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Council Meeting Highlights - November 24 2020

Council Meeting Highlights

Each year, Council approves a budget to allocate funding to various community groups to assist them in their endeavours. The funding program is known as the Community Enrichment Program. Council approved a budget of $30,000.00 for this program for 2020. The total amount of funds distributed under the 1st intake of the program was $7,577.22. Staff have reviewed the 2nd intake applications against the program criteria. Council approved the allocation of Community Enrichment Grants to various organizations under Intake 2 in the amount of $5,000.00. Unused funds remaining at year end will be set aside in a reserve and will be used to fund the 2021 Community Enrichment Program.

Council authorized the hiring of a full-time permanent Senior Plans Examiner position in 2021 for the Building Department. The cost will be included in the draft 2021 Building Department budget.

Council authorized staff submitting requests to meet virtually with the following Ministers at the 2021 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) conference in January 2021:

  1. Ministry of Transportation regarding the Highway 7 / 15 improvements to emphasize the importance of this project with the Provincial government;
  2. Minister of Education to discuss the loss of revenue for the Town's Childcare Centre because of the size of the cohorts which are required due to COVID.

The following By-laws of note were read and passed:

  1. By-law No. 97-2020 - Regulating Water Rates – the By-law includes a 1.95% increase to water and sewer rates. This will result in a total charge of $953.44 per year for a residential property with one or two people; an increase of $1.52 per month over 2020 rates.
  2. By-law No. 98-2020 - Contribution Agreement 2020 - 2021 and 2021-2022 RIDE Grants - a contribution agreement between the Corporation of the Town of Carleton Place and Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario as represented by the Minister of the Solicitor General to provide $8,715.00 in funding under the 2020-2021 and $8,698.00 in funding under the 2021-2022 Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere Program.
  3. By-law No. 99-2020 – to authorize the Mayor and Clerk to enter into a subdivision agreement for the Taber Street Subdivision
  4. By-law No. 101-2020 - Amend Development Permit By-law Holding Provisions - amended by adding the following provision: Section 2.28 Holding Provisions - Any parcel or area of land in any designation on the Schedule of this By-law may be further classified with a holding provision through the addition of the suffix “h”. The holding classification added to a given designation shall restrict development of the land until such time as the holding provision is removed. Where a holding provision applies, no lands shall be used and no buildings or structures shall be erected or used for any purpose other than uses existing on the date of passing of this By-law. Any change from the holding status shall require an amendment to this By-law and the Town may require that the applicant enter into an agreement for the development of the land prior to the amendment being adopted.
  1. By-law No. 102-2020 - Amendment to Development Permit By-law (Schedule A and Section 4.5.4) - Schedule A and Section 4.5.4 of Development Permit By-law 15-2015 of the Town of Carleton Place is hereby amended by identifying a “holding” symbol and adding the following provisions related to a site-specific amendment related to 150 Mill Street, otherwise known as McArthur Island:
    1. None of the permitted uses identified in Section 4.5.1 shall be permitted on the portion of the lands identified in Schedule ‘A’ as Strategic Property – Holding, and such lands shall remain vacant and undeveloped until such time as the following plans, reports, approvals and agreements have been provided to the satisfaction of the Town
      • Composite Utility Plan
      • Environmental Compliance Approval by the Ministry of the Environment;
      • Detailed design for all pedestrian bridges and pathway crossings of the Mississippi River;
      • Building Elevations;
      • Landscape Plans;
      • Record of Site Condition;
      • Traffic Study Regarding Mill Street Bridge capacity and widening requirements;
      • Amending Development Permit Agreement including but not limited to: 
            i.    Financial Conditions 
            ii.    Insurance Certificates; 
            iii.    Performance Bonds; 
            iv.    Updated Schedules.

Please Note: By-law No. 104-2020 - Power of Entry was unanimously defeated.

The last scheduled Council and Committee of the Whole meetings for 2020 will take place on Tuesday, December 8th.  Pending Council approval, the next regular meetings of Council and Committee of the Whole will take place on January 12th, 2021.

A Special Committee of the Whole meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss Development Charges.