Round Lake Property Owners Association

Located in the Beautiful Ottawa Valley

Web Address: www.rlpoa.info email address: rlpoa.killaloe@gmail.com

Dear Member,

Message from Rob Norris, RLPOA President:

In light of this ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, your RLPOA Board would like to provide you with the following updates.

Membership Drive:

Our 2020 Membership drive, which usually includes a mail out to all property owners each year, will not occur this Spring. We greatly appreciate those members who have already purchased their 2020 membership. If you would still like to pay your 2020 membership, please do not mail in cheques and/or the membership sheet at this time. Instead, please pay your membership through FOCA, using the following steps:

Go to the www.foca.on.ca website:

1) Click on “Member Services” at the top of the page

2) From the drop down arrow click on "Membership Payment Processing"

3) Click on “RLPOA icon”

4) Click on “Add to Cart” - Fee is $21.00 (includes a $1.00 admin fee)

5) Proceed to checkout and complete "Billing Details" and credit card information.

As we have ongoing operating costs for 2020, we would ask members who do not pay their 2020 fees, to help us with these costs by paying for the 2020 and 2021 ($40.00) memberships next year. This is very much appreciated!

Cottage Handbook/Business Directory:

We will not be producing our 2020 Cottage Handbook Business Directory this year. We would ask that you refer to your 2019 Directory for required information on services.

Board Meetings/AGM:

As most of our members are over the age of 60, your RLPOA Board will practice social distancing and will not be planning to hold both Board meetings and our July AGM. We will continue to monitor and re-evaluate the evolving situation and possibly plan for a September/October AGM.

Boating Hazard Marker Program:

Rest assured, this valuable RLPOA Program will continue. Many thanks to Steve Grieveson, his coordinator Neil Mantifel and his many volunteers that help with this program.

AED Public Access Program:

Many thanks to those who stepped forward to help with financial donations for this program last year. Their contributions assisted us, KHR, and Renfrew County with the installation of 8 AED units in the community. Many thanks also to those individuals who have agreed to have them installed on their properties. We will not be expanding the number of units in the community at this time, but will continue to monitor and re-evaluate the possibility of expanding the program including additional fundraising this Fall.

Water Levels/BRWMP Amendment:

RLPOA will continue to work with the Stakeholders of the Bonnechere River on the BRWMP amendment. Currently, MNRF Minister John Yakabuski’s office staffer, Laurie Lapinskie, KHR Mayor Janice Visneskie Moore and RPG Shawn Cameron are continuing to work with the Stakeholders consultant, Bowfin Environmental, Michelle Lavictoire on gathering information to fulfill outstanding issues thrown at us last Fall by Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks. Thanks to Mayor Janice Visneskie Moore and her Council for taking the lead on financing the additional studies.

We remain very optimistic that the outstanding concerns/issues will get resolved. RPG is now posting daily water level charts for both Round Lake and Golden Lake. They will also be updating the Snow Graph in Algonquin Park every two weeks.


In closing, your RLPOA Board will continue to serve our members digitally, and should you have any inquiries, please emails us at: rlpoa.killaloe@gmail.com

As a caring community, we will all get through these trying times.


Sincerely,

Rob Norris

President

April 2020

Dear Member,

Message from Rob Norris, RLPOA President:

In light of this ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, your RLPOA Board would like to provide you with the following updates.

Membership Drive:

Our 2020 Membership drive, which usually includes a mail out to all property owners each year, will not occur this Spring. We greatly appreciate those members who have already purchased their 2020 membership. If you would still like to pay your 2020 membership, please do not mail in cheques and/or the membership sheet at this time. Instead, please pay your membership through FOCA, using the following steps:

Go to the www.foca.on.ca website:

1) Click on “Member Services” at the top of the page

2) From the drop down arrow click on "Membership Payment Processing"

3) Click on “RLPOA icon”

4) Click on “Add to Cart” - Fee is $21.00 (includes a $1.00 admin fee)

5) Proceed to checkout and complete "Billing Details" and credit card information.

