Council Minutes (Abridged) – June 15, 2021

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There were no surprises at this week’s meeting of Council. An abridged version of the official minutes is presented below.

Abridged Meeting Minutes

Closed Session
a) the security of property of the municipality or local board, (systems software);
c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purposes, (proposed acquisition of land for municipal purposes);
e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board; (trips & falls report);
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, (Town application with respect to removal from a Board);
i) a trade secret or scientific, technical, commercial, financial or labour relations information, supplied in confidence to the municipality or local board, which, if disclosed, could reasonably be expected to prejudice significantly the competitive position or interfere significantly with the contractual or other negotiations of a person, group of persons, or organization, (sponsorship agreement).
Carried

Questions of Staff
3.2.1 – In response to Mayor McGarvey’s inquiry regarding progress on the Ministry of the Solicitor General’s Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan, mandated for every municipality, Director of Development & Protective Services Dave Thompson reported that the goal of these plans is to achieve sustainable communities where families and individuals are able to meet their needs with respect to such things as education, health care, housing, social and cultural expression. The Town and all West Parry Sound municipalities are participating with the OPP as a primary partner, as well as with health, mental health, education and social services agencies and First Nations. An ad hoc committee composed of those agencies and municipal representatives including Brian Leduc from McDougall, Gord Harrison from Carling and Mr. Thompson himself have held preliminary meetings. Surveys asking people and community group representatives to identify where they see gaps in their community with respect to safety and well-being and what solutions they suggest will be issued soon. When this feedback is received the ad hoc committee will analyse and compile the data and create a draft plan for further review with a goal to finalize the plan by November, 2021.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding the status of pavement line painting and fluorescent markings throughout Town, Director of Public Works Mike Kearns reported that staff look after stop blocks and parking areas, and that line painting and turning arrows are contracted out; turning arrows were painted through Town over the last couple of weeks, with the line painting crew to follow. Staff paint stop blocks and parking areas as soon as possible and when the weather cooperates.
Fluorescent marks on sidewalks are meant to draw attention to surface discontinuity to provide for a safer walking surface and are considered a treatment under legislation regarding minimum maintenance standards. Staff will mark and then revisit to repair or mitigate the hazard more permanently at a later date, once prioritized.

3.2.3 – With respect to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding the Tuesday Farmers’ Market, a response was given that the plan is for it to operate on Tuesdays during the months of July and August, with some vendors already signed up.

Correspondence
4.1 – Reg Goslett.

Public boat launch overnight parking prohibition concerns for Mill Lake Boat launch, with a suggestion that the Town consider issuing one parking pass per water access property owner that may need to park at this location.
Forwarded to By-law Enforcement

4.2 – Joanne Shalla and another signatory.
Support for Town’s position to deny building of a vehicular bridge over the Fitness Trail.
Filed

4.3 – Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
Congratulations for achieving Milestone 1 for community Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
Filed

Deputations
None

Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda
7.1 – Mastercard Sponsorship Agreement.
By-law 2021-7143
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with Mastercard International Inc. pertaining to sponsorship at the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame.
Passed, Signed & Sealed

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.2.1 – 2020 Annual Investment Report.

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

9.3.1 – Lakeland Holding Ltd. – letter of support for funding application to Natural Resources Canada’s Zero Emissions Vehicle Infrastructure Program.
Resolution
That Council authorize the Mayor to endorse and sign a letter of support, attached as Schedule “A”, to Lakeland Holding Ltd. to support Lakeland’s application to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) under the Zero Emissions Vehicle Infrastructure Program.
Carried

9.3.2 – Blue Box Transition Update.
Resolution
That Council receive the June 15, 2021 update report on the Blue Box Transition for information purposes.
Carried

9.4.1 Emergency Repair – Town Dock Concrete.
Resolution
That Council hereby acknowledges the emergency repair required to the Town Dock concrete; and authorizes the reallocation of $15,600 in funds from the approved Town Dock Lights/Electrical capital project to be used for the concrete stabilization;
And further that Council directs staff to engage DFO in cost sharing discussions for more significant repairs to the Town Dock deck and bollards.
Carried

