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On Thursday, January 9th, Mayor Cheryl Fort held a public meeting to highlight the progress that council and staff have made in the last year, and laid out some priorities for the coming year. Mayor Fort’s address was well over and hour and had a great deal of detail.
Mayor Fort began her address by welcoming new staff who have recently joined the Municipality and made a point of thanking current staff for their hard work and dedication. Mayor Fort then spoke briefly about council as a team, by introducing each councilor and highlighting the strengths they bring to the municipal team. Councillors Stefanic, Peroff and Peter Kistemaker were in attendance, with councilor Belinda Kistemaker was absent with regrets.
As a way to highlight the dedication and work ethic of the current council, some statistics about meetings were shared. Council has met for more than 78 hours for regular meetings, with several meetings having gone well past 10 PM. Mayor Fort outlined how councilors, in an attempt to bring their strengths to the table, have aligned themselves into certain teams, to work on projects as they move forward, in order to leverage the skills they bring to the table.
Mayor Fort reflected on several of the complex, on-going committees, including waste management, the housing task force and the centre of Ontario. The municipality and its volunteers continue to pursue solutions to issues that these committees focus on, and to find ways to promote Hornepayne as the Centre of Ontario, as a tourist destination.
Mayor Fort also reflected on the cycle of training and learning for staff and council, and how it drives what the municipality does. She outlined many of the training initiatives taken by staff and council and referenced how they relate to the business of the municipality. Current council clearly believes in the value of training for staff and for council, in order to be able to make the best decisions.
It was also revealed, that there is an investor currently looking to build a small motel in Hornepayne. The investor has looked at several options, including renovations to the old Hallmark Hotel, but is also looking at property in town, to build new. Two of the options suggested were the current corner with the tennis courts and RW Anderson Park. If this was to become the spot for a new hotel, council would consult with the community for thoughts on the project, as well as options for moving the current park and tennis courts.
Mayor Fort then reflected on council’s relationship with major employers, Hornepayne Lumber and CN Rail, and outlined some of the meetings they have had with these employers, as they continue to work towards building even better relationships that can assist the community to grow and prosper.
Mayor Fort closed with a passionate appeal to the citizens to continue to focus on the positive, and to work together to help Hornepayne continue to prosper. All ideas are good ideas and no council, or person has them all, so she encouraged people to continue to come forward with ideas, and thoughts and questions as the municipality moves forward.
The township will host a meeting near to the end of January to discuss the potential hotel investment and as always, council meetings are open to the public and the public are encouraged to attend. There are also plans in the near future to stream meetings and to have them available for download, for those who cannot attend. Watch www.hornepayne.com for more information in the near future, as well as the municipal site, www.townshipofhornepayne.ca.
Approximately 35 people gathered in the HESS Forum tonight, to listen to Mayor Cheryl Fort address the last year and speak of future directions. Mayor Fort covered many topics and spoke highly of the Township Staff, as the municipality meanders its way into this new decade, and Mayor and Council work hard to build our community.
Mayor Fort spoke for about an hour and a half, accompanied by a power point presentation. She took questions after the meeting and several residents asked questions and shared their thoughts and feelings. Hornepayne.com will provide a more detailed review of the information presented in the coming days. Please check back here for more detail in the near future. We will post on our Facebook page when we have a more detailed story to post!
The Township of Hornepayne has embarked upon several new changes to their operation in 2020. Arising from a Services Delivery review, the municipality will be changing the way it does business. Changes include more hours open to the public, some changes to the Service Ontario desk, and live streaming of council meetings. For more information, please visit the township site at www.townshipofhornepayne.ca.
HORNEPAYNE, Ont., Nov 26, 2019 - "The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has decided to withdraw Hornepayne from the site selection process for a potential host area for a deep geological repository for Canada's used nuclear fuel. This time involved with the NWMO has been a tremendous learning experience for our community and I am grateful for the time that we have been in the Learn More Process and the generous financial contributions that have been made to our Community. Hornepayne is proud of the role that we and our neighbours have played in the process including taking on leadership positions with our local Community Nuclear Liaison Committee and volunteering time to learn more.
