Public Notice: Applications sought for Housing Advisory Committee

March 4, 2021

TAKE NOTICE THAT completed applications, whether by delivery, fax, email or regular mail addressed to the undersigned, will be received until 4:30 p.m. on., Friday, March 26, 2021 from any member of the general public who desires to have their name considered for appointment to the Housing Advisory Committee.

Individuals are being sought for the remainder of this Council term (ends November 14, 2022). There are a limited number of members required.

An application must be completed and returned to the Clerk’s office by the above noted date (contact information below). The Terms of Reference, Policy for Appointments and the Application Form are available from the Clerk’s Office or on the Town’s website at: https://www.smithsfalls.ca/government/committees-of-council/

Nadine Bennett, Deputy Clerk
Town of Smiths Falls
P.O. Box 695, 77 Beckwith Street North
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 4T6
Fax: (613) 283-4764
nbennett@smithsfalls.ca

Resumes/Applications will be protected pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used only for the purpose of this competition.

Media Release: Smiths Falls small business support programs drives $100,000 to businesses, new businesses open amid pandemic

November 26, 2020

Smiths Falls small business support programs drives $100,000 to businesses, new businesses open amid pandemic

The Town of Smiths Falls is pleased to report that municipal and local programs and funding opportunities have driven approximately $100,000 to small businesses, with $50,000 coming from the Small Business Support program.

The COVID-19 Small Business Support program offered access to one-time grants of up to $1,500 to businesses with demonstrable expenses related to COVID-19, with a maximum funding budget of $50,000. The program’s intent was to support businesses working to modify, build capacity or adopt the technological or operational changes needed to restructure their business during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of Oct. 30, the full $50,000 was delivered to 36 Smiths Falls’ small businesses who applied for the program.

“We were so pleased to be able to offer this support for small businesses,” said Jennifer Miller, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism for the Town of Smiths Falls. “It was wonderful to know that with each cheque we delivered we were offering tangible support to our local business community to help them through this challenging time.”

Other programs launched by the Town of Smiths Falls and partners include the following:

• Smiths Falls Shop Local subscription box (Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce and Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association)
• Smiths Falls PICNIC program (Town initiative)
• Merry & Bright Smiths Falls (Town initiative)

Including the Smiths Falls COVID-19 Small Business Support program, these initiatives have driven nearly $100,000 in direct revenue to Smiths Falls’ businesses and entrepreneurs.

This Smiths Falls Shop Local program launched in October and to date has raised nearly $25,000 through the sale of 160 subscription boxes. The PICNIC program was launched in June and through the sales of more than 400 boxes the program generated $17,000 in income for businesses. It’s estimated the regional economic impact for the PICNIC program was $100,000.

Miller explained these municipal and partner programs were intended to offer short-term support for businesses, but that it’s up to citizens to continue to shop local throughout the recovery period.

“We all need to continue to support our local businesses to ensure they are still here for us when this is all over,” Miller said.

The business support funding program and local initiatives were launched in an effort to bolster the local economy and assist businesses through the recovery period and were supported at the staff and council level in Smiths Falls.

“The Mayor’s Task Force for Economic Recovery met numerous times earlier in the pandemic to pursue and consider every option possible to support our business community,” said Mayor Shawn Pankow. “Business, and especially small business, are the lifeblood of our community and the task force and council have been committed to doing what we can to provide critical support and help as much as we could during these challenging times.”

Feedback gathered through surveying of small businesses by the Town of Smiths Falls indicated that 37 per cent of small businesses were unsure whether or not their business would survive the pandemic. Nearly 70 per cent of survey respondents indicated they had experienced significant economic impact from COVID-19.

In spite of the challenges brought by the pandemic, Smiths Falls has nevertheless seen approximately half a dozen new businesses open in the community, a demonstration of the faith entrepreneurs have in the viability of operating a business in Smiths Falls.

“Town staff and municipal partners have been working hard to do everything within our power to support our business community, but we’ve also seen tremendous grass roots support from the community itself,” Miller said. “The response to the pandemic in Smiths Falls is an example of how our community has come together to support each other – it’s an indicator of Smiths Falls’ resiliency and tenacity during trying times.”

For more information about Smiths Falls’ programs and initiatives to support economic development during COVID-19, please visit www.smithsfalls.ca/public-safety/covid-19-coronavirus/.

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For further information, please contact:

Shawn Pankow
Mayor
Town of Smiths Falls
77 Beckwith St N, Box 695
Smiths Falls, ON
K7A 2B8
613-283-4124 ext. 1110

Jennifer Miller
Economic Development & Tourism Manager
Town of Smiths Falls
77 Beckwith St N, Box 695
Smiths Falls, ON
K7A 2B8
613-283-4124 ext. 1107
jmiller@smithsfalls.ca

 

Public Notice: Old Slys Road closure Oct. 28

Oct. 14, 2020

Please note: Parks Canada will be closing Old Slys Road on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 beginning at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The closure will allow for necessary swing bridge repairs. Please take note of the upcoming closure and expect delays. Detours will be in place.

 

October 5, 2020 Town Hall Front Reception Area Closed

NOTICE – The Town of Smiths Falls front service counter will be closed on Monday October 5th, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. due to construction.  There will be no access to the building through the front door.  Reception will still receive inquiries via telephone during this time.
The front counter will re-open to the public at 1 p.m.
We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Media Release – Town of Smiths Falls opens municipal swim areas, looks towards Rideau Canal opening June 1

May 29, 2020

Town of Smiths Falls opens municipal swim areas, looks toward Rideau Canal opening June 1

The Town of Smiths Falls is moving forward with the gradual re-opening of municipal recreational assets in accordance with changing provincial and federal regulations. Key changes taking place this week include the opening of municipal swim areas to the public, and the opening of the Rideau Canal, June 1.

