Public Notices

 

 
 
PUBLIC NOTICE: TEMPORARY PARKING REDUCTION ON WATER ST
April 21, 2017 | Public Notices

The construction fencing at 175 St. Lawrence Street has been temporarily moved to accommodate for interior works to be completed onsite.  As a result, there is a parking reduction on the north side of Water Street between Kate Street and Market Street, however the parking lot at Joel Stone Park remains available. It is anticipated that the fencing will be moved mid-May.  

 

 

PLAYHOUSE AND TOWN REACH AGREEMENT TO PRESERVE DOCK
April 20, 2017 | Public Notices
The Thousand Islands Playhouse (TIP) and the Town of Gananoque are pleased to announce that an agreement has been made to retain the L-shaped dock on Charles Street South.
 
At a meeting on Tuesday, April 18, Town Council voted to accept TIP’s decision to take ownership of the L-shaped dock.
 
The water lot was not included in the previous capital facilities agreement signed by TIP and the Town in 2014, therefore it was unclear who was responsible for the maintenance and liability of the adjacent dock. Over the past few months, TIP and Town staff have worked together to find a solution that will keep the dock afloat for many more years to come.
The Thousand Islands Playhouse staff confirmed that the dock will be repaired and ready to go for the upcoming season.
 
“The outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming,” says TIP’s General Manager Brett Christopher. “Clearly, the dock is much more than a place to tie up a boat. It is a symbol of the Town’s deep history and connection with the river.”
 
The heritage venue and its renowned L-dock have been the cultural heartbeat of the community for over a century. Built in 1909, the facility served as the Gananoque Canoe Club and the area’s dance hall before finding new life as Canada’s dockside theatre.
 
Today, the dock provides public access to the river, seasonal docking for local boaters, as well as transient spots for theatregoers.
 
“The Town is pleased to have been able to come to an agreement that works for both parties,” said Mayor Demchuk. “We are happy to have this issue resolved, especially in time for the 2017 summer season.”
 
For media inquiries, please contact:
Emily McMahon                                                              Shellee Fournier
Marketing Manager, Thousand Islands Playhouse              CAO, Town of Gananoque
emily@1000islandsplayhouse.com                                   sfournier@gananoque.ca
613-382-7086 ext. 23                                                      613-382-2149 ext. 1113
DAYCARE INFORMATION
April 11, 2017 | Public Notices
To Parents of Child Care United and Concerned Gananoque Residents,
 
On March 9th 2017, the Town of Gananoque became responsible for the former Kinsmen Hall. The Town’s first priorities were to open new hydro, gas and utility accounts, purchase insurance for the building, and approach the Daycare to discuss its occupancy.
 
The Town sought advice from its lawyer regarding the matter of the daycare being occupants of the building. The lawyer’s advice was to put into place a short term agreement so that neither party would be exposed in the short term. The Town’s intent for a short term lease, is exactly that, to put something in place immediately while the Town and the Daycare work out longer term arrangements at a later date. The Town proposed a six month term. This was a suggestion only and was open for discussion. The Town’s CAO was to meet with the Daycare to discuss these proposed terms on March 27th 2017 at 4:30pm at Town Hall. It was expected that during this meeting the daycare would accept and/or counter propose alternate terms. Unfortunately, the Daycare representatives canceled that meeting.
 
Since that time, there has been much misinformation distributed regarding the Child Care United and the Town of Gananoque with regards to the proposed lease and the Town’s intent. It is not typical that the Town negotiates terms of a lease agreement publicly; however final documents do become public documents.
 
It needs to be made clear that that Town wishes to work with the Daycare to create a short term lease. Unfortunately the daycare has advised that they will not be meeting with Town staff, but rather that their lawyer, Michael Johnston would be negotiating terms. To date, the Town has not heard from Mr. Johnston.
 
Another area of misinformation is the proposed amount of rent in the agreement. The draft agreement given to the Daycare has a rental amount of $1/year and the Town is looking for the daycare to contribute $500/month that will go into a capital reserve to repair/replace capital items directly associated with the daycare’s square footage portion of the building. This would cover the replacement of the aging heating system, air conditioning units, windows, etc.
 
The Town financially contributes towards the subsidization of childcare for low income families via the portion of money it gives to the Counties. Town Council also approved a $10,000 contribution from the Community Grants program in 2015 towards the play structure for the children at Child Care United.
 
To summarize, the Town sees the Daycare as a valued and integral part of the community and hopes that the Daycare representatives will take the time to meet with Town staff as soon as possible to start the discussion around the terms of the lease agreement that will be agreeable to both parties.
 
For more information contact:
Shellee Fournier
CAO
Town of Gananoque
30 King Street East, Box 100
Gananoque, Ontario K7G 2T6
613-382-2149 ext. 1113
PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY TO THE GARDEN STREET PARKING LOT TO BE CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION
April 6, 2017 | Public Notices
Gananoque, ON: Beginning the week of April 10, 2017 the walkway located between King Street East and Coopers Alley, adjacent the properties of 138 King Street East and 140-146 King Street East, will the closed.
 
The purpose of the closure will be to undertake upgrades to the walkway. The
Town will be removing the existing concrete and pavement to prepare for the installation of new interlock.
 
It is anticipated that the walkway will be closed until the end of April. Intermittent closures may occur thereafter to finalize the project. The Town thanks the public for its patience while we make these improvements to the downtown core.
TOWN OF GANANOQUE & CHILD CARE UNITED DAYCARE NEGOTATING A SHORT TERM LEASE OF THE FORMER KINSMEN BUILDING
April 5, 2017 | Public Notices

Gananoque, ON: On March 9th, 2017, the Kinsmen Club abandoned their building located at 400 Stone Street North.  As a result, the lease agreement between the Kinsmen and the Daycare became null and void.  Because the Town owns the land under the building, the building became the property of the Town.

It is not in the best interests of the Town or the Daycare to be owning/occupying a building without any agreed upon terms or conditions.  To that end, the Town is working with the Daycare to craft a short-term lease agreement that abides by the Municipal Act with regards to its anti-bonusing provisions.  The Town has provided the Daycare with a draft agreement for their consideration and looks forward to their timely response to the Town’s proposal.

At the Town Council meeting held last night, Mayor Erika Demchuk expressed Town Council’s desire to work with the Daycare to come to an agreement and assured the public that Town Council recognizes the Daycare as an important and valued organization in the community. 

CANADIAN FORCES BASE KINGSTON, ENGINEERING FIELD EXERCISE
March 16, 2017 | Public Notices

Gananoque, ON: On March 21st, 2017, Construction and Combat Engineering students from Canadian Forces Base Kingston, will be participating in a field exercise in Gananoque. Students will be in military uniform, and also wearing high-visibility safety vests during the exercise. Canadian Armed Forces Construction and Combat Engineers provide mobility support to friendly forces across the globe. During this exercise, students will be taking measurements, collecting material data and classifying some of our bridges such as the King Street Bridge as well as the adjacent King Street Pedestrian Bridge to evaluate their loading capacity to determine which types of military vehicles could cross them. Traffic flow will not be affected during this exercise.

The Town of Gananoque is pleased to be able to host this training exercise for students from the Canadian Forces Base Kingston and wish them the best.