Council Highlights - June 18, 2019

Posted on Wednesday June 19, 2019

Highlights of the June 18, 2019 Council Meeting

Last night Council heard from Dr. Paula Stewart and Danielle Shewfelt from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit regarding available services and programs as well as their strategic plan. They highlighted the importance of healthy communities and how Mississippi Mills can work together with the Health Unit on strategic plans, programming and public education and promotion.

Gordon Harrison from the Stewardship Council of Lanark County was on hand to discuss the work of the Stewardship Council as well as potential opportunities for Mississippi Mills. One such initiative is the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) which could provide funding to the agricultural community to undertake climate action initiatives. For more information please visit:

Deputy Mayor Rickey Minnille was officially appointed as Committee of the Whole Chair until December 31, 2019. His first meeting as Chair will be August 13, 2019.

Council approved a revised petition policy which now includes the ability for residents to submit online petitions and aims to make the process clearer for those wishing to submit a petition. To learn more, please visit the municipal website or contact the Clerk’s Department.

There was a lengthy discussion about pedestrian crossovers in Pakenham last night with Council reviewing information provided by the CAO. The two locations of the proposed crossovers are at Jeanie and Waba and Elizabeth and Country Rd. 29. After debate, Council opted to direct staff to obtain alternative engineered designs that would not include bump-outs and conduct public consultation with residents, key stakeholder groups and advisory committees.

Mayor Lowry highlighted that basketball fever hit Mississippi Mills during the historic Toronto Raptor’s NBA Championship run. Viewing parties drew many residents as well as local, national and international press coverage. A big thank you goes out to the Naismith Basketball Association, volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly to bring together the viewing parties. Stay tuned for more updates!

Announcements and Invitations:

Canada Day is almost here! There are lots to do in the area over the weekend such as:

 June 30th Canada Day Eve in Pakenham

  • 5:00PM RBC Fundraising BBQ for Cancer
  • 6:00-9:00PM Balloons, Face Painting and Bouncy Castles – outside the Stewart Community Centre
  • 7:00PM Annual Pakenham Canada Day Eve Parade
  • 8:00PM to Dusk Live Local Entertainment with Host Mike Ryan
  • Fireworks at Dusk. Watch from  outside the Stewart Community Centre

Canada Day July 1st

  • 7:00AM Pakenham Fire Department Annual Pancake Breakfast – Pakenham Fire Hall
  • 10AM to 3:00PM Downtown Almonte Antique Car Show and Shop with Almonte Civitan BBQ (Mill Street)
  • 3:00PM to Dusk Family Fun in Gemmill Park: Legion BBQ & Refreshments, Face Painting, Crafts, Bouncy Castles & more
  • 3:30 Legion Colour Party followed by Live Music on the Grand Stage – Hosted by Charlie Kitts
  • Fireworks at Dusk – fireworks are set off in Metcalf park. Stay in Gemmill Park and watch from the hill behind the arena. Music and kids activities continue until approximately 9:00PM

 For more information about Canada Day events and other events going on in Mississippi Mills please visit:

 Upcoming Council Meetings: 

  • Special Council Meeting (Fire Dept.) – June 20, 2019 – 6:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
  • Regular Council Meeting – August 13, 2019 – 6:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
  • Regular Council Meeting – August 27, 2019 – 6:00 p.m. (Council Chambers