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Township of Stone Mills Christmas Hours

Township of Stone Mills “New” Municipal Website – Photography Request

We are pleased to provide the opportunity to our residents to participate in the creation of the Township of Stone Mills “new” Municipal website project. We are looking for photos that best capture the spirit of Stone Mills through activities, events, attractions and landscapes. The selected photos will be published and featured on our website.

Deadline to send us your photos: December 20, 2019.

Requirements:
• The highest quality available is preferred
• Send to chuyck@stonemills.com by December 20, 2019
• Specify the name of the photographer for photo credits
• Name and image consent and release form completed (to view the consent form, click here)

Enbridge Gas Inc. helps Stone Mills Fire Department
Reduce Fire and Carbon Monoxide Deaths through Project Zero

Enbridge Gas Inc. and Stone Mills Fire Department are working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

Stone Mills Fire Department received 114 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Project Zero, – a public education campaign that will provide more than 9,100 alarms to residents in 40 municipalities across Ontario.

This year, Enbridge Gas Inc. invested $275,000 in Project Zero, and over the past 11 years, the program has provided more than 44,356 alarms to Ontario fire departments.

Friends of the Salmon River Phragmites Workshop 

On October 19, 2019, the Friends of Salmon River held a workshop on Phragmites to teach local citizens how to safely remove this invasive grass. This proved to be a great hands-on learning experience.

Phragmites australis subsp. australis is a non-native, invasive grass from Eurasia that is quickly spreading throughout North America. Found mostly in wetlands, this towering plant outcompetes native wetland plants, leaving frogs and turtles without vital habitat and blocking shoreline access.

Eighteen people gathered at the Lakeview Tavern to hear Amanda Tracey, conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. She presented a comprehensive picture of the status of Phragmites, including its growth patterns and habitat as well as current knowledge of removal methods. Impacts on our environment are positively frightening including a multi-billion dollar cost for the agricultural and forestry industries.

On the shoreline of Beaver Lake (near the boat launch and behind the washrooms), a stand of Phragmites covered an area of about 750 feet by 12 feet. Using cane cutters, we cut it down, leaving 5 cm. at ground level. We placed all the plants on a tarp, then removed all seed heads with pruning shears and placed them in heavy-duty black garbage bags. The naked canes (with no seeds or roots attached) were transported away in two trailer loads to be either burned or left as habitat for small animals.

The last step was to plant seeds from native swamp milkweed (collected earlier from the area and processed by Amanda). This will help return the area to a more natural habitat. 

NOTES: This year, the date of October 19 was a great time to cut the Phragmites – just before the seeds mature and start to disperse.

The bagged seeds must sit in the sun until dead OR leave them in a safe, critter-proof place for a year and then compost or landfill them.

The hollow canes can be made into homes for native bees. One great use for this otherwise annoying plant.

Amanda Tracey, conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada researched the presentation on invasive species, determined the best removal methods for Phragmites, and directed the work crew for this event.

This workshop was the first step in a monitoring project for this patch of Phragmites. We will keep watching it and continue to cut back the Phragmites, and plant native seeds to help restore the shoreline area. We will keep the Township of Stone Mills staff informed of our ongoing program.

 

Public Delegations Process Added To Council Meetings

The decision of September 17, 2018 to authorize a process that would allow individuals an opportunity to address council with reduced notice requirements has been indefinitely extended.  Interested individuals have until 12:00 noon on the date of Council meetings to register as a delegation.  This portion of the agenda will take place at the beginning of regular scheduled meetings for a maximum duration of 15 minutes.  To register, please send an email to bbrooks@stonemills.com or call 613-378-2475 with a request to be added to the agenda while providing information on the topic for inclusion on the agenda.

BluEarth Loyalist Solar Project Forecasts

The following provides a three-week look-ahead for construction activities associated with the Connection Line. Please note these are planned activities only and subject to change based on actual progress, field conditions and other unknown factors. All efforts will be made to notify individual landowners in the event a change occurs.  Required agencies are notified of traffic effects a minimum of five days in advance. This includes effected school bus routes. Alternative arrangements will be made as required.

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