Election Day Approaches in Tay Valley Township

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You may be able to vote in Tay Valley’s Election!

Municipal elections will be held in communities like Tay Valley Township across Ontario very soon. If you own, rent or reside at property here on Black Lake, even if you primarily live elsewhere and are only here seasonally, you have met a basic requirement for being eligible to vote in Tay Valley. According to their website, “you can vote in Tay Valley’s municipal election if you are:

  • a Canadian Citizen; and
  • at least 18 years old; and
  • a resident in Tay Valley Township; or
  • a non-resident of Tay Valley Township but you or your spouse own or rent property in the Township; and

are not prohibited from voting under any law.”

Link to Committees and Boards

Who are we electing?

This election will select individuals to the township council positions of Reeve, Deputy Reeve, and one of six Councillor positions for a term of 4 years commencing 1 December 2018. Tay Valley is divided into three wards (Bathurst, Burgess and Sherbrooke – representing townships that existed prior to amalgamation into Tay Valley), and each ward is represented by two Councillors. Black Lake is located in the Burgess Ward (formerly North Burgess Township).

The candidates for Reeve are (in alphabetical order): Brian Campbell, Susan Freeman, and Keith Kerr. Candidates for Deputy Reeve are: Barrie Crampton and Judy Farrell. The candidates for the two Councillor positions for the Burgess Ward are: Doug Barr, Greg Hallam, Beverly Phillips and Mick Wicklum. Voters are permitted to vote only for Councillors in the ward they own or rent property or reside in.

Additionally, owners and residents of residential property may also elect school board trustees. Most eligible voters will be electing trustees to the English language public school board, but depending on voter qualifications, some will cast ballots for the French language public school board (French language rights holders only), or for the English or French language separate school board (people of the Catholic faith only). Your Tay Valley property tax bill’s school tax portion will indicate which board your school tax portion is designated for and will align with the school board for which you will be able to vote.

How do I participate in the election?

If you wish to vote in this election, you must be on the voters’ list. Everyone who is on the voters’ list should receive a Voter Information Letter by early October. This letter will contain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to be used when casting your ballot. Voting will only be conducted via telephone or Internet-connected device during the period of 15-22 October, 24 hours a day for 8 days. No physical polling location will be open to cast a ballot in person, and there will be no paper ballot option.   Of course, this makes it easier for seasonal residents to vote in Tay Valley’s election, as you do not have to be physically present.

If you are unsure if you are on the voters’ list or do not receive your Voter Information Letter, you can stop by the Municipal office at 217 Harper Road during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm) and check at the voter information desk in the lobby showing proof of identity and qualifying address. If you are not on the voters’ list, you may register at that time. The voter information desk will be open extended hours on Saturday, October 20th from 9:00am to noon and again on Tuesday, October 22nd until 8:00pm when polls close.

How can I find out more about the election process?

For additional information, please visit the Tay Valley Township website’s Election page at: http://www.tayvalleytwp.ca/en/municipal-government/elections.asp, and their Information for Voters page at: http://www.tayvalleytwp.ca/en/municipal-government/information-for-voters.asp. The latter link has video demonstrations of voting by telephone or by Internet as well as other useful details about this process.

All-Candidates Meeting will be held Wednesday, September 26th.

A public All-Candidates meeting is scheduled for 7pm on Wednesday, September 26th at the Glen Tay Public School, 115 Harper Road, presented by CFUW Perth and District Chapter and sponsored by Lake 88. This will be a good opportunity for those who are still at the lake or live close by to decide for whom you will support and vote. This meeting will be moderated by Brian Perkin and will conclude at 9pm, followed by an informal opportunity to meet all the candidates. For more information about this meeting, please contact Sandra Shaw from CFUW at sandras@fifthelement.ca.

Glen Tay Public School

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July 14th meeting agenda

I’ve posted the agenda for the 2018 BLPOA summer meeting July 14th – its here.

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Spring 2018 BLPOA newsletter is here!

If the blackflies are out then it must be time for the spring newsletter. The 2018 version is available here.

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Latest draft of BLPOA meeting minutes from July 2017

BLPOA AGM July 8 2017 – Minutes

Here are the latest draft of last summer’s meeting minutes.

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Minutes of 2017 AGM – draft

Here are draft minutes of what happened at our AGM this year.

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2017 AGM agenda

Here is our agenda for the BLPOA 2017 AGM on July 8th. See you there!

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BLPOA garbage survey results and conclusions

Here are the results and conclusions from the garbage survey we conducted. The results will be communicated at the TVT meeting on June 24th (time permitting) and we can take the matter up again with the TVT rep at our annual meeting July 8th.

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Spring water levels

Here is a graph of early spring water levels from the last three years. I guess the good news is that the level is going down fast now and you can guess where it will become ‘normal’ again.

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Spring newsletter is here

The spring newsletter has arrived and is available here.

