The minutes only came out yesterday. There really isn’t much to note. I suggest you take a quick scan of the abridged minutes below.

Abridged Minutes

Questions of Staff
3.2.1 –
In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry regarding Town response to contractors/residents who leave snow on sidewalks after plowing driveways, Director of Public Works Mike Kearns responded that it is the owner’s responsibility to keep the area clear. Many are aware and do keep it clear and assist with clearing areas around hydrants, etc. If the area is not clear and the Town has been made aware of it, the Townmakes the sidewalk passable, and discusses with the property owner so it doesn’t happen again. With respect to enforcement, Mr. Kearns suggested that the by-law dealing with obstructions would ultimately deal with this.

3.2.2 – Mr. Kearns confirmed in response to questions and comments from Councillors Keith and Backman that staff would utilize communication channels available to get information to the public in timely ways regarding the obligation to keep sidewalks clear from personal plowed snow.

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry regarding a recent fire on Albert Street, Director of Development and Protective Services/Fire Chief Dave Thompson reported that there was a full structure residential fire on Albert Street last Friday, Feb. 26th at 10:20 AM. Because Fire Prevention Officer John Tuck, EMS attendant Olivia (Ostrom) Perry and nearby resident Steve Molyneaux were able to get to the scene so quickly, they were able to save the lives of the occupants. Chief Thompson confirmed that each of the three would be recognized with appreciation/commendation.

3.2.4 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry regarding the potential of providing recycling/waste receptacles to deal with garbage by the boat launch at the Salt Dock, Mr. Kearns responded that although this is not part of normal winter activities, installation here can be considered. Mr. Kearns suggested an alternate message is to advocate that people pack out what they pack in. Councillor Keith requested that if receptacles are installed, that some analysis be undertaken of staff time required for maintenance, including snow clearing, to help determine appropriateness of installation there.


5.1 – Anne Haines, Former Account Manager, Muskoka Parry Sound, MPAC.
2020 Municipal Partnership Report.
From a prepared slide presentation, Ms. Haines reported on the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation’s (MPAC’s) 2020 Municipal Partnerships, including how MPAC shifted priorities and transformed information sharing during COVID’s restrictions, MPAC’s role in the building permit process, ongoing information and training provided by MPAC, as well as confirming that property values used by MPAC continue to be based on the market at January 1, 2016 with is the current valuation date.

5.2 – Christy Cafovski, Executive Director, Gail Burrows, President, Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber of Commerce Year in Review; New Strategic Plan.
Ms. Cafovski shared a prepared video with messages from Gail Burrows and herself, reviewing activities from last year, and the Chamber’s current Strategic Plan focusing on membership, networking, how educational opportunities can help businesses, benefits of going virtual, marketing businesses in the area and generally focusing on providing value for membership.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Budget Overview.

Ms. Phillips provided an overview of the budget from a prepared power point presentation, covering such topics as the managerial planning and review that goes on before Council’s deliberations, the fiscal policy framework, continuous improvement, benchmarking, external transfers, COVID-19 pandemic fiscal challenges, operating budget impacts, capital budget impacts, and the schedule of upcoming budget review meetings.

9.2.1 – Municipal Modernization Program
Intake 1 – Technology Review Final Report Municipal Modernization Program
Intake 2 – Introduction.
THAT Council receive the attached Report on Municipal Modernization Program – Intake 1 – Technology Review Final Report; and
THAT Council authorize staff to submit an Expression of Interest for a GIS Maturity Assessment under the Municipal Modernization Program – Intake 2.

9.2.2 – Modernization Review – Allocation of Funding.
Whereas the Town of Parry Sound received Municipal Modernization Funding from the Province of Ontario in 2019;
Whereas Council placed uncommitted Modernization Funding into a Modernization Reserve in March 2020;
Whereas the purpose of the Reserve is to fund projects that create efficiencies, lower and/or avoid future costs;
Whereas the effective use of technology represents a significant opportunity for creating efficiencies;
Whereas the Town initiated a Technology Review in 2020 under Intake 1, to identify opportunities for internal efficiencies using technology including infrastructure, business processes and systems;
Whereas the Review, completed under Intake 1 identified several important corporate projects;
Whereas the Town wishes to apply for Provincial funding under Intake 2;
Whereas one of the eligibility requirements for Intake 2 is that the municipality confirm that it has spent or allocated the Modernization Funding received in 2019;
Now Therefore be it Resolved That the uncommitted funds in the Modernization Reserve, $595,414.47 be allocated to initiatives identified in the Technology Review including a small contingency; and
Further That staff report back to Council for budget approvals should there be a need to reallocate funds as additional information becomes available, such as: changes in project scope; a need to change priorities; new priorities; etc.

9.3.1 – Regional Fire Training Centre in the Parry Sound Area.

That the Council for the Town of Parry Sound support the submission of a formal request to the Office of the Fire Marshall to consider Parry Sound to be a Regional Training Centre

9.3.2 – Respond to request to stop-up-and close a portion of Macklaim Drive and Dennis Drive by Macazer Holding Corp.

That Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound deny the request from Macazer Holding Corporation to stop-up-and-close a portion of Macklaim Drive and Dennis Drive road allowance.

9.5.1 – Letter of Support for NNDSB Grant Application for Bike Purchases.

THAT Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound approves submission of the letter attached as Schedule A to the Near North District School Board in support of its application to the Ontario Active School Travel Fund to purchase a fleet of bikes for the purpose of training students in Grades 7 and 8 on safe cycling.

9.5.2 – (No Title Provided)

Whereas community outreach and communication are critical to gaining community support for healthcare directives;
Whereas the Council for the Town of Parry Sound passed two (2) Resolutions on February 16, 2021: 1) Requesting greater community outreach and communication; and 2) Requesting the segregation of Covid related data between the East and West portions of the District of Parry Sound;
Whereas the Resolutions were endorsed by several West Parry Sound municipalities;
Whereas the Town of Parry Sound has not received a response or acknowledgement of either Resolution from the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit;
Whereas municipalities fund a significant portion of the District Health Unit’s budget;
Whereas a lack of communication represents a missed opportunity to advocate a common message with a common voice;
Whereas collaboration and partnerships can create a united voice on critical issues, such as the advocacy of additional vaccines for the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit Medical Officer of Health be requested to establish a bi-weekly information exchange meeting with the Mayors of the West Parry Sound District; and
THAT this Resolution be forwarded to the Chair & Board of the North Bay Parry Sound District Public Health Unit, municipalities of West Parry Sound, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams, Minister of Health Honourable Christine Elliott, Premier Doug Ford, Norm Miller – MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka and the Honourable Victor Fedeli – MPP Nipissing; and
That a press release be issued on behalf of the Town and those West Parry Sound municipalities in support of the Resolution.

10.1.1 – Tax Policies – Capping and New to Class/New Construction.

By-Law 2021 – 7108
Being a bylaw to specify Tax Policies, including the claw back percentage, the capping threshold parameters, the minimum tax level for new-to-class / new construction and to exclude certain properties from the capping program for the year 2021.
Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.1.2 – Tax Ratios for 2021.
By-Law 2021 – 7109
Being a by-law to set Tax Ratios for Municipal purposes for the year 2021.
Passed, Signed and Sealed.