keep it local

Posts Tagged ‘town council’

Council to evaluate community donation policy

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 08:06 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howida Sorour-Roberts

There is currently no policy that requires groups that receive community donations from Smiths Falls town council to return to council and report on how the funding they received was spent or the effect it might have had on the group’s performance.

“I would like to hear from groups after they have completed their events, and not just when they are looking for donations,” said councillor John Maloney.

Most of council agreed and it’s been decided that council members will make recommendations to Kerry Costello, director of community services, who will work to strengthen the current community donations policy in an effort to streamline the process of community donations before the end of this year.

 

Two Smiths Falls properties receive Properties of Interest designation

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 11:06 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts

The Stone Arch Bridge and ‘The Doctor’s House’ at 39 Russell Street East, both in Smiths Falls, have been approved to join the list of Properties of Interest designation compiled by the Municipal Heritage Committee.

“Planning staff are very supportive of the addition of these two properties to the town’s properties of interest registry,” said Katelyn Morphet, interim planner.

While the designation cannot bind the owners to preserving the property it does delay any proposed demolition of the properties for up to 60 days.  

The idea is to allow the Municipal Heritage Committee the time to enter into discussion with the owner to review the heritage potential and options that could preserve the property.

Business and motions from Smiths Falls council meeting

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 @ 02:05 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls

Here are the topics of business from the May 2 Smiths Falls town council meeting.

Town’s Financial Statements
“As part of the audit process, management and the mayor met with the audit team and it was a very positive meeting,” said Howard Allen, auditor.  “I can say that 2015 was a good year for the town.”

According to Allen the town raised more money than it had budgeted and its expenses were lower in 2015.  In 2016 Allen said they expected to see a small deficit largely because of asset depreciation.

“The town’s net debt is down $2 million because of debt retirement, so your net dept dropped from $18.5 million to $16.5 million,” said Allen. All in all 2015 saw an adherence to budget and the town was careful in how it spent money.”

The town’s debt is capped at $20 million or half the provincial allowance for municipal debt on council’s decision.

Allen did put forward the advice that the town needs to look at the average taxes paid by households rather than the tax rate when assessing taxes. He pointed out that tax arrears had been trending down until last year but there was a spike this year.

Councillor Chris Cummings quickly pointed out that council had questioned the unexpected spike and was convinced that it had been an unusual set of circumstances and not a new trend.

“This council has established a strategic plan and one of its key tenets is financial sustainability. Given the Asset Management Plan, we have a large deficit and the plan recommends that we borrow again.  We could ignore that recommendation and reduce our debt, is there a balance we can strike here?” asked Mayor Shawn Pankow.

Allen, clearly circumspect in his answer, told council that on the one hand he was encouraged to see the town working on a long-term financial plan, but that indeed there was a balance to be struck between reasonable tax increases and borrowing money for capital expenditures.

“You need to match the life of an asset against payments,” said Allen, explaining that the town could consider borrowing again.

MPAC Assessment Update
Bev Disney, from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) updated council on the new assessments for the 2017 to 2020 period.

“MPAC uses a sales comparison approach to determining the market and then applies a value for the neighbourhood,” said Disney.

She went on to explain that 85 per cent of a property’s value is based on five key indicators, including quality of construction, the age of the property taking into account any alteration or renovations, living area, lot dimensions and location.

Residential assessments were sent out on April 11, and multi-residential and business assessments will be mailed October 16, according to Disney.

“Homeowners have 120 days from the issue date to request reconsideration in the first year of an assessment, so in this round, the deadline is August 9,” said Disney.

She also encouraged people to visit the new and improved MPAC website AboutMyProperty.ca.  There, she told council, homeowners can access information on how their property was assessed, they can also compare their assessment to other properties in the community and they can learn more about property values and market trends and fill out forms for reconsideration.

“In Smiths Falls there has been an increase of less than one percent on residential properties,” said Disney.

Proclamation
May 1 to May 7 has been proclaimed Emergency Preparedness week by the Mayor of Smiths Falls.

“I encourage citizens to educate themselves on how they can be prepared for an emergency and to plan ahead,” said Pankow.

Council Reports

Councillor Dawn Quinn
On April 19. Quinn took part in the Pitch In clean up at Old Mill Rd. “I encourage people to head over there and check it out, we got a bit carried away and cleared up vines and brush exposing the stone wall beneath them,” said Quinn.

