Public Docking and Parking Lot Uses

When choosing to moor or dock your boat at a public dock, be sure to take notice of the sign posted. Each public docking zone has specific conditions for boaters to follow, ensuring all residents and visitors have access to this docking. There may be a maximum time limit, loading/unloading time limit, or a permit required.

As well parking lots at each of the public docking zones have rules and regulations. Overnight parking is only allowed at Keewatin Memorial Arena and Kenora Recreation Centre. Permits for overnight parking can be purchased at Kenora Recreation Centre. For long term parking options, contact City Hall 807-467-2000.

Additional City staff have been assigned to closely monitor both the docking and parking lots to ensure the time limits and permitted uses are being followed. Fines and penalties, including towing of a boat, will be imposed to those who do not follow the posted signage for both the docks and parking lots.

By-law 49-2016 provides details of specific conditions for each of the City owned public docks and launches, and details are posted here in Public Docking.  Parking lot information is posted in Parking.

KRC Pool Summer Closure

Please be advised the Kenora Recreation Centre will be closing its POOL on June 30, 2017 to accommodate upgrades to the pool deck and to complete annual maintenance.

The POOL will reopen on September 5, 2017 and we look forward to welcoming you back then.

We thank you for your understanding and support, as we continue to ensure that our facilities are maintained to the high standards our customers have come to expect.

Questions regarding the pool closure can be directed to Casey Pyykka, Acting Recreation Services Division Lead, at 807-467-2987 or cpyykka@kenora.ca 

Emergency Preparedness Week May 7-13, 2017

Emergency Preparedness Week is a Canada wide initiative to increase awareness of individual and family preparedness. The Ontario provincial theme for this year is “Emergency Preparedness Starts With You, Prepare Your Selfie!” which focuses on personal preparedness. If a major emergency happens in our community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

The City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services and your Emergency Operations Centre encourages the residents of Kenora to build a 72 hour kit for their home.  Take a selfie with the kit and post it on social media using #PrepareYourSelfie. Challenge friends and family to do the same. We all need to be prepared.

Your basic emergency kit should include:
• WATER – at least two litres of water per person per day; include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
• FOOD that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace food and water once a year)
• manual can-opener
• crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries). Replace batteries once a year
• crank, battery-powered radio (and extra batteries) or weather radio
• first aid kit
• extra keys to your car and house
• some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones
• a copy of your emergency plan and contact information
• if applicable, other items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal (personalize according to your needs)

Also emergency preparedness involves being aware of what is going on. Be sure to sign up for Kenora Alerts to stay informed. This notification system is in place for the City of Kenora to notify residents of emergency situations.

Make a Plan, Build a Kit, Stay Informed.

City Introduces iCemetery App

 

A Convenient Way to Search for Loved Ones at LOW Cemetery

KENORA, ON – The City of Kenora is pleased to introduce a new convenient way to search for loved ones buried at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery. iCemetery is a free app by Stone Orchard Software developed for the public to easily look up site identification or grave addresses.

iCemetery can be downloaded for free to smart phones and devices from the App Store, or Google Play. Once downloaded, iCemetery is very easy to use. The first name and last name of the deceased are matched with our cemetery records to supply the grave address. At the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, the grave address will either be in the Roman Catholic Cemetery or the Lake of the Woods Cemetery. In the Roman Catholic Cemetery, the rows begin in the south, with the graves numbered west to east. In the Lake of Woods Cemetery, the rows begin in the west, with plots (4 graves) numbered south to north. An example of an address is 26E-36-2, which means Row 26E, Plot 36, Grave 2. The iCemetery database includes all interments up to the end of 2016 and will continue to be updated. Adding an interactive map which will guide people directly to the grave is the next step planned in making this tool more meaningful.

“The City of Kenora is leading the way in Ontario towards making cemetery records more accessible to the public by using current technologies and our iCemetery app”, says Ken Munday, Director of Operations with Stone Orchard.

James Tkachyk, Parks and facilities Division Lead says he is pleased with how easy iCemetery is to use and how customer service is improved with this self-serve tool. A QR code developed with Stone Orchard Software is displayed at the Cemetery to scan for immediate downloading of the app. While iCemetery allows people to search for a grave any day at any time, Cemetery Office staff are still available to assist with searches during regular office hours.

About Stone Orchard Software –
Stone Orchard develops software solutions based on the distinct needs of Cemeteries, Crematoriums, and Funeral homes to meet their needs effectively including consideration of different sizes and budgets. In 2010, Stone Orchard released new software, completely redesigned and rewritten, using the latest programming techniques, and taking advantage of the latest computer hardware. Stone Orchard Software is growing rapidly by providing premier record management solutions to Cemeteries, Crematoriums, and Funeral Homes around the world. Stone Orchard continues to focus on developing the best software possible to meet the unique needs of the profession and complying with government legislation and regulations.

Water Dispensing Stations Changes

Please be advised changes are coming to the Smart Cards used at both the existing water dispensing stations: Rabbit Lake Road Water Station and Evergreen Water Station. Current water cards will need to be replaced on or after May 12, 2017. New Smart Cards will be issued at City Hall for a onetime fee of $25. For existing water card holders who have paid a $10.00 deposit on the old card, there is a one time fee of $15 for the new replacement card. New customers must purchase a water card at a cost of $25. The new water cards will be available for purchase at City Hall after May 12th.

The cost of water remains the same ($4.25 per cubic meter), it is only the water card and cost of the card that is changing. This change comes with the installation of new water dispensing units at both water dispensing stations. The installation will take place on May 11, 2017 and both of the water dispensing stations will be out of service for the day on May 11. With new units in place, it is anticipated the water service will be more reliable for our customers.

Questions about the water cards can be directed to a Customer Service Representative at City Hall, 467-2000. For water dispensing station issues, contact Ray Lindquist, Water and Wastewater Division Team Leader, 467-2149, or Biman Paudel, Water Wastewater Division Lead, 467-2296.