Hoping for an early spring in Coe Hill

Rosa hopes spring comes soon to Coe Hill . . . Photo by Brent Goodwin

Rosa hopes spring comes soon to Coe Hill . . . Photo by Brent Goodwin


Deputy Reeve Brent Goodwin passed along a photo taken at the Food Mart in Coe Hill,  with this information: “Rosa hopes spring comes soon to Coe Hill . . .”

Hey, is that the Liquor store still back there, buried in the snow?

Coe Hill revitalization plans at Wollaston Township council Feb. 4


One of the new Coe Hill signs installed in 2008

One of the new Coe Hill signs installed in 2008

Deputy Reeve Brent Goodwin says downtown Coe Hill revitalization plans will be up for discussion Wed., Feb. 4 at township council. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the township hall.

He said revitalization co-ordinator Chris Drost will discuss the summary of comment from a design workshop last fall (see comments from the meeting below) and the action plan for Coe Hill this year.

Click here for information from the Wollaston Township web site about the revitalization plan.


 Coe Hill community Design Workshop  October 16, 2008

Summary of Comments/Suggestions

 ATVs/snowmobiles also require consideration when it comes to traffic calming methods. 

 Where does the highway become a hamlet? Where does the community begin? 

 Sidewalks end long before the entrance signs.

 The boundaries of a community are determined by where the sidewalks end.

S bend in road helps to naturally slow down traffic. 10 Approach from the west – less likely to show down traffic 

 Hwy 620 is very wide. We need to reduce the roadway visually. 

 Sidewalks could later be extended to edges of the hamlet. 

 Lighting standards add a vertical element that can slow traffic. They should be as close to the highway as possible. (It is also better if they are placed between the road and the sidewalk to help delineate vehicular from pedestrian traffic.) 

 Adding light standards on the bridge with hanging flower baskets would be a suggestion for slowing traffic. The light standards need to be frequent to have impact. It is often better to go for less expensive standards and purchase more than go for expensive ones and only be able to have a few. 

 Light standards could be purchased by individuals who would like to donate funds in memory of a loved one.

Trevor encourages us to make more use of Fairgrounds. 

 Sidewalks should go as far as Fairgrounds and the rink and perhaps right to the bridge. 

 Adding cross-walks at key locations would be useful (i.e near rink, at Wollaston Rd., Food Mart)

Paint on the road could be used as an inexpensive means for getting started. 

 There are many cyclists in Coe Hill. They also need consideration. Could we add bike racks for bicyclists, hitching posts for horseback riders? 

 The fence at the Fairgrounds is a barrier. Shrubs, crock garden, plantings such as Virginia Creeper could be added to soften the look of the fence. 

 The road seems very wide right up to the school. 

 The Wollaston Lake Rd. sign is very large. Scale should be considered. When a sign is large people think they are on a highway and drive too fast. Smaller signage makes people slow down and watch for the signs. 

 Revitalization is currently looking at community signage. Volunteers are required to assist. 

 A “Discovery Walk” could be added to the community to encourage people to visit different parts of the hamlet. A map guide could be on the new bulletin board at the Post Office.

Wollaston Lake Rd. and #620 – How do you get to the sitting area? The corner is very wide and the sidewalk ends. The roadway could be broken up with an island at Wollaston Lake Road. Some form of vertical public art could be added to the island. Lines could be painted on the road to slow people down – potential cross-walk. (Note: Talk to Roads Department) 

 Hard packed stone could be an alternative to concrete sidewalks if the budget is currently limited. 

 The paved hill on the edge of the road could be changed to a retaining wall to create room for a sidewalk. Linking the entire hamlet by a good sidewalk is critical. 

 Pedestrian access to Hideaway Grill could be improved. The restaurant is an asset to the community. A rock garden in front could also be added.

The residences in Coe Hill provide an interesting visual mix along with businesses. Residence s show pride of the community and make it a very walkable hamlet.

