Membership is open to ALL residents, taxpayers and business owners in the Township of Muskoka Lakes. We pride ourselves on timely communications with our members. We strive to keep them informed on what is going on in the Township that effects them directly or indirectly.
The Township has now completed a number of meetings concerning this year's budget, including one where public input was sought. The most current draft of the budget is available here - Budget - Draft 4 . This is the "final" draft that Council is hoping to pass at its meeting on February 17.
If you are a Member of the Ratepayers' you should have received our commentary on the budget. Why not consider joining?
The MRA has been researching the use of "bubblers" for since 2015, and have posted a number of articles (News --> Environment). Recently, Jim Boyd, an MRA Director, has been interviewed by CTV News and CBC's Ontario Morning. The CTV interview may be found at CTV News - Bubbler Concerns. We are hoping to publish the CBC interview shortly.
Jim will also be making a presentation to the Muskoka Mayors in March, and we will post that as well.
Information for joining the MRA or renewing your existing membership can be found under the Membership menu item above.
During the past year, Council has heard more delegations around the Bala Falls Hydro Project, a Working Group was formed, approvals were sought, and a lease was signed. If all proceeds as planned, work on the hydro plant will start following reconstruction of the bridges on Muskoka Road 169 currently underway. For more details, please read the full article The Muskoka Ratepayers’ Association has not in the past, nor do we now, take a position for or against the proposed small hydro plant at Bala Falls. Since the proposal first surfaced in 2005, it has been the subject of countless environmental and technical studies, public meetings, delegations to Councils, and consultant reports. Its progress through the labyrinth of approvals has been well considered and reviewed by both provincial and municipal political and administrative levels over a lengthy period of time. Its cost to the taxpayer has been significant. - - Read more about Bala Falls - Small Hydro Electric Project - 2017
Updates in Touchstone, North Bala Falls Small Hydro Project, Heritage, Clear Lake Road Alternate Route Study, Hanna Park Winter Skating Rink/Trail, a Microbrewery in Torrance, a Ward Boundaries/Council Composition Review, and regulation of the Fire Department. - Read more about Township Watch - November 2016
Mayor Furniss launches civil proceeding against Councillor Nishikawa over Conflict of Interest - Read more about Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
October, November, December is the time of year that waterfront property owners with boathouses and docks start up their "Bubbler" systems it seems. The Muskoka Ratepayers' Association has been researching the use of these "Ice-away" devices and the need for their prudent use. The MRA feel the need, the intensity and the safety of using these systems was worthy of our comments being published. Please click on De-Icer Systems which will discuss our Best Suggested Practices. . - Read more about Best Suggested Operating Practices for Dock & Boat House De-icer Systems
Many thanks to all of you who joined us for our Annual General Meeting on July 16. The feed back has been great and we trust it was of benefit to you. A summary of the meeting will be posted in the next few days.
Also, thanks to all of you who renewed your memberships. If you have not done so yet, please consider doing so.
To Renew your Membership or to Join the Muskoka Ratepayers' Association
TML - COA
Mar 15, 2017 9:00am to 9:00pm
TML - COW
Mar 16, 2017 9:00am to 12:00pm
TML - Council
Mar 17, 2017 9:00am to 12:00pm