The August 21st municipal council meeting was fairly routine. Of interest to lake residents, we will see the demolition of one of the very old cottages on the north-west shore and its replacement with a cottage of similar size. The municipality and Land Escapes have reached an out of court settlement on what Land Escapes wants to do for the main entrance and facilities at their planned park. Details to be made public at the September Council meeting. There was a delegation asking for tennis/pickleball courts to be built at the community center. Council is in agreement and just needed some more detailed information on how the courts would be managed once built. We could see those in place for the 2024 summer season. Finally, Council did not accept an MOU with Crowe Valley saying that it did not limit increases in fees in coming years. Given that the vast majority of CVCAs activities are considered "Schedule 1" there is not much choice as the province mandates municipal funding for their associated CA. Protesting the fees is mostly symbolic with little to no legal standing.
News of the recent passing of another long time LL cottager:
Back on April 21st, Don Weller passed away suddenly at age 92. He had been in great health and active with his family and friends right up until the day he passed. Don was the youngest of the Weller siblings and spent a good portion of his life at the lake. He spent a lot of summers (and winters) at 158 North Shore before buying his own cottage on the south shore not too far out from the marina. We were good friends since back in the mid-1960s. I think it was New Years Eve 1966 that we helped dig his way INTO Limerick Lake in a blizzard for a New Years celebration.
Burning (such as campfires less than 1 meter in diameter) is allowed between7PM and 7AM only. It has been fairly wet so hopefully the fire ban will not return this year.
The IsampleON invasive species sampling took place early in the day on August 19th. The sample was sent by express mail to FOCA on the 21st. DNA results are expected back around Christmas time. This effort is being funded by FOCA and locally coordinated by the LWRA.
An important change from the municipality this year are changed dump hours. The dump is open: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Mondays 11AM to 6PM. (10AM to 5PM in the winter)
The new St. Ola Station store is open Tuesday through Sunday. (closed Mondays) No gasoline yet, but open for groceries, local farm produce, and now some baking. The new owners are cottagers here on Limerick who have done other successful entrepreneurial projects in the past. Hopefully this is another. We need a local general store.
The Limerick chain of lakes are in fisheries zone 15. Bass season opened June 24, 2023, and closes on November 30. Lake trout season opened on January 1, 2023 and closes September 30. Please remember that the Limerick chain of lakes has a "slot size" for lake trout that MUST be returned to the lake if caught. It is roughly 16 to 22 inches.