KAWARTHA LAKES: Less than 10 days after its annual inaugural meeting and the adoption of its two major priorities, the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) spent the last three days in key meetings with Provincial officials, during the 2018 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference in Toronto.
Led by 2018 Chair, Robin Jones and Vice-Chair, Jennifer Murphy, the 13-member EOWC met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, various Cabinet Ministers, the Ontario PC Party and the Ontario NDP Party to emphasize the importance of the Province’s partnership in helping achieve and implement in 2018 the two most important projects for rural Eastern Ontario.
The first being: Building the EORN Cellular and Public Safety Broadband Network, a $299 million project funded by all three levels of government along with the private sector, in order to close the many cellular network gaps, boost mobile broadband service, and increase public safety for residents and first responders during emergencies, in the region.
The City of Kawartha Lakes endorsed the EORN cellular project in 2017 and agreed to invest our proportionate municipal contribution as the project progresses.
The second being: Implementing the Eastern Ontario Economic Development Strategy, the first and only regional economic plan across the Province that would address Eastern Ontario’s future economic development and growth needs, including; workforce development and deployment, technology integration and innovation, and integrated intelligent transportation. This strategy is in alignment with elements of Kawartha Lakes’ Economic Development Strategy.
The EOWC membership provided the business case and extolled the benefits, including the economic benefits, of both projects, during meetings with several key members of provincial government, including Premier Kathleen Wynne.
“The EOWC understands the importance of working together with the Province, during this critical election year. For that reason, the EOWC has kept its focus simple and identified the two most important projects for Eastern Ontario, and our members were informed, organized, cohesive, collaborative and professional in each and every one of these important meetings,” said Chair, Robin Jones.
“Over the last three days, the EOWC made its voice heard, loud and clear, and our message was straightforward and united: let’s work together to make Eastern Ontario an even greater place to live and work, and a model for all of Ontario,” noted Mayor Andy Letham.
Mayor Letham and Ron Taylor, CAO, met with the new Minister of Transportation, the Honourable Kathryn McGarry, to discuss existing restrictive development standards for buildings fronting Provincial highways. The intent is to protect for: possible future highway widening; and possible local solutions and exemptions, to encourage redevelopment and building repairs.
The City participated in panel discussion on water quality and the importance of private septic system maintenance, rehabilitation and repair. Kawartha Lakes is the only active municipality in the province offering a septic rehabilitation loan program, to assist landowners in rehabilitating these systems in order to protect our environment.
For more information about the EOWC, visit www.eowc.org or contact email@example.com For more information about the EORN cellular project, visit www.eorn.ca
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