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Highlights of the August 10, 2021 Council Meeting

Storm Internet Services provided an update to Council on their fibre internet projects throughout Mississippi Mills. Construction began on July 5th and will continue into early November 2021. Construction began with Ramsay Concession 3C and will then move on to Bowland Road, with first connections from this phase beginning in early August. Additionally, Storm is hiring locally for technicians, work crew, and sales.

 Council approved the Municipal Film Policy for film production in Mississippi Mills. Production requests in Mississippi Mills are increasing in regularity which provides economic benefit to the community. The Municipal Film Policy will ensure there is a fair, safe, respectful, and mutually beneficial relationship for residents, businesses and the film crew and cast. The Municipal Film Policy also includes a permit application schedule of fees and a Code of Conduct for Film Crew and Cast.

 Five public planning meetings were held regarding Zoning Amendments to 4867 Hamilton Road, 66 Martin Street North, 5766 Martin Street, 4676 Dark Side Road, and the Business Park. More information about the zoning amendments can be found on the Mississippi Mills website and comments can be sent to Tyler Duval, Planning Consultant, at until August 23, 2021.

Council received a staff report outlining the building permit activity from January to May 2021. The number of permit applications received as of Q1 & Q2 was unprecedented in the building department. There was a 100% increase in applications and a 150% increase in residential dwellings over the same period in 2020 . The work value for January to May 2021 was $45,899,055.00, a significant increase from January to May 2020, which was $16,218,327.00.

 Council approved the Committee Restructuring Report as submitted by staff. The committee redesign divides Mississippi Mills’ service areas into the following four (4) core departments: Development and Infrastructure Services (Building, Public Works, Engineering, Planning and Environment); Corporate Services (Finance, Human Resources, Facilities Management, Information Technology, and outside organizations reporting to Council); Community and Cultural Services (Parks and Recreation, Crossing Guards, Day Care, Community Development including Culture and Tourism/Special Events/Festivals); and Public Safety (Fire and Emergency Management and Preparedness, Municipal Law Enforcement and management of the OPP contract). The new Committee Structure will come into effect in 2022.

 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: 

  • Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Metcalf Park
  • Downtown Almonte Revitalization Business Survey
  • Authorization of the Mississippi River Power Corporation to acquire Trash Rack Cleaner replacement

 The municipal office at 3131 Old Perth Road is open to the public for payments and by 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:

 -       Regular meeting of Council and Committee of the Whole – August 24, 2021 at 6 p.m.

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

-       Regular meeting of Council and Committee of the Whole – September 21, 2021 at 6 p.m.