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October 2012

Carleton Place Remembers

On the walls of the Council Chamber in the Town Hall are Honour Rolls listing the names of Carleton Place men and women who volunteered to serve their country in the First, Second, and Korean Wars, and soon to be added, the Afghanistan conflict.  Beside 94 of those names are silver stars, identifying those who gave their lives for our freedom.  Those same names are etched in the stone in Memorial Park.  Along the front of the park is newly-named Veterans Way.  Local author Larry Gray has documented the service of each name on the cenotaph in two books and former Mayor, the late Brian Costello celebrated Carleton Place airmen in his writings.  Several streets in our community are marked with the poppy as part of the Flower of Fidelis program honouring Carleton Place’s veterans.  The national Canada Veterans’ Hall of Valour is housed in the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum building. Talented artist, David Whiteley, has created Remembrance Day pieces over the years to commemorate the war years, and most recently, everyone is admiring the wonderful mural featuring Captain A. Roy Brown, painted by Shaun McInnis and commissioned by Councillor Jerry Flynn.  These are all tangible ways of acknowledging the service and sacrifice of our local heroes, and are the result of work by many groups and individuals including Branch 192 of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Captain Hooper Branch of the IODE, and Mayors and Councillors over the years.

Last year, it was brought to the attention of Council by the McKittrick family that the street-naming program, while a wonderful and worthwhile one, would take decades to complete.  Councillor Rob Probert took up the challenge of once again acknowledging those of our community who made the ultimate sacrifice and devised the Victory Tree program – one Autumn Blaze maple tree planted in groupings in our community, particularly in schoolyards, marking each of our fallen veterans.  He worked to obtain grants and was supported by Council, town staff, and the school boards to bring this dream to a reality.  The Victory Tree program serves our community in many ways – it serves as a living memorial to our fallen, it serves as another means to educate our youth as they care for and enjoy the trees in their school yards, and it serves to beautify our town in a most befitting way.

Much appreciation goes to Councillor Probert for his vision and dedication to making the Victory Tree program come to fruition and to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for their generous grant, Tree Canada, and our own Parks and Recreation staff.  Well – and honourably – done.

I look forward to joining with all members of the community as we remember on November 11th at the cenotaph.

September 2012

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Don’t you just love the TV ad where the parents are delighted that the kids are heading back to school after two months of holidays?

It’s back to work – and school – for your Council as well, following summer break.  Starting off first thing in September will be the Public Meeting for the new Official Plan. We’ve already held an Open House in June and received comments from the public, and this gives you  another opportunity to review the revised document.  The Official Plan (or OP, as we call it) sets out general planning goals and policies for future land use and addresses such issues as where new housing, industry, offices and shops will be located, identifies which services such as roads, water mains, sewers, and parks will be needed, where growth is expected and measures needed to protect the environment.  Following final tweaking of the document it will be sent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for approval, and then it’s on to reworking the Development Permit Bylaw to reflect the policies of the new OP.

While work on the OP is taking place, Council will begin the lengthy process of producing the 2013 budget.  Preliminary forecasts show that it will be a challenge to hold tax increases to the cost of living as expenses in the areas of policing and animal control are predicted to rise significantly.  Council is very cognizant of ensuring that we get the very best bang for our property-tax buck, and will be faced with some difficult decisions this fall as we work our way through the budget process.

Back to work also means back to school for some members of Council who will be attending the annual widely- acclaimed Ontario East Municipal Conference in Kingston, along with taking additional Council training through courses offered by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.  Our professional staff members keep up-to-date in their respective fields by also attending conferences and courses.  These are tax dollars well-spent as the staff of Carleton Place are known and respected throughout Eastern Ontario and beyond for their professionalism and expertise.  It is no small measure due to our staff that Carleton Place is in the enviable position of managing rather than creating growth.

Your Council enjoyed the summer months as we have attended many social and sporting events in the community including celebrating residents’ significant birthdays and anniversaries, cheering on our Canoe Club paddlers, taking part in the Bridge Street Bazaar, and so on. Now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get back to the tougher work of being a Council as we once again make decisions on behalf of the citizens of our great community.

August 2012

History is alive and well in Carleton Place!

