Fire Chief recognized for contribution to Saskatchewan First Nation fire departments
Fire Chief Tony Brownson shows the plaque sent to him by First Nations Emergency Services for his efforts to provide First Nation Fire Departments with good used equipment.

Fire Chief Tony Brownson shows the plaque sent to him by First Nations Emergency Services for his efforts to provide First Nation Fire Departments with good used equipment.

Marmora and Lake - Fire Chief Tony Brownson is making a difference for fellow firefighters in need.

The Chief recently received a plaque recognizing his efforts to provide firefighting equipment to rural First Nations communities in Saskatchewan, Canada, who are in the early stages of becoming fully functioning volunteer fire departments.

The initiative was organized by Brownson in conjunction with First Nations Emergency Management (FNEM), whose mandate is to provide training, consulting and equipment to newly formed volunteer departments and more specifically to First Nation fire departments.

Pierce Pellerin, Emergency and Protective Services Officer for FNEM said more than 70 communities in Northern Saskatchewan didn’t have any fire services when the organization took shape a year ago.

“There’s definitely struggles here, there’s a lack of funding and essential fire fighting equipment,” he said, adding new equipment and trucks are out of reach for many communities in Northern Saskatchewan.

Pellerin first learned of the Marmora and Lake Fire Department through Carl Eggiman at Firefighters Without Borders, a Canadian organization dedicated to helping departments source used gear. It was through this contact he found out the Marmora department had a fire truck for sale.

“They flew into Toronto and drove down to see the truck,” Brownson said, referring to Pellerin and his co-workers. “Then they showed me some pictures of the communities. They had nothing, they just had some axes, but they didn’t have bunker gear or a fire truck.”

Having worked as part of a volunteer municipal department for more than two decades, Brownson felt he could assist the group in its efforts to source affordable used equipment.

”I’m part of the Hastings County Mutual Aid Association and I said I could reach out to fire stations to see if they had surplus equipment,” he said, “They were really grateful.”

To date, Brownson, with the assistance from other departments, has filled an entire shipping container and a truck with more than 45 sets of bunker gear, hoses, extraction tools, self-contained breathing apparatuses and more.

Pellerin said the equipment is invaluable to the volunteer fire fighters who receive it.

“Just to see the people get their gear, they’re super excited. It really boosts morale,” he said.

In order to qualify for the equipment, volunteer departments have to take a Fire Prevention Course offered by FNEM. This ensures they understand how to use the equipment safely and effectively. Pellerin said they also visit the departments for on-site training.

So far more than ten departments have finished training and received equipment.

Having volunteer departments in Northern First Nation communities is vital, he added, stating that communities without fire services often try to combat structure fires without any protective equipment, putting their own lives at risk. With these new departments in place, that risk is mitigated.

Pellerin said he’s hopeful the First Nation Fire Departments can collaborate with Marmora and Lake by flying Brownson and some of this crew out to Saskatchewan to provide fire training. There’s also plans underway to begin filling a second shipping container with equipment.

“The work Tony has done for us has been so great,” Pellerin said. “It wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for Tony and Carl (Eggiman).”

“We hope to fly him out here to do some training, and then we’ll probably take him fishing,” Pellerin joked.

If you are interested in donating used gear to this cause, please contact Fire Chief Tony Brownson at t.brownson@marmoraandlake.ca or call the department at 613-472-2748.

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May Madness Bicentennial Bazaar
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It’s official! The May Madness Bicentennial Bazaar is happening May 11!

A Fundraising Event for Marmora’s Bicentennial

Marmora and Lake will be celebrating the 200th year of settlement in 2021. Fundraising efforts are underway with a massive marketplace held at the Marmora Arena and Community Centre.

  1. Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019

  2. Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

  3. Location: Marmora Arena and Community Centre, 28 Victoria Street


DETAILS

  1. All proceeds will go to the Marmora Bicentennial Event Fund

  2. The market will utilize the Community Centre, Arena Floor and Arena Lobby

  3. The canteen will be open

  4. Entry fee: $2 at the door

  5. Bicentennial donations will be accepted at the door


VENDORS

We are looking for all types of vendors to participate!

  1. Artisans (Handmade Products)

  2. Baked Goods

  3. Businesses

  4. Direct Sales (Avon, Tupperware, etc.)

  5. Farmers

  6. Flea Market (Second Hand Goods)

  7. Organizations

  8. Service Clubs

  9. Sports and Activity Groups

MORE INFO TO COME!

Jennifer BennettComment
The Strategic Plan Performance Measurement Report is now available online
Click to view the Performance Measurement Report

Click to view the Performance Measurement Report

The Municipal Strategic Plan will be a living document that staff will use to help direct the responsible allocation of resources. It will be a continuous process to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in municipal service delivery, help us provide the right programs, and ensure accountability to citizens, council and all stakeholders.

In the council meeting held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, the Performance Measurement Report was accepted as information by council and is now available on our website.

To identify our strategic priorities, we analyzed the citizen surveys by looking at the "gap differential" between the rankings for the level of importance of service compared to the ranking of satisfaction for that same service. A larger "gap differential" means we need to re-evaluate how we are delivering that service.

The information gathered around the staff, online services, communication and accountability, non-essential infrastructure, and value for tax dollars will help us understand how ratepayers view public assets and allow us to make informed decisions on your behalf.

The staff and council interviews will help us allocate staffing responsibilities and identify efficiencies.

The Performance Measurement Report is a summary of our findings.

Jennifer BennettComment
Council meeting times changing
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Council meeting times are changing from afternoons to evenings beginning at the next scheduled meeting, February 19, 2019.

Council passed a motion on February 5 to switch the meeting time from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in an effort to better accommodate members of the public who wish to attend. Meetings will go no later than 10 p.m.

