ACLA Coordinators Meeting
May 15, 2004
St.Joseph's Church, Kingsbridge
- Amberley: Dave Cooper, Nigel Bellchamber, Carolyn Carter
- Bogies: Allen Trow
- Cedar Grove: Rod Dervis
- Green Acres: Bill Parsons
- Horizon View: Audry and Roly Bourbonniere
- Huron Sands: Dan Congdon, Roger Watt
- Huron Sands North: Heinz Puhlmann
- Huron Shores: Irene Howard
- Kintail: John Moore, Frank Sleinbach
- Lakeland Estates: Tom Chauvin, Wess Sommers
- Linfield: Harry and Judy Cieslar
- Maple Grove: Bob Houston
- Mid-Huron: Mike McKeon, Beth Ross
- Port Albert: Glen Gardner
- Port Albert North: Mike McElhone
- Shamrock: Bruce Robertson
- Sunset: Barb and Eric Holmes
- (unspecified): Grant Chisholm
ACLA Business Session
- Minutes of 2003-09-06 meeting approved.
- Treasurer's Report (Carolyn Carter) -- Financial
statement distributed. Program expenses are depleting the fund balance.
Will seek $15/member contribution for 2005 from each cottage
- Steering Committee (Dave Cooper) -- Could use a few more volunteers
to distribute the work.
- Next meeting -- tentatively set for August 28.
- Guests from ACW Council: Ben VanDiepenbeck (Reeve),
Doug Fines (Colborne ward), Marilyn Miltenberg (Ashfield ward)
- Source Water Protection (Nigel Bellchamber) -- A commission
has been formed as a consequence of the O'Connor "Walkerton" inquiry, to
make recommendations to the Minister of the Environment. There are three
committees (technical, nutrient management, implementation). It is
expected that it will take 2 to 3 years to develop the plan, and 5 to 10
years to implement all aspects of it.
- Beach Water Testing (Harry Cieslar) -- Huron County Health Unit says
the data from the past 10 years indicates no major changes. The Unit has
hired two students for this summer's testing program, which is the most
extensive ever done in Ontario ... it will do all 20 public-area beaches,
at least 2 times and as much as 5 times a week. Plans also include use of
information from satellite maps of pollution outflows.
- Taxes (Dave Cooper) -- County and Township spending has
increased significantly over the last 4 years. Due to the increasing
selling prices of cottage properties, the tax base is shifting to the
- ACW garbage collection -- Changes have been made to transfer points
in Horizon View, Huron Shores, Port Albert, and Sharpes Creek.
- Stream and DNA testing (Mike McElhone) -- The 2003 stream-testing
report will be added to the ACLA website; testing will continue this
summer. The DNA-testing news release got local, provincial, and national
coverage; will have a proposal for the September meeting as to how best to
- Wind turbines (Heinz Puhlmann) -- Canadian Renewable Energy
Corporation is preparing to construct about 40 wind turbines at 500m
intervals along a N-S line through Ashfield and Colborne wars about 500m
inland of the lake.
- Gas Storage (Heinz Puhlmann) -- The Port Albert natural-gas well is
depleted and the site will be used as underground storage.
- ACW Council update (Ben VanDiepenbeck) -- This year's 3% tax increase
was necessary to meet costs. The trend to increasing lakefront
property-assessment values is not something Council can control. The cost
to cottagers to pay ACW for maintenance on unassumed roads may be more
than the cost of upgrading the road in order to have ACW assume
maintenance. Those interested in receiving a cost estimate are invited to
contact the ACW office.