James Taylor passes at 92

In the archives of our LWRA the first Newsletter to be found from 1972, as written by Secretary Mrs. Margaret McGregor,  has James Taylor listed as one of the Charter Members and a Director of the LWRA. Mr. Taylor served on the LWRA for the next 25 years, adding a great deal to the quality of life on our lakes by making the protection of this environment a priority.

In recognition of his many years of contributing to the LWRA, in the May 30, 1996 edition of the Newsletter, Editor Bob Mofford wrote: “Last year we introduced the new position of “Honorary Lifetime Officiate of L.W.R.A.” This honour is bestowed on those nominated Members who have served as Directors for at least 10 years. The appointment is in recognition of the individual’s contribution in support of LWRA. I am pleased to inform you that Jim Taylor and Cec McBeth were nominated and unanimously accepted as Honorary Lifetime Officiates.”

For many years Jim’s amphibious aircraft was a common sight on the lake as he and his family arrived from their Toronto area home to the lake he loved so well. Many young people around the lake, including Limerick Lodge owner George Offshack, experienced flying for the first time with Jim Taylor at the controls. He will be deeply missed by many.

OBITUARY and Funeral Arrangements for June 1, 2016

James Taylor died peacefully, at the Village of Humber Heights, on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the age of 92. Beloved husband of the late Mary Joyce Warren and the late Mary Duncan. Loving father of Joan Nourse (Dan) and John (Éva). Proud grandfather of Brian (Nikki) and Laura (Brady). Dear brother of the late Evelyn Clarke. Friends and family may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane Subway, on Wednesday, June 1st, from 6-9 p.m. Memorial Services will be held in the Chapel for immediate family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Diabetes Association or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.


LWRA Action Plan

LWRA – Action Planning Log

Last Updated:  May 22, 2016:  JMM

Action Responsible Due Date Comments/ Update
Repeatable Septic Pump Outs for water access cottages Jan 2019 or sooner Will advertise to get on list on the Marina boards
Water clarity testing Mel/ Kim June 30th We can access historical data on line (confirmed)

Mel will do the testing

Kim will give the data to Kyle who will graph/ Alan will post

Loon Count Kimberly/ Alan June 30th Same as above – Kimberly will work to get historical results (available on line)

Alan to check with Linda to see if she wants to count loons

Pat Kincaid will count on Mephisto

Participate on committee to develop bylaw for distance of lumbering from lake shores for Hastings County


Jan/ Paul Summer 2016 Topographical vision – in addition to distance

Steenburgh Lake Association – may have similar interest – check this

Investigate tree planting on Dark Lake

Write to Long Year (Jan)

Execute planting summer of 2016 (Paul)

Jan / Paul Summer 2016
Invasive Species –

–  Jan to get update from George / Check FOCA on what he learned at invasive species training

– Replace old sign at the dock with new one (Mel)

– Kim/ Kyle will work to understand and develop education materials

Kim, Kyle (info/ education)

Jan/ Mel (update & sign)

June 30/16 Confirmed power wash outs not effective

Find information on both plant and fish invasive species information and at minimum educate

Maintain  LWRA bulletin board(s) at the Marina Jan Ongoing
Get Revised LWRA bylaws accepted at AGM Jan July 3/16
DNO insurance – sufficient scope and pricing Lexi/ Mary July 3/16 Policy does cover US citizens
Update our lake map Alex/ Kyle August 1/16 Have ready to hand out at picnic
Communication Strategy (Jan)

Link our blog to face book (Mel, Kim, Mary, Sasha)

Mel/ Kim/ Mary/ Sasha July 3/16
Picnic – 2016

Offer tickets on Pay Pal and at Mel and Jan’s cottages?

See other notes below

Mary/ Alan/ Paul August 3/16
Attend Township variance committee meetings Jan Ongoing
Fire protection:

Support available from the township? (Lexi & Mary)

Is the pump useable?  (????)

Lexi/ Mary Have an email and will contact township

There were multiple pumps – Carsons, Pethicks?  – Need to check this out (Mark Tripp)

Liaison with Foca Mary Ongoing

May 22nd, 2016 Meeting Minutes – In addition to updated action plan: 

