Quarterly Report – January to March, 2013

CURRENT  STATUS Quarterly ReportEconomic Development Jasmin Ralph, Economic Development Co-ordinator, rolled out the Lead Generation and Business Visits programs at a well-attended breakfast meeting in early February.  She represents the Town on the Ontario East Development Corporation; the Town is a member of the Advanced Manufacturing Team for business attraction, part of the OEDC.  Ms Ralph responds daily to inquiries from businesses interested in locating in Carleton Place.  Mayor LeBlanc is an active member of the Lanark County Council Economic Development Committee. It was announced that Carleton Place will be the headquarters for the W.E.L.L. program from Valley Heartland – Women Entrepreneurs of Lanark and (North) Leeds. The tender for producing the Carleton Place Economic Development Website was awarded to McSweeney and Associates. Redevelopment of Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital Health Hub Toni Surko, CEO of CPDMH, along with Mayor LeBlanc, Councillor Stirke, and deputy Reeve Mousseau (Beckwith) met with Glenn Murray, Minister of Infrastructure, at the Good Roads Conference in Toronto in February.  An announcement concerning next steps in the redevelopment plan is pending. Official Plan and Development Permit Bylaw Review The final public meeting concerning the Official Plan was held in March; once endorsed by Council, it will be approved by either the Province or the County depending on whether the County’s Official Plan is approved.   The Development Permit Bylaw will be updated in the next few months to reflect the changes in the Official Plan. Revitalization of DowntownSeveral new businesses opened over the past few months, including a dollar store, a craft store and a photography shop. The revised Façade Improvement Program  package was sent to all businesses. An announcement was made that the Mews will have an additional pad built in the near future.  The Leslie Block property has been sold and is undergoing renovations to create commercial space on the  ground floor and 6 condo units above; creating quality residential units downtown  is an essential step in  revitalization. Carambeck Community Centre Carambeck Community Centre continues to be well-booked for community use during the evenings and weekends.  Spaces are available during the day between 9 and 3. Mayor LeBlanc, Councillor Probert and Community Co-ordinator, Jessica Smith, joined Patty Lennox in Kingston to view the Kingston Seniors’ Centre; many programs held there can be duplicated here if sufficient interest is shown by the public. 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 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.  Please read Mayor LeBlanc’s article on transparency; this was written in response to a misunderstanding on the part of a resident. Respect for Business Community Active representation at, and reporting of, Chamber of Commerce and BIA meetings.  Council is pleased to welcome new businesses to town. The AGMs of both the BIA and the Chamber of Commerce were attended by members of Council.   A ribbon cutting took place at Peas and Pods in March.Other Items Dealt with this Quarter Mayor LeBlanc delivered her Annual Review in early January; a copy of the speech is available here. The Carleton Place Annual Review of 2012 booklet was sent to all households in the community in January.Members of staff along with Mayor LeBlanc and Councillors Probert and Strike met with the Minister of Education and the Assistant Deputy Minister at the Good Roads Convention in February.   They discussed  Daycare Funding and children/teacher ratios which are causing serious financial concerns to daycares throughout the province. Staff put the final touches on the Waste Management Plan changes effective june 1, 2013.  A wide-ranging education program is planned to inform the public of the changes well in advance of the start date. Members of Council are pleased to continue to support the community by attending and/or participating in a wide-range of events and activities. Bonspiels, the Mudds Youth production of Annie, the annual Bunny Run  and two bowl-a-thons were  just a few of the many events attended by Council. The Town Auditor, Howard Allan, once again commended staff and Council for Town’s good financial management. Council welcomed Miss Teen Lanark County World, Havan Lamothe, and wished her well as she progresses in the competition for Miss Teen Canada. Council presented Jake and Peggy Gallipeau with the Eleanor Henderson Good Ambassador Award for their 30 years of service to the community as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Annual reports for both the Water and Water Pollution Control plants showed that the Town met or exceeded all the stringent controls placed by the province to ensure quality, safe drinking water. Carleton Place was well-represented at the Ottawa Tourism and Travel Show in March with its own booth manned by volunteers The annual tourism guide was produced by the Chamber of Commerce. A first-off Progressive Maple Dinner was held as part of a tourism strategy. The BIA announced financial support of the project to create a roof on the pavilion at Market Square.  A Trillium grant application has also been made to assist with the funding.