Champlain Township council held its monthly meeting on April 11. Here are some of the highlights.

Crime down in first months of 2017

Council received a report on crime in the township from the OPP. Crime in Champlain Township was slightly lower in January and February of 2017 compared with the same months in 2016. There were six violent crimes reported. Two were assaults and four were “other crimes against a person.” There have been no murders, attempted murders, robberies or reported sexual assaults in the Township so far in 2017, while last year January and February saw one sexual assault and seven violent crimes overall. There have been 16 incidents of property crime so far in 2017, slightly down from 18 last year. These include eight incidents of theft, all but one under $5,000, one of fraud, three of mischief, and four of break-and-enter. So far in 2017, the OPP have charged one person in Champlain Township with drug possession and one with drug trafficking. At this point in 2016, three people had been charged with drug possession in the municipality.

Company hired for next election

Champlain Township plans to hire Intelivote Systems Inc. for the next municipal election. The company will administer phone and internet voting for the 2018 election. A staff report said four companies made proposals; one didn’t meet the criteria and was eliminated. The proposals were ranked, and Intelivote ranked highest – it was also the cheapest of the applicants. The estimated cost of the 2018 election will be $1.35 per elector. The overall cost, including Voter Instruction Letters, should be between $22,200 and $24,800. Champlain Township has $40,000 set aside in a reserve for the cost of the election. The municipality used another company, Scytl, for the 2014 elections. The staff report says Intelivote administered 50 election “events” in 2014 in Ontario.

New ice condenser needed

The community centre in Vankleek Hill needs a new ice condenser. A report by Recreation Director Lisa Burroughs says the condenser is one of five parts of the ice plant, and every other part, including a pump, a chiller, and compressors, has been replaced in the past five years. The cost of a new condenser, $72,750, wasn’t in the budget, but the report says the new condenser could use less water and electricity.

Stories and computers popular at library

A report from the Champlain Township library said in February of 2017, compared with February 2016, computer users at the library doubled (227 up from 113) as did Story Time participants (107, up from 51). Adult programming and searches on also saw big increases, while rentals of DVDs and young adult fiction decreased compared with last February.