Clarence-Rockland City Hall

Clarence-Rockland’s new budget almost ready

The final version of the 2020 budget for the City of Clarence-Rockland is almost ready, and it will include at least a three per cent increase in overall taxes.

Council sat through a detailed presentation of the revised budget document during their October 28 committee of the whole session. Administration and department staff explained the process of changes to the document since the original budget proposal was presented in August.

The first draft of the budget indicated that a six per cent increase in the amount of property taxes collected would be needed to meet all the operational and capital works goals for the municipality during the next year. Council directed staff to bring the tax increase for the 2020 budget down to three per cent.

The first draft of the budget indicated that a six per cent increase in the amount of property taxes collected would be needed to meet all the operational and capital works goals for the municipality during the next year. Council directed staff to bring the tax increase for the 2020 budget down to three per cent.

What may now become the final budget for 2020, as presented at the end of October, calls for a 3.03 per cent increase in property taxes for the municipal levy portion of the city’s revenue for next year. Chief Administrator Helen Collier noted that council members seemed satisfied with staff efforts to cut costs to meet council’s demand for a reduction of the necessary tax increase for the budget.

Budget highlights

The proposed 2020 budget for Clarence-Rockland totals $41,592,298. The municipal levy of property taxes for city revenue for next year will be $21,606,298, which is a 3.03 per cent increase from the 2019 property tax levy.

For the average taxpayer in the Clarence-Rockland area, with a home valued at $293,500, the 3.03 per cent increase in the municipal levy portion of the budget will mean an increase of about $59 in property taxes for their house and land. This results from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation’s (MPAC) evaluation of the worth of their property. Residents with higher or lower MPAC evaluations may pay more or less in their property taxes compared to the average homeowner.

The remaining $19,986,036 worth of municipal revenue comes from senior government confirmed grants like the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund grant, user fees, development charges, interest from accounts, and other sources. Water and sewer user fees are also part of the $19.9 million other sources revenue figure but that money is dedicated to maintenance and upgrades of the municipal water and sewage disposal systems and is not included as part of either the general operations or capital works funds. The second draft of the 2020 budget proposes a 2.69 per cent increase in utility services fees but no increase in garbage collection fees.

Council will now do final reviews of all sections of the draft budget during special evening discussion sessions November 5 to 7 and November 12 and 13. The goal is to have the final budget document ready for approval at the November 18 council session.

Small surplus maybe from 2019 C-R budget

There may be a small surplus from the Clarence-Rockland 2019 municipal budget if no surprise expenses occur before the end of this year.

City administration presented council with the November financial summary report during the October 28 committee of the whole session. The regular financial summaries update council members on expenses and project results related to the current municipal budget.

The November report indicated that the city budget could finish with a small surplus, if there are no unexpected expenses before the end of the year. The potential surplus at present would amount to more than $470,000.

A variety of factors are contributing to this potential surplus. One is an unexpected provincial grant funding received earlier in the year. The funding relates to Clarence-Rockland’s extra expenses now for policing, and other public safety measures related to the legalization of marijuana in Canada. Other factors, including fewer expenses incurred on some municipal projects and programs, are all contributing to the potential surplus.

Council has received the financial update report for now and will wait for administration to provide final confirmation of any actual budget surplus in January, when the final year-end report on the 2019 budget and expenses summary report is due.

Le Festival de la Bine fait les frais de la crise de la COVID-19 et annule son édition 2020 qui était prévue du 18 au 20 septembre

La saison des festivals cette année dans Prescott-Russell comptera un évènement en moins. Pour cause, la COVID-19 qui fait des ravages dans ce secteur touristique, très attendu par les citoyens et les organisateurs. Le Festival de la bine de Plantagenet, a jeté l’éponge hier en annonçant l’annulation de sa dixième édition prévue du 18 au 20 septembre.

«Je voulais offrir un peu de joie aux citoyens d’Embrun. Ces lumières sont un message d’espoir dans cette période difficile.»  

Depuis deux jours, un drôle de spectacle se produit en plein centre du village d’Embrun. Chaque soir, entre 19h et 23h, un spectacle de lumière d’une rare beauté enveloppe les murs de l'Église Saint Jacques, qui sont ornés d'un arc-en-ciel coloré, magique et plaisant.

Police are asking the public to help them find a petty pilferer with a taste for tobacco.

The OPP detachment in Rockland seeks a person of interest in a March 18 petty robbery at a local gas station.

Someone dumped a load of garbage on one of the recreation trails in the Larose Forest.

“We’re in the process of investigating this in conjunction with The Nation,” said Yves Roy, manager of the enforcement division for the City of Clarence-Rockland, during a phone interview April 1.

