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&/#3&'r#3*&'4 AUDIT SURPLUS The pandemic has resulted in a large potential budget surplus for the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB). Trustees reviewed and approved the 2019-2020 draft audited financial statements during their November 11 session. The report noted lower-than- planned expenses for the 2019-2020 school year due to school closures because of the pandemic. This resulted in a potential $6.9 million surplus that will help the UCDSB deal with any financial issues during the 2020-2021 year. – Gregg Chamberlain FLOODPLAIN STUDY The United Counties of Prescott-Russell will look at allocating $50,000 in its 2021 budget to purchase technical information to help with a funding application, in partnership with Eastern Ontario Conservation, to the National Disaster Mitigation Program. The appli- cation is for floodplain studies. Past stu- dies have benefited Clarence-Rockland, Russell Township, and The Nation Municipality. – Gregg Chamberlain WEBCAMS FOR COUNCIL Hawkesbury council approved a recom- mendation to purchase a number of webcams for use by council for council sessions during the pandemic and for use in future when in-person sessions resume and some council members or staff are unable to attend for various reasons. – Gregg Chamberlain



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Une personne est décédée à la suite d’un accident à Plantagenet 18 novembre. — archives

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