A large group of people participated in Tuesday’ official ground breaking of Keystone Community Supports’ new home for adults with intellectual disabilities. The included board co-chairs Bill Thompson (second from left, front) and Collin Sanders (fourth from left in front, white helmet), Liberal candidate Lou Rinaldi (front in red shirt), Cobourg Mayor Gil Brocanier (second from right in front row) and students from CDCI East who will be involved in framing the building.




By CECILIA NASMITH  Northumberland Today

COBOURG — Cobourg council voted this week to allow Keystone Community Supports to pay only half of the building-permit fees and development charges that apply on the house at 1270 Ashland Dr., for which ground has just been broken.

A report from treasurer Ian Davey estimated this to be a $8,442.08 reduction in costs to assist with the construction of the single dwelling, which will house five developmentally challenged individuals whose parents are aging and no longer able to care for them at home.

Davey’s report noted that other charges do apply to the project: a $1,189 Lakefront Utility Services Inc. development charge and a county plumbing permit which depends on the number of plumbing fixtures in the house. For relief on these fronts, Keystone would have to apply directly to these two agencies.

While Keystone had asked that building-permit fees and development charges be waived, Deputy Mayor Stan Frost said in making the motion to offer the 50% cut, “I believe this is consistent with our response to similar requests from Habitat For Humanity.”