Public Notice: Planning Meeting Cancelled

The Planning Meeting scheduled for October 2nd has been cancelled, as there are no planning issues to be dealt with at this time. The next regular planning meeting will take place on November 6th at 11:00 a.m.

If you have any questions please contact:
Tonia Bennett, CMO, Dipl.M.A
Municipal Clerk/Executive Assistant to the CAO
Municipality of Marmora and Lake
613-472-2629 ext. 2221

Reminder to Snow Birds


It is recommended to shut the water off and drain the pipes in your home if you plan on leaving your home vacant during the cold winter months. Leaving the water on can result in frozen/burst pipes and can cost thousands of dollars in property damage and water consumption bills. If you plan to leave the heat on in your home, please ensure it is checked frequently.

There is a $50 service charge to have your water shut off by the Municipality at the curb stop. To make arrangements, please call the Environmental Services office at 613-472-6285.

Public Transit adds a third run to Belleville

Central Hastings Transit is excited to announce that they are starting the third run to Belleville every weekday beginning September 4th.

For the Marmora/Stirling route, there is also a change to the current route which will now enable riders to travel to Stirling and Marmora from Belleville more easily. The new route will also allow travel to Madoc from Marmora and Stirling, which is essential considering the information about the availability of an x-ray service in Madoc starting at the end of September.


New schedules will be printed it on YELLOW paper to differentiate easily between the old and new schedules. 

Central Hastings Support Network will be re-stocking all the brochure holders throughout the area over the next few days including Madoc, Marmora, Tweed and Stirling.

"We are excited about this expansion of the transit service and value the support of all five municipalities, as well as our other funders, without which this service could not be provided."
- Sally Gale, Executive Director, Central Hastings Support Network

Important Links:
Central Hastings Transit Facebook page


Visit the Public Transportation page of our website:

Jennifer BennettComment
Notice of Library Board Vacancy

The Municipality of Marmora and Lake is currently seeking volunteers for the Library Board.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a Canadian citizen, and a resident of the Municipality of
Marmora and Lake. Employees of the Library or the municipality may not apply.

Interested candidates are asked to send a letter outlining their interests in the committee including all background/skills you possess that would be beneficial.

Please forward to the undersigned by September 7, 2018.

(Mrs.)Tonia Bennett, Clerk
Municipality of Marmora and Lake
12 Bursthall Street, P.O. Box 459
Marmora, ON, K0K 2M0

Another Successful Swim Program!

The Municipality of Marmora and Lake is proud to offer a swim program in the core of their community. This program takes place at the Marmora Beach located on Crowe River. Sponsored by the Red Cross and Lifesaving Society, students learn the fundamentals of swimming as well as leadership, perseverance and valuable first aid skills.

A total of 144 swimmers completed the Marmora swim program during the summer of 2018.

"My 2-year-old son completed his two-week program and it was great to see how comfortable he had become in the water. It also showed me games I could play with him to continue his improvement on our own."
- Local Resident

This summer 8 students successfully completed their Bronze Exam and will go on to become lifeguards.


The Marmora Beach Staff hosted their annual potluck BBQ on August 24. Students and their families returned to the beach to enjoy a beautiful sunny day while playing games and eating a delicious lunch together. This event was held to celebrate the success of swimmers enrolled in the program. A special thank you to Craig Potter, owner of Valu-mart, for generously donating 200 hot dogs and buns to the Beach Party.

The Marmora Beach swim program would not be possible without the help of all of its participants, parents and community sponsors. Thank you to the Marmora Crowe Valley Lions Club for donating new beach and safety equipment that will be used for many summers to come.

Registration for summer 2019 will take place June 24-28 2019 at the Marmora Beach, 2 Cameron St. Marmora ON.

For more information about the program please refer to the Municipality of Marmora & Lake website or follow the program on Facebook at Marmora Beach Swimming Lessons.

Jennifer BennettComment
History in the Park a Success

The Municipality received a beautiful bronze plaque from the Hastings County Historical Society Tuesday night. The crowd came early looking for hot dogs that the Crowe Valley Lions Club were handing out before their weekly Music In The Park event. 

We were lucky to hear from some great speakers. Thanks to Mike Bossio (MP), Bob Hadley (Executive Assistant to Daryl Kramp (MPP)), Linda Bracken (Deputy Mayor), and Cathie Jones (Marmora Historical Foundation). For transcripts of the Marmora Historical Foundation and Linda Bracken's speech scroll down to the bottom of the page.

