As COVID-19 pandemic is evolving quickly and updates are emerging daily, we want to assure our residents that the Township is monitoring new information as it becomes available in order to be able to ensure the health and safety of our residents.
The Township staff prioritize providing up-to-date information on municipal operations on a regular basis. Recognizing some of our organizational limitations related to providing continuous updates of health or provincial updates, we have compiled a list of information and organizations to assist you in finding the latest and most up-to-date information regionally and provincially.
Emergency Operations Centre
Our Fire Chief/CEMC Miles Greer is leading regular meetings of the Emergency Operations Centre to discuss matters related to the outbreak, particularly as they relate to day-to-day municipal operations. This is outlined in our Township Emergency Management Plan. The EOC will now be meeting only at the call of the Chair.
The minutes for the past meetings can be found here:
- March 16th, 2020
- March 23rd, 2020
- March 30th, 2020
- April 6th, 2020
- April 14th, 2020
- April 20th, 2020
- April 28th, 2020
- May 5th, 2020
- May 12th, 2020
- May 19th, 2020
- May 26th, 2020 - meeting rescheduled until next Tuesday
- June 2nd, 2020
- June 9th, 2020 - meeting rescheduled until next Tuesday
- June 16th, 2020
- June 23rd, 2020 - meeting rescheduled until next Tuesday
- June 30th, 2020 - meeting rescheduled until next Tuesday
- July 7th, 2020
- July 28th, 2020
- October 14th, 2020
- Bag Tags: Council Update – September 1st, 2020, Residents will not be required to place garbage tags on all their garbage bags. Residents are limited to three (3) bags of household waste. Tags are needed for any bag number above three (3). Bag tags use will resume starting October 31st, 2020.
- Dog Tags: On March 17, 2020, Council agreed to not increase the fee and will remain $15.00 for the remainder of the year.
- Burn Ban: As of Tuseday, August 4th, 2020, The Montague Fire Department has lifted the partial Burn Ban until further notice. If you do not have a fire permit, please download a permit from our website.
- Large Item Drop Off Day: The spring large item drop off day was to be held on April 25, 2020. The Township has postponed this day until further notice.
- Property Taxes: Council Update – September 1st, 2020 – Interest Deferral
The Council of the Township of Montague has deferred the accrual of interest on unpaid taxes until October 31st, 2020, as a temporary measure due to COVID-19. This means that if you have difficulty making your tax payments, you will not accrue additional charges if you miss the payment deadline of June 30th, 2020 or August 31st, 2020.
- Building Permits: We would like to remind all builders, contractors and residents in the Township that our building staff are available for inquiries and for permit applications. We are also available for zoning inquiries. The Township of Montague will continue to review plans and issue permits, where appropriate.
SPARK Ontario - Call to Action to Mobilize Volunteers and Help Support Ontarians Impacted by COVID-19
The following links and resources are provided for your information for you to access different types of support.
|Lanark County Mental Health||Lanark County Mental Health is a community based mental health service responding to Lanark County adults and transitional aged youth (17 yrs and over) who experience mental health concerns.||Carleton Place – 613-257-5915
Smiths Falls – 613-283-2170
|Distress Centre of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville||The Distress Centre provides immediate telephone intervention and referral to anyone experiencing crisis from a mental health perspective within the tri-county area of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville. The need could result from a distress or crisis situation, or it could be the result of not knowing where to go to obtain specific services. Caring confidential volunteers are available to listen, be non-judgmental, provide information and referral and assist in helping people to problem-solve.||After hours
|Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth – Under 17||Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth is the accredited child and youth mental health centre delivering service throughout Lanark County. Their staff members are highly trained professionals in the fields of family therapy, child and youth counselling and early childhood education.||Carleton Place 613-257-8260
Smiths Falls 613-283-8260
Toll Free 1-877-232-8260
|Lanark County Interval House Crisis Line available 24/7||Lanark County Interval House and Community Support offers emergency and on-going programs to women and children living in or escaping from domestic violence.||1-800-267-7946. If it is an emergency call 9-1-1|
|Carebridge Community Support||Seniors Assistance
Meals on Wheels, etc
|Community Home Support Lanark County||CHSLC is a volunteer based agency for seniors, adults with physical disabilities and persons requiring hospice pallative care services.||613-267-6400|
Ontario 211 is a free helpline that connects you to community and social services in your area 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in over 150 languages
|Dial 211 on your phone|
Are town buildings currently open to the public?
The Township of Montague is taking proactive measures to curb possible transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As such,the Township office is now open for drop in services such as tax payments, water payments, garbage tag pickup or purchase and building permit drop off and pick up. We are accepting cash, debit and cheque as payment forms. As per Health Unit guidelines, a face covering is required while inside the building.
How can I access township services if buildings are closed?
Staff continue to be available to assist residents and business. We can be reached by phone or email. A staff directory is available on our website. If you need assistance in finding the right employee for your question, please call the office at 613-283-7478.
Will Garbage and recycling continue to be picked up?
We are committed to the continued delivery of township services. Waste and recycling collection will continue as usual.