On May 27, and in accordance with a loosening of provincial restrictions, the Town of Smiths Falls announced the lifting of some restrictions at recreation locations in town, namely at municipal fields, courts, and the skateboard park.

“We are pleased with the efforts we’ve seen from the community in response to the re-opening of recreational locations in Smiths Falls,” said Mayor Shawn Pankow. “As a community we are taking COVID-19 seriously, and continuing to physical distance as much as possible. I’m proud of the response from our residents and business owners.”

Next on the list of recreational areas to open for public use are swim areas in Smiths Falls. Please note the inflatable at Murphy Park has not been installed at this time and Town owned public washrooms are not open.

Citizens are reminded to practice physical distancing measures while using the beaches and any municipal parks and fields.

Beginning June 1, the Rideau Canal will be open for limited visitor access. Visitors will be able to access the following services and facilities:

• Lockage, boat launches, access points and mooring areas;
• Day use areas, including green spaces, picnic areas, and parking lots;
• Day use trails, including some cycling access on designated trails and pathways; and
• Lockstation grounds; and Parks Canada washrooms (where enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented).

In Smiths Falls, these openings will impact use of the Smiths Falls’ Detached Locks (31), the Combined Lockstation (29a) in Centennial Park and Old Slys Locks (26-27). Parks Canada will be installing signage along the waterway to remind visitors of physical distancing requirements while using the Rideau Canal.

Citizens may also notice both the public docks and Le Boat docks have been installed in anticipation of the canal opening. Beginning June 3, Le Boat will be welcoming visitors to Smiths Falls and boats will once again be departing for travel along the Rideau Canal.

“We are excited to see the gradual re-opening of businesses and services in Smiths Falls, and I’m looking forward to seeing boats cruising the canal once again.” said Pankow. “While this is all good news, it’s important that we continue to do what we can to protect our families and our community, by wearing masks when away from home and continuing to social distance.”

As re-opening of the province moves forward, the Town continues to encourage citizens to use face masks while away from home, and especially in situations where maintaining a two-metre distance may not be possible. Wearing a non-medical face covering does not protect you from exposure to the COVID-19 virus, but it can offer protection to those around you.

Ongoing recommendations to stop the spread of COVID-19 include the following actions:

• Stay home when feeling unwell.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Observe physical distancing rules and maintain at least two-metres between yourself and others at all times.
• Be patient and follow store procedures to maintain physical distancing.
• Wear a cloth face covering if you have must go places where maintaining distance is difficult or when it is required by a business.
• Practice good hand hygiene and carry hand wipes or hand sanitizer with you at all times.

The Town of Smiths Falls offers resources for businesses and residents on its COVID-19 resource page at https://www.smithsfalls.ca/public-safety/covid-19-coronavirus/

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For further information, please contact:

Malcolm Morris
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Smiths Falls
77 Beckwith St N, Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2B8
613-283-4124 ext. 3305
mmorris@smithsfalls.ca

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Shawn Pankow
Mayor
Town of Smiths Falls
77 Beckwith St N, Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2B8
613-283-4124 ext 1110
spankow@smithsfalls.ca

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Santa Claus Parade – Rolling Road Closures

Proposed Sale of Public Lands

LANDS SALE PUBLIC NOTICE- 260 Brockville Heritage Commons Surplus Land

ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE – FRIDAY OCTOBER 4, 2019

Please note that Russell Street will be closed to traffic between Beckwith Street and Market Street from 12 NOON to 12 MIDNIGHT on Friday October 4, 2019.

The street will be closed for the Bustle on Russell event.  For more information about the event please visit their event page – https://www.facebook.com/Bustle-on-Russell-104728784235726/

 

Boards and Committtees

Notice of Road Closure – Saturday December 8, 2018

Notice of Road Closure
On Saturday December 8, 2018, Daniel Street will be closed from Beckwith Street to Elmsley Street. The street will be closed from 12 noon until approximately 7 p.m. (following the Santa Claus parade).

Winter Parking Restrictions

ON STREET WINTER PARKING RESTRICTIONSWill commence on November 15th, 2018 or on the first day of November when the first snow or freezing rain event has arrived.  Overnight parking restrictions will remain in effect between 12:00 midnight and 7:00am through to March 31st of 2019 on the streets and in municipally owned parking lots.   An “event” is anytime when there is a need for the Works & Utilities department to perform winter snow and/or ice control and/or snow removal.   Examples of this would be sanding, salting, plowing, snow removal.

Fall/Winter Open House

Crossing Guard Locations

2018/2019 School Crossing Locations

Attached, please find the 2018/2019 School Crossing Guard Locations and Schedule.

Precautionary Measures

Media Release # 3
Restrictions Lifted – Drinking Water System
July 6, 2017 @ 10:40AM

To: All Residents of the Town of Smiths Falls

Due to a minor incident yesterday the Town shut down operations at the Water Treatment Plant in order to safeguard our drinking water system. The Town resumed operations at the Water Plant last evening and the system is now fully operational. The restriction of water usage is now lifted. It is important for all Town residents to be aware that the Town’s drinking water quality was never affected by this incident.

After consultation with the Medical Officer of Health, the beach and the splash pad have been re-opened for all to enjoy.

We thank everyone for their patience and cooperation.