Council Agenda Preview – November 19, 2019

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I thought this was going to be a “nothing burger” agenda package until I took a look at the attachments. Item 9.3.2 provides an overview, with architectural drawings of what is now referred to as the “West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre”, 49,000 square feet and $32 million. The funding request submitted to upper tier government is for $23.5 million leaving the seven municipalities and two First Nation communities on the hook for $8.5 million. While I would normally suggest you go to the Town’s website to download the full agenda package I have clipped the proposal portion of the agenda package and made it available through this link.

Beyond that the agenda is a nothing burger. No, wait, there is Item 10.2.2, Lighthouse Official Plan Amendment (OPA) and Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA). This includes the report from outside consultants regarding the proposed condominium development on Salt Dock Road. Once again, I have clipped the appropriate section from the agenda and made it available through this link. (It’s 226 pages in length.)

I will not present my opinions on either of the two items, but I will note that if the West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre is in fact funded and developed it will fundamentally transform the Town of Parry Sound and the surrounding communities. On both items I plan to keep my opinions to myself. There are enough opinions out there already. I will focus on the numbers and the implications that are not so obvious.

Closed Session

c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purpose, (property matter)

e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (update on litigation of cases with the Town)

f) the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, (update on litigation of cases with the Town)

j) educating or training council members and no member shall discuss or deal with any matter in a way that materially advances the business of the Council (municipal finances)

Correspondence

4.1 – District of Parry Sound Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee. Request that the Municipal office flags be lowered to 1/2 mast on December 6, 2019 to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and specifically to remember the lives lost on December 6th, 1989 of 14 young university students at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal.

4.2 – Climate Action Parry Sound. They are a grassroots organization of concerned citizens committed to limiting and mitigating the effects of human-caused global warming introducing their group to Council.

Deputations

5.1 – Glenda Clayton and Monica Moore, Parry Sound Area Food Collaborative. Community Oven.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.3.1 – BOCC Championship Banner Display Policy. Resolution. That Council approve the Bobby Orr Community Centre Championship Banner Display Policy as attached as Schedule A.

9.3.2 – West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre (Wellness Centre and Pool Complex). Direction. That the update report on the West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre (Wellness Centre and Pool Complex) be received for information purposes.

9.3.3 – Parry Sound Wastewater Treatment Plant Inspection Report. Resolution. That the report on the September 4, 2019 Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) Parry Sound Wastewater Treatment Plant Inspection Report be received for information purposes.

9.3.4 – Municipal Modernization Program, Expression of Interest. Report to follow.

By-laws

10.1.1 – Curbside Waste & Recycling Collection Contract Extension. By-law 2019 – 6994. Being a bylaw to amend bylaw 2011-6048 and bylaw 2019-6890, to authorize the execution of an extension of the existing curbside waste and recycling collection contract with Waste Connections of Canada Inc. for one year, ending December 31, 2020.

10.2.1 – Municipal Office and Firehall Custodial 2020 and 202. By-law 2019 – 6984. That Council authorizes the execution of a contract with Bernie Filiatrault’s Janitorial for Custodial services of the Municipal Office and Council Chambers set-up.
By-law 2019 – 6985. That Council authorizes the execution of a contract with Bernie Filiatrault’s Janitorial for Custodial services at the Firehall Complex.

10.2.2 – Lighthouse Official Plan Amendment (OPA) and Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA). Spokesperson: Jamie Robinson, MHBC Planning, Urban Design & Landscape Architecture.
By-law 2019 – 6991. Being a By-law to Adopt Official Plan Amendment No. 2 – Part of Block Q of Plan 123 and a portion of Part 7 of 42R129.
By-law 2019 – 6992. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Part of Block Q of Plan 123 and a portion of Part 7 of 42R129.

10.3.1 – Parry Sound Area Founders Circle Agreement. By-law 2019 – 6993. Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement with the Parry Sound Area Founders Circle to support business innovation and new business’s ideas.

10.4.1 – Debenture issue for completed 2018 and 2019 Capital Works.
By-law 2019 – 6989. A By-law of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound to Authorize the Borrowing Upon Amortizing Debentures in the Principal Amount of $727,779.50 Towards the Cost of the Stockey Centre Roof/Hardy Board Siding.
By-law 2019 – 6990. A By-law of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound to Authorize the Borrowing Upon Amortizing Debentures in the Principal Amount of $860,435.56 Towards the Cost of the Bobby Orr Community Centre Ice Pad Replacement

 

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – November 5, 2019

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Council approved a couple of items related to the Wellness/Pool complex that moves the process forward. Beyond that there was nothing discussed or agreed that caught my interest.

Closed Session

  1. c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purpose, (property matter)
  2. e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board (French Public School Board; Tax-Exempt properties);
  3. f) the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose (French Public School Board)

1.4 Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof1.4.1 – Councillor Horne declared Pecuniary Interest on item 10.2.1 regarding the Fire Dispatch Service Agreement with the West Parry Sound Health Centre (WPSHC) as his spouse is the Chief Operating Officer of the WPSHC. Councillor Horne left the room, did not participate in discussion nor vote on the item.

Questions of Staff

3.2.1 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry regarding the presence of lead in drinking water, Director of Public Works Peter Brown responded that Town of Parry Sound staff are mandated and do sampling for lead all through Parry Sound, and have received relief from doing a number of samples because all lead samples have come back extremely low. Mr. Brown noted that the majority of lead samples in municipalities that do exist, including within Parry Sound, are in people’s plumbing not in the municipal pipe system.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry with respect to the projected completion date of the Waubeek Street project, Mr. Brown noted that the bad weather is having a negative impact, however the contractors are working hard to compete it and the watermain work at the top of Waubeek Street near the intersection with Belvedere should start on Thursday and Melvin Street should be done by tomorrow. Mr. Brown reported that he hopes that at least one lift of asphalt will be laid before winter.

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry as to whether the watermain work at Belvedere might necessitate blocking off traffic for which notice should be given, Mr. Brown reported that he did not anticipate full closure of the street, and that vehicles would have access through at least one lane.

Correspondence
4.1 –
Dan Madigan, Elizabeth Court. Request for “no parking anytime” signs related to cars parked on Elizabeth Court. Referred to By-law Enforcement Officer and Public Works Director with signs erected and by-law enforcement monitoring being carried out.

4.3 – Gurneth Hoddy, President Parry Sound Seniors Club 1269. Request for $5,000 funding for 2020. Circulated to Mayor & Council and to the Director of Finance for budget 2020 consideration with an acknowledgment letter sent.

4.4 – Don Cowan, William Street. Request for 4-way stop at James-William Street. Circulated to Mayor & Council and Director of Public Works. Based on a previous similar request, the Director of Public Works has included for consideration in the 2020 budget an amount for a complete engineering review of the intersection.

4.5 – Stephanie Allman, Enbridge Gas. Notice of Hearing for 2020 Rate increase application. Circulated to Mayor & Council and filed.

4.6 – Guy Bourgouin, MPP Mushkegowuk – James Bay. Requesting support for Bill 125 re: Making Northern Ontario Highways Safer Act. Circulated to Mayor & Council and filed.

4.7 – LCBO Convenience Outlets Program. Accepting proposals up to November 20th from retailers to be a LCBO Convenience location. Circulated to Mayor & Council and filed.

Deputations
5.1 –
Joanna Han, Co-chair of the Parry Sound Drug Strategy and Community Health Promoter for the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. Regarding Community Sharps Bins
Ms. Han addressed Council from a prepared power point presentation on the value of Community Sharps Bins to help keep communities safe. Ms. Han advocated a non- judgemental, non-coercive and client centred “harm reduction” philosophy to substance use, that on the basis of evidence, reduces the impact on individual user and society. Ms. Han said that a harm reduction approach does not encourage or increase substance use; harm reduction programs help reduce infectious diseases, overdoses and deaths, injection substance use in public places, number of used needles in public, sharing of needles and other substance use equipment, and crime; and that harm reduction programs help increase employment among people who use substances, outreach and education and referrals to programs and services.
Ms. Han cited needle exchange stats for Parry Sound branch of the Health Unit with 80,194 needles out, 61,283 needles returned, resulting in almost 19,000 missing, giving rise to a safety risk to people. The presence of an easily accessible 24/7 Community Sharps Bin where needles can be dropped off, improves community safety, protects children, reduces health care costs and reduces the stigma.
With respect to the location, feedback has been collected by people locally who use needles, with 3 top locations in town selected. The next step is to have a focus group composed of members with lived substance-use experience select the recommended location(s). With Town inspection and approval, the site is prepared and bin installed. Accompanying installation of the bin, will be a community sharps education and communication plan.
Ms. Han provided a summary of tasks and associated costs breakdown for the Health Unit/CMHA and Town partners, with ongoing maintenance costs from $0 to $2,500 annually; and sharps disposal costs of $1,500 to $7,700 annually dependent upon who takes responsibility.
The following motion was made:
That Town staff be directed to work together with the Health Unit to bring a Community Sharps Bin program forward to 2020 budget and establish guidelines. Carried
In response to Councillor inquiries, Ms. Han reported that the usual location for a Community Sharps Bin is in a discreet but central location. With respect to the number of needles that have been issued but not returned, Ms. Han responded that the Health Unit is not sure where they all are, and that one possibility is that some are being held and accumulated to be returned all at once.

