Parry Sound Budget Meeting Tonight – 2017-12-12

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It starts at 6:00. While the discussion portion will be broadcast, the Town has suggested that the presentation portion will not be available because of technical issues. So, if you plan to watch the session live or later, be sure to download a copy of the budget document to follow along. The Town has a link to the budget at Combined Agenda.

Why bother with following the Town of Parry Sound Annual budget? The short answer is that it lets you know what the Town has planned for the next few years. Nothing gets done without a budget, and this is where the Town lays it all out, for as long as five years in terms of capital investments. For example, there is a tentative capital line entry in 2023 for an Aquatic Centre. There are a thousand stories in the Parry Sound budget and that is only one of them.

Speaking of budgets, did you read the article in the Ottawa Citizen concerning the Blind River debt, about $50 million, related to solar installations? It has a little bit of a parallel in Parry Sound, but with a better outcome. Almost 7 years ago the Town was approached about investing in a solar program on Town property. The suggestion was that the Town could make money by producing power at a lower price than it could sell it back to the Province. The Town was given an option to cover all costs, or co-invest. I attended the council meeting where the presentation was made by a consultant, and read the supporting documents. It seemed like BS to me. Lots of risk and limited payout. The meeting was held in the top of the Children’s Aid building. As the consultant was leaving, I stepped outside and asked him some more questions about the basis of the propsal, probably a little agressively as I smelled BS. I was told to leave him alone by the accompanying Town of Parry Sound Operations staff person. In the end I sent a letter to Town Staff with my thoughts. In their wisdom, Council declined not to go forward with the solar investment. It might have ended up not so different that the Blind River situation.

The Town is once again looking at investing in solar energy. This time by only supplying the land with Lakeland Power making the financial and management investment. There is still is some risk to the Town as a shareholder in Lakeland Power, hopefully it’s minimal and shared with the other investors.

Parry Sound 2018 Budget – Slight Revision

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The Town has issued a slightly revised budget. Apparently a few of last year’s discussion items were included in the first draft and have been removed in this latest version. You can find the updated budget through this link at the Town’s website.

I was going to ask if you had a chance to provide your input to the 2018 Budget deliberations by clicking on the Budget Simulator link. But it seems the link is down as of this morning (2017-12-09). Perhaps it will go up again. I would think we should have access to the simulator at least through the end of the year. Final budget decisions will only be made in January.

Draft 2018 Parry Sound Budget Available

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There will be a first public discussion of the Town of Parry Sound 2018 Budget next week. The meeting starts at 6:00 PM in the Town’s council chambers. If things go as usual there will be a short period at the start of the session for deputations from the Public. If you are late you will probably miss that window of opportunity and you will not have an opportunity to speak during the meeting.

I understand the meeting will be streamed live. So unless you have something to say, you may wish to catch it online – the live or recorded versions. Speak to the Town for information on how to access the feed on YouTube. It’s not easy to find the appropriate link. I’d like to suggest the Town put these meeting links directly on the homepage.

The draft budget document is now available at the Town’s website through this link. You may want to review it prior to the meeting to better understand what is being discussed. Staff and Council will have reviewed the document so things will move quickly.

Why not help Staff and Council by heading over to their interactive budget simulator and letting them know what you think. There is a question about a Splash Pad. At this point I’m in support of it. We need to start thinking about the younger folks in town. But, head over to the simulator and let them know what you think about the Splash Pad and a number of other budget related items.

Parry Sound Council Meeting Quick Notes – 2017-12-05

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I’ll start providing some short notes concerning what I heard at the previous night’s meeting of Council. This won’t be comprehensive, but rather will identify points worth noting and perhaps considering. Check the North Star and the Town’s official minutes (out by Friday) for additional information and perspective.

Emily Street – things are behind schedule and frustrating for Town Staff. A Come to Peter (Brown) meeting is being held this Thursday which should shed more light on plans.

Salt Dock Road Property – there were two deputations last night outlining a vision for development of the surplus property that the Town is proposing to sell. It’s worth watching the recording of the live stream to understand their intentions for the property if they can acquire the land. Here’s a link to the 2017-12-05 meeting stream. (The deputations start at the 28-minute point.) The proposals differ:

John Jacklin – a mix of single family and town homes. The single family unit prices will start at $1.5 million. Yes, I had to go back and listen to the stream to confirm that number. (FYI – that would imply annual property taxes on the order of more than $15,000 per year.) The town homes would be priced in the range of $500,000 to $600,000. Construction would start summer 2018.

Greystone (Granite Harbour folks) – more of what we already have on Salt Dock Road. The units would be priced in the $200,000 to $400,000+ range. Construction would start once Phase 2, close to completion, and Phase 3, mostly pre-sold, are complete; probably 2019.

Watch the deputations for more information. I have no opinion on these two proposals, but it certainly reinforces the apparent attractiveness of Parry Sound for people selling in the GTA and heading north to a cheaper location, not too far away, with decent services, and those who have cottaged up here and don’t want to deal in their old age with winter in the boonies. Both groups will demand GTA quality accommodations, not Parry Sound Shabby.

Council Agenda Preview – December 5, 2017

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There is not much on this week’ agenda that should cause concern for Parry Sound residents. The agenda does point to issues that Council and the Town will be facing in 2018. In addition to elections of a new Council, there will be a substantial turnover in Senior Staff. We have this year seen the resignations of our By-law Officer, and our Director of Finance (and POA Court Services). This coming year sees the departures of our Chief Administration Officer and Director of Development & Leisure Services, followed by the departure of our Director of Public Works in 2019. These are all caring and capable individuals who have shown that they can work together. With the possibility of new faces on Council, and the reality that there will be new faces on Senior Staff, we could be facing challenges if poor decisions are made in hiring and voting. I’m optimistic, the past election led to a pair of capable new faces on Council, and the additions to Staff in the past couple of years have been uniformly excellent. Things will be changing and a steady hand will be necessary.

The most notable topics on this week’s agenda include:

4.1 – Sewer flush and clean. I’m interested in seeing the Town’s written response to this issue. In the past the Town has included their response to similar matters as part of the agenda package. If the Town is going to tell them too bad it’s your problem, I’d like the rest of us to understand the Town’s position on these matters. It’s a bit like blasting in Town. The competent companies do an inventory of the local area to make sure there aren’t any pre-existing situations they might be blamed for. In this case of sewer problems, being downhill from a high pressure hose blowing out the lines certainly could lead to problems, even if everything in the home was tickety-boo.

5.3 – I’ll bet people are interested in this property. Let’s get a fair price and put it to good use.

9.1.2, 9.1.4 – Activities related to Senior Staff changes that were mentioned earlier.

9.4.1 – An additional solar project, this one on the north end of Parry Sound in McDougall where the Town owns land and a water tower.

10.4.1 – Mostly about Downtown flowers; so easy to plan, and so easy to screw up (at least in the opinion of some). Something I remember about about silk purses comes to mind.

Closed Session

  1. d) labour relations or employee negotiations. (Grievance)

Correspondence

4.1 – Richard and Marilyn Mooder, residents. Concerns about the road repair on Rosetta Street and the procedure used to flush and clean the sewer and their complaint on the effects on their home.

4.2 – Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General for the Province of Ontario. The Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures, 2017 including amendments to the Provincial Offences Act which would see a streamline and simplified process, expanded online service delivery, transfer of responsibility for a broader range of provincial offences prosecutions to municipal partners and strengthening of municipal fine enforcement tools.

4.4 – Jack Tynan, President, Park to Park Trail Association. Formal request for Parry Sound’s continued financial support of Park to Park Trail.

4.10 – Glen Hodgson, Chair, West Parry Sound District Museum. Request for the 2018 contribution to the Museum on Tower Hill.

Deputations

5.1 – Rita Orr, Parry Sound Public Library. Update on Activities and 2018 Draft Budget.

5.2 – Nadine Hammond, Museum on Tower Hill. Strategic Plan and Executive Summary

5.3 – John Jacklin and John Jackson, residents. Interest in the surplus property at Salt Dock Road.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.2 – CAO Recruiter Appointment. Resolution. That upon review of three requests for proposals received, Council appoints the firm of Tim L. Dobbie Consulting Ltd. to undertake the recruitment of a new CAO in anticipation of pending 2018 retirement of incumbent Rob Mens.

9.1.3 – Policy – Use of Corporate Resources During a Municipal Election. Resolution. That Council approve the Use of Corporate Resources During a Municipal Election Policy, attached as Schedule “A”.

9.1.4 – Creation of Economic Officer Development Position. Resolution. That given the pending August 2018 (last day in the office May 11, 2018) retirement of Lynn Middaugh as Director of Development & Leisure Services, the position of Economic Development Officer be created with a target date of April 9, 2018.

9.2.1 – Award 2017 General Insurance RFP. Resolution. That Council hereby awards the RFP for general insurance and risk management services to BFL Canada Inc. in the amount of $249,669 (plus applicable taxes) for the year December 15, 2017 to December 15, 2018.

9.4.1 – Commence Process to Consider Lands Suitable for a Renewable Energy Project. Direction. 1. That staff initiate conversations with McDougall Township regarding a renewable energy project on Town owned lands in their Township. 2. That depending on the outcome of the above conversations, that staff discuss with the relevant partners the creation of a renewable energy project on these parcels.

By-laws

10.2.1 – Debenture issue for 2017 Capital Works. By-law 2017 – 6781. A By-law of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound to Authorize the Borrowing Upon Serial Debentures in the Principal Amount of $572,056 Towards the Cost of Big Sound Marina Dock B Replacement, Bobby Orr Community Centre Roof Replacement, Public Washroom Replacement.

10.4.2 – Downtown Business Association/Town of Parry Sound – Memorandum of Understanding. By-law 2017 – 6783. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound and the Parry Sound Downtown Business Association and to repeal By-law No: 2017-6732.

10.4.3 – Rezoning Application – Z/17/06 – Lawrence/Mulligan (Oakridge Road) – Lifting of “h” symbol.By-law 2017 – 6784. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law) as amended to remove a holding provision from a portion of the lands described as Parts 2 and 3, and part of Part 1 of 42R11963.

If you won’t be attending the meeting, and you certainly won’t unless you have a deputation to make, watch the live feed. Or check out the recording later in the week. I recommend watching at least through the Councillors’ reports and the deputations. The rest will be a snooze, everything will be approved as recommended.

It looks as though I will need to start attending Council meetings again, and not just following them online, if I want say my goodbyes.

Council Agenda Preview – November 21, 2017

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A few short comments on a couple of the issues before Council this week. The more important items on the agenda follow:

9.4.1 – The purchase of 65 self-watering hanging baskets.
This seems like a good idea. The current baskets demand more watering than is practical for Town Staff to provide. This purchase has the potential to significantly improve the quality of the flowers and perhaps even save time and money.

9.4.4 – Bobby Orr Community Centre (BOCC) – Gas Pipe Relocation.
This seems to be another necessary remediation for work that was not done to specifications. Keep your eyes open folks and make sure that your supplier delivers/installs what they were contracted to do. It’s too late once the job has been paid for and a problem shows up a few years later.

Closed Session

d) labour relations or employee negotiations. (Personnel Matters) (POA Court)

e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board. (Zoning Matter)

Correspondence

4.1 – Gail Burrows, Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce. Request for funding in the 2018 budget

Deputations

5.1 – Gail Burrows, President, Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce. Annual Chamber of Commerce Update and Financial Request

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.4.1 – Self-Watering Hanging Baskets: Pre-Budget Approval. Resolution. That Council authorize staff to single source the delivery of 65 self-watering hanging baskets from Equinox Environmental Products, for a total of $9,892.01, including HST.

9.4.2 – Council Approved Sign Application – Mill Lake Boat Launch. Resolution. That the Chief Building Official is authorized to issue a permit for two signs substantially as shown on Schedule “A” attached; and According to the conditions in Schedule “B” attached; and That the permit will initially be for a five year period; and That the permit does expire if the signs are removed.

9.4.3 – Reappointment of Councillors to Committee of Adjustment. Resolution. That Councillors Borneman and Keith be reappointed to the Parry Sound Committee of Adjustment until November 30, 2018.

