Augusta Council approves important policy proposals
Augusta Matters by Mayor Doug Malanka
Augusta Township held its regular meeting of Council on Monday, June 10th, 2019. The meeting agenda included several policy proposals and two information reports. Policy proposals approved by Council re-established and updated the terms of reference and organization for Councils numerous committees of Council which include the Township’s: Economic Development and Tourism Committee; Operations and Waste Management Committee; Planning Advisory Committee; and its Rentals Property Standard Committee. While the titles of the various Committees of Council generally indicates its purpose, copies of the Terms of Reference for each of these Committees of Council can be viewed on the Township’s website. In addition, Council also approved an E & R by-law to establish and regulate its fire department. This by-law determines the type and level of fire services delivered by the Township’s fire department in accordance with the Township’s needs and circumstances and in accordance with the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997. The current by-law for Augusta Fire Services was last updated in 2008. Information reports to Council included a Building Department activity report for the month of May, 2019 which confirmed that the Building Department had performed 35 inspection in May which generated $22,076.65 in revenue and issued 12 building permits valued at $2,067,499.99 in fees. In addition, Fire Chief Rob Bowman informed Council that construction of the new Fire Hall in Maitland is essentially on time and on budget. Additionally, Council approved a Code of Conduct for Augusta Township employees. Although the Municipal Act currently does not legislate a staff code of conduct, having a Code of Conduct in the workplace is considered a best practice for clarifying the rules, values, ethical principles and vision for the Corporation. It also provides clear standards to follow. Finally, Council approved a sale of surplus property being the Glenmore Hall.
On a different subject, Councillor Michele Bowman provided a recreation activity report that confirms the Township is: holding a photo competition with Edwardsburgh Cardinal (EC) and Dive Brockville with a grand prize of a 2 nights stay at Dewar’s Inn; working hard to get a couple of sandbox beach volley ball courts in the township and hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with EC and Prescott to start a co-educational league next year; the Township is shopping for recreational software to help with community development and bookings for sports leagues and community centers; Domville’s back diamond is being restored thanks to the hard work from volunteers and township employees and the generous donation of all the wood for the replacement of the bleachers from Prescott Building Centre; the Township’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is doing really well and have been named one of the top YAC groups in all of Ontario. YAC have built their own small canteen business and are planning to attend events throughout the year to raise funds for the full basketball court and rink pad at Cedar Park. YAC is going on a field trip in collaboration with the Leeds and Grenville Health unit to participate in a Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies workshop in the afternoon and go to either a museum, tree trekking or bird watching hike. Councillor Bowman also reported that the Township’s library is applying for grant funding for a shed to put behind the library to hold and grow the Recreational Lending Library Program.
On a different subject, Councillor Schapelhouman reported to Council that the Row held their Annual Ball Hockey Tournament at the Maynard Recreation tennis courts and raised $910 for a local family. Winners included: Fire Chickens (age 5-7); Rowsters (age 8-11) and Dirty Dusters (age 12 -15). Special thanks go to Justin and Sandy Kirkby, Mike Horan, Randy Held , and Lisa Byrnes.