3/23/17

Ontario's Lieutenant Governor Visits Almonte

Today, it was my thrill and privilege to host Her Honour, the Honourable Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell. Her Honour is the fourth diplomat to visit Mississippi Mills in the last two years.

3/22/17

Good News: New Streetlights Bring Energy Savings

The Town staff are always looking for ways to cut costs, secure grants, or both.

Thanks to the efforts of the current and former directors of public works, the Town is about to make an investment in streetlights that will save us $68,000 annually in electricity and maintenance. This year, we will replace 813 of the old cobra-style streetlights with energy-efficient LED lights.The cost, after deducting a provincial grant, will be $305,000 (taken from reserves). The payback period is 4.5 years. The new lights meet the specs of our dark skies by-law.

3/16/17

Good News: Crime on Decline in Lanark County

Good news about Mississippi Mills is easy to find these days.

As mayor, I sit on the Community Policing Advisory Committee. The committee meets quarterly with the head of the OPP Lanark detachment to discuss police activity and effectiveness. Last meeting, we reviewed statistics that show an overall reduction in most violent crime categories in Lanark County, as the following charts show.

3/10/17

Who Pays the Highest Taxes: Not Us!

Let me bust a few tax myths. I often hear people say that Mississippi Mills homeowners pay the highest property taxes in the region. That is not true. Neither is it true that more industry and commerce automatically lowers residential tax rates.