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Lanark Highlands hires new fire chief
Posted on April 24, 2019

Lanark Highlands council passed a by-law at its regular meeting Tuesday evening to hire Gene Richardson as the township's new fire chief.

"We are very pleased to welcome Gene to the Lanark Highlands team," said Reeve Peter McLaren. "He brings almost 25 years of firefighting experience to the position and has a great deal of local knowledge that will serve our community well."

Richardson has been a member of the Drummond/North Elmsley Tay Valley Fire/Rescue since 1994 and has served in the role of captain since 2009. He has a wealth of experience, including incident command, safety officer and accountability officer duties, apparatus maintenance, performance appraisals, training facilitator, fire suppression and auto extrication, fire prevention, fire inspection, public education, mutual aid and overseeing officer on-call rotation. He has been involved in a wide range of departmental activities, including local and provincial training, and committees for truck specification, hiring and renovations, which familiarized him with budget considerations, plans and directives for fire prevention and suppression, as well as reports for the Office of the Fire Marshal.

In addition to knowledge of fire suppression and fire safety principles gained through firsthand experience at fire calls and through Ontario Fire College courses, Richardson has experience delivering training programs across Ontario and is comfortable in a leadership role. He was recently elected as a Tay Valley Township councillor, which he says has furthered his knowledge of budget considerations and public relations. He has had extensive training in a variety of topics through the fire department and in his roles with the Royal Canadian Armed Forces, Albany International and The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group, included human resource management, communication, financial/risk management and insurance.

"Communication is a key component of being a member of the fire service in both emergency and non-emergency situations," Richardson says. "In order to be an effective firefighter, I have developed working relationships with stakeholders and community members. I am confident in my abilities and knowledge of rural fire suppression, fire prevention and fire training, and I believe they will be an asset in the position of fire chief."

Richardson will begin his new role starting April 29th, 2019. The Lanark Highlands Fire Chief position has been vacant since October 2018.

"On behalf of council, I would like to acknowledge Deputy Chief Dave Smith for his assistance throughout the vacancy," Reeve McLaren added.

For more information, contact:
Cynthia Moyle
Acting Clerk
Township of Lanark Highlands
613-259-2398 ext. 222


April 17, 2019 — The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is issuing a FLOOD WARNING for the MISSISSIPPI AND CARP RIVER watersheds. Forecasted rainfall amounts of 50 to 65 mm (some forecasts indicate higher amounts) from Thursday to Saturday and warmer temperatures will melt the remainder of the snow in the watershed and cause water levels and flows to increase above current conditions. Severe flood levels could be reached by Sunday depending on where the rainfall occurs and total amounts received.

Click here to learn more.


Posted on April 16, 2019

The salary is $21.47 to $26.61 hourly, as per the O.P.S.E.U. Collective Agreement. The hours are 37.5 per week.

The Township seeks a dependable, motivated, and positive individual with excellent written & verbal communication skills and proficiency with Word, Excel and the Internet. Duties include providing administrative support and receptionist services.

A copy of the full ad with qualifications and a job description is available at

Applications will be held in strict confidence. Please ensure that we receive your detailed resume by mail or email no later than 4:30pm, Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 to:

Township of Lanark Highlands
“Administrative Assistant/Receptionist Competition”
75 George Street, P.O. Box 340
Lanark, ON K0G 1K0

Click here to view the job description.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest. Only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted. We are an equal employer. Personal information collected from applications is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and will be used to determine qualifications for employment. Questions about the collection of Information should be directed to the CAO/Clerk at the above address.

Employment Opportunity - Lanark Highlands Public Library CEO
Posted on March 28, 2019

Employment Opportunity - Lanark Highlands Public Library CEO

The Lanark Highlands Public Library is seeking an experienced, energetic and highly motivated individual to fill the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The Library and Community:

Located in the center of Lanark County, Lanark Village offers the tranquility of country living with the convenience of easy access to the many amenities offered only fifteen minutes away in the town of Perth or about thirty minutes away in Carleton Place or Almonte. The Lanark Highlands Public Library is an i mportant community hub proactively encouraging literacy, communication, connectivity and creative thinking through its quality, future-focused library services and requires a committed individual at the helm who appreciates the needs of this vibrant rural community steeped in history and the arts. The Library services a regular population of over 5,000 people annually.