9.4.2 – Lighthouse Condominium Exemption.
Resolution
Whereas Sections 51 and 51.1 of the Planning Act can require the approval of a condominium to adhere to the same process as a plan of subdivision;
Whereas often condominiums are already constructed, and all municipal matters are addressed via an Agreement under Section 41 of the Planning Act, and a Condominium agreement would be redundant; and
Whereas the Lighthouse Condominium (20 Salt Dock Road) has a registered Site Plan Agreement with the Town and Section 9(3) of the Condominium Act permits an approval authority to exempt condominium descriptions from the requirements of Section 51 of the Planning Act.
Now Therefore Be it Resolved that the Council for the Town of Parry Sound hereby recommends the exemption of the Lighthouse Condominium (20 Salt Dock Road) to the Parry Sound Area Planning Board.
Carried

9.4.3 – Pop Up Patios – Waiving of Fees.
Resolution
That the Council of the Town of Parry Sound waive fees for the Pop-Up Patio program for the 2021 season.
Carried

9.5.1 – National Indigenous Peoples Day Proclamation.
Resolution
WHEREAS in 1996, the government of Canada declared June 21st National Aboriginal Day, renamed in 2017 to National Indigenous Peoples Day, to celebrate the contribution of Indigenous peoples to Canadian society as Canada’s First Peoples, and to recognize their different cultures;
AND WHEREAS in the Constitution of Canada “Aboriginal peoples of Canada” include First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples;
AND WHEREAS the Indigenous Peoples of Canada have made and continue to make valuable contributions to Canadian society, and it is considered appropriate that there be, in each year, a day to mark and celebrate these contributions;
AND WHEREAS many Indigenous peoples celebrate the summer solstice, which has an important symbolism within their cultures;
AND WHEREAS the Town of Parry Sound will continue its efforts to strengthen partnerships with other levels of government, community organizations, as well as the public and private sectors, to honour and protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Town of Parry Sound hereby proclaims June 21st, 2021 to be: “National Indigenous Peoples Day” in the Town of Parry Sound.
Carried

By-laws
10.2.1 – By-law to specify claw back percentages for 2021 property taxes.
By-Law 2021 – 7141
Being a By-law to Specify the “Claw-back Percentages” in Respect of Properties in the Commercial Class for 2021 Taxation Year.
Passed, Signed & Sealed

10.3.1 Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts change to Internet Service Provider.
By-law 2021 – 7142
Being a bylaw to authorize the execution of Service Agreement with Vianet Inc. for wireless internet provision at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts.
Passed, Signed & Sealed

Council Agenda Preview – June 15, 2021

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Strange, but the June 1st council meeting minutes have not yet been issued. I may send a note to the town if they aren’t up by Tuesday.

There is nothing controversial or surprising in this week’s meeting agenda, but you may disagree. Take a look at the abridged council agenda below to see if there is anything you feel requires a call to the Town Office or one of the Councillors.

Actually, the first item on the Closed Meeting agenda is worth a comment:
a) the security of property of the municipality or local board, (systems software)
I suspect this item is related to the rash of ransomware attacks on public and private businesses. While this may seem to be an issue for larger ‘operations’, it is a good idea to have your computer systems backed up and stored offline so that you can recover from a hack. Hackers, or at least ‘baby hackers’, will often go after individuals just for practice and sport. If you have your system backed up it is not difficult to get back online even if you need to install a new hard drive.
Remember, don’t reuse passwords and keep a record of your logins in a safe location; which doesn’t include a file on your computer. I have found that 1Password, a Toronto based company, offers one of the very best password manager programs that works across Windows, Mac, Android and iOS.

Abridged Council Agenda

Closed Meeting
a) the security of property of the municipality or local board, (systems software);
c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purposes, (proposed acquisition of land for municipal purposes); 1
e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board; (trips & falls report)
i) a trade secret or scientific, technical, commercial, financial or labour relations information, supplied in confidence to the municipality or local board, which, if disclosed, could reasonably be expected to prejudice significantly the competitive position or interfere significantly with the contractual or other negotiations of a person, group of persons, or organization, (sponsorship agreement).

Correspondence
4.1 – Reg Goslett.

Public boat launch overnight parking prohibition concerns.

4.2 – Joanne Shalla.
Support for Town’s position to deny building of a vehicular bridge over the Fitness Trail.

