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Posted on 2014 Oct 22

Council set to re-open Heritage District Study major development moratorium

NOTE: This meeting was postponed to Oct 28th (Tuesday) at 6pm

At the MM Town Hall on Old Perth Rd – 6pm Thurs, Oct 23rd

This fall, Council passed a major building/demolition moratorium over the study area of the proposed Heritage Conservation District (HCD). The Mississippi RiverWatchers is actively promoting this moratorium as it is the only available means for the Town to have any meaningful influence over the proposed Enerdu project. This moratorium is expected to be in place until the spring, when the ongoing HCD study is completed. At that time, Council will vote on establishing the actual HCD. Of note, the revised HCD area, which is expected to be smaller than the area currently outlined in the bylaw, will be presented by the heritage consultants to Council in November 2014 – so that matter will be resolved in the month immediately following the municipal election.

Tuesday this week (Oct. 21), during the voting period that started Monday, the Mayor has decided to call a special meeting of Council to reconsider the Heritage Conservation District (HCD) building moratorium. The meeting is set for this Thursday, Oct. 23, at 6pm at the Town Hall Council Chamber on Old Perth Road.

Our concern is that if the HCD moratorium is lifted, Enerdu could meet all of the requirements for a building permit, and the Enerdu project would then be grandfathered in before the HCD could be established. 

What Can You Do?

1. It is now the time to call (preferably) or email the councillors that you feel comfortable talking with and let them know your thoughts on the Mayor’s attempt to rescind the moratorium. The Mississippi RiverWatchers feel that it would be very unwise to lift the moratorium before the HCD is established, likely next Spring.

Hopefully you feel strongly enough to contact councillors as soon as possible to voice your concerns, and ask them not to support rescinding the moratorium. The Mississippi RiverWatchers request you to do this as soon as possible. We are concerned that the Council vote is too close to “call” at this point, so pressure from the public is essential.

For your information, the Councillor contact information their previous votes are given below. We will post any new info on our Facebook page as we hear anything.

2. Show up at the meeting on Thursday night (Oct 23), 6 PM. Wear red! See the politics art work in our community.

Previously voted FOR the HCD moratorium (good!):

Councillor – Almonte Ward
Bernard Cameron
Home: (613) 256-1684
Cell: (613) 220-3466
Email: bernard.cameron55@gmail.com
Councillor – Almonte Ward
Garry Dalgity
Home: (613) 256-3229
Email: garry.dalgity@sympatico.ca
Councillor – Almonte Ward
Alex Gillis
Home: (613) 256-4961
Email: alex_gillis@hotmail.com
Councillor – Ramsay Ward
Shaun McLaughlin
Home: (613) 256-9834
Email: smclaugh@storm.ca
Councillor – Ramsay Ward
Val Wilkinson
Home: (613) 256-4324
Email: vwilkinson@mississippimills.ca
Councillor – Pakenham Ward
Duncan Abbott
Home: (613) 256-4000
Email: duncanmmills@gmail.com

 Previously voted AGAINST the HCD moratorium (not good!):

Mayor
John Levi
Bus: (613) 256-2064 ext. 300
Home: (613) 256-7794  Cell: (613) 223-4878
Email: johnlevi42@hotmail.com
Councillor – Almonte Ward
Rick Minnille
Home: (613) 256-1735
Email: rminnille@mississippimills.ca
Councillor – Ramsay Ward
John Edwards
Home: (613) 257-1933
Email: jhedwards@canoekayak.ca
Councillor – Ramsay Ward
Paul Watters
Home: (613) 223-6020
Email: paulwatters1949@gmail.com
Councillor – Pakenham Ward
Denzil Ferguson
Home: (613) 624-5435
Email: denmarg2@sympatico.ca

 

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