COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
- Carleton Place Fire Department – Service Medals - Mayor Black congratulated and presented three (3) members of Carleton Place Fire Services with service medals. Deputy Fire Chief Dave Joy was presented with an Exemplary Service Medal for 20 years of service and Fire Chief Pascal Meunier and Firefighter Brent Hurdis were presented with Long Service Medals for 25 years of service.
- Additional Funding Request from Downtown Carleton Place BIA – At the November 19th Special Committee of the Whole 2022 Budget Deliberation meeting, Council considered a letter request from the Downtown Carleton Place Business Improvement Association (BIA) for an additional funding request of $35,000, which would be matched by the BIA and used to further support their membership via marketing and communications efforts during the 2022 Downtown Bridge Street Reconstruction Project. Mark Hinton, BIA Board Chair made a presentation to Council to further elaborate on how the BIA would use the requested funds. $12,000 was set aside by the Town in both the 2020 and 2021 budgets to assist with communication efforts as the need for support for the businesses in the downtown core was identified early in the planning process for the reconstruction project. The total of $24,000 set aside in previous budgets will be used to fund the $35,000 request, leaving $11,000 that needs to be added to the 2022 budget to provide the requested amount..
Asset Management Plan Report - Council approved the Asset Management Report (per Section 8 of Ontario Regulation 588/17) prepared by PSD CityWide and authorized staff to post the report on the Town’s website.
Ocean Wave Fire Company Rebranding – Earlier this year, the Ocean Wave Fire Company (OWFC) firefighters retained a lawyer to assist in updating their constitution and ensuring their association meets today’s legal requirements. Through this process, it was determined that their association needed an official name. The OWFC firefighters discussed different name options during numerous regular and special association meetings over the last seven (7) months to move the proposed name change forward. This was an extremely important process for them as the Ocean Wave Fire Company is rich in both tradition and history within the Town. Staff consulted with legal counsel regarding this matter and were advised that legally, the department and the association could not use the same name. For these reasons, the members formally requested to take the name Ocean Wave Fire Company for their association, with the Fire Department rebranding to Carleton Place Fire Department, thereby ensuring this part of history will carry on for many years to come.
Council approved the Ocean Wave Fire Company’s (OWFC) Members’ Association being officially renamed “OWFC Association” and directed staff to have legal Counsel prepare an agreement to be signed between the Corporation of the Town of Carleton Place and the OWFC Association which would allow the Fire Department to have the legal right to use OWFC, and approved the Fire Department being rebranded as the Carleton Place Fire Department.
The following By-laws of note were read and passed:
- By-law No. 131-2021 - To Regulate Water Rates for 2022 – To approve a 1.95% increase to 2022 water and sewer rates. This comes after an initial presentation to Council at the Committee of the Whole meeting on October 12th, and a presentation of the draft budget to the public at the Committee of the Whole meeting on October 26th, at which point the Treasurer accepted comments until November 5th. The 1.95% increase to water and sewer rates will result in a total charge of $972.00 per year for a residential property with one (1) or two (2) people resulting in an increase of $18.56 per year (or $1.55 per month) over 2021 rates.
- By-law No. 132-2021 - 2022 Interim Tax By-law –A By-law is required to allow for billing an interim tax levy on properties in 2022 until adoption of final tax rates can occur in the spring of 2022 once County and Education rates have been received and after Council approves the 2022 Budget. Interim Tax Bills will be mailed to customers by the end of January or early February 2022. These amounts will be due in two (2) equal installments on March 1st and June 1st, 2022. Council authorized the passing of an interim tax levy by-law for 2022 based on 50% of the prior year’s annualized taxes.
- By-law No. 133-2021 - Tree Clearing By-law – To prohibit or regulate the injuring or destruction of trees on private property for all lands within the Town of Carleton Place where the parcel measures 0.405 hectare (1 acre) in area or greater. Unless otherwise described in Section 3 of the By-law, no person shall remove a tree without first obtaining a permit.
- By-law 134-2021 - Amends Taxi By-law 82-2020 - Maximum Fares – To amend the Town’s Taxi By-law 82-2020 to increase the maximum fare to $12.00, as requested from one (1) of the Town’s two (2) taxi operators due to the rising costs faced by taxi operators including insurance, gas prices, and minimum wage rate.
Central Bridge Replacement – Project Update – Dave Young, Project Manager, provided Council with an update on the various projects related to the Central Bridge replacement leading up to the closure in January 2022. Highlights include:
- The Bell Street project has been completed.
- Mill Street Pedestrian Improvements have been completed.
- Gillies Bridge Refurbishment – Project is anticipated to be completed by mid-December.
- McArthur Island Watermain Installation – Project is anticipated to be completed by mid-December.
- Town staff are working on improvements to the lighting on the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail (OVRT), in particular the section that will be used as the alternate route for pedestrians and cyclists during the closure of the Central Bridge. This work is also planned to be completed before the end of 2021.
- Staff have been working closely with the Downtown Business Improvement Area to implement a comprehensive communications strategy to minimize the impacts of the bridge closure and reconstruction on residents and the downtown business community.
The next regularly scheduled meetings of Council and Committee of the Whole will take place on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021.