Blue Water

Municipal Updates

Fall Municipal Election - Monday, October 24th


2022 is Municipal election year in Ontario. Residents of Kasshabog Lake need a progressive, knowledgeable Council who understands our issues and concerns. It's important because they deliver valuable public services. 

 

Did you know that 62% of the properties in HBM are waterfront?  The township ward accounts for 91.8% of HBM taxes (and the Village only 8.2%).  A resident has estimated that Kosh has 17% of township properties and they paid $1.9 million in 2019 taxes.  That’s why we need waterfront owners to step forward to represent our interests! Nominations are open from May 2 to August 19th. For more information  

 

In May 2022, the LKRA held a survey among residents to determine what issues were most important to them leading up to the election. Read what they had to say.


The LKRA will keep you up-to-date on this website and by E-News on important election issues and events - shoreline protection, private road support, short-term rentals and septic systems. Find out where candidates stand on key issues

and don't forget to check to ensure you are on the voter's list. If you own your property you are eligible to vote. Visit Voterlockup.ca/home.aspx by  August 31, 2022. to confirm you're on the list. 

On Wednesday, August 31st from 2:00 - 3:30 pm the LKRA is holding an All-Candidates Meeting at the Community Hall/ Library located at 409 Penisula Road. All Candidates running for Council have been invited to attend. See agenda.  

Visit the HMB Township Municipal site for additional info. You can also see who has already submitted their nomination to run for Council this fall.  

HBM Township Fireworks By-law  

 

For centuries, fireworks have been used to celebrate major holidays and events. However, as our environment and the lake become increasingly vulnerable, we now must reconsider how and when we use them. Why?
 

  • We now know that fireworks cause extensive air pollution in a short amount of time. 

  • Harmful metals are released that can also contaminate soil and lake water and have negative, long-lasting effects. 

  • Then there are the animals. Take dogs for instance. Dogs are able to hear up to 60,000hz, while humans can’t hear anything above 20,000hz. This auditory acuity of dogs is one of the reasons the sound of fireworks can be so harmful to them. Many suffer from overwhelming anxiety when they are unable to escape from the sound. Other wildlife suffers as well, especially our vulnerable loons!
     

The Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen has just passed a new Fireworks By-law.  All residents should carefully familiarize themselves with the regulations pertaining to when, how, and what is required if you are planning a Consumer recreational fireworks display. For starters, you MUST now obtain a permit from the Fire Chief or designate prior to holding a firework display and prove that your intended display meets all By-law regulations. 

 

In 2022 displays will only be allowed on: 

  • New Year’s Eve Dec. 31, 2022 from 7 p.m. - Jan 1, 2023 1 a.m. 

  • Victoria Day (May 21,22, 23), Civic Holiday (Jul 30, 31, Aug 1) and Labour Day (Sept 3, 4, 5) from 7-11 p.m. 

  • Canada Day from 7-11 p.m. on June 25, 26, July 1, 2, or 3. 

 

Note: No fireworks will be permitted if a Township Fire Ban is in effect. Flying lanterns continue to be prohibited at all times. 

 

There are also important regulations pertaining to WHERE you can hold firework displays. You are encouraged to read the new By-law carefully!  And for those renting their cottage, ensure that your tenants are aware of the regulations. As an owner, you will be the one held responsible for any contravention of this By-law.

For more information and permit forms visit the HBM’s website  https://www.hbmtwp.ca/en/township-services/resources/Documents/By-Law-2022-18-to-Regulate-the-Sale-and-Setting-Off-of-Fireworks-within-the-Township.pdf

HBM Township Garbage 

 

A Transfer Station Card is required before entry is permitted at the Transfer Stations. Only material generated within the Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen will be accepted at the sites below. 

Garbage bags must each be tagged. A pack of 5 tags can be purchased for $6.00 from the Municipal Office in Havelock, Foodland, East End Market, and the transfer stations.
Note:  Only credit and debit cards are accepted for payment at the 6TH Line Transfer Station. Cash only is accepted at all other locations.

All garbage must be placed in CLEAR plastic bags. This mandatory program has been shown to have a positive impact on keeping recyclable materials out of landfills while helping to protect the environment. One privacy bag is accepted per clear bag.

Recycle and compost wherever possible. For more information visit: https://www.hbmtwp.ca/en/living-here/garbage-recycling-and-waste.aspx

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