Sadie and Maria Leahy visited Santa Claus after the Warsaw Parade before the tree lighting at the Douro-Dummer Municipal building on Saturday November 30, 2019.
Centralized depot back on the table at Trent Lakes
by Marnie Clement
There was a lot of time spent talking about the Facilities Management Plan at the Trent Lakes Municipal Council meeting on Tuesday and in the end there were even more options put on the table concerning the issue of a centralized public works depot.
Council received copies of the public comments made about the management plan that was prepared by the Cornerstone Planning Group and presented to council back in October. The report made a number of recommendations for managing the municipal facilities for the next 20 years, but public comments focused on the recommendation to build a centralized public works depot at the current 49 yard north of Bobcaygeon.
Most of the 20 comments sent in either urged council to accept or reject the report’s recommendation. Those who are against the centralized depot are residents who either live or have cottages in the area served by the Galway depot.
One of the letters against the centralized depot was send in by Gary Jarosz, President of the Cavendish Community Ratepayers Association Inc. (CCRAI) who also made a presentation on behalf of the association at Tuesday’s meeting.
Jarosz said that after reviewing the report, CCRAI proposes that council ask staff to evaluate the construction of combined new fire halls and new public works depots at Galway, Cavendish and Buckhorn.
He said a combined fire hall and public works depot rebuild strategy would reduce the long term capital requirements, reduce operating costs, maintenance repair costs and would allow the municipality to install renewable energy project in the combined use facilities.
Councillor Carol Armstrong pointed out that the Cornerstone report calls for the fire halls to be replaced at the rate of one every five years over the next 15 years and that the depots issue needs to be resolved sooner than that.
Council received the CCRAI presentation, and discussed the depot issue later in the meeting after the public comment report was presented.
Councillor Armstrong suggested that because virtually all of the comments focused on the public works, that the recommendations about public works be separated from the rest of the report and there be a separate review of that subject. She put forward a motion that the rest of the report be approved and that staff use the plan as a guide for the next 20 years of major facilities investment and exploit all opportunities to integrate synergies, and leveraging of facilities and amenities across all municipal departments.
Mayor Janet Clarkson said that “based on what council has heard today I don’t think it’s reasonable to listen to anything that is just a report on paper.”
She said that what is in the consultant’s written report is not applicable to this area and questioned why anyone would accept their word as gospel.
“And the fact they left council out of the commentary is a big mistake,” she said. “We travel around here because we have an interest, and we could have drawn attention to the things they missed.”
Councillor Armstrong pointed out that all of the objections were because of fears that service would be degraded, and she suggested that the roads department manager should be asked about this issue.
Ivan Coumbs, Director of Public Works. said that response times can always be adjusted. He said that last winter staff worked out of the 49 Yard and that he has every faith that staff can continue to provide good service.
“The municipality has to move forward soon,” Coumbs said. “There is a lot bigger picture here than just a centralized depot.”
Council then began discussing various locations and concerns around contaminating another area by building a depot at a new location.
Deputy Mayor Ron Windover then suggested staff should talk to someone at Peterborough County about building a municipal facility at the county roads depot on County Road 36 north of the lights in Buckhorn. Council members supported this suggestion.
In this week's print edition
Trent Lakes studies municipal fleet
Free turkeys for those in need
Eastlink announced as PolarFest corporate sponsor
Well water testing paused for winter
Conservation Authorities please role in flood management recognized
Protecting our youth from rising substance use
New technology for traffic surveillance
$1,000 Shopping Spree
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Lakefield businesses concerned over Village break-ins
Septic re-inspection a go in Douro-Dummer
by Vanessa Stark
Over the past few months there have been numerous break-ins at local businesses in the village of Lakefield.
Since October 26, 2019 there have been four reports of local businesses getting broken into.
Many of the businesses told the Herald that the break-ins occurred early in the morning from kicking in the back doors of their stores.
