Township Council Seeks Input on Proposed Community Centre

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The Township of Cavan Monaghan is seeking public input from their residents on a proposed new Community Centre for the municipality. Recently, Council and Staff hosted two public meetings at the Township Office to hear from its residents. The Township continues to encourage residents to come and present their thoughts … Continue reading

Easements to Accommodate Ontario Trails Strictly Voluntary under proposed Legislation

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Introduced in the Ontario legislature in May, Bill 100 entitled “Supporting Ontario Trails Act” has attracted attention from rural landowners whose properties border or converge on these public routes. According to Paul Wettlaufer, Director of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), trail-related easements are entirely voluntary under the proposed legislation. … Continue reading

County Eliminates Styrofoam Recycling

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The Township has been advised by Peterborough County that they will no longer accept Styrofoam products in the recycling stream. Residents are advised that these products, which include those pesky packaging peanuts and meat trays, should now be put into the garbage. One of few jurisdictions to ever recycle this … Continue reading

Public Input Results in Reduced Municipal Tax Levy

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Karen Graham At the Public Budget meeting on Monday evening, Director of Finance Kimberley Pope presented the second draft of the 2016 budget to Council members and twelve ratepayers in the audience. This draft resulted in a municipal tax increase of 7.22%. Decisions to date resulting in this increase were … Continue reading

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

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Karen Graham Based on a staff recommendation, Council directed staff to apply for the funding grant currently offered by the provincial government through the Ontario Green Investment Fund’s one-time, Electric Vehicle Charger Grant program to establish one Level 2 Vehicle Charging station for the downtown area and if eligible, apply … Continue reading

Jordan Landry and Tim Belch Host Town Hall Meeting

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Karen Graham With school cancelled because of blowing snow, hosts Landry and Belch were uncertain if many would turn out for their Town Hall meeting Monday evening to discuss their concerns about issues facing our municipal government. With fifteen attendees, many came with something specific on their minds. The meeting … Continue reading

Council Approves Changes to Garbage Collection

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Karen Graham Wayne Hancock, Director of Public Works, submitted recommendations to Council on Monday regarding the Township waste collection program. After reviewing the waste policies of other municipalities along with the proposed new County By-law, Hancock recommended the elimination of bag tags for curbside collection of residential and commercial waste … Continue reading

Council Begins 2016 Budget Deliberations

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Karen Graham This week Council began the lengthy process of establishing the 2016 Operating and Capital Budgets as they plowed through the preliminary draft provided by Director of Finance Kimberley Pope. This report is a starting point only, and assumes no changes to service levels currently provided by the Township. … Continue reading

Millbrook Municipal Water Users Face Significant Rate Increases

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Karen Graham At this week’s Council Meeting, Gary Scandlan of Watson Associates presented a Water and Wastewater Rate Study outlining the implications of compliance with the Water Opportunities Act of 2010 which requires among other things, a detailed water financial plan for all municipal water and waste water services. With … Continue reading

One Year Later: Mayor Hosts Town Hall Meeting

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Karen Graham Forty ratepayers joined Scott McFadden last Friday evening at Galerie Q for a town hall style meeting about the issues and activities the current council is addressing on behalf of residents. Mayor McFadden began by asking the audience to identify topics of concern, and thirteen items were identified. … Continue reading