9.4.4 – Bobby Orr Community Centre (BOCC) – Gas Pipe Relocation. Resolution. That Council accept the change order from J. G. Fitzgerald & Sons Ltd. for relocation of the gas pipe at the BOCC in the amount of $32,153.00 excluding HST; and engineering/consulting fees; and That the project be funded from the Building Replacement Reserve.

9.5.1 – 2018 Land Ambulance Budget. Resolution. That upon recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee the Council of the Town of Parry Sound adopts the 2018 Land Ambulance Budget in the amount of $9,477,716.

9.5.2 – Auto Pulse. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee the Council of the Town of Parry Sound authorize the purchase of 10 Auto Pulse devices and ancillary equipment from Zoll Medical Canada in the amount of $173,722.59.

9.5.3 – 2018 Ambulance Purchases. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee, Council approve the purchase of two ambulances from Crestline Coach in the amount of $111,392 each inclusive of the trade in value ($11,000) for our current units being replaced, to be delivered in late winter of 2018.

9.5.4 – Surplus EMS Vehicle. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee, the Council of the Town of Parry Sound allocate a surplus 2011 Ford E350 Ambulance to the Whitestone Fire Department at no cost.

By-laws

10.1.1 – Contract for 2018 Municipal Election eVoting Services. By-Law 2017 – 6778. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a contract with Intelivote Systems Inc. for the provision of an electronic voting system incorporating voting through telephone and secure internet connections for the 2018 Municipal Election.

It hardly seems worth attending the meeting this coming week. There are no items of real importance on the agenda, nor is there likely to be any significant discussion. But, the meeting may not be broadcast based on challenges with the Town’s Live Stream service.

 

Council Agenda Preview – November 7, 2017

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Some short comments on the issues before Council this week:

4.1 – Concerns regarding the connection of services on Rosetta to incidents of wastewater overflow in their home.
I would be similarly concerned if this happened at my home. Apply enough pressure and every vent system will fail. A contractor seems to have screwed up and they need to accept responsibility.

4.2, 5.1 – Concerns about issues of safety on William Street while public is using the bike lanes.
I don’t live on William Street but it has been my experience that commercial trucks rarely respect a 40 kph speed limit. Time is money folks. I also believe in the adage, “You don’t s**t where you eat”. Adams would be advised to keep a closer tab on their drivers and their customers, or consider moving their materials operations to their McDougall facility where there is much less pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

9.3.1 – Solar field partnership RFP waiver and solar agreement.
It’s a bit of a ‘hot wire’ approach to ‘jump start’ the project but seems reasonable. This landfill site will be put to use and the Town is not on the hook for expenses, and may save a few bucks on energy costs. I am comforted by the involvement of Lakeland Holdings. Their track record to date has been pretty good.

9.3.3 – Wink’s Link Trail update. Resolution. That Council support staff recommendation to seasonally maintain Winks Link, and to allow the Snowmobile clubs to use and maintain the Link in the winter months;
I hope that Council will require the snowmobile clubs to assume responsibility for any damage and unreasonable wear and tear of the trail. I recall a situation one winter when a lamp post was knocked over on the Rotary Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail bridge over the Sequin River that ended up the responsibility of the Town. The boards on the bridge were also replaced a couple of years ago because of damage by the snow machines. I think we should share, but let’s make sure our ‘guests’ assume appropriate responsibility.

9.6.1 – Parry Sound Official Coat of Arms.
Sure, why not?

Key Agenda Items

Closed Session

(b) personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees. (CAO Recruitment), (Personnel Matter), (Former Employee)

(c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board; (Request to Transfer Lease)

Correspondence

4.1 – Richard and Marilyn Mooder, 16 Rosetta Street. Concerns regarding the connection of services on Rosetta to incidents of wastewater overflow in their home.

4.2 – Stacy Andelin, William Street. Concerns about issues of safety on William Street while public is using the bike lanes.

4.3 – Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Opposes Proposed Changes to the Public Health System. Re: Concerns that changes to the Public Health System will completely change and dilute over time the mandate of the local public health system by integrating it with the Health care system. No analysis provided by the Expert Panel or the Ministry on the implications of this proposed integration from either a patient, program/service, or cost benefit analysis perspective was done.

