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Waste Reduction Week in CKL (Oct. 2016)

October 18, 2016

Waste Reduction Week (October 16-22) is an annual week to focus on producing less waste in our community. 

“The City of Kawartha Lakes is committed to doing its part to reduce waste,” explains David Kerr, Manager of Environmental Services. “As part of our Integrated Waste Management Strategy we have developed several programs that will reduce the amount of waste going into our landfill sites. We depend on support from residents and businesses to make our environmental impact as minimal as possible.”

Clear Bag Waste Collection

Becoming mandatory on January 1, 2017 Clear Bag Waste Collection is expected to reduce 5-10% of the overall amount of recyclable items going into the landfill. Free clear bag samples will be available at City landfill sites during Waste Reduction Week while supplies last.

Curbside Battery Collection

More than 7,000 lbs of batteries were collected and recycled during curbside battery collection in 2016. Due to the success of this initiative, there will be two curbside battery collections in 2017 to make properly disposing of household batteries convenient for residents.

Backyard Composting

Backyard composting is a proven way to reduce waste and turn organics into a rich soil supplement. Backyard composters can be purchased at cost by contacting your nearest Municipal Service Centre. More information on the City’s backyard composting program will be release later in 2017.

Recycle Rangers: Planet Protector Program


This program is a joint initiative supported by the City of Kawartha Lakes and neighbouring municipalities. Classroom presentations educate students and teachers about reducing waste. Recycle Rangers has won widespread accolades and awards by empowering students to educate family and friends while becoming environmental leaders. Visit to participate.


Residents can participate in Waste Reduction Week by visiting the “Waste & Recycling” section of the City website to learn tips and tricks for reducing waste at home.

More information is available about City waste reduction programs in the 2016 Integrated Waste Management Strategy,

Fenelon Library To Open Mondays (May 2016)

May 9, 2016

new permanent hours start in July


Have you seen the sign posted at the Fenelon library?

Did you hear about it at the Country Living Show?

The Fenelon library will be open on Mondays?!?!open mondays

The rumours are true, Fenelon Falls Library Branch will be open on Mondays starting July 4th. Hours will be 10 am to 5 pm. This is not just a summer thing, the new hours are a permanent addition to the branch. 7 more hours a week to grab a book or magazine, borrow a DVD or CD, hang out with the wi-fi or get on the computer while you are in town.

Library cards are FREE to all permanent and seasonal residents of the City of Kawartha Lakes. Visit us in branch to renew or register for your card, and be sure to visit to see all there is on offer.

The Library Card. Get it. Use it. @ your library!


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Core Services Review Town Hall Meetings A Success

June 22, 2015

Core Service Review town hall meetings an overwhelming success


Six weeks, 10 Communities, 600 people and lots of great ideas and feedback; that was the result of the City’s Core Service Review town hall meetings that wrapped up Saturday afternoon in Fenelon Falls.

“The response has been fantastic,” said Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham. “It has been a great opportunity to visit with residents and business owners all across Kawartha Lakes and talk with them and get their feedback on our Core Service Review.

“Our residents know we cannot continue to keep going down the same path,” he continued. “And they came to our meetings with open minds and some great ideas.”

Mayor Letham launched the meetings in Manvers on April 30 and made stops in Oakwood, Omemee, Bobcaygeon, Cambray, Lindsay, Coboconk, Woodville, Burnt River and Fenelon Falls.

“People have a lot of the same concerns,” he said. “Costs are going up, infrastructure is deteriorating and really our residents and businesses understand we need to spend money but they want us to spend their money wisely and transparently. That is what we are working towards with this review.”

Over the next several months City staff will bring forward a number of presentations and reports on services and assets within the City as part of the ongoing review. Information brought forward to Council and any subsequent meetings will be promoted on the City’s website under the Core Service Review section.

“We still want to hear from residents,” said Mayor Letham. “If you haven’t had an opportunity to attend a meeting there is a video on the City website about the Core Service Review and what we are looking at, and anyone can email their constructive thoughts and ideas to”

Kawartha Lakes CAO Announces Resignation (May 2015)

May 23, 2015

Web - Kawartha Lakes-logo-Standard-RGB.jpegKawartha Lakes Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Mark Fisher has announced he will resign from his position effective September 30, 2015.

