12/20/17

Diane Smithson, Colleague and Friend, Resigns

Today, Diane Smithson officially issued her resignation as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). After twenty years with Mississippi Mills, on top of nine years working for its pre-amalgamation municipalities, Ms. Smithson will become the new CAO in Carleton Place. Ms. Smithson’s last day will be March 2, 2018.

Annual Address 2017: 20 Years After Amalgamation

Updated Feb/2018
Each yearend, I reflect on the state of our municipality beyond the controversies of the day. I delivered this message to Council December 19, 2017.

This month marks the end of 20 years of amalgamation. How are we doing?

At present, the financial well-being of the municipal corporation is the best in the history of Mississippi Mills. The economy of Almonte is the strongest it has been since the woolen mills closed.

12/15/17

PRATAC Disappoints, Fosters Fear

Our local resident advocate, PRATAC, is a disappointment. Such groups can be positive forces in a community. Sadly, PRATAC continually focuses on fear and negativity.

The latest examples were three, public (mis) information meetings it organized the first two weeks of December in opposition to adding a natural heritage system (NHS) overlay to our community official plan (COP). PRATAC let a remnant of the Landowner movement* influence the meeting content and speaker list.

6/28/17

Mistake Made, Admitted and Fixed

Yesterday’s Council agenda (June 27) contained a report from a closed-meeting investigator, the widely respected Nigel Bellchamber from Amberley Gavel. He determined that some subcommittees and working groups created by Council operated incorrectly. The agenda included the report in its entirety as a matter of record.