Leeds and the Thousand Islands community briefs

Public meeting not public after all

The planned public meeting between the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands and Gananoque, regarding the cost-sharing agreement for the Lou Jeffries, Gananoque and TLTI Recreation Centre, turned out not to be a public meeting after all.

Although initially branded as a public meeting by some members of Gananoque council, the session ended up involving only the working groups that have been formed, along with invited executives of the user groups. A public meeting in the future may be planned, however, no date has been officially set yet.

"It went well," said TLTI Deputy Mayor Terry Fodey, who attended the meeting.

"There were residents from the Probus Club, some of the other user groups. The meeting was about finding out the good and the bad, and come up with ideas to help out the situation. There were a lot of good suggestions made from those at the meeting. The part I enjoyed was the turnout. Doing quick math, it was about 50-50 from Gananoque and TLTI. The representation, from all aspects, was good."

A report regarding the cost-sharing agreement matter is expected to be brought forth to TLTI council in June.

Rescheduling of Polar Plunge

The Polar Plunge in Gananoque has been rescheduled to Monday at 1 p.m. due to poor weather. Participants will jump in the St. Lawrence River to raise money for Special Olympics athletes at the Water Street Dock.

Public meeting to be held in TLTI Monday

A complete Zoning By-Law Amendment application has been submitted for the property municipally known as 981 Foster Bay Lane.

And TLTI council will hold a public meeting at the council chambers in Lansdowne on Monday regarding this matter.

The purpose of the proposed amendment is to change the zoning of the subject lands, to satisfy conditions of the provisional consent approval for the application. The conditionally approved consent application includes the severance of 390 square metres of vacant land which is to be added to the property municipally known as 901 Wild Rose Lane, which is an existing waterfront property. It is proposed to rezone the severed lands from Rural (RU) Zone to Shoreline Residential (RS).


The Grace United Church has announced that due to unforeseen circumstances, the HoozeHear concert, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., has been canceled.

The concert, which was to feature a group of young musicians, playing a variety of instruments and performing many genres of music, will be rescheduled for another date, said organizers. That date was not set at press time.

People who require a refund can contact the church office 613-382-2161.

New council and committee meeting software for TLTI

The staff at the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands has announced that new meeting management software called eScribe is now live.

The software has replaced the original management software called iCompass. The eScribe offers a similar experience as ICompass in access to council and committee meeting agendas, minutes, reports and more.

One can stay informed on upcoming council and committee meetings by subscribing to the township’s council and committee calendar.

Rink closure

The weather has been warm and inconsistent this winter, and the Town of Gananoque has announced that the Gord Brown Memorial Canada 150 Rink is closed for the season.

(Keith Dempsey is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)

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Keith Dempsey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times