Studio Tour needs money for signs
By Sue Tiffin
Published May 9, 2017
The following are brief reports of items discussed at the May 3 meeting of Highlands East council.
Jan Simon, Highlands East Studio Tour chair, requested an additional $1,000 to help run the program, which is in its 15th year. Simon said the committee had successfully reduced some duplicated spending in their marketing efforts, but required funds for new signs.
“The signage has been out there coming on 15 years now,” said Simon. “It’s tired, it’s broken. We’ve been patching it with tape.”
The studio tour has grown, with nine studios and approximately 15 artists committed to the 2017 program. Last year, six studios and nine artists participated.
The Studio Tour is currently working with a $2,000 budget. Council approved Simon’s request.
Tech time teaches electronic tools
People interested in learning more about technology are invited to Tech Time, a once-a-month program at the Wilberforce library branch. The drop-in program can include discussion of technology trends, and also one-on-one time for people who aren’t comfortable with their phones, tablets or computers and want to learn more about how to use them.
Bessie Sullivan, Haliburton County Public Library CEO, said support staff can help residents download books, or troubleshoot problems with technology, but noted there are “thousands of devices out there, and we’re not miracle workers.”
The next tech time will be held at 1 p.m. on May 11 at the Wilberforce library branch.
Septic maintenance and reinspection program underway
Post-secondary students Adam Bird and Robert Carter have been hired to work on the septic maintenance and re-inspection program running from May 1 to Aug. 25.
Letters and preliminary questionnaires have been sent to property owners who can expect a site inspection. Property owners in the Glamor and Billings lakes area will be first to participate.
“It is a pilot project, so we’re all learning as we go along,” said Laurie Devolin, chief building official. “It will ease us into the program to have friendly reception.”