The Crowe Valley Lions Club were an integral part of the evening celebration, giving away 100 hot dogs to the attendees. They held their weekly Music in the Park, which is always well attended, and supplied the Municipality with a great sound system for the videos to close out the night.

The crowd enjoyed the educational miners loop videos, as well as the documentary Lest We Forget, a look at Deloro's mining contribution to both WWI and WWII.



Marmora Historical Foundation, by Andre Philpot

In 1820 three emigrants who were to reshape Upper Canada stepped off ships in Montreal.

The first, still a boy, was John Alexander MacDonald destined for Kingston, and to become the father of Confederation.

The second was William Lyon MacKenzie destined for Toronto who would be our most famous rebel and the man who would lead the colony towards democracy.

The third was an extraordinary entrepreneur heading here to Marmora to set up the colony’s first great industry.

That year, Charles Hayes, enticed by the colonial government, came from England to start Upper Canada’s first Iron Town and her first real industry.

Unlike most immigrants he travelled in some style and arrived in November 1st ,1820, at Kingston, ‘in perfect safety by steamboat’. But that was where the comfort and safety ended for his target was up here in what was endless bush virtually without settlers or roads. He had been sold on the idea of an ironworks based on an ‘inexhaustible mountain of iron ore’ at Blairton to floated by barge be processed to a site just upstream form here at the ‘great falls’ of the Crowe river.

Despite the isolation and hardship, by spring of 1821 the Hayes ironworks had began to grow around two great blast furnaces. They were  operated by the 200 hundred or so, old-world miners who Hayes enticed here with him. Fed with the Iron Ore from Blairton and wood from thousands of surrounding acres, the furnaces pored out tons of molten iron. Ballast, stoves, and, even two cannons, that Hayes declared to be ‘able and suited to defend the empire’, were produced. And this Village grew.

The difficulties of transporting such heavy products down muddy trails to markets so far away, meant steady financial loses and finally closure. In 1825 Hayes went back to Britain to pine for Marmora but never to return.

He left behind however an Irontown with the Blast Furnaces, the system of dams, the housing, the forest resources, and the village.  For the next century dreamers found it impossible to believe that it couldn’t work. Time after time they attempted to get the ironworks going again.

There was a move afoot to transfer the Kingston Penitentiary here and use the free labour. Even a plan to dig a canal for water transport to the Trent. Surely it would work if there were just better routes from Marmora to the markets of her products.

Later there was a rail line, right here through the park,(you are standing on it) , established to try again to make the works profitable.  Nothing seemed to work but it was never for lack of trying of for lack of dreaming.

By the 1880s the dreaming had subsided but not before the works had attracted a ‘who’s who’ of Upper Canada Society.

In the 1840s the mine manager, Anthony Manahan, could have changed history if only he were more popular. He ran against, and lost to John A. MacDonald, our future father of confederation’s who had embarked on first quest for high office. That election was a three- day affair, fueled by a lot of alcohol and ending with a public ‘shout out’ vote in the Kingston Town square.  John A. MacDonald was born for that sort of format and the dour Anthony Manahan was not—he was trounced. The rest, as they say, is history.

But who knows, had Manahan won, perhaps you would be standing now in the Capital of Canada!!

Over the next two centuries prospectors on a great treasure hunt for the mother lode, developed nearby mineral deposits. They dug up everything from marble, lithographic limestone, and lead, to gold and silver.

Mining Hamlets—Deloro, Cordova Mines, Malone, Eldorado, Bannockburn, etc.. etc., sprang up and each for a while thrived. As the plaque says, surnames of those first miners so many years ago are still prevalent today here in what is truly the birthplace of mining in Ontario.

Here’s something to think about:

In 2017, Canada celebrated its 150th anniversary.

In 2020, Marmora will begin to celebrate her 200th!

So--Let’s look upon the placing of this plaque, not as a single event, but as the beginning of the celebration of our extraordinary and unique heritage.


Linda Bracken, Deputy Mayor

When we heard about the opportunity to apply for a historical plaque we immediately thought of the miners in the area and how those miners became the roots of the Marmora family tree.

The Marmora Historical Foundation has a link to the 1861 Marmora Census. And while looking over that document so many names sounded familiar. There were 1500 names on the list.