Un premier centre de dépistage à l’auto de la COVID-19 dans Prescott-Russell ouvrira demain (2 avril) dans les locaux du BSEO à Casselman.

«Je trouve cette approche géniale, elle permet une fluidité dans les tests à la COVID-19. C'est sécuritaire et rapide».

Education

With schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, one school district is working on a plan to help homebound students keep up on their studies so they can graduate.

The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) is fast-tracking plans for a home-learning program for its students. The UCDSB has set up survey to get information from parents on what kind of Internet access they have that would allow their children to take advantage of online learning.

With schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, one Eastern Ontario school board has decided to help out local food banks with its school nutrition program supply.

The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB), in cooperation with the Upper Canada Leger Centre for Education and Training (UCLCET), will donate the supplies from its school nutrition programs to food banks within its operations area to help families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Éducation

L’Association des enseignants et enseignantes franco ontariens (AEFO) a scellé hier (le 31 mars) une entente de principe avec le gouvernement pour mettre fin à la grève.

L’AEFO a conclu cette entente après 34 jours de négociations avec le gouvernement ainsi qu’avec le conseil des associations d’employeurs (CAE), composé de l’Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l’Ontario ACÉPO) et de l’Association franco-ontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques (AFOCSC), pour le renouvèlement des conventions collectives des enseignants, échues depuis le 31 aout 2019

COVID-19

Dog owners in Clarence-Rockland will have to find another place for their pets to frolic.

The off-leash dog park on Montée Poupart in Rockland is closed for the duration as of march 31. The City of Clarence-Rockland is following the latest provincial government degree in Ontario’s containment strategy for the COVID-19 pandemic.

More cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the Prescott-Russell area since the end of March.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) issued a statement March 28 confirming five more cases of COVID-19, which brought the total for the Eastern Ontario region to nine at the time. Since then one more case has been confirmed, bringing the total to 10. All cases so far involve people from the Prescott-Russell area but residents elsewhere in the region should continue to practice pandemic precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading.

Les précipitations de 25mm à 30mm, prévues entre cette soirée du dimanche 29 mars et le lundi 30 mars pourraient entrainer des inondations dans les zones basses avisent Conservaation de la Nation-Sud (CNS).

« Il est conseillé aux résidents de faire preuve de prudence à proximité des rivières car les prévisions météorologiques peuvent faire augmenter rapidement le débit des rivières et rendre les berges glissantes», a déclaré la CNS., par voie de communiqué.

L'organisme Banques alimentaires Canda lance un appel pour soutenir les organismes du pays qui souffrent d’une baisse conséquente de dons et des denrées alimentaires.

L’organisme de bienfaisance nationale lance un appel urgent pour aider les banques alimentaires dans le pays qui ont un besoin criant de soutien dans cette période de crise dû à la COVID-19.

Public awareness about the need to pay attention and follow pandemic prevention rules is one of the main reasons behind the state of emergency declaration for the Eastern Ontario region.

“Some folks are still not getting it,” said Stéphane Parisien, chief administrator for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR), during a telephone interview today (March 27).

COVID-19

The City of Clarence-Rockland offers some relief to local homeowners on their property tax payments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council approved during its March 25 teleconference meeting several resolutions in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, offering some financial relief for homeowners and for parents who use daycare.

COVID-19

The chief medical health officer for Eastern Ontario welcomes the enactment of the Quarantine Act as part of federal action to contain the COVID-19 pandemic but would like more information on how the plan will work.

“We’re waiting for more details,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical health officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), during his March 25 daily media teleconference.

Les Comtés unis de Prescott et Russell (CUPR) ont décrété, conjointement avec les Comtés unis de Stormont, Dundas et Glengarry (CUSDG) et la Ville de Cornwall, l’état d’urgence dans la région pour limiter la propagation de la COVID-19.

La déclaration d’urgence a été annoncée, lors d’une téléconférence, en présence de Pierre Leroux, président des CUPR et maire de Russell, Frank Prevost, président des CUSDG, Bernadette Clement, la mairesse de Cornwall, ainsi que le Dr Paul Roumeliotis, médecin hygiéniste du Bureau de santé de l’est de l’Ontario (BSEO).

Crise de COVID-19 ou non les banques alimentaires de Prescott-Russell continuent leur travail, mais ils s’attendent à une augmentation de la demande dans les semaines à venir.

« Nos étagères se vident doucement, mais on s’attend à une augmentation des appels dès  la semaine prochaine suite aux mises à pied dans les différents secteurs économiques de la région». C’est ainsi que le président de la banque alimentaire Bons Voisins d’Embrun Jean François Gignac résume la situation actuelle.