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Tick talk in Napanee

Susan Moore from the Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council provided the attached information about a presentation on Ticks and Lyme Disease being hosted by the Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council and partners on  Tuesday April 25 at 7 pm in Napanee

Featuring Dr. Andrew Peregrine, clinical parasitologist at U of Guelph.

See attached pdf poster and Word Outline docs.

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What are the islands called?

At this link you can find a Google map with numbered labels indicating the islands in Black Lake. What have you heard them called? What do you think they should be called? Tell me and I’ll update the map with your name and we’ll see if we can get names for all of them! And if I’ve missed any let me know.

 

 

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Notes and minutes from Lake Networking Group meeting

On September 30th there was another meeting of the Lake Networking Group and Cliff Halliwell represented the BLPOA. The minutes and notes are available below.

Lake Networking Group meeting minutes Sept 2016

Cliff Halliwells notes on LNG meeting

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Draft minutes from the July BLPOA meeting

Draft minutes from the July 9th, 2016 AGM are available here.

 

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Bears at the lake

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People on Black Lake Road have been reporting a Black Bear visiting them the past few nights. He (or she) has been visiting compost bins, garbage and bird feeders. Apparently bears have also been spotted on Star Hill Road and Lakeview Drive this summer.

There is a lot of great information in the link below on how to avoid bear interactions and what to do if you are visited.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/prevent-bear-encounters-bear-wise

Limiting potential attractive food sources is the major to do item :
• keep garbage and compost secure
• don’t feed your pets outside
• don’t put bird feeders outside in summer
• keep your bar-b-q clean

As people have noted on our Facebook page the berry crop is poor this year and this is normally a bear’s major food source. So we can expect continued bear visits in the coming months.

Apart from reporting bears to the ‘Bear Wise’ phone line ( see link above) perhaps folks who see bears or evidence of bears in the coming months can report their sightings on our Facebook page.

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Spots available on BLPOA executive

As of this year’s July 9th AGM there are three long-serving BLPOA executive members  who will not be standing again for nomination. They are Bob Everett, Greg Hallam and Carol Williams.  A sincere thanks for their service over the past years! If you are interested in getting involved in the executive let myself or any other executive member know. The requirements are not too onerous and typically require attending 2-3 meetings over the course of a year. As Carol has been our newsletter editor the last few years we could really use someone with an interest in coordinating the creation of our spring 2017 newsletter. As well as being our president for many years in a row Bob Everett has been our ‘Buoy master’ so we also need someone to help get the buoys in and out.

Also – a Black Lake trivia question for you. During the early 1990’s dynamite was used at Black Lake to blow up the beaver dam on Black Creek. What was the reason for this?

a) to help keep the lake level low
b) to help pickerel spawn
c) someone really didn’t like beavers
d) all of the above

Submit your answer to me. All winning answers will receive an extra Timbit at the AGM.

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TVT planning meeting June 7th

Hello Black Lake Property Owners Association members.

Tay Valley Township contacted the Association late last week requesting comment on a difficult rezoning application for a property on Black Lake.  The Staff Report (link) explains the difficulties and the number of exceptions and precedents it would set.  The TVT staff recommendation as well as that of the opinion provided by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority clearly does not support amending the Zoning Bylaw.  The BLPOA Board has reviewed and discussed the documents provided by TVT and concurs with the recommendation due to the numerous concerns identified in the report as well as the precedents it would set.  Below is the verbatim response we provided to the Township earlier today.  If you would like to attend the meeting or submit a comment of your own, please see the notice regarding the meeting June 7th meeting (link) provided by the Township for further details.

Regards,
Your BLPOA Board of Directors

Hello Kristine,
 
Thank you for sending the Notice and asking the Black Lake Property Owner’s Association for comment.  The Board of Directors has reviewed the Notice and your additional information carefully and discussed this at length, and is in support of the Staff recommendation to Council and the opinion provided by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority that Zoning By-law 02-021 not be amended based on the precedents this would set regarding both lot coverage and waterfront setback. 
 
We will be forwarding a copy of this statement along with the Notice and Staff Report to all members on our mailing list for their information and to advise them of the date of the meeting.
 
Regards,
BLPOA Board of Directors

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Spring newsletter is here

The BLPOA Spring newsletter is right here for your reading pleasure.

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BLPOA AGM is July 9th

Black Lake Property Owners Association Annual General Meeting

Saturday July 9th, doors open at 8:30 am , meeting starts at 9:00 am

North Burgess Hall
4174 Narrows Lock Rd.

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FOCA/Lake Networking Group “Keeping the Family in the Family Cottage” seminar on Aug. 14.

Your BLPOA participates regularly in the Lake Networking Group to share information among many local lake associations. The LNG has arranged for the Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association (FOCA) to present a free seminar in Perth on August 14th 2016. The title is “Cottage Sharing Agreements Learn how to “Keep the ‘Family’ in the Family Cottage”.

This is free for BLPOA members since we’re part of LNG. Details included in this flyer. Information about pre-registration is on the flyer.

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