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Local state of emergency to continue; CAO in charge until end of summer

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Council has voted to keep the local state of emergency going, given the province has extended their own to July 1. They have also voted 8-1 to keep CAO Ron Taylor in charge of the city until the end of summer.

Mayor Andy Letham told council that the local Emergency Operations Centre group made up of the hospital, paramedic service, fire department and police and public health unit all recommended that the local state of emergency be consistent with the province’s to avoid confusion.

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Coboconk Wellness Centre: Village area could see doctors, other health professionals

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Coboconk Wellness Centre report proposes multi-million dollar facility  
"This is a small investment in the future of Kawartha Lakes." Photo: Roderick Benns.

If ward one residents Jennifer Wilson and Ian Forster have their way, Coboconk and area will soon have its own wellness centre, complete with family doctors.

The two presented a feasibility study that was commissioned almost a year ago by council regarding the construction of a Coboconk Wellness Centre.

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Task force prioritizes broadband as greatest need; expanded patios may open

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Sisters Kim Wagg, left, and Nicole Rochette, far right, own Coach and Horses in Lindsay, buying it from Wim Beeekhuis, centre, last fall.

Mayor Andy Letham says the local economic recovery task force has pinpointed better broadband as the key need in the city.

The task force, created by council at their May meeting and now boasting such local business luminaries as Bjorn Alfredsson, formerly of Holsag Furniture, Jill Quast of Happy Days Houseboats and Mark Wilson from Mark Wilson Contracting, focused on broadband being a key to economic recovery for all of eastern Ontario.

Letham says the pandemic “has exposed the weakness of local broadband.”

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Letham hopes Kawartha Lakes on early re-open list from Province

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MPP Laurie Scott told Letham that considerable lobbying is going on behind the scenes.

Mayor Andy Letham says he is in favour of Ontario opening different regions at a time, depending on their situation with the COVID-19 virus.

Letham said he is fully supportive of the idea of rural re- openings with appropriate public health protocols. The mayor said he hopes that Kawartha Lakes will be included in some of the first regions that are allowed to re-open under Premier Doug Ford’s plan unveiled last Friday.

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City approves new homes in Lindsay, Fenelon Falls

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City approves new homes in Lindsay, Fenelon Falls
Lindsay and Fenelon Falls will soon see 241 new residential units built.

Skilled trades people grab your tools — decisions made by council at their monthly May meeting will be to your liking.

Lindsay and Fenelon Falls will soon see 241 new residential units constructed, and residents of the Glenarm Road may be able to access better internet reception thanks to projects approved at the most recent council meeting.

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Council to allow residents to attend council meetings electronically

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The municipality has amended the procedural by-law to allow people to attend and participate in council meetings electronically post-pandemic, after council voted for the amendment on May 26.

This amendment follows legislation passed by the province that permits municipalities to conduct council, local board and committee meetings electronically in case of local or provincial emergencies.

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City pivots on how it might eliminate deficit

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In less than 24 hours Mayor Andy Letham and CAO Ron Taylor appear to have changed tack on the best way to pay down Kawartha Lakes COVID-19 induced budget shortfall of $3.2 million.

At council on May 26, Taylor dealt with the issue of the shortfall in depth.  He hinted that the city had two potential possibilities for paying the multi-million dollar deficit down.

The first option was applying a possible $3 million budget surplus from 2019 against the 2020 deficit.

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43 local households in need of affordable rental housing

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43 local households in need of housing

Hope Lee, manager of housing for Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, says 43 households are looking for full-time, affordable rental housing in Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton.

The bulk of the need is in Lindsay and Fenelon Falls.

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Eleven roads earmarked for a ‘life cycle extension’ by city

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Eleven different stretches of road across the city have been earmarked for this year’s life cycle extension.

These roads have been chosen by the public works department for either/or local asphalt paving, local surface treatment, micro-resurfacing, slurry sealing or crack sealing.

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COVID-19 costs city $3.2 million in lost revenue — so far

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Found in Lions Riverview Park, Lindsay. The pandemic has strained city finances. Photo: Roderick Benns.

Chief Administrative Officer Ron Taylor says the city has lost millions of dollars that will most likely never be recovered, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taylor was providing his monthly update to council regarding the fiscal impacts that COVID-19 and the state of emergency have had on the daily operations and long-term prospects of Kawartha Lakes.

He shared a concerning financial picture that will be further fleshed out at the next committee of the whole meeting June 9. The CAO says city financial statements are being reviewed on a weekly basis because of the dramatic decrease in revenue and a decline in user fees.

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