Council Agenda Preview – October 20, 2020

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I offer a few comments on the upcoming Town of Parry Sound council meeting agenda.

Closed Session – n) educating or training council members and no member discusses or otherwise deals with any matter in a way that materially advances the business or decision-making of Council. (Site Locations for West Parry Sound Area Recreation Centre)
It seems things are getting a little heated with respect to the ‘pool’ location.

9.1.1 – Waste Diversion and Transition update.
I would be interested to know if the Town is monitoring COVID-19 in the Town’s wastewater. That seems to be one of the best tools for monitoring the level of infection in a community. Just because there have been no reported cases doesn’t mean there aren’t any. Only positive tests are referenced in the daily reports from the area health unit, and that depends on people deciding to get tested. There are any number of reasons they might choose not to if the symptoms are mild.

10.2.2 – Amendment to Parks By-law 2017-6752 to remove smoking designated areas.
It seems there is no smoking permitted in any of the parks.

Closed Session
b) personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees; (Library Board applications)
c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purposes; (Proposed property exchange)
n) educating or training council members and no member discusses or otherwise deals with any matter in a way that materially advances the business or decision-making of Council. (Site Locations for West Parry Sound Area Recreation Centre)

Correspondence
4.1 – Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General, Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism.
Update regarding Anti-Racism Directorate and regulatory work being done to bring the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 into force as well as other policing matters.

4.2 – Nina Bifolchi, Mayor, Town of Wasaga Beach.
Copy of letter to Premier Ford re: concerns with safety risks as a result of a recent unauthorized car rally in Wasaga Beach, and requests for tougher laws.

4.3 – Cindy Filmore, Administrative Services Coordinator Town of Kearney.
Resolution rejecting the Town of Parry Sound`s request regarding a Supplemental Emergency Medical Services Levy.

4.4 – Mackenzie Taylor, Records Clerk/Deputy Clerk, Township of Carling.
Proposed 2021 Budget to adjust service levels to achieve lowest possible tax rate

Deputations
5.1 – Rita Orr – CEO, Tom Lundy – Chair, Parry Sound Public Library.

RE: Library Update; link to presentation.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Waste Diversion and Transition update.

Resolution
That Council receive the report attached as Schedule A regarding Waste Diversion and Transition, for information purposes.

9.3.1 – 2021 Council Meeting Dates.
Resolution

That pursuant to By-law 2020-7061, Section 3, paragraph 4, Council approves Schedule “A” as attached, the 2021 schedule of Regular Meetings of Council.

9.4.1 – 2021 Budgeting Schedule.
Resolution

That Council hereby approves the 2021 Budgeting Schedule as set out in the attached Schedule “A”; and
That Council sets the 2021 budget guideline for a tax levy increase between 1.8% and 3.6% for the operating budget in the absence of a collective agreement for 2021; and
Further that the guidelines will be updated as per the policy once the collective agreement is reached if budget deliberations are still underway.

By-laws
10.1.1 – Tesla Powerwall at Pound.

By-law 2020 – 7077
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement with Bracebridge Generation Ltd. as part of the SPEEDIER project, to install a Tesla Powerwall at the West Parry Sound Dog Pound.

10.2.1 – Rezoning Application – Z/20/05 –1793951 Ontario Inc. (Greystone/Lighthouse) – Lifting of “h” symbol.
By-law 2020 – 7078
Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law) as amended to remove a holding provision for 1793951 Ontario Inc./Greystone/Lighthouse (20 Salt Dock Road).

10.2.2 – Amendment to Parks By-law 2017-6752 to remove smoking designated areas.
By-law 2020 – 7079
Being a By-law to amend the Parks By-law 2017-6752, to remove smoking designated areas.

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – October 6, 2020

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There were no surprises at this past week’s Town of Parry Sound council meeting. The resolutions and by-laws are summarized below.

Closed Session
c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board, (Boundary negotiations);
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)
k) a position, plan, procedure, criteria, or instruction to be applied to any negotiations carried on or to be carried on by or on behalf of the municipality or local board, (Boundary negotiations, Wellness Centre & Pool cost sharing and site selection)

Questions of Staff
3.2.1 –
In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry as to the installation status of the handrail at the hill just below the rail crossing on Cascade Street, Director of Public Works Mike Kearns reported that indeed a railing was to be installed as part of the work on Cascade Street; staff is investigating to have the railing re-installed in a manner that supports pedestrian safety and will remain there during winter operations.

Correspondence
4.1 – Nathan Cato, Canadian Pacific.

CP 2020 Virtual Holiday Train.

4.2 – Danny Whalen, President, Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities.
Media Release of support for satellite internet access.
Broadband Draft Resolution re Starlight satellite internet access.

4.3 – Graydon Smith, President, AMO.
Receipt of Feedback on AMO OPP Detachment Board Discussion Paper.

4.4 – Honourable Lisa Smith, Ministry of Government & Consumer Services.
Delegation at AMO Conference re: MNRF 7 Bay Street property disposition and subsequent retention of MNRF jobs in area.

4.5 – Downtown Business Association Beautification Committee.
Appreciation for Town Gardens 2020.

4.6 – Town of Amherstburg.
Request for deadline extension for AODA website compliance.

4.7 – Sean Finn, CN.
CN’s 100 Anniversary Celebrations and library donation.

All items of correspondence were filed.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Building Security Access Control System (FOBs).
Resolution
That Council accept the quote from Safe N Sound Locksmithing for the installation of security access controls (Fob system) for the Municipal Office in the amount of $18,290.00.
Carried

9.1.2 – Tender – Snow Removal.
Resolution

That Council accept the tender from Adams Brothers for snow removal on town streets during the 2020 fall & winter season and 2021 winter & spring season, including traffic control and labour costs to clear around infrastructure including tree pits and hydrants, as follows:
– Tandem dump truck: $95.99 per hour o Wheeled loader: $111.81 per hour.
– Blower and control unit: $111.81 per hour.
This tender being the only one received.
Carried

9.1.3 – Bobby Orr Community Centre – Reopening Informational Report.
Resolution

That Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound receive the report attached as Schedule A on the reopening of the Bobby Orr Community Centre, for informational purposes.
Carried

9.2.1 – EMS Committee Member Appointment.
Resolution

That the Town of Parry Sound Council appoint Councillor Irene Smit representing the municipalities of Nipissing, Powassan and Callander to the Parry Sound EMS Advisory Committee for the remainder of the term of Council.
Carried

9.2.2 – BSM Breakwater and Dock C Replacement.
Resolution

That the Town of Parry Sound accept the bid by Kropf Industrial in the amount of $1,598,718 plus HST for the construction and delivery of a Floating Breakwater and replacement of Dock C per their tender submission; and
That a previously approved budget amount of $1,293,240 from the Big Sound Marina Reserve be used to fund this project; and
That an additional budget of $400,000 towards Dock C, contingency, HST, engineering and other provisional items be approved to be funded temporarily form the Capital Asset Legacy Reserve Fund; and
That the funds temporarily borrowed from the Capital Asset Legacy Reserve Fund be repaid over a 4-year term with interest, equivalent to the Town’s current interest on reserve fund bank accounts over the term, applied to the outstanding amount borrowed; and
That the repayment of the temporary borrowing begin in the 2021 budget year; and
That the total revised budget for this project be $1,693,240 including the Breakwater, provisional items, Dock C, contingency, and engineering costs.
Carried