4.7 – Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) Re: FONOM disappointed with Decision to Cancel Energy East Project

Deputations

5.1 – Stacy Andelin, William Street. Concerns about the safety of people using the bike lanes on Williams Street.

Consent Agenda

8.1 – Amendment to Budget Schedule. Resolution. That Council hereby approves the revised 2018 budget preparation schedule as set out in Schedule “A” attached; and That Resolution 2017-144 is hereby rescinded.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – 2018 Council Meeting Dates. Resolution. That pursuant to By-law 2015-6573, Section 3, paragraph 4, Council approves Schedule “A” as attached, which provides the schedule of dates for the 2018 Regular meetings of Council.

9.3.1 – Solar field partnership RFP waiver and solar agreement. Direction.
1. That Council waive the request for proposal (RFP) that was initiated by the October 17th, 2017 Council meeting; and
2. That Council direct staff to develop an agreement with Lakeland Power and AMP Energy for the creation of a solar field on the old landfill site; and 3. That Council directs staff to consider the long-term potential use of other large, municipally owned parcels of land, for best future use.

9.3.2 – Hybrid Electric Truck Loan Opportunity. Resolution. Whereas municipalities purchase and maintain fleet vehicles in order to provide necessary services to their communities; and Whereas emerging electric vehicle and hybrid technologies have the potential to significantly improve the environmental impact of municipal fleets by reducing their GHG emissions; and Whereas municipal fleet managers make significant and costly decisions on the fleet vehicles they purchase and these vehicles may be part of municipal fleets for several years; and
Whereas more data and information is necessary to encourage municipal adoption of new green technologies and to help make decisions about the most appropriate applications; and Whereas AMO is proposing to apply to the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund to procure electric trucks which will be loaned to participants in the pilot and members to test and measure usage; Therefore, Be It Resolved That the Council of the Town of Parry Sound will participate in and support the AMO Electric Truck Pilot Project alongside other interested municipal governments, including by partnering with AMO in the application for grant funding from the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund.

9.3.3 – Wink’s Link Trail update. Resolution. That Council support staff recommendation to seasonally maintain Winks Link, and to allow the Snowmobile clubs to use and maintain the Link in the winter months; and Further to update Town of Parry Sound Bylaw #98-4016 to include Winks Link, and include the appropriate signage identifying the usage.

9.4.2 – Façade Improvement Program Recommendations. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the Façade Improvement Review Committee, Council approves:
a) 11 James Street (SJB Construction Inc.) in the amount of $4,112.48;
b) 39 James Street (Ritchie Holdings – Parry Sound – Ltd.) in the amount of $9,022.50; and,
c) 19 James Street (Dyer) – in the amount of $8,465.69.
And further that Agreement Letters be drafted and executed by the successful applicants. And that upon the recommendation of the Façade Improvement Review Committee, Council deny the request for funding from:
d) 138 William Street (Fellowship Baptist Church); and
e) 43 Church Street (Moir).

9.6.1 – Parry Sound Official Coat of Arms. Resolution. That a Coat of Arms Ad Hoc Committee be struck to review the development of a registered Coat of Arms and Motto for the Town of Parry Sound to be submitted to the Heraldic Authority through the Governor General’s office; and That Mayor McGarvey, Councillor ___________, Ann Hurdman and ___________ be appointed to the Committee.

By-laws

10.2.1 – Approval of application for debenture. By-law 2017 – 6776. 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.

As always the full agenda with attachments is available at the Town’s website. The meeting will be available live, and archived, on YouTube. Contact the Town of Parry Sound for information if you need help finding it. A search for “Town of Parry Sound council meeting youtube” should provide the appropriate link. Just be careful regarding the date or will end up with an archived meeting. Sometimes the live feed doesn’t appear until a minute or two after the usual 7:00 start time.

