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4 Georgina council decisions you may have missed

Find out about Jackson’s Point Harbour slips, Chippewas of Georgina Island reserve lands, off-roading and the Pefferlaw Dam
Feb.22, 2021

Here are four Georgina council meeting decisions you may have missed:

Jackson’s Point Harbour seasonal slips:
Harbour slip fees, excluding transient slips, are subject to a two-to-three per cent increase for 2021 and 2022.

Seasonal slips range from $960 to $1,915 based on the size of the vessel.

The town is also transitioning five of eight existing transient slips to seasonal slip assignments using a lottery-style process for this season.

The harbour will be open under the same COVID-19 safety provisions and restrictions as last year, including maintaining physical distancing, gatherings are prohibited on the dock; and limited staff availability.

The deadline to apply for a transient slip is Feb. 26.

A report is expected later this year on the Jackson’s Point Harbour through the waterfront master plan process.

Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation reserve lands:
The town is supporting the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation application to Indigenous Affairs Canada to add reserve lands.

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The five sites amounting to about 250 acres are on the mainland near Virginia and are zoned rural.

The process is in the beginning stages and could result in a municipal services agreement between the town, and the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation regarding fire and emergency services and water and wastewater services.

The adding to reserve land application includes the following sites:

7522 Black River Rd.;

1 Bayvista Lane;

33 Lyall Lane;

15 Hadden Rd.; and

3856 Baseline Rd.

Off-roading prohibited on town roads:
Georgina is not included in the list of municipalities where provincial roadways are posted with a speed of 80 km/h. In those rural municipalities -- unless prohibited by individual municipal bylaws -- off-road vehicles are permitted on provincial roadways.

Currently, off-road vehicles are illegal on town roads.

Pefferlaw Dam ownership:
The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority passed a motion to discontinue operation of the Pefferlaw Dam by the end of 2021 and transfer ownership and maintenance to the town, along with the Pefferlaw Dam Conservation Area.

According to Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority reports, the dam is in need of immediate repair costing upwards of about $620,000, which does not include staff time or design work.