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Water restrictions now in effect for Lindsay

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Kawartha Lakes would like to inform all residents and businesses in Lindsay who are on municipal water services to begin water conservation practices immediately.

The area is experiencing significant increases in water demand due to extended hot and dry weather, and necessary repairs to equipment at the Lindsay Water Treatment Plant.

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Kawartha Lakes joins call for more federal money to help municipalities

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Mayors and chairs from across Ontario, represented by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), the Mayors and Regional Chairs of Ontario, and the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario, issued a call for action on the COVID-19 financial emergency.

Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham echoed the sentiments expressed by Ontario municipalities by saying, “We need immediate provincial and federal support to cover lost revenue and additional costs caused by the COVID-19 crisis.”

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CAO peppered with questions from councillors about city services

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Are parks getting the care they need right now? Photo: Sienna Frost.

Councillors inundated the city’s chief administrative officer, Ron Taylor, at council this week with questions on the return of city services and facilities.

Taylor was delivering his monthly state-of-emergency update but faced questions from nearly all councillors – especially about city services that are not currently being delivered to citizens at pre-pandemic levels.

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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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Green leader says avoid more property taxes; cities need help from feds

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Green leader says avoid more property taxes; cities need help from feds

Mike Schreiner, leader of the Ontario Green Party, says municipalities will need significant financial help moving forward – and increasing property taxes is not the answer.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Advocate, Schreiner talked about how the COVID-19 virus is influencing municipalities, long term care homes, public schools and universities, and small businesses as Ontario tries to re-open carefully and cautiously.

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Kawartha Lakes CAO supports many ideas in new Green Party municipal plan

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Ontario's Green Party says municipalities will need help. Photo: Roderick Benns.

The Ontario Green Party is advocating strongly for the province to aid municipalities, and Kawartha Lakes CAO Ron Taylor sees value in some of what’s being proposed.

The pandemic of 2020 has negatively impacted almost every municipality in Ontario. The Green Party’s “Municipal Response Plan” was rolled out earlier this month and is multi-faceted in its approach towards assisting Ontario’s struggling municipal governments.

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Kawartha Lakes CAO granted sweeping emergency powers

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At the final two full meetings of Kawartha Lakes City Council on March 17 and 19, 2020, council approved a by-law that will give the chief administrative officer, Ron Taylor, sweeping powers to manage the city during the COVID-19 crisis.

The document, entitled “A By-law to Delegate Authority for Decisions to the Chief Administrative Officer in the City of Kawartha Lakes,” was first introduced and debated on March 17. It was then approved on March 19 at the last regular council meeting until May 1, 2020.

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Lower speed limits may be coming

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During the July 16 Regular Council meeting, municipal staff brought forward recommendations to Council surrounding speed concerns across Kawartha Lakes.

Council was presented with four options:

  1. Maintain the current community speed zones in place while using current traffic calming management strategies on a case by case basis
  2. Enforce municipal-wide community speed zones at 40 km/h
  3. Designating five urban settlement areas that would enforce the 40 km/h
  4. Designating three major urban communities that would enforce the 40 km/h

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CKL shafted: Billions in new rural transit money — but based on current ridership levels

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Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure. Photo: Roderick Benns.

Analysis  A new announcement from the Province on funding for rural transportation systems across Ontario will see $1.6 billion unlocked for 85 eligible municipalities outside of Toronto and Hamilton – including Kawartha Lakes.

However, the Advocate has learned that because the money from both the Province and federal government is based on a municipality’s current ridership share, Kawartha Lakes can access only $1.7 million in funding. Compare this to the City of Peterborough which will get $26 million from the provincial share alone – despite the fact that the population of the City of Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes is almost the same (with Peterborough’s 81,000 vs Kawartha Lake’s 75,000.)

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Community roundtables to be hosted across Kawartha Lakes

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Deputy Mayor Doug Elmslie and roundtable discussions.
Deputy Mayor Doug Elmslie.

Kawartha Lakes Council is introducing a new way of engaging with the community. Starting late summer and continuing into September, the public will be invited to participate in community roundtables in each of the eight wards. A community roundtable is an opportunity for Kawartha Lakes residents to engage with their elected officials, municipal staff and each other about current topics of general interest.

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