Community Issues Committee meeting March 20

Committee sitting around a table.
It is first time in Carleton Place history that an all female group 'manned' the centre table at council's committee session. Council committee meeting of Mar. 20, clockwise CAO Diane Smithson (back facing camera), CP Treasurer Trisa McConkey, Councilor Theresa Fritz, Deputy Clerk Stacey Blair. Photo credit: Brian Turner.
Posted on: March 21, 2018

Brian Turner
editorial@pdgmedia.ca

Carleton Place Town Council held their regular Community Issues Committee meeting on March 20 to review updates from various community committees and organizations. Councilor Theresa Fritz chaired the session. Reporting as council’s representative on the BIA, Fritz mentioned that the 11th Annual Bunny run was ready to go on March 31st. This popular children’s event organized by People First of Lanark County provides an opportunity for the young ones and their families to meet the Easter Bunny and to visit almost 30 participating merchants in the downtown core to receive a seasonal treat. She also mentioned that the BIA Superhero Saturday was scheduled for May 5th where kids also visit retailer volunteers to receive new comic books.

Mayor Antonakos and Deputy Mayor Flynn provided an update on continuing talks with Lanark County Council to finalize plans for the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail. They were both hopeful for a resolution with Mississippi Mills regarding the use of motorized vehicles on the trail. CP Council’s position is that the trail should be accessible to all. They are also in talks with the County regarding Carleton Place’s plans to pave a section of the trail with asphalt and hope to expand on their original coverage between CP and Almonte. The County will cover the trail with a 5/8” gravel mixed with stone-dust for a suitable surface for most uses with reliable and predictable performance. Both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor reported their email in-boxes have been inundated with residents’ comments and the majority support a motorized vehicle bypass solution for Almonte.

Antonakos praised the town’s Environmental Advisory Committee on the marking of their 10th anniversary and the great work they’ve done. Flynn echoed his sentiments, mentioning he was amazed at the sheer volume of hazardous materials that have been diverted from landfill into recycling streams over the relatively short tenure of the committee’s leadership.

Fritz commented she was happy to finally see movement on the arena dressing rooms upgrade project with the Parks ad Recreation Committee reporting that pricing requests would go out soon. The town has made provisions in the 2018 budget for this project.

The committee closed off by approving the allocation of a portion of $30K to various town groups under the Community Enrichment Program grants. These grants are awarded on the basis of 2 intakes per year with the first half of 2018 seeing disbursements of just over $16K. Over $22K in requests were received during this intake. Full details on specific groups and grant amounts are available on the town website for public review.