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Posted on October 9, 2014

The Township of Lanark Highlands regretfully announces the departure of its Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk Rob Wittkie with his last working day being October 28th, 2014.

Mr. Wittkie has accepted the position of Director of Corporate Services/Clerk with the Town of Prescott. He will begin his new position in Prescott on Monday November 3rd, 2014.

Mayor McLaren and Council wish Mr. Wittkie well in his new position.

Treasurer Rob Bunker will be assuming the responsibilities of Chief Administrative Officer in the interim and Stacey Blair will be assuming the responsibilities of Clerk.

The recruitment process to find a new CAO/Clerk will be a priority once the new Council is sworn in on December 2nd, 2014.

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27th day of October, 2014

Posted on October 2, 2014

Municipal Elections in Lanark Highlands will be held on the 27th day of October, 2014.

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Notice of Public Meeting -To Consider a Zoning Bylaw Amendment

Posted on October 2, 2014

TAKE NOTICE THAT the Planning Department of the Township of Lanark Highlands has received an Application for a Zoning By-law Amendment;

AND THAT the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Lanark Highlands will hold a PUBLIC MEETING on the 21st of October, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at the Municipal Complex, 75 George Street Lanark ON, for the purpose of considering a proposed zoning by-law amendment under Sections 34 of the Planning Act.

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Election Worker Application: CLOSED
Posted on September 26, 2014

The application process for election workers is now closed. Successful applicants will be contacted by telephone. Thank you for your interest.

South East White Lake
Snow Plowing Tender

Posted on September 23, 2014

The Corporation of the Township of Lanark Highlands is seeking proposals from qualified firms/individuals to provide winter maintenance of roadways in the South East area of White Lake.

Proposals placed in a sealed envelope identified as “Snow Plowing Tender – South East White Lake”, addressed to the Project Authority as noted below must be received NO LATER THAN 3:00 PM October 14th, 2014.

The lowest cost quotation will not necessarily be accepted, and the Township reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals and/or to reissue the Request for Quotations in its original or revised form.

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Click here to view the RFQ.

Fall Beef Supper
Posted on September 16, 2014

Knox Presbyterian Church Fall Beef Supper.
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
McDonald's Corners, Agricultural Hall.

Adults: $13
Children (6-12): $6
Children under 6: Free

Info: 613-278-0696

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Passage of Zoning By-law Amendment – Foster Garden Suite
Posted on August 28, 2014

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Lanark Highlands passed By-Law No. 2014-1293 on the 26th, day of August, 2014 to amend Comprehensive Zoning By-law No. 2003-451 under Sections 34 and 39 of the Planning Act to rezone land located at Concession 11 D, West Part of Lot 20, Geographic Township of Lanark.

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Notice of Invasive Species
Posted on August 21, 2014

The Lanark County Agricultural Advisory Working Group would like to notify the public of “Dog Strangling Vine” - an invasive species.

Reminder: Wild Parsnip and Giant Hog Weed are active noxious weed species in Lanark County to beware.

Click here to view an ad from the Ministry of Natural Resouces concerning the Dog-strangling vine.

OPP Billing Reform
Posted on July 18, 2014

14-07-09 OPP Billing Reform - Call to Action Letter to Residents

14-07-09 Sample letter to Premier Wynne re OPP Billing Model

14-03-18 OPP Billing Reform Council Motion

14-03-07 Auditors Report OPP Billing Reform

August 14, 2014

Members’ Policy Update: OPP Billing Model Announcement

After much municipal and provincial consultation and discussion, Minister Yasir Naqvi, Ministry of Community Services and Correctional Services (MCSCS), released the framework of the new OPP Billing Model today. This responds to a 2012 recommendation of the Provincial Auditor General for a simplified, more transparent cost-recovery method that addresses the issues of a billing method that has resulted in municipalities paying different rates.

We are told that the new OPP billing model, to be in effect January 1, 2015 will be a base cost and call for service formula with the following elements:

• A base service cost that each of the 324 OPP-serviced municipalities will pay plus the cost of the actual calls for service.

