Tuesday night’s Council meeting began after some technical difficulties at the onset. Once underway Erin Lee, the Executive Director of Lanark County Interval House and Community Support in partnership with Red Dress Productions, presented Council with information on pebble mosaic monuments which are located throughout Ontario. These mosaics are used to increase awareness of sexual and gender-based violence and offer a place of remembrance, peace and hope for those who have been affected. A report on the requirements and location options will be brought to the next Committee of the Whole meeting.


Council directed staff to proceed with the Virtual Information Session and Public Meeting for the Official Plan Amendment 22 (OPA 22) based on a presentation and report by in-house planning consultant, Marc Rivet, from JL Richards. This amendment is to evaluate the need to expand the Almonte Ward Settlement Boundary based on population projections from the County of Lanark and to identify and evaluate the potential areas for expansion. The OPA 22 Virtual Information Session is an opportunity for residents to learn and ask questions on January 19th, 2021 at 6:30pm via ZOOM meeting. You must pre-register by Friday January 15, 2021 to participate in the information session. Please register by email to myet@mississippimills.ca  or mrivet@jlrichards.ca  or call 613-256-2064 ext. 206. The Public Meeting is an opportunity for residents to share their viewpoints with Council on the OPA 22 by sending their written comments to the above emails, referencing “OPA 22”. The public meeting will take place during the January 26, 2021 Council meeting at 6pm. To watch the live meeting please visit our Council Calendar and click on the January 26, 2021 Council meeting. For more information on the OPA 22 please visit our website under Public Engagement.


2023 has been designated as the 200th Anniversary of Mississippi Mills. At Tuesday night’s meeting Council approved the Mississippi Mills Bicentennial Planning Committee Terms of Reference to prepare for the upcoming Bicentennial activities. The committee is a working advisory committee of Council with the mandate to plan, organize and execute a municipal wide celebration to honour the founding of the communities within Mississippi Mills. This year-long celebration requires advanced planning and budgeting and will include residents from all wards. Working groups of the committee consist of Agriculture, Museums and Heritage, Arts and Culture, Almonte, Pakenham, and Ramsay. A call for applicants for the working groups will go out this spring.


The following staff reports were heard by Committee of the Whole and will be brought forward to Council at an upcoming Council meeting for final approval:


  • Developers Request – Bakers Quarry Subdivision
  • Safe Property By-law
  • 2021 Municipal Grants
  • 2021 Municipal Insurance
  • Appointment to Carleton Place’s Parks and Recreation Committee


Due to the Provincial State of Emergency and Stay at Home Order the municipal offices and facilities will be closed to the public. Staff will regularly be checking their emails and voice messages to continue to serve residents, please allow additional time for a response. Payments and documents can be dropped off in our secure drop box/safe at the back of the municipal office located at 3131 Old Perth Road, Almonte, and will be checked regularly. For more details on the impact of municipal services please visit our website: Provincial State of Emergency and Stay at Home Order - Impact on Municipal Services


Upcoming Meetings:

  • Virtual Information Session for OPA 22 – January 19, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. (preregistration required)
  • Regular Meeting & OPA 22 Public Meeting – January 26, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual)
  • Regular Meeting – February 2, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual)
  • Regular Meeting – February 16, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual)