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September 29 Council Meeting Highlights

Below are some highlights from the regular Municipality of North Grenville Council Meeting held on Monday, September 28, 2015.

Resignation of Councillor: Councillor Tim Sutton submitted a letter of resignation advising that due to new employment, he would be unable to fulfill his term as Councillor. A media release regarding his announcement and the letter of resignation are available.

Kemptville Live Guitar Donation: Bob Besharah and Karen Bedard, organizers of the Kemptville Live Music Festival, made a presentation updating Council on the Festival which had taken place in July. They also donated a guitar, signed by all the musicians who performed during the Festival, to the Municipality. The guitar will be put on display at the North Grenville Municipal Centre.

Kemptville College Update: CAO Brian Carré advised that the Kemptville College Education Working Group has concluded their first tier stakeholder consultations with 18 groups, of which eight were followed up on by the Working Group.
He noted that the focus continues to be on a partnership for a multi-institutional campus, run by a not-for-profit corporation, with an emphasis on agricultural training and education as laid out in both the Vanclief and McSweeny reports. He advised that, in order for a not-for-profit corporation to be created, a business case study would need to be developed and funding for the development of the study would be required.

The end of October has been set as the deadline for a report from the Working Group to the Province. It is expected that negotiations for the Municipality to acquire the property may begin in November.

Mutual Aid Through OnWARN: Council approved a by-law to enter into an agreement with the Ontario Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (OnWARN). This allows the Municipality to participate in a Province-wide network to support and promote emergency preparedness, disaster response and mutual aid for water and wastewater utilities for natural and human-caused events.

Future of Municipally-Owned Buildings: Council approved a recommendation to retain ownership of the Armoury Building, Oxford Mills Town Hall and Maplewood Hall and to consider selling the Court House within 5 years. The recommendation also referenced the need to budget for future capital work, to seek sources of funding for those capital works and to work with all the affected community groups and the public through consultations to ensure the effective management of the buildings.

New Sign By-law: Council approved a new by-law to regulate signs and advertising devices in the Municipality. The comprehensive new by-law takes effect immediately and replaces the previous sign by-law which had been in place since 2003. Municipal staff will be beginning an education campaign to inform those affected of the new requirements. For more information and to see a copy of the by-law.

Fire Prevention Week: Deputy Chief Randy Urslak advised that October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week in Ontario and firefighters will be out in the community raising awareness about the importance of smoke alarms. For information about the upcoming events is available now.

Upcoming Meetings: Council on Tuesday, October 13; Committee of the Whole on Monday, October 5. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Municipal Centre located at 285 County Rd 44, Kemptville. For more information contact Clerk Cahl Pominville at or at 613-258-9569 ext. 110.