Weekly Household Hazardous Waste Depot Now Accepts Unsafe Baby Products

The Kenora Transfer Station opened the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) depot today for its third season.

In addition to the lengthy list of hazardous substances accepted at the depot free of charge, the depot will also accept unsafe, damaged, or expired baby products. We have partnered with Safe Communities Kenora to create a regular drop off for these baby items. Safe Communities Kenora has hosted an annual one day roundup event for unsafe baby items as part of Safe Kids Week for a number of years. “We partnered with the City of Kenora to collect and dispose of old, damaged and unwanted items at no cost to residents dropping off the items,” says Maria Bagdonas, Co-Chair of Safe Communities Kenora. “Having unsafe baby products added to the list of items that can be disposed of on scheduled Household Hazardous Waste Days means that there is a smaller chance that old, damaged or recalled products will find their way into the second hand market. It is an organized and convenient way to get rid of items and to be sure they are destroyed so they can’t be reused or repurposed.”

Products such as baby walkers, cribs, car seats (infant, convertible, booster), playpens, strollers, baby gates, baby bath seats, or high chairs are now on the list of acceptable items.

The once-a-week free service collected over 40 tons of hazardous waste in Kenora in the first two seasons, a significant amount of waste diverted from the landfill. “We want to thank our residents for taking the time to dispose of toxic substances safely and properly,” says Mukesh Pokharel, Environmental Services Division Lead. “We are expecting a busier depot now that we have added baby item disposal as well.”

The HHW depot, located inside the Transfer Station, is open each Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm until September 27, 2018.

For more on what can be disposed at the specialize depot, visit Kenora.ca/ Recycling & Waste, download the free Recycle Coach app, or call 807-467-2980.

Trailer Loads of Brush

Starting Friday, June 15, 2018, customers with trailer loads of brush will be directed to the Jones Road Landfill.  Customers must first weigh-in at the Transfer Station and return to pay.

Half-ton loads will be directed to a designated brush bin at the Transfer Station.

Questions? Contact the Transfer Station at 807-467-2980.

City Signs Land Swap Agreement With WNHAC

The City Kenora has finalized an agreement for a land swap with Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’Iyewigamig (WNHAC) in the area of Chipman Street and First Street South.

The land swap is a strategic move in the long term planning of the City’s vision for our downtown. A portion of the parcel of land purchased by the City in January 2017 from Plaza Retail REIT, has been traded for a similar sized parcel owned by WNHAC where the Kenwood Hotel once stood. Each party exchanged a sum of $125,000 plus HST in the property transaction, essentially being no cost for the property swap.

With the City of Kenora’s purchase of the former mall property for parking and future development potential, an opportunity emerged to access a larger, rectangular lot that could better accommodate the new WNHAC building, current parking requirements, and future expansion potential. “The City has been very supportive of our efforts,” said WNHAC Executive Director, Anita Cameron.

Megan Dokuchie, the City’s Economic Development Officer states “This is an exciting and strategic land swap which places the City in a solid position to consider future redevelopment and realignment of our downtown area. As we continue to work hard towards the redevelopment in our downtown, this area could see positive improvements to traffic and pedestrian flow, promoting a flourishing downtown area”.

The land swap supports the next phase of downtown revitalization, including the proposed realignment of First Street South through the former Shoppers Mall property that was purchased by the City last year, and provides the opportunity for further enhancement of our downtown and Harbourtown Centre. Funding opportunities are currently being pursued by administration and long term realignment visions are being finalized.

The City of Kenora has submitted funding applications to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor) for Downtown Revitalization Phase IV.

Public Docking and Parking Lots Use

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.