Quarterly Report for January to March 2012

Quarterly ReportEconomic Development The consulting firm, Doyletech, prepared an Industrial Development Strategy and a Downtown Corridor Enhancement Plan which was presented to and received by the Community Development Committee in mid January; the Industrial and Downtown subcommittees will study the document and will draw up plans for implementation of recommendations. We advertised the Economic Development Officer position, to be filled in early April. Staff applied for a grant to do a feasibility study on hotel development in CP. Local entrepreneur, Volundur Thorbjornson, reported that 98 new jobs have been created in his development on Industrial Drive. A job fair, held at the Moore House, had 40 jobs in local businesses available. Redevelopment of Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital At a Lanark County Council meeting in January, new Champlain LHIN CEO, Chantele Leclerc, reiterated her intention to fully support the CPDMH redevelopment proposal when it is submitted to the LHIN in April. The redevelopment committee has updated drawings and the business case which constitutes Stage 1 of the five development stages. Health and Wellness Campus Regular meetings are being held; current status is that the campus project is stalled. Revitalization of Downtown The Downtown Initiatives Sub-Committee, meets regularly to work towards continued revitalization. The Doyletech Report made recommendations which will be studied, discussed and implemented where and when possible by the BIA. Valley Heartland announced both façade improvement and retrofit grants that may be of interest to downtown building owners. Several new businesses have opened including Cupcakes at Heart, Nana and Me, and Dixie Lee Chicken. Mayor LeBlanc spoke at the BIA Annual General Meeting; speech can be viewed at www.wendyleblanc.ca. Youth Centre Council and staff have investigated the possibility of obtaining a new site for the Youth Centre; we recently heard that the building we were investigating is currently not available. Youth Centre staff have been informed of an alternate location and they will be meeting to view this location. Annexation and Future Growth Staff, the Mayor and a member of Council met with Mississippi Mills representatives to begin the process of annexation of the 30 acres of property which we purchased adjacent to Industrial Park North. An additional area north of Townline Road is also under discussion but will not likely be annexed at this time pending a study of sewer capabilities in the area. 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), an LED display sign at the new Farmers’ Market property and so on. Mayor LeBlanc reports monthly in a column courtesy of the EMC Newspaper, and takes part in interviews on the In Focus show on Lake88; tapes can be heard by clicking on interviews at www.wendyleblanc.ca. Respect for Business Community Active representation at, and reporting of, Chamber of Commerce and BIA meetings. Several new businesses have located in the downtown core since September and have been welcomed by the Mayor and some members of Council. Mayor LeBlanc and members of Council visit businesses in the community. Other Items Dealt with this Quarter The purchase of four acres of land from the Town for the Mississippi Valley Conservation headquarters building has been finalized. Council has seen plans for the new building which will be released to the public soon.Staff are working with property owners in the area south of Highway 7 as we work towards connecting Highways 7 and 15 with the McNeely Avenue extension.Staff has been in discussion with the Upper Canada District School Board regarding the purchase of Carambeck School which will be closed at the end of June 2012; tentative plans, providing a deal can be made, including creating a community centre. More details should be forthcoming within the next three months. Under the leadership of Serge Robichaud and Community Co-ordinator, Jessica Smith, Carleton Place put on a great effort vying for Kraft Hockeyville 2012. Although we were not successful this year, it was a wonderful community building effort.Serge Robichaud was awarded the first Carleton Place Community Builder Award. Council also recognized Pamela Griffen for her 28 years of leading a fitness class for Seniors.Several members of Council attended the Good Roads Conference in Toronto and participated in workshops of interest to the town. Mayor LeBlanc took part in two face-to-face meetings with cabinet ministers and their staff. The Town’s sewer and water plants passed annual inspections and met or exceeded all Provincial standards. Auditors have completed their annual inspection of the Town’s books and will release the report to the public in April. Members of the Good Neighbours/Great Neighbourhoods Committee are meeting on a twice monthly basis and hope to share their recommendations with the public in September. The Police Services Board has requested increased OPP traffic surveillance in the area of Arklan School before and after school hours to deal with issues in the area that have led to safety concerns on the part of the neighbours in the area.