The Carleton Place and Beckwith Historical Society members and staff are committed to celebrating the area’s past. Through the first-rate Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum displays, satellite exhibits in various locations around town, and outreach programs, this organization does a great job preserving and sharing our heritage.  The new Roy Brown Society is soon to open a small museum in the historic Moore House to celebrate our home-town WW1 flying ace.  The Municipal Heritage Committee works to recognize and safeguard our architectural treasures and make the public aware through programs such as Doors Open. Twenty-four signs with heritage photos and historical facts, located throughout the town, offer quick bites of on-the-spot history.  A heritage walking tour guide, the BIA’s façade improvement program, archives in the Public Library, the new Heritage Downtown Scan tour, and a special project to videotape conversations with some of our oldest citizens, round out the programs that acknowledge, conserve and honour our past.

I read recently that a community needs to know where it’s coming from before it can successfully move forward.  In Carleton Place, we certainly have a history of recognizing our past and a solid interest in spreading knowledge of that past.  And, for certain, we all know that our town is growing.  So it can reasonably be argued that we do have the right combination of looking to the future with an eye on the past.  I agree, but I also know that we can be doing more.  And that is why Councillor Tim Campbell of Beckwith Township and Councillor Rob Probert  and myself  have recently uncovered provincial  grants that could allow creation of an umbrella position of Heritage Co-ordinator headquartered at the Museum.  This person’s task would be to co-ordinate the activities of each of the volunteer groups already involved in heritage activities and to strengthen the greater community’s historic identity.

We’ll keep you informed on our progress in obtaining the grants.  In the meantime, be sure to take the opportunity to visit the museum, follow a walking tour guide, check out the heritage scan signs, and enjoy our community’s heritage architecture. We’ve a lot of history to celebrate!

July 2012

Summertime and the livin’s easy!  The glorious weather, our beautiful river, family get-togethers, vacation time, and special community events all make summertime Carleton Place an easy livin’ place.

Not to be missed, the newest hot spot in town is the Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings featuring coffee and breakfast treats, fresh veggies and fruits, baked goods and breads, pickles, jams, quality crafts, live music – and a great chance to catch up with neighbours and friends.  Check out 10-year old Hali Crawford’s lemonade, freshly made every Saturday morning from a secret family recipe!

After last year’s successful debut, Arts Carleton Place, the Chamber of Commerce and the Town are pleased to present Showtime at the Station with fun-filled family-oriented entertainment – free of charge – every Wednesday evening starting July 11. Why not make a complete evening of it by taking in the BBQ and other treats available from 6 p.m. with Showtime at 7?

And the list goes on … the annual Strawberry Social and Band Concert at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum on July 14, followed by the Graham Beasley Triathlon, then Regatta weekend at the Canoe Club, the ever-popular Bridge Street Bazaar in early August, September’s Sounds of Downtown and the Dragonboat Festival.  Visit the BIA’s site www.downtowncarletonplace.com for a complete community events listing.

If getting back to nature is your thing, take in our Riverwalk Trail, O-ka-lee Park, the Beckwith Trail, or the TransCanada Trail and finish off with a picnic lunch at Riverside Park, a dip in the river, or a run through the splash pad.

No wonder everyone in town is whistling a happy tune.  Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!

June 2012

By the time you read this column, the 5th annual Wine’d Around Downtown will be a pleasant memory. Over 350 participants enjoyed wine tasting and food pairing at seven venues along Carleton Place’s heritage main street last weekend.  This popular event is one of several fundraisers for the community’s Sister City Committee whose mandate is to promote positive relations with our two international twins, Comrie, Scotland and Franklin, Tennessee. One of Saturday’s participants was Sharon Bottorff, a founding member of Franklin’s Sister City Committee. She is making her third visit here, this time as chaperone for students from Franklin who are taking part in the 7th annual student exchange between the two communities; their Carleton Place ‘twins’ will make a return visit to Franklin in August.

Also in August, four members of the Committee will visit Comrie, Scotland to take part in the 20th anniversary celebrations of our relationship with that community.

The benefits of twinning are many and varied.  For example, over 30 Carleton Place students have visited either Comrie or Franklin, then hosted their ‘twins’ in exchange; long term friendships, several with follow-up independent visits, have developed between many of the teens and their host families.  The Carleton Place Municipal Academy, held every few years, is loosely based on the Franklin model where citizens learn about the workings of municipal government.  Our own Brock Zeman and Brea Lawrenson have each had opportunities to make valuable career contacts and have performed in Franklin only minutes away from the music capital of Nashville. Former Mayor, the late Brian Costello, formed the Carleton Place in Bloom Committee which is celebrating its 15th anniversary of community beautification, after seeing firsthand the benefits Comrie gained from its association with Scotland in Bloom.