It has been a pleasure to work with, and partner with, our neighbouring Indigenous and municipal communities, including Constance Lake First Nation, Ginoogaming First Nation, Long Lake #58 First Nation, Missanabie Cree First Nation, Chapleau Cree First Nation, the Red Sky Metis Independent Nation, Manitouwadge and White River.
Our heartfelt congratulations go out to those communities remaining in the process - Ignace, Huron Kinloss and South Bruce . This will be an exciting time for you all and we wish you all the best of luck.
This decision by the NWMO does not change that we have a wonderful, caring community which will continue to be a great place to call home."
Mayor Cheryl Fort, Township of Hornepayne #lovewhereyoulive
On Saturday, November 16th, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization convened a workshop in Hornepayne, to being the process of shaping an environmental monitoring program, for the Deep Geological Respository project.
The workshop was facilitated by Joanne Jacyk, Senior Environmental. Scientist at the NWMO. Joanne has a background in environmental science, with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in environmental science.
The goal of the workshop, was to begin the process of designing an environmental monitoring program for the project, from its early stages, to the conclusion of the project. The goal is to have a process that takes into account, not only established scientific processes, but also local input in terms of its design and operations.
The small working group was invited to join the process, with the understanding that it was a first meeting of many, and the group clearly indicated that next steps are to include more of the public in the process as we move forward in the project. The opportunity to provide input and learn more about the process, will be open to all stakeholders.
As many people know, the NWMO will be further narrowing down the sites in contention for the DGR, in late 2019, or early 2020. For more information on the entire process, feel free to check out their website, www.nwmo.ca
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At its meeting of Wednesday, September 25th, Hornepayne Council passed the resolution found below. Please continue to question the government and the important ministers to continue pushing this issue for our community.
16.1. Potential Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) Closure Resolution No. 2019-463 Moved By: Drago Stefanic Seconded By: Jon Peroff
WHEREAS the Township has received very short notice that the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) is planning to close our local store by the end of the year (2019) during the holiday season and offer up an LCBO Convenience Outlet to a local business instead; and,
WHEREAS the Township is a remote northern community with very limited amenities and services; and
WHEREAS the Township is very disappointed with the LCBO for their lack of communication and their total absence of consultation with regard to the closure; and
WHEREAS the Township is in support of the Ontario Public Services Employee Union’s (OPSEU) request that the LCBO retract the Request for Proposal issued to local business owners on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 which calls for applications to become an LCBO Convenience Outlet; and,
WHEREAS the Council is committed to building the Community of Hornepayne up and this unexpected announcement by the LCBO runs counter with Council’s vision for the future of our Community and will have far reaching negative impacts on our local economy; and, WHEREAS the closure of the LCBO further causes grave concerns and raises issues with public and community safety;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Hornepayne does hereby request a halt to this process until community members have been provided a formal and meaningful method of providing feedback;
and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Council does hereby request that the LCBO work in partnership with the Township to develop a “made for Hornepayne” strategy to help alleviate the devastating impacts that proceeding with the closure will have on our community;
and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Council does hereby request a meeting with the LCBO Board Chair and the Ontario Ministry of Finance to further discuss the plan to close our local store; Township of Hornepayne Regular Meeting of Council September 25th, 2019 Page 6
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Hon. Premier Doug Ford, the Hon. Steven Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs, the Hon. Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, the Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, the Hon. Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Michael Mantha, M.P.P. Algoma – Manitoulin.
The Municipality retained the services of a consulting firm specializing in municipal governance. The firm has completed a comprehensive report, and it can be found here!
On Saturday, September 14th, several interested citizens met at a local school, to take part in the first of several meetings, to discuss a framework to help the community define its relationship with NWMO moving forward. Spurred by Mayor and council, the goal of the program is to provide a framework for our community as we move forward in the Learn More Process. The goal of the framework is to strike a plan for the community to address what happens next in the NWMO process, whether it is to stay in the process or to leave, regardless of the reasons for either. The group hopes to help define what a "willing host community" is, as we move forward and answer some of the questions around, how does our community and region actually make a decision about the project. We were assisted by a consultant, Robert Manseau of Commerce Management Group from Timmins. For anyone who did not attend and is interested in sharing thoughts about developing the framework, please feel free to contact the Township and they will give you contact information!