Council Agenda Preview – October 17, 2017

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There are some interesting items on this week’s council agenda. The most interesting in my opinion, 9.1.3 – Succession planning and organizational restructuring, was the subject of a separate post and won’t be discussed here. These are this week’s highlights:

Closed Session – Item c.
Probably a disposition of the CP StationThe likeliest buyer would be the Festival of the Sound. I hope there will be a true arms length approach to this transaction.

Items 5.3, 9.3.1 – Solar Power Project – A Clean Energy Powered Future.
Oh boy, let’s build and be responsible for more infrastructure. Investing in roads and water I understand. It’s necessary and there is no practical alternative to having the Town build and manage it. Solar power is the best alternative for the desert – lots of sun, high in the sky, and not much in the way of rain or cloudy days. In our part of the world the best carbon free energy investment is hydroelectric and offshore wind. My first sense is that this is not something we should be getting involved with. Why are we competing with for profit businesses. Solar technology is still first generation, like copper phone lines were twenty years ago. If it’s about being environmentally caring, can’t we take credit for the carbon free generation at the Cascade Street power plant? If we can find a party that wants to lease the McFarlane Landfill site, and sell us solar power at market rates – let’s consider it. Read the full R&R for a sense of what’s involved.

8.3 – AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) Opposes Proposed Changes to Public Health System.
If the experts tell us something we don’t want to hear, well then let’s make our own uninformed decisions. That’s the current approach south of the border.

9.4.1 – Stockey Centre Roof & Siding Project – Grant Application.
It seems that the million dollar repairs to the Stockey Centre is on the agenda and will be approved. Makes sense, all things considered. Do you think that people were anticipating and budgeting for this type of expense when the Stockey Centre was first approved? That’s why you don’t make investments in things that are not ‘mission critical’ unless you have money to waste.

Selected Agenda Items

Closed Session

b) personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees. (Appointment of Integrity Commissioner) (CAO Recruitment)

c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purposes. (CP Station)

Deputations

5.1 – Becky Pollock and Sue Woodhouse, on behalf of the Parry Sound Active Transportation Committee. Re: Request for signage support and contribution on the trail link extending from Mall Drive along Parry Sound Drive to the Nobel Trail. Also request support to name the trail link “Wink’s Link” in recognition of Wendall Fisher’s contribution to the building of this trail through his work in the Parry Sound Area Active Transportation group.

5.2 – Terry Zanussi, Chair, Parry Sound Public Library Board. Re: Introduction of Rita Orr, CEO of the Parry Sound Public Library.

5.3 – Forrest Pengra, Manager of Infrastructure and Technology, Town of Parry Sound; Vince Kulchycki, COO Lakeland Power and; Kurt Robertson, Business Development Director AMP Energy. Solar Power Project – A Clean Energy Powered Future

Consent Agenda

8.3 – AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) Opposes Proposed Changes to Public Health System. Resolution. Whereas the provincial government is considering far reaching changes to the public health system based on recommendations made by the Expert Panel on Public Health in their report “Public Health within an Integrated Health System” released on July 20, 2017; and Whereas the Board of Directors of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and their Health Task Force, does not support the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Public Health and is urging the government not to adopt them; and Whereas if the Expert Panel recommendations are implemented, it will completely change and dilute, over time, the mandate of the local public health system by integrating it with the health care system; and Whereas there was no analysis provided by either the Expert Panel or the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on the implications of this proposed integration from either a patient, program/service, or cost benefit analysis perspective; Now, Therefore Be It Resolved that Council for the Town of Parry Sound supports AMO in their conclusions about this report and is voicing Council’s opposition to this report to Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins; and Further that this resolution be provided to AMO, Norm Miller, M.P.P., West Parry Sound Municipal Councils and the West Parry Sound Health Centre.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – Naming of Town to McDougall Trail Link. Resolution. That Council fully supports the naming of the ‘Link’ trail to McDougall “Wink’s Link Community Path” and that an appropriate sign be constructed at the Town entrance to the Trail to be funded from the Trials Master Plan budget at a cost of up to $1,500.

9.1.2 – Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act (Changes to the Municipal Act, 2001, the Municipal Election Act, 1996 and the Conflict of Interest Act) Resolution. That the Staff Report regarding Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2017, be received for information purposes.
Direction (For Direct Staff Follow-up). That the Clerk be directed to update Parry Sound’s policies and by-laws affected by Bill 68 as they pertain to the Municipal Act, the Conflict of Interest Act, and the Municipal Elections Act.

