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Trails and trails

Perth’s director of Community Services Shannon Baillon presented plans to extend the Tay River trail in town from Leslie Street, where it currently terminates to an area just behind the County admin buildings. She reported that a portion of this extension crosses Upper Canada School Board property behind Stewart School and their permission would be needed to complete the extension. Councilors approved seeking funding for the extension, estimated to cost $651K through upper level government grants and community donations. Mayor Fenik indicated he would be available to attend a school board meeting to make the request for the use of a portion of their property.

On the same topic, staff brought forward a proposal to install No-Trespassing signs at the entrances to the Perthmore Corridor between Harris Street and Senators Gate. This municipally owned strip of land has been of concern with council lately with complaints from homeowners whose properties back onto the corridor regarding people walking too close or on their property. Late last year, staff presented a proposal to fence the corridor, but a lack of space and costs made that option untenable. The committee turned down the idea of No-Trespassing signs but approved Use-at-Own-Risk signage instead in view of the fact that individual property owners could put their own No-Trespassing signs up on their side of the property line if they wished.

Article by Brian Turner

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HomeTown News

Portland Fire Hall and contents destroyed

On Tuesday, December 21, Rideau Lakes Township lost the building that houses the Portland Fire Hall and its contents, including fire vehicles. At approximately 4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, the three-bay facility on Colbourne Street was fully engulfed shortly after smoke was reported. No injuries have been reported.  “The hall and its contents were destroyed” remarked […]

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Covid-19 numbers on the rise; booster shots available

Fire Chief Chesebrough shared a pandemic update from the Emergency Control Group with council during Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Smiths Falls.  Chief Chesebrough noted that anyone aged 18 and over is now eligible for the Covid-19 booster shot. The shot may only be given to individuals who received their second dose […]

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An open letter to the community from your healthcare workers

Dear friends and neighbours across Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, Our communities are facing a very concerning increase of COVID-19 cases. The Omicron variant is here, and it is increasing the pressures on our already fragile health system. Every person carrying the Omicron variant is infecting more than four other people. By comparison, anyone with the […]

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Detour bridge route won’t be ready until January

Carleton Place’s public works department posted an update on various municipal construction projects yesterday. They indicated there were delays in obtaining certain materials for the repairs to the Gillies Bridge at McArthur Island (commonly known as one of the back bridges) and as a result, it will not open to northbound traffic until early next […]

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Carleton Place inks budget and tax increase

At a special meeting of Carleton Place council, held on Thursday, Dec 16th, a final vote was taken on the proposed 2022 municipal budget and tax rate changes. Staff had responded to comments from council over the course of several meetings and was recommending an increase of 1.97%, well below the current 4.7% rate of […]

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New Portland Municipal Hub receives green light from Council

At their December 13 meeting, Rideau Lakes Council provided approval to proceed with the new municipal hub in the village of Portland.  The decision followed two years of work and consultation with the community and detailed financial modeling to ensure the project would have no impact on tax rates. The hub, to be built in […]

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LFK Green Party candidate announcement

The Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston Green Party of Ontario Constituency Association is pleased to announce that our candidate for the June 2022 election is Dr. Marlene Spruyt of Ardoch. Dr. Spruyt is a retired Medical Officer of Health and former family physician. The vote was close after an exciting nomination contest with Maddy Dever, an autism and accessibility […]

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High-frequency rail service would have “direct impact on Smiths Falls”

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