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The Municipality of Arran-Elderslie is home to the communities of Chesley, Paisley and Tara and the rural townships of Arran and Elderslie.
The Municipality of Arran-Elderslie is home to 6,800 residents who enjoy the natural landscape and rural life. People have found that Arran-Elderslie is a great place to live due to its proximity to major employers as well as the rural lifestyle, small town safety and lower housing prices. Major industries within Arran-Elderslie include agriculture, retail, tourism and construction. Arran-Elderslie is known as a welcoming community that many find to be the perfect place to buy their first home, raise a family, own a business or retire to.
The Municipal Office is located in Chesley. This is where you pay taxes, purchase dog tags, fill out a burn permit, and staff also work here. This is also where the Arran-Elderslie Council has their meetings.
Meet the Arran-Elderslie Municipal Council
Mayor Steve Hammell
Steve Hammel, his wife, and three daughters live on a farm just outside Dobbinton. Their farm life consists of dairy and beef cattle and some cash crops. Steve is in his fourth term on Council, having represented the Arran Ward for two terms before becoming Mayor in 2018. Steve’s goal is to continue to have Arran-Elderslie be a great place to live, work, and play while providing services effectively and efficiently.
The Municipality takes care of a number of facilities, including the community centers in each community, medical clinics, libraries, fire departments and more. The Works Department takes care of the roads, sidewalks and bridges on Municipal roads. The Municipality has about 50 full time staff, working in departments such as finance, clerks, economic development, recreation, public works and building. There are also many part time and seasonal staff who also work for the Municipality. The Municipality also hires students in the summer as lifeguards, day camp instructors, museum attendant and tourism, water assistants and public works students.