Press Release - December 19th, 2016
Town of Bancroft Proudly Provides Continuous Safe Potable Water Supply
The system is carefully controlled and monitored on a continuous basis to prevent any infiltration into the water supply. The annual drinking water report is available on the Town of Bancroft website for public viewing.
Works recently completed on the main water trunk and the upcoming line replacement is being carried out to ensure continued and uninterrupted operations by replacing the infrastructure based on industry standard life expectancy.
Please contact the Town of Bancroft should you have any questions..
For a link to the Annual Reports please click here
Commissioner of Oath-Signatures Fee
As of January 12, 2016, the rates for commissioning documents in our office have risen. The fees for Commissioner of Oath signatures are as follows:
Town of Bancroft Resident $10.00 + HST
Non-Resident $25.00 + HST
The "Commissioners For Taking Affidavits Act" empowers Municipal Clerks and other Officials to take various types of declarations and to administer oaths. Please note we do not have a Notary Public on staff.
All parties required to sign the document must be present and must provide valid photo identification in order to have a document commissioned.
Town staff will first review the document to determine if the document meets their specification. We reserve the right to refuse commissioning services of any document.
If possible, we ask that anyone requiring the services of a Commissioner of Oaths call the office in advance to ensure:
Please share this information within your organization and with clients who intend to visit our office for this service.
CAO's Code of Conduct - Report
That the CAO’s Code of Conduct report be received for information purposes and published on the Town’s website for public information.
A municipality is currently not required to have a Code of Conduct for its Council or its employees. The Council of the Town of Bancroft decided in 2013 that a Code of Conduct was good practise as it helps to ensure that employees, members of Council and members of the public share and understand a common basis of acceptable conduct.
In general, a Code of Conduct “should serve to enhance public confidence that elected representatives and employees operate from a basis of integrity, justice and courtesy.”
Municipal Codes of Conduct vary across municipalities as specific content is determined by each individual Council. There are risks associated with the implementation of a Code of Conduct because it cannot specifically identify every situation that may arise.
A Code of Conduct is an acknowledgement and commitment to all people that the persons for whom it is written will act with integrity, fairness, consistency, impartiality, and respect, and that they will act within the law without any prejudices or biases.
It is intended to encourage the highest standards of ethical behaviour in order to uphold public trust, governance, and the Town’s reputation. It is a living document and is a value-based reference intended to encourage the highest standard of ethical behaviour.
Members of Council are committed to transparent and accountable governance in order to best serve their constituents. The Council of the Town of Bancroft is entrusted with the public’s confidence in making decisions and performing their duties in office.
Rigorous oversight of Member conduct is achieved through existing Statutes and policies such as the Criminal Code of Canada and the Ontario Human Rights Code, as well as the Municipal Act, Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Municipal Elections Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the Town’s Policies, By-laws and Protocols.
There are several components to a Code of Conduct:
It is not the intent of a Code of Conduct for Council that any member of the Council would act independently through their interpretation/opinion and that the independent action(s) has the potential to place other members of Council in a position whereby their integrity is jeopardized in any way.
A member of Council may challenge another member or members if they feel the Code has been breached. Such challenge should be filed with the Clerk and presented to Council as a whole whereby it can be appropriately debated. Questions regarding the clarity of the Code of Conduct should be addressed collectively by all members of Council while in proper public forum.
The filing of records such as gifts, hospitality and benefits received by a member of Council is a Councillor responsibility if so requested by any person and is governed by Statute as it is a record of the Corporation. This does not rely on a Code of Conduct.
The Mayor’s opening of a meeting of Council whereby a moment of silence for personal reflection is provided is generally a time that members can reflect on their declaration of office and Code of Conduct. Council is responsible for providing the highest standards of ethical behaviour to uphold public trust, governance integrity, and the Town’s reputation.
In 2015, the Town of Bancroft’s solicitor reviewed the Town’s Code of Conduct and all applicable Statute regarding matters pertaining to gifts, hospitality and benefits. The Solicitor identified and confirmed interpretation for Council and staff acceptable activities as it applied to this section.
As most small and medium municipalities remain without a Code of Conduct, the Town of Bancroft has taken a leading role and proven their commitment to residents approving a Code of Conduct for its elected members of Council and all employees.
Signatures: CAO/Clerk _______________________________
Please be advised that at a Regular Council meeting held on Sept 8/15 Council has approved the following Resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Bancroft increase the sewer rates by 2% effective September 8, 2015 and a further 2% effective January 1, 2016.