is very obvious now that the property should have heritage designation, I sympathize with both sides. Members of the public have sent in 127 pages of notes encouraging council to designate. This is time consuming and stressful for all and the property owner bought the property in good faith and we never like to change the rules in mid-process. I would also like to state that if the property had been dealt with in the prescribed manner, this decision would not be at the council table tonight. Since the property was brought to the forefront many thing have happened including hiring a professional evaluator for heritage properties, as everyone knows by now the property received a high score related to its heritage features, therefore I see no alternative but to support the motion that asks for councils intention to designate.”
Finally Mayor Andy Mitchell spoke to the issue, “At the last council meeting I stated that there were a number of considerations that I thought we needed to do moving forward. One of those was in fact the review of the heritage brief by the committee and the assessment of the property. As it turns out it did tell us quite a bit. I believe the report makes it clear that the path forward to achieve our community objective should include the designation of 44 Bridge Street. At the same time however it is important to remember that designating 44 Bridge Street cannot be the end of the story but needs to be the beginning of the process that leads to the renewal of the property. Designating 44 Bridge Street provides council, on behalf of the community, the tool to ensure that future development for this site takes into account any impact on the structures that are subject to the designation. In conclusions, Selwyn has put in place a robust system for addressing built heritage protection that has been pointed out by the deputy mayor and by Rob, we need to look at this process and determine what type of amendments we need to put in place and I support the motion.”
Mayor Mitchell called for a vote with all in favour, the motion was carried.
It should be noted however that there is an appeal mechanism in place wherein an objection to Council’s Notice of Intention to Demolition can be challenged. Any existing permit that allowed for the alteration or demolition of the property, including a building permit or a demolition permit, becomes void i.e. held in abeyance until the appeal process is complete.
LINK transportation service launch date set for May
By Vanessa Stark
Selwyn Township has announced the new launch date for the Link transportation service.
May 3, 2021, residents of Selwyn Township, Curve Lake First Nations, and Peterborough County will be able to utilize the Link transportation project.
This transportation project is a three year pilot program. The bus routes will allow residents to travel to major hubs in Selwyn and Curve Lake while connecting the Township and First Nations to the City of Peterborough.
The Township received a grant of $1.4 M from the Provincial government years ago for this project.
“Anna Currier, Climate Change Coordinator for the Township, said “The Ministry of Transportation provided some leeway to grant recipients on their launch date. We were approved for the May 3, 2021 start date which was selected so that we have enough time to engage the community and also because starting a service in the spring allows several months of warmer weather and more daylight before the winter to iron out details of the service. Starting a service in the winter months, especially in a rural area is not ideal and ridership is typically lower in the winter months. Lastly, May 3rd aligns with Peterborough Transit’s spring-time staffing and collective agreement timelines.”
The original time frame for this transportation project was for five years, starting in April of 2018.
However, the Provincial election in 2018 resulted in a change of government which meant that the grant programs were put on pause in order to conduct a fiscal review of the Province’s finances.
It wasn’t until the summer of 2019 that the Township received confirmation that the grant was approved and the fully executed Transfer Payment Agreement was provided in July, 2019.
In July of 2019, the township, and the Link partners, Curve Lake First Nation, Community Care Peterborough and the City of Peterborough, were expecting a May 2020 start for the pilot project.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that launch date was also postponed.
Now, with another launch date selected for May of this year, the Township and project partners Curve Lake First Nation, Community Care Peterborough and the City of Peterborough have made a formal request to the Ministry of Transportation to extend the granting period to March 2025, allowing four years of operating time.
“This year we have focused on research, public engagement, service design development and promotions and The Link is scheduled to be on the road until March 2023. We have not yet heard from the Ministry of Transportation whether our request to extend the granting period to March 2025 has been approved so we have a full four years of operating time. We hope to have confirmation soon and will be keeping the public up-to-date.”
