The Municipality of Manitou council met last night and passed several controversial development plans.
The first was the covenant removal of a big box store located near the Sunset Ballroom. The merchant had exceeded the thirty day inactivity rule (by ten days) and was evicted. The large store, one of the original builds from Studio City Manitou, was removed and replaced a residence.
The second, and already begun with the park seating in the foreground, is the introduction of electric lighting to our streets. The council has decided that all torch-like lighting will be replaced this week with the new electric lamp posts. The drawback of this new technology will be grid and region restarts which may require the lamps to be touched back on, an additional chore for our public utilities department. The new lighting bylaw will not be enforced in the historic Manitou Harbour District or near the Massey Estate site.
Third, council looked at the recent issue with Greeters scripts in our mall. A recent addition to the Covenant is being tested this week. The problem scripts were addressed with the owner and they are looking into alternatives. If the alternatives are also an issue it will become necessary to ban automatic greeter scripts in the Manitou Market mall. Council did not make a decision on the banning on scripts, it will be addressed next month.
Council has voted to support the development of a new power plant on Manitou, while the final location has not been approved the preferred site is believed to be somewhere on Muskoka region. This controversial development will advance technology on Manitou. The Historical Society has expressed concern that such a development will put historical landmarks, such as the Harbour District, at risk, choosing further development over history. The Municipality stated that all efforts are being made to preserve and protect historical landmarks on Manitou.
Council defeated the following motions:
1) create a Manitou Market Mall group and move all merchants over from Studio City Manitou group,
2) pave the walkways in Manitou Market
Council tabled the following motions to future meetings:
1) vote on development plans for the Silversmith Farm
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