  1. Financial Update:
    1. Financial update (Mary)
      1. 8500 in bank
      2. Main costs are insurance, FOCA, Picnic
      3. Agreed to keep membership fee at $50 for one more year and review again next year
  1. Motion to accept revised LWRA By-laws by Kimberly.  Seconded by Alex.  All in favour.
  1. Picnic:
    1. Food:  Ask Cheryl to cater the corn, hot dogs, pulled pork on buns.  Pot luck salads and desserts.  (Paul)
    2. Sara Malone will do games
    3. Confirm George okay with using the lodge (Jan)
    4. Alan, Kyle, Ed – set up / take down
    5. 50/50:  TBD
    6. MC and execution committee – Mel, Alan, Ed
    7. Greg Hannah – ask and set aside $300
    8. Garbage/ Recycle at the end:  Alex (Jay)
    9. Advertising – boat drops/ posters/ blog [Jan/ Alan]
    10. Price – potentially 15/5 … table for next meeting
  1. AGM: July 3rd, 2-16 @ 11:00 am at the Lodge
    1. LWRA will meet for 1 hour prior to this for regular agenda items
    2. Invite Reeve – Kim
    3. Check for guest speakers (FOCA and MNR) – Jan
    4. Advertise the AGM – Blog (Alan), Create boat drop pamphlet and execute (Kyle/ Jan)
  1. Motion to add Sasha, Ed and Kyle to the board of directors by Paul.  Seconded by Kimberly.  All in favour.

Next Meeting Agenda Items to be scheduled:

  1. Action Log Updates (every meeting)

LWRA Revised By-laws


Last Revision Date:  May 22nd, 2016

Limerick Waterways Ratepayers Association (LWRA) BY-LAWS

The Limerick Waterways Ratepayers Association (LWRA) is an association of cottagers on Limerick, St. Ola, and other adjacent lakes and waterways within Limerick Township. The organization was started in 1971 and incorporated in 1976. Its objectives are:

1. To protect the environment, water quality and general quality of cottage life for our members;

2. To work with Limerick Township, Hastings County, and the Province of Ontario in the interests of our members;

3. To promote the mutual assistance of our members and to enhance social relationships among our members and others;

4. To promote and protect the interests of cottagers on Limerick, St. Ola and Mephisto Lakes and the connecting waterways;


The Association shall be called “Limerick Waterways Ratepayers Association” (LWRA).


The head office of the corporation shall be at such place as the directors may from time to time determine.


Membership is available to those who own property within the designated area, family members, and associates appointed by the property owners(s).

Membership carries with it the right to two (2) voting representatives, per registered property owner, at any meeting of the association.  These persons should be referred to as “Voting Members”

Voting Members are represented by any of the following, totalling two people:

Registered property owner in the jurisdiction, and/or family member(s) and/or an associate(s) appointed by the property owner

If the property owner wishes the second vote to be other than a direct family member, the LWRA secretary must receive written notification of this at least 1 weeks prior to any LWRA meeting

The membership year runs on a calendar year from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31st.

Membership fees are payable to LWRA (Limerick Waterways Ratepayers Association).  Dues are payable by cheque, cash, or electronically via pay-pal or its equivalent.

A member deemed in default shall automatically lose his/her membership until such time as dues have been paid in full.


The directors shall set the annual membership fee by resolution.  The directors have the right to set and change the amount.


The year shall commence on January 1.

The year-end financial position and results of operations for the period then ended should be reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors annually and presented to the membership at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).


An Annual General Meeting shall be held on a date to be fixed by the Directors for the purpose of reporting to the membership, electing Directors for the ensuing term, and for the transaction of any other business.

All Directors shall be nominated and elected at an Annual Meeting. The term of office is three years. Three of the total eleven directors will be elected each year according to a three-year rotation administered by the President.

Names of new Directors may also be brought forward by existing Directors.  If needed, new Directors may be instated as interim Directors by the existing board assuming a quorum and a majority vote of approval

Prospective Directors brought forward in this manner will attend at least one meeting prior to the existing board voting to make them an “interim” Director

Interim directors would be approved at the next Annual AGM

Fourteen days written notice prior to the Annual General Meeting shall be sent either by regular mail, facsimile transmission, or electronic mail transmission to each member of any Annual or special general meeting of members.

Fifty percent of attending members shall constitute a quorum for the holding of the Annual General Meeting.

Each voting member shall have one vote at the Annual General Meeting or any other general or special meeting, provided that, if it is a new membership, the membership has been in good standing for 30 days prior to the Annual General Meeting, or if it is an existing membership, that the membership is in good standing prior to the vote.  Motions shall be determined by a simple majority of votes on a show of hands or by secret ballot when required.

In electing Directors, where more than the required number of Directors are nominated and stand for election, the election shall be by secret ballot.

Five members of the Association whose memberships are in good standing may ask the directors to call a general meeting of the members for any purpose connected with the affairs of the Association that is not inconsistent with The Corporations Act.

The request for the meeting must state the general nature of the business to be presented at the meeting, shall be signed by the members requesting the meeting, and shall be sent to the members of the executive.

Upon receipt of the request, the directors shall call forthwith the meeting of the members for the transaction of the business stated in the request.