Porches are great. Residences have retained character.

 Everything is framed in greenery. This is a great asset. 

 Public art can be on a public or private property as evident in the community. 

 There is a lack of pedestrian access to Coe Hill County Market. 

 Sidewalks should take priority over driveways. Driveways should not cover over sidewalk. 

 There is no pedestrian access to LCBO. The sign could be brought down to a more human scale and changed to front lit from back lit.

At the west end of the hamlet the sidewalk should be extended. A crossing could be added on the road at the west end of town. 

 Foodmart has issues and confusion around parking. The sidewalk is not obvious. The sidewalk could be made to go in front of regular parking. 

 A cross-walk could also be added in front of Food mart. 

 Retaining wall pavers could be added and repeated elsewhere throughout town to create a pattern that ties the community together aesthetically and functionally.

Need to bring sidewalk into the park

Chainlink fence at the park is not ideal. Other more aesthetically pleasing, but still functional in terms of safety, options could be investigated. (i.e snake rail fence?) 

 A public art project could be added at the park.

Large vehicle and trailer parking near park would be helpful for tourists wishing to stop there.

 In the section near the Country Kitchen lamp standards or coloured paving etc. would help slow traffic. Sidewalks are not delineated in this area and actually blend in with the highway. 

 Driveways can be defined by adding vertical elements such as light standards.

The area in front of the Legion could be developed as an interactive space with public art, a sitting or gathering area and an attractive permanent sign. 

 Signage at the REmax building could be replaced with a front lit sign.

Bubbles with vertical features could be added in the section between Remax and the Country Kitchen to condense the look of the highway and to help separate roadway from sidewalk. 

 More frequent light standards would be preferable. 

 Pedestrian connectivity to the school is needed. 

 The driveway at the school is very wide. There is a need to delineate the parking area.

Could a on-way driveway be added at the school? 

 The fence in front of the school could be greened up and student art be added along the fence. 

 A garden rock wall would make an attractive addition to the Church/Dharma Centre

Sidewalks in winter and summer are a big issue. A community is measured by how pedestrian friendly it is.

At the Post Office there is an opportunity to create a social space by extending the green space to the sidewalk. The bulletin board is a good start. This could be a focal point of the community with a sitting area, public square, public art, community tables for checkers/chess. 

 Where the newly painted pole is (former gas station) the half moon driveway adds an extra entrance to the roadway that is not needed.

There are varied amounts of hydro poles, high lights and uneven location of poles throughout the community. 

 The frequency of light standards needs to be greater and combined with banners/flags etc. Frequency matters!

Parasitic signs such as the one for Smitty’s can become an eyesore. 

 Merm’s is landmark building in the community and has good potential. 

 The Heritage Trail is not visible enough in the downtown. There are safety considerations as well. 

 Revitalization could meet with EOTA now that new funding is being made available.

We need better signage at Faraday Rd. and #620 to let people know there are stores/restaurants downtown.

Hastings County gets $2.8 million for affordable housing; includes grants to help people buy homes

There’s $2.8 million for Hastings County to help people find “affordable housing” or help people buy homes.

The announcement includes $700,000 going to an already opened, 10-unit rental unit in Bancroft and  $155,000 in “funding to 25 low and moderate-income households” to  purchase a home.

Here’s the full press release…

County of Hastings gets $2.8 million boost for affordable housing

HASTINGS, ON, Feb. 2 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario today announced $2.8 million in funding for affordable housing in the County of Hastings under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.

The announcement was made by Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); and Leona Dombrowsky, MPP for Prince Edward – Hastings and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Watson, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

“The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most,” said MP Kramp.

“This funding is helping the several projects the County of Hastings give low-income families and individuals with special needs hope, dignity and a path to a safer, better and stronger future.”

“Through this allocation in the County of Hastings, the McGuinty government is renewing its commitment to work with our housing partners to grow the supply of affordable housing,” said Minister Dombrowsky.