9.2.3 – COVID 19 Impacts on Fall events.
Resolution

That Council receive the attached report on COVID Impacts on Fall Events for information purposes.
Carried

9.3.1 – Extension of Virtual Council Meetings.
Resolution
Whereas the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 18 expanded the opportunity for Municipal Councils, Local Boards and their Committees to meet electronically, and
Whereas in response, Council 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; and
Whereas pursuant to By-law 2020-7061, Council extended by Resolution 2020-082 until October 31st expanded terms of electronic participation at meetings; and
Whereas recent provincial reports identify a current “second wave” of COVID-19 infections “worse than the first”, prompting a return to more stringent public health precautionary measures,
Now Therefore Be It Resolved that Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound extends until March 31, 2021 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

9.3.2 – COVID-19 Municipal Office Response Plan.
Resolution
That Council approves continued implementation of the internal safety protocol set out in the plans attached as Schedules A and B, and continued restriction on public access to the municipal office and Fire Hall until the end of the year 2020, at which time it will be reassessed.
Carried

9.3.3 – Key Performance Objectives in Support of the Strategic Plan.
Resolution

That Council approve the Key Performance Objectives (KPOs) as set out in Schedule A.
Carried

9.3.4 – EDO for the West Parry Sound Economic Development Collaborative (CINNO Funding Program), 3 Year Employment Contract.
Resolution
That on behalf of the Regional Economic Development Collaborative, Council authorizes staff to enter into a 3-year fixed contract for a Regional Economic Development Officer provided that each member municipality agrees to cover their proportionate share of all employment related costs in the form, substantially as set out in this report.
Carried

9.5.1 – AODA Website Compliance Extension Request.
Resolution
Whereas the Town of Amherstburg passed Resolution 20200914-214 per attached Schedule A;
Now therefore be it resolved that the Town of Parry Sound hereby requests that the Province of Ontario extend the compliance deadline stated in Section 14(4) of O.Reg 191/11 under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to require designated public sector organizations to conform to WCAG 2.0 Level AA, by a minimum of one (1) year to at least January 1, 2022; and further,
That the Town of Parry Sound requests that the Province of Ontario consider providing funding support and training resources to meet these compliance standards.
Carried

By-laws
10.1.1 – Technology Review – Municipal Modernization Program.

By-law 2020 – 7072
Being a bylaw to ratify the execution of a contract with Perry Group Consulting Ltd. to complete a technology review under the Municipal Modernization Program through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.2.1 – Amend Parking and Traffic Control By-law 2019-6912 to prohibit parking on Waubeek Street.
By-law 2020 – 7075
Being a By-law to amend By-law 2019-6912 the Parking and Traffic Control By-law to prohibit parking on Waubeek Street.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.3.1 – Integrity Commissioner Appointment.
By-law 2020 – 7073
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with Harold Elston for re- appointment to the Office of the Integrity Commissioner.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.4.1 – Community Support Accessible Transport Services and Lease Agreement.
By-Law 2020 – 7074
Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an agreement substantially in the form provided as “Appendix A” with The Board of Management for the District of Parry Sound West Home for the Aged for the provision of accessible transportation.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

Council Agenda Preview – October 6, 2020

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There is lots on the agenda this week. I have highlighted below a few of the more interesting items with a little bit of commentary. Refer to the full list of agenda items that follows and the full agenda, with attachments that are available at the Town’s website.

Closed c) & d) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board, (Boundary negotiations).
This is something we haven’t heard anything about for the past year or more. There were discussions perhaps five years ago about the transfer of land to the Town of Parry Sound at the request of certain property owners who wanted to access the Town’s infrastructure. This was turned down by a majority of the landowners in the area, largely of the basis of projected higher taxes. Then about 18 months ago additional overtures were either made or received by the Town. I am not sure if these items are related or it is something altogether different. It’s obvious that the Greater Parry Sound area is attracting new residents and housing is in short supply. They will expect services, even if taxes are higher than the ‘burbs’.

4.4 – Honourable Lisa Smith, Ministry of Government & Consumer Services.
Delegation at AMO Conference re: MNRF 7 Bay Street property disposition and subsequent retention of MNRF jobs in area.
There is little to be read in the letter from the Minister. It seems to be a brush off, but that’s almost always how these discussions start. The Town would like to acquire the property but not lose the associated jobs. A get your cake and eat it too situation?

9.2.2 – BSM Breakwater and Dock C Replacement.
Remember the move the Money Pit about a young couple that buys a house and faces challenges and mostly expenses with the renovations? Well the town has three of them – the Bobby Orr Community Centre, the Stockey Centre and now Big Sound Marina. The property was received at no cost from the Federal Government along with $1.3 million for necessary repairs and upgrades. The Town is now tossing in another half million or so for additional upgrades. It seems that these three money pits are here to serve tourists and the neighbouring communities. Are we, the taxpayers who subsidize these facilities, getting our money’s worth? And there is the possibility of a fourth money pit, a ‘recreation and culture centre’ (aka a pool). Can we really afford all of this without more land to provide additional taxable property income?

9.3.3 – Key Performance Objectives in Support of the Strategic Plan
Resolutions.
I am putting this on my to-do list to review. A quick glance reveals a limited number of objectives with few details. Less is okay if they actually get done and aren’t dragged over from year to year.

10.2.1 – Amend Parking and Traffic Control By-law 2019-6912 to prohibit parking on Waubeek Street.
This is good news. Last week saw a letter and deputation to Council requesting Waubeek on street parking. I drove down Waubeek at night last week and was surprised how relatively narrow the street was. What happens in the winter? Well, Council is being presented with a by law amendment that prohibits parking on Waubeek Street. That seems to be the right things to do.
As an aside – is anyone else surprised with how ‘bumpy’ Waubeek Street is after the rebuild and repaving? There are two issues in my opinion. Didn’t we pay lots to get this work done? Is this type of quality we paid for? The second concerns the durability of the street. A ‘bumpy’ rebuild and paving is more than a bit of a rougher ride, it suggests that the road won’t last as long. Erosion and wear start more easily from bumps and depressions. Ever notice how a pothole grows quickly once it has first formed. The small imperfections in the Waubeek Street job will lead to issues sooner than they should have. Compare this with the repaving done on Highway 400 and the exit ramps to the Town. Smooooth! Very smooth! They don’t want to be doing this any sooner than they need to.

