Council Agenda Preview – August 11, 2020

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There is very little in this week’s agenda .  I suggest people review the summarized agenda below and refer to the full agenda at the Town’s website for the complete meeting agenda and any included documentation.

Closed Session
b) personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees; (2 Taxi License Appeals to refusals by the Issuer of Licenses; Applicants to the Accessibility Advisory Committee)
c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purposes; (conditions with respect to potential sale of property)

Presentations
Civic Scholarship Award

Correspondence
4.1 –
Judy Smith, Director Municipal Governance/Clerk, Chatham-Kent. Support for Private Member’s Bill re: Emancipation Day proclamation.

4.2 – Jamie Eckenswiller, Deputy Clerk, Owen Sound. Support for Private Member’s Bill re: Emancipation Day proclamation.

4.3 – Judith Meyntz, Deputy Clerk, Municipality of Whitestone 2. Support for position that DSSABs not appropriate OPP oversight body.

4.4. – Colin & Sally Norman, Salt Dock Road. Concerns regarding safety and noise at Salt Dock as a result of speeding cars.

4.5 – Jacquie Wareham, Online Learning Recruitment Officer, Contact North. Education Opportunities.

4.6 – Lori West, Clerk, Municipality of McDougall. Support for Long-Term Care Home Improvements.

4.7 – Lori West, Clerk, Municipality of McDougall. Request that the Province Expedite ICIP Grant applications.

Deputations
None

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Comprehensive Review of Zoning By-law – Circulation.

Direction
That staff circulate the draft comprehensive Zoning By-law for public and agency review/comment.

9.1.2 – Plans Reviewer and Inspector.
Resolution
That the Council of the Town of Parry Sound formalize the position of Plans Reviewer and Inspector; and further
That the Organization Chart attached as Schedule A be approved.

9.5.1 – Emancipation Day Proclamation annually for August 1.
Resolution 2020
THAT Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound supports the Private Member’s Bill put forward by Majid Jowhari: M-36 Emancipation Day, to designate August 1st of every year as “Emancipation Day” in Canada; and
THAT this resolution of support be forwarded to Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Scott Aitchison, and all House of Commons representatives.

By-laws
10.1.1 Appoint Building Inspector (Naythan Nunes).

By-law 2020 – 7064
Being a by-law to appoint Naythan Nunes as a building inspector and revoke other appointments.

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – July 21, 2020

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There are no surprises in the minutes of the July 21st meeting of the Town of Parry Sound Council. See the related Agenda Preview post for details and my comments on the various items.

Presentations
None

Questions of Staff
3.2.1 –
In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry regarding construction at the corner of Seguin, Bowes and Great North Roads, Director of Public Works Mike Kearns reported that Lakeland Power is in the process of running infrastructure underground using directional boring.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry as to what is happening to the provincial government building on Bay Street with the new OPP station moving quickly to completion, CAO Clayton Harris reported that the Town has received no update and no timeline from the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry to determine where they would like to relocate. Mr. Harris also noted that facility analysis is or has been done with other locations, raising concern about the possibility of MNRF moving out of the area. The Town has a delegation request at the AMO virtual conference with one of the items being a reminder to the Minister that the Town is interested in the property and would like to see jobs retained in community.

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding pavement cuts at Waubuno Road near Waubeek and Waubeek Street near Church, Mr. Kearns reported that these cuts are in anticipation of re-paving which should have been completed by end of workday today.

3.2.4 – In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry regarding the timeline for completion of removal of demolition rubble from the former St. Joseph’s Hospital, Mr. Harris said that he would ask the Chief Building Official what the demolition plan was submitted by the contractor and report back to Council. Mayor McGarvey reported that the contractor seems to be separating material into different piles for reclamation. With respect to the chimney, Manager of Building and Planning Services Taylor Elgie reported that the plan does not include demolition of the chimney which is a habitat for the endangered chimney swift. Mr. Harris reported that the contractor indicated he convinced the owner to save the chimney as it was unnecessary to demolish it, it was in stable condition, at the edge of the property and may be an interesting feature in a new development.

Correspondence
Note: Only an action for item 4.8 was noted for the various correspondence items. Refer to the Agenda Preview for details on the various items.

4.1 – Jenn Montreuil, Deputy City Clerk, City of North Bay. Copy of letter to the Prime Minister re: support for FCM’s request of the Federal Government to support communities with a minimum $10 billion funding for emergency operational support.

4.2 – Township of The Archipelago. Request for increased provincial funding for the West Parry Sound Health Centre that takes into account seasonal residency.

4.3 – Township of The Archipelago. Copy of letter written to the President and CEO of LCBO regarding concerns with the potential closure of LCBO convenience outlets at Woods Bay and San Souci.

4.4 – Township of The Archipelago. Resolution expressing hope that the COVID-19 pandemic can be controlled to the point where international borders can be safely re-opened such that international and American property owners can access their properties.

4.5 – Township of The Archipelago. Support for the Town of Parry Sound and the Health Unit’s initiatives mandating face coverings.
4.6 – Andrea McIntyre. Concerns with the mandating of face coverings.

4.7 – Municipality of Whitestone. Copy of request to provincial government to financially support rural broadband internet.

4.8 – Gail McEwen, Almonte Street. Concern over a property matter between neighbours which has been referred to the Director of Public Works and the By-law Enforcement Officer.

4.9 – Jeremy McDonald, A-Staff Sergeant, Detachment Commander, WPS OPP. OPP 2020 Quarter 2 Report.

Deputations
None

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Consent Application B/16/20(PS) – PS Mall Inc. – 70 Joseph Street.
Resolution
That Consent Application No. B16/2020(TPS) – Parry Sound Mall Inc. (70 Joseph Street), be supported, subject to the following conditions:
1. any necessary amendment/variance to the Zoning By-law be completed to ensure that resultant lots would meet the requirements of the zoning by-law, which includes setbacks and compliance with Section 4.9 (e) of By-law 2004-4653;
the payment of cash in lieu of parkland dedication fees for the newly created lot;
any easements be deeded between the retained and severed lots for access to utilities and vehicular traffic – a blanket easement may be required for reciprocal parking rights.
4. that the applicant obtain compliance with the Ontario Building Code as it relates to the lot line dividing the structure (ex – construct a firewall); and
5. that separate water/sewer services be provided to each of the retained and severed lands.
Carried

9.1.2 – Consent Application B/17/20(TPS) – Gomez – 10 Edward Street.
Resolution
That Consent Application No. B/17/2020(TPS) – Gomez – 10 Edward Street, be supported, subject to the following conditions:
the payment of cash in lieu of parkland dedication fees for the newly created lot; and
that the applicant be advised that separate water/sewer services are to be provided to each of the retained and severed lands.
Carried

9.2.1 – Flag Policy.
Resolution
That the Flag Policy attached as Schedule A be hereby approved, effective immediately.
Carried

9.2.2 – Donation to the Heath Centre in Recognition of the face masks they provided to the Town.
Resolution

Whereas many of the West Parry Sound Health Centre’s (Health Centre) fund raising efforts have been cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19;
Whereas the need for fund raising continues;
Whereas the Health Centre, with the assistance of the hospital auxiliary volunteers began making and distributing masks throughout the community;
Whereas the Health Centre has provided over 150 masks to the Town.
NOWTHEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Town of Parry Sound thanks the Health Centre for this initiative in support of the community;
AND THAT the Town donate $500.00 to the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation under the mask program.
The following amendment was proposed:
That the donation be increased to $1,000.
Amendment Carried
The amended resolution was voted on
Carried as amended

9.2.3 – COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations – Museums Assistance Program.
Resolution
THAT Council authorizes that application be made to the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations – Museums Assistance Program for the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame and THAT Clayton Harris be confirmed as the person with signing authority.
Carried

9.3.1 – 2019 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, 2019 in Schedule “A” as attached; and
That the 2019 Draft Financial Statements for the Provincial Offences Act in Schedule “B” be approved as attached; and
That the 2019 Draft Financial Statements for Administration of Land Ambulance Services in Schedule “C” be approved as attached.
Carried

9.3.2 – Development Charge Background Study for the Town of Parry Sound.
Resolution
That Council approves undertaking a Development Charge Background Study using Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. (Watson) at the estimated cost of $39,570, excluding HST.
Carried

9.4.1 – Transport Canada Rail Safety Improvement Program.
Resolution.
That Council direct staff to complete an online application form for the Transport Canada Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP) to explore funding opportunities related to the double rail crossing at Isabella St.
Carried

By-laws
10.1.1 – Subdivision Amending Agreement – W.E.H. Developments Limited.

