Council approves funding for new hood fan in Lloyd Watson Centre kitchen
By Elizabeth Bate
The following are brief reports of items discussed at the June 22 meeting of Highlands East council.
As renovations continue for the Lloyd Watson Centre, council approved a budget of more than $20,000 to have a new hood fan designed and installed in the kitchen of the community centre June 22.
In a presentation to council property supervisor Jim Alden said although a new hood fan is not in the approved budget for the project, the existing hood fan is now too small for the stove in the kitchen and needs to be replaced.
Sections of the roof will need to be removed in order to install the fan. Alden said now is the time to complete the project while renovations to the roof are already under way.
The size of the hood fan means it will need to specially designed. The design and construction of the fan is going to cost $15,695, with installation including gas fitting, an electrician, and a spray system, will cost about $5,000. The money hadn’t been previously budgeted for, but council said they would find the money in the recreation reserve fund.
“We can’t do without it,” said Alden. “If they’re going to do cooking classes, they’ve got to have it.”
The expense was approved unanimously.
Don’t park here: Wilberforce village dock gets new regulations
Council unanimously approved a bylaw placing new restrictions on the use of the Wilberforce village dock.
The new bylaw specifies the dock is for loading and unloading of people, boats, and chattel only. Boats will no longer be allowed to park at the dock or the surrounding area for more than three consecutive hours, or between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Boats in violation of the new bylaw will be subject to towing.
In addition to the new bylaw the dock, which includes a 20 foot easement around the property, has been approved for a new fence to help enforce the regulations and keep people from parking boats on the property.
Off-road vehicle bylaws updated in time for summer
Regulations for the highway driving of off-road vehicles were updated to reflect provincial standards.
NDP MPP John Vanthof had a private member’s bill successfully passed in February. The bill allows side-by-side and two-up vehicles to be driven on the highway and councils across the county are updating bylaws to reflect the new changes.
The bylaw updates include restrictions that the types of vehicles added be in compliance with the highway traffic act, including making sure all mirrors, lamps, and reflectors are up to date. Those without the proper equipment can be charged under the Highway Traffic Act.
Strategic plan continues to be developed
In co-operation with agricultural and rural economic development advisor Heather Candler, Curtis Tighe, trails and economic development staff member, updated Highlands East council on the progress of formulating a new strategic plan for the area.
The refreshed plan focuses on tourism and providing growth to businesses by attracting tourists to the area, and increased support of environmental preservation, and increased attention on social services including providing food and housing to all residents.
Joint committees will meet in September to review the new document and provide feedback.