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Carleton Place residents to see property tax increase in 2017

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 @ 12:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca 

Carleton Place Council approved the 2017 budget, including the 2.1 per cent property tax increase. The increase will mean an additional $27.50 per $200,000 home.

Staff are instructed to proceed with the identified projects contained in the 2017 budget, some of which include: a $1.5 million repair to Central Bridge on Bridge St., $1 million in upgrades to the dressing rooms at the Carleton Place Arena, and $160,000 of upgrades to the exterior of Town Hall.

Electronic voting a possibility for 2018 Carleton Place municipal election

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 @ 12:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Carleton Place Council listened to a presentation via webcast from Steven Lattey, of Simply Voting Inc., about electronic voting for the Town of Carleton Place for the 2018 municipal election at the Nov. 22 council meeting.

During the presentation, Lattey explained that E-Volve Integrated Electronic Voting Solutions, an electronic voting system that incorporates four different programs, including Simply Voting Inc., offers secure access without delays, 24/7. “We use the best security and reliability methods on all fronts,” he said.

Simply Voting Inc. is a Canadian voting system that enables people to vote via computer or telephone. Currently, over 1,000 organizations across 48 countries use the system.

Electronic voting means convenience for the elector, easy accessibility for people with disabilities, reduced cost of election workers, no requirement for advance voting stations and overall reduction in elections costs.

“Submitting online or on the phone has the same effect of dropping a paper ballot into the box at a traditional voting station,” Lattey told council.

Council was shown an example of online and telephone voting using a template from an actual election managed by Simply Voting in Prince Edward Island.

Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos said he does not know how many traditional paper voting stations will remain if an electronic system is adopted. It is also unknown as to how much a system like Simply Voting Inc. will cost.

“Times have changed, other municipalities have moved this way and it’s more convenient for people,” Antonakos said.
Antonakos supports the move toward electronic voting and hopes it will lead to a higher voter turnout in future elections.

Council asked that staff collect more information regarding electronic voting and the success of the system in other municipalities before coming to a decision about whether or not this system will be used in the 2018 election.
Council is expected to hear updated staff recommendations in the new-year. A decision would need to be made by April 2017 for the system is to be adopted for 2018 municipal elections.

Smiths Falls awards contracts for flowers, meter reader

Monday, November 21, 2016 @ 08:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke
By Chris Must

Gemmell’s Garden Centre has been awarded a $36,000 contract to provide plants next season for hanging baskets and flower beds downtown.
 

Smiths Falls town councillors voted to award the contract, which came in $4,000 less than budgeted, at a regular council meeting Monday, Nov. 21.

 

In other business at the Nov. 21 meeting, council also awarded a $14,000 for a new electronic water meter reader to Evans Utility & Municipal Products Supply Ltd. The town’s existing handheld meter reader needs to be replaced because its software is outdated and it is no longer serviceable.

Plan to restructure fire command gets green light from council

Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 08:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Chris Must
chris@pdgmedia.ca

Smiths Falls councillors have been assured that a plan to replace a retiring fire captain with three lieutenants won’t result in any significant increase in fire protection costs.

At a regular meeting of town council Monday, Nov. 7, Fire Chief Normand Beauchamp explained that Capt. Richard Laming has retired. Instead of appointing a new captain, Beauchamp said he intends to put three lieutenants in supervisory roles. One lieutenant will be responsible for fire prevention, another for logistics (vehicles, equipment and scheduling), and another for training and health and safety. The position of captain will be eliminated.

Councillors asked for more time to ask questions and think about the plan before amending a town bylaw to allow the restructuring to take place. At a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole Monday, Nov. 14, which the fire chief was unable to attending, Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris said having three lieutenants in addition to the chief would bring the fire department in line with government standards for “span of control” calling for one officer for every seven firefighters. In response to questions, he also stated that the lieutenants must be full-time firefighters rather than volunteers, to ensure they are available at all times.

“It’s management’s right to structure the department as they see fit,” said Morris. “It just requires a bylaw to enshrine this.”

Morris said the restructuring is cost neutral because “We’re not replacing the captain position,” which is higher paid.

The bylaw amendment will be voted on at the next regular council meeting.

