Lots of decisions, and nothing was decided that doesn’t make sense. It was a full agenda, and Council managed to plow through it. Here are the key summary points based on my reading of the meeting minutes which are available at the Town’s website.

Public Meeting

2.1.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/15/2 (6963510 Canada Incorporated) – Louisa Street. One objection was raised and related to the broad nature of the rezoning requested.

2.1.3 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z15/4 (Van Gelder – 48 Bowes Street). The final proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is an application to amend an existing Special Provision 26.67 zone to permit a Business or Professional Office and an accessory dwelling unit. No objections were noted.


5.1 – Mr. Frank Hinde. Re: Three near misses encountered on Great North Road and Bowes Street while trying to cross the street. The issue seems related to people turning right from Great North Road onto Bowes Street before pedestrians, and presumably mobility assisting devices, have cleared the walkway. It was noted that laws in Ontario have changed such that a vehicle may not turn right on red until the pedestrian walkway is clear. Let’s all remember this. 

Resolutions and Directions to Staff

9.2.1 – Olympic Sailing Bid. Resolution. Now therefore be it resolved that Council of the Town of Parry Sound supports Sail Parry Sound’s recommendation for 2024 Olympic sailing to be held in Parry Sound. CARRIED.

9.3.1 – Information Technology – Infrastructure Replacement. Resolution. DEFEATED. Council, rather than purchase the equipment from the identified supplier, has decided to purchase equipment through an open tender process. They also approved the transfer of the current GIS technician to the new position of IT Support Technician, and eliminated the positions of GIS Technician and IT Systems Coordinator.

9.3.2 – POA Write-offs for Under Payments. Resolution. CARRIED.

9.4.1 – Fluoride system upgrades for the Tony Agnello Water Treatment Plant. Resolution. CARRIED.

9.4.5 – Waubeek St. Reconstruction – Expression of Interest. Resolution. CARRIED.

9.5.1 – Regional Marketing Plan. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee (REDAC), Council accept the proposal received from HCA Mindbox in the amount of $60,300 (HST extra), for the development of a Regional Marketing Plan. CARRIED.


10.4.1 – CN Agreement – Isabella Street Grade Crossing. Being a by-law to execute an agreement with Canadian National Railway Company for modifications at the grade crossing of Isabella Street including the installation of flashing lights, gates, bell and constant warning device. CARRIED.

10.4.2 – Funding Agreement – Emily Street. Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario, as represented by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and The Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound. CARRIED.

10.5.2 – NOHFC Funding Agreement: Regional Marketing Plan. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a funding agreement between the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC) and the Town of Parry Sound for the development of a Regional Marketing Plan. CARRIED.

There was more, and you will need to read the meeting minutes at the Town’s website for all of the decisions. The local news sources, Moose-FM and the North/Beacon Star, should have additional information and fill in the details.

Rather than attend the meeting I enjoyed the warm and humid last days of summer to cycle through Town and take some photos. If you attended the meeting, here is one view of what you missed.

Reach for the Top (Parry Sound in Colour)