14 Crawford's

14 Reed's

15 Hughes'

19 Campion's

20 Derry's

21 Gawley's

And the Shannon's and Jone's tied for 27 each.

Now, it's hard to tell if all of these families had miners among them. Some were Irish, English, Welsh, how many reasons were there, at that time, for people to make such a journey to the little hamlet of Marmora?

Whatever the reason for their journey, those names have been apart of the fabric of Marmora and area for generations. The men in the mines and the women making the home were hard and resilient people. I would say that those qualities are still prevalent today in Marmora and District. As we branch out as a municipality, we owe a lot to the miners that settled here. We now live in one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the province. I don't think you would live here if you didn't enjoy the nature that we are settled in. The Land Between they call it. Lucky for us the geology that made this land enticing to so many families still impacts our lives today.

Jennifer BennettComment
Notice of Application and Notice of Public Meeting


NOTICE is hereby given that the Council of the Municipality of Marmora and Lake has received an application for a zoning by-law amendment, complete with the prescribed information for the subject lands located Registered Plan 83, Part of Lots 6&7 West of Forsyth Street, Reference Plan 21R-2109, Part 2 &3 and 21R-21914, Part 1 also known as 25 & 29 Forsyth Street in the Village of Marmora.

TAKE NOTICE that the Municipality of Marmora and Lake Planning Advisory Committee will hold a Public Meeting on September 4th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers at #12 Bursthall Street to consider the proposed zoning by-law amendment under Section 34 of the Planning Act R.S.O. 1990, c. P.13.  

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT of the proposed zoning bylaw amendment is to rezone the subject lands from the Main Street Centre (MC) Zone to the Special Main Street Centre No. 4 (MC-4) Zone. The Site Specific (MC) Main Street Commercial Zone is requested for relief of maximum building height to 15.5 meters, minimum landscaped open space 4.8%, minimum parking space requirements for residential uses to 1.15 spaces per dwelling unit and non-residential uses to nil, and for minimum parking space length to 5.5 meters.

ADDITIONAL information and material relating to the application for the proposed zoning by-law amendment is available for inspection by any member of the public during regular business hours at the municipal office, #12 Bursthall Street, Marmora. ANY PERSON may attend the Public Meeting and/or make written or verbal representation for the proposed zoning by-law amendment.

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the Municipal Council for the Municipality of Marmora and Lake to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Municipality of Marmora and Lake before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submission to the Municipal Council for the Municipality of Marmora and Lake before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Municipality of Marmora and Lake on the proposed zoning by-law amendment, you must make a written request to the name and address below:

Dated the 23rd day of July, 2018.

Tonia Bennett, CMO, Dipl. M.A.
Clerk, Municipality of Marmora and Lake
#12 Bursthall Street
P.O. Box 459
Marmora, Ontario  
K0K 2M0   (613) 472-2629

M.A.R.S. Donates Funds for Basketball in Marmora
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M.A.R.S. (Marmora Area Recreation Supporters) has given the Municipality of Marmora and Lake $3,500 to fund the instalment of basketball nets in Legion Park. 

M.A.R.S. was started in 1995 as a fundraising group to finance capital recreation projects in Marmora.

Lone fundraising is done by selling of Nevada Tickets at Marmora Valu-Mart and the group would like to thank Craig Potter for that space.

Members of M.A.R.S. present Municipal staff member Jenn Bennett with a cheque for $3,533.91 for the public basketball nets now in Legion Park.  From Left: Mary Jane Goodchild, Al Fluke, Jenn Bennett, Bill Deline, and Leo Provost. Missing from the picture is M.A.R.S. member Russ Mitchell

Members of M.A.R.S. present Municipal staff member Jenn Bennett with a cheque for $3,533.91 for the public basketball nets now in Legion Park.

