Highlights of the November 3, 2020 Council Meeting

Council began the meeting with a moment of silence to remember the bravery of our veterans and reflect on the sacrifices they made to fight for our freedom and defend our country. A video from the Canadian Armed Forces Speaker Series for Veterans Week and Remembrance Day was presented to Council. The message was from the Minister of National Defence, as well as members from the Canadian Armed Forces, describing the importance of the military and the conditions veterans had to endure at war. For more information on Remembrance Day ceremonies happening in Mississippi Mills please visit our Facebook page and website for virtual Remembrance Day services and links to more Veteran Week Speaker Series videos for varying age groups.


Second to present to Council was Paul Virgin, President, and Scott Newton, General Manager of Mississippi Mills River Power Corporation (MRPC) providing a review of the year. Mr. Virgin acknowledged staff’s resilience during the pandemic and Mr. Newton provided an overview of the corporate structure, operations, flow summaries, revenue, payments and upcoming projects.

Deb Knapton, Membership Services Representative for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture gave a delegation to Council on the “Farm 911 – The Emily Project”. This project was established to bring ideas, resources and community partners together to improve emergency services in our rural communities. Some of their objectives are to create a unified system for acquiring 911 signs across all municipalities, persuade municipalities to offer the signs as a service to their community, encourage rural landowners to use the service, establish a partnership with local agribusinesses who will support the program, develop resources to teach property owners how to contact emergency services efficiently, and to promote the program through digital, print, and social media. Keep an eye out for further information from Council regarding this project.

To round out the presentations for the night, Stephanie Gray, Coordinator of the Lanark County Situational Table, presented Council with the Community Plan for Safety and Well-being which Council endorsed in 2018. Stephanie provided information on the Lanark County Situational Table, the Community Plan for Safety and Well-being, the Mobile Crisis Response Team which has brought nurses on staff to respond with police to mental health-related calls, the Victim Advocate Program, current community collaborations, trainings and mentorships, and their ongoing work. Click on the following link to read more about Community Safety and Well-being.


All presentation slides, as well as the recorded videos from Tuesday night’s Council meeting, can be viewed on our website under Council Calendar by selecting the November 3 Council meeting.


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:

  • Zoning By-law Amendment Z-12-20 Concession 10, Lot 16, being Part 1 on RP 27R-8990, Parts 1-4, 9-12 on RP 27R-8445, 430 Ottawa Street (2241497 Ontario Limited)
  • Zoning By-law Amendment Application Z-17-20 Plan 6262 MS PT Lots 7 and 8; RP 27R10569 Part 2, Carss St. Almonte (Ortt)
  • Encroachment Agreement - 136 Brougham Street (Sweetman and Schmidt)
  • Proposed Uses for Mississippi Mills Business Park Almonte
  • 2020 Amendment to the Development Charges Background Study and By-law
  • Addition to the Municipality's Names Reserve List - Blakeley


Upcoming Meetings:

  • Regular Meeting – November 17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
  • Special Committee of the Whole Budget Meeting – November 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
  • Regular Meeting – December 1, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)