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Smiths Falls prepares for changes to municipal elections

March 22, 2017 by
Smiths Falls prepares for changes to municipal elections

The province has recently given third reading and Royal Assent to Bill 181 known as the Municipal Elections Modernization Act which will inform and change the coming 2018 municipal elections.

On March 20 Smiths Falls passed a motion to receive the staff report on the Bill and adopt some of ...

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Smiths Falls to introduce internet, phone voting for 2018 elections

March 21, 2017 by
Smiths Falls to introduce internet, phone voting for 2018 elections

The town of Smiths Falls is going to go ahead and adopt a new method of voting for the 2018 municipal elections.

“I believe that the convenience and accessibility inherent in internet and telephone voting can provide more opportunity for all our voters to participate in the next election,” said ...

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Three month booking option nixed at Last Duel Campground in Perth

March 17, 2017 by
Three month booking option nixed at Last Duel Campground in Perth

Still working on turning Last Duel Park’s finances around,  Perth Council has approved a staff recommendation to eliminate the three month campsite reservations option.

Up until now campers could book a campsite for five months, three months, monthly, weekly, or daily.

But, as of March 15, 2017 the three month ...

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Zoning amendment will allow new commercial building on Wilson St.

March 17, 2017 by
Zoning amendment will allow new commercial building on Wilson St.

The area around 54 and 58 Wilson Street abutting Metro is about to see some changes now that council has approved a zoning amendment on the recommendation of the Planning Advisory Committee.

The proposed development will eliminate the homes at 54 and 58 Wilson and build a new commercial building ...

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Fate of ARC Pool funding from Smiths Falls remains up in the air

March 14, 2017 by
Fate of ARC Pool funding from Smiths Falls remains up in the air

Smiths Falls council is still struggling to decide the fate of the Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Recreation Centre.  The community pool had applied for matching funding from the town through the community donations policy.  Their ask of $26,600 was evaluated by a staff working committee and recommended for approval ...

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Perth to further examine snow removal in downtown – BIA cites safety concerns and lost business

March 8, 2017 by
Perth to further examine snow removal in downtown – BIA cites safety concerns and lost business

Perth council has decided to defer any decision on more frequent snow removal in the downtown area until the issue has been studied more thoroughly.

The Perth BIA has been urging the town to up its snow removal for some time.

So at council’s direction, town staff prepared a report ...

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SF Councillor Cummings happy with basic income pilot meeting with province – town controversy may have helped

March 8, 2017 by
SF Councillor Cummings happy with basic income pilot meeting with province – town controversy may have helped

Some members of Smiths Falls council along with County Warden Bill Dobson, met last weekend with the Hon. Chris Ballard, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, to advance the case for a Basic Income pilot project in the region.

“We had an opportunity to present a briefing, which we ...

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Smiths Falls passes 2017 budget earlier than in previous years

March 7, 2017 by
Smiths Falls passes 2017 budget earlier than in previous years

On March 6th, Smiths Falls 2017 budget received third and final reading.  This is the first time in recent memory that the town has passed its budget before April.  In 2016 the budget passed on May 16, and in 2015 it was April 20.

To some extent the faster turnaround ...

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Minimum CIP grant eligibility dropped to $500 in Smiths Falls – more can help improve the look of the town

February 28, 2017 by
Minimum CIP grant eligibility dropped to $500 in Smiths Falls – more can help improve the look of the town

Smiths Falls council has passed a by law adopting an amendment to the Community Improvement Program covering façade, landscaping and signage improvements. The amendment lowers the minimum grant eligibility from $2,500 to $500.

“What we’ve heard from local businesses is that $2,500 was too much for them to invest, so ...

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Rideau Community Health Services will offer Diabetes program at GWMH in Perth

February 24, 2017 by
Rideau Community Health Services will offer Diabetes program at GWMH in Perth

Although the Perth Great Memorial Hospital is discontinuing it’s in-house diabetes clinics, the service will continue to be offered at the hospital.

Rideau Community Health Services (RCHS) is taking over the program and will be offering the Diabetes Education Program at the Great War Memorial hospital two days a month ...

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