Notice of Complete Applications to Purchase City Property

Notice of Complete Applications to Purchase City Property & Intent to Close Unopened Road Allowance and Deem City Owned Lands Surplus

The Corporation of the City of Kenora has received two applications from abutting land owners to purchase City Property (unopened road allowance) for two (2) lot additions at St. Clair Street and Twelfth Street, in Keewatin. The purpose of this notice is to notify the public of the by-law that will be under consideration to close unopened road allowance and declare that land available for disposal. The By-law will be placed on the Council Agenda for consideration on February 19th, 2019.

The subject land would be surveyed in two pieces, generally being 5m in width and 56 m in length. Refer to the snapshot of Reference Plan of Survey 23R-12145. The subject property is proposed to be sold and consolidated with abutting lands for shoreline development due to challenging slope of the shoreline fronting existing lots.

Inquiries and submissions can be made to Devon McCloskey, City Planner, at 807-467-2059, by email at dmccloskey@kenora.ca or at the address below.

Information about the application is also available to the public, by appointment, during regular office hours at the City of Kenora, Planning Department, 2nd Floor, 60 Fourteenth Street North,
Kenora, Ontario P9N 4M9.

Dated at the City of Kenora this 31st day of January, 2019.

Map Location St. Clair St and Twelfth St

Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting D14-19-01

Corporation of the City Of Kenora

Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting for a Zoning By-law Amendment, File Number D14-19-01

Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, c.P13, s. 34

Correction: Please note that the time of the Statutory Public Meeting is at
12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 (Council Chambers)

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, February 12th, 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 on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.

Purpose and Effect: to change the zoning of the subject property from Institutional (I) to Residential Third Density (R3) to allow for development of those uses permitted within the R3 zone, being six (6) apartment units with legal non-complying requirements in accordance with Section 4.3 of the Zoning By-law.

Location of Property: 200 First Street North. Refer to the map aside.

Map Location D14-19-01

Public Meeting: Input on the proposed amendment is encouraged. You can provide input by speaking at the Statutory Public Meeting, and you are not required to register in advance to speak. You may also provide your comments in writing to the City Planner at the address below. 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.

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 31st day of January, 2019

Prevent Water Liens from Freezing

Please be advised that residents should take measures to prevent water lines from freezing in this extreme cold weather. Ensure there is a heat source where the water line comes in to the home, and cold air drafts are sealed off.

The City is responding to calls regarding frozen lines; however, most water lines are freezing in the walls of homes. Efforts to prevent water lines from freezing may reduce the cost of thawing for the homeowner and avoid the costs for the City’s Water and Wastewater crew to respond.

American Red Cross Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

Service Line Protection Available for City of Kenora Homeowners

City of Kenora residents will receive an introductory letter from Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC) in partnership with the City of Kenora offering an optional water and sewer line warranty program. The information on the protection plan will arrive in mailboxes the week of February 4, 2019.

The City of Kenora approved offering this protection plan in May of 2018, and has since worked with SLWC to create a program that meets the needs of our residents. SLWC was selected as the provider of the residential service line protection due to their track record of providing quality service to homeowners around the Country and here in Ontario. The City of Kenora will not incur any expense related to this program; the cost of the program is borne entirely by SLWC.

Homeowners who purchase one of the optional service plans will receive financial protection against repair costs and facilitated repairs using local area licensed and approved contractors. Many homeowners are unaware that damage to the service lines on their property is their responsibility to repair. SLWC repair plans provide homeowners with an optional peace of mind solution so they can be better prepared in the event of these unexpected repairs.

The SLWC Service Line Warranty Program protects against damage to pipes on homeowners’ property. Repairs to these pipes are not covered by basic homeowners insurance or by the City of Kenora. If a customer’s line is in need of repair, a simple call to the SLWC 24-hour hotline will dispatch a local, licensed contractor familiar with local code. There are no service fees or deductibles. Many factors contribute to the life expectancy of a service line including the age, type of piping material, soil conditions and installation quality – all factors which are covered through the SLWC protection program. This program is voluntary for residents and provided at no cost to the City of Kenora and no public funds are used to promote or administer the program.

“Our service plans not only cover the cost of the repair, they also provide homeowners with reputable, local contractors who will do the best possible job,” said Tom Rusin, CEO of SLWC parent HomeServe USA. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the City of Kenora and look forward to the opportunity to provide the City of Kenora homeowners with the assistance they need when faced with a home repair emergency.”

More information about the program service plans from SLWC is available here: www.slwofc.ca.