Town of Parry Sound Agenda 2020-10-06

Closed Session
c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board, (Boundary negotiations)
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)
k) a position, plan, procedure, criteria, or instruction to be applied to any negotiations carried on or to be carried on by or on behalf of the municipality or local board, (Boundary negotiations)

Correspondence
4.1 – Nathan Cato, Canadian Pacific.

CP 2020 Virtual Holiday Train

4.2 – Danny Whalen, President, Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities. Media Release of support for satellite internet access.
Broadband Draft Resolution re. Starlight satellite internet access

4.3 – Graydon Smith, President, AMO.
Receipt of Feedback on AMO OPP Detachment Board Discussion Paper.

4.4 – Honourable Lisa Smith, Ministry of Government & Consumer Services.
Delegation at AMO Conference re: MNRF 7 Bay Street property disposition and subsequent retention of MNRF jobs in area.

4.5 – Downtown Business Association Beautification Committee.
Appreciation for Town Gardens 2020.

4.6 – Town of Amherstburg.
Request for deadline extension for AODA website compliance.

4.7 – Sean Finn, CN.
CN’s 100 Anniversary Celebrations and library donation.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Building Security Access Control System (FOBs)

Resolution
That Council accept the quote from Safe N Sound Locksmithing for the installation of security access controls (Fob system) for the Municipal Office in the amount of $18,290.00.

9.1.2 – Tender – Snow Removal
Resolution
That Council accept the tender from Adams Brothers for snow removal on town streets during the 2020 fall & winter season and 2021 winter & spring season, including traffic control and labour costs to clear around infrastructure including tree pits and hydrants, as follows:
– Tandem dump truck: $95.99 per hour
– Wheeled loader: $111.81 per hour
– Blower and control unit: $111.81 per hour
This tender being the only one received.

9.1.3 – Bobby Orr Community Centre – Reopening Informational Report.
Resolution
That Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound receive the report attached as Schedule A on the reopening of the Bobby Orr Community Centre, for informational purposes.

9.2.1 – EMS Committee Member Appointment.
Resolution
That the Town of Parry Sound Council appoint Councillor Irene Smit representing the municipalities of Nipissing, Powassan and Callander to the Parry Sound EMS Advisory Committee for the remainder of the term of Council.

9.2.2 – BSM Breakwater and Dock C Replacement.
Resolution
That the Town of Parry Sound accept the bid by Kropf Industrial in the amount of $1,598,718 plus HST for the construction and delivery of a Floating Breakwater and replacement of Dock C per their tender submission; and
That a previously approved budget amount of $1,293,240 from the Big Sound Marina Reserve be used to fund this project; and
That an additional budget of $400,000 towards Dock C, contingency, HST, engineering and other provisional items be approved to be funded temporarily form the Capital Asset Legacy Reserve Fund; and
That the funds temporarily borrowed from the Capital Asset Legacy Reserve Fund be repaid over a 4-year term with interest, equivalent to the Town’s current interest on reserve fund bank accounts over the term, applied to the outstanding amount borrowed; and
That the repayment of the temporary borrowing begin in the 2021 budget year; and
That the total revised budget for this project be $1,693,240 including the Breakwater, provisional items, Dock C, contingency, and engineering costs.

9.2.3 – COVID 19 Impacts on Fall events
Resolution
That Council receive the attached report on COVID Impacts on Fall Events for information purposes.

9.3.1 – Extension of Virtual Council Meetings
Resolution
Whereas the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 18 expanded the opportunity for Municipal Councils, Local Boards and their Committees to meet electronically, and
Whereas in response, Council 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; and
Whereas pursuant to By-law 2020-7061, Council extended by Resolution 2020-082 until October 31st expanded terms of electronic participation at meetings; and
Whereas recent provincial reports identify a current “second wave” of COVID-19 infections “worse than the first”, prompting a return to more stringent public health precautionary measures,
Now Therefore Be It Resolved that Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound extends until March 31, 2021 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.

9.3.2 – COVID-19 Municipal Office Response Plan.
Resolution
That Council approves continued implementation of the internal safety protocol set out in the plans attached as Schedules A and B, and continued restriction on public access to the municipal office and Fire Hall until the end of the year 2020, at which time it will be reassessed.

9.3.3 – Key Performance Objectives in Support of the Strategic Plan
Resolutions.
That Council approve the Key Performance Objectives (KPOs) as set out in Schedule A.

9.3.4 – EDO for the West Parry Sound Economic Development Collaborative (CINNO Funding Program), 3 Year Employment Contract.
Resolution 2020
That on behalf of the Regional Economic Development Collaborative, Council authorizes staff to enter into a 3-year fixed contract for a Regional Economic Development Officer provided that each member municipality agrees to cover their proportionate share of all employment related costs in the form, substantially as set out in this report.

9.5.1 – AODA Website Compliance Extension Request.
Resolution
Whereas the Town of Amherstburg passed Resolution 20200914-214 per attached Schedule A;
Now therefore be it resolved that the Town of Parry Sound hereby requests that the Province of Ontario extend the compliance deadline stated in Section 14(4) of O. Reg 191/11 under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to require designated public sector organizations to conform to WCAG 2.0 Level AA, by a minimum of one (1) year to at least January 1, 2022; and further,
That the Town of Parry Sound requests that the Province of Ontario consider providing funding support and training resources to meet these compliance standards.

By-laws
10.1.1 – Technology Review – Municipal Modernization Program.

By-law 2020 – 7072
Being a bylaw to ratify the execution of a contract with Perry Group Consulting Ltd. to complete a technology review under the Municipal Modernization Program through the Ministry of Affairs & Housing.

10.2.1 – Amend Parking and Traffic Control By-law 2019-6912 to prohibit parking on Waubeek Street.
By-law 2020 – 7075
Being a By-law to amend By-law 2019-6912 the Parking and Traffic Control By-law to prohibit parking on Waubeek Street.

10.3.1 – Integrity Commissioner Appointment.
By-law 2020 – 7073
Being a By-law to appoint and authorize the execution of an agreement with Harold Elston for Integrity Commissioner Services.

10.4.1 – Community Support Accessible Transport Services and Lease Agreement.
By-Law 2020 – 7074
Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an agreement substantially in the form provided as “Appendix A” with The Board of Management for the District of Parry Sound West Home for the Aged for the provision of accessible transportation.

 

 

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – September 15, 2020

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The minutes are rather long as the presentations from the public meeting and a deputation are summarized. You may wish to take a look at the summaries to get a better sense of the issues being discussed.

As expected, Council passed all of the items presented to them. Key portions of the minutes are presented below.


Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof
Councillor Horne Declared Pecuniary Interest on items 9.1.1 & 9.1.2, as the property identified on these items is owned by West Parry Sound Health Centre, his spouse is the CFO of the Health Centre and is named on the lease.
Councillor Horne neither participated in discussion nor voted on the matters.

