Quarterly Report – October to December 2013

ITEM CURRENT STATUS Quarterly ReportEconomic Development Council is pleased to announce the sale of the property adjacent to Market Square on Beckwith Street to Parkview Homes; the development will consist of ground floor commercial with apartments above.  The developer paid full asking price and did not request any concessions in the form of dropping of development or other charges.  Other housing developments that have received approval include the Jackson Ridge subdivision between Napoleon Street and Mississippi Road, and  Devcore’s stacked townhomes at Lansdowne and Arthur; planning for an apartment building on Allan Street is in early stages. The shovel is now in the ground for Highgate subdivision between High Street and Townline Road. Economic Development Co-ordinator Jasmin Ralph launched  the Town’s new economic development website: www.businesscarletonplace.ca .  She continues to meet with business leaders in the community and will be profiling these industries on the 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 showing where our project is in the queue is expected soon.  In the meantime, members of the redevelopment committee, including the Mayor, work hard behind the scenes to promote the redevelopment. Official Plan and Development Permit Bylaw Review The Official Plan has been passed by Council and sent on to Lanark County where it is still awaiting approval.  Council and staff met for three full days to work on the update of the Development Permit Bylaw; an open house will be held in the new year. Revitalization of Downtown See the remarks about the sale of the property on Beckwith Street above; this project will bring more residential development to the downtown core, a vital ingredient for a vibrant downtown. The Mayor, members of staff, the BIA and the Chamber, took part in a First Impressions program with Manotick; the results were to be released in late fall but the event was put off until the new year because of inclement weather.  This is a program sponsored by OMAFRA with the goal of assisting communities in making their towns more welcoming.  A significant number of grand openings or re-openings took place in this quarter: The Dress Shop, Read’s Bookshop, The Storeroom, Sunshine’s Then and Now.  C Styles has opened for business and will have a grand opening soon.  Le Garage renamed itself The Green Counter Boutique. Carambeck Community Centre Carambeck Community Centre continues to be well-booked for community use during the evenings and weekends.  Rooms and times are available for public use during the day time hours. 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. 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, Mayor LeBlanc, Councillor Doug Black, and PSB member Wayne Drummond worked to lessen the impact of the significant increase policing costs for the 2014 budget.  All other departments were asked  to freeze their budgets at the 2013 levels.  The final budget resulted in a 1.96% increase; because the reassessment increases of 2.2% will be factored into the budget, some residents will actually see a property tax decrease.Major construction work in 2013 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; most of the delays were the result of utility companies’ scheduling of work, not the town or contractor. 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 Masker-Aide Parade, Santa Claus parade, Mississippi Mudds production of Humbug, many Christmas-related concerts  and store openings  were just a few of the many events attended by some members of Council.Nine students from the class of Mrs. Joanne Little of Caldwell Street Public School designed this year’s Town Christmas cards. Under the direction of Clerk, Duncan Rogers, and AMCTO Intern, Catalina Blumenberg, the third Carleton Place Municipal Academy was held for citizens interested in how municipal government works. Two classes of Grade Five students from Arklan Community School visited the Town Hall to learn about municipal government and to tour the building. Mr. Bob White was named Carleton Place’s Citizen of the Year at the Town Appreciation Night in December.  Bob is a dedicated volunteer who works on many projects including fundraising for the Town Hall auditorium, organizing the Home Show, and many other community-oriented events. Members of Council were pleased to award Mr. Jim McCready with the Eleanor Henderson Good Ambassador award.  This prestigious award honoured Jim for his work in urban forestry. Linda Magill of the Carleton Place Daycare received the Prime Minister’s award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.  She along with Jacquie Leach, Director of ChildCare Services, in turn received the Carleton Place Community Builder awards.  Carleton Place Daycare marked 30 years of exemplary service to the community this year.