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  • 2021-10-13 12:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Further to the ongoing review of the County of Haliburton's proposed shoreline preservation by-lawresidents of Haliburton County are being asked to participate in the by-law review process by completing a short Shoreline Survey . The deadline is this Monday, October 18, 2021, so please take a few minutes to add your voice today. For more information, visit the County of Haliburton's Shoreline Preservation page, or review the results of the independent literature review and a report of the findings from consultations thus far.

  • 2021-09-23 12:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As many of you are aware, the County of Haliburton has undertaken to increase protection for the county’s 950 waterways with a proposed shoreline preservation by-law. While in general the KLA supports efforts to protect our water and environment, many stakeholders across sectors – land owners, developers, etc – expressed concerns with the by-law as drafted. The County responded to these concerns by commissioning J. L. Richards & Associates (JLR) and Hutchinson Environmental Services Ltd. to provide independent professional opinion on the development of a Shoreline Preservation By-Law. More information can be found at Shoreline Preservation - County of Haliburton, and we provide a summary below.

    On August 25, JLR presented results of their literature review, alongside preliminary findings from the municipal review and engagement with stakeholders in a “Background and Directions” report to County Council. You can view the presentation of these reports to Council on the Council's YouTube page (from approximately 3:40 to 50:00 minutes.)

    The report noted that:

    “The County and the lower tier municipalities use a variety of mechanisms to preserve the shoreline today including Official Plans, Zoning By-laws and the County’s Shoreline Tree Bylaw. These mechanisms establish a 30 metre setback and corresponding shoreline buffer area and limit new development and the removal of trees in this area. The lower tier municipal land use planning tools provide flexibility from this standard where site conditions warrant. These approaches should be considered in the context of the Draft By-law.

    “The Draft By-law has been under development for approximately three years. The Draft Bylaw takes a comprehensive and integrated approach and is intended to build upon the existing, in effect mechanisms. The Draft By-law continues the existing protection afforded to trees in the 30 metre shoreline setback area and proposes new protections for vegetation and existing topography in the same area.

    JLR representatives presented to Council the following 9 opportunities for improvement in the draft by-law:

    If you would like to learn more about the by-law, or to participate in the virtual open house, please visit the Haliburton County Shoreline information page.

  • 2021-09-15 11:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Read all about the success of the Koshlong bottle drive in the Haliburton Highlander!

    Many thanks to all those who contributed to the Bottle Drive for Haliburton Foodbank on Koshlong Lake this summer. It seems we are a thirsty bunch: Cole and Carolyn Dobson collected bottles twice a week from the July long weekend until Labour Day, to the tune of over 10,250 cans and 3,500 bottles! That was a lot of trips to the Haliburton Beer Store for returns, and the Dobsons are grateful to Shannon, Manager at the Beer Store, for her patience and support of our cause. 

    A donation of $1,650.00 was given to Judy MacDuff of the Haliburton Foodbank on Friday, September 10th.  Watch the local paper for a forthcoming story on the drive.

  • 2021-07-30 9:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bell has notified some customers around Koshlong that they are experiencing problems with their tower in Donald. An increased number of customers has slowed the speed of internet, but in addition, connections may be dropped entirely when your Bell cellular internet device (eg, a Turbo-Hub) switches between LTE and 3G.

    If you are having this problem and haven’t reported it, please do as so at 1-800-667-0123. The more complaints received, the greater pressure on Bell to remedy the problem. If you have previously reported a problem, you maybe eligible for a refund for the time your service has been disrupted/ malfunctioning. This is known to go back to at least May 23, 2021.

  • 2021-07-15 10:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At the KLA's AGM in June, members raised concerns regarding misuse of Crown Land around Koshlong lake to Mayor Dave Burton and Deputy Mayor Cecil Ryal. Specifically, members have encountered excessive gunfire and litter in a portion of Crown Land on the south side of the lake; the disturbing noise and waste are significantly impacting cottagers' and campers' safety and comfort.

    The issue was profiled on the front page of today's Haliburton Highlander, featuring comments from several KLA members and Director Mike Palmer, and was accompanied by an editorial on page 8.

    Full Issue - July 15 Highander

    Carol Moffat, Councillor for Algonquin Highlands, also presented this letter to Haliburton County Council on June 16. She points out that "the changing use of Crown Land falls between the jurisdictional cracks of municipalities, OPP and MNRF."

    If you encounter problems on Crown Land near your property, we encourage you to report to the OPP by calling 911 or 1-800-310-1122 immediately so action can be taken by the proper authorities.

