Waubaushene community group wants Tay to beautify hamlet

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A ratepayers group wants Tay Township to spend money on trail signage, beach beautification and invasive species removal.

The Talpines Property Owners’ Association is making a presentation to council Wednesday afternoon to test the waters of Sturgeon Bay to ensure it is clean and accessible for residents and visitors.

It's also asking council to set aside $5,000 to hire an artist, who would create a mural on the water-facing side of a Pine Street Beach building. Alternatively, the group wants council to allow the group to go ahead and paint the mural through fundraising efforts.

As well, the group is asking that council budget for a gazebo for Pine Street Beach Park while installing more signs on the Tay Trail to make it safer for seniors and children.

The group of homeowners is also expressing its support for a request made by Georgian Bay Forever, which is approaching council for a $40,000 funding request to continue with its phragmites removal operations.

Group spokeswoman Heather Sergeant will present the $40,000 request, which would allow them to hire four full-time students from June until August. Two of the students would focus on cutting the stands and two will aim to manage and recruit volunteers. The money will also be used for renting and paying docking fees for a boat, and bringing in Invasive Phragmites Control Central Truxors for five days with a focus on Tanners Park, the mouth of the Sturgeon River and Crescent Island.

The money will also be used to create mapping for 30 kilometres of shoreline to measure the size, density and visibility of the phragmites, and develop a plan of control. And barring COVID-19, the group also wants to host five community cuts and hold three community events to educate and spread awareness.

A third presentation will be made by Tatham Engineering Ltd. project manager Michael Buske concerning the stormwater pond and sewage capacity.

Earlier this year, the township engineer had turned down the developer’s suggestion to change the curb and gutter on the north side of the road to a ditch, eliminating the sidewalk on Lovejoy Street.

In response, Tatham Engineering suggested a compromise to include a sidewalk on the south side of the road, ending at the stormwater management pond. The proposed hybrid section will allow a ditch on the north side of the road and remain consistent with the original subdivision drainage plan and stormwater management report.

The letter by Tatham Engineering, included in the agenda, also indicates that this drainage plan would also be consistent with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Park (MOECP).

Secondly, the developer is proposing to fence the area around the stormwater management pond and provide access gates from Lovejoy Street for maintenance. The developer will provide a landscape plan to address aesthetics and slope stability.

Tatham Engineering is requesting council to allow the proposed improvements to go ahead to address both water quality and quantity controls so the stormwater management pond can be brought into compliance with the original MOECP environmental compliance approval.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and can be viewed online.

Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, OrilliaMatters.com