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Augusta Matters: What’s Happening in Augusta

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Augusta Continues it’s Building Boomphoto of a building permit form with a sign in front that says building permits

The Augusta Township Building Department continues to be having a record year this year.  Year to date, permits have been issued for 8 new homes, 13 new decks, 13 demolitions, 7 renovations/additions, 7 garages, 21 sheds, 4 agricultural buildings, 1 commercial storage space and 21 new pools.

 

 

 

 

Posted June 10, 2021


Roadside Cleanuptractor cutting the long grass on the side of the township road

Augusta Township’s road crews have started roadside cleanup.

Please watch for flashing lights as they travel our roads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted June 10, 2021


Drainage Superintendent Appointed

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Brad Thake

Municipal drains are vital to communities. They reduce flooding, improve safety & reduce property damage.

Augusta Township Council recently appointed Brad Thake, Public Works Manager, as the Township’s Drainage Superintendent after he completed the necessary OMAFRA course to become certified.

He will now oversee the maintenance, repair &   operation of Augusta’s drainage systems.

 

 

 

 

Posted June 10, 2021


Economic Development Strategy Tour

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(Left-Right) Jennifer Wood, Fotenn Planning + Design; Paul Blais, MDB Insight; Clark Hoskin, MDB Insight; Myron Belej, Augusta Township; Bryan Brown, Augusta Township; Marco Vincelli, EVB Engineering

On Friday, May 28th, a consulting team including representatives from MDB Insight, Fotenn Planning + Design and EVB Engineering completed a physically-distanced tour of Augusta Township with our CAO and Planner. The consultants are conducting a Land Development/Needs Analysis which will inform creation of an Economic Development Strategy over the next few months. The team discussed opportunities for connecting utility servicing; promoting commercial and industrial growth; enhancing recreational access along the St. Lawrence River; and developing underutilized lands, including within existing settlement areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted May 31, 2021


Join the HURRA! Move It Challenge During the Month of June

The HURRA! Move it Challenge will be held throughout the month of June, 2021. The event is a partnership with ParticipAction and will be held virtually across Eastern Ontario. Participants will be encouraged to get outside and explore their local trail networks and active transportation networks. This style of event is accessible to all age ranges and abilities. Participants will record their kilometers walked, hiked and/or cycled in their communities.

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Read more about the Challenge in the Media Release.

Posted May 31, 2021


June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Augustathe proclamation from Augusta Township Council declaring June LGBTQ+ Pride Month

At the May 25, 2021 Council meeting, Augusta Township Council declared the month of June ‘LGBTQ+ Pride Month’ in Augusta.

Proclamation Declaring June LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Augusta

 

 

 

 

Posted May 27, 2021


Growing Demand for Planning and Development Services in 2021photo of the cover of the zoning by-law

The number of severance applications received in 2021 already exceeds our 2020 numbers.

Properties of all kinds (from vacant lots to homes priced at over $1 million) continue to sell quickly, and planning and development inquiries are at record levels. The Township is in the process of hiring another Planner and we ask for patience with our response times in the meantime as it may be several weeks before we can respond to non-urgent requests.

For direct access to planning, zoning and property information, please visit our website’s Planning page.

 

Posted May 19, 2021


photo of maitland tower staff and township staff in front of the maitland tower
(Left to Right) Michele Andrews, Matthijs van der Veen, Bryan Brown, and Todd Royer

Township Staff Tour the Maitland Tower Site 

Last week, the Township’s CAO, Planner, and Community Development and Recreation Coordinator were given a socially distanced tour of the renovations in progress at the Maitland Tower site, located along the St. Lawrence River in the heart of Maitland. Their team is registered for both the Living Community Challenge and the Living Building Challenge. Significant restoration work has been completed on the inside of the 200+ year old Maitland Tower and improvements have been started on other buildings as well. We look forward to seeing more redevelopment in Maitland!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted May 19, 2021


Meetings at the Maitland Industrial Park photo of the maitland industrial park

The Township’s CAO and Planner have met recently with several current business operators at the Maitland Industrial Park. Staff also toured different buildings with a business executive interested in establishing bio-industrial operations in Augusta Township. A number of structures are being repaired and renovated, and both vacant/greenfield and developed/serviced lands are currently available for purchase. For more information, contact Myron Belej at mbelej@augusta.ca.

 

 

 

 

Posted May 19, 2021


Provincial Highway 401 Corridor Study in Progress photo of the 401 from the blue church road overpass

Township staff recently participated in a municipal stakeholder meeting with Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) representatives. On behalf of the MTO, consulting firm AECOM is undertaking a Planning, Preliminary Design, and Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study to widen Highway 401 to up to 8 lanes from 3.3 km west of County Road 15 (the Maitland exit) to 1 km east of Highway 416 (which connects north to Ottawa).