In this year of anniversaries, the Sister City Committee invites the community to celebrate our longtime association with Comrie at the 6th annual Heritage Ball in late September.  Our own Scottish couple, Duncan and Fiona MacNaughton, will host the event and welcome a small contingent of guests from Comrie as well as Franklin.  Y’all are invited as the three Sister Cities have a wee Highland Fling celebration right here in Carleton Place!

April 2012

My husband and I are fortunate to have spent considerable time in Germany, stationed there when Frank was in the military, and in more recent years, on vacation. Each time we visit, we add to our ability to read and speak the language. Just a year or two ago, I was standing in front of a firehall and noticed the words Freiwillige Feuerwehr. Even though I had seen the words hundreds of times, it only then dawned on me that the word freiwillige meant literally free willing, and was the German word for volunteer. What a wonderful way to describe a volunteer – to freely and willingly give of themselves to serve the community!

Carleton Place is blessed with outstanding volunteers who touch every facet of life in our community. They are on the forefront of the services and activities that make our Town such a wonderful place to live, work, play, grow, and prosper. Volunteer firefighting, assisting at our hospital, training our youth in sports and recreation programs, supporting our seniors, visiting the sick and shut-ins, beautifying our community, serving during emergencies, preserving our heritage, promoting the arts, hosting community-wide events, fundraising … the list is endless. These dedicated individuals, who come from every walk of life and every age group, freely and willingly offer their time, talents, and energy to give our town’s residents an exceptional quality of life.

How often do we take the time and opportunity to thank our volunteers? The cheery and knowledgeable person at the front desk of the hospital, the dedicated dad coaching minor hockey, the caring neighbor delivering Meals on Wheels don’t expect a round of applause for what they do, yet their work is essential to maintaining Carleton Place as a healthy and vibrant community. National Volunteer Week, April 15 – 21, is set aside to recognize and celebrate the outstanding service that our selfless volunteers give to our communities nationwide. How great it would be if we could remember to say ‘Thank you’ to our volunteers more often, and not during just one special week of the year! Their freiwillige efforts are much appreciated!

March 2012

Like all communities in Ontario, Carleton Place is required to have in place an Official Plan which is reviewed approximately every five years. Our Official Plan sets out general planning goals and policies for future land use and addresses issues such as: the location of new housing, offices, stores, and industry; required services for future development including roads, water and sewer, and recreation facilities; where growth is expected to take place; and measures needed to protect the environment, heritage components, and waterfront, for example. Following the official plan review, will be a review of Carleton Place’s Development Permit Bylaw, which, when it was initially created, was the first of its kind in Ontario.

Recently, McIntosh/Perry consultants presented staff and Council with a review of existing conditions in the community along with policy options, based on a thorough examination of literature produced in the past half dozen years. These included, among other studies, our situational analysis, downtown corridor study, industrial strategy, recreation master plan, environmental assessments, and land use inventory. In addition, initial consultations with government ministries and agencies such as Tourism, Culture, and Sport, Transportation, Natural Resources, Environment, Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority took place. The consultants identified several issues and matters of interest including waterfront development, parks and trails, environmental issues, economic development, the downtown core, and future infrastructure. The consultants note that ‘this list will be expanded as input and comments are received from citizens, staff [and] community leaders as well as comments received [from] ministerial staff or agencies’.

This is where you – the citizens who live, work, and play in our community – come into the picture. We want and need your opinions about the future of our town. Stay tuned for an announcement about when the initial report will be posted on the town website giving you an opportunity for comment and submissions for consideration. Later in the process, most likely in April, we will hold the first public consultation meetings; these will be well-advertised through Council’s various communication tools.

The current strength of our community is the result of intelligent investments and planning in the past. I urge you to be part of our official plan review process as Carleton Place plans now for tomorrow … and the day after.

January/February, 2012

By the time you read this column, we will have marked Groundhog Day 2012! Whether Wiarton Willie saw his shadow or not, doesn’t make a lot of difference in Carleton Place. We’re a community that doesn’t hibernate, no matter what the weather!

The many trails through the community are busy with walkers, dog-owners, and when the weather is right, cross-country skiers. Outdoor rinks, cared for by outstanding volunteers, become the place to go for kids learning to skate or shooting a few pucks at a net as well as older folk getting together for a game of pick-up hockey. The arena is bustling from as early as 6 a.m. on weekends to close to midnight with kids and adults all enjoying the best-game-you-can-name or broomball or skating lessons or recreational public skating.