    The KLA will continue to advocate with local representatives, the OPP and the MNRF for effective action on this issue. Please contact us if you would like to be involved in the effort.

  • 2021-07-09 4:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you picked up the current issue of Cottage Life? The KLA's Fire prevention program is profiled on page 23 - check it out!

  • 2021-07-09 8:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hydro One will be replacing 4 submarine cables this year that will affect Koshlong Lake. The scheduled window is between July 10th and October 10th. No exact date is known yet as it depends on a number of factors:

    • Weather conditions.
    • Dates approved by the MNR.
    • Lake depth at different times in the year.
    • Delivery of the cables.
    • Scheduling equipment such as the cable barge and helicopter.

    The Koshlong lake Association board has requested that, if possible, the work be carried out after Labour day to avoid the busy summer season. Hydro One are considering the request but have to take into account all the other factors noted above.

    Any power outages should be less than 4 hours, and Hydro One will notify customers as normal prior to the outage.

    The 4 cables being replaced are:

    1. Across the entrance to Telephone Bay to replace the cable that runs from the North Shore to 2563 Telephone Bay Road the Seymour property.
    2. From the end of Rockcliff to the first two cottages on Ripple Rock (1447 and 1493)
    3. Across the entrance to Bark Bay, the cable running from the end of Sapphire Drive to Ripple Rock Drive.
      >> This outage will affect 24 properties on Ripple Rock Drive, Arrowhead Drive and Cozy Lane.
      >> It will restrict boat traffic in and out of Bark Bay. It is expected to take one day but it also depends on any unforeseen issues.
    4. The overhead cable in Donald that crosses the Burnt River, it is to be replaced by a submerged cable. This cable replacement will affect the whole lake.

    Hydro One have provided us with as much information as they have available at this time. As more information and specifics become available, we will update this posting.

    (originally posted May 19, 2021)

  • 2021-06-18 9:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The fire ban that was enacted 3 weeks ago for Highlands East has been lifted. Please remember that daytime burning is not permitted during the summer season; learn more about area burning & fireworks regulations and fire safety practices.

  • 2021-06-01 1:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please note that as of today there is a TOTAL fire ban in effect for Highlands East - NO BURNING of any kind is allowed at this time, day or night, due to the very dry conditions and very high risk of small fires spreading out of control quickly. 

  • 2021-05-31 3:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At approximately 10:30 on Sunday morning, smoke was spotted coming from the Cannon property on Sapphire Drive. It was a grass and ground fire that was spreading rapidly due to very dry conditions and wind gusts.

    Using the three-blast alarm from the fire horns, neighbours were able alert other cottagers nearby who came to assist. The team employed two of the Koshlong fire pumps, and were able to bring the blaze under control by the time the Fire Department arrived.

    It was determined that the fire had spread from a campfire from the night before. Despite believing he had put the fire out that evening by dousing it with water, the fire reignited and worked its way through the root system. Unfortunately, there was no one at the cottage as they had left early in the morning for work.

    The owners were contacted and arrived after the fire was out. Naturally the whole family are upset and regret the circumstances. They are truly grateful to the lake community coming together to save their cottage and the surrounding trees. In appreciation they are purchasing two more fire pumps for the lake, one to be located on their property and the second to be placed in a location chosen by the KLA.

    Because of the very dry weather, receiving only a fraction of the normal rainfall for this time of year, the risk of fire is tremendously high! Please exercise extreme caution if you have a campfire:

    • Keep it small and abide by municipal restrictions on daytime burning
    • Pay attention to placement: choose rock or gravel as a foundation and avoid any combustible material like the humus created from leaves, moss, and pine needles
    • Have plenty of water on hand to be able to put out if there is a problem; the best solution is to have a garden hose close by so the fire and surrounding area can be completely soaked
    • Douse the fire completely when you have finished with it

    This incident is an important reminder that fire can take hold so easily and spread quickly, and we all need to be extra cautious! Learn more about the KLA fire safety program, how to prevent fires, and how to use the pumps, and remember to download and print the emergency procedures list and fire pump instructions and keep these in a visible place for you and your guests. If you would like a lesson in using the fire pump, please contact Mike Palmer or your fire captain. Any one of us at any time could be in a position of needing to act quickly to save property and lives!

    Tremendous thanks to all the who assisted:

    • Tracy and Maggie Smith
    • Andrew and Pronica Janikowski
    • Barb Holland and Mike Palmer
    • Ashley Ritchie
    • Peter Farmer, Brian Dorney and Paul Lewis
    • Mike Wigmor

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