5.2 – Daniel Collings. Regarding Second Harvest/Food Rescue
Daniel Collings addressed Council from a prepared power point presentation on Food Rescue, with more information on the program at http://www.foodrescue.ca. Mr. Collings provided some statistics on surplus food, noting that 35.5 million metric tonnes of food is wasted in Canada annually which costs $100 billion with respect to associated water, electricity, labour and transportation to deal with it. Food in landfill creates methane gas, a leading cause of climate change.
Mr. Collings reported that a study conducted by Secord Harvest and Value Chain Management International found that 58% of all food produced is lost or wasted and of that 32% could have been rescued to support communities across Canada. Put another way, Mr. Collings noted that the annual avoidable food loss is enough to feed every Canadian for 5 months.
With respect to food insecurity, Mr. Collings noted that 13% of Canadians; i.e. 4 million, with 1.15 being children have inadequate access to healthy, affordable food, with income as the cause of food insecurity.
Mr. Collings provided more detail on Second Harvest which operates the Food Rescue program, noting that it is Canada’s largest food rescue organization, in operation for over 30 years, and has developed FoodResue.ca as a solution to expand their model, using a website to directly connect food business to non-profit organizations, resulting in greater capacity for food rescue and distribution.
Mr. Collings provided information on registering on-line to donate or rescue food, and information on the tracking features of the program, including amount and value of food donated and rescued, and greenhouse gases averted. Mr. Collings provided an example of the on-line process from start to finish of registering to donate food, with specification provided on the category and care of the food, approximate weight, location of donor site, and preferred pick-up time, through to the information received by the potential food rescuer (eligibility criteria being any charity or not-for-profit organization) and commitment to pick-up, thereby taking it out of the marketplace.
Mr. Collings noted that the Food Rescue program is a partner of the Climate Protection Program of which the Town is a member, and that greenhouse gases reduced as a result of food averted from landfill could be used for the targets and strategies for reduction in 2020.
Mr. Collings noted that statistically, 1 in 8 families in Canada struggle to put food on the table, but that in Parry Sound-Nipissing, it is 1 in 7. Since the program was piloted in May of 2018, over 1000 food businesses and 850 social service agencies are using the program with over 600,000 pounds of food rescued with specific champions in Parry Sound including Harry’s No Frills, Trestle Brewing Company, Boston Pizza and on the agency side including the Salvation Army, Mary Street Centre, and Harvest Share.
In response to Councillor queries, Mr. Colling noted that perishable food donated which is 14 days before the best before date and shelf stable food which is 3 months prior to the best before date are eligible for tax receipts. With respect to liability, Mr. Collings noted that the Donation of Food Act, 1994 prevents a person donating food in good faith from being held liable for injuries as a result of the consumption of the food. In addition, the social services agencies receiving and distributing the food are vetted by Second Harvest to ensure they have safe food handling practices in place.

5.3 – Ted Knight, St. James United Church. Regarding Support for Consent Application B 25/2019 (PS) (St. James Centennial United Church) and request for relief from Cash-in-lieu of parkland dedication.
Mr. Knight addressed Council on behalf of St. James United Church/Mary Street Centre, requesting relief from the required payment in lieu of parkland dedication of one new lot. Mr. Knight noted that the Church wants to sever the property that includes a law office at 22 Miller Street, so that the Church can move forward with its programs to help the community. Mr. Knight said that St. James United Church is not a developer that builds houses or units, but rather is a developer of services required by so many in the community, and that by severing and selling the former manse at 22 Miller Street, the church can further respond to needs of the community through various outreach programs. In conclusion, Mr. Knight requested exemption from the cash-in-lieu of parkland requirement in the consent application.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.2.1 – Consent Application – B 25/2019 (PS) (St. James Centennial United Church) Spokesperson: Taylor Elgie, Manager of Building and Planning Services. Resolution.
That a decision on Consent Application No. B 25/2019 (PS) (St. James Centennial United Church) be approved subject to:
1. Payment for cash-in-lieu of parkland dedication for one new lot.
2. That the applicant be advised that each of the severed and retained lots require separate and individual water and sewer services, or, if necessary, an easement be conveyed for any services which traverse either the severed or retained lot in favour of the other lot.
3. That the severed lot ensure that parking requirements are satisfied (either by parking on-site, obtaining permission from the Town or including a right-of-way on the retained parcel).
The following amendment was made:
That the resolution be amended so that numbered clause 1 reads: “Payment of $1 for cash-in-lieu of parkland dedication for one new lot.” Amendment Carried. The amended resolution was voted on: Carried as amended.

9.2.2 – Ambulance In-Vehicle Computers. Resolution. That the Council for the Town of Parry Sound approve the budgeted purchase of ambulance in-vehicle computers in the amount of $87,550.00 plus HST from Interdev. Carried.

9.2.3 – Municipal Office and Firehall Custodial 2020 and 2021 John Este, Chief Building Official. Resolution. That Council elects to accept neither of the proposals received regarding the work of Schedule C in the RFP – Custodial 2020 and 2021. (Town Office sidewalk entrance maintenance – snow shovelling, sanding, etc.). Carried.

9.3.1 – Amendment to Wellness Centre & Pool Committee Terms of Reference. Resolution. Whereas it is desirable that clarity be provided in the Wellness Centre Pool Committee’s Terms of Reference regarding which municipal procedural by-law governs the Committee’s procedures; and
Whereas the Town of Parry Sound provides secretariat services and hosts the Wellness Centre Pool Committee meetings,
Now therefore the Council of the Town of Parry Sound hereby authorizes the following amendment to the Wellness Centre Pool Committee’s Terms of Reference as previously adopted by Resolution 2019 – 087:
That the sentence: “Roberts Rules shall apply to matters not covered by these Terms of Reference.”, be replaced with: “The Town of Parry Sound’s procedural by-law shall apply to matters not covered by these Terms of Reference, with Robert’s Rules of Order applying in any case where provision is not made by the Town of Parry Sound’s procedural by-law”; and
That the Wellness Centre Pool Committee’s Terms of Reference shall be so amended upon the unanimous consent of the respective participating Councils. Carried.

9.3.2 – Integrity Commissioner Report – 2018. Resolution. Whereas Section 14 of the Council, Boards and Committees Code of Conduct By-law 2018-6875 requires that the Integrity Commissioner provide an annual report on previous year activities to Council;
Now Therefore Council accepts the Integrity Commissioner’s response through the Clerk, that no complaints were received, and no investigations conducted in 2018. Carried.

9.3.3 – Wellness Centre & Pool Complex – ICIP Grant Application. Resolution. THAT the Council for the Town of Parry Sound supports the Town of Parry Sound as the lead for submitting a joint application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), Community, Culture and Recreation Funding Stream for a “West Parry Sound Area Recreation Complex” on behalf of the seven (7) West Parry Sound area Municipalities and the First Nations Communities of Wasauksing and Shawanaga; and
THAT the proposed commitment and share of the estimated capital and operating costs of the project for each Municipality and First Nation Community be determined upon the completion of the report by CS&P Architects, with input from the Citizens Advisory Committee and the development of a facility governance model by the CAO Steering Committee; and
THAT the Mayor & Clerk be authorized to sign the relevant documents related to the ICIP application and cost sharing agreement. Carried.

By-laws

10.2.1 – Fire Dispatch Contract. By-law 2019 – 6980. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with the West Parry Sound Health Centre for the provision of Fire Dispatch services. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.2.2 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/15 – 32 Great North Road (Distler for Ambraska). By-Law 2019 – 6981. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 32 Great North Road (Distler for Ambraska). Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.2.3 – Appointment and Agreement with Philip West for on-call after-hours Municipal Law Enforcement services. By-law 2019 – 6986. Being a By-law to authorize an agreement for municipal by-law enforcement on-call service and appoint Philip West as a Municipal By-law Enforcement Officer. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.3.1 – Olympia Ice Resurfacer Advertising: Canadian Tire Parry Sound. By-Law 2019-6979. That Council authorize the execution of an agreement with Canadian Tire Parry Sound, for advertising on the entire Olympia Ice Resurfacer Unit for a term of three (3) years. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.3.2 – CS&P Consulting Services Contract – Wellness Centre & Pool Complex. By-law 2019 – 6987. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with CS&P Architects for Consulting Services for the Wellness Centre & Pool Complex. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.4.1 – POA Defaulted Fines Collection Fees. By-law 2019 – 6982. Being a bylaw to amend by-law 2010-5408 The Fees and Services Charges by-law to add a Schedule “I” named POA Service Fees. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.4.2 – 2019 Debenture. By-law 2019 – 6983. Being a by-law to authorize certain new capital works of The Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound (the “Municipality”); to authorize the submission of an application to Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (“OILC”) for financing such capital works; to authorize temporary borrowing from OILC to meet expenditures in connection with such works; and to authorize long term borrowing for such works through the issue of debentures to OILC. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

Council Agenda Preview – November 9, 2019

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There is nothing particularly notable or controversial; just taking care of business. Certainly Enbridge Gas, Item 4.5, is taking care of business.

Closed Session

e) – litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board (French Public School Board; Tax-Exempt properties);

Correspondence

4.1 – Dan Madigan, Elizabeth Court. Cars parked on Elizabeth Court.

4.2 – Nathan Cato, Director, Government Affairs, Canadian Pacific. CP Holiday Train – November 29th, 2019.

4.3 – Gurneth Hoddy, President Parry Sound Seniors Club 1269. Request for $5,000 funding for 2020.

4.4 – Don Cowan, William Street. Request for 4-way stop at James-William Street.

4.5 – Stephanie Allman, Enbridge Gas. Notice of Hearing for 2020 Rate increase application.

4.6 – Guy Bourgouin, MPP Mushkegowuk – James Bay. Requesting support for Bill 125 re: Making Northern Ontario Highways Safer Act

Deputations

5.1 – Joanna Han, Co-chair of the Parry Sound Drug Strategy and Community Health, Promoter for the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. Community Sharps Bins.

5.2 – Christine Bome, Daniel Collings. Second Harvest/Food Rescue.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.2.1 – Consent Application – B 25/2019 (PS) (St. James Centennial United Church). Resolution.That a decision on Consent Application No. B 25/2019 (PS) (St. James Centennial United Church) be approved subject to:
1. Payment for cash-in-lieu of parkland dedication for one new lot.
2. That the.applicant be advised that each of the severed and retained lots require separate and individual water and sewer services, or, if necessary, an easement be conveyed for any services which traverse either the severed or retained lot in favour of the other lot.
3. That the severed lot ensure that parking requirements are satisfied (either by parking on-site, obtaining permission from the Town or including a right-of-way on the retained parcel).

9.2.2 – Ambulance In-Vehicle Computers. Resolution. That the Council for the Town of Parry Sound approve the budgeted purchase of ambulance in-vehicle computers in the amount of $87,550.00 plus HST from Interdev.

9.2.3 – Municipal Office and Firehall Custodial 2020 and 2021. Resolution. That Council elects to accept neither of the proposals received regarding the work of Schedule C in the RFP – Custodial 2020 and 2021.