4.3 – Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
Congratulations for achieving Milestone 1 for community Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Deputations
None Scheduled

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.2.1 – 2020 Annual Investment Report.
Resolution

That Council accepts the 2020 Annual Investment Report attached as Schedule A, in accordance with Town’s Investment Policy.

9.3.1 – Lakeland Holding Ltd. – letter of support for funding application to Natural Resources Canada’s Zero Emissions Vehicle Infrastructure Program.
Resolution

That Council authorize the Mayor to endorse and sign a letter of support, attached as Schedule “A”, to Lakeland Holding Ltd. to support Lakeland’s application to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) under the Zero Emissions Vehicle Infrastructure Program.

9.3.2 – Blue Box Transition Update.
Resolution

That Council receive the June 15, 2021 update report on the Blue Box Transition for information purposes.

9.4.1 – Emergency Repair – Town Dock Concrete.
Resolution

That Council hereby acknowledges the emergency repair required to the Town Dock concrete; and authorizes the reallocation of $15,600 in funds from the approved Town Dock Lights/Electrical capital project to be used for the concrete stabilization;
And further that Council directs staff to engage DFO in cost sharing discussions for more significant repairs to the Town Dock deck and bollards.

9.4.2 – Lighthouse Condominium Exemption.
Resolution

Whereas Sections 51 and 51.1 of the Planning Act can require the approval of a condominium to adhere to the same process as a plan of subdivision;
Whereas often condominiums are already constructed, and all municipal matters are addressed via an Agreement under Section 41 of the Planning Act, and a Condominium agreement would be redundant; and
Whereas the Lighthouse Condominium (20 Salt Dock Road) has a registered Site Plan Agreement with the Town and Section 9(3) of the Condominium Act permits an approval authority to exempt condominium descriptions from the requirements of Section 51 of the Planning Act.
Now Therefore Be it Resolved that the Council for the Town of Parry Sound hereby recommends the exemption of the Lighthouse Condominium (20 Salt Dock Road) to the Parry Sound Area Planning Board.

9.5.1 – National Indigenous Peoples Day Proclamation.
Resolution

WHEREAS in 1996, the government of Canada declared June 21st National Aboriginal Day, renamed in 2017 to National Indigenous Peoples Day, to celebrate the contribution of Indigenous peoples to Canadian society as Canada’s First Peoples, and to recognize their different cultures;
AND WHEREAS in the Constitution of Canada “Aboriginal peoples of Canada” include First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples;
AND WHEREAS the Indigenous Peoples of Canada have made and continue to make valuable contributions to Canadian society, and it is considered appropriate that there be, in each year, a day to mark and celebrate these contributions;
AND WHEREAS many Indigenous peoples celebrate the summer solstice, which has an important symbolism within their cultures;
AND WHEREAS the Town of Parry Sound will continue its efforts to strengthen partnerships with other levels of government, community organizations, as well as the public and private sectors, to honour and protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Town of Parry Sound hereby proclaims June 21st, 2021 to be: “National Indigenous Peoples Day” in the Town of Parry Sound.

By-laws
10.2.1 – By-law to specify claw back percentages for 2021 property taxes.
By-Law 2021 – 7141
Being a By-law to Specify the “Claw-back Percentages” in Respect of Properties in the Commercial Class for 2021 Taxation Year.

10.3.1 – Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts change to Internet Service Provider.
By-law 2021 – 7142
Being a bylaw to authorize the execution of Service Agreement with Vianet Inc. for wireless internet provision at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts.

Council Agenda Preview – June 1, 2021

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A few things caught my eye on this week’s agenda. See the agenda items that follow for more information:

9.5.2 – Establishment of Ad hoc Waterfront Advisory Committee.
10.3.2 – Rail Safety Improvement Program Agreement

Abridged Agenda

Closed Session
d) labour relations or employee negotiations, (CUPE Collective Agreement Negotiations);
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, (municipal shared services);

Public Meeting
2.1 – Zoning Bylaw Amendment Z/21-03 William St (Robert L. Tudhope KL&K Inv Ltd.)
Council will hold a public meeting to consider a proposed Zoning By-law amendment under Section 34 of the Planning Act. The purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law amendment is to change the zoning of the property from Residential Medium Density (R2) to General Commercial (C1).

