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Council Meeting Highlights - May 11th, 2021

National Nursing Week – This evening, Mayor Black acknowledged the hard work of Canadian Nurses during National Nursing Week with the following statement:

May 10th to 16th is National Nursing Week. I would like to take this time to recognize the courage and commitment that nurses put forth every day. Now more than ever these dedicated individuals are proving that this isn’t just a profession, it’s a calling. Day after day they step up, put their lives and the lives of those they care about on the line to care for those in need.

On behalf of Council and Staff, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for all you do, for your dedication and commitment and for the personal sacrifices you are making even when you are exhausted. You are true heroes.


Consent Report – Council approved the following Consent items from the April 27th Committee of the Whole Meeting:

  • Council accepted the Drinking Water Quality Management System First Quarter Report as information.
  • The Province has proposed a policing governance model of one Police Service Board per detachment that provides policing in a municipality or First Nation Community. For Lanark County that will mean one Police Service Board (PSB) versus individual PSBs. Council’s preferred option is for an OPP detachment board proposal for the Lanark County OPP detachment based on a two (2) board model comprised of an east and a west; and that the east board proposal be comprised of the municipalities of Mississippi Mills, Beckwith and Carleton Place with a total of 10 members which would include two (2) community representatives selected at large and two (2) provincial appointees. This scenario will be proposed to both the Town’s neighbouring communities and at a meeting of all Lanark County OPP policed communities to enable a proposal to be submitted to the Ministry of the Solicitor General by the June 7th, 2021 deadline. Following the meeting of all Lanark County OPP policed communities, staff will report back to seek final Council approval of the preferred option chosen by the communities.

Carleton Place Official Plan Review - Council authorized staff to undertake a review of certain sections of the Town of Carleton Place Official Plan through the Comprehensive Review in accordance with the Director of Development Services’ report dated April 27th, 2021 as amended with the inclusion of the Highway Commercial District. Staff was directed to extend JL Richards and Associates’ existing contract to incorporate this additional scope of work subject to being within budget.


Properties of Cultural Heritage - Council supported the inclusion of the Carleton Place Waterworks building located at 199 John Street in the Register of Properties of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest.  The keeping of this register is authorized under Section 27 of the Ontario Heritage Act.  Essentially the implication of including a property on the Register is that there is a demolition control provision placed on the property for a period of 60 days should an owner of a property included on the Register decide they would like to demolish a structure on that property.  Council would have the ability for any properties included on the Register to decide if they would like to designate the property under Part IV the Ontario Heritage Act and further protect a structure or remove the property from the list and approve the issuance of a demolition permit by the Chief Building Official. 


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

1. By-law 76-2021 - Adoption of an Affordable Housing Development Charges Rebate Policy to enact exemptions identified in Sections 6 (4) and 6 (5) of the Town’s Development Charges By-law 41-2021.


The next regularly scheduled Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings will be held on Tuesday, May 25th, 2021.