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RQM approves agreements for beverage business, recycling company

Councillors voted in favour of adopting development agreements for two new businesses in Queens County.

Public meetings for both were held December 7 at the Seaside Community Centre in Beach Meadows with no opposition noted for either agreement.

Council agreed to let Snicky and Lukin Investments Ltd., owned by Ron Kendrick, proceed wth a business that would formulate, test and produce beverages. The operation will be run from Kendrick's home in East Berlin as an extension of his beverage consulting and production business, Catalyst Development Inc. which is based in British Columbia.

Kendrick plans on producing carbonated and still beverages in cans, bottles and pouches. He may also include small-scale production of dry mixes and beverage concentrates, according to council documents.

Addressing concerns about possible traffic issues, Mike MacLeod, RQM's director of planning, said, that while that there may be a few small vehicles, he was advised by the owner that he did not expect large trucks or a large gain in the volume of traffic .

As for producing alcohol beverages, Kendrick indicated he had no intention of doing this now, but that he might do so in the future, in which case the drinks would be low in alcohol content and not distilled on-site.

The Queens Enviro-Centre, which will be located at 3965 Highway 3 in Brooklyn, was the second business to be rubber stamped for a development agreement at the council meeting.

The centre will be run by David and Shelley Zinck, the current owners of New Germany Enviro Center, who also operate a mobile service in Caledonia and Liverpool.

Council passed both development agreements and now awaits the province to agree to them. Final decisions are expected in January.

What's in a name?

Old Mill Lane located in Labelle, Queens County has adopted the name Ponhook Shore Road.

The council of the Region of Queens Municipality (RQM) agreed to change the name at its meeting December 8 at the request of the Greater Molega Lake Lot Owners Association.

The lane, which connects the Labelle Road to the existing Ponhook Shore Road, is privately owned and maintained by the lot owners association. The name change won't affect any homeowners - currently, no one lives on the road - but it serves to clear up some confusion.

"Civic numbers are off of adjacent roadways, or already mistakenly using the Ponhook Shore Road name. Therefore, this change is in name only, but resolves some civic address registry problems and will make it safer for emergency vehicles to locate," the association explained in correspondence to the municipality.

Councillor David Brown, who has a home in Labelle and is a member of the association, noted that the civic numbers that run along Old Mill Lane are listed under Ponhook Shore Road in their deeds. "So it makes more sense to get the names in line with their deeds," he said.

Volume control

Councillor Maddie Charlton told the December 8 council meeting it's time to turn up the volume on council meeting recordings.

"It's been a huge problem and we have had a lot of complaints," she said.

Currently, RQM council meetings are video recorded using an old iPhone in a corner of the council chambers.

Mayor Darlene Norman advised, "In order to make it audio and video-friendly we need to invest money. It has just been patched up for many years. It is a major expenditure that would require budget deliberations."

RQM's chief administrative officer, Chris McNeill, said the issue requires more discussion since it would cost close to $10,000 to hire a consultant to recommend a re-designing of the chamber and audio/video options, then another $35,000 to $40,000 investment to purchase the required equipment.

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