Water Rate Increase

Please be advised that effective January 1, 2018, City of Kenora water and wastewater rates will increase by 8% for all residential and commercial consumers. The water cost will be set at $1.43 per cubic meter or per 1000 litres. This rate together with the fixed cost and wastewater cost will change an average monthly bill for residential consumption (based on an average of 15 cubic meters of water) from $117.68 to $127.22. This increase will allow the City to continue to replace existing assets, begin to address the infrastructure deficit, and improve revenue stability.

If consumers have questions about billing or the rate change, they should contact a Customer Service Representative at City Hall 467-2000.

Transit Fare Change

Please be advised that effective January 1, 2018, the cost to ride the City transit one-way exact cash fare will increase by fifty cents to $2.50. Multi ride bus passes will change to 17 rides for $36.50 and 22 rides for $50.00. Infants under one year of age ride free.  Bus passes purchased prior to January 1, 2018 will be honoured.  New bus passes may be purchased at City Hall or online in the new year.

Notice of Statutory Meeting January 9, 2018 D14-17-07

Corporation of the City Of Kenora
Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting for a Zoning By-law Amendment, File Number D14-17-07
Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, c.P13, s. 34

Take Notice that Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora will hold a Statutory Public Meeting, under Section 34 of the Planning Act, to consider a Zoning By-law Amendment as it pertains to Zoning By-law No. 101-2015, at the following time and location:

When: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON

The Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora will then have the opportunity to consider a decision regarding the application at their regular meeting on January 16th, 2018.

You are also invited to attend The Kenora Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) regular meeting, who hears applications and considers recommendations to Council, commencing at the following time and location:

When: December 19th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Training Room, Operations Centre, 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON

Purpose and Effect: To change the regulated zoning of property specifically indicated on the key map, from Residential – Second Density Zone (‘R2’) to Residential – Third Density Zone (‘R3’), to allow for development of residential uses permitted in that zone.

Location of Property: Property located adjacent to Dowcett Street, Veterans Drive and Sultana Avenue. Refer to the map.

Zoning Bylaw Amendment Dowcett Street Map

Other Applications: it is anticipated that an application for Site Plan Approval will also be submitted for the subject location.

Public Meeting: Input on the proposed amendment is encouraged. You can provide input by speaking at this meeting and you are not required to register in advance to speak. You may also provide your comments in writing. If you are aware of any person interested in or affected by the application who has not received a copy of this notice you are requested to inform that person of this meeting.

If possible, written submissions are requested to be made before December 13th, 2017 and directed to:
Ms. Devon McCloskey, City Planner
60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2
Email: dmccloskey@kenora.ca

Failure To Make Oral Or Written Submission: If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora before the by-law is passed:
a) the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora to the Ontario Municipal Board.
b) the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

Appeal of a decision of the Municipality in respect of this amendment to the Zoning By-Law may be made by any person or public body not later than 20 days after notice of the decision is given.

Notice Of Decision: If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora in respect of the application for Zoning By-Law Amendment, you must make a written request to Heather Kasprick, Clerk of The Corporation of the City of Kenora at 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2

Additional Information is available during regular office hours at the Operations Centre. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner, if you require more information: Tel: 807-467-2059 or Email: dmccloskey@kenora.ca

Personal information that accompanies a submission will be collected under the authority of the Planning Act and may form part of the public record which may be released to the public.

Dated at the City of Kenora this 7th day of December, 2017

Notice of Statutory Public Meeting January 9, 2018 D14-17-06

Corporation of the City Of Kenora
Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting for a Zoning By-law Amendment, File Number D14-17-06
Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, c.P13, s. 34

Take Notice that Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora will hold a Statutory Public Meeting, under Section 34 of the Planning Act, to consider a Zoning By-law Amendment as it pertains to Zoning By-law No. 101-2015, at the following time and location:

When: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON

The Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora will then have the opportunity to consider a decision regarding the application at their regular meeting on January 16th, 2018.

You are also invited to attend The Kenora Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) regular meeting, who hears applications and considers recommendations to Council, commencing at the following time and location:

When: December 19th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Training Room, Operations Centre, 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON

Purpose and Effect: Whereas the Institutional Zone does not currently allow for the use of an Emergency Shelter, approval of the application would allow for the use within a portion of the building, in addition to other uses permitted in the zone, as a site specific provision.