By-Law 2020 – 7059
Being a By-law to authorize a Subdivision Amending Agreement regarding phasing with W.E.H. Developments Limited (Hall/Thunder Creek).
Passed, Signed & Sealed

10.1.2 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/20/03 – 9 Church Street (Matt Ryan for Oleg Gromov).
By-Law 2020 – 7060
Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 9 Church Street (Matt Ryan for Oleg Gromov)
Passed, Signed & Sealed 10.2 CAO’s Office/Administration

10.2.1 – Council Procedure By-law Amendment to permit expanded Electronic Participation at Meetings.
By-law 2020 – 7061
Being a By-law to govern and regulate the proceedings of Council of The Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound, and its Boards and Committees where applicable.
Passed, Signed & Sealed
Resolution
Whereas the Province of Ontario’s Declared State of Emergency is scheduled to end on July 22nd, 2020; and
Whereas COVID-19 continues to exist as a declared world-wide pandemic; and
Whereas Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020 which if passed into law, will expand the opportunity for municipal Councils, Local Boards and their Committees to meet electronically; and
Whereas in anticipation of Bill 197 passing, Council has passed By-law 2020 – 7061, permitting by means of a resolution, certain expanded terms of electronic participation at meetings of Council, Local Boards and its Committees;
Now Therefore Be It Resolved that Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound extends until October 31st, 2020 the terms of electronic participation at meetings of Council, Local Boards or Committees of either them per the following:
a) electronic participation counts towards quorum;
b) electronic participants are permitted to vote; and
c) electronic participation is permitted in a meeting closed to the public.
Carried

10.4.1 – Recycling of Consumer-Type Batteries Agreement.
By-law 2020 – 7062
Being a By-law to authorise the execution of an agreement with Call2Recycle for the management of used Consumer-Type Portable Battery Recycling
Passed, Signed & Sealed

 

No Shirt, No Shoes: No Service

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This is a mini-rant of sorts about people, mostly south of the border but also locals, complaining abut mask requirements in local enclosed places.

I don’t get it. The folks who object to the mask requirement claim issues of personal choice and in the case of our southern neighbours – ‘constitutional rights’. But there have been signs around for decades that restrict choices: No shoes, no shirt – no service. I have yet to be made aware of people complaining about that rule. And in some upscale establishments there is no entry without men wearing a jacket. Some golf courses also have regulations on the types of clothes that can be worn, for example no cut-off shorts. Again no real complaints. You understand the rules and choose to comply or not enter.

And there are the big ones:
No smoking. Smokers grumbled, while non-smokers breathed a sigh of relief.
Seat belts. Some people may not like it but they understand the consequences.

I’m happy to make people comfortable by wearing a mask when I enter a public setting. I understand the benefit of masks, even if they are limited.

Masks also provide a social clue. Things are not back to normal and we all need to be alert to limiting the spread of COVID-19 in any way that we can. Every little bit helps.

To those of you who are complaining about mask requirements – stop bitching. If you don’t want to wear a mask, stay home and get someone else to do your shopping. But remember to wear a shirt and shoes in addition to a mask if you want service.

Council Agenda Preview – July 21, 2020

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Sometimes it’s hard to understand the content of a letter, resolution or by-law on the basis of the short ‘title’ in the formal agenda. To try and help folks understand what an item concerns I will provide a sort summary (in italics) with what I believe is the actual issue. I will continue to offer my thoughts on selected agenda items at the beginning of these Town of Parry Sound council meeting agenda previews. As always, refer to the full agenda package available at the Town’s website for details and supporting documentation.

4.3 – Township of The Archipelago. Concerns with pending closure of LCBO convenience outlets within the Archipelago.
It seems that what locals, and in particular seasonal residents, want is easy access to cheap fast internet and booze.

4.6 – Andrea McIntyre. Concerns with the mandating of face coverings.
I will note that this is the same individual who was a major force behind the removal of fluoride from the Town’s water supply. Her argument is that face coverings will not protect you from contracting COVID-19. What is missing are the established findings that while face covering may or not protect you from COVID-19 they do protect others if you have the virus and are asymptomatic. The net/net is face covering helps reduce virus transmission. Eating healthy and exercising may not prevent all disease but they improve your overall health and reduce the incidence and severity of lifestyle related diseases, and possibly COVID-19. Cover up or stay home. We all have choices.

4.9 – Jeremy McDonald, A-Staff Sergeant, Detachment Commander, WPS OPP. OPP 2020 Quarter 2 Report.
This is notable because the OPP are using Palantir Gotham data. This is a service of Palantir Technologies, founded by Peter Thiel. (Big Brother?) There are some interesting maps showing where they have conducted R.I.D.E. programs.

9.2.2 – Donation to the Heath Centre in Recognition of the face masks they provided to the Town.
After all of the preamble and the rationalization for making a donation the Town gives the Health Centre $500? Come on, it probably costs more than $500 for Staff to write it up and Council to consider it. We can afford to loosen the wallet a little bit more. It either is or isn’t a worthwhile cause.

9.4.1 – Transport Canada Rail Safety Improvement Program.
I’ll have a little more to say about rail safety in a post in the not too distant future.

10.1.1 – Subdivision Amending Agreement – W.E.H. Developments Limited.
May your life be interesting, I guess. This concerns the Thunder Creek development on Winnifred Avenue behind the high school and relates to numerous changes requested by the developer in response to the reality of the project, presumably construction and financing related. If you are interested check out the full agenda which has the staff recommendation and discussion.

10.1.2 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/20/03 – 9 Church Street (Matt Ryan for Oleg Gromov).
This concerns the empty lot on Church Street beside the optometrist/credit union building. After a bit of back and forth and some concessions on the part of the developer the Town will probably
approved the development.

Correspondence

4.1 – Jenn Montreuil, Deputy City Clerk, City of North Bay. Copy of letter to the Prime Minister re: support for FCM’s request of the Federal Government to support communities with a minimum $10 billion funding for emergency operational support.

4.2 – Township of The Archipelago. Request for increased provincial funding for the West Parry Sound Health Centre based on seasonal residency.

4.3 – Township of The Archipelago. Concerns with pending closure of LCBO convenience outlets within the Archipelago.

4.4 – Township of The Archipelago. Support for International and American ratepayers of The Archipelago.

4.5 – Township of The Archipelago. Support for the Town of Parry Sound and the Health Unit’s initiatives mandating face coverings.

4.6 – Andrea McIntyre. Concerns with the mandating of face coverings.

4.7 – Municipality of Whitestone. Copy of request to government to financially support rural broadband internet.

4.8 – Gail McEwen, Almonte Street. Concern over a property matter.

4.9 – Jeremy McDonald, A-Staff Sergeant, Detachment Commander, WPS OPP. OPP 2020 Quarter 2 Report.

Deputations
None

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Consent Application B/16/20(PS) – PS Mall Inc. – 70 Joseph Street.
Resolution.

That Consent Application No. B16/2020(TPS) – Parry Sound Mall Inc. (70 Joseph Street), be supported, subject to the following conditions:
1. any necessary amendment/variance to the Zoning By-law be completed to ensure that resultant lots would meet the requirements of the zoning by-law, which includes setbacks and compliance with Section 4.9 (e) of By-law 2004-4653; the payment of cash in lieu of parkland dedication fees for the newly created lot; any easements be deeded between the retained and severed lots for access to utilities and vehicular traffic – a blanket easement may be required for reciprocal parking rights.
4. that the applicant obtain compliance with the Ontario Building Code as it relates to the lot line dividing the structure (ex – construct a firewall); and
5. that separate water/sewer services be provided to each of the retained and severed lands.
Oh boy, this is confusing. The net/net as I understand it is that the current owners want to sever the current mall structure, the building, for the purpose of financing. If approved, the mall building will be on two separate ‘lots’.

9.1.2 – Consent Application B/17/20(TPS) – Gomez – 10 Edward Street.
Resolution.

