Township to repair airport hangar
By Chad Ingram
The following are brief reports of items discussed during a July 18 meeting of Algonquin Highlands council.
Algonquin Highlands will make repairs to a large commercial hangar at the Stanhope Airport, a hangar known as Hangar D, before the space can be rented out to new clients.
An inspection of the hangar – built larger than the airport’s other hangars at 2,500 square feet in order to attract commercial operations – revealed a couple of issues that need to be dealt with before the space can be rented out.
A staff report shows the heat pump/air conditioning unit will need to be replaced at an estimated cost of $5,500 plus taxes. In addition, leaks in the roof of the hangar have caused damage to the building’s insulation, and mould has also been discovered on the insulation. Once the insulation is removed, staff are recommending use of a spray foam insulation material. The township will put out a tender for that work, with bids coming back to council.
The hangar leases for approximately $9,500 a year and has been vacant since January.
Energy management plan
Council adopted an energy management plan for the township for the years 2019 through 2024. The plans, mandated by the province, track energy consumption in an effort to reduce it. The plan shows that in Algonquin Highlands, more than half of municipal electricity consumption is generated by its municipal offices in combination with the Dorset Recreation Centre.
“If you look at the very bottom line, our use has increased,” said chief administrative officer Angie Bird. However, Bird stressed the township has constructed a new public works garage and that requirements for the new plan meant including buildings that were not included before.
The energy management plans from each of Haliburton County’s four lower-tier townships will feed into a climate change plan that is being undertaken by the county.
Newhook appointed clerk
Councillors voted to appoint Dawn Newhook as the new municipal clerk for Algonquin Highlands. Newhook has most recently held the position of clerk with the Township of Minden Hills, and was previously employed by Algonquin Highlands. Matt Gower, who had been clerk in Algonquin Highlands for the past couple of years, took a job with the Town of Bracebridge this spring.