Quarterly Report

October - December, 2011
ITEM CURRENT STATUS
Economic Development A Community Development Committee has been meeting on a monthly basis since September with various subcommittees, including Industrial Initiatives and Downtown Initiatives, reporting . The consulting firm, Doyletech, prepared an Industrial Development Strategy and a Downtown Corridor Enhancement Plan to be presented in mid-January. Sam Bat moved its bat manufacturing business to our Industrial Park. A piece of property was recently sold in the Employment Lands off Hooper Street, as well as the sale of land on Costello Drive. Plans have been drawn to create an additional L-shaped roadway in the employment lands between Hooper Street and Cavanagh Road.
Redevelopment of Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital In December, Hospital CEO Toni Surko announced that the hospital will be able to submit a new business case to the Champlain LHIN without waiting for the results of the clinical review, which has stalled our redevelopment progress for months; this will be submitted in June 2012 and will position us for moving to Step 2 in the 5-step redevelopment plan.
Health and Wellness Campus Regular meetings are being held; unable to divulge current status owing to sensitive information.
Revitalization of Downtown Construction on Beckwith Street went smoothly on this important downtown street and is now complete; regular updates were made to business owners in the area and these were well-received by them. Phase 1 of the redevelopment of the corner of Beckwith and Lake Avenue East, named the Market Square, is now complete with a public washroom and storage area building in a landscaped parking lot. A large digital sign has been installed. The lot at the north end of the property has been declared surplus and is for sale. Councillor Gary Strike is heading a committee working to raise funds for the Farmers’ Market Pavilion Roof. The new committee, The Downtown Initiatives Sub-Committee, meets regularly to work towards continued revitalization.
Youth Centre Council and staff have investigated the possibility of obtaining a new site for the Youth Centre; we have toured a building and all are enthusiastic about the possibilities this property holds for a centre. We are awaiting word from the current owner about the asking price.
Community Programmer Jessica Smith, Community Programmer, works full time out of the arena; she is responsible for the 2011/2012 Recreation and Culture Directory, and has begun work on the Kraft Hockeyville initiative..
Annexation and Future Growth Following a number of months of discussion, the Councils of Beckwith and Carleton Place have now passed the agreement which results in Carleton Place annexing Roy Brown Park and a small adjacent piece of property, Maple Lane, and several hundred acres east of McNeely Avenue. Provincial Government approval of this municipal restructuring will be official on January 1, 2012. We began early talks with Mississippi Mills representatives to annex the property which we purchased adjacent to Industrial Park North
Council Transparency and Accountability Council decided on a variety of forms of communications with the public including press releases, print advertising, slide shows in public buildings, improvements to 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. On December13, Mayor LeBlanc delivered a speech reviewing 2011 and looking ahead to 2012; this can be read at www.wendyleblanc.ca.
Respect for Business Community Active representation at, and reporting of, Chamber of Commerce and BIA meetings. Mayor LeBlanc spoke at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting in September on the topic of Economic Development; this speech can be viewed at www.wendyleblanc.ca. Several new businesses have located in the downtown core since September and have been welcomed by the Mayor and some members of Council.
Respect for Staff and Council Colleagues All councillors attend and are prepared for meetings. Relations with staff are respectful and appropriate. Decisions are made following a thorough discussion and understanding of the subject in question.
Other Items Dealt with this Quarter The 2012 Budget was passed with a 2.4% increase; this is, once again, below the cost of living. Because of increases in assessment that amount to approximately 5%, the actual figures that will show up on tax bills will average a DECREASE of 2.9%.A decision was made to establish a committee named Good Neighbours/Great Neighbourhoods; residents have been invited to become involved.The trail between McNeely Avenue and Beckwith Playing Fields was officially opened in October.A temporary trail on the west side of McNeely Avenue between Coleman Street and Smart Centres is open; this was put in place to address safety concerns as citizens were walking along the edge of McNeely Avenue. The trail will become a permanent feature when the adjoining lands are developed. Lights are now in place and we are awaiting Hydro One connecting them.Council approved the building of a 48 unit apartment building at 400 Franktown Road.CAO Paul Knowles and Clerk Duncan Rogers held a Municipal Academy to introduce interested citizens to the workings of municipal government.Council participated in the annual Salvation Army Kettle Campaign at Steve’s Independent Grocers.