Along with all those usual winter activities, Carleton Place has really stepped up to support our bid for Kraft Hockeyville 2012. The kick-off event on Sunday, January 29, saw standing-room-only crowds at our arena, enjoying a free lunch of – what else? – Kraft Dinner, with cheesecake hockey pucks for dessert. Serge Robichaud, of Steve’s Independent Grocer, the force behind the Carleton Place bid for Hockeyville 2012, led supporters in cheering on Town Council as we served up over 400 plates of everyone’s favourite mac’n’cheese. What a way to show support for our effort to win this prestigious award! And how great it was for Serge to read off a long list of community-minded businesses supporting the bid. Please, take a few moments to register you and your family at www.krafthockeyville.ca and be absolutely sure to submit a photo or a few words to show how important this win is to you and your community.

Several years ago at the national WinterLights Awards Ceremony at Charlottetown, Carleton Place was awarded the top rating of 5-stars as a community that knows how to celebrate the winter season. In addition, we were awarded the distinction of ‘The Community that Cares’. While our Town shows its caring side all year long, winter is a particularly important time for everyone to step up and support efforts to make everyone’s life a little easier. Weekly bingos, bowl-a-thons, fundraising concerts, church suppers and more all give us a chance to get out, get together and make a difference.

Cabin fever in Carleton Place? Not a chance!

December, 2011

Our local freebie newspapers do an impressive job celebrating the good things that happen in Carleton Place and the great people who live here.  Everyone looks forward to them arriving in the mailbox each week.  For a long time, it has been my not-so-secret goal to have a positive headline in The Ottawa Citizen about our great community.  So you can imagine how delighted I was to read in the Sunday, December 18th edition, the first-rate article by Richard Starnes about our newest industry, Sam Bat, moving to town.  What a great Christmas present – both the article and Sam Bat!

To add to the good news of the past week, Toni Surko, CEO of the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital, announced that we are finally moving forward again on hospital redevelopment, having been stalled for several years.  A new business case proposal incorporating a health village concept will be submitted to the Champlain LHIN next June without having to await the results of the Clinical Services Review. The hospital will be counting on the support of the community when this plan is submitted, so stay tuned for details of how you can get involved in mid-2012.  In the meantime, call 613-257-2200, ext. 856, or email ctroy@cpdmh.ca for updates on the redevelopment.

There have been plenty of other good news stories to celebrate in Carleton Place this past year – the opening of Eastway Emergency Vehicles, filling empty stores downtown, creating the Market Square, the decision to relocate Mississippi Valley Conservation here, the new trail to Beckwith , to name only a few.  And then there are the heartwarming people stories that make us such a welcoming, friendly community … Habitat for Humanity building homes here, People First providing Christmas Dinner, the weekly Hungry Lunch event, the Garden of Hope at Riverside Park … and so many more.

To all the good people  who make Carleton Place such a strong  community – very best wishes for a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Healthy New Year.

November, 2011

By the time you read this column, your Council will have marked the first anniversary of taking office. This is a good time for reflecting on what we have accomplished and what lies ahead.

Passing the 2011 budget with below the cost of living increases was a promise fulfilled early in our mandate and we are pleased to do the same for 2012. Council is committed to being fiscally responsible, while maintaining the services the community expects, and protecting and strategically investing in our infrastructure.

Annexation of properties from Beckwith Township is near completion, setting the stage for future residential growth as well as the much-anticipated Mississippi Valley Conservation Headquarters in Roy Brown Park.

Several studies commissioned by Council and outlined in last month’s column provided critical information and recommendations we need to position ourselves for future growth and economic development. Members of the public engaged in this process continue to share their expertise by serving on various sub-committees of the new Community Development Committee.

Working closely with our Downtown partners, we invested in the new Market Square area by redeveloping the property into an attractive anchor for our heritage business corridor. This project, along with new trail development, hiring a Community Programmer, purchasing additional waterfront property for public use, and expanding the commemorative tree and bench program, adds to the quality of life we enjoy here in Carleton Place.

During the recent provincial election, your Council moved the redevelopment of our hospital into the political realm and made candidates aware that we need, want and deserve a new hospital. We are continuing the political pressure and will announce further plans in the near future.

Communication continues to be a high priority for Council; we are now on Twitter and Facebook, we’re updating the website, and have received positive comments about the slide shows at the Pool and Arena. Stay tuned for more!