9.1.3 – Succession planning and organizational restructuring. Resolution. That the Succession Planning & Organizational Restructuring report dated October 17, 2017 as attached be approved.

9.3.1 – Solar Power Project – A Clean Energy Powered Future. Direction. THAT Council set the goal of 100% of Town buildings and operations using only electricity from renewable energy sources and supports in principle, the use of Town owned lands, particularly the former McFarlane Landfill site for solar power generation and, THAT the Manager of Infrastructure and Technology be directed to initiate a request for proposal process to select a supplier for the review and potential development of solar generation net metering projects on Town owned property(s), AND THAT staff bring a report back to Council for consideration and award to a potential supplier following the evaluation of any proposals received.

9.4.1 – Stockey Centre Roof & Siding Project – Grant Application.
Resolution. 1. That Council authorizes that application be made to the Department of Canadian Heritage/Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for the Stockey Centre roof and siding project in the amount of $705,525. representing 50% of total project costs; and That Rob Mens be confirmed as the person with signing authority. 2. That in the event the funding application is approved, Council approves an additional $5,600. for debenture for 2017/2018 for this project. Resolution postponed at the September 5, 2017 meeting.
Resolution. That Council accepts the tender from W.S. Morgan Construction Ltd. in the amount of $888,180.00 including HST for roof repairs and siding replacement at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts and Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, this being the only tender received; and That the budgeted debenture be increased to reflect the tendered amount.

9.4.2 – Regional Innovation Strategy Initiative. Direction. 1) That the report be received for information purposes; 2) That the Town partner with the Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network by providing meeting space for focus group and information sessions as required, at no cost; and 3) That the Town’s Web site and other forms of social media be utilized to promote participation in the development of a Regional Innovation Strategy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parry Sound Succession Plan – Must Read Item

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This is a must read item for those of you interested in understanding what is happening in the Town of Parry Sound, and where the Town is headed.

The agenda for the upcoming October 17th meeting of Council included a rather obscure item 9.1.3, Succession planning and organizational restructuring.

It’s anything but obscure, and outlines significant planned changes in Town Office staffing as a result of impending retirements and opportunistic staffing realignment. I won’t offer any commentary on the proposed changes beyond applauding this type of transparency on the part of Staff and Council.

You can head over to the Town’s website and track down, and download, the agenda for the October 17th meeting. The report starts on page 85 of the agenda package. Or, you can click this link and get just the succession plan portion of the agenda hosted at this site. While I always prefer people read Town of Parry Sound documents in their entirety as provided by the Town, I believe this is important enough to make it a just a bit easier for folks to access.

Feel free to post comments on what you think about the proposed plan and the associated changes.

Council Agenda Preview – October 2, 2017

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It’s time for another meeting of the Parry Sound Council, and there is nothing of a ‘mission critical’ nature on the agenda as far as I can see. There are a few items worth noting as summarized below.

DBA – Items 4.3 and 9.4.2 start the process of strategic plan for the Parry Sound Downtown Business Association.

Trail Link – Items 4.4, 5.2, 8.3 and 9.1.1 are all ‘linked’ with the resignation of Wendall Fisher as chair of the 8 to 80 Committee and the opening of a new trail.

Sale of CN Station – Item 9.3.1. The station, after the previous sale fell through, is being sold for the reduced price of $80,000. That’s a bargain of sorts for the right opportunity.

Bobby Orr Community Centre Upgrade – Item 9.4.1. An investment of $40,000 is required to dehumidify the facility to permit the installation of the ice surface. A climate change consequence? Perhaps we’ll just need to shorten the hockey season in Canada.

Additional items and information can be found below and in the Town’s full Meeting Agenda.

Closed Session

d) labour relations or employee negotiations. (Succession Planning & Organizational Redesign, Personnel Update)

e) litigation or pending litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board. (Zoning Matter)

Correspondence

4.3 – Susan Hyrcyna, EA for Parry Sound Downtown Business Association (PSDBA). Re: Recommendation by the Board to accept the proposal received from Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) and Page By Page Consulting to develop a Strategic Plan for the PSDBA by working with the Downtown Steering Committee and the PSDBA Board.