The planning meetings, held the first Tuesday of each month, will also change from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Council’s meeting schedule - the first and third Tuesday of each month - will remain the same.

This decision will be reviewed within six months to see if the time change improves overall public attendance.

Megan AbrahamComment
Cathie Jones in Memoriam
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It is with great sadness that the Municipality of Marmora and Lake has learned of the passing of Cathie Jones on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Cathie was an integral member of the community serving from 1998-2003 and 2007-2009 on the municipal council, plus decades of service as curator and director of the Marmora Historical Foundation. The community will feel her loss.

As per Cathie’s wishes, there will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. Mass of Christian Burial to be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. If desired, donations may be made to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Cemetery.

Jennifer BennettComment
2019 Interim Tax Bills
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The 2019 Interim tax bills will be mailed at the end of February. The first two installment dates have been set and payments are due Thursday, March 21 and Thursday, May 23, 2019. Penalties will be applied the next business day.

The final tax bill will be mailed in July and installment dates will be set for August and October. The exact dates are to be determined.

Visit our the Finance Department’s page to see the various ways you can make payments.

Jennifer BennettComment
Road Conditions Worsen Despite Best Efforts
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The crews have been out around the clock; but to their best effort, the roads and sidewalks may still treacherous in spots as the rain is freezing to them.

Please exercise caution when out today.

Kevin Hart, C.E.T., CRS-S
Manager of Transportation
Municipality of Marmora and Lake
613-472-6940

Jennifer BennettComment
Lyme disease info-night with Dr. Brenda Tapp

February 7, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Community Hall, 11379 Highway 62, Ivanhoe

Lyme disease info-night with Dr. Brenda Tapp, naturopathic doctor and specialist in Lyme disease and ticks.

Hastings Stewardship Council hosts event #2 in the Winter Speaker Series.

Cost is $5. Children are free.

For information, contact Ray at 613-848-7697 or info@hastingsstewardship.ca.


Jennifer BennettComment
Garbage and recycling pickup delayed due to weather
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Garbage Pickup

Garbage pick- up will be late today and possibly tomorrow due to the cold temperatures.

Recycling Pickup

Numerous recycling trucks will not start this morning due to the extreme cold temperatures. Recycling will be collected on Saturday, January 26th 2019, instead for all of the locations that typically have a Monday collection.

Those locations are as follows: Madoc Township (Blue Week), Rawdon Ward (Burgundy Week), Stirling, Marmora & Lake, North Marysburgh, South Marysburgh, and Athol in Prince Edward County, and Tyendinaga Township.

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Jennifer BennettComment
Don't miss out on local events
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Stay up to date with the Arena Schedule and more on our Community Calendar page.

Please note: the Public Skating on Friday, February 8, is at 5:30 PM due to a private booking.

The Community Calendar page has four calendars to help you find local information:

  1. Social Events

  2. Marmora Arena Schedule

  3. Sports & Fitness

  4. Services

Did you know? You can have your event added to the calendar simply by filling out the form found on the Community Calendar page.

Jennifer BennettComment
School Surplus Roundtable Review
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Photo Credit: marmorahistory.ca

Background

On December 18th 2018 Council received a report from CAO, Typhany Choinard in regards to the school. The report outlined many infrastructure issues with the school property. It identified that $3 million dollars in facility repairs are required in order to bring the facility to standard. It also identified asbestos at the property. The recommendation from the CAO was to not submit an expression of interest on the school property.

Council received the report and passed the following motion “That Council defer the decision to the January 15th, 2019 meeting and direct staff to provide further information from the Building Department, Economic Development Department and Treasury.

Council also directed staff to organize a roundtable discussion with members of the community to learn the community’s position on submitting an expression of interest on the potential purchase of the Earl Prentice School.

A report will be brought forward to the January 15th meeting of Council for their consideration. Members of the public are encouraged to submit their input in writing, or as a delegation to Council. To attend as a delegation you must contact the Municipal Clerk by noon on Wednesday, January 9.

Review the School Surplus Roudtable Presentation by clicking the button below.

The discussion tonight began with an equal number of residents on either side of the issue. Some felt strongly about purchasing the property while others were against council submitting an expression of interest for the Earl Prentice School. By the end of the presentation, and subsequent discussion, many of the people who had previously been in support changed their opinion. Two of the 18 participants were in support of fully moving forward. While others were still open to the idea of entering the expression of interest as there is no obligation to buy.

The participants invited to the roundtable were impressed with the quality and quantity of information provided. Many commented on how much better educated they felt following the meeting.

Service Ontario To Change Its Hours

The Marmora Service Ontario has decided to change it’s operating hours to serve you better.

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The revised hours will take effect on Monday, January 14, 2019.

New Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

The change equates to the same number of operating hours. The decision to open earlier was made to accommodate customers trying to see us first thing in the morning.

For more information on the Marmora Service Ontario contact:

Jennifer Bennett, Economic Development Assistant and Office Administration
j.bennett@marmoraandlake.ca
613-472-2629 ext 2229

Service Ontario Clerks: 613-472-2320

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Notice of Committee & Board Membership

The Municipality of Marmora and Lake is currently seeking volunteers for the following appointed Committee/Boards of Council for the next four year council term:

 

Economic Development and Tourism

Cemetery Board

 

Interested candidates who have time to serve their community are asked to send a letter outlining their interests in the committee including all background/skills you possess that would be beneficial.

Please forward to the undersigned by January 23, 2019.

(Mrs.)Tonia Bennett, Clerk
Municipality of Marmora and Lake
12 Bursthall Street, P.O. Box 459
Marmora, ON, K0K 2M0
t.bennett@marmoraandlake.ca