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  • 2022-06-09 12:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This spring, Koshlong members whose property lies in Highlands East reported that they had been turned away from the landfill/waste transfer facilities located in Dysart, despite a previous agreement that allowed Koshlong lake owners to use those facilities. After consulting with Cec Ryall and Dave Burton, the KLA was told that Koshlong Lake residents would be receiving GREEN dump cards granting them access to all Dysart facilities. Some Koshlongers have already received theirs, but others have not -- if you are among them, we will be posting instructions here very soon about how to get yours - please stay tuned!

  • 2021-12-23 12:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please be aware that a young moose (1-2 years old) has been lingering in the vicinity of Turtle Rock Lane for about 2 weeks now, and coming quite close to cars, people and homes. She has also been spotted on Universal Road and may wander over toward Koshlong Lake road, so PLEASE USE CAUTION driving or walking in these areas! Although she is magnificent and we enjoy seeing her so close, she is still a wild animal and can move quickly.

    The moose appears to have little fear of humans. Residents have been in contact with the ministry and with rescue agencies, who advise she may be sick or may have been previously fed by humans. All agree her lack of fear of people and pets is unhealthy for all parties involved, and all of us will be safer if she can re-learn that humans are dangerous, and retreat deeper into the woods.

    If you encounter her, please:

    1. DO NOT FEED her; it is normal for moose to be hungry in winter, but hay and feed are bad for her digestion, and feeding her will only reinforce her trust in humans; although she may be sick, and may begin to starve, we are advised to let nature take its course;
    2. Keep yourself at a safe distance – she has displayed no aggression, but again, if she is sick, she may become erratic, and we have seen her move quickly when she wants to;
    3. IF IT IS SAFE TO DO SO, try to scare her off and do what you can to remind her that humans are not her friends -- we have found car alarms/horns do have some effect on getting her to move.

    If you notice her displaying aggression toward humans, or beginning to pace in very tight circles, please contact the KLA so we can notify the authorities. And remember to keep a lookout on the roads and drive safely!

    Happy holidays everyone. May you stay healthy and warm, and may 2022 bring us all together again!

  • 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.

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