Quarterly Report

June - September, 2011
ITEM CURRENT STATUS
Economic Development A Community Development Committee to oversee all activities related to all forms of Economic and Community Development has been struck. As part of this umbrella committee, two subcommittees, The Industrial Initiatives Sub-Committee and The Downtown Initiatives Sub-Committee, have been formed, consisting of members of the public, Town Staff and Councillors. The Town has purchased 30 acres of land to be added to Industrial Park North. The consulting firm, Doyletech, has been hired to prepare an Industrial Development Strategy and a Downtown Corridor Enhancement Plan.
Redevelopment of Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital In partnership with the Township of Beckwith Council, the Council of Carleton Place has begun an initiative to move forward the redevelopment of our hospital which has been stalled for many months. All candidates in the provincial election have been contacted to be informed of the initiative and to ascertain their support. An advertising campaign consisting of signs, a banner, flyers, scarves, buttons, email and facebook is drawing attention to this #1 Community Priority and is informing the decision makers in Toronto and the Champlain LHIN that we mean business and want answers.
Health and Wellness Campus Regular meetings are being held; unable to divulge current status owing to sensitive information.
Revitalization of Downtown Construction on Beckwith Street has gone smoothly on this important downtown street; regular updates were made to business owners in the area and these were well-received by them. The corner of Beckwith and Lake Avenue East is in the process of being transformed into a Farmers’ Market and a parking lot; the lot at the north end of the property has been declared surplus and is for sale. Councillor Gary Strike is heading a committee working to raise funds for the Farmers’ Market Pavilion Roof. The BIA presented the paper ‘Towards a Vibrant Downtown’ to Council. A new committee, The Downtown Initiatives Sub-Committee, has been formed to work towards continued revitalization.
Youth Centre Council and staff are investigating the possibility of obtaining a new site for the Youth Centre; we have toured a building and all are enthusiastic about the possibilities this property holds for a centre. We are awaiting word from the current owner about the asking price.
Community Programmer Jessica Smith, Community Programmer, is now working full time out of the arena; she has begun the ‘Just Try It’ program and is responsible for the 2011/2012 Recreation and Culture Directory.
Annexation and Future Growth Following a number of months of discussion, the Councils of Beckwith and Carleton Place have now passed the agreement which results in Carleton Place annexing Roy Brown Park and a small adjacent piece of property, Maple Lane, and several hundred acres east of McNeely Avenue. We are awaiting Provincial Government approval of this municipal restructuring.
Council Transparency and Accountability Council decided on a variety of forms of communications with the public including press releases, print advertising, slide shows in public buildings, improvements to official town website, social media (facebook and twitter), an LED display sign at the new Farmers’ Market property and so on. Further information is being sought regarding webcasting or video taping of Council meetings; quality and cost are the issues stalling this initiative. Mayor LeBlanc reports monthly in a column courtesy of the EMC Newspaper.
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 June and have been welcomed by the Mayor.
Respect for Staff and Council Colleagues All councillors attend and are prepared for meetings. Relations with staff are respectful and appropriate. Decisions are made following a thorough discussion and understanding of the subject in question.
Other Items Dealt with this Quarter The Mayor and Deputy Mayor attended the Association of Municipalities Conference in London, Ontario, and met as part of a Lanark County delegation with the Minister of Children and Youth Services to push for more funding for youth programs; conference expenses were paid by Lanark County.Councillors Flynn and Probert, several staff members, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor attended the Eastern Ontario Municipal Conference held in Kingston; many sessions at the conference were devoted to Economic Development.Meetings were held with residents to work to resolve the issue of the fencing along McNeely Avenue blown down in a windstorm; unfortunately the 2/3 majority needed to have a Community Improvement -- was not obtained and the issue has been referred to the Bylaw Department.The 2012 Sewer and Water Budget was passed with an increase of 3.95% which amounts annually to an additional cost of $30.16 per household of 3 or more persons. Sewer and water charges in Carleton Place are lower – often considerably lower – than neighbouring municipalities.Rod Black was appointed Deputy Fire Chief and Dave Joy has taken over Rod’s former position as Fire Prevention Officer. Congratulations to both!

