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Township By-Law Enforcement

The Township has recently produced a 2-page summary regarding their by-laws and the enforcement procedures.  This covers noise, tree cutting, ATV usage as well as many more areas.  A copy of that summary can be found here -TML By-Law. Enforcement TML By-Law. Enforcement

Consider posting a copy in your cottage.

 

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Letter to Ministry of the Environment - Torrance Barrens

Concerns regarding illegal activities, accumulation of garbage and failing infrastructure of the Torrance Barrens and Hardy Lake Parks prompt the Muskoka Ratepayers to write Minister Yurek. Upon receipt, a reply from Minister Yurek, it will be added  -  Read more about Letter to Ministry of the Environment - Torrance Barrens

Township Watch - September 2020

Township to review reserve targets for future budgets and establish protocols for multi-year budgets. Winter initiative being put forth for those in Muskoka Lakes. Which community centres will re-open following COVID-19 closures and how. StratCorp provides Council with refined values, goals and key performance indicators. Some feel public safety is still a concern at the power plant in Bala. Township appoints an Acting Chief Building Official. Camel Lake subdivision agreement passed unanimously. Legacy Cottages condominium agreement moved forward to Council with no discussion as period for court appeal still open. Two proposed new cell towers in Muskoka. Julie Stevens appointed Chief Administrative Officer of the District of Muskoka. Manager of Planning at the Township resigns.  -  Read more about Township Watch - September 2020

Township Watch - August 2020

Restoration of Portage Landing Park delayed to spring 2021. Speed sign requested for Bala. The KEE withdraws outdoor events request. Township of Muskoka Lakes re-opens cautiously. The Barrens are being mis-used. Township Commercial Resort Policy to be reviewed concurrently with the District, not jointly. Are boathouses being used for more than marine storage? Township new Strategic Plan meetings reviewed. Port Sandfield bridge being closed nightly and for a two week complete closure.  -  Read more about Township Watch - August 2020

Township Watch - July 2020

Discussions resume regarding parking on Currie Street in Bala. Deferral of late fees on property taxes not extended. Fire Department has an average response time of 15 minutes and 16 seconds, and other satistics. Request to remove resort commercial applications from District staff. Council votes to support the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit mask mandate. Strategic Plan meetings to resume via ZOOM. Township to remain status quo with meeting being held electronically as they re-open. Application for outdoor events at The KEE deferred. Committee votes to add “resort policies” to the Official Plan Review. Standard “conditions” suggested on all condominium agreements within the Township of Muskoka Lakes. Township loses further staff members.  -  Read more about Township Watch - July 2020

Township Watch - June 2020

Township embarks on an asset management plan. Closure of the Port Sandfield bridge. Littering by-law to be researched. The KEE to Bala “contingency plan” for the summer of 2020, includes many outdoor events. Swift River Energy Limited to terminate lease of Township lands. Curbside pick-up in Port Carling defeated. Joint Official Plan policy review for Minett update & $30,000.00 approved for a consultant. Delegation of consent approvals to staff defeated. Township staff ~ new hire, new title and those leaving. Grass runway at the Muskoka Airport closed for 2020. Michael Duben resigns as District CAO.  -  Read more about Township Watch - June 2020

Delegating at Council

Have something to say? Want to tell Council what you think? Here's how.  -  Read more about Delegating at Council

Going to Muskoka?

05/15/20 - Updated - Going to Muskoka - A dilemma. Should we go to the cottage on the long weekend - or should we not?  -  Read more about Going to Muskoka?

Ratepayers Comments on 2020 Budget

As part of the Township’s budgeting process, comments and suggestions on the proposed budget are solicited from the community. You can read our submission here.  -  Read more about Ratepayers Comments on 2020 Budget

Muskoka Etiquette

A set of suggestions to live by  -  Read more about Muskoka Etiquette

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