On April 28, Quinn attended the Cataraqui Trail Meeting held in Kingston and was able to hand over a cheque for $500 raised by the Spring Fling Running Thing to help with the work that is being done along the trail.

“There will be another fundraiser held at the Opinicon on Sept 30,” said Quinn.

Councillor Jay Brennan
On April 24, Brennan attended the Smiths Falls Girls Red Hawks Football team’s pancake breakfast.  “The girls are raising money to go to California next March,” he said. On April 26, Brennan attended the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Board meeting.  

Councillor Joe Gallipeau
Last Saturday, Gallipeau attended a fundraiser for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with a group working on setting up a PTSD program in Tay Valley. Last Thursday, the councillor attended the RVCA meeting and told council that RVCA staff had brought attendees up to date on the organization’s plans for 2016. Gallipeau also attended the Search and Rescue Gala Dinner and Awards and it was impressively attended by police and town employees.

Councillor Chris Cummings
Last week, Cummings attended the Smiths Falls Police services board meeting, and told council that the service has just released their annual report which will be available online to the public at SFPS.ca. According to Cummings the report is very detailed and includes breakdowns of personnel, expenditures, crime stoppers, firearms, fleet, crime reports, calls for service, crime statistics and clearance rates. “The town has seen a significant reduction in robbery and break and enter crimes in 2014-2015 but a big spike in fraud which is up 64 percent,” said Cummings.

Councillor Lorraine Allen
The fundraising dance held for the Hub community pool raised $2,000, Allen told council.  

She also announced that the Library book sale is coming up soon and the library is now accepting book donations. The Drug Strategy Committee, met last week and Constable David Murphy is on track with presentations at the high schools. “We are getting a pair of marijuana goggles to add to the educational awareness kit,” said Allen.  The committee is also planning on installing another needle drop box in town, location to be determined.

By-Laws business

Budget
First and second readings only of the by-law to accept the town’s budget were made at the May 2 council meeting.  In a recorded vote three councillors opted not to support the budget.  All three are objecting is the tax increases, which added to water rate increases, Brennan, Gallipeau and Quinn feel are adding too much of a burden on residents’ ability to pay.

Animal Control
The by-Law to regulate the keeping of pets in town as discussed at the last COW meeting was passed. “This document brings the old by-law up to date, limiting the number of animals in one household, makes registering cats mandatory, and muzzling of dogs following one biting incident mandatory and increases fines for animal by-law infractions from $20 to $120,” explained Gallipeau.

Connecting Links
The town has passed the by-law to accept the connecting links funding from Queens Park. “This is a great news story, we go a connecting links grant and to receive it we have to pass this by-law to formalize the agreement,” said Cummings.

 

Motions and Business
A motion to authorize staff to prepare an application for funding under the Canada 150 fund was passed.  Council also endorsed establishment of a Canada 150 working group to start planning events for the 150th anniversary of confederation in 2017.

A motion was passed, to appoint Brennan as the council representative on the Mississippi Rideau Tay Rural Health Hub. “This group with be protecting our interests in the two hospitals and improving health services to our population,” said Allen.

Announcements
The Home and Living Expo opens this weekend May 7 and features a wide variety of exhibitors and vendors.

“And Sunday is Mother’s Day and every mother that walks in the door will receive a gift,” said Quinn, reminding everyone that the show is being held this year at County Fair Mall.

Heritage House Museum will be opening its new exhibit Kaleidoscope of Victorian Coloured Glass on May 7.  The exhibit of art and art glass from Paul Byington’s collection will run until October 30.  The grand opening will be held on Thursday May 12 at 7:00 p.m.

 

DBA brings new planters to downtown core, seeks sponsorship

Monday, July 6, 2015 @ 04:07 PM
posted by discsf

By: Amy Hogue

Downtown Smiths Falls will soon look a little brighter, with the addition of new flower planters, thanks to the Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA).

The move to new planters, brought forward to the DBA by the Beautification Committee is intended to eventually replace the older wooden barrel planters currently being used downtown, which are badly in need of repair.

The planters, purchased from Quebec based company, Produits Re-Plast, are made from 100 per cent recycled plastic.  The Beautification Committee selected these particular planters with the intention they’ll be both functional and appealing, while also made from environmentally responsible products.

