Council Highlights – November 16, 2021

Town News
  • Council acknowledged the following staff on their years of service with the Town of Gananoque:  
    • Jennifer Baril – 5 Years
    • Amanda Trafford – 5 Years 
    • Sharon Hancock – 10 Years 
    • Brenda Guy – 15 Years 
    • Keith Kirkby – 20 years 
    • Mike Mills – 20 years 
  • Joanne Van Dreumel, Executive Director, 1000 Islands History Museum presented the Museum Year-End Report as well as the 2021 Artefact Oversight Committee Report. Council approved the referral of the Museum’s funding proposal in the amount of $50,165 to the 2022 Budget Deliberation process. 
  • A by-law was passed to amend the Collection Management Policy to add a section regarding digitization to the policy.
  • Council approved a Council grant application for 1000 Islands Chamber of Commerce for the 2021 Santa Claus Parade in the amount of $2,500.
  • Council Passed a By-law to sign a 10-Year lease agreement with the Rotary Club of Gananoque to use Town property on Arthur Street to establish and maintain a food forest.  A $2,000 Community Grant was also approved by Council for the purchase and installation of a Food Forest sign.
  • The Mayor advised that there will be a Public Meeting at the December 7th Council Meeting to discuss a proposed plan of subdivision on vacant lands east of Garfield Street.
  • Council directed the CAO to maintain direct compliance with provincial legislation and not draft a Municipal Vaccination Policy for Employees and Elected Officials at this time.  
  • Council approved a request by the Thousand Islands Foundation for the Performing Arts (Playhouse) to purchase the building and lands from the Town, whereby an agreement of purchase and sale in the amount of $10.00 was approved, an Option to Purchase Agreement to allow the Town to repurchase the building and lands at 690 Charles Street South and 175 South Street, and signed a Capital Facilities Agreement.  This will allow the Playhouse to secure additional grants and funding opportunities. 
  • Council approved the hiring of a part-time Treasury receptionist to support the understaffed department and to allow the Town Hall to re-open to regular business hours of 8:30AM to 4:30PM. 
  • Council agreed to fund the Ontario Closed Circuit Television Grant Program (CCTV) in the amount of $24,959.00 from the 2022 Town Capital Budget. 
  • A Multi-Year Accessibility Plan 2022-2027 By-law was read a first and second time and will be considered for adoption on December 21, 2021. Community feedback on the Plan is encouraged and requested.
  • Council passed a by-law to enter into an Agreement with Frontenac Municipal Law Enforcement Inc., for a three year term with a possible two year extension. 
  • A $41,000 budget deviation was approved to replace two culverts at the entrance to the Lagoon.
  • Quarterly reports were presented to Council for Water/Wastewater and for the Gananoque Public Library.