Today the residents of Dennis Township South (Red Rock, Pebble Beach) voted on the Dissolution of the Local Services Board. (LSB)
131 votes were submitted in total.
To Dissolve LSB – 89
To Maintain LSB – 41
Spoiled ballot – 1
The Board would like to thank all those that participated in the vote and special thanks to Donna Holmberg, Glenna Malleau for sign in and Ken Lavoie, Larry Masters counters, Tammi Stevenson and Laura Coccimiglio as scrutinizers.
Earlier Story Published: Oct 21, 2017 @ 06:34
On Monday, October 23rd the residents and landowners of Dennis Township South will hold a vote to keep their fledgling LSB or dissolve it.
The LSB received governmental approval last November. Its main goal was to bring 911 and basic fire equipment into the Township. There is no responding fire department for structural fires.
The 2016-17 Board, led by Laura Coccimiglio, received notice from Bell Telephone that they would change their 911 installation policy regarding the necessary fire component so that Dennis Township South could qualify for complete 911 installation. Sections of the Township would have their own stocked sheds of basic fire equipment that would be accessible to landowners with an organised group assisting. The intention was to stop a fire from spreading. The Township does not have the population or budget, which is $66.00/year/landowner, to accommodate anything bigger.
For the past 4 years the Red Rock Volunteers has raised much of the money needed to finance both 911 and fire equipment. The Board was ready to proceed with the first requirement which was to have the area GIS mapped.
The 1962 Planning Act required 4 ½ acres of waterfront property be set aside to give the 65 lots, that existed at the time, water access and the basic right to be on the land for brief periods of time. This was done through easements. The 2016-17 Board arranged to have title turned over to the Township so that Federal and Provincial grants to develop the property would provide some return from increasing Provincial Land Taxes.
Shortly after the New Year two seasonal residents, Dave Poluck and Lorna Rudolph, formed the Dennis Township South Association of Ratepayers (DTSAR). The goal of DTSAR is to dissolve the LSB. A fire presentation in April left residents with the impression a full-service fire department was planned and cost prohibitive.
DTSAR also advocated that the cost of bringing 911 in was too much and the Township could always manage with just the phone numbers of each individual service requested in an emergency.
DTSAR objected to developing the land set aside in 1962 and/or title transferred to the Township. Residents were erroneously given the impression that they could sell their easement and unfortunately thought their easements had been cancelled with the transfer.
As always, no one likes to pay taxes. Even though an LSB is the one “governing” body that advocates for a community and works in the best interests of its community, there will always be those that feel any tax money paid is too much.
In August the Dennis Township South LSB held elections. The DTSAR group was elected. They hope to dissolve the LSB which means that 911 installation will be halted, plans and equipment to try and contain a fire and maintain an emergency plan will cease. Also, the 4 ½ acres will likely end up in government control. Provincial Land Taxes, with increases, will continue with little opportunity to recoup anything for the Township through grants.
A vote will be held Monday (the 23rd) at Holy Trinity Church from 1-7 p.m. A “No” vote is in favour of keeping the LSB. A “yes” vote is in favour of dissolving the LSB.
Please see David Poluck’s response to this letter in the comments section below.