The $2.8 million allocation includes:

– A six-unit project in Trenton, now officially open. The project is sponsored by K&G Holdings, and received $420,000 under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The units are occupied by individuals with special needs.

– A three-unit project in Frankford, now officially opened. This project is sponsored by K&G Holdings, and received $210,000 in funding under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The units are occupied by low-income individuals.

– A 10-unit project in Bancroft, now officially opened. The project is sponsored by Ken Papakiriazis, and will receive $700,000 under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The units are occupied by individuals with special needs.

– An 18-unit project in Belleville, now under construction. The project is sponsored by Springale Development Inc., and will receive more than $1.2 million under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The units will be occupied by individuals with special needs.

– A two-unit project in Tweed, now under construction. The project is sponsored by Chris Zavos and Adam Zegouras of 792169 Ontario Inc., and will receive $140,000 under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The units will be occupied by low-income individuals. – A one-unit project in Frankford, now under construction. The project is sponsored by K&G Holdings, and will receive $70,000 under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The unit will be occupied by a low-income individual.

– More than $155,000 in funding to 25 low and moderate-income households in the County of Hastings under the Homeownership component of the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.

“Hastings County has been pleased to participate in the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. This partnership has improved the lives of County residents through the creation of new affordable rental housing and has made home ownership possible for several families,” said Hastings’ Warden Ron Emond.

“It is important to note that Hastings County is prepared to take advantage of any upcoming federal/provincial stimulus package that is directed at building or acquiring more affordable housing. The need for affordable housing continues to out strip the availability.”

The Canada – Ontario Affordable Housing Program comprises a commitment of $301 million from each of the two senior levels of government. In total, the federal, provincial and municipal governments will invest at least $734 million in the program, which will provide affordable housing for up to 20,000 households in Ontario.

Under the AHP, every region in Ontario has been allocated a specific amount of funding to assist low to moderate-income rental households to purchase affordable homes through interest-free down-payment assistance loans.

Wollaston Winter Warm-Up party in Coe Hill Feb. 14, 2009

I wish I could get to Coe Hill for this… sounds like fun…

Wollaston Winter Warm-up coming Feb. 14 at the rink in Coe Hill.

Wollaston Winter Warm-up coming Feb. 14 at the rink in Coe Hill.


Winter Warm Up, Feb 14, 2009

Please join us at the fink from 1 p.m. until dark.

We will have family skating, games, an ice bike show and a bon-fire with chili and hot dogs at dusk.

Free hot drink and cookies throughout the afternoon. Please bring camp chairs and marshmallows.

Welcome to Coe Hill (Road), U.S.A.

Google News alerts are a blast.  Punch in a couple of words you want to search for, and your in box fills up with e-mails pointing you to matching words on web sites around the world.

Today, “Coe Hill” popped up related to a weird bird story in newspaper from Laconia, New Hampsire U.S.A.  As in “Coe Hill Road”  in the small town of Center Harbor.

Here’s the clipping…


Monty Python fans probably recall the skit of the exploding penguin. “The penguin on your television set is about to explode,” the announcer says with perfect BBC diction, while two ditzy women are glued to the screen. Sure enough, seconds later the stuffed bird blows apart.

This hilarious sketch came to mind this week as bird-watchers, photographers and all manner of the curious flocked (no pun intended) to Coe Hill Road in Center Harbor to catch glimpse and snap a photo of a Northern Hawk Owl. 

Ornithologists said the bird is a rather rare sight in these parts.

The bird seemed to take all the attention in stride, staring back at the ogling spectators. But you couldn’t help but wonder what the bird was thinking. 

Perhaps, “Get lost,” or, “I want to be alone.”

The owl didn’t explode, but if it had kicked up some kind of fuss, wouldn’t it have been a scream?

Anybody know if there’s a people connection between Coe Hill and  Center Harbour, NH?