Quarterly Report

April - June, 2011
ITEM CURRENT STATUS
Hire Economic Development Officer Members of Council have continued to attend workshops and worked to define the job description of an EDO. At a visioning session in April, Council worked on timelines to put in place a number of Economic Development strategies including purchasing of 30 acres of land to be added to the Industrial Park North.
Re-establish a Community Economic DevelopmentAdvisory Board Council will create a Community Development Committee, a sub-committee of which will oversee Economic Development. Advertisements were placed in local newspapers seeking members of public interested in participating on this committee.
Redevelopment of Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital Council is represented on Hospital Board, is updated on regular basis while awaiting instructions from hospital board for next moves. Will attend all-candidates meetings for provincial election seeking support.
Health and Wellness Campus Formerly known as Health Care Village. Regular meetings; unable to divulge current status owing to sensitive information.
Revitalization of Downtown Tenders for demolition of three buildings at Lake Avenue and Beckwith Streets have been awarded to Robert Gourlay; work to demolish buildings is scheduled for completion in late July. Working with a committee under the direction of Councillor Gary Strike, architect Larry Gaines designed the Market Square Pavilion. A portion of the pavilion will be paid for by the Town; the roof structure, estimated to cost $150 000, will be paid for with donations and grants. The architect provided a concept plan of a combined retail and residential building that could be built at the upper end of the property.Tenders have been awarded to RW Tomlinson Construction to reconstruct Beckwith Street.Council was presented with the BIA-prepared paper, ‘Towards a Vibrant Downtown Core’, and wholeheartedly endorsed working with the BIA; awaiting further development of plans for this initiative.
Youth Centre Awaiting information re possible new location that has been visited and approved by members of Council and the Youth Centre Board.
Community Programmer Part of Recreation Master Plan initiative. Job has been advertised and successful candidate will be announced in July.
Annexation and Future Growth Council hired consultant to study the effects of long-term future growth on various aspects of the community including those on infrastructure such as sewer and water. Council and staff have met with Beckwith Township Council and staff .
Transparency and Accountability of Council Council was educated on a variety of forms of communications with the public including web-casting, video-streaming, press releases, print advertising, slide shows in public buildings, improvements to official town website, social media (facebook and twitter) and so on; decisions were made in June about which communications we will support both with staffing and financially. The issue of webcasting meetings is still being explored as the quality of the production and costs were questioned by members of Council. Mayor LeBlanc reports monthly courtesy of advertisements paid for by EMC Newspaper.
Respect for Business Community Active representation at, and reporting of, Chamber of Commerce and BIA meetings. Mayor and Council meeting with business owners. Members of Council attended the grand opening of Eastway Emergency Vehicles on Industrial Avenue. Mayor LeBlanc has met with the owners of commercial and industrial businesses as part of her continuing strategy to ensure open communications with members of the business community.
Respect for Staff and Council Colleagues All councillors attend and are prepared for meetings. Relations with staff are respectful and appropriate. Council is working as a team for the most part; differing points of view are respected and council espouses the mantra that disagreements are fine and healthy, acting disagreeably is not. Decisions are made following a thorough discussion and understanding of the subject in question.
Other Items Dealt with this Quarter
  • Purchased property at the corner of Mill and Princess Streets to extend the Public Works Yard.
  • Created a new Commemorative Tree and Bench policies.
  • Worked with OPP Graffiti Eradication Team to develop new Graffiti Bylaw.
  • Reconfirmed earlier decision to not develop Dog Park at the Wastewater Treatment Plant; other sites being considered.
  • Established a Performance Fund that will provide seed money for performances as fundraisers benefiting the Town Hall Auditorium.
  • Meetings with residents to resolve issue of their fencing blown down in windstorm along McNeely Avenue.