That Consent Application No. B/17/2020(TPS) – Gomez – 10 Edward Street, be supported, subject to the following conditions:
the payment of cash in lieu of parkland dedication fees for the newly created lot;
and that the applicant be advised that separate water/sewer services are to be provided to each of the retained and severed lands.

9.2.1 – Flag Policy
Resolution.

That the Flag Policy attached as Schedule A be hereby approved, effective immediately.

9.2.2 – Donation to the Heath Centre in Recognition of the face masks they provided to the Town.
Resolution.

Whereas many of the West Parry Sound Health Centre’s (Health Centre) fund raising efforts have been cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19;
Whereas the need for fund raising continues;
Whereas the Health Centre, with the assistance of the hospital auxiliary volunteers began making and distributing masks throughout the community;
Whereas the Health Centre has provided over 150 masks to the Town.
NOWTHEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Town of Parry Sound thanks the Health Centre for this initiative in support of the community;
AND THAT the Town donate $500.00 to the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation under the mask program.

9.2.3 – COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations – Museums Assistance Program.
Resolution.

THAT Council authorizes that application be made to the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations – Museums Assistance Program for the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame and THAT Clayton Harris be confirmed as the person with signing authority.

9.3.1 – 2019 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, 2019 in Schedule “A” as attached; and
That the 2019 Draft Financial Statements for the Provincial Offences Act in Schedule “B” be approved as attached; and
That the 2019 Draft Financial Statements for Administration of Land Ambulance Services in Schedule “C” be approved as attached.

9.3.2 – Development Charge Background Study for the Town of Parry Sound.
Resolution.

That Council approves undertaking a Development Charge Background Study using Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. (Watson) at the estimated cost of $39,570, excluding HST.

9.4.1 – Transport Canada Rail Safety Improvement Program.
Resolution.

That Council direct staff to complete an online application form for the Transport Canada Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP) to explore funding opportunities related to the double rail crossing at Isabella St.

By-laws
10.1.1 – Subdivision Amending Agreement – W.E.H. Developments Limited.
By-Law 2020 – 7059.

Being a By-law to authorize a Subdivision Amending Agreement regarding phasing with W.E.H. Developments Limited (Hall/Thunder Creek).

10.1.2 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/20/03 – 9 Church Street (Matt Ryan for Oleg Gromov).
By-Law 2020 – 7060.
Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 9 Church Street (Matt Ryan for Oleg Gromov).

10.2.1 – Council Procedure By-law Amendment to permit expanded Electronic Participation at Meetings.
By-law 2020 – 7061.

Being a By-law to govern and regulate the proceedings of Council of The Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound, and its Boards and Committees where applicable.
Resolution.
Whereas the Province of Ontario’s Declared State of Emergency is scheduled to end on July 22nd, 2020; and
Whereas COVID-19 continues to exist as a declared world-wide pandemic; and
Whereas Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020 which if passed into law, will expand the opportunity for municipal Councils, Local Boards and their Committees to meet electronically; and
Whereas in anticipation of Bill 197 passing, Council has passed By-law 2020 – XXXX, permitting by means of a resolution, certain expanded terms of electronic participation at meetings of Council, Local Boards and its Committees;
Now Therefore Be It Resolved that Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound extends until October 31st, 2020 the terms of electronic participation at meetings of Council, Local Boards or Committees of either them per the following:
a) electronic participation counts towards quorum;
b) electronic participants are permitted to vote; and
c) electronic participation is permitted in a meeting closed to the public.

10.4.1 – Recycling of Consumer-Type Batteries Agreement.
By-law 2020 – 7062.

Being a By-law to authorise the execution of an agreement with Call2Recycle for the management of used Consumer-Type Portable Battery Recycling.

Disclosure – the Japanese Way

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I have come across a couple pieces of unconnected information that have me suspecting there is more to Council’s ultimatum regarding face coverings.

I suspect that the Town and the Authorities are not being very transparent in the disclosure of information regarding the community’s current public health risk concerning COVID-19. Rather than be transparent the Town is attempting to address any possible risk with legislation.

This reminds me of what I learned three decades ago when I was responsible for the global strategic direction of a multibillion dollar pharmaceutical segment. On one trip to Japan I was told about the Japanese medical practice of not telling patients and the family when a patient had what they believed was incurable cancer. A quick online search found an article from that time which discusses the approach. Interestingly enough, the majority of patents wanted to be told of their diagnosis.

These Japanese health professionals I imagine did not feel they were being callous or inconsiderate. They were probably trying to be kind and hoping to reduce anxiety and emotional suffering.

I am beginning to suspect that we have a somewhat similar situation in Parry Sound. Why is the Town insisting on a by-law to mandate face coverings in addition to existing social distancing and occupancy limits if we have only had one case of COVID-19 community transmission? Why is there all this concern about how the District Health Unit will only announce positive COVID-19 cases related to residents but not visitors to the District?

Perhaps we are getting the Japanese treatment – you don’t need to know the truth, it would only upset you.

In the absence of transparency I suppose we need to assume the worst.

Mask up regardless of whatever is announced or legislated! I suspect there is a greater public risk than we are being told.

Mata raishū

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – July 7, 2020

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The minutes are out early this week. No surprises.

Once again Council has decided to play public health expert and disagree with the district public health experts. The last time was when they rejected the recommendation to keep fluoridating the water. Council’s medical related decisions decisions it seems are largely based on political considerations. They respond to folks who complain and who might hold a grudge come next election.

1.1 Additions to Agenda/Notice of Motion
1.1.1 – 
Councillor McCann provided notice that he would be making a motion to postpone the resolution under item 9.5.2 and would be offering his reasons when the item comes up on the agenda.

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof
1.4.1 –
Councillor Backman Declared Pecuniary Interest on item 9.5.1 regarding oversight of Northern OPP detachments. Councillor Backman left the meeting for the item, did not participate in discussion, nor vote on the item.

Questions of Staff
3.2.1 –
In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry regarding money made available by the province for municipalities to apply to additional disinfecting costs related to public transit; Director of Finance Stephanie Phillips reported that $2,855 was being allocated for the Town and she would contact Community Support Services (CSS) as Councillor McCann suggested to determine if they met the criteria for receipt of the money and would thenceforth bring this information back to Council under a resolution to allocate the money for CSS.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry regarding parking to the left of Salt Dock boat launch, Director of Development & Protective Services Dave Thompson reported that there is indeed illegal parking occurring on this old road-bed, and by-law enforcement staff are working on strategies to deter parking in this area and redirect it to other parking areas either above the Fitness Trail entrance or on the Salt Dock,

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding the appropriate time to put out garbage for pick-up, Director of Public Works Mike Kearns reported that garbage should be put out between 6:00 and 7:00 A.M. (later then 7:00 A.M. permitted in the downtown area) on the day of collection, and no earlier. If garbage is put out earlier than that, it must be in a secure container to prevent animals from getting into it. Staff have recently completed a new infographic to explain curbside pick-up.
With respect to recycling, Mr. Kearns reported that there are two recycling streams: fiber and containers (glass, cans, plastic), and that although not preferred, recycling can be put in clear plastic or coloured translucent bags; the most important issue being that it is readily observable to the collection staff that the items are recyclable and not garbage to avoid cross contamination of recyclables.

3.2.4 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry regarding railway company funding available for rail safety, Mr. Kearns reported that the funding available is for grade crossing safety improvements typically viewed by rail companies as increasing rail safety, not road safety at the crossings. This has resulted in companies looking at actually removing road crossings. Mr. Kearns concluded by noting that the Town continues to work with the rail companies on rail safety.

Correspondence
4.1 – Diane Gould-Brown, City Clerk, City of Sarnia
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Resolution of recommended improvements to Long Term Care Homes.
See item 9.5.2 on the agenda.

4.2 – Maryann Weaver, Clerk, Township of the Archipelago.
Resolution of recommended actions to improve rural internet connectivity.
Filed

4.3 – Lori West, Municipality of McDougall
DSSABs not the best solution for oversight of Northern OPP Detachments.
See item 9.5.1 on the agenda
4.4. Maryann Weaver, Clerk, Township of the Archipelago.
DSSABs not the best solution for oversight of Northern OPP Detachments.
See item 9.5.1 on the agenda.

4.5 – Dr. Wil Smith, President of Medical Staff, WPSHC.
Support for making mandatory the wearing of masks.

