Port Edward Council in brief: Jan. 12

Briefs for the Port Edward council meeting on Jan. 12

Sugar Shack 2016 support

With the approach of the sixth anniversary of the Sugar Shack festival, Patrick Witwicki of Association des Francophones et Francophiles du Nord-Ouest (AFFNO), asked the District of Port Edward for financial support to boost the event.

The District agreed to donate $700 to the festival.

Witwicki said the festival is growing each year. This year participants can watch the Quebec band, Le Vent du Nord, perform at the Lester Centre on Jan. 29, and Les Copains du Nord will play at the Sugar Shack Brunch the following day.

The new addition to this year’s festival may include — depending on volunteer turnout — a popcorn machine to serve popcorn drizzled with maple syrup.

New sign at boat launch

A request to add a sign at the donation box at the boat launch was approved by council.

A letter to the District stated that “we suggest a sign asking for a $10 fee. We feel that is only fair to Port Ed and the tax payers”.

Councillor Dave Franzen was in agreement with the request but suggested that the District install a bigger sign and not specify the amount of money to donate.

Council was in favour of adding the sign.

Amended bylaws

The District amended three bylaws after the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure gave its approval on Jan. 4.

Bylaw 557 amends Bylaw 539 (Official Community Plan) for property that was “Parks and Recreation” to now be designated as “General Commercial” to maximize the development potential of the land.

Bylaw 558 will amend a lot containing 10.2 acres to be re-zoned from “Tourist Commercial” to “General Commercial” to accommodate a wider range of uses for the property.

Bylaw 559 will also amend a small parcel of land from “Parks and Recreation” to “Tourist Commercial” to achieve consistency between the Official Community Plan and the District’s Zoning Bylaw.