Council Highlights - October 15, 2019

Posted on Wednesday October 16, 2019
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Highlights of the October 15, 2019 Council Meeting

 

Last night Council was introduced to the new Managing Director of the Mississippi Mills Youth Centre (MMYC), Charlotte MacAlister who along with Sara Fortin, program coordinator, provided an update to Council about MMYC’s activities. Over the year well over 1000 youth visit the centre attending various programs offered in the summer and school year. Programing is geared towards youth aged 10-18, if you would like to learn more about the MMYC or how to become a volunteer please visit https://www.mmyc.ca/ for more information.

In an effort to enhance pedestrian safety in the Village of Pakenham, Council, after public consultations and input from various stakeholders, approved the design for two four-lane pedestrian crossovers in Pakenham. The two pedestrian crossovers will be installed at the intersections of County Road 29 at Waba Rd. /Elizabeth St. and County Road 29 and Jeanie St. Construction will begin for the installation of these crossovers in the near future.

On the same theme of pedestrian safety, Council also addressed concerns regarding student safety at the cross walk currently located on Paterson Street. Last night Council voted to relocate the cross walk to north of Holy Name of Mary school and south of Morton Street. In addition, Council also approved creating a Community Safety Zone on Paterson Street in Almonte between Ottawa Street and Robert Hill Street. There are additional fines for traffic violations while operating a vehicle within a Community Safety Zone.

There were a number of planning-related matters on the agenda last night, one being the acceptance of Lanark County’s amendments to Mississippi Mills Community Official Plan (COP) Amendment No. 21. The County was provided with proposed changes to the COP in September of 2018 and comments were forwarded back to the municipality for acceptance prior to the final vote at County Council.

Council was also presented the comprehensive Downtown Parking Study which provided key findings, recommendations and data on parking within the downtown core. Council accepted the report and staff will bring forward recommendations for Council’s consideration at a later date.

 The province is currently reviewing and drafting amendments to the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) which will have impacts on local planning matters. As such, Council has directed staff to provide comment to the province through their public consultation portal. For those wishing to provide comment the provincial public consultation period will remain open until October 21, 2019. To learn more about the process please visit: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-0279

Mayor Lowry congratulated former Public Works Operations Manager Rod Cameron on his retirement. Rod has been with the Municipality for 32 years, first with Pakenham and then with Mississippi Mills after amalgamation. To commemorate his years of service to the municipality, the municipality named the new Ramsay Public Works Garage the Rod Cameron Garage. We all wish Rod well in his very well deserved retirement and thank him for his years of commitment and service to Mississippi Mills.

Councillor John Dalgity brought forward a motion to identify potential solutions to enhance pedestrian safety at intersections along Ottawa St. (Industrial, Paterson and Martin). Staff will obtain a proposal from traffic engineers for a traffic and pedestrian safety study which would include costing and identification of various solutions. In addition, Councillor Dalgity also brought forward a motion to hire crossing guards for the intersection of Ottawa St. and Paterson. Council approved both motions and costs associated with a crossing guard program for the Municipality will be considered during 2020 budget deliberations.

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

  •  Special in-camera Council Meeting – October 17, 2019, 11:00 a.m. (Council Chambers)
  • Special Council Meeting (Budget) – October 22, 2019, 6:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
  • Regular Council Meeting – November 5, 2019, 6:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)