4.6 – Donald Sanderson, Chief Executive Officer.
Support for making mandatory the wearing of masks.

4.7 – Ken & Gail McEwen.
Support for making mandatory the wearing of masks

4.8 – Joanne Demick, Executive Director, Parry Sound Community Living.
Copy of letter to MPP Norm Miller re: Support for making mandatory the wearing of masks.

Correspondence 4.5 to 4.8 – see item 9.2.1 on the agenda.

4.9 – John Jackson, Planner.
Comments regarding proposed Best Western hotel site plan approval and related development charges per item 10.1.2 and 10.1.3 on agenda.

Deputations
5.1 –
John Jackson addressed Council in addition to the e-mail correspondence he sent (Item 4.9) with respect to the proposed Best Western hotel site plan and related development charges. Mr. Jackson expressed support for the Town’s planning staff report recommending site plan approval. Regarding a cost issue that has emerged with respect to sanitary collection and the Town’s request for $75,000, Mr. Jackson responded that the project proponents are countering with $50,000. Mr. Jackson suggested that the problem is a matter of peak flows mostly in the spring because of older infrastructure, and that the proposed development increases the flow by an equivalent of 15 homes, which Mr. Jackson suggested was not significant.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.2.1 – Request NBPSDHU Issue Recommendation vis-à-vis Wearing Masks.
Resolution
WHEREAS COVID-19 and the risk of spreading the virus is still present in our community;
WHEREAS we rely on public health professionals for recommendations on ways to prevent the spread of the virus;
WHEREAS Public Health Units have the authority to impose restrictions;
WHEREAS some Public Health Units in Ontario such as Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph have issued an Order requiring individuals entering commercial establishments and public spaces, noting appropriate exceptions, to wear a mask or face covering.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the North Bay/Parry Sound District Health Unit be requested to provide their recommendation with respect to issuing an Order to require individuals entering commercial establishments to wear a mask or face covering, noting appropriate exceptions within the area served by the Health Unit;
AND THAT this Resolution be forwarded to all municipalities in West Parry Sound and MPP Norm Miller.
(The following motion to amend the resolution was made)
That the phrase: “That the Town of Parry Sound recommends that the North Bay/Parry Sound District Health Unit issue an Order requiring” replace the phrase: “That the North Bay/Parry Sound District Health Unit be requested to provide their recommendation with respect to issuing an Order to require
Amendment carried
Carried as amended
A friendly amendment to the amended resolution was made to include circulation of the resolution to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Health.
(The following Direction was proposed)
Direction for staff follow-up
That the Town requests a positive response to this resolution by July 10th, or that by July 13th a by-law will be drafted to make the wearing of mask mandatory in the Town of Parry Sound.
Carried

9.2.2 – 2019 Integrity Commissioner Report.
Resolution
That Council receive the 2019 Integrity Commissioner Report as attached.
Carried

9.2.3 – West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre Update (formerly Wellness Centre & Pool).
Resolution
That the report attached as Schedule A and confidential attachment regarding an update on the West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre and the ICIP grant application be received for information purposes.
Carried

9.3.1 – Reserve and Reserve Fund Annual Report; 2019 Surplus allocation.
Resolution
That Council receives the 2019 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

9.5.1 – OPP Detachment Boards.
Resolution
WHEREAS Council for the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound received resolutions from the Municipality of McDougall and the Township of the Archipelago regarding oversight boards for OPP Detachments, and
WHEREAS correspondence dated May 14, 2020 from The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) regarding issues discussed at their May 13th, 2020 virtual meeting brought attention to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s (AMO’s) Discussion Paper “New Ontario Provincial Police Detachment Boards: Building a Framework for Better Policing Governance”;
AND WHEREAS AMO’s discussion paper proposes that Northern Ontario District Social Services Administration Boards (DSSAB) replace the current OPP Detachment Boards;
AND WHEREAS the FONOM Board has identified several issues with DSSAB Boards replacing the current Detachment Boards, and recognizes that Community Policing is distinctive to each Municipality;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council for the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound is in agreement with the opinion of FONOM, and supports the resolutions of the Municipality of McDougall and the Township of the Archipelago, that the current DSSABs would not be the best solution for overseeing the Northern OPP Detachments;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT a copy of this resolution be sent to FONOM and its member municipalities, AMO, the Honourable Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General, and Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka.
Carried

9.5.2 – Increased Funding Request to support more Full-time Staff for Long Term Care.
Resolution
WHEREAS the Corporation of the City of Sarnia has requested support from all Ontario municipalities for a resolution adopted by its Council on June 22, 2020 that urges Premier Ford to increase hours for all part-time and casual labour in Long-Term Care facilities and to increase inspections of private Long-Term Care facilities in order to end the neglect and unacceptable conditions being experienced in Long-Term Care facilities by vulnerable seniors;
AND Whereas the Town of Parry Sound Council deems it appropriate to support the spirit of the resolution while redirecting the motion due to the following issues:
– the precarious employment often experienced by part-time and casual workers resulting in diminished availability of such workers when better employment opportunities open up, in turn resulting in diminished continuity of care to individual residents;
– neglect and unacceptable conditions in Long-Term Care facilities are deemed to be the result of lack of labour;
– the existing strong regulations in Long-Term Care service should be sufficient for proper enforcement of the Long-Term Care Act;
Now Therefore be it resolved that the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound Council requests that the Province increase funding to Long-Term Care facilities specifically to hire sufficient full-time, skilled labour to meet and exceed the provincial standards of care, as dictated by the Ministry of Long Term Care;
AND FURTHER that this resolution be sent to the Honourable Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, Mr. Norm Miller, MPP, Parry Sound – Muskoka, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the City of Sarnia City Clerk’s Office.
The following motion to postpone was made.
Moved
That the motion be postponed until the September 1st Council meeting for more formal support from Belvedere Board, and perhaps other municipalities.
Carried to Postpone

By-laws
10.1.1 – Fleck Street Service Manager Housing Facility Agreement – Amendment.

By-law 2020 – 7052
Being a By-law to Amend a Service Manager Housing Facility Agreement with the District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board, and Karasmanis (2757896 Ontario Ltd.).
Passed, Signed & Sealed

10.1.2 – Development Charges Deferral Agreement – Maruti Parry Sound lnc.
By-Law 2020 – 7055
Being a By-law to authorize a Development Charges Deferral Agreement with Maruti Parry Sound lnc. (Best Western).
Read a First, Second & Third Time
(The following amendments were proposed)
That the Development Charges be reduced to $50,000 from $75,000
Amendment Carried
That the pay back period of the $50,000 Development Charges be 2 years from date of occupancy.
Amendment Carried
The by-law as amended was Passed, Signed and Sealed
Mayor McGarvey reported that legislation regarding development charges (DCs) and community benefit charges would likely be finalized soon, and that the Town should then proceed with its budgeted DC study that had been postponed until the legislation was finalized. Council members expressed agreement to this.

10.1.3 – Site Plan Application S19/08 – Pine Drive (Maruti Parry Sound lnc.).
By-Law 2020 – 7053
Being a By-law to authorize a Site Plan Agreement S19/08 with Maruti Parry Sound lnc./Best Western (Pine Drive).
Passed, Signed & Sealed

10.1.4 – Rezoning Application – Z/20/03 – Best Western Plus (Pine Drive) – Lifting of “h” Symbol.
By-Law 2020 – 7054
Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law) as amended to remove a holding provision (Maruti Parry Sound Inc./Best Western Plus, Pine Drive).
Passed, Signed & Sealed

Council Agenda Preview – July 7, 2020

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After a bit of a lull it seems that things are starting to heat up again. Understanding the more important issues requires reviewing the agenda package and the attachments. These are the items that I will be looking at a little bit closer:

9.2.3 – West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre Update (formerly Wellness Centre & Pool). The pool project seems to be active and dependent on the support of the Province. The total project is budgeted at about $32 million.
9.3.1 – Reserve and Reserve Fund Annual Report; 2019 Surplus allocation.
Resolution.
I am having some trouble understanding the net/net of the report and will contact Town Staff for help.
10.1.2 – Development Charges Deferral Agreement – Maruti Parry Sound lnc.
The Town seems to be willing to take on infrastructure costs to support the development of the proposed Best Western hotel on Pine Drive across from the Pet Smart and The Source. Some of you may remember the way that the Town was ‘surprised’ by the infrastructure costs they assumed with the original Walmart development on Pine Drive.

