Northeast Town Council Notes

Northeast Town sells remaining subdivision lots

Council received an unconditional cash offer from Adam Callaghan of Manitoulin Design Homes of $85,000 for five lots in its Hayward Street subdivision.

CAO Dave Williamson said the municipality did not recommend placing a time limit on when construction had to be complete, considering the pandemic and the conditions placed on new construction, but said he had assurances from Mr. Callaghan that construction would begin as soon as he can get a building permit.

When contacted by The Expositor, Mr. Callaghan said he would be building five single-family homes to sell at an affordable price.

Mayor’s report

Mayor Al MacNevin began his weekly report to council by noting his May 1 press release calling on the province to intervene with M’Chigeeng’s highway checkpoints. The mayor said he had planned on speaking to Ogimaa-kwe Linda Debassige directly following the weekly Wednesday meeting of Manitoulin’s political leaders and health officials on April 29 but that she was not on the call, hence the press release.

The mayor said that following the release he received lots of feedback, both positive and negative.

Councillor Laurie Cook asked if the Northeast Town had yet to receive any feedback from the province. The mayor responded that as of the meeting time (Tuesday evening), he had not.

The mayor also noted the call from the United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising to form an Island-wide committee to deal with the pandemic and said he would like to be a part of the group.

The mayor also said he is continuing to receive calls from Northeast Town residents who are “collateral damage” because of Whitefish River First Nation’s essential travel order and said Mr. Williamson is working with the residents to find a resolution to their problems. (These are McGregor Bay cottagers in Ward 1 whose normal water access point is one of the marinas on the McGregor Bay side of Birch Island, to which they are now denied access.)

Staff report

Mr. Williamson said construction on the municipality’s Connecting Link project will begin in the next couple of weeks. This project will include the resurfacing and replacement of curbs on Meredith Street, Worthington Street and Manitowaning Road, including upgrades to the sewer and water on Meredith Street.

The Green Bush Road project, to widen and hard surface the road and replace culverts, may be pushed off until July, the CAO told council.

A meeting on the lagoon expansion project was held on Thursday of last week.

Mr. Williamson also noted that the swim dock at Low Island has been raised by one foot with the Spider Bay Marina fuel dock also being raised as well as the downtown weir. The downtown finger docks were to be moved into place last week.

Mr. Williamson also spoke to council about the Welcome Centre, which has been vacated by its former tenant Destination Manitoulin Island. He told council that it’s important to have it up and running and providing information to the travelling public once restrictions are lifted in the province. The municipality will apply for 100 percent summer student funding from the federal government when that program becomes available.

Councillor Laurie Cook asked that recycling bins be placed downtown for those McGregor Bay residents who are utilizing the Port of Little Current for supplies and waste disposal. Mr. Williamson agreed.