About Service Line Warranties of Canada
Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC) is part of HomeServe USA Corp (HomeServe), a leading provider of home repair solutions serving over 3.5 million customers across the US and Canada. First launched in 2014, SLWC is the trusted source of utility line protection programs endorsed by the Local Authority Services. Together with HomeServe, SLWC is dedicated to supplying best-in-class repair plans and delivering superior customer service to consumers through over 475 leading city, municipal and utility partners across North America. The company is committed to customer service, ethical marketing practices and maintaining an A+ accredited rating with the Better Business Bureau. For questions about this service, or to enroll, please contact SLWC at 1-866-922-9004 or visit www.slwofc.ca.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Myles Meehan
HomeServe USA
Phone: 203-356-4259
Myles.Meehan@homeserveusa.com

Merrie Leininger
Hill+Knowlton Strategies for HomeServe USA
Phone: 775-846-0664
homeserve@hkstrategies.com

2019 ROMA Conference Draws Rural Leaders

2019 ROMA Conference Draws Rural Leaders
Focus on rural municipal priorities and needs

Kenora, ON – City of Kenora Councillors Chris VanWalleghem and Kirsi Ralko will join more than 1,000 rural municipal officials from across the province at the 2019 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference in Toronto from January 27 to 29.

This will be ROMA’s third standalone conference and is expected to be the largest to date. Coming six months after the change in provincial government, the conference focuses on the pressing challenges and emerging opportunities facing rural communities in Ontario. The Premier, as well as leaders of the NDP, Liberal and Green Party are scheduled to speak.

In addition to the conference program, municipal staff and officials will take part in more than 400 municipal delegation meetings with provincial and federal ministries to discuss local need and priorities.

Key session topics include cannabis legalization, changes to labour laws and energy. There will also be sessions related to planning and economic development. Program information is available online at www.roma.on.ca. These province-wide matters have local implications for our community.

Key priorities for the City of Kenora include:

• Affordable Housing
This has long been identified as a need in Kenora, not only to affect homelessness but to attract workers and compensate for demographic trends. Although funding allocations to the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) under the Investment in Affordable Housing Program have increased in recent years, it is still inadequate to address an ageing stock and demand driven by out-migration from communities in the north.

• Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) for Servicing Extensions
Currently, waste-water and storm sewer extension approvals are inconsistent with what is required of water servicing. An ECA can also take several months to obtain and is an expensive proposition and deterrent to developers as they will require additional engineering services. To facilitate development in an already challenging landscape, the City of Kenora is seeking that the ECA process for new waste-water and storm sewer connections be reformed.

Conference news releases, fact sheets and presentations from a number of key speakers will be posted on ROMA’s website throughout the duration of the conference at www.roma.on.ca.

ROMA takes pride in promoting, supporting and enhancing strong and effective rural governments. About 270 of Ontario’s 444 municipalities have populations of less than 10,000, while scores more are rural in character. The rural arm of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, ROMA advocates for policies and programs that will help build thriving rural Ontario communities.

For more information about ROMA or the 2019 Conference, contact:
Brian Lambie, ROMA Media Contact, 416-729-5425, mailto:lambie@redbrick.ca

Follow the conference on Twitter: @ROMA_Ont, Hashtag: #RuralMatters

Tourism Now Accepting Special Events Grant Applications

Special Events Grant Applications

Tourism Kenora is now accepting grant applications for Special Events Funding. Please contact Tourism Kenora at tourism@kenora.ca or stop at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Center for an application form. The deadline to submit an application is March 31st, 2019.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Tourism at (807) 467-4637.

Tourism Grant Application 2019

Tourism Committee Looking for New Members

New Members Wanted The Tourism Committee is looking for new members. Please submit completed applications to tourism@kenora.ca by February 19, 2019. Tourism Committee Application 2019 fill and save

LOWDH Announces Approval of All Nations Hospital Project

January 15, 2019
Media Release

Lake of the Woods District Hospital Ministry Approves Planning of All Nations Hospital Project

We are very pleased to announce that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has given approval to proceed with the first phase of planning for the All Nations Hospital project. The current hospital was first established in 1929, with six new additions constructed over time, and is in urgent need of replacement. Funding to support this extensive planning initiative was previously approved by the MOHLTC in 2017.

“We are truly excited to begin planning this long-awaited project that is so important for the communities and Indigenous Peoples we serve” remarked LWDH Board Chair Wendy Cuthbert. “We look forward to working with our partners, Indigenous Peoples, staff, physicians, Kenora and surrounding communities to ensure their ideas inform our new facility”.

The concept of an All Nations Hospital began when KCA Chiefs, Elders and health directors visited an All Nations Hospital model in Fort Qu’Appelle Saskatchewan in 2011 and developed a vision of having a similar model in Kenora. Knowing this could not be done alone, KCA Chiefs created partnerships and relationships with Governments, the North West LHIN, LWDH, Grand Council Treaty 3, City of Kenora, Municipality of Sioux Narrows/ Nestor Falls and the local All Nations Health Partners to advocate and push this vision forward. The timing was right as the LWDH wanted to plan for a new facility, so the partnership began. Chief Chris Skead on behalf of the KCA Chiefs remarked “Today is a proud day for all of us involved to announce we are beginning the planning process. This is proof that by working together in partnership we can achieve great things and make positive change in the health outcomes for everyone. We say Miigwetch to our Elders Council and Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh for all their support and leadership, and say Miigwetch and acknowledge all the hard work of the CEO, staff and the board of directors at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital”.

