Author Archives: Heddy Sorour

Smiths Falls seeks input before changing Municipal Tax Vacancy Rebate Program

May 17, 2017 by
Smiths Falls seeks input before changing Municipal Tax Vacancy Rebate Program

In an effort to meet the Ministry of Finance’s July deadline for making changes to the Municipal Tax Vacancy Rebate program on commercial and industrial rental properties, the Town of Smiths Falls passed a motion setting the inquiry in motion at a Council meeting on May 15.

A public meeting ...

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First steps taken in Beckwith St. redevelopment in Smiths Falls

May 16, 2017 by
First steps taken in Beckwith St. redevelopment in Smiths Falls

It’s been more than a decade since Smiths Falls completed a Downtown Revitalization and Waterfront Integration Master Plan that set out a vision for the town’s future development.

On Monday May 15th, council awarded a contract to Parson’s Engineering to develop a plan to give Beckwith Street a complete make-over ...

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Perth debates shed location at Conlon Farm – sight-lines become key discussion point

May 11, 2017 by
Perth debates shed location at Conlon Farm – sight-lines become key discussion point

The issue of where to locate a new storage shed at Conlon Farm in Perth had to be deferred until the next Committee of the Whole scheduled for May 31.

The town of Perth needs to build a new storage shed on the recreational grounds and staff have prepared a ...

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Smiths Falls and Montague to explore sharing some services synergies to save money

May 11, 2017 by
Smiths Falls and Montague to explore sharing some services synergies to save money

Smiths Falls and Montague are exploring synergies that could save money for both municipalities.

“We really need to explore opportunities to be wise and coordinated about how we deliver services and the obvious place to start is in the immediate neighbourhood,” said Malcolm Morris, Smiths Falls CAO.

The two municipalities ...

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Smiths Falls Council gets “mobbed” by special choir

May 10, 2017 by
Smiths Falls Council gets “mobbed” by special choir

On Monday May 8, Smiths Falls council was the victim of a flash mob.  A talented group of Smiths Falls youth dropped into council chambers and serenaded the surprised council members in the middle of a Committee of the Whole.

The group under the direction of Smiths Falls and District ...

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Perth approves energy retrofit

May 10, 2017 by
Perth approves energy retrofit

The town of Perth is going ahead with a Honeywell recommended energy retrofit.  At a committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday May 9, council members approved a budget deviation of $655,982 to get the project rolling.

“The town’s Energy Performance Contract program offers many benefits that will add value ...

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Smiths Falls seeking to end vacancy rebate program

May 9, 2017 by
Smiths Falls seeking to end vacancy rebate program

The town of Smiths Falls is looking to phase out the vacancy rebate program it currently has in effect.

The program allows landlords of commercial or industrial properties to get a 35 per cent tax rebate on a property if it’s vacant.  In Smiths Falls that number has grown to ...

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Smiths Falls Council considers blocking users not included in recreational cost-sharing

May 2, 2017 by
Smiths Falls Council considers blocking users not included in recreational cost-sharing

It’s taken months of negotiation and discussion but Smiths Falls is finally close to signing a Recreational Cost-Sharing agreement with neighbouring municipalities or at least with four out of five.

Rideau Lakes, Elizabethtown-Kitley, and Montague are all on board, Drummond North Elmsley has agreed provided all the others signed on, ...

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Residents thankful after close call when fire ignited in Smiths Falls condo

May 1, 2017 by
Residents thankful after close call when fire ignited in Smiths Falls condo

The fire that ripped through the condo building at 8 Pearl Street in Smiths Falls took several hours to tame yesterday.

It left 22 families homeless and another 20 families from a neighbouring building had to be temporarily evacuated due to smoke.

Lake 88’s Heddy Sorour, caught up with one ...

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