As we have ongoing operating costs for 2020, we would ask members who do not pay their 2020 fees, to help us with these costs by paying for the 2020 and 2021 ($40.00) memberships next year. This is very much appreciated!

Cottage Handbook/Business Directory:

We will not be producing our 2020 Cottage Handbook Business Directory this year. We would ask that you refer to your 2019 Directory for required information on services.

Board Meetings/AGM:

As most of our members are over the age of 60, your RLPOA Board will practice social distancing and will not be planning to hold both Board meetings and our July AGM. We will continue to monitor and re-evaluate the evolving situation and possibly plan for a September/October AGM.

Boating Hazard Marker Program:

Rest assured, this valuable RLPOA Program will continue. Many thanks to Steve Grieveson, his coordinator Neil Mantifel and his many volunteers that help with this program.

AED Public Access Program:

Many thanks to those who stepped forward to help with financial donations for this program last year. Their contributions assisted us, KHR, and Renfrew County with the installation of 8 AED units in the community. Many thanks also to those individuals who have agreed to have them installed on their properties. We will not be expanding the number of units in the community at this time, but will continue to monitor and re-evaluate the possibility of expanding the program including additional fundraising this Fall.

Water Levels/BRWMP Amendment:

RLPOA will continue to work with the Stakeholders of the Bonnechere River on the BRWMP amendment. Currently, MNRF Minister John Yakabuski’s office staffer, Laurie Lapinskie, KHR Mayor Janice Visneskie Moore and RPG Shawn Cameron are continuing to work with the Stakeholders consultant, Bowfin Environmental, Michelle Lavictoire on gathering information to fulfill outstanding issues thrown at us last Fall by Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks. Thanks to Mayor Janice Visneskie Moore and her Council for taking the lead on financing the additional studies.

We remain very optimistic that the outstanding concerns/issues will get resolved. RPG is now posting daily water level charts for both Round Lake and Golden Lake. They will also be updating the Snow Graph in Algonquin Park every two weeks.


In closing, your RLPOA Board will continue to serve our members digitally, and should you have any inquiries, please emails us at: rlpoa.killaloe@gmail.com

As a caring community, we will all get through these trying times.


Sincerely,

Rob Norris

President

April 2020

Round Round Lake 2020 Challenge

Enjoy being part of a community challenge by going the equivalent of the distance around Round Lake and qualify for a draw for prizes donated by Stan and Sandy Borutski of EnviroBottles and The Twig. Any person-propelled method, such as running, walking, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, and swimming, is acceptable. The total distance is 29 km and it should be done by the Thanksgiving weekend. Encourage your neighbours and family to get out there and push that fitness level all the way around the Lake. Keep in mind the Ontario Public Health guidelines about social distancing.

The distance can be completed all at once, or in segments that add up to 29 km. You can also do it as a group, with each completing a segment that adds up to the total distance.

Individuals or groups completing the distance will be eligible for a draw for a number of prizes, including a Stormtech Atlantis Dry Bag, an ifidelity Bluetooth Speaker/Ear Phone Set, and a Sherpa Fleece Throw, donated by EnviroBottles. There is also a set of 4 stainless steel straws, a set of produce and bulk bags, a set of bamboo cutlery and 2 bars of no waste shampoo, donated by The Twig, which only sells earth-friendly products without any plastic wrapping. Also, your accomplishments will be acknowledged on the Round Lake Property Owners' Association website and on the Friends of the Round Lake Owners' Association Facebook page.

Once completing Round the Round send your name, or the name of your group, plus any pictures, to RoundtheRoundChallenge@gmail.com.

