Alfred Heim
Published On: Thu, Apr 23rd, 2015

Property Tax Vote, The Lord’s Prayer and Street Lights at Council Meeting on 22 April, 2015 by Reg Coffey

South Stormont Council 22Apr15


Long Sault – Last night at the South Stormont Township Council the by-law to levy the new property tax and water and sewage rate increase was passed as they voted on 6 by-laws at once. The only councillor who voted against this set of by-laws was Richard Waldroff.

At the beginning of the meeting Mayor Bancroft made a statement that the council had decided to ignore the recent Supreme Court ruling on reciting the Christian Lord’s Prayer to start the council meetings.

The only Delegation at this meeting was by Jon Pritcher, the TransCanada Ltd Ontario Community Relations Lead. His presentation was to update the current council on the progress his company has made on the Energy East Pipeline.

TransCanada Presentation 22Apr14

Jon Pritcher, TransCanada Ltd.

During the Upper Tier Update (or Counties level), Councillor Dave Smith brought up a concern about insufficient street lighting in Lunnenburg. Councillor Smith received the complaint from a resident in Lunnenburg by phone. Mayor Bancroft noted that the street lighting is a counties concern but the issue has been brought up several times in the past with no resolution. He referred the subject to Deputy Mayor Hart to bring up at the next Upper Tier meeting. Deputy Mayor Hart indicated that the complaint should be written in a letter for her to take action. Councillor Smith responded that he believes that that is what they are there for, to act on behalf of the residents whether the resident is comfortable writing letters of complaint or not. His concern appeared to be dismissed by Deputy Mayor Hart.

The full agenda can be found on the Townships web site: