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Highlights of the November 16th, 2021, Council Meeting 

Council received a delegation from the Michael Rikley-Lancaster, Executive Director/Curator of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. Mr. Rikely-Lancaster provided Council with an update on activities, highlighting some of the exhibits and programming that the Museum has provided to the community throughout 2020 and 2021. 

Mississippi Mills Council has approved the Fire Department Community Safety Plan. At the Committee of the Whole meeting held November 2, Terry Gervais from LOOMEX Group presented the safety plan to the Committee, giving an overview of the Mississippi Mills Community Risk Assessment. The assessment is required to be completed by all municipalities and fire departments before July 1, 2024. 

An interim Control Bylaw for Limited Service Residential (LSR) Properties has been approved. This bylaw will put a temporary hold on LSR zoning applications to allow staff to develop clear definitions regarding frontage. 

The Draft Procedural By-Law Amendment will move forward with a Public Meeting at the December 7th, 2021 Council meeting. This will give residents an opportunity to provide feedback on proposed changes to the Procedural By-Law. The Draft By-Law can be located at 

Council accepted the termination of the Joint Recreation Cost Sharing Arrangement by the Town of Carleton Place. Council will advise the Town of Carleton Place and Township of Beckwith of their interest in discussing future arrangements for pool services. 

Discussions on the allocation of funds from the sale of 28 Mills St are to take place during the 2022 budget process. A report offered several options on how to allocate the proceeds however, Council agreed to wait until the upcoming budget process before committing to any particular options. 

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

  • Fire Emergency Response Plan
  • Mill Run Phase 6 Subdivision Agreement
  • Sidewalk Winter Maintenance
  • Long Term Debt to finance Water Reservoir
  • Notices of Motion
    • Deputy Mayor Minnille: Council Renumeration
    • Mayor Lowry: Pedestrian Crossover on Main Street (at the OVRT)
    • Mayor Lowry: Recruitment Policy Update

 The municipal office at 3131 Old Perth Road is open to the public for payments and for scheduled appointments only. Only one (1) person is permitted at the front desk at a time and all members of the public are required to wear a face mask while in the building. Staff will continue to check emails and voice messages regularly to continue to serve residents; please allow additional time for a response. Water samples can be dropped off at the Almonte Library branch. Payments and documents can continue to be dropped off in our secure drop box/safe at the back of the municipal office. 

Upcoming Meetings: 

-        Virtual Regular meeting of Council and Committee of the Whole – December 7, 2021, at 6 p.m.

-        Virtual Regular meeting of Council and Committee of the Whole – December 20, 2021, at 6 p.m.