9.3.1 – Amendment to Wellness Centre & Pool Committee Terms of Reference. Resolution. Whereas it is desirable that clarity be provided in the Wellness Centre Pool Committee’s Terms of Reference regarding which municipal procedural by-law governs the Committee’s procedures; and
Whereas the Town of Parry Sound provides secretariat services and hosts the Wellness Centre Pool Committee meetings,
Now therefore the Council of the Town of Parry Sound hereby authorizes the following amendment to the Wellness Centre Pool Committee’s Terms of Reference as previously adopted by Resolution 2019 – 087:
That the sentence: “Roberts Rules shall apply to matters not covered by these Terms of Reference.”, be replaced with: “The Town of Parry Sound’s procedural by-law shall apply to matters not covered by these Terms of Reference, with Robert’s Rules of Order applying in any case where provision is not made by the Town of Parry Sound’s procedural by-law”; and
That the Wellness Centre Pool Committee’s Terms of Reference shall be so amended upon the unanimous consent of the respective participating Councils.

9.3.2 – Integrity Commissioner Report – 2018. Resolution. Whereas Section 14 of the Council, Boards and Committees Code of Conduct By-law 2018-6875 requires that the Integrity Commissioner provide an annual report on previous year activities to Council;
Now Therefore Council accepts the Integrity Commissioner’s response through the Clerk, that no complaints were received, and no investigations conducted in 2018.

9.3.3 – Wellness Centre & Pool Complex – ICIP Grant Application. Resolution. THAT the Council for the Town of Parry Sound supports the Town of Parry Sound as the lead for submitting a joint application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), Community, Culture and Recreation Funding Stream for a “West Parry Sound Area Recreation Complex” on behalf of the seven (7) West Parry Sound area Municipalities and the First Nations Communities of Wasauksing and Shawanaga; and
THAT the proposed commitment and share of the estimated capital and operating costs of the project for each Municipality and First Nation Community be determined upon the completion of the report by CS&P Architects, with input from the Citizens Advisory Committee and the development of a facility governance model by the CAO Steering Committee.

By-laws

10.2.1 – Fire Dispatch Contract. By-law 2019 – 6980. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with the West Parry Sound Health Centre for the provision of Fire Dispatch services

10.2.2 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/15 – 32 Great North Road (Distler for Ambraska). By-Law 2019 – 6981. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 32 Great North Road (Distler for Ambraska).

10.2.3 – Appointment and Agreement with Philip West for on-call after-hours Municipal Law Enforcement services. By-law 2019 – 6986. Being a By-law to authorize an agreement for municipal by-law enforcement on-call service and appoint Philip West as a Municipal By-law Enforcement Officer.

10.3.1 – Olympia Ice Resurfacer Advertising: Canadian Tire Parry Sound. By-Law 2019-6979. That Council authorize the execution of an agreement with Canadian Tire Parry Sound, for advertising on the entire Olympia Ice Resurfacer Unit for a term of three (3) years.

10.3.2 – CS&P Consulting Services Contract – Wellness Centre & Pool Complex. By-law 2019 – 6987. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with CS&P Architects for Consulting Services for the Wellness Centre & Pool Complex.

10.4.1 – POA Defaulted Fines Collection Fees. By-law 2019 – 6982. Being a bylaw to amend by-law 2010-5408 The Fees and Services Charges by-law to add a Schedule “I” named POA Service Fees.

10.4.2 – 2019 Debenture. By-law 2019 – 6983. Being a by-law to authorize certain new capital works of The Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound (the “Municipality”); to authorize the submission of an application to Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (“OILC”) for financing such capital works; to authorize temporary borrowing from OILC to meet expenditures in connection with such works; and to authorize long term borrowing for such works through the issue of debentures to OILC.

 

 

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – October 15, 2019

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Well, I was little disappointed reading the minutes of Tuesday’s meeting. One of the items was, depending on the decision of Council, prime for comment and criticism. The item in question, 9.4.1, concerned a reduction in the number of regular annual council meetings. In the end Council, as I expected, unanimously rejected the proposal and returned to the usual schedule of meetings. Earlier in the day I had a chance to speak to a senior staff member and offered my opinion that approving the reduced meeting schedule might not impair the operations of the Town, but it would compromise the ability of the public to make deputations before Council. The optics also would not be good if Council decided to reduce their public face time without public input.
It already is tough to secure a deputation spot for anything that might have come up on the council meeting agenda the previous Friday and would benefit from public input. Many deputations are being used by folks to provide updates, make requests, and even pitch business opportunities. Many of these are better handled perhaps with written documentation. But a letter or email doesn’t get the same attention as a deputation. Perhaps it doesn’t really need the attention. A suggestion – let’s revise the deputation protocol to allow for up to 5 or 6 deputations, but each of them no longer than 5 minutes. If a presenter can’t make their point in 5 minutes they are possibly grandstanding rather than communicating a point. If more time is required they can follow up with Staff. At the least, formally allocate 30 minutes for deputations and consistently cut folks off at the 8 minute point to allow for questions. That may free up time for unscheduled deputations that are relevant to items before Council that evening.

The idea of fewer council meetings may have merit as long as procedural changes are made to ensure the public isn’t restricted in their access to Council through the deputation process. Seems like a ballot initiative that the public should decide. I would also suggest that a raise for Council, at least cost of living, should be on the next ballot. Council is a little too shy to give themselves what is a reasonable raise. If they don’t give themselves a raise they don’t get a raise, even if they deserve it. (It’s a more ‘taxing’ job than most people realize in terms of time and criticism.)

I am listing by-law items as Carried rather than Passed, Signed and Sealed. The minutes have changed in how decisions are reported and I assume that the items have been approved even if not listed as Passed, Signed and Sealed.

Nothing else warrants comment in my opinion.

Closed Session

b) personal matter about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees (Taxi License Appeal Hearing)
e) litigation of potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board; (Rezoning – 1 College Dr.)
f) the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose; (Rezoning – 1 College Dr.)

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof

1.4.1 – Councillor Keith is employed by the Solicitor General and as such declared conflict on item 7.1 related to Applicant #001-2019’s appeal for a Taxi Drivers’ License. Councillor Keith left the room, did not participate in discussion nor vote on the matter.

Public Meeting

2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/14 – 12 College Drive (M2 Developments Inc. – The Gardens). Subsequent to an explanation of how the public was notified of application Z/19/14 – 12 College Drive (M2 Developments Inc. – The Gardens), Manager of Building & Planning Services Taylor Elgie gave an explanation of the purpose of the proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendment (ZBA), being to amend the existing S.P. 26.88 Zone. The property currently permits a four storey Retirement Residence in addition to all the uses in the C3 zone. The applicant has requested the additional use of a four storey Apartment Dwelling to provide flexibility subject to reduced easterly and rear yard setbacks, and a reduced parking standard of 30 parking spaces for 60 units. The portion of the property subject to the rezoning is currently vacant.
Mayor McGarvey invited those in favour of the proposed ZBA to address Council.
Bill Mardimae of M2 Developments, owner and operator of the Parry Sound retirement home The Gardens addressed Council, noting that the original project was developed in 2013 with 70 suites, and an additional 37 has just been added. Mr. Mardimae reported that with increasing demand, the developer proposes to put a 40 to 50-unit apartment building for seniors adjacent to the retirement home, on the west side. Mr. Mardimae noted that the land was severed earlier this year which allows for a retirement home and some commercial uses. As the developers believe the proposed seniors’ apartment units fall somewhere in between the existing zoning permissible uses, thus the rezoning application has been made to clearly define it.
Mayor McGarvey invited those in opposition to the proposed ZBA to address Council.
Keith Smith addressed Council noting that he is not opposed to the development per se but questioned how many dedicated handicapped parking spots there would be if there are only 30 parking spaces for 50 or 60 units. Mr. Smith noted that government regulation calls for .04 dedicated handicapped parking spaces per unit, which only totals approximately 1.2 for the proposed development. Mr. Smith reported that he is a resident of The Gardens, and that there are 18 parking spots assigned for residents, 7 spots not assigned at all, and only 3 spots dedicated handicapped. Mr. Smith noted that there are two residents in wheelchairs and 16-17 people with handicapped permits and he suggested that therefore there should be 17 dedicated handicapped spots. Mr. Smith said that if the new building is going to have 30 parking spots, there should be dedicated handicapped parking over and above governmental regulations, i.e. with 50% of the spots marked for residents, and 30% of that 50% as dedicated handicapped parking.
Mr. Elgie reported that one letter has been received from Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP on behalf of Canadore College, expressing concerns with the definition of a retirement residence vs. apartment dwelling with the latter permitting any person to live there. The proposed reduced parking provisions may result in parking on Canadore property. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin requested that this technicality be addressed, or that the application its current form be denied.

2.2 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/15 – 32 Great North Road (Distler/Ambraska) Subsequent to an explanation of how the public was notified of application Z/19/15 – 32 Great North Road (Distler/Ambraska), Manager of Building & Planning Services Taylor Elgie gave an explanation of the purpose of the proposed rezoning from S.P. 26.109 to a R3 Zone. The property was zoned R3 prior to a recent rezoning, and the applicant wishes to return to R3 zoning status. Additionally, the applicant has requested a reduced parking space size of 2.7m x 6m. Previously the property was used as a fourplex, but this structure suffered a fire.
No members of the public were present to speak either in favour or in opposition to the proposed rezoning, and Mr. Elgie reported that no letters had been received.