On the horizon for 2012 are the hiring of an Economic Development Officer in the first quarter, the review of the Official Plan and Development Permit Bylaw, moving forward on the southeast extension to McNeely Avenue, thoroughly investigating the possibility of acquiring Carambeck School, establishing the Good Neighbours, Great Neighbourhood program, and continuing to actively advocate for hospital redevelopment.

None of what has been accomplished or will be achieved in the future in Carleton Place would be possible without a committed and visionary Council and a talented and dedicated Staff working together to engage and respond to our citizens. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.

October, 2011

At a recent Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce meeting celebrating Salute to Small Business month, I spoke to members about our community’s present and future from an economic development viewpoint. If you would like to view the entire speech, please check my website at www.wendyleblanc.ca.

Economic development is a high priority for your Council and we recognized that we need to seek the advice and guidance of a professionally trained Economic Development Officer working to retain and expand businesses and to actively seek new ones; this position will be filled in March, 2012. To ensure that we set up conditions for success, the Town acquired additional employment lands in Industrial Park North, commissioned a study of sewer and water capabilities and received recommendations on areas of future growth based on these capacities, completed annexation of several properties from Beckwith Township, and hired a consultant to develop an Industrial Strategy and Downtown Corridor Enhancement Plan. Additionally, Council created a Community Development Committee, which serves as an umbrella for a number of subcommittees each charged with making decisions about various aspects of economic development. Qualified, experienced, and dedicated residents and business people stepped forward to serve the community along with Council members and staff on these committees.

Your Council firmly believes that small business is big business. Our local small businesses, both industrial and commercial, are essential to Carleton Place’s present and future success; they provide much needed jobs, keep money working in our community, and attract other retailers and entrepreneurs. We recognize, respect, and value them. When you have a choice, please choose to spend your dollars locally. We will all benefit.

JULY 2011

Carleton Place Council and Staff have worked hard in the first eight months of Council’s mandate to advance our Town’s positive growth while maintaining small town values. Now that summer’s here, it’s construction season and easy to see where the Town is moving forward on projects that are of long-term benefit to the community.

Many citizens have enjoyed watching the demolition of three buildings at Lake Avenue East and Beckwith Street. The Gourlay Company did a great job keeping inconvenience to the public to a minimum, and people commented on the fact that much material was salvaged for reuse and recycling. But … the Talk of the Town is the proposed Market Square Pavilion and all eyes will be on this area again when this development starts to take shape. In the meantime, although we have a few months of Beckwith Street reconstruction to endure, the new, wider street will be well worth the wait and inconvenience.

During the election campaign, our attention was drawn to unsafe pedestrian conditions along the west side of McNeely Avenue from Coleman Street to Smart Centres. Bulldozers are now at work creating a path – which will be lighted for additional safety – along this area. And, speaking of paths, has your family walked or biked along the wonderful trail from Carleton Place to Beckwith Park? The official ribbon-cutting hasn’t taken place yet, but the path is open and already popular.

Housing starts – single family, row houses and condos, new buildings in the Industrial Parks, several new businesses in the downtown core, our new Community Programmer working out of the Arena and lots of speculation on what’s yet to come, show that Carleton Place is a vibrant, forward-looking community. When driven by enthusiasm, great things get done!

JUNE 2011

Has anyone ever called you a tree-hugger? It wasn’t so long ago that the term was used as a putdown for people who practiced and promoted environmentally-sound lifestyles. Times and attitudes have changed and today’s families, communities and businesses are eager to pursue a greener way of life.

The interested citizens who formed Carleton Place in Bloom and Urban Forest/River Corridor Committees have long advised the Town on a wide variety of issues including tree planting and health, pesticide use, integrated pest management, and river shore management. The citizen/staff User-Pay Garbage Committee initiated the use of garbage stickers resulting in a decrease of 40% to the landfill site as people made better use of recycling – the second community in the province to have made this change. Our relatively new Environmental Advisory Committee has held two major recycling days, is promoting the sale and use of rain barrels, and spearheaded a freecycle event in town. Active, concerned citizens continue to make a difference.

The Town of Carleton Place has not only responded to recommendations from advisory committees, but staff members have also initiated environmentally sustainable practices. For example, the Town has created a compost yard, a hazardous waste disposal site, and actively seeks more recycling opportunities. Trees are available to residents at low cost each spring. Fuel-saving vehicles have been purchased. Public Works staff annually clean catchbasins to remove silt captured in the sump and reduce suspended solids released into our river. These are just a few of many efforts to become a more environmentally sound community.