Municipal staff have asked the project team to study options for new interchanges as part of their design process. More information about public consultation opportunities will be posted on the MTO’s project website.

 

 

 

Posted May 19, 2021


Introducing Our Summer Studentsphotos of connor, madison & katie and the canada summer jobs logo

Augusta Township would like to introduce our 3 students that have been hired for summer employment – positions that are partially funded by the Canada Summer Jobs program.

Connor, a Business Marketing student at St. Lawrence College, will be out on the roads with our Public Works Department.

Madison, a Business Administration student at Nipissing University, will be working in the office helping to bring the Fire Department into the 21st century.

Katie, an Athletic Therapy student at Sheridan College, will be assisting in both the Recreation and Administration Departments.

 

We welcome and look forward to working with our students to provide a valuable and meaningful work experience.

 

 

 

 

Posted May 17, 2021


COVID-19 Vaccine Cliniccartoon of vaccine bottle and needle and germs

On May 4th the Township of Augusta and the Town of Prescott partnered with the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit to host a COVID Vaccine Clinic at the Leo Boivin Community Centre in Prescott.

Volunteers from both municipalities worked closely with Health Unit employees to vaccinate 250 local residents.

Township of Augusta Mayor Doug Malanka, Councilor Michelle Bowman, Public Works Manager Brad Thake and Fire Chief Rob Bowman were all part of the wonderful volunteer contingent the day that went off without a hitch.

Special thanks go out to Prescott Tim Hortons owner and Augusta Township resident Shawn Lockett and his staff for their generous donation of coffee and Tim Bits to the Clinic.

Posted May 17, 2021


Positioned for Growthaugusta, prescott and mdb insight's logos

Triggered by an unprecedented rise in the number of recent residential and business inquiries, the Township of Augusta and the Town of Prescott have partnered to hire MDB Insight to complete individual economic development strategies for each municipality and to complete a Joint Economic Opportunities Analysis.

From now until September 2021, staff from MDB Insight will be working closely with Council members, senior staff, business owners and residents from both communities to develop ‘blueprints’ for how to expand and attract increased economic and employment activity to residents of  both municipalities in the future.

Posted May 17, 2021


Community Safety & Well-Being Plansays community safety and well-being planning framework

Under the Province of Ontario’s Police Services Act, all municipalities across Ontario have been mandated to have Community Safety and Well-Being Plans in place by July 1, 2021.

A Community Safety and Well-Being Plan identifies risks and proactively develops evidence-based strategies and programs to address local priorities related to crime and complex social issues. These strategies and programs can then be implemented.

As a result, the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville (representing all 10 municipalities) recently lead a ½ day community consultation process to collect input from approximately 100 participants, information that will in turn be used to support and promote sustainable communities where everyone feels safe, has a sense of belonging, access to services and where individuals and families can meet their education, health care, food, housing, income social and cultural needs. Several members of Augusta municipal Council and senior staff participated in this event.

Posted May 17, 2021


Augusta is Modernizingfilehold logo

The Information Professionals and Image Advantage provided the Township with Document Management software and methodology for organizing information that exists within our organization.

A comprehensive Records management system for the Corporation  will ensure the Municipality continues to be compliant with current Legislation.

 

 

Posted May 17, 2021


Transit Service Pilot Project brockville transit bus

The Townships of Augusta and Edwardsburgh-Cardinal and the Town of Prescott have partnered with the City of Brockville to develop a 6-month transit service pilot project.

After securing a $25,000 contribution towards the project from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (delivered by the Eastern Ontario Leadership Council) Augusta, Edwardsburgh-Cardinal and Prescott each committed $10,000 towards the project, while Brockville committed the use of one of its transit buses to the initiative. Staff from the 4 communities are currently working towards implementing a 6-month pilot project that will focus on assisting employers and commuters from the 4 communities get from home to work and back travelling along County Road 2. The goal of the pilot project is to determine whether or not there is long-term need/demand for a more permanent transit service between these communities.  Depending on Provincial COVID restrictions, it is expected that the project will officially be announced and initiated in June 2021.

Posted May 17, 2021


Tax Bills Can Now Be Emailedemail symbol with title tax bills

Property owners can now request to have their tax bills emailed to them instead of having paper copies mailed to them via Canada Post.  If you would like to register for emailed tax bills, send an email to tax@augusta.ca with your contact and property information.

The Tax Department will only contact you if they have questions.  As is the case with all tax bills, emailed tax bills will be sent out the first week of September (final) or first week of March (interim).

 

 

 

Posted May 17, 2021