From Left: Mary Jane Goodchild, Al Fluke, Jenn Bennett, Bill Deline, and Leo Provost. Missing from the picture is M.A.R.S. member Russ Mitchell

M.A.R.S. would like to thanks the people who purchase Nevada Tickets at the Marmora Valumart. Since August 1996 the profits from the sale of Nevada ticket have been donated to the following:

  1. $49,538 - Marmora Memorial Park 
  2. $43,923 - Marmora Ball Diamond
  3. $34,317 - Playground Equipment
  4. $131,062 - Marmora North Park
  5. $10,000 - Marmora Medical Centre
  6. $2,061 - Arena Equipment
  7. $5,000 - Swim Docks
  8. $1,000 - Madoc Skate Park
  9. $1,000 - Children's Nursery Centre
  10. $10,000 - Marmora Town Clock
  11. $3,533 - Basketball Nets

TOTAL = $291,434

Fire Ban Downgraded to Restricted


Allows for small self-contained fires for the purpose of cooking or heating, no closer than 10 feet from any combustibles fire must be extinguished properly after cooking is completed. Persons responsible for their fire and any costs associated with fighting a fire that is allowed to get out of control.

Thank you
Tony Brownson, Fire Chief, CEMC
Marmora & Lake Fire and Emergency Services

Fire Ban Clarification

Please note there is still a complete fire ban in effect. There have been fines issued for calls we have received already and there will be more issued for future calls. Zero Tolerance there will be no warnings issued. So please do not burn.

Open air burning not allowed. Increased fire safety level in place. Required permits will not be issued.

Update: To report a fire during a complete fire ban call 911.

Fire Ban Definitions

Total/Complete Fire Ban

No open flame allowed, no campfires, no propane fired fireplaces, only devices that are designed for cooking of food are allowed, and of course no open-air burning. Fines will be issued for any person contravening this fire ban.

Restricted Fire Ban

Allows for small self-contained fires for the purpose of cooking and heat, no closer than 10 feet from any combustibles fire must be extinguished properly after cooking is completed. Persons responsible for their fire and any costs associated with fighting a fire that is allowed to get out of control.

Thank you
Tony Brownson, Fire Chief, CEMC
Marmora & Lake Fire and Emergency Services

Notice of Municipal Elections Campaign Policy


Please be advised that in accordance with Section 88.24 of the Municipal Elections Act, it's in contravention of the act for a person to campaign prior to filing nomination papers with the Municipal Clerk for the position of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillor or School Board Trustee.

The nomination period is now open and continues until July 27, 2018 at 2 p.m. Once papers are filed a person may begin campaigning that same day, however, they may not campaign prior to this. 

Any person to contravene any provision of this act or regulation under this act is guilty of an offence under Section 94 of the Municipal Elections Act and may be subject to additional penalties provided for under the act. 

For more information, contact: 

Tonia Bennett CMO, Dipl. M.A.
613-472-2629 ext. 2221

Complete Fire Ban in Effect

Be advised that a complete fire ban has been put in place for the Municipality of Marmora & Lake as of today July 9, 2018 until we get a significant rain fall. Also note that Stirling/Rawdon, Tweed, Center Hastings and Madoc Twp are also putting a fire ban in place today. The radio stations have been notified and fire ban signs will be put up.

Thank you
Tony Brownson, Fire Chief/CEMC
Marmora & Lake Fire and Emergency Services

Participants Needed For Research On: Returning Home After A Hospital Stay

Adapting hospital-to-home transitional care interventions to the Ontario rural healthcare context

Project Lead. Mary Fox, Associate Professor, York University

When hospital discharges are poorly planned, patients may not know how to manage their post-discharge care. They may need to visit the emergency room or be readmitted to the hospital. Hospital-to-home Transitional Care (TC) is provided by Ontario nurses to help patients and their families manage care after a hospital stay, but patients in rural areas have more emergency room visits and hospital readmissions than patients in urban areas. These trends indicate problems in TC in rural areas. Because TC was designed and evaluated with patients in urban areas, it may not meet the needs of rural patients or their families.

The overall goal of this study is to improve TC in rural areas in Ontario.

This goal will be achieved by inviting patients from rural areas, their families, and nurses who provide TC to them, to tell us how to revise TC to better meet their post-discharge care management needs. This will result in more relevant and feasible TC for people living in rural areas. The expected impacts are better prepared patients and families for managing care after hospital discharge, fewer emergency room visits and hospital readmissions, and cost savings to Ontario’s healthcare system.

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Notice of Study Commencement

Marmora Water Supply – Class Environmental Assessment

The standpipe serving the Village of Marmora is at the end of its useful life and requires substantial repairs or replacement. Some areas of the village have lower than desired water pressure owing to the height of the existing tower. A Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study has been initiated to determine the preferred solution for ensuring a reliable municipal drinking water supply to meet existing demand and support future growth. The following water storage and supply options were considered:

  1. do nothing,
  2. refurbish and repair the existing standpipe,
  3. erect a new elevated storage tower, or
  4. erect a new standpipe.

