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Right in Your Backyard Carleton Place!


Town meeting Tuesday night August 16th 7 pm.


Where is this? Right in your backyard! Do people really know what a Storm Water Management Pond is?

This particular Storm Water Drainage pond is in the subdivision (Stonewater Bay) off of McNeely between Shoppers Drug Mart and the Waterside Seniors Residence.  When it drains into the Mississippi River the water is disgusting and the algae has become a thick solid mass–and it smells.

Granted, we are having  drought this year and a higher water level might help the situation at the Storm Water Drainage pond at Stonewater Bay. In fact, the town of Carleton Place knows it has an issue and has to fix it.


Same view, where the pond empties into the river — one taken in May of this year and one taken in August.



Almonte uses in-ground mechanical devices to separate the toxins from the water- so why are we insisting on continuing to build these antiquated storm water management ponds. Is it because it is cheaper for the developer to build?

“The Town’s intention to use storm ponds in Roy Brown Park as part of the recreation capacity and parks will be built around them”. 

These are storm waste water management ponds of highly questionable function. They are not play grounds. The Carleton Place council voted no storm water management pond for the developer –and then the staff rejected it. Less than two months later it is back on the table. What?




Is this is what will become of Roy Brown Park and the shoreline above the boat launch at the end of Lake Avenue West? Do you want this?  Can we not implement other methods?

Town meeting Tuesday night August 16th 7 pm.

Do read Janet McGuiness’s letter to the editor

It’s Your Decision– Roy Brown Park

Mark Smith has left a comment on CarletonPlace.com

I guess the Town has publicly issued its statement and it’s stance on the Roy Brown Park Storm Water Pond prior to committee/councils approval/denial even though it was soundly defeated last time by a 5-2 vote.


Stormwater Management and Roy Brown Park

http://carletonplace… Brown Park.pdf


I was going to comment on this article here but nah it would be tooooooooo long.

Come on down next Tues (Council) and listen or make your own comment (pro/against). You should be able to register to speak.–MGJSmith






It’s Your Decision– Roy Brown Park


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Janet sent me this letter and I was going to post it tonight.. but you can read it also in the Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette— stay tuned for more!!

Reader: Taxpayers should be properly consulted on decisions involving Roy Brown Park


Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette


Our municipal politicians are elected to office to serve town residents and act in our best interest. It is expected that they will put their interests aside as they work for the people of Carleton Place.

I expect council members to act with integrity, thoughtful consideration and good judgement as they make decisions that affect our community.

Being a member of a municipal council is often a difficult, thankless job and there can be many powerful influences that can cause a council to stray from its mandate to serve town residents.

Regrettably, on Aug. 16 our council will be put in the position of choosing to act in the interest of town residents or bowing to the strong influence of a developer.

On June 28, council voted 5-2 against a developer’s proposal to dump contaminated storm water into Roy Brown Park instead of the developer managing the storm water on its own property. Council voted down the original proposal because it is an inappropriate use of public parkland.

The issue should have died on June 28 with the defeated motion and the developer should have respected the decision of council.

However, there was no respect for council, its authority or its decision.

With no direction from council to do so, this proposal has been put back onto the Aug. 16 agenda. Why is council being forced to deal with this issue again? Because the developer wants it. The situation puts me in mind of a persistent teenager trying to wear down parents in order to get what it wants.

However, a flip-flop should be something that you wear on your feet. It should not describe the actions of your council.

As background, in 2004, $385,000 of taxpayers’ money bought land for a park and dedicated it to the memory of First World War flying Ace, Roy Brown.

The park is to have a dog park, tennis courts, playing field and a large recreation building as well as trails and picnic pavilions. A grant from Canada 150 will be used to place signs in the park with information provided by the Roy Brown Society and historical society.

On Aug. 16, council will once again have to review a plan from a developer to dump its contaminated storm water into the park. The people of Carleton Place have not been consulted, no part of the park has been declared surplus to the town’s parkland needs and the area needed to contain the water would be the part of the park that was to be used for the dog park, tennis courts and parking lot for the recreation building.

Why would council even consider removing public uses from public parkland and replace them with a holding area for polluted water and contaminated sediment from an adjacent development? After all, it is the duty of elected representatives to manage public lands in the public interest.

Town council voted against it once already. It is imperative that they vote against it again on Aug. 16.

Our tax dollars bought Roy Brown Park for parkland. We own it.

To use a popular Lanark County phrase “Back Off Government! This is our Land!”

Janet McGinnis

Carleton Place

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