The DBA Coordinator, Nicola Thomson, said replacing the current wooden barrel planters will take a significant capital investment, and that the DBA is making the replacement with an eye to the longevity of the planter they choose.  Because they are made from recycled plastic, the new planters will not be subject to the same environmental wear that reduces the life expectancy for wooden products.

“The committee hopes the new planters will improve the downtown aesthetically for years to come,” Thomson said.

Thomson said the DBA will need to make a substantial capital investment in the downtown to replace all the wooden planters with the new and is hoping for community support through public sponsorship of planters, which will allow the DBA to complete the replacements and increase curb appeal downtown at a quicker rate.

The new planters will be available for sponsorship by members of the community and local businesses, at a cost of $350.  A plaque, engraved in commemoration of an individual will also be included with the planter.

DBA brings new planters to downtown core, seeks sponsorship

Monday, June 29, 2015 @ 05:06 PM
posted by admin

By: Amy Hogue

Downtown Smiths Falls will soon look a little brighter, with the addition of new flower planters, thanks to the Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA).

The move to new planters, brought forward to the DBA by the Beautification Committee is intended to eventually replace the older wooden barrel planters currently being used downtown, which are badly in need of repair.

The planters, purchased from Quebec based company, Produits Re-Plast, are made from 100 per cent recycled plastic.  The Beautification Committee selected these particular planters with the intention they’ll be both functional and appealing, while also made from environmentally responsible products.

The DBA Coordinator, Nicola Thomson, said replacing the current wooden barrel planters will take a significant capital investment, and that the DBA is making the replacement with an eye to the longevity of the planter they choose.  Because they are made from recycled plastic, the new planters will not be subject to the same environmental wear that reduces the life expectancy for wooden products.

“The committee hopes the new planters will improve the downtown aesthetically for years to come,” Thomson said.

Thomson said the DBA will need to make a substantial capital investment in the downtown to replace all the wooden planters with the new and is hoping for community support through public sponsorship of planters, which will allow the DBA to complete the replacements and increase curb appeal downtown at a quicker rate.

The new planters will be available for sponsorship by members of the community and local businesses, at a cost of $350.  A plaque, engraved in commemoration of an individual will also be included with the planter.

HUB poolBY: AMY HOGUE

Smiths Falls’ council will be diving into the Hub pool issue at a Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting on June 8, where councillors will discuss the merits of further contributions to the pool.

The 2015 budget has $30,000 set aside for the Hub, and it’s not yet clear if those funds will be released until further debate takes place at the council table.

Board of Directors’ Chair, Kathy Gilligan, made a presentation to council at a May 11 COW meeting, outlining the strides forward the pool has made since their last visit to council.  Local resident, Tom Foulkes, who has been assisting the Hub board of directors with their business plan revision, was also on hand for the presentation to council.

Since they last met, the Hub has worked to revise their business plan and responding to community and council concerns, Gilligan said.  Since January 2015, the Hub has also seen an increase in membership of more than 25 per cent, something Mayor Shawn Pankow considers to be a good sign, in light of the financial uncertainty of the pool.

“Earlier in the year things looked pretty desperate, this time I think it’s good news,” Pankow said, pointing out that because the municipality is using taxpayer’s dollars, it’s important to ensure the money will fund something that will succeed.

That said, Pankow stressed he “recognizes we have a really valuable asset here that doesn’t cost us a lot of money.”

News of a further debt to the Hub’s service provider was a surprise to council.  Councillor John Maloney said when the Hub last appeared before council, that information wasn’t presented to them.  Gilligan responded that the decision was made to handle that debt on their own, and it wasn’t included in the presentations to council.

“In retrospect, that was a mistake,” Gilligan acknowledged, but stressed that “we should have a new agreement with the service provider soon” that will be more favourable to the Hub financially.

Councillor Chris Cummings pointed out he would like to see a Terms of Reference before entertaining contributions beyond those the municipality has already made.  Cummings said in his view, the Hub’s business plan is flawed.

“Until I have a Terms of Reference and understand what the obligations are going forward, I’m not willing to put other money in,” Cummings said, “There’s still a lot of things that have to go on here.”

At a subsequent meeting on May 25, council agreed to revisit the Hub pool issue at the June 8 COW meeting to make a decision on whether or not the town will be making future funding commitments.

