City Hosting Community Safety Forum

The City of Kenora is hosting a Community Safety Forum on July 31 to discuss shifting trends and opportunities for change related to substance abuse and behavioural issues in Kenora.

Date: Wednesday, July 31st
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Clarion Lakeside Inn, Rosewood Room

Attendees are asked to submit questions in advance to Adam Smith at asmith@kenora.ca by July 26th.

Mayor Dan Reynard will moderate the event with presentations by the following agencies/reps:

Adam Smith, City of Kenora
Henry Wall, KDSB
Jeff Duggan, OPP
Gillian Lunny, NWHU

There is no cost to attend. Please register on Eventbrite: https://kenoracommunitysafetyforum.eventbrite.ca

Council Approves 2018 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the City of Kenora

On July 16, 2019, Council approved the 2018 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements. The City received an unqualified audit report and is financially stable.

The 2018 Financial Statements continue to reflect the healthy financial position currently enjoyed by the City of Kenora. The City continues to work to improve the current infrastructure deficit while maintaining an appropriate balance between services and property tax rates.

Highlights from the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position include:

  • Cash and temporary investments on hand as at December 31, 2018 totalled $34.6 million;
  • Investment in government business enterprises totalled $10 million;
  • The Kenora Citizens’ Prosperity Trust Fund balance was $32.9 million at the end of 2018 on the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position. The Trust Fund in fact has $40.8 million in investments. The difference arises because the City issued debentures to the Trust Fund to finance seven capital projects. The Canadian generally accepted accounting principles dictate that the Trust Fund be consolidated in the City of Kenora’s financial statements. As a result the investment in the Trust Fund and the corresponding debenture debt in the City are eliminated on consolidation. The debenture balance at year end is $7.9 million.
  • This Trust Fund was created in 2008 to safeguard the net proceeds from the sale of the KMTS Entities. The intent was to ensure there would be no impact to property taxes as a result of this sale. In order to offset lost net revenues as a result of the sale of the KMTS Entities, the City requires an annual return of $1.1 million in income from the Trust Fund. Any erosion of the balance of the Trust Fund will result in an additional burden on City taxpayers.
  • The balance of the City’s reserves and reserve funds was $29.1 million at the end of 2018.
  • The City’s accumulated surplus totals $233.5 million, (see tangible capital assets discussion below)

The City is required to include tangible capital assets in its accumulated surplus total. Therefore, the City’s Statements include assets like roads, bridges, water and wastewater networks, and City facilities and equipment to name just a few. The offsetting net investment in these assets is shown as a surplus on the City’s Consolidated Statement of Financial Position. The City’s surplus includes the Tangible Capital Assets recorded at cost less accumulated amortization. At the end of 2018, the investment in capital assets included in the City’s surplus is $161.1 million.

The City is also pleased to present the Consolidated Audited Financial Statements as part of its Annual Report. This Report will be available to the public for viewing along with the Auditors Report on July 17th 2019, both on the City’s website, as well as at the front desk at City Hall and the Library. This Report has been developed to provide users with some additional information about the City in conjunction with the Consolidated Audited Financial Statements.

Charlotte Edie, CPA, CA, Treasurer (807) 467-2013
cedie@kenora.ca

Council Makes Changes to Kenora Non Profit Housing Board Composition

Today, Kenora City Council made changes to the Board Composition of the Kenora Non Profit Housing Board.

Established in 1983, the Kenora Municipal Non Profit Housing Corporation (KMNPHC) provides affordable housing within the former limits of the Town of Kenora. It currently manages a portfolio of 206 living units in 61 separate buildings.

The Province has provided direction to municipalities to review services and business models to identify areas where improvements could be made. The City of Kenora is effectively in a housing crisis, with an estimated shortfall in housing of roughly 10% of the City’s existing housing stock.

The City has a current housing shortage and Council has provided administration direction to explore opportunities to increase the current housing portfolio within the City. Council has determined that opportunities for enabling change may exist within the Kenora Municipal Non Profit Housing Corporation.

City Council will take on the role of the KMNPHC Board for the purposes of receiving a review and the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB), as the Service Manager responsible for Social Housing in Kenora, will perform a review of the Kenora Municipal Non Profit Housing Corporation based on such parameters as deemed appropriate by the KDSB. As part of this process, a determination will be made as to whether or not the current structure and management is in the best interests of the ongoing operations, or if another structure should be considered.

