CAO Paul Fitzpatrick retires his tenure with the City, he was integrally involved in a number of major projects that have shaped the City’s future, including the sale of Cornwall Electric and the creation of the Progress Fund; the cons- tructionof theBensonCentre; the expansion of the Cornwall Business Park that has led to the presence of SCM, Shoppers Drug Mart and most recently Target; and the ongoing expansion of the waste water treatment facility.

English school districts approve balanced budgets for next term

Mayor Bob Kilger has been appointed to the board of directors of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) for a three-year term. The appointment was recently made by Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan. Mayor Kilger will serve as one of eight municipal representatives on the 15-member board of directors. “It’s another way for the City of Cor- nwall to be involved in matters that are critical to municipalities, including pro- vincial budget matters and property assessment values,” said Mayor Kilger. MPAC is a not-for-profit, public sector Corporation which is responsible for The Journal Next year’s financial house is inorder for English-language schools in Eastern Ontario as the end of the term approaches and summer holidays beckon. During their June sessions, trustees for both theCatholicDistrict School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) and the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) approved balanced budgets for their organizations for the 2012-2013 school term. “The budget is proof that all staff remains dedicated to student success,” stated Brent Laton, CDSBEO chairman, in a press release. “The budget will help to ensure that the 2012-13 year will be as successful as 2011-12.” “This budget will assure that the board’s financial and educational affairs will continue tobewell-managed,” stated Rick Gales, UCDSB business superintendent. “It will also keep us on target for achieving our long-termgoal of a 90-per cent graduation rate within the next four years.” The CDSBEO operations budget for next term will be $164.2 million with a capital works budget of $4.5 million. The new budget also covers all remaining benefits provided in the final months of the current four-year contracts with the board’s unions. Those end on August 31

this year. The CDSBEO has $2.7 million from the Education Ministry to put towards the next phase of its facilities expansion designed to accommodate the provincial government’s full-time kindergarten program. Four elementary schools will see renovation work begin in July 2013 to have them ready for all-day kindergarten classes at the start of September that year. The schools are: St. Gregory in Carleton Place, Holy Cross in Kemptville, St. Anne in Cornwall, and J.L. Jordan in Brockville. The UCDSB has a $368 million budget for the next term. It includes $350 million in operation costs and $18 million for capital works, and also covers remaining benefits and salary increases in union contract agreements. Budget allocations aimed at achieving the 90-per cent graduation rate for the UCDSB include funding for Learning Commons, a new school library model, full-time junior and senior kindergarten programs, renovation work for several existing schools, and summer activities support programs for younger students. The budget also includes support funding for the Building 2020 process to introduce the Grades 7 to 12 format next term at Brockville Collegiate Institute, Thousand Island Secondary, Athens and Almonte District High schools, Carleton Place High, North Grenville District High, and Rockland District High schools. property assessment matters in Ontario. MPAC administers a uniform, province- wide property assessment system based on current value assessment in accordance with the provisions of the Assessment Act. It provides municipalities with a range of services, including the preparation of annual assessment rolls used to calculate property taxes. Municipal enumerations are also conducted by MPAC in order to prepare a Preliminary List of Electors for eachmunicipality and school board during an election year. The MPAC Board of Directors is made up of eight municipal representatives, 5 members representing property taxpayers and 2 provincial representatives. The Fi- nance Minister appoints all Board members.

In 2001, Mr. Fitzpatrick was named ‘Economic Developer of the Year’ by the Ontario East Economic Development Com- mission. Prior to joining the City of Cornwall, Mr. Fitzpatrick worked as a Special Assistant to a Federal Cabinet Minister in Ottawa. Mr. Fitzpatrick’s community involvement has not been restricted to City Hall. Over the yearshehasservedonanumberofcommunity committees. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Lawrence College; is amember of theBoardofDirectors of the St. Joseph Continuing Care Centre and serves as the Chair of the Comprehensive Planning, Finance and Personnel Relations Committee with the SJCCC. Mr. Fitzpatrick has servedwith the City of Cornwall for 28 years and as CAO since 2006. He has a total of 35 years of service in the government sector. His retirement is effective January 31, 2013.

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Paul Fitzpatrick

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In a press release sent to the media on July 28, Mayor Bob Kilger announced that Paul Fitzpatrick, long-standing Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Corporation of the City of Cornwall, will be retiring. Mr. Fitzpatrick formerly led the City’s Economic Development Department for 15 years and also oversaw the City’s Parks &Recreation Department for 5 years prior to accepting the position of CAO. During

Kilger appointed to MPAC board of directors The Journal

The arrival of summer means the return of the famous backyard barbecue staple, the burger. They’re a common sight on most backyard grills, but few – if any – could compare to the ones being offered up at Cornwall’s newest restaurant, Truffles Burger Bar. This is not your father’s burger. Among the more exotic selections of burgers at Truffles, you’ll find alligator, kangaroo, camel and even llama. The unique menu is only one part of the equation. The restaurant itself features a one-of-a-kind décor unlike any Truffles Burger Bar returns to Downtown Cornwall other restaurant in eastern Ontario, and it’s located in a beautifully-restored buil- ding in the heart of Downtown Cornwall. The original restaurant – located at the southeast corner of Pitt and Second Streets – was destroyed by fire in December 2010, just a fewmonths after its official opening. The new restaurant has seating for 105 people and a full bar, and it promises to feature the same type of laid-back atmosphere thatmade the original Truffles a big hit with the public. Truffles Burger Bar will be open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 12 am. For more info, look for Truffles Burger Bar call (613) 933-9112. The Journal

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