The highlights of the regular United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Council Meeting held on Thursday, May 25th, and Committee of the Whole and Joint Services Committee (JSC) meetings held earlier in the month, are listed below.
Counties reporting a year-end surplus: A 2016 year-end audit of the Counties operating budget shows a surplus of $459,808.
The Budget Variance Report from Counties Treasurer Pat Huffman and Deputy Treasurer Nancy McMahon compares the 2016 approved budget with the 2016 actuals. The report, filed each year in May and presented at the Committee of the Whole meeting, provides a breakdown of departments with a surplus or deficit.
Surplus funds were realized in several departments, including Corporate Services, Property Assessment, Provincial Offences, Emergency Measures, Weed Inspection, Transportation Services, Waste Management, Community and Social Services, Planning, Geographical Information Systems, Economic Development, Forest Management, and at Maple View Lodge and St. Lawrence Lodge.
The year-end surplus was transferred to the operating surplus reserve. For more information, contact Counties Treasurer Pat Huffman at 613-342-3840, ext. 2468.
Advanced Care Paramedic level implementation: An Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) training program will begin implementation in June following approval from the Leeds and Grenville Joint Services Committee (JSC).
Advanced Care Paramedics (ACPs) complete further education and clinical rotations to enhance their skill levels. Following this training, the paramedics can provide Advanced Life Support to patients, including pre-hospital treatment of a wide range of life-threatening medical conditions.
The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Paramedic Service Division completed a Service Delivery Review last fall where both Primary Care and the benefits of Advanced Care training levels were examined. Advanced Life Support training for paramedics has been implemented in most Southern Ontario municipalities. The Leeds Grenville Paramedic Service has a multi-year plan to implement the ACP level of care. For more information, contact Chief Chris Lloyd at 613342-3840, ext. 2406.
Ambulance Service at special events: The Joint Services Committee has approved a policy for the Leeds Grenville Paramedic Service to provide Paramedic Resources for communitysponsored events where a licensed ambulance is required.
Staff will monitor requests and provide an annual report to the committee for information and policy review purposes. For more information, contact Chief Chris Lloyd at 613-342-3840, ext. 2406.
Task force to look at waste management strategy: Counties Council has passed a resolution to form a Waste Management Task Force to develop a long-term waste management strategy for Leeds Grenville. The resolution passed with a 5-4 vote. Counties CAO Andy Brown will be developing the terms of reference for the Task Force.
Council also passed a resolution to engage Dillon Consulting “to review with a view to confirming that the environmental conditions of the (ED-19) site and project have not changed significantly.” The resolution also states the proposed mitigation measures and enhancements are still appropriate as per the letter received from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. For more information, contact Counties CAO Andy Brown at 613-342-3840, ext. 2301.
Road and bridge improvement projects: Counties Council has approved 24 road, culvert, and bridge improvements for this construction season in Leeds Grenville.
The Counties is investing more than $6-million in road improvements and approximately $1.7million in bridges repairs. Some of the larger projects include rehabilitation of the O’Hagen Bridge in Augusta Township and improvements to Lyn storm sewers in Elizabethtown-Kitley.
Major County Road work includes rehabilitation of 5.8-kilometres of County Road 2, between Johnstown west to Blair Road, and 1.4-kilometres of County Road 6 from the ElizabethtownKitley border to the west limit of North Augusta. There will be reconstruction along 6-kilometres of County Road 36 from north of Westport to the Lanark County border.
A full list of road and bridge projects is located on the Counties website under Construction Projects. It includes a Glossary of Pavement Maintenance. For more information, contact Counties Director of Public Works Arup Mukherjee at 613-342-3840, ext. 2412.
Boaters asked to leave no wake along shorelines: Counties Council member Joe Baptista, Mayor of Leeds and the 1000 Islands, offered a reminder for boaters on the St. Lawrence River and area inland lakes to leave no wake along shorelines already damaged by flooding.
Mayor Baptista noted any wake could cause further damage and shoreline erosion. Additional information is available on the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority website.
Upcoming meetings: Committee of the Whole Tuesday, June 6, Joint Services Committee Wednesday, June 7, and regular Counties Council on Thursday, June 22. All regular meetings begin at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers at 25 Central Avenue, Brockville. For more information, contact County Clerk Lesley Todd at 613-342-3840, ext. 2454.