Carleton Place council approves updated asset management plan

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 11:10 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Carleton Place council officially adopted the updated 2016 Asset Management Plan (AMP) at the Oct. 25 council meeting. 

The plan establishes a framework that supports an informed decision to improve the town’s infrastructure and reflects its current priorities.

Some of these priorities include updates to the sanitary sewer and water systems, roads, sidewalks, bridges, lights and facilities and properties in Carleton Place. The plan will continue current programs and funding as well as pursue increased funding to support the rehabilitation of infrastructure, like Central Bridge and Gillies Bridge.

To see the 2016 AMP for Carleton Place, visit the town website.

Smiths Falls issues 87 building permits in 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 09:10 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Chris Must
editorial@pdgmedia.ca 

In a year that has also seen three large-scale projects undertaken by Tweed Inc., the Town of Smiths Falls has issued 87 building permits in 2016 for projects with a total construction value of $4,790,900.

In a report to town council at an Oct. 24 meeting, town clerk Kerry Costello said this level activity compares to 78 permits issued in 2015 for $3,500,000 worth of activity.

In 2014 the town issued 118 permits for a total construction value of over $6 million. However, this year’s total construction does not include Tweed’s projects, valued at $4 million.

“As always it’s a good news story when we see the number of building permits being issued,” commented Coun. Chris Cummings. “It’s certainly on the upward trend.”

Community potluck, talent show at Union Hall in Almonte

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 09:10 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca 

Councillor Val Wilkinson announced the upcoming community potluck and talent show at Union Hall in Almonte on Oct. 29, 2016 at the Mississippi Mills council meeting on Oct. 18.

“It’s a great community event for the whole family,” Wilkinson says. “If you’ve never been to a rural event, this is a great place to go,” she said.

Wilkinson says the event encourages the community to come together to share their food and talents, whether it’s dancing, singing, poetry, playing an instrument and more. The talent show features a line up of performers from Mississippi Mills and Lanark Highlands, Wilkinson says.

Bring your friends and family – and don’t forget your fork, knife, and plate. “I was there last year and it was great,” says Mayor Shawn McLaughlin.

To attend the event and share your talent, contact Val Wilkinson at (613) 256-2064.

 

Carleton Place to submit application to Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 @ 01:10 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Carleton Place Council authorized staff to submit an application to the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) for $1.3 million at the Oct. 11 council meeting.

If the application is successful, the funds will be allocated to line the water main under the river at Flora Street; line sanitary sewers on Antrim Street and in Industrial Park North; rehabilitate piping in sanitary pumping stations and replace control panels in pumping stations and at the wastewater plant; design and construct improvements to the stormwater system from Arthur Street to Moore Street; and replace roofs at the water and wastewater treatment plants.

CWWF money would provide communities with vital infrastructure funding to support the rehabilitation, design and modernization of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.

The Town of Carleton Place is eligible to receive a maximum federal allocation of $689, 184 and a maximum provincial allocation of $344, 592. The local share will be $344, 592 for a total project cost of $1, 373, 368.

The projects must be completed by March 31, 2018.

Smiths Falls council to seek advice on 2017 budget

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 09:10 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Chris Must
editorial@pdgmedia.ca

Smiths Falls Town Councillor Jay Brennan is urging colleagues to encourage public input into the town’s 2017 budget.

At an Oct. 11 meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole, Brennan said that it was important “to reach out and talk to people and get their opinions” during the budget process.

While noting that public meetings in town are often poorly attended, other councillors agreed that ways to encourage input, such as surveys, should be considered.

Councillors agreed to direct staff to research the ways that other municipalities encourage residents to participate in the budget process, and to prepare recommendations.

Smiths Falls council to meet at high school Oct. 17

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 09:10 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke
By Chris Must
editorial@pdgmedia.ca

Smiths Falls Town Council will help to celebrate Local Government Week in Ontario by holding its Oct. 17 meeting at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute.

The meeting will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. at the high school library. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting, said town clerk Kerry Costello, but must sign in at the main office.
Local Government Week in Ontario takes place from Oct. 16-22, 2016.

