Regular Council Highlights: May 23, 2023

Regular Council highlights featuring the Council image in the Council Chambers

Kawartha Lakes: The following are highlights from the May 23, 2023 Regular Board Meeting.

The Regular Council Meeting can be viewed in its entirety on the City’s YouTube channel.

Recommendations of the Committee of the Whole of May 9, 2023

All recommendations were adopted as printed in the minutes.

Recommendations of the Planning Advisory Committee of May 10, 2023

All recommendations were adopted as printed in the minutes.

Siobhan Marie with her Terry Fox certificate, along with Mayor Elmslie and Councilor Ashmore

congratulations to Siobhán Marie, Local Terry Fox Award Winner

Lindsay resident and St. Thomas Aquinas High School student Siobhán Marie received the 2023 Terry Fox Humanitarian Award for her continued impact within the community.

This award honors the legacy of one of Canada’s greatest heroes, Terry Fox. With more than 840 applicants, 15 people receive the award with a monetary scholarship of up to $28,000. This award is to recognize young people from across Canada who have exhibited outstanding courage and perseverance when faced with a difficult challenge and who have made a positive difference in society, along with a strong academic and athletic background.

Siobhán attended Council to receive a certificate from the Mayor and Council recognizing her hard work and commitment to her community.

Learn more about how Siobhán is positively impacting our community here.

Mayor Elmslie, CAO Taylor and Fire Chief Terry Jones

Kawartha Lakes recognizes employee milestones

May is Employee Appreciation Month at Kawartha Lakes and this year the staff is celebrating a variety of important employee milestones. CAO Ron Taylor highlighted a number of employees across the borough and thanked the staff for their service. Milestones include 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service.

CAO Taylor and Mayor Elmslie also presented Kawartha Lakes Fire Chief Terry Jones with their 40-year service bar from the Ontario Office of Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.

View the employee milestone announcement here.

Resilience Fund for Arts and Culture

The Resilience Fund for Arts and Culture was drawn from the Committee of the Whole meeting. The Council approved a one-time resiliency fund of $200,000 in the 2023 budget, and a motion to establish program criteria, structure, and administration was passed at this meeting.

There is a resolution pending for staff to report on an ongoing funding program for 2024 and beyond. The council requested that staff investigate funding for nonprofit organizations that serve economic development goals, in addition to the arts, culture, or heritage sectors. This report will be presented to Council later this year, in time for the 2024 budget deliberations.

View the report from the Resilience Fund for Arts and Culture here.

Supporting Bill 74 for the Emergency Needs of Vulnerable People

Deputy Mayor Richardson moved the memo out of print and added an announcement about Missing Children’s Day that went hand-in-hand with Bill 74.

May 25th is Missing Children’s Day, to mark the occasion when Kawartha Lakes challenges the community to download the Missing Children’s Society of Canada’s MCSC rescue app to help bring missing children home safely. safe. Kawartha Lakes, with the support of our first responders, is the first municipality in Ontario to endorse the app, and we encourage all residents to download it too. Keep an eye out for our upcoming MCSC rescue app social media campaign and be sure to like and share our posts to help spread the word about the app.

We have committed to a goal of 5,000 downloads and we know that with the support of the residents of Kawartha Lakes, we can achieve it.

Download the MCSC rescu app here.

Watch the MCSC video we put together here.

View the memo in support of Bill 74 here.

Pott Shores Road Repair

The Potts Shore Road Repair memo from the Committee of the Whole was removed for Council discussion. A motion was made for staff to review road conditions and make any local repairs needed as a result of long-term winter plowing damage. View the Potts Shore Road Plowing Damage Remediation memorandum here.


The following two petitions were received by the Council:

  1. Petition for a right turn lane at the south entrance to Victoria Place, off Kawartha Lakes Road 17, former Verulam Township. The first page of the petition can be seen here. A complete copy of the petition with 102 signatures is available in the Clerk’s Office upon request.
  2. Petition on the posting of speed limit signs on Kawartha Lakes Road 17 near Victoria Place, former Verulam Township. The first page of the petition can be seen here. A complete copy of the petition with 86 signatures is available in the Clerk’s Office upon request.

Next Council meeting
The Council will return for a Special Council Orientation meeting on May 30 at 1:00 pm

The Committee of the Whole returns to Tuesday June 6, 2023 at 10 a.m. Public attendance in the Council Chambers is welcome. Regular and Committee of the Whole meetings will be streamed live on the City’s YouTube channel and broadcast live on Cogeco cable TV.

Please note that you can now view recordings of regular Kawartha Lakes City Council meetings on Cable Cable channel 26 and Rogers Ignite channel 548 at 1 pm on the Sunday following the Tuesday meeting.

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