4.4 – Wink Fisher, Chair – 8-80’s Committee of Council. Re: Mr. Fisher’s resignation from the Committee due to health reasons.

Deputations

5.1 – Trevor Pinn, Director of Finance and POA Court Services. Re: Demonstration of Budget Tool Software.

5.2 – Becky Pollack and Susan Woodhouse, on behalf of the Parry. Sound Active Transportation Committee Re: Request for signage support and contribution on the trail link extending from Mall Drive along Parry Sound Drive to the Nobel Trail. Also request support to name the trail link “Wink’s Link” in recognition of Wendall Fisher’s contribution to the building of this trail through his work in the Parry Sound Area Active Transportation group.

Consent Agenda

8.2 – Audited Statements for Land Ambulance and POA Court Services. Resolution. Whereas the Council for the Town of Parry Sound has previously approved the draft Consolidated Audited Financial Statements for the Town of Parry Sound for the year ending December 31, 2016; And Whereas the Town issues two supplementary statements for the Administration of the POA Court and the Administration of the Land Ambulance Service; Now therefore be it resolved that the Council for the Town of Parry Sound approves, substantially as attached as Schedules “A” and “B”, the audited statements for the Administration of the POA Services and the Administration of the Land Ambulance Service for the year ended December 31, 2016.

8.3 – Wink Fisher, Chair – 8-80’s Committee of Council. Resolution. Whereas Mr. Fisher has served on the 8-80’s Committee of Council since it’s inception; and Whereas Council is very appreciative of Mr. Fisher contribution to the 8-80’s Committee; Now, therefore Be It Resolved that Council accepts, with regret, Mr. Fisher’s resignation as Chair and member of this Committee.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – Naming of the Parry Sound to McDougall Trail Link and Signage. Resolution. That Council fully supports the naming of the ‘Link’ trail to McDougall “Wink’s Link Community Path” and that an appropriate sign be constructed at the Town entrance to the Trail to be funded from the Trials Master Plan budget at a cost of up to $1,500.

9.3.1 – Sale of CN Station – 1 Station Road. Resolution.  That Council accepts the offer of purchase from Scott Ben Michaud for the purchase of the CN station and property located at 1 Station Road, Parry Sound, in the amount of Eighty thousand dollars ($80,000.00); And further that Council directs staff to retain the services of a solicitor to prepare the final Agreement of Purchase and Sale; And further, that the net proceeds from the sale be placed in the Capital Asset Legacy Reserve fund.

9.4.1 – BOCC: Emergency Dehumidifier Replacement. Resolution. That Council authorize staff to single source the delivery and installation one (1) RefPlus DDE-2500 Ice Rink Desiccant Dehumidifier, from Cimco Refrigeration, for an approximate total of $40, 000, including HST, and that it be funded from the Building Replacement Reserve.

9.4.2 – Downtown Business Association (DBA) Strategic Plan RFP. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the Downtown Steering Committee, Council accept the proposal from the Ontario BIA Association and Page By Page Consulting for the development of a Downtown Business Association Strategic Plan in the amount of $8,500 attached as Schedule “A”.

9.4.3 – Façade Improvement Program Recommendation – Tanis Mack and Amy Black (Pardon My Garden and a Black-Tie Affair). Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the Façade Improvement Review Committee, Council approve the Pardon My Garden and a Black-Tie Affair application, being 35 Seguin Street in the amount of $1,877.50.

By-laws

10.5.1 – Appointment of Nathan Jeffery as a Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Officer. By-law 2017 – 6772. Being a bylaw to appoint Nathan Jeffery as a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer and to repeal By-law 2002-4443.

I won’t be at the meeting this week. The online stream is so much more convenient. The seating at home is more comfortable with high speed internet available and the option to multitask. It might be fun to start live Tweeting the meetings and engage in a real time discussion of the issues as they are before Council. That might go a long way to stimulating more community participation. Just no mean Tweets.