Correspondence
4.1 – Municipality of McDougall
Official Plan Review Notice.

4.2 – Township of Joly
Vaccine allocation Prioritization.

4.3 – Jane Hinchliffe
Concerns with condition of 40 Waubeek St. lot post- construction work.

4.4 – Jim MacCoubrey, Flora & V. Borecky
Support for Town’s position to deny building of a vehicular bridge over the Fitness Trail.

4.5 – Varqa Kanani
Housing crisis.

Deputations
5.1 – Staff Sgt. Jeremy McDonald, OPP

Introduction.

5.2 – Chair Jay Aspin, Vice-Chair John Cochrane, Director Craig Myles, Acting Superintendent Gay Smylie, Near North District School Board
Parry Sound High School Reconstruction.

5.3 – Chair Aleesha Clarke, Absolutely Georgian Bay
Co-op membership and 2021 budget request.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Integrity Commissioner Report, 2020.

Resolution
That Council accepts the Integrity Commissioner Report for 2020 as follows:
1 dated complaint which was dismissed 2 requests for advice.

9.4.1 – Consent Application B/17/2021 – Hall.
Resolution 2021
That Council of the Town of Parry Sound recommends approval of B17/2021(PS) – Hall (Halls Quarry Road).

9.4.2 – Consent Application – B 20/2021 (PS) (Jackson).
Resolution

That the Council of the Town of Parry Sound recommends approval of a decision on Consent Application No. B 20/2021 (PS) Jackson (53 Isabella Street) be approved subject to:
That the resultant lot layout ensures all Zoning By-law requirements are satisfied, or relief from the Zoning By-law be obtained.

9.4.3 – Di Salvo’s Curbside Cucina (Food Truck) Mobile Food Service.
Resolution

That Council of the Town of Parry Sound authorize the issuance of a business license to Di Salvo’s Curbside Cucina (Food Truck) for the operation of Mobile Food Service on the leased Federal property at the Town Dock.

9.5.1 – National Suicide Helpline.
Resolution

WHEREAS the Federal government has passed a motion to adopt 9-8-8, a National three-digit suicide and crisis hotline; and
WHEREAS the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand for suicide prevention services by 200%; and
WHEREAS existing suicide prevention hotlines require the user to remember a 10-digit number and go through directories or be placed on hold; and
WHEREAS in 2022 the United States will have in place a national 9-8-8 crisis hotline; and
WHEREAS the Town of Parry Sound recognizes that it is a significant and important initiative to ensure critical barriers are removed to those in a crisis and seeking help;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Town of Parry Sound endorses this 9-8-8 crisis line initiative; and
THAT Staff be directed to send a letter indicating such support to our local Member of Parliament, Member(s) of the Legislative Assembly, Federal Minister of Health, the CRTC and local area municipalities to indicate our support.

9.5.2 – Establishment of Ad hoc Waterfront Advisory Committee.
Resolution

Whereas the Town is located in the heart of the Georgian Bay Biosphere; and
Whereas the Georgian Bay Biosphere is a region of global ecological significance that has an ongoing commitment to the United Nations and sustainability; and
Whereas environmental stewardship and protection are strategic priorities for the Town; and
Whereas access to and the use of the waterfront is integral to the Town’s identity; and
Whereas the Town has a diverse and active waterfront user and business community;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT staff be directed to prepare a report and recommendation on the value of an Ad hoc Waterfront Advisory Committee to advise on matters relating to environmental stewardship, beautification and creating a people gathering place; and
FURTHER That subject to a recommended establishment of such a committee, staff prepare recommended Terms of Reference, including committee composition, recruitment, the area to be defined as waterfront and other details as deemed appropriate.

9.5.3 – Local Long-Term Care Initiatives.
Resolution
WHEREAS Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission’s final report has now been delivered and health system leaders in West Parry Sound want to be prepared for the changes that are expected to come; and
WHEREAS health authorities of the West Parry Sound District are working together, including the Boards of the West Parry Sound Health Centre, Lakeland Long Term Care and Belvedere Heights Long Term Care, with a vision to provide the best possible solution to Long Term Care and health care for the seniors in our community; and
WHEREAS among considerations being proposed is a new model of health Care, “a Campus of Care”, which essentially provides a continuum of care for the elderly to age in place including, where appropriate, their own apartments, other independent or assisted living arrangements as well as Long Term Care, all affiliated with and in proximity to local primary health care and wellness services; and
WHEREAS it is also proposed that the community of seniors continuing to live at home be supported by our vision of virtual care which would include professional home-based health and wellness care supported by high speed internet services;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Town of Parry Sound supports these initiatives and the collaborative efforts between the Province of Ontario and the local stakeholders to develop innovative and improved care for the seniors in our community.