Public Meeting
2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/20/02 – 2 Oastler Park Drive (John Jackson Planner Inc. on behalf of Waltmar Inc.)
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, Mr. Elgie 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 C3(h) and EP zones zone to a C3 zone.
John Jackson responded to the Mayor’s invitation to speak in favour of the proposed Zoning By-law amendment. To recognize future commercial development on the southeast quadrant of Oastler Park Drive & Bowes St. already zoned commercial, this step is to recognize placement of an access road to be placed alongside the access ramp to southbound Hwy 400. This parcel is the last of the 4 corners to be developed. The owner is extremely sensitive to the need to promote a high value project which will be a gateway to the town and will to be undertaken in a manner which is sensitive to environmental conditions. This access road will cross a flooded bay which was historically a pasture which got flooded by a dam which leads to McGown Lake from this tiny lake known as Anderson Lake. The entire lake is currently zoned environmental protection and will remain EP except for this tiny corridor where they propose to access

the 2 parcels on either side of the flooded embayment. The owner to this point has expended significant resources to ensure the required assessments for environmental protection, which will have regard for not only Provincial policy statements, the Town’s official plan, the Endangered Species Act, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. And those programs we’re working closely with the planning staff of the Town that are close to being in an implementable stage. We realize there have been submissions, as there tends to be in these kinds of applications, where there are concerns about making sure that proper assessments are being done. It is his intention, together with Mr. Elgie to reach out to the persons and agencies that made submissions be sure that their concerns have been regarded by the many qualified consultants that the owner has retained. We believe this is going to be an important project for the town, it will meet the policies, have regard for any environmental sensitivities, and we would like the town to take this 1st step which will be the beginning of still considerable details to come forward.

Henry Lowry responded to the Mayor’s invitation to speak in opposition of the proposed Zoning By-law amendment. Mr. Lowry sent in a letter objecting to the zoning change. His biggest concern is the environmentally protected portion of this property. The application didn’t make clear that it was just a road across the environmental area. Also, of concern is the land to the east of the environment land which is a very small remnant piece of the property and he questions its commercial value at all. To go in and destroy the natural environment he thinks will do great harm to the entry to the Town as well as well as the views from his property across the street. The real commercial property is the portion along Oastler Park Drive and he finds it questionable why this little eastern piece is even being considered. He stands by his submission as sent in.

Mr. Elgie advised that he had received the following 5 letters of opposition with regards to this matter.
– From Eric Thompson, a property owner on McGown Lake wrote in opposition. Seguin recently dealt with a request to rezone to a commercial use, and they put in place a vegetative buffer to ensure clean waters. He notes that McGown Lake is at risk of sodium contamination due to the highway, he hopes that Parry Sound will also require a buffer. He feels that this is the only area of the lake to filter road salt and other chemicals.
– From Henry Lowry, letter of opposition. Mr. Lowry spoke to his reasons for objection during the livestreaming of the meeting.
– From Paul McGown, letter of opposition with several concerns: if lake infilled where would water runoff to, what are the impacts to McGown Lake, last time lake impacted by highway an algae bloom occurred, where will runoff from development be directed, will municipal sewage be supplied to the property, McGown Lake is at capacity, Blandings turtles have been noted in the area and not accounted for.
– Scott McGown letter of opposition: questioning if the intended purpose of the property has been described and requesting to be notified of decisions.

– Township of Seguin letter of opposition: application is premature without further study, lands form part of a much larger watershed and are concerned that no studies have been submitted which examine the hydrological impacts of this development and request that this request be deferred. They request a copy of any submitted studies which have been supplied to them.

Questions of Staff
3.2.1 –
Mayor McGarvey asked Mr. Kearns what the town is doing for Rail Safety Week. Mr. Kearns advised that initial discussions concerning Operation Lifesaver have been undertaken and also going to be participating in their LookListenLive.ca initiative which adds signage at crossings. This information has been shared with the area schools via contact with the principals. The information will be shared on our website & social media next week.
3.2.2 – Councillor McCann inquired of Mr. Kearns if, with home schooling and students learning on-line, if they also have the ability to connect to these initiatives. Mr. Kearns will investigate and advised that it will be on our website and social media and hoped that the media will also assist with sharing the information.
3.2.3 – Councillor Backman asked Mr. Harris for an update on the Strategic Plan. Mr. Harris advised that the plan is available digitally and by hardcopy if requested. Staff are working on their KPO’s (Key Performance Objectives) with some delays due to covid-19 issues and other matters arising. He expects a report to come forward either at the next meeting or at the October 20th meeting.
3.2.4 – Councillor Backman asked Mr. Harris about the Regional Economic Development Initiative. Mr. Harris responded that when Mr. Barns resigned in March this also was the end of the 3-year term for funding. A further funding grant was applied for and which has been successfully approved. The EDO recruitment process has been underway with a final interview taking place last week. In the meantime, Vladimir Shehovtsov, the Town’s EDO has been responding to inquires as they come in. Additionally, he has been reaching out to area businesses to see how covid has affected them and what role the Town and the Collaborative may play to assist them.
3.2.5 – Councillor Borneman asked Mr. Pengra about the activity by Speedier staff at the transfer station grounds. The Speedier project is moving forward with the solar field, all piles are in, waiting for concrete to set after which the racking and panels can be installed. The Speedier components can then be installed.

Correspondence
4.1. – Lori West, Clerk, Municipality of McDougall.

4.1a – Support of Lake of Bay’s resolution and support in principle for Muskoka Parry Sound Riding Cooperative Broadband Initiative.
Filed
4.1b – Support of Whitestone’ Resolution requesting federal funding of broadband internet.
Filed
4.1c – Support of Archipelago’s Resolution requesting provincial funding of WPSHC recognizing population.
Filed

4.2 – April Denman, Executive Administrator, Downtown Business Association.
4.2a – DBA resignations
4.2b – September 9 Board Minutes appointing Doug Wilton.
Agenda item 8.1

4.3 Waste Reduction Week in Canada.
Request to proclaim October 19-25 Waste Reduction Week in Canada.
Agenda item 9.5.1

4.4 – Lee-Ann Turner.
Requesting On-Street parking on Waubeek Street.
4.4a – supplementary email of September 13, 2020 with a copy of this evening’s deputation.
Copied to Director of Public Works