Location of Property: 116 Fifth Avenue South, known as “Knox Church”. Refer to the map.

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 116 Fifth Avenue South Map

Other Applications: at this time it is not anticipated that any other applications will be submitted for the subject location.

Public Meeting: Input on the proposed amendment is encouraged. You can provide input by speaking at this meeting and you are not required to register in advance to speak. You may also provide your comments in writing. If you are aware of any person interested in or affected by the application who has not received a copy of this notice you are requested to inform that person of this meeting.

If possible, written submissions are requested to be made before December 13th, 2017 and directed to:
Ms. Devon McCloskey, City Planner
60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2
Email: dmccloskey@kenora.ca

Failure To Make Oral Or Written Submission: If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora before the by-law is passed:
a) the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora to the Ontario Municipal Board.
b) the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

Appeal of a decision of the Municipality in respect of this amendment to the Zoning By-Law may be made by any person or public body not later than 20 days after notice of the decision is given.

Notice Of Decision: If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora in respect of the application for Zoning By-Law Amendment, you must make a written request to Heather Kasprick, Clerk of The Corporation of the City of Kenora at 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2

Additional Information is available during regular office hours at the Operations Centre. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner, if you require more information: Tel: 807-467-2059 or Email: dmccloskey@kenora.ca

Personal information that accompanies a submission will be collected under the authority of the Planning Act and may form part of the public record which may be released to the public.

Dated at the City of Kenora this 7th day of December, 2017

City of Kenora to Receive Funding and Training For Climate Adaptation and Asset Management

The City of Kenora has been granted $80,500 in funding from the Government of Canada, through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to develop the community’s asset management strategy to align with current climate change goals.

Through FCM’s Climate and Asset Management Network (CAMN), the City of Kenora will join eighteen communities from across Canada taking part in a two-year initiative that combines peer-learning opportunities, training, and funding to help Canadian municipalities integrate climate change and sustainability goals systematically into decision-making about infrastructure assets, such as roads, buildings, and water and sanitation systems.

City of Kenora Mayor Canfield states “Kenora is facing a significant infrastructure deficit that will only become more challenging to address given projected climate change impacts. This funding will improve our resiliency and ability to effectively manage our capital assets.”

Adam Smith, City of Kenora Special Projects and Research Officer, adds “As part of the Climate and Asset Management Network, the City of Kenora can position itself as a leader in climate adaptation by creating a framework that supports risk based decision-making and allows for greater clarity on how climate change impacts will affect the ability of our assets to meet service and performance needs.”

By embedding climate goals into their asset management planning, communities of all sizes can provide greater environmental, economic and social value for Canadians over the long term.

CAMN is available through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.

Public Notice of Intention to Sell Surplus Lands

Public Notice of Intention to Sell Surplus Lands

By-law Number 15 – 2011

The Corporation of the City of Kenora has received an application from an abutting land owner to purchase a portion of a lane abutting Lots 53 and 54 Plan M63 remainder Parcel 4270 designated as Part 1 Plan 23R14558 for the benefit of Lots 63 and 64 Plan M63 for the sum of $1,000.00 plus HST. Pursuant to By-law 15-2016 the land has been declared a surplus.

The subject lands are approximately 0.015 ha and are a portion of an unused lane that runs parallel to the street locally known as River Drive.

The purpose of this notice is to notify the public of the by-law under consideration to approve the sale and transfer. The by-law has been placed on the Council Agenda for consideration on December 12, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.

Inquiries and submissions can be made to Melissa Shaw, Planning Assistant 807-467-2292, or fax at 807-467-2246, or email at mshaw@kenora.ca , or at the address below. Information about the application is also available to the public during regular office hours at the City of Kenora, Planning Department, 2nd Floor, 60 Fourteenth Street North, Kenora, Ontario, P9N 4M9.

Sketch of Surplus Land for Sale

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Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation is providing free block heater timers this holiday season

KENORA, ON, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 –Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation Ltd. is giving an early holiday gift for those looking to save on energy and their electricity bill over the winter months. Today, the utility announced its Block Heater Timer program. The new initiative offers a free block heater timer to Kenora Hydro customers, to help them save energy while plugging in their vehicles.

“Winter can be hard on your vehicle and your electricity bill. Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation encourages families and home owners to be energy conscious and through this program we aim to provide a new solution to help you save energy and dollars on your electricity bill and avoid that chilly trip out to your vehicle to go plug it in, first thing in the morning or late at night,” says, Dave Sinclair, President & CEO, Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation Ltd.