Fare rates, including a transfer to the City of Peterborough transit system will be:
• One-Way $8
• Two-Ride $15
• Ten-Ride $50
• Monthly $150
Currier said that the Township, along with project partners Curve Lake First Nation, Community Care Peterborough, and the City of Peterborough are excited to offer a safe, reliable and affordable transportation option to the community that will expand opportunities for employment, education, tourism, accessibility to services and more. The Link is also a more environmentally sustainable transportation option than passenger vehicles.
In the last couple months, Currier said that there have been some minor changes to the schedules for both Routes 31 (Curve Lake – Lakefield) & 32 (Bridgenorth – Ennismore) and some additional bus stops for Route 32. The scheduled changes are to better align with Peterborough Transit routing that has recently been adapted to avoid crowding in certain areas, in an effort to reduce COVID-19 transmission. At Trent University, customers of The Link can connect with several Peterborough Transit routes
“In order for this service to be sustainable, we need ridership. Although COVID-19 has impacted transit ridership overall, we assure the community that safety is our upmost priority. We are confident The Link will meet a wide range of transportation needs, especially as things start to normalize and mobility between Selwyn, Curve Lake and the City increases. The community is encouraged to check the webpage for updates and join the mailing list by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. A Maps and Schedules Guide for The Link plus information on where to purchase passes will be available soon.”
For more information on the Link visit www.selwyntownship.ca/thelink.
Douro Community Centre extends season
by Terry McQuitty
Following the recent province wide lockdown, questions were raised in Douro-Dummer regarding extending the ice season at the Douro Community Centre. Mike Mood presented a report to council at last Tuesday’s regular meeting outlining the issues facing the facility.
The Douro Community Centre has been closed since December 26, 2020 and opened again on Friday February 19 as our region was declared a “Yellow Zone” and now the facility is available for usage.
The Parks and Recreation department has been in touch with the stakeholders who use the facility to see if they would be interested in an extended season. Out of 14 users seven had said they would use the extended ice hours, one has rejected the possibility and six have yet to reply.
From the above mentioned groups, Douro Minor Hockey has requested that the ice be left in until April 11, 12 days more than the planned March 30 date.
Mayor J Murray Jones pointed out that ice usage typically becomes used less as the weather gets nicer and wondered if there was a commitment from the stakeholders.
Mood said that Minor Hockey requested all the regular hours and promised to pay for that time even if the ice was not used.
Mood gave a financial picture of extending the ice by 12 days. Mood said that he estimates that the facility is operating at $30,000 - $35,000 operating loss and speculated if they extended the season they could make up for some of those losses.
Mood said the township has lost approximately seven weeks of revenue since the lockdown of December 26 amounting to approximately $60,000 in lost revenue.
Operational cost savings include seasonal staffing at approximately $16,000 and utilities which can’t be calculated at this time, but are expected to be substantial.
There will also be some savings in the operating budget such as cleaning supplies, ice maintenance, equipment maintenance and general supplies.
Mood said the potential revenue from the extended opening could be $16,000 with staff costs being approximately $4,500 and unknown utility costs.
Mayor Jones pointed out that our Health Officer had made it clear that rentals were only allowed for people within the community. Jones wanted to confirm that rentals were not going to out of towners.
Mood said they were following protocol.
Councilor Heather Watson said that as long as they could open safely she was fully in support of extending the season.
Councillor Tom Watt also showed support for the extension and commented on how minor hockey was a crucial part of the community.
Temporary CAO Martina Chait-Hartwig said that the community centre has been moved into a modified stage one and all protocols are being followed including normal sanitization, screenings and a safety plan. Chait-Hartwig said groups using the facility also have to submit a safety plan.
Councillor Watson tabled a motion to receive the report and extend the ice season at the Douro Community Centre by 12 days with modified stage one protocols.
The motion passed unanimously.
