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Redstone Lake Cottagers Association

Protecting Your Lake

Bitter, Burdock, Coleman, Little Redstone, Pelaw and Redstone


We wish you all the very best over the holidays.  It is a wonderful time of year to be  around our beautiful lakes.
We'd like to take this time to thank a number of people for their contributions to the Association over the last year and to welcome a few new members to the team.  Please join me in recognizing the following:  

Laurie Kerr as a Director and for keeping our Facebook and Instagram accounts lively and up-to-date,
Paula Miller as a Director and for keeping our books in order,
Donna Luger as a Director and for managing the membership,
Joe Mulcahy as a Director and Association Secretary,
Bob Cole (Ret.) for his contribution as our Lake Steward Champion,
Gerry Oxford for his work on promoting Healthy Shorelines,
Mike Johnson for his continued ongoing support,
John Smith for all his work keeping us informed about what's happening at the municipal level,
and 
Jess Kidd as our new Lake Steward Champion, taking over from Bob Cole.

and to all our Lake & Buoy Stewards and Membership Drive volunteers. Thanks to you all. 

Best wishes to all,
Richard
Speaking of volunteers... 

We'll be re-implementing our Private Buoy program next spring with Transport Canada approved buoys and upgrading our oversight to adhere to the Private Buoy regulations.  We have a little bit of work ahead to make sure we cover all the bases. 

At this point we've had a kick-off meeting, but need to work thru the winter to draft up our operating procedures, setup a governance committee, education program, and identify an overall Buoy Steward champion.

We need your input and help - to make sure that this works for everyone.  If you can spare a little time this winter we'd love to have you, as the implementation all depends on the amount of support the program receives. 

Please email membership@redstonelake.com to get your name on the distribution list.  
Please be aware that The Haliburton Forest will be logging along Redkenn Road and would like to advise everyone that Poachers Trail will be closed and this area will be off limits this winter.   No one should be accessing this private trail anyway in the winter, but we know that people do. This winter it would pose a huge safety risk. 

The Forest offers a vast array of activities.. Please visit them @ https://www.haliburtonforest.com/.
Front the desk of John Smith - Councillor Ward 4
Roads Budget – Dysart’s Transportation budget increased by only 6.6% between 2015 and 2019.  Increases less than the rate of inflation leave many residents frustrated with the condition of our roads.  The preliminary budget for 2021 is less than 1% higher than 2020 but it appears Council is committed to getting more work completed in the coming years.  I know many residents believe we need to do more to improve our road conditions. 

Internet Service – We all know improvements to current service levels are essential.  The speed tests many of you completed this fall demonstrated the degree of the problems.  The Eastern Ontario Regional Network (www.eorn.ca), a collaboration of municipalities including all of Haliburton County, issued a Request for Proposals earlier in 2020.  This initiative leverages much of the federal and provincial funds previously announced to improve services.  Multiple proposals were received from service providers and the successful bidder should be announced early in 2021.  The resulting build out of new infrastructure will take place over the next few years.  In addition, Haliburton County is pursuing some smaller possibilities to improve services across the County using the more recently announced additional funds from the province. 

Septic Inspections – Despite the objections of the CHA and most of the lake associations in Dysart, Council is proceeding with changes to the inspection program and eliminating the need for the mandatory pump out for most systems.  Council also awarded all future inspection work to WSP, a company with no real local presence.  A few details remain to be finalized but beginning next spring, all property owners from Area 1 (Kennisis lakes) and Area 2 (Kawagama, Lipsy, Redstone, Little Redstone, Bitter, Burdock, Coleman, Growler and surrounding lakes) who have yet to complete the required inspection will be receiving a letter from WSP outlining the inspection process and a proposed time for each inspection.  These inspections should all be completed in 2021.  The costs of the inspections will be added to tax bills with Dysart making the payments to WSP.  More details will be available in the months to come through the Dysart website (www.dysartetal.ca)  

Shoreline Bylaw – Progress with the proposed Shoreline Bylaw which initially came forward last year was slowed by the pandemic.  An updated version of the bylaw was reviewed with the County Council last month.  It is available at the County of Haliburton website (www.haliburtoncounty.ca).  Virtual public meetings to gather additional comments are expected to take place in late January or early February.  There will also be an opportunity for residents to submit comments electronically through the County’s website.  Details will be provided soon.  Dysart is represented at the County by Mayor Roberts (aroberts@dysartetal.ca ) and Deputy Mayor Kennedy (pkennedy@dysartetal.ca ) if you wish to let them know your thoughts on the proposed bylaw.  Although most property owners care for our environment by maintaining considerable natural shorelines, the abuse by a few means the health of our lakes necessitates some restrictions beyond the current Shoreline Tree Preservation Bylaw. 

Service Delivery Reviews – Using funds provided by the provincial government both Dysart and the County Councils initiated studies to have expert consultants assess our effectiveness in service delivery earlier this year.  Both reports were recently received and identified opportunities to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our service delivery.  The challenge for 2021 will be to put in place the changes necessary to begin capturing the potential benefits. 

Budget for 2021 – Earlier in December Dysart Council completed an initial review of the Budget for 2021.  Much work remains to be completed over the next couple of months but early indications are that any tax increase in 2021 should be very modest.  Time will tell. 

Garbage – The costs for operating our landfills and disposing of the recycling and waste dropped off by residents continues to increase.  Please do your part by carefully evaluating what you bring into your home and of which you will eventually need to dispose.  Almost all of our waste needs to be trucked off to facilities far from Haliburton.

As always, please feel free to reach out should you have any questions, concerns or suggestions regarding our local government or if you would like more information about any of the topics above.

My personal best wishes to each of you for a wonderful holiday season, even if it is not exactly as we would wish.  2020 has been a year unlike any other and we all hope for much better in 2021.  Be safe and stay healthy!!!

John Smith
Councillor Ward 4
Dysart et al
705-754-9844 (home)
647-393-5528 (cell)
Follow me on Twitter - https://twitter.com/smithjd33smith

You can make a difference...

consider "Gifts from the Heart" for your annual donation this year.
Your payment will be deposited automatically into RLCA's bank account if you use Interac eTransfer to treasurer@redstonelake.com when making your membership payments. 
 

Wishing you a healthy, prosperous and all round brighter New Year in 2021!

Happy Holidays to all,
Donna Luger
Membership Coordinator


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