NOTABLE AGENDA ITEMS
As always review the issued agenda hosted at the Town’s website for the full agenda and the associated documentation.

Closed Session
No agenda items listed.

Correspondence
4.1 – Diane Gould-Brown, City Clerk, City of Sarnia. Resolution of recommended improvements to Long Term Care Homes

4.2 – Maryann Weaver, Clerk, Township of the Archipelago. Resolution of recommended actions to improve rural internet connectivity

4.3 – Lori West, Municipality of McDougall. DSSABs not the best solution for oversight of Northern OPP Detachments

4.4. – Maryann Weaver, Clerk, Township of the Archipelago. DSSABs not the best solution for oversight of Northern OPP Detachments

Deputations
None

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.2.1 – Request NBPSDHU Issue Recommendation vis-à-vis Wearing Masks.
Resolution

WHEREAS COVID-19 and the risk of spreading the virus is still present in our community;
WHEREAS we rely on public health professionals for recommendations on ways to prevent the spread of the virus;
WHEREAS Public Health Units have the authority to impose restrictions;
WHEREAS some Public Health Units in Ontario such as Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph have issued an Order requiring individuals entering commercial establishments and public spaces, noting appropriate exceptions, to wear a mask or face covering.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the North Bay/Parry Sound District Health Unit be requested to provide their recommendation with respect to issuing an Order to require individuals entering commercial establishments to wear a mask or face covering, noting appropriate exceptions within the area served by the Health Unit;
AND THAT this Resolution be forwarded to all municipalities in West Parry Sound and MPP Norm Miller.

9.2.2 – 2019 Integrity Commissioner Report.
Resolution

That Council receive the 2019 Integrity Commissioner Report as attached.

9.2.3 – West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre Update (formerly Wellness Centre & Pool).
Resolution

That the report Attached as Schedule A and confidential attachment regarding an update on the West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre and the ICIP grant application be received for information purposes.

9.3.1 – Reserve and Reserve Fund Annual Report; 2019 Surplus allocation.
Resolution.

That Council receives the 2019 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.

9.5.1 – OPP Detachment Boards.
Resolution

WHEREAS Council for the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound received resolutions from the Municipality of McDougall and the Township of the Archipelago regarding oversight boards for OPP Detachments, and
WHEREAS correspondence dated May 14, 2020 from The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) regarding issues discussed at their May 13th, 2020 virtual meeting brought attention to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s (AMO’s) Discussion Paper “New Ontario Provincial Police Detachment Boards: Building a Framework for Better Policing Governance”;
AND WHEREAS AMO’s discussion paper proposes that Northern Ontario District Social Services Administration Boards (DSSAB) replace the current OPP Detachment Boards;
AND WHEREAS the FONOM Board has identified several issues with DSSAB Boards replacing the current Detachment Boards, and recognizes that Community Policing is distinctive to each Municipality;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council for the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound is in agreement with the opinion of FONOM, and supports the resolutions of the Municipality of McDougall and the Township of the Archipelago, that the current DSSABs would not be the best solution for overseeing the Northern OPP Detachments;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT a copy of this resolution be sent to FONOM and its member municipalities, AMO, the Honourable Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General, and Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka.

9.5.2 – Increased Funding Request to support more Full-time Staff for Long Term Care.
Resolution 2020
WHEREAS the Corporation of the City of Sarnia has requested support from all Ontario municipalities for a resolution adopted by its Council on June 22, 2020 that urges Premier Ford to increase hours for all part-time and casual labour in Long-Term Care facilities and to increase inspections of private Long-Term Care facilities in order to end the neglect and unacceptable conditions being experienced in Long-Term Care facilities by vulnerable seniors;
AND Whereas the Town of Parry Sound Council deems it appropriate to support the spirit of the resolution while redirecting the motion due to the following issues:
– the precarious employment often experienced by part-time and casual workers resulting in diminished availability of such workers when better employment opportunities open up, in turn resulting in diminished continuity of care to individual residents;
– neglect and unacceptable conditions in Long-Term Care facilities are deemed to be the result of lack of labour;
– the existing strong regulations in Long-Term Care service should be sufficient for proper enforcement of the Long-Term Care Act;
Now Therefore be it resolved that the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound Council requests that the Province increase funding to Long-Term Care facilities specifically to hire sufficient full-time, skilled labour to meet and exceed the provincial standards of care, as dictated by the Ministry of Long Term Care;
AND FURTHER that this resolution be sent to the Honourable Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, Mr. Norm Miller, MPP, Parry Sound – Muskoka, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the City of Sarnia City Clerk’s Office.

By-laws
10.1.1 – Fleck Street Service Manager Housing Facility Agreement – Amendment.
By-law 2020 – 7052

Being a By-law to Amend a Service Manager Housing Facility Agreement with the District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board, and Karasmanis (2757896 Ontario Ltd.).

10.1.2 – Development Charges Deferral Agreement – Maruti Parry Sound lnc.
By-Law 2020 – 7055

Being a By-law to authorize a Development Charges Deferral Agreement with Maruti Parry Sound lnc. (Best Western).

10.1.3 – Site Plan Application S19/08 – Pine Drive (Maruti Parry Sound lnc.).
By-Law 2020 – 7053

Being a By-law to authorize a Site Plan Agreement S19/08 with Maruti Parry Sound lnc./Best Western (Pine Drive).

10.1.4 – Rezoning Application – Z/20/03 – Best Western Plus (Pine Drive) – Lifting of “h” symbol.
By-Law 2020 – 7054

Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law) as amended to remove a holding provision (Maruti Parry Sound Inc./Best Western Plus, Pine Drive).

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – June 16, 2020

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Here are no surprise decisions reported in the minutes of last week’s council meeting. A few notes on the minutes:

2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment Z/20/03 – 9 Church Street.
This item received a little more attention than I thought it would. I expect that it will be approved.
7.2. – Minutes of Settlement – School Board.
This relates to the Town’s opposition of the French School’s temporary location at Canadore. I have no idea what was settled but the Town was arguably out of line in their opposition to the School’s original request. I think the Town should release the settlement agreement for public review. Town of Parry Sound Staff and Council work for us, they should not be permitted to ‘bury’ their mistakes. We all need to learn from them. There is no obvious issue of confidentiality for individuals. If Council screwed up and a settlement was required we need to know about it. Council, for all of the civility and openness they project have a habit of hiding things. There have been other settlements in the past that would reflect poorly on them. They need to ‘own’ their decisions, good and bad. That this is a pervasive issue is reflected in the Closed Meeting Report (9.1.1).
9.1.3 – Delegation to AMO.
This is strange. It seems that the Town wants to be removed from the area Planning Board (9.1.3 – by removing the Town of Parry Sound from the Parry Sound and Area Planning Board) for reasons that are not clarified in the agenda report or minutes of the meeting. This is another one of those ‘hide and seek’ approaches used by Staff and Council where the reports, if included, do not outline the reasoning and need for the recommended action.

Closed Session
b) personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees, (applications for Fence Viewers);
e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (Minutes of Settlement – Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario);
f) advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, (Minutes of Settlement – Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario).

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof
1.4.1 –
Councillor Keith Declared Pecuniary Interest on item 9.1.3, as she is Chair of the Parry Sound Area Planning Board, receives remuneration, and is therefore not able to vote on a resolution which calls for delegating at the AMO Conference to remove Parry Sound from the Planning Board.
1.4.1 – Councillor Horne Declared Pecuniary Interest on item 9.1.3, as he is a member of the Planning Board, receives remuneration, and is therefore not able to vote on a resolution which calls for delegating at the AMO Conference to remove Parry Sound from the Planning Board.
Neither member participated in discussion nor voted on the matter.

Public Meeting
2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment Z/20/03 – 9 Church Street
((Matt Ryan on behalf of Oleg Gromov) to amend C1 zone to permit a mixed use commercial and residential building.
Council held a public meeting to consider a proposed Zoning By-law amendment under Sections 34 of the Planning Act, as amended. After the Mayor adjourned the regular meeting and declared the public meeting open, the Clerk advised that notice had been given by prepaid first-class mail to the required prescribed agencies and property owners within 120 metres, posted on the property and placed on the Town’s website.