9.5.4 – Letter of Support for Park 2 Park Trail Association Grant Application.
Resolution

That in response to Park 2 Park Trail Association’s request, Council of the Town of Parry Sound does hereby authorize the drafting of a letter of support for Park to Park Trail Association’s grant application.

By-laws
10.3.1 – Partnership with Science North to Deliver Youth Camp Programs at the Bobby Orr Community Centre.

By-law 2021 – 7137
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with Science North for the delivery of education-based youth camp programming.

10.3.2 – Rail Safety Improvement Program Agreement.
By-law 2021 – 7138
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement with the Minister of Transport regarding a Rail Safety Improvement Program
Resolution
Whereas the Town of Parry Sound has applied and been successful in obtaining funding support from the Transport Canada Rail Safety Improvement Program in the amount of up to $480,000 of the estimated project expenditures, and
Whereas the Town of Parry Sound has committed to an estimated contribution of $270,000 as its portion of the estimated expenditures, and
Whereas the Community desires to encourage safe and active transportation and physical activities by all including the residents of new and previous residential
development and the anticipated increase in student traffic related to the proposed “Mega School” at the corner of Isabella and Joseph Streets, and
Whereas both CN and CP Railways traverse the Municipality creating challenges for road users and pedestrians to access various parts of the Town including the area of the Salt Dock and the nearby Rugged Trail and Fitness Trail to the waterfront, and
Whereas the grade elevation of both tracks contributes significantly to the costs associated with attempts to increase crossing safety including installation of sidewalks and pedestrian access in addition to making improvements to the road approaches;
Therefore, be it resolved that Council of the Town of Parry Sound hereby requests that both CN and CP Rail contribute financially to the Rail Safety Improvements at the double crossing at Isabella St.

10.4.1 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/21/04 – 9 & 11 Church Street (Matt Ryan for Oleg Gromov).
By-Law 2021 – 7139
Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 9 and 11 Church Street (Matt Ryan for Oleg Gromov)
Resolution 2021
That the increase in residential units as noted in the Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting for Z/21/4 does not require any additional circulation in accordance with Section 34(17) of the Planning Act.

Council Minutes (Abridged) – May 18, 2021

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There is not much of note in this week’s council meeting minutes.

10.4.1 – Zoning By-law Amendment – George Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on behalf of Prasher) – 36 Unit Residential Proposal was approved with what I understand was a change to the placement of the complex to provide a larger buffer with the homes on Forest Street.

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged)

Closed Session
b) personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees, (Performance Reviews re: Director of Finance; Director of Public Works);
e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (Summons served on Town in response to enforcement of property standards and fire code by-laws)
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, (Parry Sound Area Recreation & Culture Centre update).

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof
1.4.1 – Councillor Horne declared Pecuniary Interest on item 9.2.1 regarding reserve funds returned from Belvedere to participating area municipalities, as the West Parry Sound Health Centre has a management contract with Belvedere Heights and his spouse as Chief Financial Officer of WPSHC participated in the executive committee determining amounts returned to municipalities. Councillor Horne left the meeting for duration of 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 as to whether there was hazardous materials as a result of the demolition of the Friendship Centre, Director of Development & Protective Services Dave Thompson reported that demolition of the building was done with a proper demolition permit and all applicable laws were complied with to obtain the permit and dispose of the building residue.

Correspondence
4.1 – Alhan Rahimi, 59 Emily Street.
Request that Council advocate & adopt policies that support sustainable home price increases.
Acknowledged and Filed

4.2 – Yvonne Heaman.
Support for Town’s denial of construction of a vehicle bridge over Fitness Trail.
Filed

4.3 – Residents petition to Town of Parry Sound.
Refuse the demand for a bridge over the Fitness Trail and Rabbit Canyon, and that Rabbit Canyon remain open.
Filed

Deputations
5.1 – Andrea McIntyre.

