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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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