In this week's print edition
County Council Approves 2021 Budget
Douro Community Centre extends season
Responsible Business Protocol
First Case of COVID-19 Variant
Otonabee Conservation’s online campsite reservation system
will launch on March 1
Peterborough County responds to KPMG Report to City Council
The Village Inn Awarded The #SafeTravels Stamp
PHRC recives first shipment of Pfizer vaccine
Kawartha Lakes Chamber of Commerce & Tourism hosts virtual AGM
Trent Valley Archives is Focused on the Future
Ontario Launches Education Campaign for small businesses
Worried About COVID-19 Variants of Concern?
Peterborough Police Victim Services & Hospice to host Webinar:
Cooking “from scratch” with Lenore Kuch
Editorial by Terry McQuitty
Accidental Columnist by Marnie Clement
Mature Living by Terri Williams Kinghorn
Book Review by Barry Mutter
@yourlibrary by Kacie Gardiner
Story Time at the Buckhorn Library
Golden Years Club Update
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Peterborough Region Moving Back into Yellow ‘Protect’ Level
Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. Peterborough Public Health (PPH) moved back into the Yellow – PROTECT level of the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework as the Ontario government ended the stay at home order it brought in on December 26, 2020.
“It’s vital that residents understand a return to Yellow does not mean the end of public health measures, and that we all need to keep up our efforts with frequent hand washing, maintaining physical distance, wearing a mask, staying home when sick, and avoiding non-essential travel,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “I commend everyone’s efforts for helping to reduce the spread of the virus, and ask that these measures continue, as the risk from COVID-19 variants remain a serious concern.”
Dr. Salvaterra added the good news is that regional indicators continue to improve, so that it may be possible for PPH to return to the Green-PREVENT level. “The provincial approach has been to move down the framework more slowly, usually waiting for enough time to elapse to show that the indicators are indeed stable before restrictions are eased. We’ll need to stay at yellow a little longer before we can earn the right to move down,” she explained.
The key indicators used by the Ontario Cabinet to determine which level public health units fit into according to the provincial framework include epidemiology of the virus (e.g., case incidence rate, % testing positivity), confirmed presence of COVID-19 variants of concern (VOCs), health system capacity, public health system capacity, and local context and conditions.
All businesses and organizations are advised to review the requriements of the COVID-19 response framework and the governing regulation – O. Reg. 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 for their pertinent sector. There are general public health measures applicable to all businesses and organizations open to the public including:
• Complete COVID-19 Safety Plans that are posted and available for staff and members of the public
• Active screening of all employees before beginning a work shift
• Passive screening (posting signage) for all customers and members of the public
• Ensuring compliance by staff and the public for mandatory masks and face coverings
• Ensuring that an establishment is set up to facilitate physical distancing
• Frequent cleaning and disinfection of equipment provided to the public and high-touch points in the establishment
Businesses and organizations are not the only ones required to follow enhanced measures to reopen safely. Julie Ingram, Manager of Environmental Health reminded residents that they, too, have new obligations they must follow as well.
“Regulations have been amended to include requirements that apply to individuals related to masking, physical distancing and being in close proximity with household members only,” stated Ms. Ingram. “This means that individuals are required to remain at least two metres away from any other person who is not a caregiver or a member of their own household. Also, if you choose to dine in a restaurant or go shopping, you can do so only with your immediate household contacts.”
Limits for certain organized public events and private social gatherings where physical distancing can be maintained is
10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. In staffed facilities (e.g. banquet halls), where physical distancing can be maintained, the limits are 50 people indoors or 100 people outdoors. However, the new restrictions that prevent non-household members from being seated together at tables will apply to all social gatherings as well.
Religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, are limited to 30% capacity of the room indoors or 100 people outdoors as long as physical distancing can be ensured.
Peterborough Public Health will be providing more education for the community related to these new guidelines and enforcement of regulations will be heightened to limit further transmission of COVID-19.
For a full outline of the new guidelines please visit www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.