Detailed evaluation of the alternatives has resulted in a recommendation to erect a larger standpipe at the present site and remove the existing standpipe. The project is proceeding according to the requirements for a Schedule B project.

The Class EA process includes consultation with the public and review agencies, an evaluation of viable alternative solutions, an assessment of the impacts of the alternative solutions, identification of measures to mitigate any adverse impacts, and the selection of a preferred solution.

Public input into the planning and design of this project is encouraged. If you have any comments or questions regarding this project, or would like to receive further information, please send an email before July 3, 2018 to one of the following project contacts:

Victor Reid
Manager, Environmental Services
Municipality of Marmora and Lake
12 Bursthall Street, PO Box 459,
Marmora, ON K0K 2M0
T: (613) 472-2629
F: (613) 472-5330
Email: v.reid@marmoraandlake.c

Tony Guerrera, P.Eng.
The Greer Galloway Group Inc.
1620 Wallbridge Loyalist Road
Belleville, ON K8N 4Z5
T: (613) 966-3068
F: (613) 966-3087

This notice issued June 7, 2018

Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act, unless otherwise stated in the submission, any personal information such as name, address, telephone number and property location included in a submission will become part of the public record files for this project and will be released, if requested, to any person.

Notice of Special Planning Meeting

There will be a special Planning Meeting scheduled for June 19, 2018 immediately following the regular Meeting of Council to consider a rezoning application for subject lands located Lot 12, Concession 6, Registered Plan 21R6109, Part 3, Bell Road.

The purpose and effect of the  proposed zoning bylaw amendment is to rezone the subject lands from Marginal Agricultural (MA) Zone to Special Rural Residential- X (RR-11) Zone.  The Rural Residential (RR) Zone  will recognize the size of the lot area and the permitted residential use.  The special provision will recognize a small engine repair business that is to be located on the subject lands.

Notice was provided in the paper on May 11, 2018 to be dealt with at the June 5th Planning Meeting.  This matter was deferred at that time for further information to June 19, 2018.

Tonia Bennett, CMO, Dipl.M.A
Municipal Clerk/Executive Assistant to the CAO
Municipality of Marmora and Lake
613-472-2629 ext. 2221


Pesticide Used

Public Notice: Pesticide Used

The Municipality of Marmora and Lake intends to utilize Corput & Wagar Weed Control Inc. to control noxious weeds along the following rural roadsides:

  • 7 Hwy
  • Beaver Creek Rd.
  • Bell Rd.
  • Boyd Rd.
  • Bronson Rd.
  • Centre Line Rd.
  • Clemenger Rd.
  • Deloro Rd.
  • Deloro Dam Rd.
  • Goat Hill Rd.
  • Iron Bridge Rd.
  • Jones Rd.
  • Koa Campground Rd.
  • Ledge Rd.
  • Malone Rd.
  • Malone Quarry Rd.
  • Marmora Mine Rd.
  • Milk Run Rd.
  • Murphy Rd.
  • North Marmora Rd.
  • North Steenburg Lake Rd.
  • O'Brien St.
  • O'Heir Rd.
  • Old Marmora Rd.
  • Shanick Rd.
  • Station Rd.
  • Stirling-Marmora Rd.
  • Twin Sister Lakes Rd.

The contractor will be using the following pesticides: Clearview Herbicide Reg. #29752, active ingredients Metsulfuron-Methyl and Aminopyralid, present as potassium salt, along with Gateway Adjuvant Reg. #31470, active ingredients Paraffinic Oil and Alkoxylated alcohol non-ionic surfactant, under the Pest Control Products Act (Canada).

Commencing: June 15, 2018 (weather permitting) to July 15, 2018.

For further information contact:  

Wager & Corput Weed control Inc.
613 938 2117 (call collect)

The Municipality of Marmora and Lake
613 472 2629 or 1 866 518 2282

Please contact the Municipality if you need more detailed information regarding our program, including additional information on how to post “No Spray” signage in front of your property. This information along with maps of the roads to be sprayed is available on our website.


Post addition: June 18, 2018 - spraying marmora & Lake mapping