Highlights of the February 5, 2019 Council Meeting of Mississippi Mills
Public Meetings were the first order of business on the agenda last night with the Official Plan and Zoning Amendment of Don Maynard Park getting the majority of the attention. Ten residents of the Municipality spoke to Council either in support or against the proposed repeal of the Official Plan and Zoning Amendments. Those who spoke focused on the importance of green space, the process to date, and the financial implications to the entire municipality if the sale of land does not go through. Following the comments from the public, Council voted to repeal the Official Plan and Zoning Amendment by-laws. Any financial implications will be discussed during budget deliberations at the March 12th special budget meeting.
Council regretfully accepted Rod Cameron’s notice of retirement after 31 years of service with Pakenham and Mississippi Mills. Mr. Cameron is currently the Operations Manager for the Roads and Public Works Department for the Municipality and the President of the Association of Ontario Roads Supervisors (AORS). We wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement!
The Pakenham Arena Rehabilitation tender has been awarded to Frecon Construction in the amount of $883,000 + HST for the replacement of the dasher boards and concrete floor that were originally installed in 1974 at the Stewart Community Centre. The project is set to begin this spring after the ice has been removed.
The 2019 Municipal Grant applications and funding have been approved as follows:
North Lanark Agricultural Society $5,000.00
Neighbourhood Tomato Community Gardens $560.00
Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month $2,300.00
Almonte Fish & Game Association $2,500.00
Almonte in Concert $1,750.00
Mississippi Lakes Association $500.00
Clayton Recreation Association $4,500.00
Almonte Celtfest Society $2,500.00
Naismith Basketball Association $3,500.00
North Lanark Highland Games $2,500.00
Union Hall Community Centre $3,000.00
Pakenham Civitan Club $1,500.00
Council reviewed the revisions to the Terms of References for Advisory Committees and approved the new advisory committees which include: Community and Economic Development, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Agriculture, and Finance & Policy. Make sure to check the newspaper, the municipal website and our social media pages to learn how you can apply to these committees. If you have previously applied for any of the above mentioned advisory committees your applications have been kept on file and will be considered by Council when they make appointments.
Council decided not to go with the recommended vendor to provide live streaming and meeting management/agenda building software. The proposed solution would have integrated meeting management software, which streamlines agendas before, during and after meetings, with live streaming capabilities, that index the video with the meeting’s agenda and minutes. Even though Council decided not to go with the recommended vendor further discussions on live streaming will occur at the March 12th special budget meeting.
The seat for Deputy Mayor was declared vacant with Councillor Denzil Ferguson appointed as the interim representative for Lanark County Council. Councillor Ferguson will be joining Mayor Lowry at County Council until a new Deputy Mayor has been determined. The method to fill the vacancy was not decided last night however a report will be brought back for Council consideration at an upcoming meeting.
After previously defeating a motion to grant a cash-in lieu of parking application, Council approved the request after getting new information from staff and the applicant. During the discussion, Council also directed staff to undertake a parking analysis of downtown Almonte to address long-term parking solutions. Additionally, funds from the cash in lieu of parking will go towards surface improvements, lighting and signage to the existing gravel parking lot located on Almonte Street (bottom of Gemmill Park).
Upcoming Council Meetings
Special Training Meeting – February 14, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. (Almonte Old Town Hall)
Regular Council Meeting – February 19, 2019 – 6:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Regular Council Meeting – March 5, 2019 – 6:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
Special Budget Meeting – March 12, 2019 – 6:00 p.m. (Council Chambers)
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