2.3 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/16 – Dennis Drive and Macklaim Drive (Town of Parry Sound). Subsequent to an explanation of how the public was notified of application Z/19/16 –Dennis Drive and Macklaim Drive (Town of Parry Sound), Manager of Building & Planning Services Taylor Elgie explained that the Town proposes to rezone the subject properties from R1(h) to a R2 zone due to the recent installation of water, sewer and storm services. The properties were zoned with a holding provision to preclude development until municipal services were made available, which has occurred. The 20 properties are currently vacant.
Mayor McGarvey invited those in favour of the proposed ZBA to address Council.
Suzanne Young, resident on Macklaim Drive spoke in favour of the proposed rezoning noting that affordable housing is needed, and that with the location’s proximity to a local elementary school, it ought to attract young families. With the requirement for water, sewer and storm sewer availability, Ms. Young asked that sidewalks be included in any future development plans, and specifically that a sidewalk be installed on Macklaim Drive for pedestrians, including children walking to school, as the current design with the presence of the hill makes it dangerous for pedestrians.
No one spoke in opposition to the proposed ZBA and Mr. Elgie reported that no letters had been received either in favour or, or in opposition.
Mayor McGarvey concluded the public meeting with notice that objections to the passing of the amendments will be received by the Clerk within 20 days from the date such notice is given, which objections will be forwarded to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

Questions of Staff

3.2.1 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s question regarding the status of the Wellness Centre Pool Complex, CAO Clayton Harris reported that a lot of progress has been made by the area municipalities working together collectively and agreeing earlier this year on three important issues: i.e. 1) a simplified decision making process for the 7 area municipalities and 2 First Nations; 2) undertaking due diligence before committing money towards a project that could cost as much as $25 million before grants; and 3) engaging a third party with expertise to undertake the due diligence. Mr. Harris reported that the due diligence is underway, and that while there has been much said on the issue of site selection, only about 1/3 of the consultant’s work is related to site selection, with the majority of work related to understanding what the community’s needs are, capital costs based on those needs and the location, servicing costs and a business plan to address operating costs once it is built.
Mr. Harris noted that the due diligence work was awarded to a qualified firm at the October 3rd, 2019 Council meeting, after all area municipalities had agreed on cost sharing for due diligence. Mr. Harris also noted that there is a federal-provincial grant available with a November 12 submission deadline, which could fund up to 70% of the project, and that efforts are focussed on getting that grant application in by November 12th.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry as to whether there was any plan for lighting the Town of Parry Sound sign on Highway 400 in the 2020 budget, Director of Public Works Peter Brown reported that the lighting is solar powered, has been there for as long as the sign has been there, and that he will be putting in to the 2020 budget funds to improve the intensity of the lighting there.

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry as to who looks after the now deteriorated Parry Sound population sign on Oastler Park Drive, Mr. Brown reported that it is the provincial Ministry of Transportation responsibility, and that he will have a conversation with MTO to learn what their time frame is for repairing/replacing it.

Correspondence

4.1 – Bill Liggins. Request for Accessible Pedestrian Signal at Church-Isabella intersection. Circulated to Mayor & Council and Director of Public Works.

4.2 – Tom Dowswell. Suggestion that DSSAB budget go towards small business. Circulated to Mayor & Council.

4.3 – Belvedere Heights Home for the Aged. RE: Notice of Annual General Meeting – October 17th, 6:30 PM, Belvedere Heights. Circulated to Mayor & Council.

4.4 – Roger & Olga Little. Request for Waubeek Street speed reduction to 40 km/hour and stop sign at Wood St. Circulated to Mayor & Council and Director of Public Works.

Deputations

5.1 Bill Liggins. Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS). Mr. Liggins, resident on Winnifred Ave, addressed Council with a request for consideration in the 2020 budget for an audible pedestrian (APS) signal at the Isabella-Church intersection. Mr. Liggins contrasted the Isabella-Church intersection which has no APS, with that at James and Seguin, noting that the latter uses a beep, which directs the pedestrian to the button, which has a directional arrow. About halfway across, the APS on other side beeps, helping the person navigate across correctly.
Mr. Liggins noted that with the mega school proposed near the Isabella-Church intersection, there will be even more pedestrian traffic including elementary school aged children, a few who have vision loss and will need safe crossing. Mr. Liggins reported that there are approximately 80-84 people in Parry Sound who have identified themselves as blind or visually impaired with that number increasing in summer months, and that he is personally aware of 4 persons in the immediate area. Mr. Liggins noted that he would like to see the Town budget annually to have traffic lights throughout the Town include APS by year 2025 in order to meet AODA guidelines.
Moved – That Staff be directed to include for consideration in the 2020 budget, APS at the Isabella-Church intersection. Carried

5.2 – Roger Little. Waubeek Street maximum speed limit. Mr. Little addressed Council regarding safety concerns on Waubeek Street where he is resident. Mr. Little noted that prior to the reconstruction work on Waubeek Street, its condition had a speed calming effect, however now he and others believe that people drive too fast on it, exceeding by 10 or 20 km/hour the unposted default speed limit of 50 km/hour.
Mr. Little reported that he did not believe Waubeek Street could be similarly compared with Parry Sound Drive, Bowes, William and Church Streets, and identified features of Waubeek Street, such as its steep hill and curve which in other jurisdictions would warrant consideration of such a street for speed reduction. Mr. Little noted that Waubeek Street is susceptible to deer crossing from Georgian Bay, and that a 40 km/hour speed limit would reduce the risk of collision or injury from collision. Mr. Little also noted that Prospect Street is 40 km/hour to address safety concerns for pedestrians who walk to the beach in summer and questioned why this shouldn’t then also apply to Waubeek Street, which is the street access to Prospect Street.
Mr. Little concluded by noting that Waubeek Street is a busy road and advocating for the posting of the speed limit at 40 km/hour and putting a stop sign at Waubeek at Wood Street out of safety concerns for pedestrians.

Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda

7.1 – Appeal the Denial of Taxi Driver’s Licence. Councillor Keith left room and did not participate in discussion. Resolution. That Council approve Applicant #001-2019’s appeal and grant a temporary Taxi Driver’s Licence; and directs the Issuer of Licences to issue the Applicant a six (6) month Probationary Taxi Driver’s Licence with conditions identified as confidential Schedule A. Carried.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.3.1 – Director of Public Works Selection – Sub-Committee of Council Appointments. Direction. That pursuant to the Town hiring policy, the Sub-Committee for the hiring of the Director of Public Works position be composed of the following Members of Council: Councillor Borneman, Councillor Horne, Councillor Keith. Carried.

9.3.2 – Parry Sound Founders Circle. Direction. That staff be directed to bring back a partnership agreement between the Founders Circle and the Town regarding the collection and administration of the funds, including issuing charitable receipts for the donations to the Parry Sound Founders Circle award; That the agreement specify that the funds must be donated to the Town, are held in a Town bank account, and the Town has sole discretion on disbursements; and That the Town create a specific Reserve for the funds; and That the payment of the award be made based upon the recommendation by the Parry Sound Founders Circle to the Town. Carried.

9.3.3 – 2020 Council Meeting Dates. Resolution. That pursuant to By-law 2018-6814, Section 3, paragraph 4, Council approves Schedule “A” as attached, the 2020 schedule of Regular Meetings of Council. Councillor Keith requested a recorded vote. (JB Note – all voted No). Defeated.
The following motion was made: Resolution. That pursuant to By-law 2018-6814, Section 3, paragraph 4, Council approves Schedule “A” as attached, the 2020 schedule of Regular Meetings of Council, based on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month with the usual exceptions of January and August. Carried.

9.3.4 – Strategic Plan Resources. Direction. That staff be authorized to single source the resources necessary to undertake the updating of the Town’s Strategic Plan in the amount of $17,000. Carried.

9.4.1 – 2020 Budgeting Schedule. Resolution. That Council hereby approves the 2020 Budgeting Schedule as set out in the attached Schedule “A”. Carried.

9.5.1 Skatepark. Resolution. Whereas Council through the 2019 Budget, approved the development of a comprehensive Parks & Recreation Master Plan, and Whereas the 2019 budget also allocated $30,000 towards skatepark resurfacing and expansion; and Whereas it may be advantageous to await the results of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan with respect to a skatepark Now therefore be it resolved that Council put the Skatepark resurfacing and expansion project on hold. Carried.

By-laws

10.1.1 – Encroachment Agreement – 5 Gibson Street. By-law 2019 – 6978. Being a by-law to execute an encroachment agreement with the owner of 5 Gibson Street. Carried.

10.2.1 – Official Plan Amendment No. 3 and Rezoning Application Z/19/06 – Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman). By-Law 2019 – 6974. Being a By-law to Adopt Official Plan Amendment No. 3 – Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman). Carried.
By-Law 2019 – 6975. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Rezoning Application Z/19/06 – Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman). Carried.
Resolution 2019 – 117. That the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to execute a consent agreement as per Parry Sound Area Planning Board Resolution 2019-061 for application B/04/2019 (PS). Carried

10.2.2 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/13 – 17 Miller Street (Walsh/Ben Prichard Law Corporation). By-Law: 2019 – 6976. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 17 Miller Street (Walsh/Ben Prichard Law Corporation). Carried.

10.3.1 – Procedural By-law Update – Permit WCPC electronic participants voting rights. Resolution . Whereas the Wellness Centre Pool Committee established by the seven area municipalities is desirous of enabling electronic participants to vote at its open meetings; and Whereas the Town`s Procedural By-law 2018-6814 does not permit electronic participant voting at Council, nor at its boards and committees; and, Whereas proposed By-law 2019-6977 updates the Procedural By-law with minor amendments: i.e. permitting Council by resolution to authorize as it sees fit electronic participants of committees to vote; and making minor housekeeping amendments;
Now Therefore Council waives the 21-day public notice provision of amendments to the Procedural By-law as normally required by Provision of Notice Policy as contained in Resolution 2011- 242. Carried.
By-law 2019 – 6977. Being a By-law to govern and regulate the proceedings of Council of The Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound, its Committees and where applicable, its Boards and to repeal By-law 2018-6814. Carried.
Resolution 2019 – 119. THAT pursuant to By-law 2019 – 6977, Council authorizes electronic participating members of the Wellness Centre and Pool Committee as established by Resolution 2019-087, to vote at its open meetings. Carried

10.4.1 – Renewal of lease with Strong-Sundridge-Joly Arena & Hall for POA Court. By-Law 2019 – 6973. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with the Corporations of the Township of Strong, Village of Sundridge and Township of Joly, operators of the Sundridge-Strong-Joly Arena and Hall and the Town of Parry Sound, Administrators of the Provincial Offences Court, for the leasing of court facilities. Carried.

 

Council Agenda Preview – October 15, 2019

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It seems to be a pretty bland agenda but looking a little closer there are a few issues that are worth noting and perhaps following up on. It could be reasonably assumed that Staff and Council are trying to reduce transparency and the opportunity for public input into decisions before Council.

