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E-bike charging station proposed for Blockhouse Island

Transition Brockville / 13 July 2018

On the Agenda for the Finance, Administration and Operations Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon, July 17, is a proposal to setup an e-bike charging station on Blockhouse Island Parkway. From Report to FAO 2018-073-07:

With the introduction of e-bikes, City staff has seen an increase in requests for access to power to recharge the vehicle batteries. In the past, staff has noticed people have plugged their personal electric vehicles into accessible outlets on City buildings and streetlight poles. Personal electric vehicles include e-bikes, and two and four-wheeled scooters. The proposed charging station is not compatible for charging electric cars. The City has previously installed two charging stations for electric cars in the public parking garage at Tall Ships Landing where the fee is $3.00 per hour.

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Library expanding into bike loans

Recorder & Times / Marshall Healey / 07 July 2018

Expanding on its Experience Collection, the Brockville Public Library will be adding bicycles to its borrowable collection starting July 10.

Starting on Tuesday, library card holders who are 18 or older will able to borrow a “Bibliobike” for up to two days at a time.

Library CEO Emily Farrell said she hopes the bikes will be used in a variety of ways.

“The Bibliobikes will enable individuals to easily get around the city, whether they’re interested in going for a leisurely ride or need transportation for a job interview,” Farrell said in a statement.

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Big bucks from solar, counties told

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 04 July 2018

Leeds and Grenville municipalities could save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year by incorporating renewable energy into their management of land and buildings, according to environmental consultant Sally McIntyre.

McIntyre urged the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville council on Tuesday to consider incorporating solar power into municipal projects as part of the provincial government’s “net metering” program that starts this fall.

Under the program, municipalities would be able to generate their own power using renewable energy to provide electricity to one of their buildings, say, and then send the excess power to the local electricity distributor in exchange for credits. Those credits could be used to lower the power bill for other buildings, McIntyre said.

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Bud’s sheds plastic straws

Recorder & Times / Marshall Healey / 28 June 2018

John Ackerman wants to make sure he is doing his part.

The owner of the downtown restaurant Bud’s on the Bay announced and implemented the use of paper straws, instead of plastic, on Wednesday.

“I saw some articles pop up… and even at the G7 Summit, that topic of plastic in the oceans was going to come up there,” Ackerman said while speaking inside his restaurant.

“I’ve seen pictures of sea turtles with straws in their nostrils and reading about the large floating islands of plastic in the oceans, it’s terrible.”

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Plenty of plans for waterfront

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 15 June 2018

As demand for boating slips grows, the city may one day relocate the Brockville Rowing Club to St. Lawrence Park to make room for a marina expansion.

While that idea is nowhere close to the planning stages now, it could be among the more controversial proposals being floated before the public at a special waterfront open house meeting Monday.

Brockville’s waterfront ad hoc committee, which has been developing a “Waterfront Action Plan” for the city’s waterfront and shoreline, is inviting members of the public to the open house, where they can take in the various proposals in storyboard format between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Memorial Centre community hall.

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TLTI and Gananoque seeking input on recreation plan

Active Brockville / Alan Medcalf / 02 June 2018

The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands is working in partnership with Gananoque to complete a Joint Recreation Master Plan. This Plan will guide recreational services over the next ten years and will include a needs assessment to support the future direction of parks, trails, recreation and leisure services. It will also include a series of recommendations and policy guidelines around the delivery of programs, events, facilities and services.

If you’re a program participant, a volunteer helping to make recreation and leisure services possible, or a community champion helping to promote and support programs, then this is an opportunity to help shape the future.

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