Bonnechere River Water Management Plan Update

The public meeting on the Plan Amendment on August 10th was well attended. Following a presentation on the proposed amendments to the plan for reducing the impact of the freshette on lake front properties there was a question and answer session. Written comments can be made on the plan and submitted to KHR or Renfrew Power by August 24th. Information is available on the Amendment on the KHR Township and Renfrew Power Generation Sites

Breaking News Oct 4, 2019:

Your RLPOA Board is please to announce that the KHR (stakeholders) Proposed Amendment to the BRWMP has been approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

A special thank you to the Honourable Minister of MNRF, John Yakabuski, KHR, Mayor Janice Visneskie Moore, members of Council and staff, and RPG, Operations Manager, Shawn Cameron for their work on this amendment . Approval letter link.


May 14, 2020 Update - KHR Media Release on Water Levels




Message from RLPOA President Rob Norris

Welcome to the Round Lake Property Property Owners web site. Round Lake is located in the Ottawa Valley nestled in between Algonquin Park and the Ottawa River. As the name suggests it is a round lake 6 km in diameter on the Bonnechere River System.

This web site supports and promotes the goal of the RLPOA to represent the 470 residents on the lake on issues related to protecting the natural beauty of the area. Any comments or suggestions on the content or the site are welcome. Please e-mail to rlpoa.killaloe@gmail.com

AED Display at AGM

RLPOA July 27 Annual Meeting Highlights

  • Mayor Janet Visneskie-Moore reported on the work of the KHR Council. The local tax was not increased this year however it was a MPAC property assessment year. Taxes collected by KHR go 44% to township, 29% to County and 27% to province - KHR is the tax collector other levels of government. KHR has a large capital program this year that includes a new plow truck, road betterments, roof replacements on two municipal buildings and new fire hall (with provincial contribution of $500k from the province)

  • Robert Blackwell (Renfrew County Paramedic Dept) spoke on the progress of the Township AED program that was initiated at last year's annual meeting. The AED will be township wide and led by the County, RLPOA and KHR. Already three units have been installed around Round Lake. A book sale was conducted at the meeting to raise funds for this project as well members are encouraged to make a donation (tax receipt issued by KHR). Donation Form

  • President Rob outline in detail the progress on obtaining an amendment to the Bonnechere River Water Management Plan. Obtaining an amendment is breaking new ground and has many players that are involved with various interests. It looks hopeful that a amended plan will be in place for next years freshette. A public meeting is scheduled for August 10th at Round Lake Centre

  • Once again the RLPOA is coordinating a Community Garage Sale on Saturday August 3rd from 9 to 1

  • The Nomination Committee presented a slate for new members for the Board that was accepted. There is a number of vacancies....that need volunteers


The RLPOA Association

Executive

The Association's business is conducted by an volunteer executive consisting of the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary as well as 15 Shore Line Directors. Elections are held each year at the Annual Meeting usually held on the Saturday morning on the weekend before the Civic Holiday Weekend.

Information on RLPOA can be obtained by e-mailing RLPOA.Killaloe@gmail.com

Bylaw

The RLPOA Bylaws sets out the goals and operation of the Association.

Membership

Owners of municipally-taxed waterfront properties located on Round Lake, on the Bonnechere River between the lake and the Tramore dam, or on the tributaries between the lake and County Road 58 or Red Rock Road are welcome to join the association. If there is more than one independent dwelling on a property, each of the households is considered a single property for membership and voting purposes.

A property owner may appoint a designate who has regular use of and responsibility for the property. Designates may hold RLPOA board positions and vote at AGM’s. (Note: There is a maximum of one vote per property.)

The annual membership fee is $20.00 per household. Revenue from membership fees and fundraising activities support many RLPOA programs including: Stewardship (education and water quality monitoring); Safety (Cottage Watch and boating hazard marking); Community Involvement; Communications (newsletters and website); Issues and Negotiations; additional costs such as liability insurance for the association and its volunteers, membership in the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Association (FOCA), and administration.

A majority of members use the mail-in sheet (included with each of the winter, spring and summer newsletters) to send in their information and membership fees. Most importantly, your membership is a vote of support for all the volunteers: executives, shoreline directors and committee members that spend hours of their time looking after your interests.