Smiths Falls Waste and Recycling Guide

Read HERE: Smiths Falls Waste Guide ... Read More









Posts Tagged ‘town council’

Council to evaluate community donation policy

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 08:06 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howida Sorour-Roberts

There is currently no policy that requires groups that receive community donations from Smiths Falls town council to return to council and report on how the funding they received was spent or the effect it might have had on the group’s performance.

“I would like to hear from groups after they have completed their events, and not just when they are looking for donations,” said councillor John Maloney.

Most of council agreed and it’s been decided that council members will make recommendations to Kerry Costello, director of community services, who will work to strengthen the current community donations policy in an effort to streamline the process of community donations before the end of this year.

 

Two Smiths Falls properties receive Properties of Interest designation

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 11:06 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts

The Stone Arch Bridge and ‘The Doctor’s House’ at 39 Russell Street East, both in Smiths Falls, have been approved to join the list of Properties of Interest designation compiled by the Municipal Heritage Committee.

“Planning staff are very supportive of the addition of these two properties to the town’s properties of interest registry,” said Katelyn Morphet, interim planner.

While the designation cannot bind the owners to preserving the property it does delay any proposed demolition of the properties for up to 60 days.  

The idea is to allow the Municipal Heritage Committee the time to enter into discussion with the owner to review the heritage potential and options that could preserve the property.

Business and motions from Smiths Falls council meeting

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 @ 02:05 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls

Here are the topics of business from the May 2 Smiths Falls town council meeting.

Town’s Financial Statements
“As part of the audit process, management and the mayor met with the audit team and it was a very positive meeting,” said Howard Allen, auditor.  “I can say that 2015 was a good year for the town.”

According to Allen the town raised more money than it had budgeted and its expenses were lower in 2015.  In 2016 Allen said they expected to see a small deficit largely because of asset depreciation.

“The town’s net debt is down $2 million because of debt retirement, so your net dept dropped from $18.5 million to $16.5 million,” said Allen. All in all 2015 saw an adherence to budget and the town was careful in how it spent money.”

The town’s debt is capped at $20 million or half the provincial allowance for municipal debt on council’s decision.

Allen did put forward the advice that the town needs to look at the average taxes paid by households rather than the tax rate when assessing taxes. He pointed out that tax arrears had been trending down until last year but there was a spike this year.

Councillor Chris Cummings quickly pointed out that council had questioned the unexpected spike and was convinced that it had been an unusual set of circumstances and not a new trend.

“This council has established a strategic plan and one of its key tenets is financial sustainability. Given the Asset Management Plan, we have a large deficit and the plan recommends that we borrow again.  We could ignore that recommendation and reduce our debt, is there a balance we can strike here?” asked Mayor Shawn Pankow.

Allen, clearly circumspect in his answer, told council that on the one hand he was encouraged to see the town working on a long-term financial plan, but that indeed there was a balance to be struck between reasonable tax increases and borrowing money for capital expenditures.

“You need to match the life of an asset against payments,” said Allen, explaining that the town could consider borrowing again.

MPAC Assessment Update
Bev Disney, from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) updated council on the new assessments for the 2017 to 2020 period.

“MPAC uses a sales comparison approach to determining the market and then applies a value for the neighbourhood,” said Disney.

She went on to explain that 85 per cent of a property’s value is based on five key indicators, including quality of construction, the age of the property taking into account any alteration or renovations, living area, lot dimensions and location.

Residential assessments were sent out on April 11, and multi-residential and business assessments will be mailed October 16, according to Disney.

“Homeowners have 120 days from the issue date to request reconsideration in the first year of an assessment, so in this round, the deadline is August 9,” said Disney.

She also encouraged people to visit the new and improved MPAC website AboutMyProperty.ca.  There, she told council, homeowners can access information on how their property was assessed, they can also compare their assessment to other properties in the community and they can learn more about property values and market trends and fill out forms for reconsideration.

“In Smiths Falls there has been an increase of less than one percent on residential properties,” said Disney.

Proclamation
May 1 to May 7 has been proclaimed Emergency Preparedness week by the Mayor of Smiths Falls.

“I encourage citizens to educate themselves on how they can be prepared for an emergency and to plan ahead,” said Pankow.

Council Reports

Councillor Dawn Quinn
On April 19. Quinn took part in the Pitch In clean up at Old Mill Rd. “I encourage people to head over there and check it out, we got a bit carried away and cleared up vines and brush exposing the stone wall beneath them,” said Quinn.