Manager of Planning & Building Services Taylor Elgie advised that the proposed Zoning By-Law amendment would amend the C1 zone to permit a mixed use commercial and residential building. Ten residential units are proposed above the main floor commercial space with the following specific exemptions included: increasing the maximum height from 10.5 metres to 18 metres; reducing the rear yard setback from 6 metres to 3 metres; providing an exemption to the cumulative residential floor area cap; requiring a minimum of ten underground parking spaces; and reducing the minimum parking space size from 3 metres by 6 metres to 2.79 metres by 6 metres.
Matt Ryan, on behalf of the owner and architect located in Italy, responded to the Mayor’s invitation to speak in favour of the proposed Zoning By-law amendment. Mr. Ryan noted that this innovative building will be built of cross laminated timber construction which is meant to be a showcase for Mr. Gromov ‘s manufacturing facility of cross laminated timber north of Parry Sound. Mr. Ryan said that he believed the development fits the Town’s Official Plan, as it focuses development within the central business district and strengthens the central business district as a prime location to live and work where services are readily available. Mr. Ryan noted that this is not new development on a green field site, but rather is re-development on a brown field site. Mr. Ryan expressed the opinion that there is a need to build higher density housing to help address effects of climate change and reduce dependence on the automobile. Projects like this are an important step in building and creating liveable, walkable communities.
Brenda Tabobondung responded to the Mayor’s invitation to speak in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law amendment. Ms. Tabobondung said that the proposed multi- level structure will be out of character with the rest of the single-family residences in the neighbourhood. It will increase the need for parking; with more on street parking in summer and winter, it will be dangerous for sight lines if backing out of the driveway in addition to the problem of snow-banks. The size of the building will block light on the south side of her building. It will be a big building like the one on River Street, which looks out of place in relation to adjacent structures in the area.

Mr. Elgie advised that he had received the following three letters with regards to this matter.
From Al Downing, a letter of opposition citing that the proposed development would be almost doubling the height and rear yard set-backs, and he noted concerns with the location of commercial parking. Mr. Downing purchased 7 Church Street and made it into a parking lot to accommodate parking required for his apartment buildings. Mr. Downing reported that neither he nor his tenants wanted a 60′ high apartment building looking down into his apartments.
From Nikeeta Tabobondung, a letter of opposition and concerns
From Michael Reeves owner of 43 and 45 Seguin St, a letter of support

The Mayor advised that Council, at its discretion may approve the proposed Zoning By- law amendment and if so, must either circulate notice of passing of the by-law or give notice in the local press. Objections to the passing of the by-law 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 a question from Mayor McGarvey regarding the reporting of COVID-19 stats, Director of Development & Protective Services Dave Thompson reported that COVID-19 cases are reported within the District Health Unit of the patient’s permanent residence, therefore the number of reported cases in the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit may be lower than the actual number of cases that are currently being tended to in the area. This is standard across the province, and may be of concern, because it doesn’t give the public accurate information on what is going on in the area. If a case is in the area that is being reported through another health unit, that health unit does contact other health units to follow up with contact tracing as necessary.
Direction(?) – That staff be directed to draft for the Mayor’s signature a letter to the Premier and Deputy Premier, (who is also the Minister of Health) to express the Town’s concerns regarding the system of publishing statistics for communicable diseases including COVID-19 cases between District Health Units, and inquire as to what can be done to correct the situation.
Carried

3.2 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry regarding potential grant application for Transport Canada’s Rail Safety Improvement Program for the Isabella Street crossing previously identified as unsafe in a delegation to Council, Director of Finance Stephanie Phillips noted that more research may be required as an initial look at the application criteria indicates that funding does not seem to deal with road conditions at the rail line.
Director of Public Works Mike Kearns responded with a commitment on behalf of himself and Ms. Phillips to take a closer look at the grant program to determine whether the rail crossing at Isabella Street could fit into the eligibility criteria.

3.3 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding pavement line painting, Mr. Kearns reported that Town staff looks after turn lanes, while the majority of pavement lines are completed by a third party contractor, and it is not unreasonable to expect that the job could be completed by the end of the month.

Correspondence
4.1 – Lori McDonald, Director of Corporate Services/Clerk, Town of Bracebridge.
Resolution of support to lobby provincial government for financial assistance to support municipalities in offsetting the financial impact of the COVID-10 pandemic.
Resolution for consideration under item 9.5.1 on the agenda.

Deputations
None

Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda
7.1. – Appointment of Fence Viewers.

Resolution 2020 – 059
That the following be appointed as Fence Viewers to the end of Council’s term November 30, 2022: staff members Taylor Elgie, Allison Kreuger, Forrest Pengra; and members of the public Wyatt Gray, Ray Hachigian and Lee-Ann Turner.
Carried

7.2. – Minutes of Settlement – School Board.
By-law 2020 -7051
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of Minutes of Settlement with Natalie Davis, Denis Labelle et Conseil scolaire public du nord-est de l’Ontario regarding the École élémentaire publique de Parry Sound.
Passed, Signed & Sealed.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Closed Meeting Investigation Report 8.
That Council receives the Closed Meeting Investigation Report attached as Schedule A.
Carried

9.1.2 – Appointment of Mayor & Council Member as Shareholder Representatives to Lakeland Shareholders.
Resolution 2020 – 061
That pursuant to Section 3.7 of the Lakeland Shareholders Agreement, Council of the Town of Parry Sound appoints Mayor Jamie McGarvey, and as alternate, Councillor _____________________________ as Shareholder Representative for purposes of providing any consent or approval required by the Lakeland Shareholders Agreement or by the Business Corporations Act, for the term of Council ending November 30, 2022, or until such time as new members are appointed.
The following amendment was proposed.
That Councillor Borneman be appointed as the alternate Shareholder Representative in Mayor McGarvey’s absence.
Amendment Carried
Carried as amended

9.1.3 – Delegation to AMO.
Resolution 2020 – 062
That Council endorse the list of delegation topics at the AMO 2020 Virtual Conference per the attached report.
Carried

9.1.4 – Employee Food Drive.
Resolution 2020 – 063
That Council receive the report on the Employee Food Drive for information purposes.
Carried

9.2.1 – 2019 Annual Investment Report.
Resolution 2020 – 064
That Council accepts the 2019 Annual Investment Report attached as Schedule A, in accordance with Town’s Investment Policy.
Carried

9.2.2 – Municipal Modernization Program Project Deliverable Extension.
Resolution 2020 – 065
WHEREAS COVID-19 and Provincial Emergency Orders have impacted resources, the supply of services, and the ordinary course of businesses in general
NOW THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED THAT the Council of The Town of Parry Sound hereby requests the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing to extend the deadline for the Third-Party Reviewers Report under the Municipal Modernization Program to March 31st, 2021;
THAT Council requests that the other corresponding reporting deadlines for the Interim Progress Report and the Draft of the Independent Third-Party Reviewer’s Report also be extended, and
THAT Council authorize the CAO to retain the appropriate consulting services to expedite the process and report to Council at a future date for ratification.
The following amendment was proposed:
That the words “that the publishing of the final report be on the town’s website, and…” be inserted as new paragraph 4.
Amendment carried
The amended resolution was voted on:
Carried as amended

9.3.1 RFQ – Sewer Flushing and Cleaning.
Resolution 2020 – 066
That Council accept the quotation from Municipal Sewer Services Inc. in the amount of $30,962.00, HST included, for sewer flushing and cleaning of approximately 7,700 metres of sanitary sewer and camera inspection and georeferencing of approximately 5,800 metres of sanitary sewer, this quotation being the lowest of three (3) quotations received.
Carried

9.4.1 – Temporary Patio Permissions for Restaurants During COVID-19.
Resolution 2020 – 067
Whereas in response to COVID-19, the Province of Ontario had limited the food and drink industry;
Whereas on June 8, 2020 the Province has reduced these restrictions and is permitting new patios or temporary additions to patios to provide more opportunities to local businesses while protecting health and safety, subject to municipal requirements; and
Whereas the Council for the Town of Parry Sound recognizes the need to support local businesses while protecting human health and safety during COVID-19.
Now Therefore be it Resolved that the Council for the Town of Parry Sound supports the Province’s goal of temporarily permitting new and larger patios to assist local restaurants and other licensed establishments until January 1, 2021; and further
That provided any new or expanded patio is on the Licensee’s property, the Town’s Zoning By-law and Site Plan Agreements will not apply to the temporary patio; and further
That any fees be waived for Sidewalk Patio Program until January 1, 2021.
Carried
The following direction was proposed
Direction for staff follow-up.
That staff be directed to explore with other stakeholders including the DBA, on how the Town can support the sidewalk patio program potentially through programs such as the façade program.
Carried

