Because of an unusually lengthy Public Planning meeting on April 20, the Regular Council meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. did not begin until after 2 p.m. By then Madawaska Valley Council had deferred to May 4 any further discussion on the re-zoning application by Craig and Jude Kelley, new owners of the former Anglican Church and rectory in Combermere. In due course, The Current will report on that application.
When Council reconvened after a lunch recess on April 20, they got straight down to business. Councillors Bromwich, Peplinski and Shulist attended the meeting, Councillor Willmer having sent his regrets because of medical appointments. No one declared a pecuniary interest. Here are a few highlights:
Mayor’s address: Mayor Kim Love noted National Volunteer Week by saying: “On behalf of Council, I’d like to thank our many volunteers and volunteer organizations across Madawaska Valley, and remind everyone to please take the time to nominate a deserving youth, adult, senior or community group for an MV Volunteer Appreciation Award. Nominations for these awards are due on May 15th.” She then reminded residents to keep themselves, their family, friends and coworkers, and all of Madawaska Valley safe by being vaccinated as soon as possible and by observing all public health requirements. “Let’s volunteer to do everything we can to stop COVID-19.”
During the approval of minutes of recent meetings it was noted that the upstairs lounge at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre could now accept bookings for 2021 although the ice surface could not be rented this summer in case it is required for vaccination clinics. The proposed renovations to the arena were deferred to 2022 and any deposits received for rentals next year will be returned. As expected, the pandemic was responsible for the cancellation of the annual Artisan Festival this summer.
Budget: The anticipated public presentation of the municipality’s 2021 budget was deferred to the next Regular Council meeting to be held on May 18, the draft budget having been presented earlier this month.
Hazardous Waste Days: Dates were confirmed for two Hazardous Waste Days this summer:
- Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Yard #2, 39844 Combermere Road, Combermere. (a joint day for residents of both Madawaska Valley and Township of Brudenell Lyndoch Raglan)
- Saturday August 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Yard 1, 55 Arena Road, Barry’s Bay. (for residents of Madawaska Valley only)
OPP Detachment Board: In response to communications from the Ministry of the Solicitor-General, local municipalities agreed to confer with a view to presenting (as required) a single proposal for the catchment area of the OPP Killaloe Detachment by the provincially-mandated deadline of June 7. Council agreed that Mayor Love will represent MV during the preliminary negotiations for development of the Detachment Board, which is expected to be comprised of eleven representatives as follows:
- one representative from each of the six neighbouring municipalities (6)
- one representative from Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation
- one Provincial appointee from within the area of South Algonquin, Madawaska Valley, Brudenell Lyndoch Raglan, and Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation
- one Provincial appointee from within the area of Killaloe Hagarty and Richards, North Algona Wilberforce, and Bonnechere Valley
- two Community appointments, one from each of the area similar to the Provincial appointees.