Provincial police say they’re investigating a report of a suspicious fire at a residence in Hawkesbury. They say it happened at about 2:30 a-m yesterday , where items that were kept outside the property were intentionally set ablaze. Anyone who witnessed the incident or noticed suspicious activities in the area is asked to contact police.
Mayors of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell are pressing Clarence-Rockland Mayor Guy Desjardins to make a decision by the end of the month on whether or not Rockland is in for a fire dispatch communications system managed by Turris Communications. The Mayor said his municipality is reluctant to pay for a regional fire dispatch service as it’s already covered by Ottawa. Russell Mayor Pierre Leroux said he understood Rockland’s position but this is the United Counties and things should be done in partnership. Clarence-Rockland opting out of the deal would result in a saving of $140,000.
At the city Council meeting this week Clarence-Rockland Mayor, Guy Desjardins, outlined his priorities for the new Ontario government. The widening of the 174/17 remains one of his biggest priorities, along with the possibility of opening an emergency clinic in Rockland. According to the mayor, there are many questions that still need answers and many meetings with different ministers that need to occur.
Wendover residents of Brazeau Road have asked the Clarence Rockland Municipal Council to review the state of Brazeau Road. 51 residents submitted a petition to the Municipal Council and want proposals for solutions to improve the road and cover it with a resistant coating, as well as a schedule for project approval and for the scope of work. The Council advised the petitioners to return in December for the roadwork to be considered for the 2019 budget, since this year’s budget is already finalized.
Casselman Medical Centre has a need for doctors. Three doctors are needed at a clinic for it to be designated as a Family Health Organization (FHO) by the Ontario Ministry of Health. Most of the patients needing medical care in Casselman are elderly, which further intensifies the need for more doctors. Discussions are underway about changes to how the clinic functions and the services it offers.The village council is involved with those efforts.
The Vankleek Hil and District Lions Club donated $10,000 to Champkain Township at the June 19 council meeting. The funds will be dedicated to relocating the town’s war memorial monument and the creation of a welcoming green space beside the post office.