Develop and administer a comprehensive program of library services for the residents of the
Village of Lanark and the surrounding area

  • Direct everyday operations including training, evaluating and supervising the library team
  • Serve as the principal communication link between the Library Board, the township, and library partners
  • Prepare and administer the annual budget and grants in consultation with the Treasurer
  • Take part in community development activities, from a community-led librarianship approach


  • Completion of a post-secondary program in library/information science or equivalent experience
  • Direct management experience preferred
  • Will consider recent graduates or those in the process of earning their degree with sufficient experience in managing programs and staff
  • Excellent organizational skills to manage multiple priorities
  • Experience in strategic and operational planning including library collection building and expansion
  • Experience in budgeting and managing finances including grant programs
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislation and regulations relating to all aspects of public libraries and the municipal environment
  • Knowledge of grant programs and application processes
  • An awareness of emerging trends in libraries, including technology and e-resources
  • Political astuteness and an understanding of the relationship between the Board and the township's council and staff
  • A proven ability to champion and successfully implement change
  • Demonstrated leadership and problem solving skills
  • An ability to delegate and to manage and motivate staff


The CEO position is twenty, flexible, hours per week. The Lanark Highlands Public Library offers a competitive starting salary range of up to $25.00/hour, depending on qualifications and experience.


Qualified candidates are invited to submit resumes and covering letters outlining how their skills and experience match the position requirements by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 to:

Board Chair, Bob Mezzatesta
Lanark Highlands Public Library Board

Lanark Highlands public library
75 George st.
Lanark, On., K0G1K0

Click here to view the job description.

E-mail with PDF attachments is preferred. No telephone calls please. Submissions will be reviewed by the selection committee appointed by the Lanark Highlands Public Library Board and qualified candidates will be contacted for the first round of on-site interviews which will take place in May 2019

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, personal information will be used strictly for the purpose of candidate selection.

Notice: Sandbags
Posted on March 13, 2019

Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority has issued the following notice:

“Well above average snow pack conditions across the Mississippi Valley watershed could lead to above average flooding this spring. Current conditions at several MVCA snow course sites are indicating record water content amounts in the snow for this time of year. While snow is not the primary driver for spring flooding, it is one of several major contributors, along with rainfall and temperature.

With future forecasts suggesting a quick switch from cold to warm temperatures, there is also a concern for potential ice jams, as flows could quickly increase before the ice can melt. Residents are advised to monitor the river closely as spring progresses for signs of ice jams. There could potentially be significant ice damage along lake shorelines if winds accompany the spring breakup period.”

The Township of Lanark Highlands will allow residents experiencing flooding use sand from the Township’s sand domes to sand bag their property. Sand bags will not be made available by the Township, however they can be purchased from the vendors below.

• Lanark Timbermart 1-613-259-2780
200 Robertson Dr, Lanark, ON K0G 1K0

• Geosynthetic Systems 1-(866) 490-4436
3543 Conroy Rd, Gloucester, ON K1T 3S6

• Rapco Industrial and Construction Supplies 1-(613) 294-7020
1325 Humber Pl, Ottawa, ON K1B 5K9


Posted on March 5, 2019

Take notice that reduced load restrictions (five (5) tonnes per axle) is in force on all Township Roads as of Monday, March 11th, 2019

The reduced load period is necessary for the protection of all Township Roads which are susceptible to damage during the spring thaw.

The restriction will be removed when the likelihood of road damage has diminished.

For enquiries about reduced loads please contact The Corporation of the Township of Lanark Highlands Public Works Department at 613-259-2398 ext 250

Please be advised that from September 15th, 2018 until May 14th, 2019 all Lanark Highlands Waste Sites will be operating on Winter Hours.

For further information, please visit our website or contact the office at 613-259-2398 x 242.

For more information on the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Tile Loan Program, please click the link below


Arena Notices and Updates

The Township of Lanark Highlands wishes to extend our appreciation to the Government of Canada for its’ up to $15,000 contribution to install a septic system and well at the Middleville Community Centre.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada, with support through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program/Avec l'appui du Programme d'infrastructure communautaire de Canada 150.

Government of Canada 150 Anniversary


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