2011 Homepage Archive



December 7, 2011


It was a day full of meetings for me yesterday, as I joined several of our members who attended the council meetings of Limerick and Tudor/Cashel townships.

On behalf of our members, I addressed both of these council with regards to our current concerns, namely;

i) the proposed By-Law changes [Limerick], and
ii) the road maintenance of Steenburg Lake South Road [Limerick & Tudor/Cashel].

Limerick By-Law Update
Some progress was made at Limerick Township regarding the proposed By-Laws, with the target date for passing the new By-Law now extended to March 6, 2012. A nice move brought forward by Councillor Clark Young who is clearly listening to his ratepayers.

Furthermore, a resolution was passed allowing anyone with specific concerns about the new By-Laws to be allowed to document and be heard by Limerick township for a period of one-year following the passing of the proposed By-Laws.

South Road Update
The SLCA made a decision to investigate our members desire for winter maintenance this September, following concerns about liability that was directed to our Limerick members on that road.

...regarding liability...
Since initiating action, Tudor/Cashel and Limerick townships have had a joint meeting to discuss this issue on November 21st.

I am happy to report that Tudor/Cashel council advised the SLCA yesterday that their township does NOT require their ratepayers to insure themselves against liability for winter mainteance services that are being privately contracted on their road.
In the case of private contractors, the operator is simply required to have proof of insurance with documentation specifying the township road that is being serviced.

We welcome Tudor/Cashel's reasonable approach to this issue, and we will continue to request that Limerick township reconsider their position on this matter.

...regarding winter maintenance...
We have been busy compiling data over that past couple months, and I've personally contacted many of our Limerick members on this road regarding this issue.

I was pleasantly surprised that it is reasonable to request that Limerick township provide winter maintenace for that road, according to the numbers (population/value/tax contribution/rank).
Based on your feedback, the SLCA has initiated action requesting winter maintenance from Limerick Township.

A completed road study report was delivered to council on November 17th, and the business case was reviewed at their council meeting yesterday.

Although the councillors did not take any immediate action, they appear open to working with the SLCA to understand these details, and work with Tudor/Cashel, if required.

In a rather surprising (and not entirely unrelated) move, Limerick township took the opportunity to pass a motion that granted the remaining portion of Robinson Lake Road with winter maintenance service, citing an oversight in their Mainteance Standard By-laws of 2008.

Ironically the recipients of this motion where not in attendance and may have never requested this service. Yet it should be noted that this oversight i) has fewer properties, ii) has lower average property values, and iii) provides significantly less tax contribution (about $22k/year less) than our Steenburg Lake South Road and East Bay road ratepayers in Limerick township.

Nonetheless, based on our data, this action leaves Steenburg Lake South Road, East Bay Road, and Nicholson Lane to stand alone as the only populated township roads (class 6-2) that are NOT receiving winter maintenance service from Limerick Township.

With the support of our members, the SLCA will continue to work with the townships to understand their justification for this denial of service, in hopes of acheiving some form of resolution as soon as possible.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me Anthony.Genovese@Steenburglake.com.

November 20, 2011

Feeling nostalgic?

Look back in time through our Newsletters of the Past 1988-1990 now available in our Lake News archive.

More to come…

November 16, 2011




November 6, 2011

SLCA members with property in Limerick Township are advised to review the proposed By-Law changes that Limerick Township Council proposes to adopt on December 6th, 2011.

If you own property in Limerick Township, these new By-Laws will have an impact on you. Please review them carefully at the following link: Proposed Limerick Township By-Laws.

November 2, 2011

You can now subscribe to a Mailing List that will send you important information from the SLCA or other members. You can subscribe or unsubscribe at this link.

To send alerts to other members, simply send an email to NewsFlash@steenburglake.com. Your message will be distributed once it is approved by the moderator.

This mailing list has been implemented to promote easier communication of important news items that are of significance to our members.

This service is not to be used for other purposes, such as advertising or SPAM. Abusers will be automatically removed from the list.

October 28, 2011

I woke up this morning and discovered that Holloween is right around the corner. Could I possibly have missed Thanksgiving. Did I even remember to shut down the cottage.

Things have a way of getting very busy this time of year, and I hope everyone has survived the transition into the 'off-season'.

The SLCA is busy working on the Fall Newsletter, and you should see it shortly.

I finally got around to posting the list of winners for our 2011 Events on the website. We've also updated the website to show our 2012 events. It should be another great year.

On October 1st, the McGeachie Trails officially opened a new 3 Kms of trails on the 500 acre conservation area. There were 25 people at the opening event, and the trails will be perfect for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Fantastic work by Dave Golem who designed the trail, and all the volunteers who made it a reality. A map has been posted in the General Information section of the website.

Sept 15, 2011

Limerick Township will be celebrating thier 125th anniversary next year.

In order to help document the history, they are collecting old documents, stories and photos of important landmarks, people and events in the township.

If you some historical information that you are willing to share, you can e-mail them to us at Internet@Steenburglake.com

For printed materials that need to be scanned and returned, you can contact Andra Kauffeldt of Limerick Township and arrange to have the material picked up, or dropped off at the township office.
e-mail: andra.kauffeldt@live.ca or Evening Phone: 613-337-5763.

Sept 1, 2011

Summer is almost over. I hope everyone enjoyed the lake, the SLCA events, and everything this great region has to offer.

Now is a perfect time to get rid of your electronic waste. Limerick Township will be hosting an E-Waste Day on Monday September the 5th from 13:00hrs to 20:00hrs.

August 15, 2011

I hope everyone enjoyed the Fun Run and the Jamboree this weekend. It was a perfect season, with great weather and record turnouts at the events. A big thank you to Carolyn Dobson, the social committee, and to everyone who came out to assist and/or participate. Enjoy the rest of the summer.