During this Board structure change, and review there will be no change as far as the current operations in any of the 61 buildings that are managed by the Kenora Non Profit Housing Management.

Heather Kasprick, City Clerk/Communications Lead (807) 467-2295
hkasprick@kenora.ca

Change of Recycle Collection Method

Please be advised effective August 1, 2019, the City of Kenora will no longer accept recycle items placed in plastic bags at curbside and the Transfer Station.

At curbside, all items must be placed loosely in a Blue Box. Items not in a Blue Box will not be collected. Residents may find that bagged recycle items will be left behind with an attached note explaining the collection change. Residents are encouraged to flatten and crush items to create more room in the Blue Box. Multiple Blue Boxes may be used if needed.

All recycle items must be washed and cleaned before placing in the Blue Box or dropping off at the Transfer Station.

Cascade Recovery Inc., where Kenora’s recycle items are sent to be processed, has requested this change. Plastic bags get caught in the recycle processing equipment designed for loose material. The bags trap good items and increase the amount of comingle sent to the landfill instead of being recycled. The City of Kenora will be forced to pay a tipping fee to Cascade Recovery Inc. for any loads of comingle containing plastic bags or items that are not acceptable, or worse, lose the privilege to process recycle items at their facility.

The City appreciates your participation in the Blue Box program and all efforts to divert waste from the landfill.

Market Square Bus Stop Temporary Relocation

Effective Wednesday, July 10th the Market Square bus stop will be relocated to Matheson Street to accommodate the construction on Chipman Street.  See map below for the new location.

Matheson Street Bus Stop Relocation

Eighth Street South Road Closure July 10-19, 2019

UPDATED This closure has been extended to Friday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Please be advised that Eighth Street South will be closed between the hours of 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 10th and 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 12th as part of the ongoing sewer and water infrastructure upgrades.

Eighth Street South closure July 10-12, 2019

Downtown Construction Chipman Street up to Second Street

Construction works are progressing well in the next phase of our Downtown Revitalization project.

The contractors are now at a point where an additional road closure will take place. Chipman Street will be closed effective July 10, 2019 from 1st Street South to 2nd Street South. This closure impacts the City transit main depot which will be relocated to Matheson Street South directly in front of the Market Square plaza (Chip Truck area). The parking meter located directly in front will be covered and this will become the City Transit stop for Market Square, temporarily during this closure.

We have covered several meters on Matheson Street to accommodate the traffic flow, and appreciate the public respecting the signage and adhere to those no parking areas which will improve traffic flow in the area. The City has received numerous messages through social media and otherwise suggesting the traffic signals be changed to improve traffic flow. City engineers did review this option prior to the works starting, however, changing the traffic signals is not a straightforward undertaking as changing one set of signals affects pedestrian crossing cycles, and timing of other intersections as Second St and Main St are the primary streets to ensure traffic flow is optimized. Additional wiring would be required to change the signal configuration at the Matheson and Second St S intersection, and the traffic signals are not programmed locally making this option not feasible for the short term traffic challenges.

We thank the public for their continued patience during our construction period. The end result of this project will be a beautiful enhancement to our downtown and the challenges we are facing with traffic flow will be well worth these short term challenges.

Heather Pihulak, City Clerk/Communications Lead (807) 467-2295
hpihulak@kenora.ca

Notice of Lane Closure Winnipeg River East Branch Bridge

Please be advised that the Winnipeg River East Branch Bridge (Hospital Bridge) will have a lane shift from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 11.

At this time, the contractor will establish narrowed lanes to shift to works on the south side of the bridge and traffic speed will be reduced to accommodate this lane shift install.

Please allow additional time in your travels to accommodate this reduced traffic flow period.

We thank you for your patience.

OTF Grant for Kenora Rotary Splash Park Supports Playful Space for All Abilities

Rotary Splash Park Grand Opening July 6, 2019

Today, the Rotary Club of Kenora and City of Kenora welcomed members of the public to the Grand Opening of the Kenora Rotary Splash Park at Norman Park for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new splash park. Local MPP Greg Rickford congratulated the Rotary Club of Kenora and the City of Kenora on the project after receiving a $150,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant in 2018.

