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Mayor Bob Pringle
Deputy Mayor Scott Mackey
Councillor Brian Gamble
Councillor Shawn Greig
Councillor Elizabeth Thompson
Welcome to 2018! This time of year is always exciting as we look back on our accomplishments and look forward to new challenges in the year ahead. Over the past year, many things occurred in the Township of Chatsworth. We decommissioned the Chatsworth Arena. This was bittersweet with the 50+ year old facility holding a great deal of community history for many teams, athletes and citizens. But with this change, we have established a new Community Recreation Task Force that will explore options for a new community recreation facility. A new playground has been installed in Walters Falls. We celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday in many of our communities. Capital projects included the reconstruction and paving of Perdue Road/Sideroad 10 and the reconstruction of Concession 8.
The Township participated in a Community First Impressions Exchange with the Municipality of North Middlesex. We will receive the feedback report from North Middlesex on January 29th. This report provides feedback from an outsider’s view on their first impression of our community including municipal gateways, downtown areas, parks, etc. The feedback can then be used to support community improvement projects such as downtown revitalization.
With these celebrations, milestones and signs of progress in our community, we continue to focus on citizen engagement, and open and transparent government. We invite you to attend our Council meetings, or follow us on facebook to see what’s happening in your community.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank our countless volunteers who have contributed to our community in many ways; main street decorations in Chatsworth, Desboro and Williamsford, Christmas in the Village , fundraising for many recreation projects (Walters Falls playground and improvements to the Ball Booth in Holland Centre).
As we move into 2018 Council and staff will be working to advocate the Provincial and Federal Governments for much needed infrastructure funds to complete identified road and bridge projects. We invite you to attend our 2018 Budget Open House on Wednesday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m.
First Wednesday of each month starting at 9:00 a.m.; and
Third Wednesday of each month starting at 6:30 p.m.
All Council meetings are open to the public unless specifically permitted to be closed under Section 239 of the Municipal Act. Council Agenda packages are posted to the Township’s website by 4:00 p.m. on the Friday preceding the Council meeting.
Should you wish to appear as a delegation, please complete the “Request to Appear before Council” form found on our web site and/or contact the Clerk’s Department at 519-794-3232, Ext. 124 or Ext. 134.
Residents and interested parties who would like to address Council are invited to register to speak as a delegation. Individuals who submit letters, requests for delegations, opinions, petitions, presentations, reports and other information provided for or at a Public Meeting, or other public process or addressed to Council, should be aware any personal information contained within their communication may become part of the public record, may be made available to the public through Council process and may be posted on the Township’s website.
Community & Business Showcase
May 4 & 5, 2018
Save the Date! Building on last year’s format, we are once again hosting our Community & Business Showcase on May 4th and 5th at the Desboro Arena. Business owners are invited to our second annual “Mayor’s Business Reception” on Friday evening and the Showcase is open to the public on Saturday. Watch our website and facebook page for more information, including business registration details.
2017-2018 Strategic Plan
In early 2017 Council began the process of completing a Corporate Strategic Plan that included a successful public engagement event. The Plan creates a blueprint for Council and staff over the next year.
The Township has identified the following priority areas:
- Economic Development
- Fiscal Management, Accountability & Sustainability
- Fostering Community Development
- Continuous Improvement
- Quality of Life
The Full Strategic Plan can be found on our website at www.chatsworth.ca
Payments for taxes and water may be made by mail, internet and telephone banking, in person or by using the mail drop box at the municipal office or in person at the Township’s Administration Centre Monday – Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Pre-authorized payments directly withdrawn from your bank account can be arranged for both water and tax payments . If you are leaving on an extended vacation, this is the best payment method to avoid missing a due date and having penalty and interest applied to your account. When making payment through telephone/Internet banking, please allow two (2) business days for payment to be received by the municipal office.
FAILURE TO RECEIVE A TAX BILL DOES NOT RELIEVE THE TAXPAYER OF THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PAYMENT, NOR THE LIABILITY OF PENALTY CHARGES FOR LATE PAYMENT.
Municipal Water Services
On January 3, 2018 Council approved the 2018 municipal water systems budget with a zero water rate increase planned for 2018. Monthly water rates are a combination of a fixed rate, metered rate, and capital replacement charge rate.
Smart Water Tip
Be aware of the amount of water you use:
- 1 cubic metre (1000 litres) of water = 220 gallons
- One drip per second wastes 10,000 litres or 2200 gallons per year
Conserving water not only helps the environment, it helps save on your monthly water bill.
2018 Dog Tags and Canine News
Dog tags are now available at the Township Office. Tags are due by March 31, 2018.
- First Dog (spayed or neutered) – $ 20.00 per year
- First Dog (not spayed or neutered) – $ 30.00 per year
- Second Dog (spayed or neutered) – $ 40.00 per year
- Second Dog (not spayed or neutered) – $ 50.00 per year
- Third Dog (if permitted by by-law) – $100.00 per year
Dog Tags purchased in 2018 will be good for three years. You will be invoiced annually in January for the second and third years respectively. If you no longer have a dog previously licensed, please contact the Township Office to update our information.
No more than three dogs per property are permitted, unless you are a kennel operator, licensed by the Township.
REMINDER: By-law prohibits dogs from running at large.
Animal Control Officer, Cheryl Roberts, 519-373-1000
- Desboro Arena – Al Mills 519-794-3202
- Keady Arena – Ian Henderson 519-934-2568
Parents & Tots:
- Keady Arena – Every Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- Desboro Arena – Every Sunday until April 1, 2018 (2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
- Keady Arena – Every Saturday until March 31 (12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.)
- Desboro – Al Mills 519-794-3202
- Keady – Erin Weppler 519-375-6106
- Williamsford – Celeste Eickholdt 519-794-4608
- Walters Falls – Millie Wells 519-794-0824
- Scone – Doreen Sulkeye (summer rentals only) 519-363-2848
Community Recreation Task Force
As a result of the Chatsworth Community Centre closing, Council has established a Community Recreation Task Force to explore options for recreation programs, services and facilities in the future. Join in the conversation! The Community Recreation Task Force wants to hear from you. Please take the time to complete our ten minute Community Recreation Survey.
If you do not have access to the internet, please feel free to drop by the municipal office and pick up a paper copy of the survey and return to us by no later than Friday, February 23.
The Task Force will also be hosting two community engagement sessions to seek more information and open dialogue from the public (open to all ages). Please join us at one of two Conversation Café events:
- April 9th at 7:00 p.m. – Williamsford Community Centre
- April 16th at 7:00 p.m. – Keady Community Centre
Chatsworth Firefighters 29th Annual Garage Sale
Saturday, April 28th
Location to be Determined
Clocks Move Ahead on March 11th – Don’t forget to replace the batteries in your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms. If your alarms are more than 8 years old, they should be replaced.