Along with primarily taking most of the cash at the locations, it was reported that power tools and dog food were stolen on separate occasions.
According to a Peterborough Police report, sometime between 4 p.m. on November 16, 2019 and 5:30 a.m. on November 18, 2019 unknown person(s) broke into a Lakefield hardware store and lumber yard.
Another police report shows that sometime around 4:30 a.m. on November 29, 2019 an unknown person(s) attempted to break into a laundromat located in a commercial plaza. Local business owners told the Herald that that same location had already been broken into twice before. During the same time period an unknown person(s) broke into a pet supply shop located in the same commercial plaza. Once inside the store the person(s) opened the cash register and stole an amount of cash, a charity donation box and a bag of pet food.
At approximately 4:20 a.m. on November 30, 2019 an unknown person attempted to break into a Queen Street convenience store located in Lakefield. Police attended the store for an alarm call and investigated. There was no entry gained and it appears nothing was stolen.
The Lakefield Herald was also contacted by yet another business owner on Tuesday morning about a break-in at a local pub and bakery that happened early that morning where their cash floats were stolen along with $1,500 in charity funds raised by trivia nights at the location.
Shop owners did tell the Herald that police have started talking with local business owners to inform them of this pattern and warn them to take extra caution.
Before Tuesday, most shop owners were unaware there were problems and concerns with their neighboring counterparts. There was also no information or updates posted on the Peterborough Police Service Board where most media releases and updates are to be found before Tuesday morning.
Most of the affected shop owners that the Herald was able to talk to, said they are shocked and surprised by this type of activity in Lakefield.
One owner said, “It’s a sad thing this happened in Lakefield. Everyone should be vigilant.”
Another said, “This is really disconcerting. Lakefield is a small village, it’s not something you’d expect.”
Police are continuing to actively investigate these incidents and encourage anyone with information to call police at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
by Terry McQuitty
Starting in May of this year the Township of Douro-Dummer took control of sewage inspection. This was limited to inspections and permitting. This task was formerly performed by The Peterborough Health Unit and the township is working closely with the Health Unit to ensure records are transferred properly.
Above and beyond the permitting and inspections, council asked CBO Brian Fawcett to investigate the possibilities of a discretionary sewage system re-inspection program.
Fawcett presented a report on November 21 during a public meeting outlining why a septic re-inspection program was needed and also included a proposal on how to implement the program. The first and most important reason to inspect septic systems is to review existing sewage systems, with an installation date older than 10 years, for the operating condition of the system. Fawcett noted that the lifespan of a septic is 20-30 years, with some lasting longer and others failing sooner. Systems will be reviewed for compliance and health of the system to determine if they are functioning properly or not.
Fawcett brought the issue before council again on Tuesday evening stating that feedback from the public meeting was positive and recommended that the township prepare to start the reinspection program in 2020.
The question he had for council is how they would like to charge ratepayers for the service. Fawcett recapped the pricing for the program which is $150 for a TYPE 1 inspection which would be used if a resident filled out the appropriate questionnaire along with copies of any existing sewage system permits. The resident must also expose the lids of the system along with a receipt from the last pump out.
The price would be $300 for a TYPE 2 inspection which would be used if the ratepayer has not completed the questionnaire, does not have a pump out receipt and the inspector is unable to locate the system lids. In this case the township would charge $300.
The choices for payment would be to bill indirectly which would share billing costs among all ratepayers, but residents with higher property assessments would be charged more than ratepayers with lower assessments.
The other choice is direct payment which is more fair to all involved as everyone pays the same. Fawcett recommended direct payment.
Councillor Tom Watt questioned the TYPE 2 charge for people who can’t produce a installation certificate. Watt did not question the extra cost if work was required, but did question the cost based solely on the age of the unit.
It was agreed that the policy would accommodate the TYPE 1 cost until issues were discovered then the TYPE 2 bill could be issued.
Council agreed to follow the recommendation to start the program in 2020 with direct billing.
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