9.3.3 – 2020 Council Meeting Dates. The proposal is to drop 4 of the regular meetings and fiddle around with the remainder to have a 2 per month followed by a 1 per month schedule. In my opinion I think that the current meeting schedule is consistent with the obligations that Council assumed when they were elected. If they want to change it they should consider making it a ballot issue at the next municipal election. The proposed reduction in meetings will reduce the opportunities for the Public to interact with Council and present their positions by means of the Deputation process. This has too many transparency ramifications with enough intangible benefits to Council and Staff to permit Council to make the decision on behalf of the taxpayers of this Town.

9.4.1 – 2020 Budgeting Schedule. The proposed schedule has no allowance for a public presentation and then the possibility for taxpayers to provide input into the Budget. Our Town – Our Taxes – Our Budget.

10.1.1 – Encroachment Agreement – 5 Gibson Street. This is the tip of an iceberg. In this case a property has minimally encroached on a Town road allowance for some time and the property owner wants the Town to approve/permit the existing encroachment by agreement. This case seems to be pretty innocuous, but it is something that goes on in numerous places in Town. Why is it an issue? In most cases there is a much larger piece of property involved and these property owners get the exclusive use of land they did not purchase, a saved sum, and they don’t pay property taxes on it, another savings. If there is encroachment and the Town wishes to grant permission to occupy, even only if temporary (years), then there should be an annual lease amount for the land added to the property tax.

If you have an opinion on what’s before Council the time is short to provide your input with Thanksgiving on Monday.

Closed Session

b) personal matter about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees (Taxi License Appeal Hearing)

Public Meeting

2.1 Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/14 – 12 College Drive (M2 Developments Inc. – The Gardens)

2.2 Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/15 – 32 Great North Road (Distler/Ambraska)

2.3 Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/16 – Dennis Drive and Macklaim Drive (Town of Parry Sound)

Correspondence

4.1 – Bill Liggins. Request for Accessible Traffic Signal at Church-Isabella intersection.

4.2 – Tom Dowswell. Suggestion that DSSAB budget go towards small business.

4.3 – Belvedere Heights Home for the Aged. Notice of Annual General Meeting – October 17th, 6:30 PM, Belvedere Heights

Deputations

5.1 – Bill Liggins. Accessible Traffic Signals (ATS).

5.2 – Roger & Olga Little. Waubeek Street maximum speed limit.

5.3 – Fritz Distler. Parry Sound Drive sewer concerns.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.3.1 – Director of Public Works Selection – Sub-Committee of Council Appointments. Direction. That pursuant to the Town hiring policy, the Sub-Committee for the hiring of the Director of Public Works position be composed of the following Members of Council: (Presumably to be completed at the meeting.)

9.3.2 – Parry Sound Founders Circle. Spokesperson: Clayton Harris, CAO. (Read the full agenda for information, it’s really about tax deductible charitable receipts.)

9.3.3 – 2020 Council Meeting Dates. Resolution. That pursuant to By-law 2018-6814, Section 3, paragraph 4, Council approves Schedule “A” as attached, the 2020 schedule of Regular Meetings of Council.

9.3.4 – Strategic Plan Resources. Direction. That staff be authorized to single source the resources necessary to undertake the updating of the Town’s Strategic Plan in the amount of $17,000.

9.4.1 – 2020 Budgeting Schedule. Resolution. That Council hereby approves the 2020 Budgeting Schedule as set out in the attached Schedule “A”.

9.5.1 – Skatepark. Resolution. Whereas Council through the 2019 Budget, approved the development of a comprehensive Parks & Recreation Master Plan, and Whereas the 2019 budget also allocated $30,000 towards skatepark resurfacing and expansion; and Whereas it may be advantageous to await the results of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan with respect to a skatepark Now therefore be it resolved that Council put the Skatepark resurfacing and expansion project on hold.

By-laws

10.1.1 – Encroachment Agreement – 5 Gibson Street. By-law 2019 – 6978. Being a by-law to execute an encroachment agreement with the owner of 5 Gibson Street.

10.2.1 – Official Plan Amendment No. 3 and Rezoning Application Z/19/06 – Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman).
By-Law 2019 – 6974. Being a By-law to Adopt Official Plan Amendment No. 3 – Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman)
By-Law 2019 – 6975. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Rezoning Application Z/19/06 – Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman)
Resolution: That the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to execute a consent agreement as per Parry Sound Area Planning Board Resolution 2019-061 for application B/04/2019 (PS).

10.2.2 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/13 – 17 Miller Street (Walsh/Ben Prichard Law Corporation). By-Law: 2019 – 6976. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 17 Miller Street (Walsh/Ben Prichard Law Corporation).

10.3.1 – Procedural By-law Update – Permit WCPC electronic participants voting rights. Resolution. Whereas the Wellness Centre Pool Committee established by the seven area municipalities, is desirous of enabling electronic participants to vote at its open meetings, and
Whereas the Town`s Procedural By-law 2018-6814 does not permit electronic participant voting at Council, nor at its boards and committees; and, Whereas proposed By-law 2019-6977 updates the Procedural By-law with minor amendments: i.e. permitting Council by resolution to authorize as it sees fit electronic participants of committees to vote; and making minor housekeeping amendments; Now Therefore Council waives the 21-day public notice provision of amendments to the Procedural By-law as normally required by Provision of Notice Policy as contained in Resolution 2011- 242.
By-law 2019 – 6977. Being a By-law to govern and regulate the proceedings of Council of The Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound, its Committees and where applicable, its Boards and to repeal By-law 2018-6814.
Resolution. THAT pursuant to By-law 2019 – 6977, Council authorizes electronic participating members of the Wellness Centre and Pool Committee as established by Resolution 2019-087, to vote at its open meetings.

10.4.1 – Renewal of lease with Strong-Sundridge-Joly Arena & Hall for POA Court. By-Law 2019 – 6973. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with the Corporations of the Township of Strong, Village of Sundridge and Township of Joly, operators of the Sundridge-Strong-Joly Arena and Hall and the Town of Parry Sound, Administrators of the Provincial Offences Court, for the leasing of court facilities.

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – October 1, 2019

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No surprises; decisions and discussion are provided below.

Public Meeting

2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/12 – 11 Miller Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on Behalf of Brian Moore). Subsequent to an explanation of how the public was notified of application Z/19/12 – 11 Miller Street, Manager of Building & Planning Services Taylor Elgie gave an explanation of the purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA), being to amend the C1 zone and Committee of Adjustment Application A11-01 to permit an additional dwelling unit within a proposed building. The lands are currently permitted 10 residential units between two buildings, and it is now proposed to contain 11 units between two buildings. Mayor McGarvey invited those in favour of the proposed ZBA to address Council.
John Jackson, agent for Brian Moore, spoke in support of the proposed ZBA, noting that this property has been a converted dwelling for many years, and that a number of years ago Mr. Moore got a Committee of Adjustment approval for an additional dwelling. He was about to renovate it but found that he has capacity to add one more dwelling unit and rather than go back to the Committee and apply for an additional minor variance, he is applying for a rezoning to allow for one more unit over his entitlement. Mr. Jackson reported that one parking spot is allocated for each of the 11 units, although at most, no more than two tenants drive automobiles and there shouldn’t be a parking issue. Mr. Jackson concluded by noting that these units fall within the definition of affordable housing which planners can support.
No one spoke in opposition to the proposed ZBA and Mr. Elgie reported that no letters had been received either in favour or, or in opposition.

2.2 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/13 – 17 Miller Street (Walsh/Ben Prichard Law Corporation). Subsequent to an explanation of how the public was notified of application Z/19/13 – 17 Miller Street, Manager of Building & Planning Services Taylor Elgie gave an explanation of the purpose of the proposed ZBA, being to amend the C1 zone to permit a basement apartment unit. The Zoning By-law requires that accessory units be above or behind commercial units.
No one spoke either in favour of, or in opposition to the proposed ZBA and Mr. Elgie reported that no letters had been received either in favour or, or in opposition.

Mayor McGarvey concluded the public meeting with notice that objections to the passing of the amendments will be received by the Clerk within 20 days from the date such notice is given, which objections will be forwarded to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. If an appeal is submitted and the appellant has not provided Council with an oral or written submission before the passing of the by-law, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal may choose to dismiss the appeal.

Questions of Staff

3.2.1 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding the recent work at the CNR track at William Street and the street closed for part of today, Director of Public Works Peter Brown reported that CN had contacted him last week advising of track repairs scheduled this week between Cascade Street crossing and William Street bridge, requiring closure at the William Street bridge today, tomorrow and parts of Thursday and Friday.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry regarding complaints from Meadow, Beaver and Queen Street areas regarding presence of an unpleasant odour, Director of Public Works Peter Brown reported that he had not yet heard of this complaint, and recommended that the complainants contact Public Works staff directly in order that the odour can be tracked.

Correspondence

4.1 – Madeline & Albert Archibald, Georgian Bay Ave. Flooding at Georgian Bay Ave. Circulated to Mayor & Council and Referred to the Director of Public Works.

4.2 – Dave & Anne MacLennan, Georgian Bay Ave. Flooding at Georgian Bay Ave. Circulated to Mayor & Council and Referred to the Director of Public Works.

4.3 – Dave & Sheila Ord, Georgian Bay Ave. Flooding at Georgian Bay Ave. Circulated to Mayor & Council and Referred to the Director of Public Works.

4.4 – Susan Hrycyna, Executive Director, PS Downtown Business Association. Resignation of Dan DiNicolo from Board of Directors. Circulated to Mayor & Council and filed.

4.5 – Hector Lebert, Poppy Chairman, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #117. Remembrance Day activities. Circulated to Mayor & Council with tag day and raising of poppy flag covered by item 8.1 on the Agenda.

4.6 – Georgian Bay Native Non Profit Homes Incorporated. Partnership proposal to build housing with Wellness Centre & Pool. Circulated to Mayor & Council, with an acknowledgement letter of receipt sent.

4.7 – Parry Sound Affordable Housing Development Corporation. Partnership proposal to build housing with Wellness Centre & Pool. Circulated to Mayor & Council, with an acknowledgement letter of receipt sent.

Deputations

5.1 – Butch Folland. Mr. Folland addressed Council with respect to flooding on Georgian Bay Ave. of eleven of the fifteen townhouse units known as the Cedars. Mr. Folland noted that the units are all on a concrete slab at grade and share a common roof. Mr. Folland reported that he is a new resident there and of his unit has observed that during heavy rains, water lands on the roof, runs down the eaves, down a downpipe, then flows into a pipe buried under his small front lawn. As rain continues to fall, water backs up this pipe and spills onto the cobblestone walkway leading to his front entrance where it pools because there is not enough slope at that area to direct the water away from the building. Mr. Folland reported that in the winter it is worse because the ground is frozen and cannot absorb water, a situation which caused his home to flood in March. Baseboards pulled away, chesterfield was water stained, and rug was destroyed.
Mr. Folland requested that as a priority, Council install a storm drainage pipe running the length of the properties with a link to each townhouse unit. According to Mr. Folland, although this will not solve the problem completely, it will be a step in the right direction. Mr. Folland provided additional details of the work he has done this year in preparation for potential winter flooding when he will not be in Parry Sound, as well as details of the measures that other residents have and are taking.
Mr. Folland reported that he was pleased with the response by Director of Public Works Peter Brown who visited the property, and agreed that the solution is to install a storm drain in front of and link to the townhouses, and that he would include that proposal in the upcoming budget. Mr. Folland requested that Council approve Mr. Brown’s proposal. Mr. Folland concluded by expressing compliments and appreciation for the help he had received from various staff members in response to his inquiries as he researched this issue.

In response to the Mayor’s suggestion, the following motion to direct staff on follow-up was made: That Council hereby directs Director of Public Works Peter Brown to do the engineering costs to correct the drainage problem at Georgian Bay Avenue, so that it can be put in the budget for 2020. Carried

5.2 – Margaret Gain. Flooding at 12 Georgian Bay Ave. Ms. Margaret Gain similarly addressed Council regarding the lack of proper drainage from the Georgian Bay Ave. properties to the street, and the consequent flooding of many of the units. Ms. Gain reported on a specific incident in March when she and others spent all day until midnight scooping water from her walk so it would not flood her home. Ms. Gain reported on what measures she has taken to address the problem including digging up and replacing her front walk, replacing a drainage pipe, having snow removed from her front lawn, and installing heating cables.
Ms. Gain reported that Director of Public Works Peter Brown has acknowledged the problem and promised to add money in the 2020 Public Works budget to address it. Ms. Gain concluded by requesting that the Town support this proposal and that her letter and other letters be brought back at budget time, so as not to lose sight of this issue.

Mayor & Councillors’ Reports

Council agreed to Mayor McGarvey’s direction:
That subsequent to the report at the September 27th District of Parry Sound Municipal Association by Medical Officer of Health Jim Chirico regarding provincial funding cuts resulting in use of reserves in 2020 and projected funding increase of 39% by 2021 downloaded on to municipalities, that Staff have a conversation with the North Bay Parry Sound District Public Health Unit to find out the status, since reserves should not be used to fund this shortfall, and earlier provincial promises were that if provincial funding cuts resulted in more than a 10% increase to municipalities, the province would step in.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – RFQ – Gravel and Winter Sand. Resolution. That Council accepts the quotation from Fowler Construction for Granular A gravel in the amount of $16.10 per tonne, including taxes, for the Winter 2019 to Spring 2021 term, this quotation being the only one received. Carried
That Council accepts the quotation from Fowler Construction to supply, deliver, blend, and stack winter sand in the amount of $18.08 per tonne, including taxes, for the Winter 2019 to Spring 2021 term, this quotation being the only one received. Carried

9.1.2 – Tender – Snow Plowing Town Lots. Resolution. That Council award the tender for snow plowing all ten municipal parking lots and facilities to Schlager Inc., in the combined total of $743.53, including HST, per plowing event, this tender being the lowest overall of three tenders received. Carried

9.1.3 – Successful Audit report for the Town of Parry Sound DWQMS Version 2. Direction. That Council receive the Report on the successful audit for the Town of Parry Sound DWQMS Version 2 for information only. Carried

9.2.1 Local Services Policy. Resolution. That Council adopts the Local Services Policy for the Town of Parry Sound, as per the attached Schedule “A”; and That Resolution 2006-71 be rescinded. Carried

By-laws

10.2.1 Site Plan Control By-law Amendment. By-law 2019 – 6967. Being a By-law to Amend By-law 2017-6723, (as amended by By-law 2018-6843), to require Site Plan Control pursuant to Section 41 of the Planning Act. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

Resolution 2019 – 108. That Council waive any application fees related to a site plan control application which apply to Section 4.3 of By-law 2017-6723, as amended; and That the general intent of Section 4.3 and Council is to beautify the streetscape by reducing the amount of parking spaces in the front yard, clearly defining driveways, revegetating and maintaining greenspace. Carried

10.2.2 – Validation By-law – 61 and 63 William Street – Karvonen. By-law 2019 – 6968. Being a By-law to permit the Parry Sound Area Planning Board to issue a Certificate of Validation for 61 and 63 William Street (Karvonen). Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.2.3 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/04 – 14/16 William Street (Henry). By-Law 2019 – 6969. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 14/16 William Street (Henry). Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.2.4 – Sign By-law Amendment – Blade Signs. By-law 2019 – 6970. Being a by-law to amend the sign by-law; add Blade Sign type. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.2.5 – Building Permit By-law Amendment – Refund Policy. By-law 2019 – 6971. Being a by-law to amend Table C2 of by-law 2005-4847 – “The Building By-law”. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

Council Agenda Preview – October 1, 2019

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What’s a better reminder that winter is just around the corner – fall colours, crisp nights, or the Town’s awarding of snow plowing and salt/sand supply contracts?

There really isn’t much to note in this week’s agenda. Take a quick look at the summary below to see if there’s anything that catches your attention. Additional details are available with the full council packages available at the Town’s website.

Some folks may be interested in Items 4.6 and 4.7.

Public Meeting

2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/12 – 11 Miller Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on Behalf of Brian Moore).

2.2 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/13 – 17 Miller Street (Walsh/Ben Prichard Law Corporation).

Correspondence

4.1 – Madeline & Albert Archibald, Georgian Bay Ave. Flooding at Georgian Bay Ave.

4.2 – Dave & Anne MacLennan, Georgian Bay Ave. Flooding at Georgian Bay Ave.

4.3 – Dave & Sheila Ord, Georgian Bay Ave. Flooding at Georgian Bay Ave.

4.4 – Susan Hrycyna, Executive Director, PS Downtown Business Association Resignation of Dan DiNicolo from Board of Directors.

4.5 – Hector Lebert, Poppy Chairman, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #117. Remembrance Day activities.

4.6 – Georgian Bay Native Non Profit Homes Incorporated. Partnership proposal to build housing with Wellness Centre & Pool.

4.7 – Parry Sound Affordable Housing Development Corporation. Partnership proposal to build housing with Wellness Centre & Pool.

Deputations

5.1 – Madeline & Albert Archibald

5.2 – Butch Folland

5.3 – Margaret Gain (attendance TBC). Flooding at Georgian Bay Ave.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – RFQ – Gravel and Winter Sand.
Resolution. That Council accepts the quotation from Fowler Construction for Granular A gravel in the amount of $16.10 per tonne, including taxes, for the Winter 2019 to Spring 2021 term, this quotation being the only one received.
Resolution. That Council accepts the quotation from Fowler Construction to supply, deliver, blend, and stack winter sand in the amount of $18.08 per tonne, including taxes, for the Winter 2019 to Spring 2021 term, this quotation being the only one received.

9.1.2 – Tender – Snow Plowing Town Lots.
Resolution. That Council award the tender for snow plowing all ten municipal parking lots and facilities to Schlager Inc., in the combined total of $743.53, including HST, per plowing event, this tender being the lowest overall of three tenders received.

9.1.3 – Successful Audit report for the Town of Parry Sound DWQMS Version 2.
Direction. DWQMS Version 2 for information only.

9.2.1 – Local Services Policy.
Resolution. That Council adopts the Local Services Policy for the Town of Parry Sound, as per the attached Schedule “A”; and That Resolution 2006-71 be rescinded.

By-laws

10.2.1 – Site Plan Control By-law Amendment.
By-law 2019 – 6967. Being a By-law to Amend By-law 2017-6723, (as amended by By-law 2018-6843), to require Site Plan Control pursuant to Section 41 of the Planning Act.
Resolution. That Council waive any application fees related to a site plan control application which apply to Section 4.3 of By-law 2017-6723, as amended;
and That the general intent of Section 4.3 and Council is to beautify the streetscape by reducing the amount of parking spaces in the front yard, clearly defining driveways, revegetating and maintaining greenspace.

10.2.2 – Validation By-law – 61 and 63 William Street – Karvonen.
By-law 2019 – 6968. Being a By-law to permit the Parry Sound Area Planning Board to issue a Certificate of Validation for 61 and 63 William Street (Karvonen)

10.2.3 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/04 – 14/16 William Street (Henry).
By-Law 2019 – 6969. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 14/16 William Street (Henry).

10.2.4 – Sign By-law Amendment – Blade Signs.
By-law 2019 – 6970. Being a by-law to amend the sign by-law; add Blade Sign type.

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – September 17, 2019

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There were no surprises at this past week’s meeting of Town of Parry Sound Council, so no comments on my part. The Special Meeting summary minutes can be found at the end of the meeting.

Closed Session

e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (property matter);
f) the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, (property matter);

Public Meeting

2.1 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/09 – 14-16 William Street (Henry). Subsequent to an explanation of how the public was notified of application Z/19/09 – 14-16 William Street (Henry), Manager of Building & Planning Services Taylor Elgie gave an explanation of the purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA), being to amend the C1 zone to permit five residential units within the existing structure in addition to all the uses in the C1 zone. Currently the building has four residential units and a vacant commercial unit.
No one spoke in favour of, or in opposition to the proposed ZBA and Mr. Elgie reported that no letters have been received either in favour of, or in opposition to the proposed ZBA.

2.2 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/10 – 78 Great North Road (John Jackson Planner on Behalf of Parry Property Holdings Ltd). Subsequent to an explanation of how the public was notified of application Z/19/10 – 78 Great North Road (John Jackson Planner on Behalf of Parry Property Holdings Ltd), Manager of Building & Planning Services Taylor Elgie gave an explanation of the purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA), being to amend the R2 zone to permit two additional dwelling units in an existing dwelling, and two additional units within an existing duplex, and a parking standard of one parking space per dwelling unit. Currently the total number of units is three, but the applicant ultimately requests seven units total between the two existing structures.
Mayor McGarvey invited those in favour of the proposed ZBA to address Council. John Jackson, agent for Brian Moore, spoke in support of the proposed ZBA, noting that the proposed conversion would create additional units falling into the definition of affordable housing, and that he therefore hoped the proposal would receive Council support.
Mayor McGarvey invited those in opposition to the proposed ZBA to address Council. Peter Agnello addressed Council with concerns regarding water and sewer lines attached to the property. Mr. Agnello said that the sewer lines from the upper house with 6-8 people, a lower house with 2 people and 2 other small houses come along his property and attach to the same 4″ sewer line that his property is attached to. Mr. Agnello reported that quite often he gets backups in his basement, and that he believes there are too many people on the sewer line. Mr. Agnello requested that before Council makes a decision on this, he would like them to see what can be done, as he believes there should be one lateral line for each building.
James Campbell of 76 Great North Road reported that he is not necessarily opposed to the zoning by-law amendment, but that he has a concern that if the sewer and water lines are changed as a result of this project, it may disturb sewer and water lines servicing his property that he put in many years ago. Mr. Campbell also expressed concern regarding the parking, noting that the proposal would increase the current number of parking spots from five to seven between the two houses, and that if the hedge that exists there now must be removed to accommodate the change, he wonders if snow storage will be a problem.
Mr. Elgie reported that no letters have been received either in favour of, or in opposition to the proposed ZBA.

2.3 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/11 – 80 Great North Road (John Jackson Planner on Behalf of Parry Property Holdings Ltd). Subsequent to an explanation of how the public was notified of application Z/19/11 – 80 Great North Road (John Jackson Planner on Behalf of Parry Property Holdings Ltd), Manager of Building & Planning Services Taylor Elgie gave an explanation of the purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA), being to permit two additional dwelling units in an existing dwelling, and one additional unit within an existing dwelling, and to permit five parking spaces in the front yard where three spaces are currently permitted. Currently the total number of units is two, but the application ultimately requests five units total between the two existing structures.
Mayor McGarvey invited those in favour of the proposed ZBA to address Council. John Jackson addressed Council advocating for the ZBA for the same reasons as outlined for the previous application at 78 Great North Road. Mr. Jackson indicated that he was aware of Mr. Agnello’s and Mr. Campbell’s concern, that he agrees that the old 4″ line is undersized, and he will be working with Town staff to address this.
Mayor McGarvey invited those in opposition to the proposed ZBA to address Council. Mr. Agnello indicated that he had heard some of what Mr. Jackson just said and that as far as he was concerned if the line was increased, and he did not have any back-ups into his basement, he was in favour of the ZBA.
Mr. Campbell addressed Council, indicating that he has the same concern with this property as outlined with respect to the previous, and that as long as those concerns are addressed, he has no problem with the ZBA.
Mr. Elgie reported that no letters have been received either in favour of, or in opposition to the proposed ZBA.

Mayor McGarvey concluded the public meeting with notice that objections to the passing of the amendments will be received by the Clerk within 20 days from the date such notice is given, which objections will be forwarded to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. If an appeal is submitted and the appellant has not provided Council with an oral or written submission before the passing of the by-law, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal may choose to dismiss the appeal.

Questions of Staff

3.2.1 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding a progress update on the Waubeek Street project, Director of Public Works Peter Brown reported that the contractor is working hard and that he is fairly confident that the first lift of asphalt will be laid before bad weather. Mr. Brown responded to Councillor Keith’s follow up question regarding seeing plows on trucks, indicating that mechanics and staff are working to get vehicles ready for snow weather.

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry regarding OPP reports on speeding tickets, Director of Finance Stephanie Phillips noted that the Town does receive reports through Provincial Offences Act on how many tickets are issued in each municipality and that this information can be found as part of POA Agendas and minutes.

Correspondence

4.1 – Margaret Gain, Georgian Bay Ave. Request for pipe installed under sidewalk to drain storm water from properties. Referred to Director of Public Works, with an acknowledgement sent.

4.2 – Butch & Eileen Folland, Georgian Bay Ave. Request for pipe installed under sidewalk to drain storm water from properties. Referred to Director of Public Works, with an acknowledgement sent.

4.3 – Gary Black, Chair, Parry Sound Anglers & Hunters Inc. Request that Town staff refrain from mowing milkweed. Referred to Director of Public Works, and Manager of Parks & Recreation, with an acknowledgement sent.

Deputations

5.1 – Sebastian MacDonald. Request to change speed limit along Riverdale Road from 50 km/hr to 40 km/hr. 8-year old Sebastian MacDonald addressed Council with respect to a request to lower the speed limit from 50 to 40 kms/hour on Riverdale Street where he lives. Sebastian reported that according to the Triple A Foundation for Traffic Safety, the risk of severe injury goes up the faster a car is travelling. At just under 50 km/hour, the risk of severe injury is 75%, but that at just under 40 km/hour, it drops to 25%. Sebastian noted that a review of data on Riverdale Road from August 2-August 12th, indicates that the fastest recorded speed of the 933 cars during that period was 67 km/hour and the average was 52 km/hour. Sebastian noted that his family had collected a petition of nearly 30 signatures supporting the request to pass a by-law reducing the speed limit on Riverdale Road from 50 to 40 km/hour.

5.2 – Brenda Ryan, Chair, Beautification Committee; Susan Hrycyna, DBA. Downtown Blade Signs Brenda Ryan addressed Council with respect to the first recommendation of the Downtown Beautification Plan, regarding signage. Ms. Ryan used a series of slide photos to illustrate the current state of Parry Sound downtown signage, and examples from other communities using blade signs of varied designs but meeting a minimum cohesive standard as inspiration for recommended signage improvement in the downtown.
Ms. Ryan reported that the DBA goal is to have the large metal signs that project over the sidewalk and clutter sightlines removed by March 31, 2020, and that $20,000 is set aside from the Downtown revitalization grant to replace them with blade signs. Ms. Ryan indicated that all who currently own large metal signs are willing to have them replaced.
Ms. Ryan indicated that in support of the move to blade signage, the DBA is advocating for changes to the Sign By-law only allowing awnings and these smaller blade signs, and that any exemption requests be reviewed by the DBA before coming to Council.
Ms. Ryan further reported that the DBA also advocates that the quality of sidewalk signs and standard of care be included in the by-law.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – Official Plan Amendment No. 3 and Rezoning Application Z/19/06 – Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman). Resolution 2019 – 097. That a decision on Official Plan Amendment No. 3 and Rezoning Application Z/19/06 -Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman) be deferred until an environmental impact study has been submitted to the satisfaction of the Town. Carried

9.1.2 – Direction – Signs for Out of Town Events. Direction Approved. That as follow up to the Direction given at the August 13, 2018 Council Meeting no changes be made to the Sign By-law. Carried

9.2.1 – Wellness Centre and Pool Due Diligence. Resolution 2019 – 098. That Council, contingent upon the Archipelago participating in the due diligence phase, accept the bid from CS&P Architects to undertake the due diligence work related to the Wellness Centre and Pool project in the amount of $127,100, excluding HST. Carried

9.3.1 – 2018 Audited Financial Statements. Eric Cavanagh. Auditors’ Report. On behalf of BDO, Mr. Cavanagh gave an overview of the Auditor’s Report for the year ending 2018, from the letter attached to the agenda. Resolution 2019 – 099. That Council for the Town of Parry Sound does hereby approve the Draft Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2018 in Schedule “A” as attached. Carried

9.3.2 – Insurance Joint and Several Liability Provincial Consultation. Direction for Staff Follow-up. That Council directs staff to provide comments to the provincial consultation process regarding joint and several liability based on the feedback of BFL and annual insurance premium costs. Carried

9.3.3 – Reserve and Reserve Fund Annual Report; 2018 Surplus allocation. Resolution 2019 – 100. That Council receives the 2018 Reserve and Reserve Fund Annual Report, attached as Schedule A, in compliance with the Town’s Reserve and Reserve Fund Policy; and further, That Council hereby approves the allocation of the surplus in Schedule B. Carried

9.4.1 – Joseph Street Forcemain Replacement. Resolution 2019 – 101. That upon the recommendation of Triton Engineering Services Limited, Council accept the quotation from Weeks Construction Inc. for the forcemain replacement on Joseph Street, in the amount of $158,859.49 excluding HST, this quotation being the lowest of three quotations received; and That funds in the amount of $75,000 allocated for 10006 (Ditch Witch Vacuum Trailer) in 2019 budget be reallocated to this project; and That the remaining amount be taken from Wastewater Reserves. Carried

9.4.2 – Retaining Wall Replacement at Bay Street and James Street. Resolution 2019 – 102. That upon the recommendation of Triton Engineering Services Limited, Council accept the quotation from Weeks Construction Inc. for the retaining wall replacement at Bay Street and James Street, in the amount of $95,584.00 excluding HST, this quotation being the lowest of three quotations received. Carried

By-laws

10.1.1 Big Sound Marina Agreement One Year Extension with Massasauga Management Co. By-law 2019-6954. Being a bylaw to amend By-law No: 2014-6428, the agreement with Massasauga Management Co. Inc. for operation of Big Sound Marina and the Town Dock, and supersede amending By-law No: 2017-6704 and By-law No. 2018-6858. Passed, Signed and Sealed

Special Meeting of Council

9.2.1 – 2019-2022 Strategic Plan. CAO Clayton Harris gave an overview of the Preliminary Draft Strategic Plan for 2019-2022 from a prepared power point presentation, posted on the Town’s website. Council provided general comments, including support for public consultation and facilitated focus groups, resulting in the following direction approved: Direction for Staff Follow-up. That the draft 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, incorporating management’s recommendations and considering Council’s commentary be brought forward to an evening and daytime public consultation session to be scheduled in October 2019; and further
That focus sessions be set up with various community groups, private sector, community partners, and youth engagement; and further, That a website survey be established; and That staff establish a meeting schedule. Carried

 

Council Agenda Preview – September 17, 2019

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There are few surprising or mission critical items on next week’s agenda. What is notable is:

9.2.1 – Wellness Centre and Pool Due Diligence. It seems that the area municipalities are ready to put a little bit of their money up to start the due diligence and planning process for a pool complex.

9.3.1 – 2018 Audited Financial Statements. 9.3.1 – 2018 Audited Financial Statements. I haven’t had a chance to look at these statements. They are worth reviewing and I hope to get to them in the next few days.

From the Special Council Meeting Agenda September 17, 2019

9.2.1 – 2019-2022 Strategic Plan.Direction for Staff Follow-up. That the draft 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, incorporating management’s recommendations and considering Council’s commentary be brought forward to an evening public consultation session to be scheduled in October 2019. This is actually on a separate agenda to be reviewed on the same night but I thought it best to mention it here. This is the Strategic plan which is now being led by a new CAO and it’s worth reviewing and understanding. There is mention that a public session for the Plan will be held in October.

Closed Session

e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (property matter);
f) the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, (property matter);

Public Meeting

2.1 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/09 – 14-16 William Street (Henry)

2.2 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/10 – 78 Great North Road (John Jackson Planner on Behalf of Parry Property Holdings Ltd)

2.3 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/11 – 80 Great North Road (John Jackson Planner on Behalf of Parry Property Holdings Ltd)

Correspondence

4.1 – Margaret Gain, Georgian Bay Ave. Request for pipe installed under sidewalk to drain storm water from properties

Deputations

5.1 – Jessie Fraser. Save the Monarch

5.2 – Sebastian MacDonald. Request to change speed limit along Riverdale Road from 50 km/hr to 40 km/hr.

5.3 – Brenda Ryan, Susan Hrycyna, DBA. Downtown Blade Signs

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – Official Plan Amendment No. 3 and Rezoning Application Z/19/06 – Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman)Resolution. That a decision on Official Plan Amendment No. 3 and Rezoning Application Z/19/06 -Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman) be deferred until an environmental impact study has been submitted to the satisfaction of the Town.

9.1.2 – Direction – Signs for Out of Town Events. Direction. That as follow up to the Direction given at the August 13, 2018 Council Meeting no changes be made to the Sign By-law.

9.2.1 – Wellness Centre and Pool Due Diligence. Resolution. That Council, contingent upon the Archipelago participating in the due diligence phase, accept the bid from CS&P Architects to undertake the due diligence work related to the Wellness Centre and Pool project in the amount

9.3.1 – 2018 Audited Financial Statements. Resolution. That Council for the Town of Parry Sound does hereby approve the Draft Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2018 in Schedule “A” as attached.

9.3.2 – Insurance Joint and Several Liability Provincial Consultation. Direction. That Council directs staff to provide comments to the provincial consultation process regarding joint and several liability based on the feedback of BFL and annual insurance premium costs.

9.3.3 – Reserve and Reserve Fund Annual Report; 2018 Surplus allocation. Resolution. That Council receives the 2018 Reserve and Reserve Fund Annual Report, attached as Schedule A, in compliance with the Town’s Reserve and Reserve Fund Policy; and further, That Council hereby approves the allocation of the surplus in Schedule B.

9.4.1 – Joseph Street Forcemain Replacement. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of Triton Engineering Services Limited, Council accept the quotation from Weeks Construction Inc. for the forcemain replacement on Joseph Street, in the amount of $158,859.49 excluding HST, this quotation being the lowest of three quotations received; and That funds in the amount of $75,000 allocated for 10006 (Ditch Witch Vacuum Trailer) in 2019 budget be reallocated to this project; and That the remaining amount be taken from Wastewater Reserves.

9.4.2 – Retaining Wall Replacement at Bay Street and James Street. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of Triton Engineering Services Limited, Council accept the quotation from Weeks Construction Inc. for the retaining wall replacement at Bay Street and James Street, in the amount of $95,584.00 excluding HST, this quotation being the lowest of three quotations received.

By-laws

10.1.1 – Big Sound Marina Agreement One Year Extension with Massasauga Management Co. By-law 2019-6954. Being a bylaw to amend By-law No: 2014-6428, the agreement with Massasauga Management Co. Inc. for operation of Big Sound Marina and the Town Dock, and supersede amending By-law No: 2017-6704 and By-law No. 2018-6858.

Wellness Centre and Pool – Reader Questions

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I received an email from a reader about the Wellness Centre and Pool (Pool) in response to my Council Minutes – September 3, 2019 post. Because the email raises questions I have heard from others I thought it might be helpful to dedicate a post in providing what answers I might have. An abridged version of the email is provided below and is followed by my comments on a question by question basis.

I would like to remind folks that I did an earlier analysis of a Pool in 2018 and the implications in a series of four posts titled Wet Dreams. Here are links to the four posts for those who want to take a deeper dive into the numbers and the issues.

Wet Dreams? Part 1
Wet Dreams? Part 2
Wet Dreams? Part 3 
Wet Dreams? Part 4

The reader’s questions:

“It’s not that I am against a pool but I doubt it is being looked at realistically.

  1.  How much is the maintenance cost & will that be fairly apportioned?
  2.  How much does the town spend yearly on the Bobby Orr Centre?  On the Stockey Centre?
  3.  How much does the town spend yearly on the library?  It seems to me it is always being asked to pare its (bare minimum) budget.
  4.  How willing have the townships been to contribute to joint use facilities?  Many backed out of the library rather than pay their percentage of the costs.  As for the arena, not only the townships but the hockey club screamed bloody murder when fair costs were allocated – & the town backed down.  Does the museum still receive support from the townships?  etc, etc…………!!!!!

It doesn’t take very many years for the original agreements to be forgotten & for the town to be landed with the bill once again.”

Q1 – How much is the maintenance cost & will that be fairly apportioned?

Answer: The costs will be the costs, I previously estimated that it will cost about $700,000 per year without any building amortization or accruals for future replacement. The next question that needs to be asked is how much of that will be covered by users’ fees, presumably memberships and rentals for organized activities? My sense is that revenues will be on the order of $300,000 if the municipalities want to make the facility available to most people. This is a not urban or suburban GTA. This means the facility will operate at an annual loss of about $400,000 per year. Optimistically that figure could be as low as $200,000 per year if membership numbers are higher than expected and rates are raised. Let’s not forget that initial enthusiasm and memberships may decline over the years and budgets need to accommodate this reality.

How it will be apportioned is critical. The template from an earlier Town of Parry Sound council meeting agenda suggested the allocation of expenses for the investigative portion of the process which has a budget of $170,000. That is as close as we can get to some estimate of how the eventual costs will be apportioned. This suggests the annual operating cost allocations as presented in the table below for each of the identified municipalities. (Note: these costs do not include any construction/amortization costs and are likely to go up by about 3% a year with inflation.)

Q2 – How much does the town spend yearly on the Bobby Orr Centre? On the Stockey Centre?

Answer: There are lots of figures I could provide, it’s something I have looked at in the past and more recently have decided to ignore. It is what it is, but it provides some precedent.

Stockey Centre: Operating losses are on the order of $300,000 per year. This does not include the amortized cost of the recent improvements to the roof and the siding that amounted to about $1.2 million.

Bobby Orr Community Centre: The annual losses on this facility are on the order of $400,000 per year. This also doesn’t include the facility upgrades that included replacing the ice surface and the supporting infrastructure. The cost for this upgrade is about $1 million plus and is being amortized.

(Note: the million dollar plus cost for the Stockey Centre and Bobby Orr Community Centre type upgrades need to be budgeted for any pool complex. The figures for replacement activities are likely to be much more costly. Warm chlorinated water has a very detrimental impact on structures in this part of the world. Elliot Lake is facing this type of an issue after a couple decades of operation. In some cases it is cheaper to demolish and rebuild rather than refurbish. These facilities have lifetimes in the very low decades.)

Q3 – How much does the town spend yearly on the library? It seems to me it is always being asked to pare its (bare minimum) budget.

Answer: The 2019 Town of Parry Sound budget for the Library is $184,000. The Library has largely been well supported by Town of Parry Sound Council in terms of budget. A couple other municipalities also contribute to the Library but not nearly to the same extent as the Town.

Q4 – How willing have the townships been to contribute to joint use facilities? Many backed out of the library rather than pay their percentage of the costs. As for the arena, not only the townships but the hockey club screamed bloody murder when fair costs were allocated – & the town backed down. Does the museum still receive support from the townships? etc, etc…………!!!!!

Answer: Concerning the Museum, the area municipalities and even the Town have largely reneged on their commitment to the Museum. Originally conceived as a joint venture by the area municipalities to record and share the area’s history, the partners have tried to limit or shirk their responsibilities. The municipalities have not increased their contributions sufficiently over the past two decades to cover cost of living type inflationary expenses. In the case of McKellar they no longer support the Museum claiming that they have their own museum. That’s a bit like a deadbeat dad refusing to pay child support because they have a new family. The museum has only been able to survive because of upper level government grants and the Trillium folks who have supported needed capital improvements. The Museum is a building and buildings slowly deteriorate over the years. Somehow the municipalities feel that the Museum should be self-supporting. That is not the case for the Museum on Tower Hill, ROM, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Louvre.

The Museum is my best example of the area municipalities commitment to working together, intent and action. It doesn’t bode well for any Pool collaboration. There are no other good examples of the municipalities contributing to a shared resource over a period of years and decades. Seguin tosses the Town of Parry Sound about $10,000 per year for the Stockey Centre but that is literally pennies on the dollar in terms of the operating expense losses. The Municipal Airport might be an example, but it really only involves Seguin and the Town of Parry Sound.

A Wellness Centre and Pool can become a reality if all parties participate appropriate to the needs and resources of their community over the long term. If “good fences make good neighbors”, then good legal agreements make good partnerships. Buyer beware!