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Covid-19 - Update #90


Lawn Watering Restrictions - The Public Works and By-Law Enforcement Departments are requesting residents be mindful of their outdoor water consumption until further notice.  The lack of precipitation has resulted in a substantial increase in demand for water from our water treatment plant.  We are asking residents to strictly adhere to the Lawn Watering By-law.

From May 1st to September 30th, the following regulations apply:

  1. No person using the Town of Carleton Place water supply system shall water from more than one connection.    
  2. Residents occupying an even-numbered address may water on even-numbered calendar days only.    
  3. Residents occupying an odd-numbered address may water on odd-numbered calendar days only.    
  4. Watering is allowed only between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., and between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.    

The By-law Department will be increasing enforcement which could result in a fine of $55 for those who choose not to adhere to the By-law.

Should you have any questions regarding the Lawn Watering By-law, please review the By-law in its entirety on our website or contact the By-law Department at (613) 257-5688.

Walk Bicycles, Carry Skateboards on Sidewalks – We would like to remind residents of By-law No. 46-2003 which prohibits the use of skateboards on sidewalks on the following streets: Albert Street, Beckwith Street, Bridge Street, Elizabeth Street, Franklin Street, Lansdowne Avenue, Laura Street, Mill Street and Moore Street. By-law 46-2003 also prohibits the use of bicycles on sidewalks. As such, if you need to use municipal sidewalks, particularly in the downtown area, please walk your bicycle or carry your skateboard. This is important in the downtown as local businesses may require space in front of their store to increase visibility as part of their COVID-19 recovery plan and to ensure enough space is available for the public to respect physical distancing guidelines. We appreciate your co-operation.

Virtual Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings - With the continued need for physical distancing due to COVID-19, the Town of Carleton Place Council will hold its Council and Committee of the Whole meeting via Zoom on June 23rd, 2020.  Please see the Upcoming Meetings Agendas page on the Town’s website for start time and associated documents. Members of the public can view the meetings online via Zoom or a live stream to the Town’s Facebook page. Members of the public who have an interest in a matter listed on the agenda are encouraged to email questions or comments relating to an item on the agenda to members of Council or staff prior to the meeting.  As always, persons who wish to register to speak to an item on the agenda are required to contact the Clerk by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22nd, 2020.

Summer Break Notice - Please be advised that in accordance with the Town’s Procedural By-law, Council will be taking a summer recess from regular Council or Committee meetings during the month of July.  This does not include Special or Emergency Meetings, which can be called by the Mayor or a petition of Council.  The last date for regular scheduled meetings before summer recess is June 23rd with Council commencing at 6:00 p.m., to be followed by Committee of the Whole.  The next regular meetings after summer recess will take place on August 11th.

Reminder – Household Hazardous Waste and Compost Facilities Remain Closed - Public Works staff understands the public is eager for the Compost and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facilities at 128 Patterson Crescent to resume operations, however, there are many challenges operating these facilities even with social distancing measures. The greatest challenges include the flow of traffic, volume of vehicles, and the safety of staff (who are generally youth) interacting with the public. We have been communicating with the Health Unit on a regular basis and will open the facility when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, staff continue to monitor the situation and will continue the curbside collection of paper leaf bags until we can open safely.



Safety Plan for Fall Class Resumption - Today, the Ontario government released its safety plan for the resumption of class for the 2020-21 school year, outlining scenarios for how students, teachers and staff can safely return to classrooms in September. The plan also provides choice to parents, enhanced online learning, and additional funding.

Historic Investment in Public Education - Today, the Ontario government announced that it is investing $736 million more in public education for the 2020-21 school year, increasing the total to more than $25.5 billion. This funding, through the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) program, represents the largest investment in public education in Ontario's history.



Health Unit Heat Warning - Due to high temperatures and humidex levels, Environment Canada has issued a heat warning. A combination of heat and high humidity can be hazardous to your health. Conditions during high heat and humidity have the potential to cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and in some cases death. The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is advising the public to monitor the forecast over the next few days and to follow the list of recommended precautions available on their website. For more information on how to protect your health during extreme heat, visit the Exposure to Hot/Cold Temperatures page. For specific health heat-related questions call 1-800-660-5853 or 613-345-5685.