Deputations
5.1 – Lee-Ann Turner
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Requesting On-Street parking on Waubeek Street.
A copy of Ms. Turner’s deputation is attached and available on the website as a presentation.
Ms. Turner is requesting a return of parking to Waubeek St. which she understands has a 50+ year history of allowing on street parking on the side the sidewalk is on. This was disallowed due to road improvements. The absence of a bike lane, removal of parking, a very smooth straightaway and continued pedestrian activity supposes an increase in risk. A bike lane was not created; waterfront trail is bike accessible and noted in the master plan but she feels it would have been appropriate to have a secondary bike lane.
Two crosswalks were created based on complaints and concerns which was admirable. No pedestrians have been hit on Waubeek St. the cost for 1 crosswalk was $30,000.00.
The straightway creates increased speeds, especially at night when traffic is light. In 2019 a request was made to decrease the speed to 40 kph, which I disagreed with as I feel the 50 kph speed limit is appropriate but vehicles need to follow the speed limit.
Vehicles continue to exceed the posted limits. The smooth road is enticing drivers to higher speeds which increases risk to pedestrians.
Parking on the sidewalk side slows traffic and naturally provides a safety barrier for pedestrians. Parking increases risk for cyclists whereas bike lanes reduce their risk.
No parking signs have been installed on the asphalt median as opposed to on the grass, which was a surprise to her due to the risk of impalement, which she understood fencing and signage is usually placed so far away from the edge of a curb.
The crosswalk at Belvedere meets the criteria of the accessibility plan of 2013 and I have no comment on crosswalk # 3. The comment made is in relation to the sidewalk on Waubeek St which is now only separated from vehicles by a curb and asphalt boulevard, the greater speeds of vehicles creates a greater danger for those using the sidewalk.
Within the Trail master plan it recommends priority area for sidewalks, including routes to schools and along busy roads, signage and other measures to promote safe use, bike lanes and trails on main arterial & collector roads, and looping of the waterfront trail. Notes from the trails master plan: The importance of good design applies also to the improvement and retrofit of existing facilities. Pedestrians want areas that are safe, attractive, convenient and easy to use. She maintains that the design did discourage pedestrians and that it is an unintended consequence.
The sidewalk design installed was alternative # 3 which was the least preferred method and it increases the risk to pedestrians as it removes the buffer. Parking will assist in making pedestrians feel safer with a buffer in place. Landscaping has not been completed which would act as a buffer and is within the plan.

Consent Agenda
8.1 – DBA Resignations and Appointment.
Resolution
That upon notice and recommendation of the Parry Sound Downtown Business Association (DBA), Council of the Town of Parry Sound accepts the resignations of Tanis Mack and Sue Sullivan, and makes the appointment of Doug Wilton to the Parry Sound DBA; and
That the DBA Board appointing resolution 2019-012 be so amended.
Carried

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Sign By-law Variance Application – 97 Bowes Pylon.
Resolution
That Council authorizes and directs the Chief Building Official to issue a permit for revision to the Pylon Sign at 97 Bowes Street according to the terms and conditions attached as Schedule A; and
That if the applicant does not agree to the terms and conditions attached as Schedule A, that the request for a variance is effectively denied.
Carried

9.1.2 – Sign By-law Variance Application – 97 Bowes Read-o-Graph.
Resolution
That Council authorizes the Chief Building Official to issue a permit for a Read-O-Graph sign at 97 Bowes Streets according to the terms and conditions attached as Schedule A; and
That if the applicant does not agree to the terms and conditions attached as Schedule A, that the request for a variance is effectively denied.
Carried

9.2.1 – Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts Performance Hall Reopening Plan.
Resolution
That Council of the Town of Parry Sound accepts the Reopening Plan of the Stockey Centre Performance Hall per the Reopening Plan attached as Schedule A.
Carried

9.5.1 Waste Reduction Week.
Resolution

Council of the Town of Parry Sound does hereby proclaim October 19-25, 2020 as Waste Reduction Week in Canada, and commits to the following:
a) We commit to waste reduction, resource conservation, and community education for sustainable living.
b) We recognize that losing waste to disposal and as litter are local and global threats to the environment.
c) We will take action to reduce our waste and support the circular economy.
Carried

By-laws
10.1.1 – Site Plan Application S20/01 – 20 Salt Dock Road/Lighthouse (1793951 Ontario Inc.).

By-Law 2020 – 7069
Being a By-law to authorize a Site Plan Agreement S201/01 with 1793951 Ontario Inc. (20 Salt Dock Road/The Lighthouse)
Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.1.2 Big Sound Marina Agreement One Year Extension with Massasauga Management Co.
By-law 2020 – 7070
Being a bylaw to amend the agreement with Massasauga Management Co. Inc. for operation of Big Sound Marina and the Town Dock and supersede amending By-law 2019-6854.
Passed, Signed & Sealed.

Council Agenda Preview – September 15, 2020

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Here is my take on this week’s Town of Parry Sound council meeting agenda.

2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/20/02 – 2 Oastler Park Drive (John Jackson Planner Inc. on behalf of Waltmar Inc.
Who is Waltmar and why are they trying to ‘disguise’ their name. If you search for “Waltmar Inc. Parry Sound”, Google directs you to Walmart. If you insist on Waltmar it takes you to a 2015 blog posting from this website. It seems that Waltmar is the corporate parent of the dock company across from Sobey’s and they are looking to expand. I think Seguin Township may have some say in this as there are environmental issues involved.

9.1.1 & 9.1.2 – Sign By-law Variance Applications.
More ugly signs coming on Bowes Street to distract drivers.

10.1.2 – Big Sound Marina Agreement One Year Extension with Massasauga Management Co.
Apparently no one else put in a bid to run Big Sound Marina so the Town has decided to extend the lease for Massasauga Management Co. another year. It’s hard to get the best price from a lessee if there are no other offers.

ABRIDGED AGENDA

Public Meeting
2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/20/02 – 2 Oastler Park Drive (John Jackson Planner Inc. on behalf of Waltmar Inc.

Correspondence
4.1. – Lori West, Clerk, Municipality of McDougall.
4.1a – Support in principle for Muskoka Parry Sound Riding Cooperative Broadband Initiative.
4.1b – Support of Whitestone’ Resolution requesting federal funding of broadband internet.
4.1c – Support of Archipelago’s Resolution requesting provincial funding of WPSHC recognizing population

4.2 – April Denman, Executive Administrator, Downtown Business Association.
4.2a – DBA resignations.
4.2b – September 9 Board Minutes appointing Doug Wilton.

4.3 Waste Reduction Week in Canada.
Request to proclaim October 19-25 Waste Reduction Week in Canada.

4.4 Lee-Ann Turner.
Requesting On-Street parking on Waubeek Street.

Deputations
5.1 – Lee-Ann Turner.
Requesting On-Street parking on Waubeek Street.

Consent Agenda
8.1 – DBA Resignations and Appointment.

Resolution
That upon notice and recommendation of the Parry Sound Downtown Business Association (DBA), Council of the Town of Parry Sound accepts the resignations of Tanis Mack and Sue Sullivan, and makes the appointment of Doug Wilton to the Parry Sound DBA; and
That the DBA Board appointing resolution 2019-012 be so amended.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Sign By-law Variance Application – 97 Bowes Pylon.
Resolution
That Council authorizes and directs the Chief Building Official to issue a permit for revision to the Pylon Sign at 97 Bowes Street according to the terms and conditions attached as Schedule A; and
That if the applicant does not agree to the terms and conditions attached as Schedule A, that the request for a variance is effectively denied.