9.5.1 Establish Municipal Financial Assistance Program per FMC Recommendations.
Resolution 2020 – 068
WHEREAS the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) issued a report titled “Protecting Vital Municipal Services” on April 23, 2020 which included recommendations to the federal government to provide financial assistance for municipalities across the country;
AND WHEREAS the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) recognizes that a collaborative federal-provincial effort is required to provide much needed financial assistance to municipalities and their May 14, 2020 letter (attached) to the Prime Minister and the Premier urges Canada and Ontario to extend their successful collaboration through financial support for municipalities;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Town of Parry Sound joins the Town of Bracebridge in supporting the FCM recommendation and requests that both the Federal and Provincial Governments establish a municipal financial assistance program to offset the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic;
AND FURTHER THAT the Town of Parry Sound supports the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) in lobbying the Provincial Government for financial assistance to support Municipalities in offsetting the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic;
AND FURTHER THAT this resolution be forwarded to the Honorable Steve Clark, Minister, Municipal Affairs and Housing, local Member of Parliament (MP) and local Member of the Ontario Legislature (MPP), FCM, AMO and its member municipalities, and municipalities in the Districts of Parry Sound and Muskoka.
Carried

By-laws
10.2.1 – Claw Back Percentages for 2020 Property Taxes.
By-Law 2020 – 7049
Being a By-law to Specify the “Claw-back Percentages” in Respect of Properties in the Commercial Class for 2020 Taxation Year.
Passed, Signed & Sealed.

 

 

Council Agenda Preview – 2020-06-16

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Once again a light agenda. The Closed Session does make note of the French School e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (Minutes of Settlement – Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario). Perhaps there was some sort of settlement (or not). In any event the School will be opening at some point in a dedicated section of the mall based on Council’s approval of the School’s rezoning request.

Item 9.1.1 – Closed Meeting Investigation Report is worth noting. Apparently, there was a complaint filed about the Town’s Closed Session procedure for appointments to Boards & Committees. The complaint suggested that this was an item which should be discussed in Open Session. (My sense is that while there is an issue of confidentiality there is also an issue of transparency. Without an explanation of the Town’s deliberation process individuals are not able to properly understand what requirements are preferred and how they might better present their qualifications. A case could be made that the current process favours ‘insiders’ who might have ‘connections’ or non-public insights. I suggest the Town hold a workshop for all potential candidates for any committee so they might better understand the requirements and expectations of the ‘secret session’ selection committee.) FYI – I did not file the complaint. I would not consider sitting on any committee appointed by Council based on how they treated a former head of the Downtown Business Association. Rock the boat and you don’t just get tossed off, you get keel hauled. Here is a section of the report that indicates the Town is not prepared to revise its procedures. Staff likes it the way it is now. The full report is in the agenda package.

Closed Meeting Investigator Nigel Bellchamber released his report to the Clerk on June 2, 2020, and concluded “that the matter subject to this complaint deliberated at the closed session of Town Council on December 18, 2018 fell within the authority of the Municipal Act as one which could be considered in closed session and was appropriately conducted as such.
Mr. Bellchamber indicated that it has been his consistent advice over many years that it could be to the advantage of Council and open local government if candidates were publicly solicited, applications disclosed, and appointments made all in open session of Council. He offered that same advice to the Town of Parry Sound for consideration of future appointments.
It is not however the recommendation of staff to change the process at this time. Candidate submissions often include significant personal information as defined by the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner (e.g. work history and education) which is expected to be kept confidential. We might consider the application to sit on a board or committee more akin to a person applying for a job; discussions and decisions of which are kept confidential through the process until final selection is made. It is worth noting that the Investigator does acknowledge the two different approaches by municipalities of putting the material in open or closed meeting as both valid. A search of other Investigator Reports on the same topic consistently finds no fault with a municipality in going into closed meeting to discuss appointments to boards and committees under the reason “personal information about an identifiable individual”.”

2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment Z/20/03 – 9 Church Street. There is no summary in the agenda package regarding this meeting beyond the title. Here is what I have found about the meeting from the Town’s website.
The applicant has requested to amend the C1 zone to permit a mixed use commercial and residential building.  Ten residential units are proposed above the main floor commercial space.  Specific exemptions include:
Increasing the maximum height from 10.5 metres to 18 metres;
Reducing the rear yard setback from 6 metres to 3 metres;
Provide an exemption to the cumulative residential floor area cap;
A minimum requirement of ten underground parking; and
Reduce the minimum parking space size from 3 metres by 6 metres to 2.79 metres by 6 metres.
The property’s address is 9 Church Street and is described as Lot 5 on the east side of Church Street, Plan 2. Please see the complete notice attached for additional information including a location map and appeal rights.

Closed Session
b) personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees, (applications for Fence Viewers);
e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (Minutes of Settlement – Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario);
f) advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, (Minutes of Settlement – Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario).

Public Meeting
2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment Z/20/03 – 9 Church Street.

Correspondence
4.1 – Lori McDonald, Director of Corporate Services/Clerk, Town of Bracebridge. Resolution of support to lobby provincial government for financial assistance to support municipalities in offsetting the financial impact of the COVID-10 pandemic.

Deputations
None

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Closed Meeting Investigation Report.

Resolution
That Council receives the Closed Meeting Investigation Report attached as Schedule A.

9.1.2 – Appointment of Mayor & Council Member as Shareholder Representatives to Lakeland Shareholders.
Resolution
That pursuant to Section 3.7 of the Lakeland Shareholders Agreement, Council of the Town of Parry Sound appoints Mayor Jamie McGarvey, and as alternate, Councillor _____________________________ as Shareholder Representative for purposes of providing any consent or approval required by the Lakeland Shareholders Agreement or by the Business Corporations Act, for the term of Council ending November 30, 2022, or until such time as new members are appointed.

9.1.3 – Delegation to AMO.
Resolution
That Council endorse the list of delegation topics at the AMO 2020 Virtual Conference per the attached report.

9.1.4 – Employee Food Drive.
Resolution
That Council receive the report on the Employee Food Drive for information purposes.

9.2.1 – 2019 Annual Investment Report.
Resolution
That Council accepts the 2019 Annual Investment Report attached as Schedule A, in accordance with Town’s Investment Policy.

9.2.2 – Municipal Modernization Program Project Deliverable Extension.
Resolution
WHEREAS COVID-19 and Provincial Emergency Orders have impacted resources, the supply of services, and the ordinary course of businesses in general NOW THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED THAT the Council of The Town of Parry Sound hereby requests the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing to extend the deadline for the Third-Party Reviewers Report under the Municipal Modernization Program to March 31st, 2021;
THAT Council requests that the other corresponding reporting deadlines for the Interim Progress Report and the Draft of the Independent Third-Party Reviewer’s Report also be extended, and
THAT Council authorize the CAO to retain the appropriate consulting services to expedite the process and report to Council at a future date for ratification.

9.3.1 – RFQ – Sewer Flushing and Cleaning.
Resolution
That Council accept the quotation from Municipal Sewer Services Inc. in the amount of $30,962.00, HST included, for sewer flushing and cleaning of approximately 7,700 metres of sanitary sewer and camera inspection and georeferencing of approximately 5,800 metres of sanitary sewer, this quotation being the lowest of three (3) quotations received.

9.4.1 – Temporary Patio Permissions for Restaurants During COVID-19.
Resolution
Whereas in response to COVID-19, the Province of Ontario had limited the food and drink industry;
Whereas on June 8, 2020 the Province has reduced these restrictions and is permitting new patios or temporary additions to patios to provide more opportunities to local businesses while protecting health and safety, subject to municipal requirements; and
Whereas the Council for the Town of Parry Sound recognizes the need to support local businesses while protecting human health and safety during COVID-19.
Now Therefore be it Resolved that the Council for the Town of Parry Sound supports the Province’s goal of temporarily permitting new and larger patios to assist local restaurants and other licensed establishments until January 1, 2021; and further
that provided any new or expanded patio is on the Licensee’s property, the Town’s Zoning By-law and Site Plan Agreements will not apply to the temporary patio; and further
That any fees be waived for Sidewalk Patio Program until January 1, 2021.

