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Seeley's Bay harbour lease

Leeds and the Thousand Islands council has approved a five-year lease renewal in respect of the small craft harbour facility in Seeley's Bay.

The existing lease agreement will expire on Oct. 31. It was noted to council that the harbour is an important point of access to the Rideau Canal system. In addition, the township maintains and rents a number of boat slips for public use.

Annual lease payments are $500 or 20 per cent of gross revenue generated by the facility.

Private road grant policy updated

The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands has updated its private road grant policy.

Staff presented a revised private lane grant policy at the committee of the whole meeting held on May 2. The intent of the revised policy was to replace the grant program that is currently in place with a new policy that focuses on capital investment in private lanes. At the meeting of council held on May 9, the proposed bylaw was deferred to allow further consultation.

After discussions with private lane associations and council, it was understood that some lane associations depend upon the existing private road grant process to fund maintenance activities and the proposed revision would negatively affect their ability to maintain their respective lanes.

As a result, staff proposed that the existing private road grant policy remain as the Maintenance Stream and a new Private Road Grant be introduced as a Capital Stream to fund projects beyond maintenance.

Bylaw No. 15-046, which created the Private Road Grant Policy, will remain in place and unchanged. Private road associations will follow the process set out under that bylaw for grants regarding maintenance costs. Associations seeking grants for capital projects would follow the requirements established under the proposed bylaw No. 22-028 Private Road Grant (Capital Stream).

As previously presented to the committee of the whole on May 2,the purpose of the capital stream is to address accessibility issues for emergency services as well as implement a standard for constructability or cross-section requirements for private roads.

The capital stream policy proposes funding for capital improvement projects be limited to a maximum of 50 per cent of the total eligible costs and capped at a maximum grant of $5,000 per application. Each private road association would be limited to one application per year.

(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.)

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

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