Highlights of the regular United Counties Council July meetings

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Changes to the Conservation Authorities Act:

Counties Council has passed a resolution with respect to proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act under the new “More Homes, More Choices Act 2019″. Following a delegation from the area conservation authorities earlier this year, the resolution requests the Province to continue to allow Conservation Authorities to provide flexible programming in consultation with local municipalities with a continued focus on watershed activities. Further, the resolution requests a stable funding source for Conservation Authorities to prevent these costs from being downloaded to municipal governments.

Funding Transfer Agree- ment for County Road 43 Executed:

Counties Council authorized the execution of a transfer agreement with the provincial and federal governments for funding for the reconstruction of County Road 43 in the Municipality of North Grenville. The $10 million in funding will assist with costs associated with four-laning approximately 1.15 kilometers of the roadway, rehabilitation of the Kemptville Creek bridge, illumination, biking and walking paths. The entire $27 million project will see the extension of four lanes from Highway 416 to Somerville Road.

William Thake Memorial Bursaries Awarded:

Bursaries in the namesake of long-standing Counties Council Member, Warden and Mayor of the Village of Westport William Thake were awarded to Emily French and Taylor Westendorp from Rideau District High School, and Jenna McCafferty from St. John Catholic School. This award is presented to a graduate who has shown leadership qualities and been involved in the community and/or school and will be proceeding on to a post-secondary institution. Congratulations to the 2020 recipients!

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