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Posts Tagged ‘Council’

Carleton Place residents to see property tax increase in 2017

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 @ 12:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca 

Carleton Place Council approved the 2017 budget, including the 2.1 per cent property tax increase. The increase will mean an additional $27.50 per $200,000 home.

Staff are instructed to proceed with the identified projects contained in the 2017 budget, some of which include: a $1.5 million repair to Central Bridge on Bridge St., $1 million in upgrades to the dressing rooms at the Carleton Place Arena, and $160,000 of upgrades to the exterior of Town Hall.

Electronic voting a possibility for 2018 Carleton Place municipal election

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 @ 12:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Carleton Place Council listened to a presentation via webcast from Steven Lattey, of Simply Voting Inc., about electronic voting for the Town of Carleton Place for the 2018 municipal election at the Nov. 22 council meeting.

During the presentation, Lattey explained that E-Volve Integrated Electronic Voting Solutions, an electronic voting system that incorporates four different programs, including Simply Voting Inc., offers secure access without delays, 24/7. “We use the best security and reliability methods on all fronts,” he said.

Simply Voting Inc. is a Canadian voting system that enables people to vote via computer or telephone. Currently, over 1,000 organizations across 48 countries use the system.

Electronic voting means convenience for the elector, easy accessibility for people with disabilities, reduced cost of election workers, no requirement for advance voting stations and overall reduction in elections costs.

“Submitting online or on the phone has the same effect of dropping a paper ballot into the box at a traditional voting station,” Lattey told council.

Council was shown an example of online and telephone voting using a template from an actual election managed by Simply Voting in Prince Edward Island.

Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos said he does not know how many traditional paper voting stations will remain if an electronic system is adopted. It is also unknown as to how much a system like Simply Voting Inc. will cost.

“Times have changed, other municipalities have moved this way and it’s more convenient for people,” Antonakos said.
Antonakos supports the move toward electronic voting and hopes it will lead to a higher voter turnout in future elections.

Council asked that staff collect more information regarding electronic voting and the success of the system in other municipalities before coming to a decision about whether or not this system will be used in the 2018 election.
Council is expected to hear updated staff recommendations in the new-year. A decision would need to be made by April 2017 for the system is to be adopted for 2018 municipal elections.

Smiths Falls awards contracts for flowers, meter reader

Monday, November 21, 2016 @ 08:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke
By Chris Must

Gemmell’s Garden Centre has been awarded a $36,000 contract to provide plants next season for hanging baskets and flower beds downtown.
 

Smiths Falls town councillors voted to award the contract, which came in $4,000 less than budgeted, at a regular council meeting Monday, Nov. 21.

 

In other business at the Nov. 21 meeting, council also awarded a $14,000 for a new electronic water meter reader to Evans Utility & Municipal Products Supply Ltd. The town’s existing handheld meter reader needs to be replaced because its software is outdated and it is no longer serviceable.

Plan to restructure fire command gets green light from council

Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 08:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Chris Must
chris@pdgmedia.ca

Smiths Falls councillors have been assured that a plan to replace a retiring fire captain with three lieutenants won’t result in any significant increase in fire protection costs.

At a regular meeting of town council Monday, Nov. 7, Fire Chief Normand Beauchamp explained that Capt. Richard Laming has retired. Instead of appointing a new captain, Beauchamp said he intends to put three lieutenants in supervisory roles. One lieutenant will be responsible for fire prevention, another for logistics (vehicles, equipment and scheduling), and another for training and health and safety. The position of captain will be eliminated.

Councillors asked for more time to ask questions and think about the plan before amending a town bylaw to allow the restructuring to take place. At a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole Monday, Nov. 14, which the fire chief was unable to attending, Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris said having three lieutenants in addition to the chief would bring the fire department in line with government standards for “span of control” calling for one officer for every seven firefighters. In response to questions, he also stated that the lieutenants must be full-time firefighters rather than volunteers, to ensure they are available at all times.

“It’s management’s right to structure the department as they see fit,” said Morris. “It just requires a bylaw to enshrine this.”

Morris said the restructuring is cost neutral because “We’re not replacing the captain position,” which is higher paid.

The bylaw amendment will be voted on at the next regular council meeting.

