Council Meeting Highlights – September 20, 2022

Town News
  • The Mayor declared that the Town of Gananoque commits to recognizing September 30th, 2022, as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and National Orange Shirt Day by sharing the stories of residential school survivors, their families and communities, and encourages citizens to make an effort to wear orange on this day to show support.  
  • A By-law was passed approving a Purchase and Sale Agreement in the amount of $10.00 with the Thousand Islands Foundation for the Performing Arts for the purchase of 375 William Street Parking Lot. 
  • Council directed staff to prepare a report regarding the Municipal Food Waste Solutions proposal from Food Cycle Science.
  • Council directed staff to prepare a sales agreement with the Lions Club for the return of the Beach Access Ramp in the amount of $1.
  • Council approved the continuation of seasonal permanent patios with no end date. Staff will bring forward recommended amendments to the By-law with consideration of public comment. 
  • Council received a staff report outlining Cost Options for the King Street Pedestrian Bridge. Any of the options require unbudgeted expenditures and will be included in the 2023 Draft Budget for Council consideration.
  • Council directed staff to bring back a report to amend the Traffic and Parking By-law to allow parking on the west side of Market Street from Water Street to St. Lawrence Street, and on the east side of Mill Street from Clarence Street to Main Street.  In addition, staff were directed to bring back amendments to the By-law to allow free parking in Parking Lot C from Labour Day until the end of May.
  • Council received the monthly Capital Matters Pending report.
  • In an effort to reduce insurance premiums, Council directed staff to review the actual current value of all Town-owned buildings to reduce the aggregate valuation by approximately $20,000,000 to receive a $30,000 reduction in premiums. 
  • A By-law to establish a Tree Canopy and Natural Vegetation Policy was read a first and second time, and will be brought back to Council on October 4, 2022 for third reading and consideration.