Quarterly Report

January - March, 2011
ITEM CURRENT STATUS
Hire Economic Development Officer Members of Council and Staff have had series of meetings, attended workshops and courses on Economic Development, and listened to speakers, both local and from other jurisdictions. We have developed a time line with target dates for various benchmarks to be completed before and when hiring takes place. $70 000 in 2011 budget for Economic Development. Mayor LeBlanc did not accept the $20 000 annual remuneration paid to former mayor for Economic Development.
Re-establish a Community Economic DevelopmentAdvisory Board Awaiting decisions to be made regarding the Economic Development Committee, Economic Development Officer.
Redevelopment of Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital Council is represented on Hospital Board, is updated on regular basis while awaiting instructions from hospital board for next moves. Sought meeting with Minister of Health and Long-term Care Facilities – denied. Will attend all-candidates meetings for provincial election seeking support.
Health and Wellness Campus Formerly known as Health Care Village. Regular meetings; unable to divulge current status owing to sensitive information.
Taxation COMPLETE. Budget for 2011 passed before the end of January with a 2.19% increase (below cost of living)
Revitalization of Downtown Plans nearing completion re 7 Beckwith Street site; demolition tenders pending. Purchased additional buildings to widen Beckwith Street and remove eyesores. Lot at north end of site has been declared surplus. Established committee, headed by Councillor Gary Strike, to create concept for roof of Farmers’ Market and find funding sources. Continuing to work with Ministry of Environment re contamination issues.Awaiting information from UCDSB re status of Carambeck School to be divulged at the end of September 2011.
Youth Centre Met with Youth Centre Board on two occasions to discuss relocation as a result of an agreement with Mississippi Valley Conservation to demolish current centre. Awaiting information from Board re possible new site suggested by Councillor Flynn.
Community Programmer Part of Recreation Master Plan initiative. Job description being drawn up for Community Programmer, to be advertised in next few months.
Annexation and Future Growth Council hired consultant to study the effects of long-term future growth on various aspects of the community including those on infrastructure such as sewer and water. Council and staff reviewing study results before meeting with Beckwith Township Council and staff on April 21.
Transparency and Accountability of Council All members signed Code of Conduct. Mayor LeBlanc, on advice of her accountant, did not place assets in blind trust owing to serious taxation issues on joint accounts; financial dealings will be scrutinized and reported annually by accountant. Annual salary and benefits report made public at end of February. Training, travel, and hospitality expenses of Mayor and Council available upon request. Councillor Probert is working on changes to the Procedural Bylaw and Striking Committee.
Communications with the Public Council currently being educated on a variety of forms of communications with the public including web-casting, video-streaming, press releases, print advertising, slide shows in public buildings, improvements to official town website, social media (Facebook and Twitter) and so on; decisions will be made in mid-June about which communications we will support both with staffing and financially. Mayor LeBlanc reports monthly via a column paid for by EMC Newspaper.
Respect for Business Community Active representation at, and reporting of, Chamber of Commerce and BIA meetings. Mayor and Council meeting with business owners. Two new industries established in Carleton Place since January.
Respect for Staff and Council Colleagues All councillors attend and are prepared for meetings. Relations with staff are respectful and appropriate. Council is working as a team for the most part; differing points of view are respected and council espouses the mantra that disagreements are fine and healthy, acting disagreeably is not. Decisions are made following a thorough discussion and understanding of the subject in question.
Other Items Dealt with this Quarter * Have entered into a legal agreement with Thom Bus Lines and a verbal (soon to be legal agreement) with Galland to sell transit passes to the public at pool and arena; with town selling passes, no HST is charged.* Entered into agreements for Animal Control and Pound Facilities following resignation of former Animal Control Officer.* Proposed Dog Park located near the Curling Club was defeated in a 4-3 vote at Council; there are no immediate plans to search for another location.* Purchased property at 150 Mill Street (includes waterfront) most of which will be used to extend the usable life of the Town Yard for the next two decades.* Councillor Doug Black, Council representative on Mississippi Valley Conservation, was instrumental in the 14-1 vote for relocation of headquarters to Carleton Place.* Most members of Council have availed themselves of opportunities for training including Effective Councillor Training, Effective Meeting Workshop, Economic Development, Communications, Emergency Preparedness, Fire Services, and Police Services Board.