Perth council will look into amending heritage conservation bylaw

Sally Smith Again at the Feb. 20 council meeting Mayor Fenik took the opposite stance of the rest of council and voted, in a recorded vote, against the recommendation of Notice of Intent to amend the Heritage Conservation District bylaw. “This absolutely erodes the protection of our downtown core. With all due respect, I […]

Retirement community site plan given green light

Sally Smith Developer Wit Lewandowski and Dr. Neel Chadha sat through Perth council on Tuesday, Feb. 20 to hear for themselves if the site plan application for 240 Gore Street, Phase 1 – Lanark Lifestyles Retirement Community – was passed. It was, with much favour. Councillor Jim Boldt commented that in the time he […]

More time asked to look at Conlon Farm canteen lease

Sally Smith Perth Councillor Judy Brown asked for a motion to postpone the passing of a bylaw (proposed at Committee of the Whole on Feb. 6) that would give exclusivity to the vendor of both Conlon Farm and the Community Centre canteens. Mayor John Fenik, again (as he did on Feb. 6), spoke strongly […]

Tattoo Shops no longer a parent’s worst nightmare

Matthew Behrens The stereotype of tattoo parlours as seedy joints tucked away in dark alleys has been upended by new-age art shops in Lanark County catering to a surprisingly wide range of individuals. At Lea Maurice’s Ink & Iron Tattoo Co. in Carleton Place, there’s a relaxing spa feel as visitors aged 18 to […]

Lanark County drug strategy committee talks Icelandic approach to curb substance abuse

Brian Turner  On Friday, Feb. 9, the collected municipal drug strategy committees of Lanark County held their 28th annual networking day where they discuss the latest trends and solutions in the field of mental health and addictions. Hosted at the Beckwith Municipal Hall by Beckwith Reeve Richard Kidd, the 60 in attendance were members or […]

Fundraising walk to help homeless youth Feb. 24

Chris Must A first-time fundraising event to help homeless youth in Lanark County has already attracted some high-level support. Three mayors – John Fenik of Perth, Louis Antonakos of Carleton Place and Shawn Pankow of Smiths Falls – have already signed up to participate in The Coldest Night of the Year, a fundraising walk […]

Colour palette again under scrutiny by Perth council

Sally Smith Perth town councillors were again hot under the collar when it came to discussing the heritage palette of colours for downtown Perth. Stewart Bates of Antonio Way urged councillors not to agree to amend the Heritage Conservation District Bylaw. “We are in competition to attract businesses and new residents,” he argued. “We […]

Uncollectable debts written off in annual housekeeping

Sally Smith  With barely the blink of an eye and absolutely no fanfare, Perth councillors unanimously passed a bylaw authorizing the write-off of 2017 outstanding provincial offences accounts in the amount of $1,623.52 at a recent Committee of the Whole meeting. The accounts have been deemed to be uncollectable throughout the year, the primary […]

Bees, grape arbour part of The Table’s summer projects

Sally Smith Ramsey Hart, executive director of The Table Community Food Centre, in Perth, presented a quick overview of the happenings at The Table at Committee of the Whole ob Tuesday, Feb. 6. In 2017 there were: 9,500 community meals served, three times per week 3,737 food bank visits 182 food skills and health […]

Lanark OPP Investigating Robbery in the Town of Perth

(Perth, ON) – On Thursday, February 1st, at approximately 9:10pm, officers from the Lanark County Ontario Provincial Police Detachment attended a business on Wilson St. in the Town of Perth in regards to a reported robbery. Witnesses advised police that a male had entered the business and made demands of an employee. The male then […]