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Community Safety and Well-being

Community Plan for Safety and Well Being

The overall purpose of the plan is to examine assets in the community, assess gaps and develop strategies to enhance the community safety and well-being for residents of Lanark County and Smiths Falls. 

Consultation for plan development included surveys, feedback from agencies through representation at the Lanark County Situation Table and a variety of committees and working groups, focus groups, interviews and statistics. The result was the identification of 12 priority risk areas: mental health, substance use, poverty, housing, transportation, health and well-being, domestic violence and sexual assault, youth and families, seniors, justice, Indigenous considerations and culture and diversity. Issues within each risk area were highlighted, as well as strategies to combat them in the areas of social programming, prevention, risk intervention and emergency response. Outcomes for each of these priority risk areas were established. 

Well Water Sampling

The Town Hall now has water sample bottles which can be picked up during regular business hours and used to test the quality of your well drinking water. Instructions are included for how to properly collect your sample. Once collected, samples can be dropped off at the municipal office in Mississippi Mills or the Health Unit office in Smiths Falls for testing. Samples should be delivered within 24 hours of collection. Your results will be sent in the method specified on the form submitted with your sample.

The Leeds, Grenville and District Health Unit recommends testing your water three times every year and after significant rainfall events.

Pest Control and Prevention

Dealing with pests is part of living in an urban setting and from time to time residents may encounter a variety of animals within the Town limits such as insects, mice, and occasionally rats.  It does not matter if you own, rent, live, or work in Carleton Place but everyone has a responsibility to prevent and control these pests.

Pest control on private property is the responsibility of the homeowner.  Residents can help control the population of rodents by:

  • Proactively cleaning up yards and remove debris.  Rodents will often burrow under bushes and plants.
  • Keep grass and weeds cut short.
  • Storing and disposing of garbage properly. Without a source of food rodents will move on quickly.
  • Composting properly
  • Clean up after your dog(s) as dog feces is a source of food for rats. 
  • Feed pets indoors and stop feeding birds as bird food is an easy food source for rodents.
  • Maintaining buildings and outdoor areas.  Seal all cracks and holes rodents can get through a crack or hole as small as a quarter inch.
  • If required hire a licensed professional.

For more information and tips on how to prevent and control rodent infestation, please visit the Government of Canada and Health Unit websites: