As part of provincial legislation, all municipalities in Ontario in 2018 must have an integrity commissioner, either by direct employment or via a contracted service. Carleton Place uses the latter method with a firm that handles Lanark County as well as its municipalities. During the previous council, the integrity commissioner was kept busy and the number of complaints and investigations handled almost put the town in a record-setting high position based on its population. Things have been much quieter with this council and the commissioner’s annual report proves it.
Tony Fleming of the Kingston-based law firm, Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little and Bonham LLP reported that in 2019, his office only received 2 complaints. In his opinion, neither contained allegations that were within the jurisdiction of his office and one of the two contained insufficient grounds to support the claim in any event. No investigation was initiated for either case. A full copy of this report is available for public review via the town’s website, carletonplace.ca.
Council approves new Downtown BIA signage.
Some new signs will greet and guide visitors to the Downtown BIA shopping area as council approved their installations near the intersection of Franktown and Coleman and on the green space outside the Carleton Place train station. The costs of design, manufacture, and installation will come from the BIA’s annual budget. Both signs will have available space to promote BIA events and activities.