Highlights of March 6, 2018 Council Meeting

Posted on Wednesday March 07, 2018

We won! The meeting started off with a presentation from Gary Strike, Salvation Army Christmas Kettle co-ordinator, who presented the Mayor and council members with the Christmas Kettle Bell Ringer Trophy. Mississippi Mills raised a whopping $12,807 in donations, more than any other council in Lanark County. This is the first time Mississippi Mills has won the municipal challenge since the trophy was established in 2011.

 

Council accepted the resignation of the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Librarian Pam Harris. Ms. Harris’ last day will be June 29, 2018. She will be greatly missed by the municipality, the Library Board, as well as staff and council.

 

Staff will be providing an educational package on wild parsnip through the municipal website, in the newspaper (EMC) and to subscribers of the newsfeed, once the tendering process has been completed and more information is obtained.

 

The Back and Short bridge rehabilitation was discussed, with the recommendation from the Heritage Advisory Panel to support option 2 being approved. Option 2 consists of a combination of concrete parapet with decorative finish and arched metal railings in keeping with the heritage appeal of the area.

 

Council supported proceeding with the Almonte daycare expansion at the Holy Name of Mary School as proposed by the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO). The expansion includes a six classroom addition which will provide 63 new childcare spaces. More information to follow as the project unfolds.

 

As part of Bill 68, Council appointed an Integrity Commissioner, Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham. This is a joint initiative with Lanark County and local municipalities, excluding Carleton Place.

 

The Waste Management Levy for 2018 homeowners remains status quo with an annual rate of $252 for garbage collection, recycling, tipping charges and landfill site maintenance costs.

 

Council discussed more on the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail with a compromise that allows snowmobiles and accessibility through the Almonte ward with an ATV by-pass through Rae Road, County Road No. 29 and Blakeney Road. This proposal will be brought forward to the Lanark County Economic Development Committee on March 28th. For a map of the proposed bypass, please visit www.mississippimills.ca or click on the link below.

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting – March 20, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
  • Regular Council Meeting – April 3, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)