North Augusta Labour Day Festival and Augusta Township BR&E Final Report
Augusta Matters by Mayor Doug Malanka
Congratulations to organizers and volunteers for a highly successful 88th edition of the annual North Augusta Labour Day Festival. Thanks also goes to Township firefighters who participated in the Monday parade and collected more than $2000 for the fight against muscular dystrophy.
At Council’s September 9 meeting, UCLG Economic Development team members Ann Weir, Jim Hutton and Samantha Kinsella presented the Augusta Township Business Retention and Expansion final report. The Business Retention + Expansion (BR+E) program is a structured Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) action-oriented approach to business and economic development. It promotes job growth by helping the Township of Augusta and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville learn about issues and opportunities for local businesses. It helps municipalities prioritize efforts to address the community needs and promote job retention and growth. The Business Retention and Expansion report with its suggested action plan is one of the documents that Council will consider when finalizing a municipal economic development strategy and annual action / work plans. When developing a strategy, consideration should be given to future trends and opportunities, available resources, and partnerships.
At the same meeting, Council passed a Proclamation “Hunger is Action Month”. The Month of September has been designated as “Hunger Action Month” in order to bring attention to the reality of food insecurity. The theme for 2019 Hunger Action Month is “impossible choices” which highlights that people faced with poverty are often faced with difficult choices, especially when it comes to food. The Campaign is to to help raise awareness across national, provincial and local levels while encouraging Canadians to take action in four keyways: Educate, Advocate, Volunteer and Donate. Food Donation boxes have been set up at the Township Office, the Library and the new Maitland Fire Station.
Final tax bills for 2019 were mailed out September 5th, 2019. Taxes will be due Monday September 30, 2019, the last business day of the month. If you have any questions or haven’t received your tax bill by September 16, 2019 please call the tax department at 613-925-4231 ext 117 or 118.