Highlands East to support youth at SPARC 

By Angelica Ingram

Published by Aug. 9 2016

The following are brief reports of items discussed at the Aug. 8 meeting of Highlands East council.

Highlands East will be sponsoring two youth to attend an upcoming symposium hosted by the Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities (SPARC) initiative.
Set to be held at the end of this October in Haliburton the symposium marks the second event for the SPARC initiative said Fay Martin during a presentation to council.

Martin asked councillors if they would consider sponsoring two youth age 16 to 30 at a cost of $200 each which would cover their entire attendance at the symposium.
The event supports those in the performing arts in Haliburton and across the country with a goal of creating a network to share and discuss ideas meet people and more.
“It’s a really good investment” said Martin.
Council passed a resolution approving the sponsorship.

More than a month after a big blaze occurred at Bark Lake Leadership Centre the cause of the incident is still unknown.
Fire chief Bill Wingrove reported to council that the fire which affected three buildings is still under investigation.
Wingrove said they are waiting for results from the forensics centre.
“I think the results are going to come back undetermined” he said.

A property under consideration for a zoning bylaw amendment could be a Places for People residence.
Described as a vacant residential lot the property owner is hoping to convert the one-storey home into a two-unit dwelling.
The property is on Holmes Road in Wilberforce. The application was accepted.

An agreement between Highlands East and the municipality of Minden Hills over Line Drive Road which is a boundary road has been established.

The agreement garnered much discussion at the July meeting of council when Councillor Cec Ryall said he wasn’t in favour as it was an unnecessary piece of legislation.
According to CAO/treasurer Shannon Hunter’s report to council both Highlands East and Minden Hills agreed to the installation of a fence on the road which is classified as a Class 6 road.

Currently the municipality of Minden Hills is responsible for winter maintenance of the road and Highlands East does not maintain the road.
“As council is aware any work agreements etc. requires both Minden Hills and Highlands East agreement” wrote Hunter in her report.
“The boundary agreement will provide the legal framework for Minden Hills to continue to provide winter maintenance on Line Drive Road.”
Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the agreement.