• Base service costs will be an estimated 60% of what a municipality will pay (i.e. fixed costs).
• Base service costs will be calculated on a per property basis for households, including seasonal and business properties including commercial and industrial properties.

• The calls for services costs are estimated to be about 40% of what a municipality will pay (i.e. the variable cost) and will be based on the individual municipal usage level. Much greater detail about the type of calls for service will be included on the municipal bills to increase transparency. This will assist municipalities and the police community to look at ways to reduce these variable costs.

• Transition will be phased in over 5 years for both cost increases and decreases to municipalities:

• $40 per property cap on increases per year for those with an increase.
• Decreases will be graduated over the 5 years for those with a decrease.

AMO anticipates that the majority of municipal OPP bills are expected to be between $200 -$400 per property based on 2015 estimates.

MCSCS has advised AMO that it engaged a third party auditor to review the split between provincial and municipal OPP costs, the evidence for the proposed split between base and calls for services, and the appropriateness of a per property approach compared to other possible billing approaches considered.

Over the coming weeks, additional MCSCS/OPP information about the new billing model will be available including:

• Two information sessions at the AMO conference on Sunday August 17 and Monday the 18th;

• For those municipalities not attending the AMO conference, regional information sessions will be organized soon, and

• OPP officials will be meeting with each of the 324 OPP serviced municipalities in the early fall to discuss the financial and operational details of the new billing model.

Link for provincial announcement: New OPP Billing Model for Municipalities

AMO Contact: Monika Turner, Director of Policy,, 416.971.9856 ext. 318

Posted on May 15, 2014

Effective immediately the number for reporting a road emergency has changed. Please note the new number:


Please call this number only in case of a road related emergency or potential danger that requires immediate attention. Responding to the pager requires Roads staff to interrupt their normal activity (i.e. snowplowing, grading etc…) to attend the service request. General requests for information will not be provided via this number.

Notice of Study Completion
Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for the replacement of the French Line Bridge

Posted on April 4, 2014

The Township of Lanark Highlands has undertaken a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for the replacement of the French Line Bridge located on French Line Road, approximately 2.5km northwest of Highway 511. The existing single span, pony truss bridge constructed in 1945 is nearing the end of its lifespan and the Township intends to proceed with the replacement of the bridge in the summer/fall of 2014. The project is being planned in accordance with the latest edition of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Manual, as a Schedule “B” undertaking.

The Township has decided to tender the project as a road closure at the bridge during construction, however, included in the tender will be provisional items for the construction and removal of a temporary crossing. Upon receipt of the tender bid submissions and review of the applicable cost of a detour at the bridge, the Township will decide if they will be proceeding with the construction of a temporary crossing, or if a closure of French Line Road will be utilized during construction.

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Posted on February 21, 2014

2014 Fire Permits Fire Permits are required from January 1st to the 31st day of December

2014 Fire Permits are available for sale at the township municipal office and local stores.
• Fire permits are require for all valid only for the year of issue
• Fire permits must be renewed prior to burning
• You must notify LHFS of any and all open air burning

Fire permits can be renewed in three ways;
1) Phone 613-259-2398 ext 500 or toll free 1-800-239-4695 ext 500
2) Fax: 613-259-5706 form is available at

2014 Budget Presentation
Posted on February 7, 2014

Click here to view the presentation. (PDF)

Click here to view the presentation. (Powerpoint)

2014 Budget

Posted on January 16, 2014

It’s that time of year again to begin thinking about renewing your dog licence!

Click here to read about the 2014 Fees.

Posted on December 12, 2013


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Volunteer Fire Fighters Required

The Lanark Highlands Fire Service is seeking applications from dedicated community minded men and women who are committed to training and responding to emergency calls 24 hours per day. Preference will be given to those who work within the Township and those who possess a class DZ license. Applications are available at the township municipal office, by calling 613 259-2398 or can be found below.

Click here to view the application (PDF).

Corporation of the Township of Lanark Highlands - 75 George Street, PO Box 340. Lanark, Ontario, Canada K0G 1K0. 613-259-2398.