Quarterly Report – July to September, 2013

Quarterly ReportITEM CURRENT STATUS Economic Development Final stages during the planning process are taking place on the HighGate subdivision between High Street and Townline Road, and building should be underway soon. Economic development Co-ordinator Jasmin Ralph has worked with consultants and members of the ad hoc Economic Development website committee to finalize the new website to be launched in the fall. She continues to meet with business leaders in the community and will be profiling these industries on the Town’s Economic Development website. Redevelopment of Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital Health Hub The Hospital Redevelopment Committee and Hospital Board are continuing to work with Ministry of Health officials in Toronto to move forward the status of our hospital’s redevelopment. An announcement in the fall will show where our project is in the queue. Official Plan and Development Permit Bylaw Review The Official Plan has been passed by Council and sent on to Lanark County for approval. The Development Permit Bylaw will be updated in the next few months to reflect the changes in the Official Plan. Revitalization of Downtown The Market Square was completed and has received much praise from the public, especially the Farmers’ Market. Each Wednesday evening , Cruise Night, a fundraiser for the Hospital organized by Jeff Shoots, has enjoyed large crowds viewing the vintage cars. Four Music at the Market evenings provided family entertainment free of charge; these were sponsored by the Town and the BIA and were well attended. The house at 39 Beckwith Street was purchased by the town to add to the large lot at the north end of the Market Square; this house will be used by the Ocean Wave Fire Company for practice and will be demolished in the fall. The Mayor, members of staff, the BIA and the Chamber, took part in a First Impressions program with Manotick. The results will be released and reviewed later in the fall; this is a program sponsored by OMAFRA with the goal of assisting communities in making their towns more welcoming. Carambeck Community Centre Carambeck Community Centre continues to be well-booked for community use during the evenings and weekends. A summer camp program under the DayCare was held on weekdays during the summer months at the facility. Council Transparency and Accountability Council continues to communicate with the public through press releases, print advertising, slide shows in public buildings, the official town website, social media (Facebook and Twitter), and an LED display sign at Market Square. Mayor LeBlanc reports monthly in a column courtesy of the EMC Newspaper, and takes part in interviews on the In Focus show on Lake88; past interviews and EMC columns can be heard or read by clicking on media at www.wendyleblanc.ca. Respect for Business Community Active representation at, and reporting of, Chamber of Commerce and BIA meetings. The Mayor and some members of Council attend the Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast and the Movers and Shakers networking events, as well as BIA sponsored events. Other Items Dealt with this Quarter Town treasurer Phil Hogan, Director of Protective Services Les Reynolds, and Mayor LeBlanc have worked over the summer months to glean as much information as possible about the new OPP costing formula, the reduction in OMPF grants, and the proposed new billing program as work on the 2014 began in the summer. In order to deal with the significant increase in policing costs, Council voted that budgets in all areas were to freeze at the 2013 levels. Thanks to the generosity of Jason Clarke, the arena has now been outfitted with comfortable, attractive seats. This is a significant addition to making our arena an even better facility. Many thanks! McNeely Park on Nelson Street now has a fully-accessible playground! The new mini-park behind the Town Hall is nearly complete. Public washrooms, floral displays, shade sails, seating and giant chess and checker games as well as access to the waterfront are the features of this new public space. Major construction work this season included Lake Avenue West from Bridge Street to the High School, Princess Street and Lisgar Street. We appreciate the patience residents showed during the long construction period. The new recycling and waste management program came into effect June 1. Many new items can be placed in blue boxes now. Stickers are not required on the first bag of garbage, but are on subsequent bags; bulky items require 4 stickers. This new program will result in an initial savings of over $100 000, and even more with the tonnage to landfill being reduced as well as grants from Waste Diversion Ontario. The program has been well-received by the public. A few minor glitches have been resolved. The elevated path along the Mississippi River Walk trail near McNeely Avenue was rebuilt and was made considerably wider. Mayor LeBlanc attended the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Ottawa in August and the Ontario East conference in Kingston in September. At each conference, she had an opportunity to speak with several ministers about the hospital redevelopment issue. Members of Council are pleased to continue to support the community by attending and/or participating in a wide-range of events and activities. The Brett Pearson Run For Your Life event, the Bridge Street Bazaar, the Canoe Club regatta and Big Brothers/Big Sisters Picnic were just a few of the many events attended by some members of Council. The Sister City Committee’s 8th annual Gala Ball was another successful event held in September. Four students were sponsored by the committee to visit our twinned community, Comrie, Scotland. More positive comments than ever were received about the downtown floral beautification program this year – a joint effort with the BIA, Town and Carleton Place in Bloom.