Sorry for the delay in posting this month, unfortunately I have been under the weather for a week! Hope none of you get this virus, it is nasty. To make matters worse, my husband has it and I have to listen to his man cough! LOL
So this is what is happening in the Municipality of Yarmouth:
The Western Regional Economic Network has hired a project leader to complete an application to the Federal Government for funding to improve rural internet. This has to be done in haste because of short deadlines. We have had two applications made by local groups to the Provincial Government but have not heard of any approval yet. Let’s hope we make some gains in this area. The MoDY approved the Municipality of Barrington to join the WREN.
We want to open the door to discussion with the neighbouring municipalities about a possible satellite office for a Marine Centre of Excellence in our area. The federal government is funding a huge new centre in Dartmouth. Since we depend on the fisheries industry and considering the latest problem with all of the dead fish in the area, we felt it important that this area be part of any ongoing research.
It is evident that more information be obtained from both the Ministries of Environment and Department of Natural Resources with regards to shoreline protection (riparian buffer zone). Although we do have a bylaw, it is very difficult to enforce. Area residents must understand the negative impact that excavation has on our shoreline, the last thing we want is more of our lakes polluted with blue green algae. We will be consulting with environment and DNR to see about possible consequences.
We will be participating in Purple Day , Epilepsy Awareness, which is March 26th and the month of March is epilepsy awareness month.
We will be addressing the well drilling program by creating a policy in our next bylaw and policy committee meeting. We want to be ready to support constituents with being able to fund well drilling through their taxes when the provincial government passes legislation allowing us to move forward. Many thanks to those of you who have been helping people with water issues. It is greatly appreciated.
Loren Cushing suggested planting a grove of trees in honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday. He has offered to gather information on possible locations and costs.
Last August, resident Shonda Irving made contact with various levels of government looking for support to suggest the Irving Oil company paint the tanks on Bunker’s Island with the Canada Flag. It would be a great gesture for Canada’s 150th Birthday. I have been in contact with Irving and they have agreed to do something in 2017 to make their property more attractive. They do not know yet what that will be but appreciated Shonda’s suggestion of the flag. They have offered to consult with Municipality as their ideas unfold. Nice that something will finally happen on Bunker’s Island.
I have been receiving a number of calls about the poor quality of some of the roads in our district. The information does get passed on to the Ministry of Transportation, Infrastructure and Renewal. Unfortunately, I have no control at the speed at which repairs are made. We will be meeting with Don Houston soon so if you notice signs are down or missing, please let me know and I will pass on the information. We are needing a Main Shore Road sign in downtown Port Maitland, particularly for ambulance purposes and the Ross Durkee Road sign is broken!
The Lake George Fire Department is continuing to raise funds for a new building. Please help by attending Meat Bingo on Thursday nights!
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Stay healthy and safe!