Mr. Fisher made the announcement to Council in closed session on Tuesday afternoon.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Council and staff for their confidence in me, as I have strived to provide superior municipal service for the City of Kawartha Lakes. It has been a privilege,” Mr. Fisher said.

Mr. Fisher joined the City as CAO in September, 2012 and was instrumental in launching the City’s Initiative Management program.

Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham acknowledged the CAO’s service to the municipality and thanked him for his tireless work.

“It is with mixed feelings that I announce Chief Administrative Officer Mark Fisher will step down from the CAO position in September,” Mayor Letham said. “Since joining the City as CAO in September of 2012, Mark has been a strong advocate for the municipality and a strong voice for rural Ontario communities on numerous boards and associations.

“Nearly one year to the day of his hiring, Mark launched the City’s Initiative Management program which has gone on to be an extremely successful and invaluable program within the City in a very short period of time,” Mayor Letham said. “Mark has always sought to develop capacity, growth and optimism in Kawartha Lakes and for that, and all of his service to our community I say thank you.

“Mark’s contributions to our City and to our staff will be missed and on behalf of all of Council I would like to wish Mark all the very best in all of his future endeavours,” the Mayor added.

Mayor Announces Core Services Review (April 2015)

April 26, 2015

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Kawartha Lakes Mayor announces details of Core Service Review

KAWARTHA LAKES – Beginning immediately Kawartha Lakes Council and staff will begin undertaking a Core Service Review of all City operations.

“We need to work towards a business model that is both sustainable and responsible to our residents, our businesses and our staff,” said Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham.

Based on the City’s projected capital and operating needs there is an approximate $10 million gap in funding from 2015 to 2016.

“We didn’t get in this situation overnight and we won’t fix it overnight,” said Mayor Letham. “But we must start now to address our fiscal situation and look at the services and levels of service the City provides. Our goal is to provide services that our residents both want and can afford, no more, no less.”

Council has identified initial services and departments they will begin reviewing with reports expected back to Council from staff over the next several months.

CORE REVIEW“Our situation is not unique,” explained Mayor Letham. “Municipalities across Ontario and all across Canada are facing financial challenges. Rather than simply acknowledge the problem is bigger than just Kawartha Lakes however, we have decided to address the problem head on and find a solution that works for us today and in the future.”

As part of the Core Service Review Mayor Letham will be conducting 10 Town Hall meetings across the municipality starting April 30 in Manvers and concluding Saturday, June 13 at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre.

“I want people to understand why we need to go down this road and how we will be moving forward,” said Mayor Letham. “I will be holding a series of Town Hall meetings and residents are encouraged to contact their Ward Councillors or email the City at

“Kawartha Lakes is our City and we all have a vested interest in helping to move our municipality forward progressively and responsibly,” Mayor Letham added.


Council Voted to Cancel Rural Transit

April 26, 2015


The City’s Rural Transit pilot project will end on June 27, 2015.

Council made the decision not to continue with the Rural Transit service during a Council meeting Tuesday, April 14. Councillor Doug Craig and Councillor Steve Strangway, representing Fenelon Falls and area, voted to keep the service but the majority ruled.

“This is not a decision that was arrived at, or made lightly,” said Mayor Andy Letham. “We have some difficult financial decisions to make and a majority of Council felt that we could not justify the expense of this service at this time.”

Rural Transit began as a pilot project on July 4, 2011 and was subsequently cancelled in September 2012. Council decided to initiate a second pilot project in June 2013, which will end June 27.

The Rural Transit service, which included stops in a limited number of Kawartha Lakes communities, carried a price tag of $420,000 annually.

“Based on the ridership numbers to this point and the cost of providing the service we felt this was the right decision for our residents at this time,” said Mayor Letham. “When we are spending tax dollars, we need to be accountable to all of our residents and businesses and provide the services that our residents can afford.”

Sign Kids Up For Rec Programs Online (March 2015)

March 15, 2015

ConnecttoFRecThe City of Kawartha Lakes Parks, Recreation & Culture Division is now offering registration for all Winter/Spring 2015 Community Guide programs and activities online through their Connect To Rec Online Registration System.

