Here’s a rundown of what happened at Gananoque council’s most recent council meeting, held on Nov. 7.
- Gananoque’s municipal activities were in full swing as Mayor Beddows proclaimed November as the 2023 Woman Abuse Prevention Month during. In a show of solidarity, the Leeds & Grenville Interval House (LGIH) Flag will adorn the Town Hall from Nov. 17 to 24, honouring Woman Abuse Prevention Month.
- The council chambers buzzed with diverse discussions and presentations. Joanne Van Dreumel and Richard Gilbert from the Thousand Islands Heritage Museum delivered two detailed PowerPoint presentations. The first highlighted the Museum’s 2023 Year-In-Review, while the second shed light on the rich history encapsulated in the Town of Gananoque Civic Collection. Additionally, council received and acknowledged the 2023 Artefacts Oversight Committee Report.
- Among the key decisions made, council resolved to terminate its contract for Electrical Services with JET Electrical Contractors, following the necessary 45 days notice. Simultaneously, a public meeting took place to review VX Resources Canada Inc.’s proposal to operate a manufacturing facility for horticultural vermiculite processing at 670 Charles Street North. The proposal, subject to conditions, assured the sourcing of raw material from asbestos-free mines, certified as asbestos-free.
- In an effort to enhance community events, council agreed to integrate a part-time events coordinator position into the 2024 draft budget, funded by the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT). Furthermore, they declared 375 William Street and 50 Birch Street as surplus to the municipality’s requirements. Staff was directed to issue an Expression of Interest (EOI) to invite developers to submit proposals, focusing on maximizing affordable housing units for both lots, with the CAO set to outline the EOI criteria.
- Approvals were also granted for significant additions to the Town’s civic collection, specifically the Parmenter & Bulloch Belt Rivets and Burrs, along with the Grice Family Collection. However, funding for the 1000 Islands History Museum, amounting to $57,191, was referred to the 2024 Budget deliberation process.
- Financial matters were thoroughly addressed as council reviewed the emergency purchase disclosure for a traffic controller at Carmichael Street, totalling 5,393 plus the Town’s portion of HST. Additionally, Doornekamp Construction secured the contract for rehabilitation works on the Water Street Swing Bridge, capped at an upset limit of $120,402.00.
- Council also made strides in transparency and advocacy. Mayor Beddows initiated a motion for the clerk to explore means of recording and making open council sessions publicly available. Furthermore, authorized delegations were proposed to various governmental figures, focusing on rural transit operating costs subsidy, a rural transit route between Gananoque and Kingston, and the pending wastewater recapitalization.
- Amidst these deliberations, the council stood firm in upholding the Town’s waterworks by-law concerning requests for waived penalties and threw their support behind the City of Burlington’s New Fiscal Frameworks request.
- The session culminated in the approval of the 2024 council schedule