On April 28, Quinn attended the Cataraqui Trail Meeting held in Kingston and was able to hand over a cheque for $500 raised by the Spring Fling Running Thing to help with the work that is being done along the trail.

“There will be another fundraiser held at the Opinicon on Sept 30,” said Quinn.

Councillor Jay Brennan
On April 24, Brennan attended the Smiths Falls Girls Red Hawks Football team’s pancake breakfast.  “The girls are raising money to go to California next March,” he said. On April 26, Brennan attended the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Board meeting.  

Councillor Joe Gallipeau
Last Saturday, Gallipeau attended a fundraiser for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with a group working on setting up a PTSD program in Tay Valley. Last Thursday, the councillor attended the RVCA meeting and told council that RVCA staff had brought attendees up to date on the organization’s plans for 2016. Gallipeau also attended the Search and Rescue Gala Dinner and Awards and it was impressively attended by police and town employees.

Councillor Chris Cummings
Last week, Cummings attended the Smiths Falls Police services board meeting, and told council that the service has just released their annual report which will be available online to the public at SFPS.ca. According to Cummings the report is very detailed and includes breakdowns of personnel, expenditures, crime stoppers, firearms, fleet, crime reports, calls for service, crime statistics and clearance rates. “The town has seen a significant reduction in robbery and break and enter crimes in 2014-2015 but a big spike in fraud which is up 64 percent,” said Cummings.

Councillor Lorraine Allen
The fundraising dance held for the Hub community pool raised $2,000, Allen told council.  

She also announced that the Library book sale is coming up soon and the library is now accepting book donations. The Drug Strategy Committee, met last week and Constable David Murphy is on track with presentations at the high schools. “We are getting a pair of marijuana goggles to add to the educational awareness kit,” said Allen.  The committee is also planning on installing another needle drop box in town, location to be determined.

By-Laws business

Budget
First and second readings only of the by-law to accept the town’s budget were made at the May 2 council meeting.  In a recorded vote three councillors opted not to support the budget.  All three are objecting is the tax increases, which added to water rate increases, Brennan, Gallipeau and Quinn feel are adding too much of a burden on residents’ ability to pay.

Animal Control
The by-Law to regulate the keeping of pets in town as discussed at the last COW meeting was passed. “This document brings the old by-law up to date, limiting the number of animals in one household, makes registering cats mandatory, and muzzling of dogs following one biting incident mandatory and increases fines for animal by-law infractions from $20 to $120,” explained Gallipeau.

Connecting Links
The town has passed the by-law to accept the connecting links funding from Queens Park. “This is a great news story, we go a connecting links grant and to receive it we have to pass this by-law to formalize the agreement,” said Cummings.

 

Motions and Business
A motion to authorize staff to prepare an application for funding under the Canada 150 fund was passed.  Council also endorsed establishment of a Canada 150 working group to start planning events for the 150th anniversary of confederation in 2017.

A motion was passed, to appoint Brennan as the council representative on the Mississippi Rideau Tay Rural Health Hub. “This group with be protecting our interests in the two hospitals and improving health services to our population,” said Allen.

Announcements
The Home and Living Expo opens this weekend May 7 and features a wide variety of exhibitors and vendors.

“And Sunday is Mother’s Day and every mother that walks in the door will receive a gift,” said Quinn, reminding everyone that the show is being held this year at County Fair Mall.

Heritage House Museum will be opening its new exhibit Kaleidoscope of Victorian Coloured Glass on May 7.  The exhibit of art and art glass from Paul Byington’s collection will run until October 30.  The grand opening will be held on Thursday May 12 at 7:00 p.m.

 

DBA brings new planters to downtown core, seeks sponsorship

Monday, July 6, 2015 @ 04:07 PM
posted by discsf

By: Amy Hogue

Downtown Smiths Falls will soon look a little brighter, with the addition of new flower planters, thanks to the Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA).

The move to new planters, brought forward to the DBA by the Beautification Committee is intended to eventually replace the older wooden barrel planters currently being used downtown, which are badly in need of repair.

The planters, purchased from Quebec based company, Produits Re-Plast, are made from 100 per cent recycled plastic.  The Beautification Committee selected these particular planters with the intention they’ll be both functional and appealing, while also made from environmentally responsible products.

