News and Information

Fire Season - April 1 to October 31

Daytime burning is not allowed without a permit. Please see Minden Hills website for burning regulations.

Smoke Alarms

All Ontario homes, cottages, cabins and sesonal homes must have working smoke alarms on every storey and

outside all sleeping areas.


EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, the township of Minden Hills will accept Electronic waste from its ratepayers at both

the Scotch Line Landfill Site and at the Irondale Landfill Site.



What's Going On?

Emmett Yeo - City of Kawartha Lakes - Councillor Ward 2 -Fall 2017
Hello all, I hope everyone had a great summer, (what little summer it felt like we had) and have
enjoyed a wonderful fall season.

This time next year we will be at the height of the municipal election and there are a few
changes to look for. The big change will be the reduction of Ward Councillors from 16 to 8, this
will certainly require a full time commitment for the new Council as it is a massive "City" with a
varying community needs. The other big change will be in the way you vote, as the next
election will be entirely online or by telephone vote; this should encourage a greater voter

The Dam at Norland is finally operational and should be supplying the area with Green
power and financial returns for years to come. The developers worked closely with the Norland
Horticultural Society to 'spruce' it up and it looks great.

The Coboconk, Norland and Area Chamber of Commerce have been busy helping out
various groups and businesses in the area as well as taking on a major docking project in both
towns to provide safer and better docking for those who wish to do their business by water.
There are new docks at the Lions Park and Mill Pond in Coboconk and at the Cenotaph
(Riverside) Park in Norland. Also coming as part of this project is a new and improved Boat
Launch and floating dock at Government Dock Road in Norland. The Chamber of Commerce
would like to remind you if you have a business you run from the cottage we would love to
have you join us and take advantage of some of the rewards of being a member, while
investing a little back into our beautiful area.

Have a great winter season we would love to see you on the trails!

Emmett Yeo
Ward 2 Councillor

Pam Sayne - Minden Hills Councillor Ward 2 - Fall 2017

Thanks again for the opportunity to keep community members informed.
Here are a few items to highlight though it does not sum up the activities of myself or the Municipality in work going forward.

Along with other community members, I am working with Parks Canada as they removed the rollers and closed the historical Moore Falls portage without notice. In September, I organized and led a meeting between Parks Canada and the Ministry of Transportation which include some knowledgeable community members as well. At this point the Ministry of Transportation has put up portage warning signs on the highway as people are portaging this dangerous highway stretch. There is some discussion about lowering the speed limit at this location as well. Signs are not an acceptable solution but a needed warning for drivers as people are crossing the highway to portage. In our September meeting Parks Canada and MTO agreed to meet and discuss a short-term solution for next summer and a long-term solution for portaging between Moore Lake and Gull Lake. We will be holding the follow-up meeting in November.

Also, I am working to improve Lutterworth Park. You will be seeing budgeted improvements to our Park, just across from the portage area (at the end of Pacific Road). Drainage is a problem here too. The Municipality Dept. is planning on adding fill to raise the area. In my meetings with MTO they agreed to assist with drainage improvements to reduce flooding of the park from Highway run off. It would be great to have community picnics there each summer.

Council is undertaking a Community Economic Development Plan which will begin shortly. Your input into this plan is important to make it a Minden Hills community owned and led plan. This will assure it will continue through any Council changes. Please keep an eye on the Municipal website for your opportunities to contribute your thoughts, ideas, needs and visions.

Mandatory septic inspections are expected to begin this spring. Watch the website for information on how this will roll out in our community. I am suggesting that anyone that has their approved tank pumped in the last say 2 years, and has a certificate from a OBC certified inspector (company doing the pumping), informing that it is in good working condition, would not be on the immediate list for the mandatory inspection. Such tanks would be scheduled for the next year. There are about 5,600 inspections to be completed. This systematic approach would help stagger the inspections. Your thoughts as we tackle this environmental concern to our drinking and lake water quality?

As well as the monthly Council meetings I am continuing my work on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Housing Task Force, on the Planning and Development Committee, and the Housing Task Force.

In addition, I continue to Chair the Climate Change Action Committee of Council which I initiated. The environmental and energy aspects of our mandate overlaps with the other Municipalities and County. We are now in discussion with others throughout the County to develop strategy to address changing environmental and energy efficiency concerns that affect us across the region.

There are many community events through this winter season so plan some outings and enjoy!
I am enjoying serving the community with all the challenges.
Thank you!
Pam Sayne
Ward 2 Councillor, Minden Hills

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