The Carleton Place in Bloom Committee has adopted as its motto, ‘Growing Greener Together’. We all benefit when we work as a community to make greening a way of life. Care to join the tree-huggers?

MAY 2011

It was spring-cleaning time in Carleton Place last month with the BIA’s annual community pitch-in week followed soon after by the Environmental Advisory Committee’s recycling day at Rona. Both events involved large numbers of townspeople with significant amounts of litter, electronics, paint cans and other recyclables being collected. This week the much-anticipated floral beautification program begins in the downtown core. These efforts – all carried out by volunteers – polish up our town in readiness for summer’s events. Mark your calendars and plan to participate!

Start off with wine and food tasting at Wine’d Around Downtown on May 28. Absorb a little bit of history as you visit the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum open daily from the end of May. Check out the family-oriented events on June 11 at the Lambsdown Festival located at the Canadian Co-operative Woolgrowers, and while you’re there, visit our Carleton Place Farmers’ Market in its temporary 2011 home. The following week, celebrate the official opening of our new Community Labyrinth. Take in the Motorcycle and Antique Car Show later in the month. Join the crowd all heading to Riverside Park on Canada Day for the not-to-be-missed daytime events and second-to-none spectacular nighttime fireworks reflected in our beautiful Mississippi River. Catch the Community Band at the Museum’s Strawberry Social. At the end of the month enjoy yourself at the popular Bridge Street Bazaar with four blocks of fun for the entire family. And … hot off the press … circle every Wednesday evening in July and August on your calendar: opening at 6:00 p.m. with music starting at 7:00 are FREE family-oriented concerts held in the grounds behind the old Train Station on Coleman at Queen Streets.

Kids say they’re bored this summer? Not in Carleton Place!

APRIL 2011

One of the critical priorities your Council has identified is the strengthening and building of Carleton Place as a sustainable, vibrant community with an appealing quality of life. We are working with Town Staff, Council Committees, the BIA, Chamber of Commerce, community organizations, and interested citizens to develop and carry out short- and long-term strategies in a number of important areas. Our goal is to support and enhance a family-oriented lifestyle with a focus on small-town values.

Your Council has taken to heart the old adage, ‘a new broom sweeps clean’, and we are doing just that – really! We have identified a number of areas where our town needs some sprucing up – and what better time to begin than the spring! Cathie McOrmond, manager of the BIA, organized volunteer teams of all ages to take part in Pitch-In Week. Did you know that Carleton Place has the highest per capita participation in this program in Canada? That’s just a start! Our OPP officers, along with the Councils of Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills, recently launched a local graffiti eradication program which empowers the community to report and deter these acts of mischief. Our Parks and Recreation Committee, in partnership with the BIA and Carleton Place in Bloom Committee, will soon beautify the town with outstanding floral displays. Council and staff are also reviewing property standards bylaws to eliminate neighbourhood eyesores. For even more initiatives, check out ‘What’s New’ at www.carletonplace.ca.

Working together to make our community better and stronger – and more attractive – is the key to creating a prosperous future and a satisfying lifestyle. Please join our initiative, and pitch-in!

MARCH 2011

One of the critical priorities your Mayor and Council have identified is the strengthening and rebuilding of our community – a sustainable, livable community with a safe, comfortable, appealing quality of life. We are working with Town staff, Council Committees, our BIA and Chamber of Commerce, community organizations, and interested citizens to develop and carry out short- and long-term strategies in a number of key areas, all geared towards supporting a family-oriented lifestyle with a focus on small-town values.

Your Council has taken to heart the old adage. ‘a new broom sweeps clean’, and we are doing just that –literally. We identified a number of areas where our town needs some sprucing up – and what better time to start than spring! Cathie McOrmond, manager of the BIA, organized volunteer teams of all ages to take part in Pitch-In Week. Did you know that Carleton Place has the highest per capita participation in this program in Canada? That’s just a start! Our OPP in partnership with Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills recently launched a local graffiti eradication program which empowers the community to report and deter these acts of mischief. Our Parks and Recreation Committee in partnership with the BIA and Carleton Place in Bloom Committee will soon beautify the town with outstanding floral displays. Council and staff are reviewing property standards bylaws to eliminate neighbourhood eyesores. Check out ‘What’s New’ at www.carletonplace.ca for even more initiatives.

Working together to make our community better and stronger – and more attractive – is the link to creating a prosperous future and a satisfying lifestyle. Do your part!