We’ve received this press release from the Town about last night’s Council meeting.

Edited by The Millstone.


Presentation to Jordan-Anne Rich

Mayor McLaughlin presented Jordan-Anne Rich with a certificate of achievement for winning first place for the Young Writers 2016/2017 Canadian National Poetry Contest for her poem “The Show”. Jordan-Ann is a grade 7 student from Holy Name of Mary in Almonte.

Ottawa Valley Rail Trail

Council reviewed the final recommendations put forward by the community-focused OVRT Taskforce, which proposed a compromise for the use of the trail. These will be forwarded to the County of Lanark. Council is asking that the County adopt, in principal, the recommendations proposing a by-pass around downtown Almonte for snowmobiles and ATVs.

Gazebo at Gemmill

The Almonte Slow Pitch Association will be building a gazebo in Gemmill Park beside the baseball diamond. The gazebo will provide a much-needed shade area for spectators to watch games, and an area for barbecues.

Enerdu access to Old Town Hall parking lot

After consultation with the Municipality’s Beautification Committee and the Almonte Old Town Hall Committee, conditions were agreed to between Enerdu and the Municipality for use of the Almonte Old Town Hall parking lot. Enerdu will have permission to access the river through the parking lot from August 8 – October 3, 2017. Key conditions are:

  • there will be no loss of trees
  • the site will be cleaned and left aesthetically pleasing
  • re-paving of the lot by December 15, 2017

Sixteen conditions have been agreed to in all.

Public washrooms in downtown Almonte

There is a need for public washrooms in downtown Almonte and the Municipality reached an agreement with Stephen Brathwaite for the use of the washrooms located at 65 Mill St.

Art at Geoheritage Park

The Metcalfe Geoheritage Park will now feature artwork that was commissioned by the National Capital Commission for Canada’s 125th celebrations. The artwork on loan is known as Shelter/Tissage and was created by Mississippi Mills artist Stephen Brathwaite.

Commuting grants

Council approved the submission of applications for two grants that will improve commuting in Mississippi Mills.

The first will be made to the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program to pave a portion of the OVRT between Almonte and Carleton Place.

The second, to Municipalities for Climate Change, will seek funding for a proposed commuter transit system to connect Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills residents with the Ottawa Light Rail Transit System.

7B bridge

Council heard from the agricultural community regarding proposed changes to 7B bridge. They’re asking Council to approve a two-lane bridge to replace the existing one-lane. Council referred the comments back to staff for further consideration. A report will come forward in August.

Bernard Cameron memorial

Plans for a memorial fountain for Bernard Cameron are underway. Mayor McLaughlin and Councillor Ferguson met with the Cameron family to determine the ideal location and style of fountain. The proposed location for the decorative fountain is the side channel of the Mississippi River that runs between the Almonte Old Town Hall and the Thoburn Mill. The fountain will commemorate the many contributions that Councillor Cameron made to Mississippi Mills.

The next Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 8th at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.