Will the Township still be conducting building inspections?
Our fire department and building services staff will temporarily suspend building inspections in occupied spaces. Inspections of unoccupied spaces (such as new construction) and outdoor facilities will continue as usual. Inspections for burning permits will be determined on a case by case basis.
How do I pay a pay a bill?
Any payments to the Township of Montague can be made using the mailbox at the front door of the office. Property taxes and water bills can be paid online. Local Banks can receive water bill and property tax payments.
Will Council meetings continue? Can the public attend?
The Council meetings and Committee of the Whole meetings are proceeding as planned to ensure time sensitive matters move forward, however, Council members will participate from their homes using Zoom video conferencing. Residents and media will be able to watch the proceedings of Council via YouTube. The link will be provided when the agendas are distributed. Other committee meetings have been suspended until further notice.
Can I still use outdoor parks and pathways in the Town of Smiths Falls?
As per a directive from the Government of Ontario, the Town of Smiths Falls has closed all outdoor recreation equipment, including slides, play structures, outdoor exercise equipment, sports fields, the off-leash dog park, skateboard park, Senators/Gerry Lowe rink, bocce ball courts, beaches and tennis/pickleball courts.
Walking, jogging or biking along pathways, trails and sidewalks is permitted, but residents must respect physical/social distancing by keeping a two-metre distance from others.
We need groceries and other essential items, what is open?
Local Grocery Stores that remain open are below. Special measures have been implemented to protect employees as well as customers. Please practice social distancing and stay 6 feet away from employees and fellow shoppers. Many are offering delivery services and parking lot pick-ups. If you are sick or have just returned from outside of Canada, do not shop. Please have someone pick-up your groceries and drop them off or have them delivered through one of the local grocers. The grocery stores that serve our community are:
- Andress' Independent Grocer: 25 Ferrara Drive, Smiths Falls (613) 283-2999. Store is open for shopping. Online pick-up orders can be placed through the https://www.yourindependentgrocer.ca/
- Walmart: 114 Lombard Street, Smiths Falls (613) 284-0838. Store is open for shopping. Online pick up orders can be placed through the https://www.walmart.ca/en/grocery/N-117
- Food Basics: 275 Brockville St, Smiths Falls. Store is open for shopping.
- Garden Market:115 William St. W, Smiths Falls. Store is open for shopping. Pick-up orders available. Please call the store at 613-283-4821 to place your order and schedule a pick-up time.
COVID-19 Media Releases
COVID-19 - REEVE’S 4TH ADDRESS
I would like to provide the following updates to the situation in the Township of Montague related to COVID-19. We as a Township continue to work hard to manage this crisis along with providing essential work and services to the public. Again, we thank all of the essential workers who…Written on Wednesday, 27 May 2020 13:55
COVID-19 - REEVE’S 3RD ADDRESS
Please watch the Reeve's 3rd Address on our YouTube page Here is the link. To read the Reeve's 3rd Address please click hereWritten on Thursday, 16 April 2020 15:06
COVID-19 - REEVE’S 2ND ADDRESS
Please watch the Reeve's 2nd Address on our YouTube page Here is the link.Written on Tuesday, 07 April 2020 11:23
COVID-19 - REEVE’S ADDRESS
As COVID-19 pandemic is evolving quickly and updates are emerging daily, we want to assure our residents that the Township is monitoring new information as it becomes available in order to be able to ensure the health and safety of our residents and staff. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Township…Written on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 16:35
COVID-19 UPDATE FROM COUNCIL
The following is a list of meeting cancellations and information about COVID-19. Recreation Meeting on March 31 is cancelled Council and Committee of the Whole on April 7 is cancelled Dog Tags will remain $15 for the rest of the year. Ontario 211 Services 1-877-330-3213 For more information about COVID-19…Written on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 15:35
Meeting of the Emergency Operations Centre
This morning, a meeting of the Emergency Operations Centre was held to assess the evolving COVID-19 situation. The Provincial and Local Health Authorities are taking significant steps to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus including recommendations to limit the spread through communities. The EOC made the proactive decision to…Written on Monday, 16 March 2020 15:37
Guidance and Protocols for Slowing the Spread of COVID-19
The Township of Montague and the Emergency Management Team continues to work closely with the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit and community partners to monitor the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) and respond appropriately. Residents are encouraged to follow the guidance and protocols of our local experts in Public Health.…Written on Friday, 13 March 2020 15:39
Bill Payment and COVID-19
In light of recent announcements and events, the Township would like to note that we are happy to assist you with online payments or payments by cheques for municipal services. Give us a call and reduce your risk of exposure. There is a mailbox outside the front door for drop…Written on Friday, 13 March 2020 15:38
Municipal Offices Now Closed to the Public
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Township of Montague will continue to provide essential services for the time being, including fire and emergency services, essential road maintenance, regular curbside pickup throughout the Township, bylaw enforcement, building/planning inquiries and certain building permit applications. The Township of Montague is closed to visitors. Please…Written on Friday, 13 March 2020 09:00