At the Limerick council meeting on May 17, Victoria Tisdale, the clerk and treasurer, provided an update on Limerick Lake Estates in the form of a chronological timeline of the estates dating back to the 1970s. Council resolved to include Limerick Lake Estates and its progress in every subsequent council meeting and passed a resolution to that effect.
Tisdale told council that this timeline compilation arose from the planning meeting the previous week where they’d gotten a complaint from a constituent, and had discussed amendments to the subdivision plan and condominium plan, which in turn prompted them to go digging into the Limerick Lake Estates files. The timeline goes back to the 1970s, when an old plan for a development had been deregistered and then to 1989 when it was sold to Trident Members Inc., the current developer for the estates, and then captures developments of note from 1989 through to the present day.
“So, we came up with a general overview of the history of it and where we’re at going forward,” she says.
Tisdale said there hadn’t been a lot of action on it in the past four or five years, with the exception of this past year. She also conceded that not all of council had been in on that planning meeting, so she wanted to keep everyone informed.
Councillor Jan MacKillican thanked Tisdale and the office staff for putting this all together. She said that it’s something they work from going forward, and that it had gone on for years.
“In addition to this, I think that we also need to have this as a standing item in council because there are decisions to be made. We’ve been working as you know, in planning, there’s an 18-point list from Kirsten Musgrove [the township’s lawyer]. Some numbers, different things have been prepared. And so, we could keep that 18-point list public at council and it would show which items are complete and which decisions we’ve made. For example, are we going to accept the $75,000 for the hits to the road? [an amount the Limerick Lake Estates’ developer Trident Members Inc. offered to pay for any maintenance to Limerick Lake Road while construction of Limerick Lake Estates is going on.] If we accept that, we would know that and it would be public knowledge that it’s been updated,” she says.
Councillor Kim Carson reminded everyone that the planning committee can’t make any decisions, only recommendations and that all decisions must be made by council as a whole.
“I would like to see and I agree the public would like to see where we are with Limerick Lake Estates, given that the majority of the residents in Limerick are going to be affected by that development. I think it needs to be in the agenda, but can we also include Kirsten’s [Musgrove] 18-point list?” she says.
Tisdale said she could put that in the next agenda package for June’s meeting.
Carson acknowledged there’s been a lot of speculation and rumours out there regarding council holding things up with Limerick Lake Estates and it’s not true.
“I don’t think it’s in our wheelhouse at the moment, so it would be good if we could have that list, you know, when it was last dealt with and when it was approved and by whom, and where the responsibility lies. It would increase the transparency on this,” she says.
Mayor Carl Stefanski piped in at that point, saying that those were the two operative words in regard to this issue especially; transparency and clarity.
MacKillican then brought forth a motion to include these items regarding Limerick Lake Estates in the council agendas monthly going forward, Carson seconded it and it was passed by council.
Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times