A block heater timer can reduce energy consumption and save program participants up to $25 a year on winter bills. There are also several benefits for your vehicle. Jason Ramage, Service Manager at Done-Rite Tire & Auto explains that a block heater keeps your engine warm. “It helps protect several parts and components of your vehicle and makes it easier to get it started, so a timer is very useful. You don’t need to have your vehicle plugged in all day long; that is one of the biggest misconceptions for vehicle owners during the winter months. A service technician would recommend plugging in your vehicle four hours before you need to go somewhere, and you only need to use your block heater when the temperature drops to -15°C.”

The new Save on Energy Block Heater Timer program is a pilot project originating in Northwestern Ontario. It is also being offered by local electricity utilities in Atikokan, Fort Frances and Sioux Lookout.

To receive a free block heater timer, simply make an appointment by calling 1-888-855-3106 or by email at BHTPilot@greensaver.org. An Energy Advisor will come to your home to install the block heater timer all free of charge.

Media Contact: Amanda Bay T – (807) 767-4443 Ext #223/ C – (807) 628-7109/ E – amanda@firedogpr.com

Hydro Block Heater poster

 

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week November 1 – 7

Beat the Silent Killer: Prevent CO in Your Home

Ontario’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week runs from November 1-7, and the City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services reminds you to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) in your home by getting all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually.

“In Ontario, more than 65% of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home,” said Kenora Fire Chief Todd Skene. “We want to make sure everyone is safe from CO. Get all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a registered contractor.” Visit COSafety.ca to find a registered contractor near you.

The City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services also reminds you to install CO alarms in your home if you have a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage. Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbeques, stoves and vehicles.

“You must have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage,” said Chief Skene. “For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home according to manufacturer’s instructions.”

If you live in a condo or apartment building with a service room, CO alarms must be installed in the service room and adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the service room. In condo or apartment buildings that have a garage, CO alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the garage.

What is CO?
CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.

CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators and vehicles.

Prevent CO in your home:
• Ensure fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and vents are cleaned and inspected annually. Visit COSafety.ca to find a registered contractor near you.
• Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.
• Gas and charcoal barbeques should only be used outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Never use barbeques inside garages, even if the garage doors are open.
• Portable fuel-burning generators should only be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from windows, doors, vents and other building openings.
• Ensure all portable fuel-burning heaters are vented properly, according to manufacturer’s instructions.
• Never use the stove or oven to heat your home.
• Open the flu before using a fireplace for adequate ventilation.
• Never run a vehicle or other fuelled engine or motor inside a garage, even if the garage doors are open. Always remove a vehicle from the garage immediately after starting it.

Know the symptoms of CO:
Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.
If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately. Then call 9-1-1 or your local emergency services number from outside the building.
If your CO alarm sounds, and no one is suffering from symptoms of CO poisoning, check to see if the battery needs replacing, or the alarm has reached its “end-of-life” before calling 9-1-1.

Know the sound of your CO alarm:
Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.
Don’t be confused by the sound of your CO alarm’s low-battery warning. Follow your CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions so you know the difference between the low-battery warning, the “end-of-life” warning, and the alarm alerting you to the presence of CO in your home.

If you have any questions or require any help please contact us at 467-2090 or drop by Station One, 100 Fourteenth Street North, during CO Awareness Week.

For more information contact: Kenora Fire and Emergency Services, 807-467-2090

Kenora District Mutual Fire Aid Association Receives Grant from Union Gas

The Kenora District Mutual Fire Aid Association is pleased to announce that they have received a grant for $2,500.00 from Union Gas. This grant will be used to purchase a Sparky the Fire Dog costume for our regional fire prevention programs and will be housed in the our Kenora District Fire Safety trailer. Union Gas is currently a partner of the Fire Safety trailer and Sparky will be a valued fire prevention tool available for use by 14 fire departments across the region.

Union Gas continues to be a valued partner with fire departments across North Western Ontario providing natural gas training and assisting fire departments in delivering important fire prevention messaging.

The Kenora District Mutual Fire Aid Association is very grateful for this Union Gas donation and looks forward to expanding its partnership.

Union Gas

Union Gas Manager Duane Harris and Kenora Fire Chief Todd Skene.