Highlights of the January 8, 2019 Mississippi Mills Council Meeting
The evening’s agenda began with multiple delegations starting with Mark Joynes presenting for MM2020. He provided a brief background on the importance of broadband servicing in the rural areas of Mississippi Mills, the progress of MM2020 to date, and the upcoming completion of a detailed business analysis and options plan. Mr. Joynes also emphasized the importance of Council and community engagement for the success of the rural broadband rollout.
Joe Princiotta and Joe Price presented second with a summary of their business plan for a potential restaurant development in downtown Almonte and their current issues with parking. After thoughtful discussion Council decided to bring back a previously defeated motion for reconsideration at an upcoming Council meeting.
To wrap up the delegations, Council heard from John Nass of Blackline Consulting, with detailed findings of the Recreation and Culture Service Delivery Review. His presentation included an analysis of the current servicing in the Recreation and Culture department, comparatives to other municipalities, and recommendations on how to more effectively meet the needs of the community. Recommendations included embracing technology, modernizing processes and revamping the organizational structure. In order to have more fulsome discussions regarding the report and recommendations Council will hold a Special Meeting scheduled at a later date.
The Mayor’s report provided information on the possible opportunity for the Municipality to receive a historic artifact from one of the Royal Canadian Navy’s retired ships and an update on the CAO recruitment with Lanark County CAO, Kurt Greaves, offering to assist in the process.
Mayor Lowry also had the opportunity to ride-along in one of the Municipal plows during an overnight shift. During the five hour shift, Mayor Lowry saw first had the precision and expertise of Municipal Public Works employees. The Mayor also reminds people to not park on the street during winter clearing operations! Check out Issue 4 of our By-law 101 series “Winter Parking” on our website to learn more about where you can and cannot park during winter clearing operations.
Upcoming Council Meetings
Regular Council Meeting – January 22, 2019 – 6:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Regular Council Meeting – February 5, 2019 – 6:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
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