“This investment by the OTF to build a splash park here in Kenora will ensure that all families throughout the riding have access to the kind of fun that fosters friendships and builds community,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora—Rainy River. “The Kenora Rotary Splash Park will be a space accessible for all, and a place where lifelong memories will be made for years to come.”

“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Deb LeMaistre, Chair of the Rotary Splash Park Committee. “This grant has helped us tremendously in reaching our goal of having the splash park completed for July 2019, the start of the Rotary Club of Kenora’s Centennial Year.”

Mayor Reynard shared the excitement of the completion of the splash park for Kenora. “We are happy to receive this funding to support the Rotary Club’s centennial project and see the project come to life. The splash park and Norman Park is another hub of recreational space in Kenora for all to enjoy.”

The Kenora Rotary Splash Park has been built in partnership with the City of Kenora, Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) and Kenora Association for Community Living (KACL) to commemorate 100 years of service of the Rotary Club to the City and surrounding area. The Splash Park, featuring a lake life theme, is completely inclusive and accessible to all children with varying abilities and free for all to use. The partners are committed to the Kenora Splash Park project and celebrating that it is an accessible playground for all abilities. Donations can still be made to the Splash Park by visiting the website at: www.kenorarotary.ca or email to kenorasplashpark@gmail.com or Facebook @RotarySplashPark.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. www.otf.ca

Quick Facts about the Rotary Splash Park Project:

• July 6, 2019 Grand Opening Celebration
• June 2019 concrete poured and splash park fixtures put in place
• July 16, 2018 ground breaking at future site of splash park
• July 12, 2018 final design plans released
• June 2018 contract awarded to Sierra Designs for construction of splash park
• May 2018 OTF grant $150,000 received
• July 19, 2015 local fundraising began with a community event at Norman Park
• January 2015 splash pad proposed as Rotary Centennial Project to Kenora Council
• December 2, 2014 The Rotary Club of Kenora votes to move forward with the Centennial Project, the building of a fully accessible splash park

Contact Information:
Deb LeMaistre, Kenora Rotary Splash Park Committee Chair
dlemaistre@hotmail.com

Supporting Links:
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Learn more about OTF’s Investment Strategy

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Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting D14-19-08

The Corporation of the City Of Kenora Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting for a Zoning By-law Amendment, File Number D14-19-08
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:

Statutory Public Meeting
When: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 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 during their regular meeting on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.

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:

PAC Meeting
When: Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Training Room, Operations Centre, 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON

Location of Property: 915 Ottawa Street, Keewatin. Refer to the map below.

Purpose: to change the zoning from Institutional (I) to Residential Third Density (R3) with varied building access, reduced building setbacks, reduced required parking, reduced visitor parking, and reduced parking stall length per Table 4 of Sections 3.23.1, 3.23.2, and 3.23.4 of the Zoning By-law No. 101-2015.

Effect of Approval: to allow an existing building to apply for a change of use permit for an apartment dwelling containing six units, and having interior and exterior access; with legal non-complying building setbacks (4.3 m front yard, 0.6 m interior side yard, 8 m rear yard), and a total of 8 parking spaces on site. Five parking spaces will have reduced lengths of 5.36 m.

Public Meeting: Input on the proposed amendment is encouraged. You can provide input by speaking at the PAC or Statutory Public 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 July 10th, 2019 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 Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.
b) the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, 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 Pihulak, 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 4th day of July, 2019

Map Location D14-19-08

Parking Lot at McLeod Park Temporary Closure July 4, 2019

UPDATE  This work affecting the parking lot is being rescheduled for Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

Please be advised a section of the McLeod Park parking lot will be closed off on Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate a concrete pumping and pour of the Winnipeg River East Branch Bridge (hospital bridge).

The City thanks the public for their patience during this maintenance work.

McLeod Park Parking Lot Closure Picture

 

Back Lane of Eighth Street South Closure July 2- 26, 2019

Please be advised that starting Tuesday, July 2nd at 7 a.m. through to Friday, July 26th at 5 p.m. the back lane of Eighth Street South will be completely closed to all traffic. The closure is necessary for water and sewer replacement works in the area.

Questions or concerns regarding this project should be directed to Titan Contractors at 807-548-5666.

The City thanks the public for their cooperation and patience during these infrastructure upgrades.

Lane Closed Between 5th and 6th Streets