Ontario

The provincial government has released its annual Sunshine List of high-paying positions for municipalities, hospitals, school districts, and other areas of the public sector.

The provincial annual report lists all public sector employees, both at the provincial and municipal level, who received $100,000 or more in salary or total wages during the year. Among the staff for municipalities, school districts, and public health services agencies serving the Prescott-Russell region, there are more than 1100 names on the list for the year 2019.

COVID-19

Une amende allant jusqu’à un million de dollars pourrait être imposée aux voyageurs qui ne respecteront pas la quarantaine obligatoire annoncée ce matin par le gouvernement fédéral.

Ottawa a décidé de durcir le ton à l’égard des personnes de retour de l’étranger. Ce matin le gouvernement fédéral vient d’invoquer la loi sur la mise en quarantaine. Cette nouvelle mesure a été confirmée par la ministre fédérale de la Santé, Patty Hajdu, dans un témoignage devant le comité plénier du Sénat.

Éducation

Le gouvernement ontarien a lancé vendredi dernier une plateforme d’apprentissage numérique, encourageante pour les uns, mais aussi problématique pour certains parents et enseignants.

Afin de soutenir les familles et les élèves de la province, notre gouvernement a mis en place un portail centralisé pour l’apprentissage à domicile ». C’est ainsi que le premier ministre de l’Ontario Doug Ford a annoncé le vendredi dernier le lancement d’un portail en ligne pour accompagner les élèves dans l’apprentissage, pendant cette période de confinement obligatoire due à la COVID-19.

Francophonie

L’évènement annuel de l’Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario, le Banquet de la francophonie, qui devait se tenir le 4 avril au Centre communautaire Camille-Piché à Embrun, est reporté à une date ultérieure.

«L'ACFO de Prescott et Russell, consciente de la sécurité et du bienêtre de sa communauté, doit reporter le Banquet de la francophonie prévu le 4 avril à une date ultérieure», a déclaré le directeur général de l’organisme, Jacques Héroux, par voie de communiqué.

COVID-19

Ontario is following Québec’s lead in the COVID-19 pandemic fight and ordering all non-essential businesses to shut down.

"This was a tough decision, but the right decision, as this is no time for half measures," stated Premier Doug Ford during an early-afternoon news conference Monday from Toronto. "But I have said from day one we will, and we must, take all steps necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of every Ontarian must come first.”

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Doug Ford ordonne la fermeture des entreprises

COVID-19

The provincial government has created special penalties for anyone caught defying emergency health restrictions aimed at dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario.

The OPP and other law-enforcement agencies now have three new charges for dealing with individuals, businesses, or other groups who defy the provincial health emergency restrictions in place to reduce the threat of COVID-19 spreading in Ontario.

Un troisième cas positif de COVID-19 vient d’être déclaré dans la région, un cas  qui soulève la question d’une éventuelle contamination communautaire

Le Bureau de santé de l’est de l’Ontario a déclaré cette soirée un troisième cas positif de COVID-19 dans la région. C’est le Dr Paul Roumeliotis médecin hygiéniste du BSEO qui vient de confirmer qu’il s’agit d’une personne dans la trentaine qui vit dans Prescott-Russell, elle n’a aucun antécédent de voyage.

COVID-19

Le Bureau de santé de l’est de l’Ontario (BSEO) a annoncé hier soir qu’il collabore avec les Services médicaux d'urgence (SMU) locaux à la mise en œuvre d’un programme paramédical spécial dans la communauté en vue d’une augmentation potentielle des cas du COVID-19 dans la région.

 Le nouveau programme vise à fournir un accès plus rapide au test et aux évaluations des personnes qui sont à risque plus élevé, telles les personnes âgées ou ceux et celles qui sont atteints de problèmes de santé sous-jacents, tout en réduisant les pressions sur les services du 911 et les salles d’urgence des hôpitaux. L’évaluation et l’administration de tests aux personnes à risque plus élevé qui sont à la maison permettra également de diminuer les risques de propager le virus dans les hôpitaux et les cabinets de médecin, ainsi que dans la communauté en général.

COVID-19

Criminals are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic panic to peddle a new line of frauds and cons.

The OPP and other law-enforcement agencies warn that COVID-19 frauds are now appearing through emails, by phone, and sometimes even with a stranger calling at a home to offer “help” safeguarding residents against infection by COVID-19 or with protecting their property and finances in case of future difficulties.

A local agency is trying to determine how much effect closing the Canada-U.S. border will have on Prescott-Russell’s tourism industry.

“Like everything else, it’s hard to say what will be the real impact,” said Audrey Lizotte, chair of Tourisme Prescott-Russell Tourism (TPRT).