The DBA Coordinator, Nicola Thomson, said replacing the current wooden barrel planters will take a significant capital investment, and that the DBA is making the replacement with an eye to the longevity of the planter they choose.  Because they are made from recycled plastic, the new planters will not be subject to the same environmental wear that reduces the life expectancy for wooden products.

“The committee hopes the new planters will improve the downtown aesthetically for years to come,” Thomson said.

Thomson said the DBA will need to make a substantial capital investment in the downtown to replace all the wooden planters with the new and is hoping for community support through public sponsorship of planters, which will allow the DBA to complete the replacements and increase curb appeal downtown at a quicker rate.

The new planters will be available for sponsorship by members of the community and local businesses, at a cost of $350.  A plaque, engraved in commemoration of an individual will also be included with the planter.

DBA brings new planters to downtown core, seeks sponsorship

Monday, June 29, 2015 @ 05:06 PM
posted by admin

By: Amy Hogue

Downtown Smiths Falls will soon look a little brighter, with the addition of new flower planters, thanks to the Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA).

The move to new planters, brought forward to the DBA by the Beautification Committee is intended to eventually replace the older wooden barrel planters currently being used downtown, which are badly in need of repair.

The planters, purchased from Quebec based company, Produits Re-Plast, are made from 100 per cent recycled plastic.  The Beautification Committee selected these particular planters with the intention they’ll be both functional and appealing, while also made from environmentally responsible products.

The DBA Coordinator, Nicola Thomson, said replacing the current wooden barrel planters will take a significant capital investment, and that the DBA is making the replacement with an eye to the longevity of the planter they choose.  Because they are made from recycled plastic, the new planters will not be subject to the same environmental wear that reduces the life expectancy for wooden products.

“The committee hopes the new planters will improve the downtown aesthetically for years to come,” Thomson said.

Thomson said the DBA will need to make a substantial capital investment in the downtown to replace all the wooden planters with the new and is hoping for community support through public sponsorship of planters, which will allow the DBA to complete the replacements and increase curb appeal downtown at a quicker rate.

The new planters will be available for sponsorship by members of the community and local businesses, at a cost of $350.  A plaque, engraved in commemoration of an individual will also be included with the planter.

HUB poolBY: AMY HOGUE

Smiths Falls’ council will be diving into the Hub pool issue at a Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting on June 8, where councillors will discuss the merits of further contributions to the pool.

The 2015 budget has $30,000 set aside for the Hub, and it’s not yet clear if those funds will be released until further debate takes place at the council table.

Board of Directors’ Chair, Kathy Gilligan, made a presentation to council at a May 11 COW meeting, outlining the strides forward the pool has made since their last visit to council.  Local resident, Tom Foulkes, who has been assisting the Hub board of directors with their business plan revision, was also on hand for the presentation to council.

Since they last met, the Hub has worked to revise their business plan and responding to community and council concerns, Gilligan said.  Since January 2015, the Hub has also seen an increase in membership of more than 25 per cent, something Mayor Shawn Pankow considers to be a good sign, in light of the financial uncertainty of the pool.

“Earlier in the year things looked pretty desperate, this time I think it’s good news,” Pankow said, pointing out that because the municipality is using taxpayer’s dollars, it’s important to ensure the money will fund something that will succeed.

That said, Pankow stressed he “recognizes we have a really valuable asset here that doesn’t cost us a lot of money.”

News of a further debt to the Hub’s service provider was a surprise to council.  Councillor John Maloney said when the Hub last appeared before council, that information wasn’t presented to them.  Gilligan responded that the decision was made to handle that debt on their own, and it wasn’t included in the presentations to council.

“In retrospect, that was a mistake,” Gilligan acknowledged, but stressed that “we should have a new agreement with the service provider soon” that will be more favourable to the Hub financially.

Councillor Chris Cummings pointed out he would like to see a Terms of Reference before entertaining contributions beyond those the municipality has already made.  Cummings said in his view, the Hub’s business plan is flawed.

“Until I have a Terms of Reference and understand what the obligations are going forward, I’m not willing to put other money in,” Cummings said, “There’s still a lot of things that have to go on here.”

At a subsequent meeting on May 25, council agreed to revisit the Hub pool issue at the June 8 COW meeting to make a decision on whether or not the town will be making future funding commitments.

Connect With Us


Comments/Feedback
“Our Strength lies in our differences, not in our similarities” ― Stephen R. Covey
"Come experience our world-class destination on the banks of the Rideau Canal"