9.1.2 – Sign By-law Variance Application – 97 Bowes Read-o-Graph.
Resolution

That Council authorizes the Chief Building Official to issue a permit for a Read-O-Graph sign at 97 Bowes Streets according to the terms and conditions attached as Schedule A; and
That if the applicant does not agree to the terms and conditions attached as Schedule A, that the request for a variance is effectively denied.

9.2.1 – Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts Performance Hall Reopening Plan.
Resolution

That Council of the Town of Parry Sound accepts the Reopening Plan of the Stockey Centre Performance Hall per the Reopening Plan attached as Schedule A.

9.5.1 – Waste Reduction Week.
Resolution.

Council of the Town of Parry Sound does hereby proclaim October 19-25 2020 as Waste Reduction Week in Canada, and commits to the following:
a) We commit to waste reduction, resource conservation, and community education for sustainable living.
b) We recognize that losing waste to disposal and as litter are local and global threats to the environment.
c) We will take action to reduce our waste and support the circular economy.

By-laws
10.1.1 – Site Plan Application S20/01 – 20 Salt Dock Road/Lighthouse (1793951 Ontario Inc.)
By-Law 2020 – 7069
Being a By-law to authorize a Site Plan Agreement S201/01 with 1793951 Ontario Inc. (20 Salt Dock Road/The Lighthouse).

10.1.2 – Big Sound Marina Agreement One Year Extension with Massasauga Management Co.
By-law 2020 – 7070

Being a bylaw to amend the agreement with Massasauga Management Co. Inc. for operation of Big Sound Marina and the Town Dock and supersede amending By-law 2019-6854

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – September 1, 2020

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Nothing to see here. That is, there are no surprises.

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof
1.4.1 – Councillor Horne declared pecuniary interest on EMS items 9.1.1, 9.1.2, and 9.1.3. referring respectively to the EMS budget deficit repayment to the West Parry Sound Health Centre, the 2020 EMS supplementary levy to area municipalities, and the appointment of a member to the EMS Advisory Committee, as his spouse is Chief Operating Officer of the West Parry Sound Health Centre and has direct involvement with the EMS Committee. Councillor Horne did not participate in discussion, nor vote on the items.

Questions of Staff
3.2.1 –
In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry as to the public’s response to local regulations enacted to deal with COVID-19, Director of Development & Protective Services Dave Thompson reported that people are responding by general adherence to mask regulations; there are some struggles with social distancing and larger groups as people want to get back to normal life; however generally there has been an overall positive response.

Correspondence
4.1 – Seguin Township

Support for request that province fund the West Parry Sound Health Centre based on real residential population of West Parry Sound, its tax base and the large catchment area.
Filed

4.2 – Municipality of Magnetawan
Resolution 2020-210 supporting the Town of Parry Sound’s Resolution 2020-068 regarding Municipal Financial Assistance Program.
Filed

4.3 – Municipality of Whitestone
Resolution 2020-250 supporting in principle the Muskoka-Parry Sound Riding Cooperative Broadband initiative.
Filed

4.4 – CUPE Ontario
20th Annual Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day, October 22, 2020.
See item 9.5.1 on the Agenda.

4.5 – Judy Kovacs
Request to install railing on Cascade St hill between CN crossing and William St.
Copied to Director of Public Works.

Deputations
None

Mayor & Councillors’ Reports
Deputy Mayor McCann and Councillors reported on meetings attended and matters arising. In Deputy Mayor McCann’s report, he noted that Belvedere Heights Board participating municipalities declined to approve of a resolution to request the province to increase funding to Long-Term Care facilities particularly for funding full-time workers. Such a resolution was on the July 7th, 2020 Council agenda and was postponed for input from Belvedere Heights Board. Deputy Mayor McCann therefore reported that as initiator of this resolution, he would not be bringing it back for Council consideration.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – 2019 Land Ambulance Expenditure Reconciliation
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Resolution
That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee, Town of Parry Sound Council authorize the payment of $384,657 to the West Parry Sound Health Centre for the budget deficit occurring in the 2019 year, funded from the EMS Surplus Reserve.
Carried

9.1.2 – 2020 EMS Budget Deficit.
a) Direction
That the Director of Protective and Development Services prepare the 2021 Land Ambulance Budget recognizing that recent trends in funding challenges will necessitate significant levy increases.
Carried
b) Resolution
Recognizing that municipalities can utilize COVID-19 related funding from the Province at their discretion,
Now therefore upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee, a supplementary levy of $450,000.00 be applied in 2020 to municipalities in the Parry Sound District using the traditional funding formula; and further that the summer upstaff shift operate until October 13th, 2020.
Carried

9.1.3 – EMS Committee Member Appointment.
Resolution
That Town of Parry Sound Council accepts the resignation of Kim Dixon and appoints McDougall Councillor Lewis Malott to the Town of Parry Sound EMS Advisory Committee for the remainder of the term of Council.
Carried

9.1.4 – Application for Consent – 41, 43 & 45 Winnifred Ave.
Resolution
That B/31/20 (PS) – (L.U. Maughan on behalf of W.E.H. Developments Limited) – Lots 46-49 of M648 be supported, subject to the following conditions of consent:
1. That the applicant be advised that separate water/sewer services are to be provided to each of the proposed lots; and
2. That the applicant ensures legal access to the secondary units of the proposed lots. A physical and legal, without trespassing, exit serving the secondary units and compliant with the Ontario Building Code shall be provided.
Carried

9.2.1 – COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Specialized Equipment – Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
Resolution
THAT Council authorizes that application be made to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, Specialized Equipment program; and,
THAT Clayton Harris be confirmed as the person with signing authority.
Carried

9.3.1 – Financial Variance Report for Mid-Year 2020.
Resolution
That Council hereby receives and accepts the variance report for Mid-Year 2020 (June 30, 2020); and
That Council hereby approves the expenses for Council members for the period from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020; and
That Council approves the transfer of the Federal contribution received related to the Town’s acquisition of Big Sound Marina in the amount of $1,293,240 to a Reserve for the purpose of capital expenditures at Big Sound Marina; and
Further That the Big Sound Marina Floating Breakwater in the 2020 budget be funded from this newly established Big Sound Marina Capital Reserve.
Carried

9.4.1 – Single Source – Municipal Vehicle (Sidewalk Maintenance/Plow).
Resolution
That Council accept the quote tender from Cubex Ltd for a used 2018 MacLean articulating Municipal Vehicle (Sidewalk Maintenance/Plow) in the amount of $152,021.16 including taxes and delivery.
Carried

9.4.2 – Parry Sound Drive Culvert Replacement.
Resolution
That Council accept the quote from Fowler Construction in the amount of $178,917.42 excluding HST, for culvert replacement on Parry Sound Drive; and
That the Mayor & Clerk be authorized to sign required agreements necessary to undertake the work.
Carried

9.4.3 – Bobby Orr Community Centre Re-opening.
Resolution
That the report regarding the September 2020 re-opening plans of the Bobby Orr Community Centre be received for information purposes for the benefit of Council and the Community.

