October 25, 2019

Hydro One Planned Outage

Hydro One advises of planned work in the Muskoka region to modernize the grid and replace aging infrastructure

-Planned outage on Sunday, October 27, 2019-

Hydro One is advising residents in the Muskoka region of a planned outage required to complete much needed upgrades to modernize the grid and replace aging infrastructure. This is part of Hydro One’s recently announced plan to invest approximately $16-million in new technologies and additional maintenance in the region to improve reliability in the Muskoka region.

Hydro One crews will install 6 smart switches which will limit the amount of customers impacted by outages and improve power restoration times. Hydro One says, "we know that any outage causes a disruption for our customers, particularly outages of this length, which is why all available crews will be working to bundle all required work in the region and replace aging equipment".

Approximately 80 highly-skilled power line workers will replace poles, transformers and install smart-switches which can be controlled by Hydro One’s Ontario Grid Control Centre. Due to the wide span of work totaling 80 kilometers, crews will use special off-road equipment and a helicopter to conduct the upgrades as quickly as possible.

  • Outage 1 on October 27, 2019 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. will impact approximately 2,000 residential customers and 2,400 seasonal customers in the townships of Franklin, Brunel, Lake of Bays, Mcclintock, Finlayson, Chaffey, Ridout, Peck, Chapman, and Hunter.
  • Outage 2 on October 27, 2019 from 7 a.m. to noon will impact approximately 3,923 residential customers and 4,670 seasonal customers in the townships of Monck, Humphrey, Medora, Cardwell, Watt, Muskoka, Stephenson, Seguin, Mckellar, Monteith, Croft, Armour, Strong, Ryerson, Chapman, Joly, Magnetawan, Laurier. During this outage, parts of Lakeland Power Distribution’s service territory will also be impacted in Burk’s Falls and Sundridge.

Hydro One says, "we appreciate everyone’s patience as crews work as safely and as quickly to complete this important work".

Hydro One customers requiring additional information can call 1-888-664-9376. Customers are also able to monitor the outage on Sunday on the map found here .
The Township of Lake of Bays is reviewing and consolidating its two existing zoning by-laws and creating a new Community Planning Permit System (CPPS) to implement the policies of the Township's Official Plan. This system will clearly identify development rules and requirements applicable throughout the entire Township.

Two public Open Houses were held on October 4 and 5, and there is an opportunity for the public to provide comments to Council at a Public Meeting on Tuesday October 29, 10:00 a.m. in the Township of Lake of Bays Municipal Office, Council Chambers. You can get the agenda and reports for the meeting here .

LOBA has sent a letter to the Township outlining our concerns with the the draft by-law. You can read it here .
Regional Government review decision
"No forced amalgamation of municipalities"

You may recall in May of this year Mary Ann Peden, President of LOBA, presented to the provincial Special Advisors leading a Regional Government review of two-tier municipalities (including the District of Muskoka). The Special Advisors had been tasked with seeking “local input on how to improve governance, decision-making and service delivery for regional governments and member municipalities.” You can read our comments in letter form  here

CBC news has just reported that there will be no amalgamation of two-tier municipalities. You can read the full report here .
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