The first phase of planning will occur over the next 24 months and will be conducted in partnership between the Lake of the Woods District Hospital and the Kenora Chiefs Advisory. A project steering committee reporting to the Hospital Board will be established shortly to oversee the project. It will include representation from the Board, City of Kenora, Grand Council Treaty #3, Kenora Chiefs Advisory, Kenora Metis Council, the community, medical staff and hospital staff. This reflects the spirit of being inclusive, while respecting an All Nations approach, and the importance of the All Nations Hospital serving within the context of an All Nations health care system.

Public involvement coupled with partner and staff/physician insight will be essential in planning a modern campus that will meet needs, be culturally sensitive to Indigenous Peoples and values and be designed to improve health outcomes well into the future. It must also be planned in a manner that creates a healing environment for patients and a healthy work setting for staff, while demonstrating environmental stewardship. Once the project manager and planners have been recruited to support the project, extensive external consultation will begin within the Kenora Region with key stakeholders including Indigenous Peoples, municipalities, service partners, the North West LHIN and the general public. This will be augmented by knowledge gained from strongly-engaged service teams, including hospital staff, physicians and patients.

For further information please contact:
Ray Racette
President and CEO
rracette@lwdh.on.ca
(807) 468-9861 ext. 2241

Media Release – Planning of All Nations Hospital

 

Thunder Bay Hydro and Kenora Hydro Announce Merger

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thunder Bay Hydro and Kenora Hydro Announce Merger that will Improve Efficiency and Delivery for Customers in the North

THUNDER BAY, January 11, 2019 – It’s official: Effective January 1, 2019, Thunder Bay Hydro and Kenora Hydro have joined together in a merger. Announced today, the new combined company will be known as SYNERGY NORTH serving customers in both the Thunder Bay and
Kenora.

The merger to SYNERGY NORTH is set to significantly change and improve the electricity landscape in Northern Ontario; specifically for customers. SYNERGY NORTH establishes the ability to better serve customers through efficiency and with innovative customer service
amenities.

SYNERGY NORTH will now service more than 56,000 residential and business customers in Northwestern Ontario. The new corporation will be led by former Thunder Bay Hydro Presidentand CEO, Robert Mace under the governance of one Board of Directors.

Says Robert Mace, President of SYNERGY NORTH; “The combination of the two local utilities significantly improves our ability to address the increasing demands of Ontario’s evolving electricity sector. As a single company, we are creating efficiencies that allow us to invest in
innovation, upgrade our distribution and service systems, and ultimately deliver more value to northern customers. By merging our resources, we are a stronger and more sustainable distribution company for the future.”

The new SYNERGY NORTH brand, which was developed by a local firm, will be seen by customers across the region in the coming months. Customers should expect to receive communications about their electricity accounts such as bills and notices from SYNERGY NORTH.

The name of the online bill payment system will also transition from MyAccount to MyEnergy, although customer login information including usernames and passwords will not change.

“In addition to the new name and look, customers in both communities will continue to receive a high level of service; and can expect to see some new amenities from our utility in the coming months. We are delighted to be leveraging the skills of local people and the experiences of two northern companies to build improved connections and customer relations,” continues Robert Mace.

“Our new tagline is ‘THE POWER OF THE NORTH’ – a proud statement that we are stronger and more competitive when we work together,” says Robert Mace.

For more information, visit SYNERGYNORTH.ca

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Stephanie Ash
Firedog Communications
Tel: (807) 767-4443
Cell: (807) 472-5276
Email: stephanie@firedogpr.com

Synergy North

Interim Tax Bills Mailed Out as of January 11, 2019

Notice to Tax Payers of the City of Kenora

2019 Interim Tax Bills have been sent by mail as of Friday, January 11, 2019 for all City of Kenora property owners.

Due date for payment is February 21, 2019.

Payments may be made in person at City Hall, by mail, through your personal telephone banking, or on-line banking service. Please allow 3-5 business days if paying on-line or directly at your financial institution.

Should you require a receipt, please send payment along with the entire bill; do not detach the payment stub. The name/address portion will be receipted and sent back to you. Please retain your Tax Bill for your records. The City is no longer offering reprints free of charge.

Late penalty of 1.25% per month will be charged on any outstanding balance following the due date. Please note that if the tax bill has a previous balance brought forward, those arrears are subject to penalty February 1st, 2018. This will increase the amount shown as owing on your bill.

If you do not receive your tax bill or have taxation related questions, please contact the Tax Department at 807-467-2034.

Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting for a Zoning By-law Amendment D14-19-01

Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting for a Zoning By-law Amendment, File Number D14-19-01
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, February 12th, 2019 at 9:00 a.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 on Tuesday, February 19th, 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, January 22nd, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Training Room, Operations Centre, 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON

Purpose and Effect: to change the zoning of the subject property from Institutional (I) to Residential Third Density (R3) to allow for development of those uses permitted within the R3 zone, being six (6) apartment units with legal non-complying requirements in accordance with Section 4.3 of the Zoning By-law.

Location of Property: 200 First Street North. Refer to the map.

Map Location D14-19-01

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 January 17th, 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 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 3rd day of January, 2019