Municipality of North Grenville – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:09:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Just about there! http://www.ngtimes.ca/just-about-there/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/just-about-there/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:54:01 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10201 by Jim Bertram At the present time, The Municipality of North Grenville is on the cusp of sealing an agreement with the Province for the acquisition of the major part of the Kemptville Campus: a total of 633 acres of land and a variety of buildings. We are very close at this time to a […]

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by Jim Bertram

At the present time, The Municipality of North Grenville is on the cusp of sealing an agreement with the Province for the acquisition of the major part of the Kemptville Campus: a total of 633 acres of land and a variety of buildings. We are very close at this time to a significant achievement – but not for the municipal government! This agreement is for the people of North Grenville.

Note, first of all, that the acquisition and development of the Campus WILL take place at minimal cost. Of course, there has already been some public investment in the project owing to the expenditures associated with employee time and expert consultations necessary to conduct negotiations. However, once acquired, the College will be professionally administered at arms length in a self- sustaining manner. Note that our current negotiation process has NOT pushed the NG tax increase above our 2 per cent commitment either last year or this. We are investing a little to gain a lot!

Further, the College IS now poised to become ONCE AGAIN a significant economic driver in our area. It already has a core of economic activity and is drawing interest from diverse sources which may be willing to locate at the College and provide jobs, customers, salaries, revenue and investment opportunities for NG citizens and enterprises. This reality will bloom once the College is acquired.

In short, as a member of Council who has participated in the Council acquisition process, I am willing to stake my reputation as a Councillor on the strength of Council’s plan to put the College back to work for North Grenville. It is my hope that you, the citizens of North Grenville, will follow and participate in our development process which will evolve in the public view once the acquisition is complete. So far, the reason for our inability to make the negotiation process a public event is that many aspects of these negotiations must be done in a way which allows our partners to have full latitude for action favourable to our requirements . And the best way to wreck sensitive negotiations is to ignore this necessity. At present, as said before, we are almost there with a complete agreement.

Of course, the rumour mill can invent a rich variety of explanations for what is occurring as we complete the agreement. These rumours don’t require any proof to be believed by many. And, as often happens, the rumours grow and metastasize on each other. “Easy to avoid”, one might say. “Just give us all the details”. And that would be so easy, tempting even. But that would surely risk the loss of what we have been working on for more than a year of intensive negotiations.

In conclusion, the Council you elected and the staff you employ have been working hard for you and our community on this project. Thoughtful and critically-minded political figures, top-flight municipal staff and hired expert consultants have produced a first-class agreement to acquire the College. It is my sincere opinion that a bright new chapter in North Grenville’s future will begin with the imminent completion of this agreement. I hope you will support our efforts as we bring this project home.

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Creating a prosperous future together http://www.ngtimes.ca/creating-a-prosperous-future-together/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/creating-a-prosperous-future-together/#respond Wed, 03 May 2017 19:18:02 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=5557 On Friday, April 28, the Municipality of North Grenville hosted its 8th annual North Grenville Economic Development Appreciation Breakfast at the Municipal Centre. The theme for the breakfast was “Creating a prosperous future together”, and it was attended by approximately 200 people. After the actual buffet breakfast itself, the master of ceremonies, North Grenville Councillor […]

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On Friday, April 28, the Municipality of North Grenville hosted its 8th annual North Grenville Economic Development Appreciation Breakfast at the Municipal Centre. The theme for the breakfast was “Creating a prosperous future together”, and it was attended by approximately 200 people.

After the actual buffet breakfast itself, the master of ceremonies, North Grenville Councillor Donovan Arnaud (who is the chair of Planning and Development), kicked things off. MP Gord Brown and MPP Steve Clark were on hand, and they were both invited to the stage to welcome everyone and to praise the work of the North Grenville Economic Development Department (NGED).

