By Brian Donlevy
What constitutes overnight accommodations versus apartments and seasonal dwellings will have an impact on sewer and water rates in Bayham Township.
Council was wrestling with water rates for multi unit dwellings that did not include bed and breakfasts or motels. Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor was raising the concerns voiced by a couple of business owners that rent cabins on a nightly basis they were being overcharged for their water and sewer services.
Taylor tried to get a motion through that would have changed the billing so the owners would have received a rebate, but other councillors were concerned the move would open up the entire billing system to appeal by any seasonal owner or apartment building.
In the end, council decided the best course of action was to more clearly define multi unit buildings and also overnight accommodations. Armed with this information they will be able to adjust the water and sewer rates for affected customers.
They will be able to party longer and louder in Port Burwell on the Civic Holiday weekend. Bayham Council approved a one hour extension to the noise bylaw meaning the Optimist Club Tub Daze can party until midnight on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The noise bylaw kicks in normally at 11 o’clock. This is the 25th year the event is being held in Port Burwell.
Downtown Vienna may soon be lined with Canadian Flags. Council has approved a request from the Vienna Citizen’s Group to put half a dozen flags on hydro poles on the business side of the main street. Council approved the request, but the group may still need the permission of Hydro One because they own the poles. The group will be responsible for all of the costs, and one of the reasons given for the flag placing is to draw attention away from the mess at the creek on the other side of the road.
Modular homes are coming to Bayham Township. Council considered two requests to allow modular homes to be placed on properties. In each case the zoning bylaw would have to be adjusted to allow for the new construction. The question of modular homes and where they will be allowed will be addressed in detail when the zoning bylaw review is completed by Township staff. But of the two applications considered at council, one was approved, and the second, which would have allowed a modular home in a trailer park was sent back to staff for more information.