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2015 Tax Sale Properties
Posted on November 10, 2015

For information on the Township of Lanark Highland’s 2015 tax sale properties, please click here.

The Township of Lanark Highlands 2015 Achievement Awards
Posted on November 10, 2015

The Township of Lanark Highlands is pleased to announce the 2015 Achievement Awards Program:
Seniors Achievement Award
Economic Growth Award
Young Entrepreneur Award
Volunteer Achievement Award
Community Spirit Award
Social Responsibility Award

To assist in the selection of a recipient for each award, Lanark Highlands’ residents are asked to submit the name of a deserving person/business to the Township for consideration. In making a recommendation, please provide a brief written history of the accomplishments and contributions that your candidate has made to the community. The deadline for submissions is 4:30 p.m. Thursday November 26th, 2015.

Please submit nominations to:
Stacey Blair, Deputy Clerk
75 George Street,
Lanark, ON K0G 1K0
T: 613-259-2398

Note: Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of information and Protection of Privacy Act, and will be used to determine the qualifications. Questions about the collection of information should be directed to the Deputy Clerk at the address indicated above.

A Letter from Mayor Brian Stewart
Posted on October 28, 2015


I feel it is necessary to address the information being circulated about Council’s lack of support and appreciation for the volunteer firefighters - when nothing could be further from the truth. Council feels that our firefighters are indeed an important part of our community. Lanark Highlands is fortunate to have such a committed group of individuals dedicated to protecting our municipality.

First of all, I would like to assure all residents of Lanark Highlands that Council is committed to providing the best possible municipal services to its citizens in the most efficient and affordable way possible. For this reason, our focus in the past 6-7 months has been on ensuring the budget is appropriate and that there is strong capable and experienced leadership in the Fire Department. I am therefore quite perplexed by the number of letters that have taken issue with Council’s “cuts” to the Fire Department’s budget, in areas such as fire prevention and training and fire fighters’ overall pay when in fact there have not been any cuts to the Fire Department’s budget.

Specifically, in April Council approved an increase in the Fire Department’s budget from $654,324 in 2014 to $663,880 in 2015, an increase of 1.5%. Important areas such as training, honorariums and fire prevention were specifically protected and/or enhanced. For example, included in the budget is $82,500 for training ($22,500 for out-source training services and honorariums and approximately $60,000 for in-house training honorariums). The total honorarium expense for 2014 was $177,000 and the projected total for 2015 is $220,000. The Fire Department’s budget is available on the Lanark Highlands website.

While there have been public comments made by individual councillors regarding their personal views on the hourly rates of pay, there has been absolutely no discussion or consideration by the current Council to reduce the hourly rate of pay or the Fire Department’s budget. The current rate of $22.30 per hour was approved by council. The Fire budget accounts for 10.7% of the total budget for Lanark Highlands, an amount that exceeds the 10% rate recommended in previous administrative reviews of the LHFD.

As for the “low morale” in the Fire Department, I have no doubt that the Fire Department is in a period of transition and change is always difficult. In June, Council decided to not renew the Fire Chief’s contract. To help with the transition, it was announced in a Media Release dated June 22nd 2015, that the three Deputy Chiefs would share the role and responsibilities of the Fire Chief with the assistance, support and coordination of the CAO/Clerk. The Deputy Chiefs were provided with support to ensure that all of the concerns and questions of the volunteers were addressed by the CAO/Clerk on behalf of Council. Meetings were held with the Deputy Chiefs and correspondence was sent out to the Deputy Chiefs and the Fire Department to ensure a positive flow of information and continuity of operations for the fire services. To date, all questions and correspondence brought forward have been answered.

There is no question that Council and volunteer firefighters need the direction and support of a strong, fair-minded fire chief and it is Council's responsibility to provide such a person. Interim Chief Morehouse was hired within one month of the expiry of the previous fire chief’s contract. Although Chief Morehouse’s time was being shared by two municipalities, he has had many accomplishments within the past 2.5 months. His most notable accomplishment was a Council priority to ensure that all of our fire fighters who have obtained a minimum of 5 years of eligible firefighter experience have submitted applications (53) to be “grandfathered” to the new NFPA Firefighter Level 1 standard by the December deadline. The net result is a substantial reduction in training time required for firefighters and a reduction in costs for the Township. This was a significant undertaking and achievement because interviews had to be held with each individual firefighter who met the 5 year criteria to determine their eligibility for grandfathering.

In summary, to date the only ‘actions’ taken by council was to not renew the contract of the previous fire chief and to appoint an interim chief. Council will in due course appoint a permanent Fire Chief through a competitive process but we will first take the time to determine the needs of the municipality and its fire service.

As Mayor, I made a commitment to review every aspect of the Townships’ operations to determine if efficiencies can be achieved without compromising the level of service residents expect, but it must be affordable. If you have concerns with Township business, I would encourage you to write a letter to Council and/or the CAO/Clerk to express your views and so that you can receive a response with factual information. Alternatively, I am always available to meet with you in person to discuss your concerns; I look forward to hearing from you.

Brian Stewart

Fire Chief - MEDIA RELEASE - October 27, 2015
Posted on October 28, 2015

Council is pleased to announce that Fire Chief Morehouse’s contract has been extended for a one year term to November 2016. Chief Morehouse will be working as the full time Fire Chief in Lanark Highlands starting November 9th 2015. The contract has provisions which will allow the Township the flexibility to meet our on-going needs and assess the possibility of sharing his services with another municipality – a common practice for small municipalities. Council is committed to holding a formal competition for the selection of a permanent Fire Chief in September of 2016.

Mr. Morehouse is well qualified with 17 years of progressive management experience and over 18 years of fire-fighting experience. He is also a current member of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs. He will provide the necessary leadership and stability to the Fire Department and will provide valuable input into the selection of a new Fire/Waste Administrative Assistant.

This one year period will continue to provide Chief Morehouse with the opportunity to assess the firefighters’ qualifications and training requirements, review the organizational structure of the Fire Department and evaluate the need to update equipment. The completion of this work will provide a framework for the operation of the Fire Department and will ensure that our volunteer firefighters are well positioned to continue to deliver safe, effective and affordable Fire Services.

Council and the CAO/Clerk believe that extending the Fire Chief’s contract in the short term is in the best interest of the Municipality and its Fire Services.

Please contact the CAO/Clerk, Matt Craig at with any inquiries related to this matter.

Brian Stewart

Household Hazardous Waste
Posted on October 9, 2015

The collection site will be closing for the season on Monday, October 12, 2015.
We shall be reopening on the Victoria Day weekend in 2016
Thank you for your support.

French Line Bridge
Posted on September 11, 2015

The Public Works Department is pleased to report that the French Line Bridge is reopened for traffic. Thank you for your patience.

Fire Ban Lifted Effective June 2nd 2015
Posted on June 2, 2015

Please reactivate open air permits.

2015 Tax Rates
Posted on May 19, 2015

The 2015 tax rates, as approved through By-Law No. 2015-1330, are posted in the following link;
2015 Tax Rates

Posted on November 27, 2014

Please contact Stacey Knowles at 613-259-2398 ext 221 or for more information.

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.

Posted on February 21, 2014

2015 Fire Permits Fire Permits are required from January 1st to the 31st day of December

2015 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

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.