Carleton Place council approves updated asset management plan

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 11:10 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Carleton Place council officially adopted the updated 2016 Asset Management Plan (AMP) at the Oct. 25 council meeting. 

The plan establishes a framework that supports an informed decision to improve the town’s infrastructure and reflects its current priorities.

Some of these priorities include updates to the sanitary sewer and water systems, roads, sidewalks, bridges, lights and facilities and properties in Carleton Place. The plan will continue current programs and funding as well as pursue increased funding to support the rehabilitation of infrastructure, like Central Bridge and Gillies Bridge.

To see the 2016 AMP for Carleton Place, visit the town website.

Smiths Falls issues 87 building permits in 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 09:10 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Chris Must
editorial@pdgmedia.ca 

In a year that has also seen three large-scale projects undertaken by Tweed Inc., the Town of Smiths Falls has issued 87 building permits in 2016 for projects with a total construction value of $4,790,900.

In a report to town council at an Oct. 24 meeting, town clerk Kerry Costello said this level activity compares to 78 permits issued in 2015 for $3,500,000 worth of activity.

In 2014 the town issued 118 permits for a total construction value of over $6 million. However, this year’s total construction does not include Tweed’s projects, valued at $4 million.

“As always it’s a good news story when we see the number of building permits being issued,” commented Coun. Chris Cummings. “It’s certainly on the upward trend.”

Community potluck, talent show at Union Hall in Almonte

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 09:10 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca 

Councillor Val Wilkinson announced the upcoming community potluck and talent show at Union Hall in Almonte on Oct. 29, 2016 at the Mississippi Mills council meeting on Oct. 18.

“It’s a great community event for the whole family,” Wilkinson says. “If you’ve never been to a rural event, this is a great place to go,” she said.

Wilkinson says the event encourages the community to come together to share their food and talents, whether it’s dancing, singing, poetry, playing an instrument and more. The talent show features a line up of performers from Mississippi Mills and Lanark Highlands, Wilkinson says.

Bring your friends and family – and don’t forget your fork, knife, and plate. “I was there last year and it was great,” says Mayor Shawn McLaughlin.

To attend the event and share your talent, contact Val Wilkinson at (613) 256-2064.

 

Carleton Place to submit application to Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 @ 01:10 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Jane Hobson
jane@pdgmedia.ca

Carleton Place Council authorized staff to submit an application to the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) for $1.3 million at the Oct. 11 council meeting.

If the application is successful, the funds will be allocated to line the water main under the river at Flora Street; line sanitary sewers on Antrim Street and in Industrial Park North; rehabilitate piping in sanitary pumping stations and replace control panels in pumping stations and at the wastewater plant; design and construct improvements to the stormwater system from Arthur Street to Moore Street; and replace roofs at the water and wastewater treatment plants.

CWWF money would provide communities with vital infrastructure funding to support the rehabilitation, design and modernization of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.

The Town of Carleton Place is eligible to receive a maximum federal allocation of $689, 184 and a maximum provincial allocation of $344, 592. The local share will be $344, 592 for a total project cost of $1, 373, 368.

The projects must be completed by March 31, 2018.

Smiths Falls council to seek advice on 2017 budget

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 09:10 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Chris Must
editorial@pdgmedia.ca

Smiths Falls Town Councillor Jay Brennan is urging colleagues to encourage public input into the town’s 2017 budget.

At an Oct. 11 meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole, Brennan said that it was important “to reach out and talk to people and get their opinions” during the budget process.

While noting that public meetings in town are often poorly attended, other councillors agreed that ways to encourage input, such as surveys, should be considered.

Councillors agreed to direct staff to research the ways that other municipalities encourage residents to participate in the budget process, and to prepare recommendations.

Smiths Falls council to meet at high school Oct. 17

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 09:10 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke
By Chris Must
editorial@pdgmedia.ca

Smiths Falls Town Council will help to celebrate Local Government Week in Ontario by holding its Oct. 17 meeting at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute.

The meeting will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. at the high school library. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting, said town clerk Kerry Costello, but must sign in at the main office.
Local Government Week in Ontario takes place from Oct. 16-22, 2016.

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