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CDSBEO school restart approved

The provincial government has approved the school re-entry draft plan for the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO). The plan includes enhanced public health safety measures and other guidelines for staff and students at all CDSBEO schools. The plan covers both in-school and online learning options for students. The CDSBEO has posted the draft plan at https://www.cdsbeo.on.ca/cdsbeo-re-entry-plan/ for parents who wish to review it. – Gregg Chamberlain

Vente de propriétés

La Cité de Clarence-Rockland mettra en vente deux propriétés en raison de taxes impayées. Les propriétés sont le 2767, chemin St-Pascal, dont le prix de vente minimum sera de 70 000 $, et le 1695, chemin Landry, dont le prix de vente minimum sera de 65 000 $. Dans les deux cas, des évaluations environnementales approuvées par la province ont été effectuées et les résultats des rapports ont été mis à la disposition des acheteurs potentiels. – Gregg Chamberlain

Community hall reopens

Another sign of life starting to return to normal in Clarence-Rockland is the reopening of the city’s community hall for private rentals like wedding receptions and other small-scale events. The second-floor mezzanine area of the Clarence Creek Arena became available August 17 for private event rentals. All applications will be assessed for number of participants, and feasibility of social distancing. Reopenings of other community centres will take place during the remainder of summer and into autumn. – Gregg Chamberlain

E-commerce help

The City of Clarence-Rockland contributed $5000 to the Prescott-Russell eBusiness Grant program to help support local businesses recovering from the current pandemic situation. The United Counties of Prescott-Russell is trying to raise $50,000 for the grants program as part of its regional economic recovery strategy. The program will assist local businesses in developing their online sales and service setups. Clarence-Rockland’s contribution will go towards assisting businesses within its area. – Gregg Chamberlain

Lacroix road culvert

The City of Clarence-Rockland will budget more money for the cost of replacing a 40-year-old steel culvert on Lacroix Road. The original 2020 capital works budget included $372,000 for the project but Arnco Construction Ltd., the contractor with the lowest bid for the work, estimated the cost at almost $359,000, not including HST. Council approved a staff recommendation to increase the budget allocation to $472,000 with funds from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund. – Gregg Chamberlain

Bromberg AMO seat

Justin Bromberg will continue to represent the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). Bromberg was acclaimed to another term on the AMO board of directors during the group’s annual conference that took place August 17 to 19 in virtual format this year. Bromberg is the UCPR chief of staff and communications manager. The AMO represents all 444 municipal governments in Ontario and lobbies the province on municipal issues. – Gregg Chamberlain

Highway 34 loan

Champlain Township council approved Bylaw 2020-51 authorizing a $316,500 loan to pay the municipality’s share of the costs for reconstruction of Highway 34. The loan is repayable over a 10-year period. – Gregg Chamberlain

Vankleek Hill Farmers Market keeps its Derby Street site

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municipal daycare. Township council agreed to allow an extension of the agreement with the VKH Farmers Market Society for use of the site. The farmers’ market is a popular weekend feature of Vankleek Hill and was located at the Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute until the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Upper Canada District School Board to close its facilities to community groups. —Gregg Chamberlain

Daycare fees

Champlain Township council agreed that parents should not be charged municipal daycare fees for the days when their children are not at the daycare because of COVID-19 concerns. Council approved a resolution during its August 13 session that exempts parents from municipal daycare fees for the days when their children stay at home for reasons related to COVID-19. – Gregg Chamberlain

Grant request query

Champlain Township’s grant application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program was turned down. The grant was for funding help for rehabilitation of the Vankleek Hill community centre and arena. The township will ask why the grant request was rejected. Mayor Normand Riopel said during the August 13 council session that the facility “is an important investment in our community.” – Gregg Chamberlain

Hawkesbury Legion branch reopens

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The Hawkesbury Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 472) will reopen September 9 under the guidelines of Stage 3 of Phase 2 of the Ontario Restart plan for economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Closure of the branch hall has had a serious impact on the local Legion’s financial reserves and the reopening will help the community service club to begin its own economic recovery so that it can continue to provide services for its members and also help support local charities and community projects. Legion members and visitors are urged to contact the Legion branch for advice on pandemic protection guidelines when they go to the Legion branch for recreation or special activities in September. —Gregg Chamberlain