Casselman’s main street will be smoother soon.  Paving work is going ahead to resurface Principale Street, south from the railway tracks and the intersection with St. Isidore Road south to Highway 417.  That stretch of road is also the route of County Road 7 and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell is covering 25 per cent of the paving cost.

Principale Street in Casselman is also being repaved from the St-Isidore Road and railway track intersection north to the South Nation River bridge.  Mayor Conrad Lamadeleine said the village is paying for the entire cost of the paving for the part where $3.8 million in major sewer construction work was recently completed.  That section of road is also the route of County Road 3, and 500 feet of it closest to the bridge is under county jurisdiction.  The mayor said that section is in rough condition and the village council wanted it paved as well.  He raised the issue at the June 27 United Counties of Prescott-Russell counties council meeting and he said there was at first some apprehension about covering the unbudgeted expense.  However, county councillors did approve the measure.  Lamadeleine said it made sense to have the entire road paved while the paving contractor was on site.

Casselman village council has also adopted by-law changes to municipal tax rates and charges.  The property tax rate increase is two per cent for 2018.  Policing costs will also increase by two per cent, meaning the average policing cost for a residential property will be $273.15.   A four per cent increase has also been approved for the fees each property owner pays on their tax bill for garbage and recyclable collection.

Development charges in Casselman are also going up by four per cent.  Those are the fees paid by property owners when a new project is built to receive municipal services like roads, watermains, and sewers.  A flat rate is paid for residential properties and a per square foot rate is paid for non-residential developments.

“If we don’t do this, we would have a problem in a few years,” said Mayor Lamadeleine.  Casselman is a fast-growing community, something the mayor said is because of its location beside Highway 417.  The village is 56 kilometres from Ottawa by road and has twice-daily VIA rail service to both Ottawa and Montreal.  Lamadeleine said the village has collected over $2.5 million in building permits and development charges during the past four years and he estimated the amount will end up exceeding $3 million for 2018.

For the second time in a month while speaking with The Review, the mayor hinted that a bigger development is in the works for Casselman, but he said it was too soon to discuss it in detail.  As he indicated previously, Lamadeleine said the plan could mean a significant improvement to local health services and further information will likely be available in August.  As for other developments in Casselman, the mayor highlighted the new St. Hubert restaurant that is being built next to the Tim Horton’s by Highway 417 and said it will likely open in September.