If within 35 days from the date of the deposit of the request, the directors do not call and hold the meeting, any of the requesting members may call such meeting, which shall be held within 60 days from the date of the deposit of the request.


The Board of Directors shall consist of 11 Directors.

There may be no more than one director per property.

The Officers shall consist of a President, Vice President, Past President, Secretary and Treasurer. Officers will be elected at the next Board of Directors meeting following the Annual General Meeting.

The President’s length of term is a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 3 years. Length of term for other officers is a minimum of 2 years but may be extended at the discretion of the board.

Between Annual General Meetings, the Board of Directors is responsible to the membership for the management and conduct of the affairs, funds, and property of the Association. They will:

Elect officers and members and chairpersons of committees

Constitute new committees

Authorize necessary expenditures and make contracts

Authorize the borrowing of money and banking

Appoint signing officers, employees and/or agents

51% of the Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business of the Directors provided a reasonable effort has been made to have a meeting of all the Directors.  Motions in meetings of the Directors shall be decided by simple majority of the votes cast.  In the event of a tie, the President’s vote can be used to break the tie.  Any director may participate in a meeting of the board of directors by means of a conference telephone or other communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other.

The Directors shall make every effort to meet a minimum of 4 times per year. Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed.  While summer meetings will typically take place in person and on the long weekends of May, July and August, meetings may be conducted in person or via electronic conference calls.

Any 3 of 11 directors (or 30% of existing directors), whichever is less, may request a meeting of the Board of Directors.


Directors shall serve without remuneration, salary, or profit form the position of director.  Directors may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.


All Directors and officers of the Association and their heirs, executors, administrators, and their estates and effects respectively, shall at all times be indemnified and saved harmless out of the funds of the Association from and against:

All costs, charges and expenses which the Director or Officer sustains or incurs in or about any action, suit or proceeding which is brought, commenced or prosecuted against him or her for, or in respect of, any act, deed, matter or things whatsoever made, done or permitted by him or her or about the execution of the duties of his or her office.

All other costs, charges, and expenses which the Director or Officer sustains or incurs in or about or in relation to the affairs thereof, except such costs, charges or expenses as are occasioned by his or her own wilful neglect or default.

The Association may also indemnify any Director in such other circumstances as the Law may permit or require.  Nothing in this By-Law shall limit the right of any person entitled to indemnity to claim indemnity apart from the provisions of this By-Law to the extent permitted by Law.


The funds of the Association shall be in the keeping of the Treasurer who shall deposit these in a chartered Canadian Bank or Trust Company and shall make payments for the Association on the said bank account(s), with the exception of petty cash payments for which the Treasurer will account by voucher.


The Directors may appoint Standing Committees and Special Committees as required, e.g. Picnic and Barbeque; Septic, Boat Safety etc.


Amendments to these By-Laws are to be approved at the Annual General Meeting, or at any general meeting properly called. Members must be notified at least two (2) weeks before the meeting.  Any amendment to the By-Laws must be passed by a fifty percent of members present at the general membership meeting.

The board of directors may, by resolution, make, amend or repeal any by-laws that regulate the activities or affairs of the Association.  Any such by-law, amendment or repeal shall be effective from the date of the resolution of directors until the next meeting of members where it may be confirmed, rejected or amended by the members by ordinary resolution. If the by-law, amendment or repeal is confirmed or confirmed as amended by the members it remains effective in the form in which it was confirmed. The by-law, amendment or repeal ceases to have effect if it is not submitted to the members at the next meeting of members or if it is rejected by the members at the meeting.

If you use Robinson Lake Road

Take Note:

Temporary Road Closure Robinson Lake Road, Limerick Township June 14th 2015

Robinson Lake road will be temporarily closed to traffic approximately 240 metres west of Highway 62 on June 14th 2016 from 9:00am to 2:00pm. The road is closed to allow for culvert replacement. The back-up date for this activity is June 15th 2016.

For more information please contact:

Limerick Township Road Superintendent Jason Post CRS

Roads Superintendent 613-474-0060 (Phone) 613-474-0478 (Facsimile) roads@township.limerick.on.ca http://www.township.limerick.on.ca



89 Limerick Lake Road R. R. #2, GILMOUR, ON K0L 1W0

Office: 613-474-2863 Building: 613-474-2646

Coe Hill Photography

Birds, Bees and Bugs

A photo presentation by

Jim Jennings, member of the Bancroft Photography Club

Date: May 27, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Location: Coe Hill Legion

Sponsored by the

Friends of the Wollaston and Limerick Library

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please contact Bonnie at the Wollaston and Limerick Library at 613-337-5183 for more information