July 26, 2011

FIRE BAN OVER: According the the Moose 97.7 FM, the recent rainfall has resulted in the the Fire Ban for Hasting County to be cancelled. However, until we receive official notification from the Limerick Fire Department, our fire warning remains at an extreme level.

July 23, 2011

You can find some new 2011 Steenburg Lake Event pictures from our photographer Jimmy Nevins here.

This Sunday, July 23rd is that last day to vote online for pictures taken during the 2010 Photo Contest. Final ballots and winners will be announced during the Annual General Meeting next Sunday July 31st.

FIRE BAN: Please be aware of the fire ban that is in place now, and until further notice. This means all outdoor burning is illegal and you can face serious fines, or worse, including liability for any damages caused as a result of your fire. Of course, the ban includes campfires and fireworks. Please play safely.

July 10, 2011

Internet is here at last. After a long wait, the new Bell tower at Jordan Lake is now operational. This means there is a much better chance of getting a usable cellular and high-speed Internet service on Steenburg Lake.

Based on a special arrangement with McCaskie's in Bancroft, SLCA members will receive a $15 discount on the activation of any new Bell Mobility Cellular, Internet, or Expressvu activation between now and Labour Day weekend.

They also have antenna's and booster's if you happen to be in a location that has a weak signal.

So don't forget to bring your 2011 SLCA membership card when you visit McCaskie's at 59 Hastings Street North, in Bancroft (613)332-2625, for your new Bell service.

July 9, 2011

The definition of a perfect day..... Today.....

A big thank you to Carolyn Dobson and the social committee for a fantastic regatta.

With over 130 attendees, great food, specatular weather, fantastic events, and an ubunbance of great people made this a perfect day to remember.

And special thank you to the good people at Marc Angelo foods for their sponsorship of this event.

July 4, 2011

Time flies when you are at the cottage. Let's hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful Canada Day weekend and you are all planning to come out to the 2011 Regatta and BBQ this weekend.

We've got some new events, and it should be a great time.

Hope to see you there.

May 4, 2011

A friendly reminder from the fish of Steenburg Lake (via our Lake Steward).
That's June 25th on this year' s calendar.

Until then, PLEASE DON'T fish near the shores! Instead, fish for Splake out in the deep.

The male bass uses his tail to make a nest in clear water near the shores of our lake.
After attracting and fertilizing the females eggs, his main duty for the next three weeks is to keep that home clean and safe.
The male bass is responsible for watching over his school of offspring.
He'll stay close and protect the eggs from harm until they hatch a few days later.
After hatching, the young spawn will spend about two weeks growing and learning what to eat.

If the male Bass is forced to strike against a bait (out of defence for his nest), he is likely to become disoriented and permanently leave the nest undefended from the local perch, rock bass, sun fish and crayfish.

If you fish the shorelines before June 25th, you could be responsible for significantly reducing the future Bass population in our lake.

Moral of the story: Don't fish near the shore until the last weekend in June. Give the male bass a chance to do his job.

Please refer to the Ontario Fishing Regulations, and make sure to invite me to the fish fry.

April 15, 2011

The ice is starting to melt, and I've started counting down the days to our first swim.

As we all start to spend more time in the country, our fire chief would like to remind us about safe wildfire practices.

The fine fuels are completed cured and could cause problems. In a few short weeks things will begin to green up and the potential for wild fires will decrease.

I would also like to remind everyone that Day Burning regulations are in effect, so their is no day burning permitted between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM.

Having said that, now is a perfect time to wish everyone a safe and happy 2011 cottaging season. See you at the lake.

March 29, 2011

Congratulations to Steenburg Lake's Irene Horne for having her story "The Day the Ice Melted" published in the April/May 2011 issue of "OUR CANADA" magazine (page 53).

Her story was also in our Spring 2010 Shoreline Newsletter.

If you have a story that you would like to share with us, please send us an e-mail: Stories@Steenburglake.com

February 20th, 2011

***Bancroft OPP apprehend suspects of Nov/Dec Crime Spree on Steenburg Lake***

On Thurs., Feb. 17, the Bancroft OPP were on the North Road when they spotted an ATV matching the description of a stolen vehicle.

Two males were arrested for stolen property, and the investigation revealed that they were involved with several break-in and thefts on Steenburg lake.

A 17 year old male from Limerick Township has been charged with:
• Possession of a schedule 1 substance, contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act.
• Possession of property obtained by crime, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Theft under, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Break, enter and commit (4 counts), contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Break and enter with intent (4counts), contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Breach of Probation, contrary to the Youth Criminal Justice Act
He is in custody and is scheduled to appear in Belleville bail court on Feb. 22, 2011.

The other 17 year old male, also of Limerick, was charged with:
• Possession of property obtained by crime, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Theft under, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Break, enter and commit (4 counts), contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Break and enter with intent, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.
He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Bancroft youth court on the April 21, 2011.

The SLCA would like to thank the Bancroft OPP for their continued efforts in keeping our community safe, and once again proving that crime doesn't pay.

Article from CoeHillWorld.com

Return to Current Homepage

Friends of the Lake - Your SLCA Team


 Anthony Genovese


Vice President

 Rick Burke (acting)



Carolyn Dobson 



Marlene Pollard 


 Municipal Affairs Dave Golem 


 Treasurer Dave McDonald 


 Lake Stewardship

Dave Langman 



Judy Platt 



Erika Langman 



Anthony Genovese 



Jimmy Nevins 



Dean Butler 



Steve Churchill 


Please take some time to sign our Guestbook   

Visitors to our Website: