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Residents voice concerns over new City dock bylaw


KAWARTHA LAKES-Approximately 150 people turned out to a public meeting on waterfront dock leases in Thurstonia and Kenstone Beach.

Councillor Ron Ashmore was on hand to represent constituents in Ward 6 covering Thurstonia. Kathleen Seymour-Fagan, the councillor for Ward 2 covering Kenstone Beach was not in attendance, nor was the Mayor.

Council approved the new encroachment bylaw that governs docks on city property in 2018.

There are a few changes under the new bylaw such as an increase in fee’s and the need for liability insurance to include the City as a “named additional insured”. Fee’s for some residents jumped from $60 per year to $150 per year with an additional registration fee of $125 for a five year lease.

Residents say the docks have been used and the land maintained by homeowners for 95 years. Things got a little heated at the meeting as some residents voiced their anger and frustration at the changes.

The City says they were not required to hold an official public meeting on the issue. “There was a presentation at Council, which is a public meeting.” Cheri Davidson, Communications Manager, told Kawartha 411.   “This is all that is required according to our Procedural By-law.  He (Councillor Ashmore) is speaking to a local, additional, non-statutory meeting.  Since the by-law and docking policy applies City-wide, Staff determined that the Council meeting was the appropriate forum for a meeting.”

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Pamela Vanmeer
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