Future of Haliburton skate park up for discussion again

By Angelica Ingram

Oct. 25 2016

The following are brief reports of items discussed at the Oct. 24 meeting of Dysart et al council.

The ongoing debate about the Haliburton skate park came up for discussion as councillors took a look at an image that included a proposed location for the park.

The image had located the skate park towards the back of the former ball diamond which some councillors took issue with.

Councillor Derek Knowles believed the park should be front and centre in the allocated space and not tucked away.

Deputy-reeve Andrea Roberts said the location was chosen so that there was space for additional parking for the arena and curling club.

Knowles believed the skate park should take priority over the parking issue and that council should be investing in the project.

Councillor Walt McKechnie agreed.

“We have to do this project right and do it first class” said McKechnie.

A committee has been working for two years to raise funds for the project and has fundraised approximately $30000 to date.

Wallings Way condo moves forward

A new condo development being proposed for Haliburton Village is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Council passed a resolution to approve the re-zoning of the lands of Vuksic located on Wallings Road following the recommendation of the public meeting committee.

The file was heard at several public meetings where neighbours expressed their concerns with the project.

The proposal includes building a three-storey building with 21 units.

Council passed a resolution to change the zoning of the land from urban residential type 1 to urban residential type 3.

Whispering Pines fees waived

The wheels are moving on phase 2 of an affordable housing development in Haliburton after council agreed to waive costs for Whispering Pines which is located on County Road 21.

A request to waive building permit fees sewer connection fees security requirements for construction as well as administrative fees was passed by council.

Whispering Pines is a project of the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes Housing corporation. The estimated completion for phase 2 is 2018.

Council looking to hire

The municipality is looking to hire a new by-law enforcement officer as Ron Henselwood has resigned from his position effective at the end of this year.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 4.