SDG Council Briefing Notes: Modernization Projects Moving Forward

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At Monday’s regular SDG council meeting, council reviewed various municipal modernization projects that have received funding and are moving forward.

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The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has committed $548,685 to create an integrated digital platform for public works permits.

“Essentially…it’s an integrated permit program,” said SDG Transportation and Planning Services Director Ben de Haan. “What will happen is that it will be a one-stop-shop for developers, people moving heavy loads, people who want to apply for a road-cutting permit. They just have to enter this interface, apply according to their geographical location, and it will submit the application to the correct municipality… this is something that will hopefully change the way we do business, and not just us being SDG, but all municipalities in Ontario.

Other municipalities participating in the e-permit pilot program include Dufferin County, Huron County, Lambton County, Lanark County, United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, United Counties of Prescott-Russell and the City of Smiths Falls.

The province has also committed $122,112 for a joint zoning bylaw review for SDG and its six municipalities. The strengths, weaknesses and best practices of existing zoning regulations in each municipality will be assessed and proposed revisions will be recommended accordingly. This process will facilitate several rounds of negotiations with stakeholders.

Funding for a joint subdivision and site plan manual was also provided for $66,144. A consultant will be hired to prepare a manual for SDG and local municipalities.

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Donations and Transfers to Reserves

The following donations, which were approved in SDG’s 2022 budget, were announced: $10,000 for the St. Lawrence River Institute, $9,000 to support county fairs ($1,500 per fair), 940 $ for the Royal Canadian Legion, $120,000 for the OPP Mobile Crisis Response of SDG. Team, $25,000 for Eastern Ontario Agrifood Network, $1,000 for Habitat for Humanity, $50,000 for Ronald McDonald House, $5,000 for Police Services Board Community Initiatives and $1,000 for miscellaneous.

The Board also approved the following transfers to various reserve funds: $250,000 to the Regional Incentive Program (RIP) reserve for projects not yet completed, $1,249,686 to the bridge reserve, $45,000 to the road repair reserve (mainly for the Martintown project), $85,000 to the road equipment reserve (relating to pickup trucks ordered last April that have not yet been received), $747,346 to the road projects, $116,190 to the Road Construction Reserve, $2,076,560 to the Roads Now Needed Reserve, and $1,104,692 to the COVID-19 Reserve (where funds should be transferred if not needed). not spent).

“There are various projects in the county’s approved 2021 budget that were not completed during the year. Appropriating these unspent amounts to reserves will allow the funds to be carried forward and used to fund projects in 2022 and future years,” read a statement on the meeting agenda.

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Com. Bryan McGillis asked if unspent COVID-19 money could be transferred directly to municipalities. SDG Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer Rebecca Russell said this was not allowed and there were very few options allowed beyond transfer to reserves.

The historic visit takes shape

Three historical plaques will be created and installed in each of the six SDG municipalities to honor events, landmarks and stories from the region’s past. These bilingual plaques will feature a centerpiece painting and historic photos, complemented by SDG’s Where Ontario Began branding. Previously, $50,000 had been designated for the project.

In addition to the plaques, a list of all plaques and their locations will be created for geocaching activities using an online GIS map. Related goods will become available to create a small source of income to reinvest in the project.

“We will have them installed by the spring of next year,” said SDG corporate communications coordinator Todd Lihou.

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