This will allow you the ease and convenience of being able to register for fitness, aquatics, recreation programs and special events online, once registration has opened, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Connect To Rec also allows users to view City of Kawartha Lakes recreation facilities and Community Halls and perform tasks such as searching facility availability to narrowing down your search to determine which facility is best suited for your function based on your needs.

Get started today, visit


Oh Christmas Tree, where do we recycle thee?? (Dec. 204)

December 21, 2014
recycle-Christmas-trees1 2Residents are reminded that they can bring Christmas trees to any City landfill site to be composted. Please remove all ornaments, tinsel and other decorations from your tree to be accepted at no cost. Christmas trees will not be collected with your waste and recycling set out at the curb.

Curbside Collection Holiday Schedule:
No curbside collection for Wednesday December 25. See revised schedules below.

Regular Collection Day

Revised Collection Day

Monday December 22

No Change

Tuesday December 23

No Change

Wednesday December 24

No Change

Thursday December 25

Friday December 26


Also, there will be no curbside collection for Wednesday January 1. See revised schedule below.

Regular Collection Day

Revised Collection Day

Monday December 29

No Change

Tuesday December 30

No Change

Wednesday January 31

No Change

Thursday January 1

Friday January 2


Landfill Holiday Hours:

  • All landfills will be closed on December 25, 26 and January 1
  • December 24 and 31
    • Fenelon Landfill, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Eldon Landfill, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Lindsay Ops, Somerville and Laxton Landfill, Closed

New operating hours at all landfill sites will resume January 2, 2015.  New hours are posted on the City’s website.

For curbside collection issues and inquiries contact Miller Waste Systems Inc. at 1-888-557-4711 or

All other waste related inquiries contact the City at 705-324-9411 or visit the City’s website at

Christmas Church Services in Fenelon Falls

December 17, 2014

Church Services 2

Fenelon Falls Baptist Church
Christmas Eve Service at 6:30 pm

Fenelon Falls United Church
Christmas Eve Service at 7 pm

Immanuel Baptist Church
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 7 pm

Salvation Arm Fenelon Falls Citadel
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service 7 pm

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church at Knox Glenarm Presbyterian Church
Christmas Eve at 7 pm

St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church
Christmas Eve Mass at 4 pm and 10 pm
Christmas Day Mass at 11 am

St. James Fenelon Falls
Christmas Eve Family Pageant(with live animals) 4 pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Eucharist at 10 pm
Christmas Day Informal Worship + Breakfast 11 am.

Waste Reduction Week (Oct.2014)

October 13, 2014

contests and prizes for waste wise families

The City will be celebrating Waste Reduction Week, October 20 to 24 with a number of opportunities to increase recycling and reduce waste in the community.

Scheduled Events:

Waste Reduction Community Challenge Begins!

The City is challenging you to reduce the amount of waste you produce. Each month will feature a specific challenge and we want to know how your family tackles this challenge. Your stories will not only be entered to win a variety of great prizes – they will also inspire your neighbours and community to be Waste Wise!

October will be the first challenge, and we want to see how you can make your Halloween Waste Wise this year. Visit the City’s new Kawartha Lakes Waste Management Facebook page and share your story to be entered into the contest for a chance to win!

Orange Box Giveaway – October 20 to 24

14 gallon orange boxes are available to safely store and transport your residential household hazardous waste.  They will be available at no cost at both of the City’s hazardous waste depots. Limit one per household, while supplies last.  Household Hazardous Waste Depots:

·         Lindsay/OPS Landfill – 51 Wilson Road

·         Fenelon Landfill – 341 Mark Road

Recycle Box Lid Giveaway – October 20 to 24

Recycle box lids can be used to contain your recycling items from blowing away at the curb. Available at no cost, at all City Service Centres. Limit one per household, while supplies last.

Recycle Rangers Program – Teachers and Parents!

Are you looking for a waste and recycling education opportunity? Check out the Recycle     Rangers Program at  Book in school presentations, waste audits, view education videos and more.