The 2018 budget for the County of Lanark has been approved and the county portion of the tax bills will see a 1.4% increase. What does that mean for you? Well if you’re a residential taxpayer with a property valued at $300,000 the county portion of your tax bill will be going up $16. And according to CAO Kurt Greaves the bigger picture vision includes a look to the future. The County has identified the need to invest $11.9 million annually to be in a good position for future asset replacement and the 2018 budget will be a bit more at $12.2 million. Greaves says there has been a big commitment to capital renewal. Other items on the radar for next year is the completion of the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail at $1.5 million implementation of the Economic Development Strategic Plan and the possible investment to increase cell coverage and capacity in the region. That one checks in at a price tag of $800,000. Greaves noted there is no new debt in the 2018 budget.
Good news for people who were hit by that massive amount of flooding the area got earlier this year. The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority’s Board of Directors says they’ll be extending the window for financial relief for flood victims. The deadline was December 31st .. but thay will be pushed back to August 31st, 2018. This is because of the large volume of applications received by the MVCA as there was a concern that not everyone affected by the flooding would have a chance to submit their forms. If you’d like more information on making a claim the MVCA’s phone number is 613-253-0006.
Renfrew County Warden Jennifer Murphy has presented this year’s Warden’s Community Service Awards in order to recognize and promote the outstanding efforts by community champions across the region. The awards were presented in three categories – The Grind was honoured as the not-for-profit organization – VC Athletic Therapy was named as the recipient in the business category – and Eleanor Davidson was the winner of the individual award. In presenting the awards, Warden Murphy said the recipients represented “the very best of us selflessly contributing their time and efforts to affect social change and leading by example while doing it.”
With Christmas less than three weeks away … the season of giving is underway. And that includes an opportunity to help local kids and families in need by making a donation of toys and food through the County of Renfrew Paramedic Services Christmas Toy & Food Drive set for tomorrow in Renfrew. The 7th annual event will take place at Walmart from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to drop by with a new unwrapped toy donation a food item or a cash donation for those who need a helping hand in our community. The annual food and toy drive which is spearheaded by local paramedics … supports the Renfrew and Area Food Bank and the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper Program. Since 2011 … the event has gathered 1,774 toys … 3,341 food items … and almost $14,000 in cash donations.
AND IN SPORTS …
Two old rivals lock horns tonight in the CCHL as the Pembroke Lumber Kings hit the road heading to Carleton Place to face the league-leading Canadians. Game time tonight at the Neelin Street arena is 7:45. And things don’t get any easier for Pembroke on Sunday as they’re home to host the Ottawa Jr Senators … the league’s second best team. Game time in that one is 7 o’clock Sunday night at the PMC. The Canadians are the top-ranked Jr. A team in the country while Ottawa is seeded #5 in the nation.
AND … in the CCHL-2 the Whitewater Kings offence was in high gear last night as they beat the Richmond Royals 9-6. Jacob McIntyre led the way for the home team … scoring twice and setting up three others for a five-point night. Michael Karas also scored twice for Whitewater while Darian MacTavish went the distance between the pipes and picked up the win.
The Kings have two more games this weekend, on the road in Char-Lan Saturday night then back on the road Sunday in Richmond for a rematch with the Royals.
Tonight … the Renfrew Timberwolves host Athens at 8 o’clock and are on the road Sunday in Winchester. And the Arnprior Packers have two games this weekend … in Alexandria on Saturday night … and home to Westport Sunday. Game time at the Nick Smith Centre Sunday night is 7:30.