The Township of South Frontenac was recognized for its innovative approach to helping residents upgrade private lanes to improve access for emergency vehicles and public safety.
The Peter J. Marshall Innovation Award Jury presented a Certificate of Merit to the Township of South Frontenac at the 2020 Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference, held online, according to a media release dated Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.
Residents of South Frontenac are provided with a 50 per cent subsidy, to a maximum of $7,000, to upgrade private laneways. This subsidy was established in 2007, and is unique in Ontario in that it goes beyond simple maintenance to address capital improvements, the AMO expressed..
The program demonstrates many of the P.J. Marshall Award’s criteria: innovation, tangible benefits to the community, improved efficiency, and the ability for other municipal governments to use the project’s concept.
“As more of our traditional cottages convert to year-round homes, there has been more and more pressure to deliver municipal emergency services in areas with tough access,” South Frontenac Mayor Ron Vandewal said in a statement. “Over 13 years, this program has increased emergency vehicle access to thousands of homes. It has also improved our local infrastructure, strengthened our relationship with residents and increased local property values.”
The P.J. Marshall Award is sponsored by AMO, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks & Treasurers of Ontario, the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships, the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association, and the Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association. The award acknowledges municipalities who have had creativity and success in implementing new, innovative ways of serving the public.
“By being proactive and innovative, South Frontenac has enhanced its community across a number of fronts,” said Brian Rosborough, AMO Executive Director. “The P.J. Marshall award is all about creating win-win-win situations and this program certainly does that.”
Along with the Township of South Frontenac’s award, the City of Markham was given the Plaque Award for its community hub partnership project. The Region of York was also awarded a Certificate of Merit for developing a customized online platform to manage development applications.
The AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.