9.5.1 – Rail Safety Week.
Resolution
Whereas Rail Safety Week is to be held across Canada from September 21 to 27, 2020;
Whereas it is in the public’s interest to raise citizens’ awareness of the dangers of ignoring safety warnings at level crossings and trespassing on rail property to reduce avoidable deaths, injuries and damage caused by incidents involving trains and citizens;
Whereas Operation Lifesaver is a public/private partnership whose aim is to work with the public, rail industry, governments, police services, media and others to raise rail safety awareness;
Whereas CN has requested Town Council adopt this resolution in support of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness, save lives and prevent injuries in communities, including our municipality;
Now Therefore be it Resolved That: the Council of the Town of Parry Sound supports national Rail Safety Week to be held from September 21 to 27, 2020.
Carried

9.5.2 – 20th Annual Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day.
Resolution
Whereas years of research confirms the benefits of high-quality child-care for young children’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical development and later life outcomes; and
Whereas child-care promotes the well-being of children and responds to the needs of parents and the broader community by supporting quality of life so that citizens can fully participate in and contribute to the economic and social life of their community; and
Whereas trained and knowledgeable Early Childhood Educators and child-care staff are the key to quality in early learning and child-care programs and champions for children;
Therefore Be It Resolved that October 22, 2020 be designated the 20th annual “Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day” in recognition of the education, dedication and commitment of child care workers to children, their families and quality of life of the community.
Carried

By-laws
10.4.1 – Cemetery By-law Amendment; addition of columbarium at Sylvan Acres.
a) Direction
That staff be directed to forward By-law 2000-7066, being the Cemetery Regulations By-law to the Bereavement Authority of Ontario for approval.
Carried
b) By-law 2020 – 7066
Being a By-law to establish the maintenance, management, regulation and control of the Hillcrest Cemetery and Sylvan Acres Cemetery and to repeal By-law 2019-6952.
Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.4.2 Equipment contracts for the SPEEDIER microgrid project with Lakeland Holding.
By-law 2020 – 7067
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of Agreements with Bracebridge Generation Ltd. as part of the SPEEDIER project, to install hot water tank controllers at the Operations Building and Wastewater Treatment Plant; and to install a Tesla Powerwall at the Operations Building.
Passed, Signed & Sealed.

Council Agenda Preview – September 1, 2020

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There are a few interesting items of the agenda, although not controversial in my opinion.

9.1.2 – 2020 EMS Budget Deficit.
There will be an additional tax levy for 2021 related to added EMS demands related to COVID-19 impacting all West Parry Sound municipalities.

9.1.4 – Application for Consent – 41, 43 & 45 Winnifred Ave.
This item offers a peek at the developers planning, or lack thereof, with this new development.

9.3.1 – Financial Variance Report for Mid-Year 2020.
With all of the additional expenses and lost revenues related to COVID-19 it seems the Town is on track with a 2020 budget that was prepared without any sense of the pandemic and its impact.

Correspondence
4.1 – Seguin Township
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Support for request that province fund the West Parry Sound Health Centre based on real residential population of West Parry Sound, its tax base and the large catchment area.

4.2 – Municipality of Magnetawan.
Resolution 2020-210 supporting the Town of Parry Sound’s Resolution 2020-068 regarding Municipal Financial Assistance Program.

4.3 – Municipality of Whitestone.
Resolution 2020-250 supporting in principle the Muskoka-Parry Sound Riding Cooperative Broadband initiative.

4.4 – CUPE Ontario.
20th Annual Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day, October 22, 2020

4.5 – Judy Kovacs.
Request to install railing on Cascade St hill between CN crossing and William St.

Deputations
None

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – 2019 Land Ambulance Expenditure Reconciliation.
Resolution
That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee, Town of Parry Sound Council authorize the payment of $384,657 to the West Parry Sound Health Centre for the budget deficit occurring in the 2019 year, funded from the EMS Surplus Reserve.

9.1.2 – 2020 EMS Budget Deficit.
Direction
That the Director of Protective and Development Services prepare the 2021 Land Ambulance Budget recognizing that recent trends in funding challenges will necessitate significant levy increases.
Resolution 2020
Recognizing that municipalities can utilize COVID-19 related funding from the Province at their discretion,
Now therefore upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee, a supplementary levy of $450,000.00 be applied in 2020 to municipalities in the Parry Sound District using the traditional funding formula; and further that the summer upstaff shift operate until October 13th, 2020.

9.1.3 – EMS Committee Member Appointment.
Resolution
That Town of Parry Sound Council accepts the resignation of Kim Dixon and appoints McDougall Councillor Lewis Malott to the Town of Parry Sound EMS Advisory Committee for the remainder of the term of Council.

9.1.4 – Application for Consent – 41, 43 & 45 Winnifred Ave.
Resolution
That B/31/20 (PS) – (L.U. Maughan on behalf of W.E.H. Developments Limited) – Lots 46-49 of M648 be supported, subject to the following conditions of consent:
1. That the applicant be advised that separate water/sewer services are to be provided to each of the proposed lots; and
2. That the applicant ensures legal access to the secondary units of the proposed lots. A physical and legal, without trespassing, exit serving the secondary units and compliant with the Ontario Building Code shall be provided.

9.2.1 – COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Specialized Equipment – Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
Resolution
THAT Council authorizes that application be made to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, Specialized Equipment program; and,
THAT Clayton Harris be confirmed as the person with signing authority.

9.3.1 – Financial Variance Report for Mid-Year 2020.
Resolution
That Council hereby receives and accepts the variance report for Mid-Year 2020 (June 30, 2020); and
That Council hereby approves the expenses for Council members for the period from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020; and
That Council approves the transfer of the Federal contribution received related to the Town’s acquisition of Big Sound Marina in the amount of $1,293,240 to a Reserve for the purpose of capital expenditures at Big Sound Marina; and
Further That the Big Sound Marina Floating Breakwater in the 2020 budget be funded from this newly established Big Sound Marina Capital Reserve.

9.4.1 – Single Source – Municipal Vehicle (Sidewalk Maintenance/Plow).
Resolution
That Council accept the quote tender from Cubex Ltd for a used 2018 MacLean articulating Municipal Vehicle (Sidewalk Maintenance/Plow) in the amount of $152,021.16 including taxes and delivery.

9.4.2 – Parry Sound Drive Culvert Replacement.
Resolution
That Council accept the quote from Fowler Construction in the amount of $178,917.42 excluding HST, for culvert replacement on Parry Sound Drive; and
That the Mayor & Clerk be authorized to sign required agreements necessary to undertake the work.

9.4.3 – Bobby Orr Community Centre Re-opening.
Resolution
That the report regarding the September 2020 re-opening plans of the Bobby Orr Community Centre be received for information purposes for the benefit of Council and the Community.

