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Orléans upgraded to four-lane status. “Alfred College is also important to me,” he said, referring to the future for the regio- nal agricultural college. Desjardins expressed concern about the future of Ontario’s position in agricultural science research and development. He noted what he considers a disturbing trend towards closure of smaller regional agricultural col- leges, including the Kemptville campus of the University of Guelph. “Which was where I graduated from,” he said, adding that each closure of a re- gional agricultural college campus means fewer places for both training in agricultural sciences and research and development on agricultural issues which are critical for Ontario. “We have to do something.” Desjardins also wants to work further on infrastructure needs for the counties and its member municipalities. Earlier this year he and other mayors on UCPR council voted on a permanent annual allocation of infrastruc- ture funds for each of the eight municipali- ties in Prescott-Russell. Desjardins plans to seek out other ways to help Prescott-Russell

communities with their infrastructure prio- rities. “We’re always in need of that,” he said. The position of warden for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) alter- nates each year between a mayor from the Prescott Countymunicipalities and amayor from the Russell County municipalities. Mayors François St-Amour of The Nation Municipality and Conrad Lamadeleine of the Village of Casselman each have more years in office as mayor and also have served as past wardens from Russell County. But they both supportedDesjardins’ nomination even though he is a first-time mayor. “It was Clarence-Rockland’s turn again,” said St-Amour during a separate interview, adding that occupying the warden’s chair is a good experience for a rookie mayor. “You really get to know what the counties do.” Desjardins said that their support along with the rest of his fellow mayors for his nomination to the post, even though he is a rookie mayor, also shows support for Clarence-Rockland as an important part of the UCPR. “It shows that the counties do care for us.” The final version of the 2016 UCRP bud- get features a $96.7 million operations and capital works budget. Included in that figure is themunicipal levy of $38.57million, which comes from property taxes collected from all of the eight member municipalities.This represents an increase of $368,250 over the 2015 municipal levy for the counties. For the average residential property owner, the 2016 budget andmunicipal levy for the counties will mean an increase of $4.03 for every $100,000 assessed value on the UCPR portion of the residential pro- perty tax bill. The 2015 property tax for the counties was $413.75 for every $100,000 of assessed value. The 2015 UCPR residential property tax will be $417.78 per $100,000 assessed value. The actual property tax bill from the counties for each homeowner will depend on whether or not the Municipal Property Assessment Corp. (MPAC), which evaluates property for the provincial financeministry, determines if a particular parcel of land has gone up in value, declined in value or stayed the same. Changes in property value depend on factors like land or building improve- ments, location in the real estate market, and other criteria. The same applies to commercial, industrial, agricultural, and undeveloped properties. Counties council will approve the final property tax rates for all classes of land hol- dings in Prescott-Russell next spring.


Guy Desjardins will have a very busy se- cond year during his term as a first-time mayor. Starting in January he will be both themayor of the City of Clarence-Rockland and also the warden of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell. Desjardins takes his new oath of office Dec. 16 during a short evening inaugural ceremony, with the main items of business being his own confirmation and taking over the chair from outgoing warden, Mayor Robert Kirby of East Hawkesbury, and also review and approval of the various com- mittee positions for his fellow mayors on counties council. But he has a few priorities in mind already when he takes full charge of the counties council next year. “The 17 is number one,” Desjardins said,

After a year of getting used to holding the reins guiding the City of Clarence- Rockland’s affairs, Mayor Guy Desjardins has earned the confidence of his fellow mayors and their support for his nomination as next year’s warden for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell. citing both the municipality’s and UCPR’s ongoing efforts to have the County Road 17-Highway 174 link between Rockland and

Counties council signs off on 2016 budget «I’mvery happy,» said Lepage-Gareau at the end of the Nov. 25 session of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell council (UCPR). «It’s time for something else now. Especially for my family and for myself.»

Louise Lepage-Gareau can take her leave as financial director and treasurer for the counties with her mind at ease. Her last budget plan for Prescott-Russell received approval from the counties council.

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Outside the Très-Ste-Trinité church in Rockland, it was a cold and blustery Sunday afternoon for the end of November. But inside was warm with Yuletide cheer as members of the Chœur duMoulin choral group presented their annual Christmas concert, in partnership with the OttawaWind Ensemble.The two groups presented a selection of traditional and secular pieces for the delight of a full-house audience.

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