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                                              A Message from the President

                                             April, 2018

 

We’re told that spring is in the air but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. This early ‘spring’ weather feels more like February than April. Surely some warm weather will soon arrive and we can start the ‘full on’ cottage season again.

This past year has been a busy one for the Balsam Lake Association. We have welcomed  9 new Board members in the past 18 months – some replacing retiring members and others adding representation to unserved areas in our lake community. We presently have 14 Board members and for the first time in our history, we have a representative from Grand Island who will represent all of the islands in our lake. You can find your representative on the ‘Our Board’ tab of this website. Feel free to contact them at any time through either our website,  our email address: (balsamlakeassociation@gmail.com) or our Facebook page: (https://www.facebook.com/BalsamLakeAssociation/ . Our Facebook page has lots of local information about our community so check it out at your convenience and be sure to ‘Like’ us while you are there.

About a year ago we were approached by the Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) regarding a potential gift of property from a private donor to KLT and asked if we would consider partnering with them to support this endeavour. There are some significant financial obligations associated with assuming this property and KLT asked us to work with them in bringing about this most exciting project. The property, some 660 acres,  is located on the French Settlement Road at the north end of Balsam Lake between QE II Provincial Park and the lake.  It provides a significant conservation corridor for wildlife moving north and south, along with outstanding geological features, forested areas and provincially protected wetlands for rare and endangered species. The Balsam Lake Association appreciates the importance of protecting this property and has agreed to work with KLT to secure the necessary funding to support this project. Over the coming months we will be working in the community to solicit that support so watch your local news media for events focussing on the Cation property project and come out and join us on a walking tour. You can find out more details at our booth at the Fresh Water summit the weekend of June 16th.

We have also undertaken a major initiative this past winter in developing a fact sheet around aquatic vegetation in our lake. You will see a copy of this fact sheet in your annual Balsam Lake Association Newsletter that should arrive at your door towards the end of May. Please take the time to read this sheet as you will find some valuable information on the subject along with some suggestions on what each of us can do promote a healthy lake.

And of course, its 2018 and we are heading towards both a provincial and municipal election. On the municipal front some major changes have taken place since the last election. Council has been reduced from 16 Councillors to 8 and the Ward boundaries have been adjusted to reflect this change. Be sure and check out the new boundaries at the CKL website:

http://kawartha.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=fa1a2e402ce9481dbfd185c1ff891ba6

This year voting will be done totally on line with no physical polling stations. This should greatly simplify the process for those of us who are not permanent residents on the lake. If you own property in CKL or are a tenant and 18 years of age, you are eligible to vote in this election. It’s this local government that sets your tax rates and delivers your municipal service. As waterfront property owners, we need to make our voices heard and this is an excellent opportunity to do that. Make sure your vote counts.

Enjoy your summer and we’ll see you at the Lake.

 

Bob Nixon

Presidemt - Balsam Lake Association