9.5.1 – Establish Municipal Financial Assistance Program per FMC Recommendations.

By-laws
10.2.1 – Claw Back Percentages for 2020 Property Taxes.
By-Law 2020 – 7049
Being a By-law to Specify the “Claw-back Percentages” in Respect of Properties in the Commercial Class for 2020 Taxation Year.

 

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – June 2, 2020

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I have no comments to offer in terms of the items discussed and the decisions taken. I was happy to see that the beaches will be opened this week, albeit unsupervised (3.2.4).

Closed Session
b) personal matter about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees; (annual performance review of Director of Finance; 6-month probationary review of Director of Public Works)
e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (Contractor work on Town property);
f) advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, (Contractor work on Town property).

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof
1.4.1
Councillor Backman declared pecuniary interest on item 9.1.1, as she receives remuneration from FONOM. Councillor Backman did not participate in discussion, nor vote on the item.

Questions of Staff
3.2.1 – 
In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry regarding the Firefighters’ training as instrumental in saving the Beatty building over the weekend, Fire Chief Dave Thompson reported that the Volunteer Firefighters have been working hard recently on training to fight fires in larger and more complex structures. In the past few weeks, the Firefighters responded to three fires in Parry Sound and one in McDougall which is a high number of call outs. With the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of the practice has been on-line, which the Firefighters have embraced. With respect to the fire on Sunday morning, Chief Thompson reported on the Firefighters excellent work, noting that the fire posed risk, the firefight was very technical, and the firefighters were able to execute and stay safe, supported by McDougall Firefighters, as well as the OPP who evacuated the area, Public Works staff to manage detours, and Waterworks staff who ensured there was sufficient water available.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiries, Director of Public Works Kearns reported that today staff finished work on the Salt Dock boat launch, installing a ramp and anchor system which will be used going forward with a new dock. In addition. Mr. Kearns reported that Public Works is working at re-integrating Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) into the waste management services starting June 10 and working stage by stage for full integration of all waste management services.

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry regarding provision of waste receptacles in park areas, Mr. Kearns reported that similar to the phased-in staging of full services at the Waste Transfer Station, services at parks are being phased in, with general maintenance such as grass cutting and clean-up done first. Without the same complement of students this year, staff are looking at how to achieve a similar level of service to that usually provided.

3.2.4 In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry, Mr. Kearns reported that beaches are anticipated to re-open this week, in an unsupervised capacity and with appropriate signage in place.

3.2.5 – In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry, Mr. Kearns confirmed that electronic waste is not hazardous waste and can deposited at the Waste Transfer Station’s electronic recycling section.

Correspondence
4.1. Lee-Ann Turner. Request to raise the Pride flag during Pride month of June.
Resolution prepared under Other Business for Council’s consideration.

Consent Agenda
8.1 – Support for Mayor McGarvey to sit as Past President on AMO Board of Directors.
Resolution 2020 – 051
WHEREAS the immediate past president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is an ex officio member on the AMO Board of Directors and AMO Executive for its next term; and
WHEREAS Mayor Jamie McGarvey is the President of AMO for the current 2018-2020 term,
Now Therefore be it resolved that Council for the Town of Parry Sound endorses and supports Mayor Jamie McGarvey’s position as Past President on the AMO Board and Executive for the 2020-2022 term.
Carried

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – COVID-19 Post-Pandemic input for growth and prosperity.
In declaring pecuniary interest, Councillor Backman did not participate in discussion nor vote on this item.
Resolution 2020 – 052
That on behalf of the Council of the Town of Parry Sound, Mayor McGarvey includes the four issues identified in this report in a letter to the President of FONOM for presentation to Minister Greg Rickford’s Advisory Council to assist with their mandate of “getting businesses up and running and people back to work after the COVID-19 pandemic is over”.
Carried

9.2.1 – Ontario Regulation 284/09 – Excluded Expenses from the 2020 Budget.
Resolution 2020 – 053
That Council hereby adopts the compliance report for expenses excluded from the 2020 budget outlined in the staff Report and Recommendation “Ontario Regulation 284/09”, attached as Schedule “A”, as a requirement of Ontario Regulation 284/09 passed under the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25.
Carried

9.2.2 – Asset Management Plan Progress and Municipal Asset Management Plan Grant Application.
Resolution 2020 – 054
Be it resolved that Council accepts the Asset Management Plan update in accordance with the Town’s Strategic Asset Management Policy and O. Reg. 588/17: Asset Management Planning for Municipal Infrastructure under the Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, 2015; and
Be it resolved that Council directs staff to begin with the condition assessment protocols with Public Sector Digest at a cost of $16,000 (plus HST) in an effort to expedite the advancement of the asset management plan update to strive for completion by July 1st, 2021; and
Be it resolved that Council directs staff to apply for a grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Municipal Asset Management Program for Asset Management Program Development in Parry Sound; and
Be it therefore resolved that the Town of Parry Sound commits to conducting the following activities in its proposed project submitted to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Municipal Asset Management Program to advance our asset management program:
Risk and Lifecycle Framework Development Levels of Service Framework Development Asset Management Training; and
Be it further resolved that the Town of Parry Sound commits an additional $29,800.00 (plus HST) from its budget toward the costs of this initiative.
Carried

9.3.1 – Blue Box Transition Process
Resolution 2020 – 055
WHEREAS reducing the waste we generate and reincorporating valuable resources from our waste stream into new goods can reduce Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) significantly; and
WHEREAS the transition to full producer responsibility for packaging, paper and paper products is critical to reducing waste, improving recycling and driving better economic and environmental processes and outcomes; and
WHEREAS the move to a circular economy is a global movement, and that the transition of Blue Box programs to Full Producer Responsibility would help to expedite this process; and
WHEREAS the Town of Parry Sound is supportive of a timely, seamless and successful transition of BlueBox programs to full financial and operational responsibility by producers of packaging, paper and paper products;
AND WHEREAS the Association of Municipalities of Ontario has requested municipal governments with Blue Box programs provide an indication of the best date to transition our Blue Box program to full producer responsibility.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED AS FOLLOWS:
1. That The Town of Parry Sound confirms its wish to transition its Blue Box program to full producer responsibility effective January 2023.
2. That this decision is based on the following rationale:
a) The current waste collection contract, which includes the collection and processing of blue box material expires December 31, 2020 and has been subject to an annual renewal.
b) The Town of Parry Sound is not currently in a position to execute a long term agreement for Blue Box services in the face of this transition; and
3. That this resolution be forwarded to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.
Carried

9.5.1 – Support for Mayor McGarvey’s nomination to a seat on OSUM Board of Directors.
Resolution 2020 – 056
That Council for the Town of Parry Sound endorses and supports Mayor Jamie McGarvey’s nomination submission to a seat on the Ontario Small Urban Municipalities (OSUM) Board of Directors for the 2020-2022 term.
Carried

9.6.1 – Request to fly Pride flag for month of June, 2020.
Resolution 2020 – 057
That Council for the Town of Parry Sound approves the flying of the PRIDE flag on the Town Hall municipal flag pole for the month of June, 2020.
Carried

By-laws
10.2.1 – Striking tax rates for fiscal year 2020.
By-law 2020 – 7044
Being a bylaw to Strike the Tax Rates for Municipal Purposes for the Year 2020
Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.2.2 – Business Improvement Area (BIA) Levy By-law – Downtown Business Area.
By-law 2020 – 7045
Being a By-law to adopt the estimates of the Board of Management of the Downtown Parry Sound Business Improvement Area and to strike the tax rate thereon for the year 2020.
Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.3.1 – Solar Field Former Landfill – Memorandum of Understanding – 2020.
By-law 2020 – 7047
Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding with Bracebridge Generation and Lakeland Holdings Ltd. for the construction of a solar field to offset electrical usage of the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.4.1 – Deeming By-law – Wehling – 70 Great North Road.
By-law 2020 – 7046
Being a By-law to Deem Certain Lots in the Town of Parry Sound not to be Part of a Registered Plan of Subdivision (Wehling – 70 Great North Road).
Passed, Signed and Sealed.