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Highlights of the June 2, 2020 Special Council Meeting of the Municipality of Mississippi Mills

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The following was submitted by the Municipality of Mississippi Mills

During the COVID-19 pandemic Council business continues to proceed using web and telephone conferencing. Council meetings are streamed live and recorded on the Municipal YouTube channel.

The Recreation Manager presented a report to Council seeking approval to proceed with completing parkland development in phases 4 and 5 of Riverfront Estates. The work will include grading, soil, seeding, tree planting and pathway work.

The Acting Director of Public Works provided an overview of roads and public work’s activities that are upcoming and have been completed. Of note is the transition to the new recycling program. The transition will likely commence in July with Mississippi Mills recycling moving to a two-bin system. New bins and information will be dropped off at each Mississippi Mills property that currently receives municipal waste collection services. The Municipality will also be publishing updates to help ensure that members of the public are aware of the new recycling
program.

As part of environmental monitoring requirements of municipally owned landfills, two contracts were awarded to Pinchin Ltd. for the Howie Rd. landfill and to Cambium Inc. for the Ramsay landfill. The total cost of these contracts is $182,390.79 and $103,162.00 respectively.
Provincial regulations require that all municipalities approve an Asset Management Plan. The regulation was introduced in 2017 with a phased approach. The second phase must be approved by July 1, 2021 and needs to include: levels of service, a lifecycle management strategy, a financial strategy and an update to the asset management plan for core assets (water, wastewater, storm, road, bridges and
culverts). Yesterday, Council directed staff to apply for a grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to help offset the cost of developing the updated Asset Management Plan.

The Treasurer provided another financial implications update as a result of COVID-19. The report provides an overview of how COVID-19 closures have impacted revenue by service area in addition to municipal cash flows. Currently there are no concerns related to cash flows for the municipality and the Treasurer will continue to monitor the situation and provide regular updates to Council.

In honour of Pride Month, Council proclaimed “June is Pride Month.” During the month of June a Pride flag will be displayed at Almonte Old Town Hall. The Municipality of Mississippi Mills supports the 2SLGBTQ+ communities and accepts and welcomes people of diverse backgrounds and believes a diverse population leads to a more vibrant community. This month and going forward, help us spread
awareness and support to the 2SLGBTQ+ communities.

Council also proclaimed the week of June 22nd-26th as Graduation Week. Many students in Mississippi Mills have achieved important academic milestones this year and have been unable to celebrate due to COVID-19 closures. The Municipality proclaimed June 22-26 as Graduation week to celebrate these students and all they have accomplished. Congratulations Graduates!

Upcoming Special Council meetings (all meetings are conducted via e-participation. The live stream can be viewed on YouTube Channel: Get To Know Mississippi Mills)
• June 11, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (Strategic Plan)
• June 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
• June 25, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (Public Planning Meeting)

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