Six Month UPDATE

July 2019

Rainbow over Almonte on July 5 201

In our first 6 months we…

  • saved Don Maynard Park
  • restored public parking on Sadler Drive
  • corrected late penalties on water bills; reduced by 8.75%, from 10% to 1.25%
  • reduced tax increases from 7% a year to 2.5% this year
  • established more opportunities for public participation in your municipal government including new advisory committees with more expert and representative membership, no conflicts of interest and a new petition policy
  • more communication, more often
  • established regular in-person availability of Almonte councillors (at the Library on the first Saturday of each month except July)
  • helped with flood mitigation and volunteer efforts (particularly Councillor Dalgity who personally sandbagged every day and established a volunteer coordinator)
  • recognized our youth several times (and their achievements are ongoing and outstanding in sports and academics)
  • hired a new Chief Administrative Officer, Mr Ken Kelly, with a wealth of professional experience in management, accounting and public works

Works in progress

  • improving audio-visual records of council and committee meetings
  • improving the Procedural Bylaw
  • new parks and recreation
  • working with the County to promote the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail and reporting any any negative impacts on residents of improper use to both the County and the Police Services Board
  • downtown Almonte parking study underway
  • commencing work on the asset management plan (a multi-year project)
  • refocusing Public Works on essentials
  • ensuring more accountable processes and reporting
  • pursuing new growth and economic opportunities
  • improving strategic, asset and fiscal planning to deal with past debt and future needs
  • building new partnerships with other municipalities and organization