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President’s Report

This summer was certainly one to remember weather-wise and autumn brought some of the most spectacular colours and warm days in memory. During this time your LKO executive has continued its stewardship activities on our lake. This year we held our AGM on July 9th at the Halimar Resort. This was the first time in recent memory we have had the AGM on the lake and I hope that we can continue this practice. We had two guest speakers; Pat Warren, Director of Resource Development for the Haliburton Land Trust who told us about the function of the Land Trust and some of the activities that they are involved in, and Mark Coleman, Director of Community Services, Minden Hills who explained the needs assessment survey they are conducting and answered questions about the trails system in the municipality Murray Fearrey, Reeve of Dysart et al updated us on what was new at both the county and township levels and answered questions about the new MNR regulations pertaining to waterfront structures and the proposed septic re-inspection issue.

We were to have our 10th annual Fun Day later that day but unfortunately due to a heavy rainstorm we made the decision to cancel. We wish to thank Halimar for their ongoing support of the LKO and especially thank Kirsten Sixt and her team of enthusiastic volunteers for their efforts. They are planning something really special for next year so stay tuned for more information. If you would like to help please contact Kirsten at ksixt@hullandhull.com.

This summer the Coalition for Equitable Water Flow (CEWF) asked its member lake associations in the reservoir lakes for the Trent Severn Waterway to prepare a document setting out preferred minimum and maximum water levels on their lakes. When completed the CEWF will submit a report to Parks Canada for their future guidance. As you may know Kash is in the middle of the five lake Canning chain of lakes which includes Canning, Kashagawigamog, Soyers, Grass and Head lakes. The three lake associations involved decided to combine efforts and make one submission. While fluctuating water levels affect us all, Canning and Soyers residents are affected the most by low water levels at the end of the season as they have no public boat launches and they need to get through the channels into Kash, either to remove their boats or get them to a marina for storage. The work has been done and the preliminary report has been submitted to CEWF.Once the final report has been approved we will post it on our web-site.

We are monitoring the progress of the three properties that we helped naturalize last season and while there were some plants that did not survive the winter I believe that overall the exercise was beneficial for the preservation of natural shoreline. The LKO participated in the Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Associations (CHA) sponsored restoration of the shoreline on Head Lake at Sam Slick Park, (across from the high school). If you are going by, please stop and have a look at what has been accomplished so far.

This year at the AGM we had two board members not stand for re-election and we welcomed two new board members. I would like to thank our former treasurer Bill Switzer for his many years on the board. Bill could always be counted on for his thoughtful insights into whatever was being discussed. Also I would like to thank Klara Oyler for her time on the board. Klara is a longtime supporter of the LKO and can always be counted on to help out in any way that is asked of her. I would like to welcome new board members Jan Gerrow who will be taking over as secretary and Bob Carter who will be monitoring development on and around the lake.

Finally I would like to thank our board members, advertisers, sponsors and you our members for supporting the work of the LKO.

Season’s greetings and all the best over the winter. See you in the spring.

Gary Wiles