NGED officer Teri Devine took the stage and spoke about the many programming efforts of NGED and the specific results from those efforts. Among other topics, Teri gave a progress report on current development projects around North Grenville and mentioned that there are a number of future projects that are in the works, but haven’t been confirmed yet. She also added in some information about present and future planning activities.

The keynote speaker for the morning was Kemptville resident Katie Nolan, who works for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs [OMAFRA]. Always an engaging speaker, Katie drew on the theme of the event and pointed out that: “no single entity bears the sole responsibility for creating prosperity”. She noted that the NGED has used all of the major programs that OMAFRA has available for municipalities, and has shown results above provincial and federal economic development levels.

During North Grenville CAO Brian Carre’s time at the microphone, he spoke about the Kemptville College project and stated that: “our commitment to renew Kemptville College remains unchanged”. Brian used data from a recent North Grenville Times survey on the future of the former Kemptville College during his speech to demonstrate how supportive residents are about acquiring the former Kemptville College. He reported that, since 2014, the Municipality continues to meet with a number of potential partners, including those in the post secondary education, private business and agricultural sectors.

The highlight of the breakfast was saved until the end of the program. In 2015, NGED decided to recognize the contributions of Harry Pratt by posthumously creating an award in his name. For this year’s presentation, the two previous winners, Rob Noseworthy and Gerald Tallman, were asked to join MP Brown, MPP Clark, Mayor David Gordon, Councillor Arnaud, CAO Carre and Harry’s wife, Sheila Pratt, on stage to present the Harry Pratt Ambassador of the Year award to this year’s winner, Dermid O’Farrell of O’Farrell Financial. The room of attendees rose in applause to honour the worthy recipient. Dermid and his wife Donna Lee have not only built a strong, prosperous business with multiple locations in Eastern Ontario, but are also very generous contributors to North Grenville both in time and money.

It was a fine event, recognizing not only the contributions of the NGED and municipal staff, but also the business people, community builders and volunteers who have worked together to produce very positive economic results for North Grenville. If even more people began working together, it makes you wonder what more could be accomplished.

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Community Grants for Canada 150 http://www.ngtimes.ca/community-grants-for-canada-150/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/community-grants-for-canada-150/#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:54:36 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=4998 A number of Canada 150 events planned for North Grenville have received Community Grants from the Municipality of North Grenville under the revised guidelines which allowed the grants to be used for that special purpose. The Oxford Mills Community Association received $700 towards funding the traditional Canada Day celebrations at Maplewood Park in the village. […]

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A number of Canada 150 events planned for North Grenville have received Community Grants from the Municipality of North Grenville under the revised guidelines which allowed the grants to be used for that special purpose.

The Oxford Mills Community Association received $700 towards funding the traditional Canada Day celebrations at Maplewood Park in the village. The North Grenville Scouts and Guides are celebrating 80 years in North Grenville as well as Canada’s 150th. They have a grant of $1,000 to support an all-ages (4 to 21) event at the Ferguson Forest Centre.

The Parent Council at Oxford-on-Rideau Public School in Oxford Mills are still working to keep their school open. In the meantime, they’re using the $300 they received from the Community Grants Program to supply food and drinks for a Canada 150 Family and Community BBQ at the school.

The Kemptville Legion have an extra $1,000 to spend on their Canada Day event, where it will be used for their usual breakfast, flag-raising, BBQ and children’s events at the Legion on Reuben Street in Kemptville.

The NG Municipal Heritage Committee has received a grant of $1,000 which will go towards a project in collaboration with artist Don Munz. It will pay for lighting which will be installed to illuminate the historical murals on the riverside walls beside the Library, as well as funding Don’s “Windows on the Past”project. This will be an art installation depicting now-vanished buildings from Kemptville’s past. They will be placed in storefront windows along Prescott Street and Clothier Street in time for the Canada Day Parade, and will be a long-term exhibit in the downtown area.

More details on this, and other Canada 150 events and activities, in the coming weeks.

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