Kettleby: a request for demolition

On 2/25 Council agenda there is a report recommending that Council give notice to designate a property at 446 Kettleby Road in Kettleby.  The report is lengthy which is appropriate given the importance of the issue.  As reviewed the Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) of which I am a member has recommended designation.  This recommendation is in essence a response to the fact that the property owner has applied to demolish the property; upon consideration, including assessments by heritage professionals HAC determined that the property has cultural heritage value and meets the criteria of the Ontario Heritage Act for designation.  Here is the staff report and here are the numerous attachments to the report.

Its a very serious choice for Council.  As reviewed HAC is of the opinion that the property merits designation because of its contextual value, its historical value and its architectural design.  Per the Act designation requires only that one of these three criteria need to met; 446 Kettleby has value in all 3 categories to some degree.  Page 80 of 94 in the attachments elaborates on this but briefly:  i) The property is  important in defining and maintaining the character of the the historic hamlet.  ii) It was built in 1868. iii) It was occupied by one of the craftsmen in that early village, namely a carpenter.  As was typical of the time he lived and worked on his property but to clarify his workshop is no longer there. iv) Its vernacular architecture  is still very evident.

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Appreciating Our Volunteers

Nominations for formally recognizing individuals who are making a positive impact on our community are now being accepted. There are several categories of awards.  Here is the criteria.  For 2019 there has been a modification to the Special Recognition Award:  there is a new subcategory which allows for recognition of those who do not live within King Township but are enhancing the quality of our community with their volunteer efforts.  I am delighted that this change has been made as I know that there are people who are very active in community groups who do not live in King.  Nominations must be submitted by March 15.  Here is criteria and and here is the nomination form.

And…mark on your calendar that we will be celebrating those selected for the awards on Thursday, April 25.

Parking Permits: new option

Temporary on-street parking permits are now available for events such as overnight guests, deliveries, or driveway repairs.  Council approved the recommendation from Staff to introduce this service.  The permit is free.  Read here the scope of the permit e.g. how many will be issued in one year, necessity to abide by winter parking restrictions etc.

Feb. 12 Budget Meeting Cancelled

Due to worsening weather the budget meeting scheduled for 2/12 is cancelled.  Alternate date to be determined.  Other dates are not changed.

How To Spend Your Tax Dollars

The 2019 budget is underway.  Answer the survey to indicate your choice of priorities.  The link takes you to a survey.

To participate in the survey you need to register with speaking.ca. If you haven’t done so you can easily do so when you click on the link provided above.  As I reported earlier this is an this is an engagement tool we have launched.  Currently when you access it you can answer the survey on the budget; you can also provide input to the “refresh” for the Sustainability Plan.  I encourage you to register and be engaged with what is being planned for your community.

Budget Public Consultations

The budget process includes a survey of residents’ priorities, public consultations where presentations will be made reviewing preliminary assumptions and feedback to date and discussions in Council meetings.  1st public consultation is Tuesday, Feb. 12 7-9pm at Municipal Centre.  Here is full schedule.  (Note:  this schedule information is also on the speaking.ca budget page.) If you are interested in understanding which services and programmes will be provided by the Township and  how your property tax dollars are spent, this is the time to get involved.  If you can’t make it to the Feb. 12 consultation there is another one on Feb. 20 in Nobleton.