9.5.1 – Rail Safety Week.
Resolution
Whereas Rail Safety Week is to be held across Canada from September 21 to 27, 2020;
Whereas it is in the public’s interest to raise citizens’ awareness of the dangers of ignoring safety warnings at level crossings and trespassing on rail property to reduce avoidable deaths, injuries and damage caused by incidents involving trains and citizens;
Whereas Operation Lifesaver is a public/private partnership whose aim is to work with the public, rail industry, governments, police services, media and others to raise rail safety awareness;
Whereas CN has requested Town Council adopt this resolution in support of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness, save lives and prevent injuries in communities, including our municipality;
Now Therefore be it Resolved That: the Council of the Town of Parry Sound supports national Rail Safety Week to be held from September 21 to 27, 2020.

9.5.2 – 20th Annual Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day.
Resolution
Whereas years of research confirms the benefits of high quality child-care for young children’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical development and later life outcomes; and
Whereas child-care promotes the well-being of children and responds to the needs of parents and the broader community by supporting quality of life so that citizens can fully participate in and contribute to the economic and social life of their community; and
Whereas trained and knowledgeable Early Childhood Educators and child-care staff are the key to quality in early learning and child-care programs and champions for children;
Therefore Be It Resolved that October 22, 2020 be designated the 20th annual “Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day” in recognition of the education, dedication and commitment of child care workers to children, their families and quality of life of the community.

By-laws
10.4.1 – Cemetery By-law Amendment; addition of columbarium at Sylvan Acres.

Direction
That staff be directed to forward this by-law to the Bereavement Authority of Ontario for approval.
By-law 2020 – 7066
Being a By-law to establish the maintenance, management, regulation and control of the Hillcrest Cemetery and Sylvan Acres Cemetery and to repeal By-law 2019-6952.

10.4.2 – Equipment contracts for the SPEEDIER microgrid project with Lakeland Holding.
By-law 2020 – 7067
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of Agreements with Bracebridge Generation Ltd. as part of the SPEEDIER project, to install hot water tank controllers at the Operations Building and Wastewater Treatment Plant; and to install a Tesla Powerwall at the Operations Building.

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – August 11, 2020

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I have no additional thoughts concerning the August 11th Town of Parry Sound council meeting minutes.

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)
h) information explicitly supplied in confidence to the municipality or local board by Canada, a province or territory or a Crown agency of any of them, (status update of a grant application);
Carried

Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda
7.1 – Taxi License Appeal Applicant #001-2020

Cllr. Keith declared pecuniary interest on the item as she is employed by the Ministry of the Solicitor General. Councillor Keith did not participate in discussion, nor vote on the matter.
Resolution
That Council of the Town of Parry Sound approves Applicant #001-2020’s appeal and grants a temporary Taxi Driver’s Licence; and
That Council hereby directs the Issuer of Licences to issue the Applicant a seven (7) month Probationary Taxi Driver’s Licence with the following conditions:
a) That a Level 2 Criminal Record Check be provided at the end of the temporary period (7 months), and annually thereafter as a part of the regular renewal process, without any new convictions; and
b) That subsequent Driver’s Abstracts, checked every six (6) months while holding a valid Taxi Driver’s Licence, do not contain any new convictions; and c) That the owner of Ivy’s Taxi sign a responsibility agreement; and d) That if the Town becomes aware of any violation of the applicant’s probation conditions set herein the licence be revoked immediately.
Carried

7.2. – Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) Appointments
Resolution 2020 – 085
That Council appoints the following applicants to the Accessibility Advisory Committee: Bill Alexander, Nancy Hall, Rebecca Jones, Bill Liggins, Kelsey Quesnelle, Keith Smith.
That Council appoints the following two Town Councillors to the Accessibility Advisory Committee: Councillor Backman and Councillor Keith.
Carried

Presentations
Civic Scholarship Award
Mayor McGarvey introduced the 2020 Civic Scholarship Award winner Amy Johns. Ms. Johns is entering her second year in the practical nursing program at Fleming College. After her first year, she has worked at Lakeland as a personal support worker. She has also volunteered in Parry Sound, including for hometown hockey, Timbits soccer, and school sporting events, including coaching the junior volleyball team.
In addition to working close to home, Ms. Johns hopes one day to be involved in international nursing, making a difference around the world.

Questions of Staff
3.2.1 – In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry regarding reckless behaviour and noise at night at the Salt Docks, Mr. Thompson reported that he has contacted OPP Staff Sgt. McDonald about this matter and they will have more patrols in the area especially in the evening.
In response to Councillor Borneman’s follow-up inquiry regarding potential for installing temporary speed bumps for the summer, Director of Public Works Mike Kearns reported this can be considered, but cautioned that while this measure can initially slow traffic there are also unintended consequences with some drivers using excessive acceleration after passing over the speed bumps, being excessively noisy, and that some trucks with good suspension, are not really affected by speed bumps.
Councillor Horne recommended consideration of reducing the speed on Salt Dock Road and Waubeek Street to 40 KM/hour.

3.2.2 – In response to Mayor McGarvey’s request for an update report on the pedestrian crossing at the top of Waubeek, Avenue Road and Belvedere, Mr. Kearns reported that the painting has been completed to indicate a crosswalk is there however some of the signage has been delayed because of supply chain issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The signage should be available on Thursday, and the contractor representative indicated that the crossing lights system was tested and functioned this afternoon.

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding use of a speed spy, Mr. Kearns confirmed that the device has been redeployed on Isabella Street and the data collected will be communicated to the OPP in an attempt to secure more enforcement at times when it appears there is more speeding.
In response to a follow-up inquiry by Councillor McCann on the use of electronic speed signs in an attempt to get drivers to reduce their speed, Mr. Kearns noted that the department is currently reviewing such devices for purchase in this year’s budget and that as they are not cheap, they will be looking at moving one unit to different locations.
Councillor Backman also noted that she saw one of these units at Wasauksing and it is solar powered.

Correspondence
4.1 – Judy Smith, Director Municipal Governance/Clerk, Chatham-Kent.

Support for Private Member’s Bill re: Emancipation Day proclamation.
See item 9.5.1

4.2 – Jamie Eckenswiller, Deputy Clerk, Owen Sound.
Support for Private Member’s Bill re: Emancipation Day proclamation.
See item 9.5.1

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

4.4. – Colin & Sally Norman, Salt Dock Road.
Concerns regarding safety and noise at Salt Dock as a result of speeding cars.
Referred to Director of Development & Protective Services.

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

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

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

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Comprehensive Review of Zoning By-law – Circulation
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Stefan Szczerbak of Planscape explained to Council the modified public consultation process under the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
Direction
That staff circulate the draft comprehensive Zoning By-law for public and agency review/comment.
Carried

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.
Carried

9.5.1 – Emancipation Day Proclamation annually for August 1.
Resolution
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.
Carried

By-laws
10.1.1 – Appoint Building Inspector (Naythan Nunes).
By-law 2020 – 7064Being a by-law to appoint Naythan Nunes as a building inspector and revoke other appointments.
Passed, Signed & Sealed

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