Establishing Fundraising efforts to purchase Rabbit Canyon property for Public Use.
Andrea McIntyre addressed Council with a proposal to spearhead a fundraising campaign to purchase the privately owned property adjacent to the Fitness Trail known as Rabbit Canyon, to donate to the Town. Ms. McIntyre suggested that the owner might be willing to sell if costs could be recouped, and that according to her research she believes the assessed value of the land is $95,000. Ms. McIntyre requested the Town’s approval to move ahead with this initiative.
Several members of Council commended Ms. McIntyre on the initiative, suggested that prior to starting efforts, there be a firm agreement with the owner on the purchase and sale. In response to a Councillor request for a legal opinion, Director of Development & Protective Services Dave Thompson noted that staff would review the process, obtain a legal opinion as needed and respond to Ms. McIntyre.

5.2 – Diana Clements, Principal Parry Sound Forest School.
Request for “Children at Play Sign” on Parry Sound Drive.
Diana Clements addressed Council with a slide presentation regarding Parry Sound Forest School. The school building is located outside Canadore College out of which programs run, taking children into the outdoors, familiarizing them with activities such as handling wildlife, tree climbing, whittling, which in turn helps them use gross motor skills, and teaches them perseverance, problem solving, and how to take risks, in contrast to current-day children activities which are centered around screen time. Groups to a maximum size of 15-18 students, aged toddlers up to grade six, use the forest around the area, go around the pond and walk along Parry Sound Drive to complete the loop. Although there have been no incidents, Ms. Clements requested that signage be installed along Parry Sound Drive, alerting drivers to children in the area, with a request to slow down.
After confirming with Director of Public Works that a by-law is not needed to install a warning sign (as opposed to regulatory signs), Mayor McGarvey obtained Council’s agreement to have staff review the situation with an aim to install appropriate signage to alert drivers of children in the area.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Delegation Topics for the 2021 AMO Conference.

Direction for staff follow-up
That staff be directed to submit a request to delegate with the appropriate Provincial Minister a the AMO 2021 Conference on the following topics:
1. Property tax exemption under Section 3(1)12iii of the Assessment Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.31, “Relief of the Poor; and
2. Curbing the rising cost of municipal insurance premiums.
Carried

9.2.1 – Reserve funds returned from Belvedere to participating area municipalities.
Resolution
That Council approves the transfer of $ $61,684 received from Belvedere to a Long- Term Care Reserve for the purpose of assisting in offsetting any future levy increases.
Carried

9.4.1 – Request to stop-up and close a portion of the Ashwood Drive Road Allowance.
Resolution

That Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound directs staff to bring a stop- up-and-closure By-law for the Ashwood Drive Road (Themer, 60a Seguin Street) allowance, and further that
1. The applicant submits a deposit of $5,000 to pay for the costs associated with public advertisement, an appraisal, and legal costs;
2. Assuming arrangements can be negotiated to the Town’s satisfaction, that the survey and transaction ensure that a 7.7 metre-wide strip of land be deeded to 58 Seguin Street, that any historic encroachments from 60 Seguin Street be deeded accordingly, and that the balance of the lands be deeded to 60a Seguin Street; and
3. Any easements for utilities and services be surveyed and registered accordingly.
Carried

9.5.1 – Request Approval for Temporary Storage of Asbestos at Airport.
Resolution

THAT Whereas the Municipality of McDougall in a letter dated March 25, 2021, has authorized Soundseals Insulation to dispose of non-hazardous materials and asbestos material per regulations at the McDougall Landfill Site at 214 McDougall Road; and
Whereas Soundseals Insulation has submitted a request to the Town of Parry Sound and to the Township of Seguin for permission to temporarily store asbestos at their facilities located at the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport, owned jointly by the Town of Parry Sound, and the Township of Seguin; and
Whereas the Town has been advised that storage of said asbestos is anticipated to occur only in cases where Soundseals Insulation has been unable to meet the day-end closure time of the McDougall Landfill Site and that asbestos will remain in vehicles within its closed and locked facility at the Airport for next earliest delivery and disposal at the McDougall Landfill Site , and
Whereas the Municipal Airport Commission is responsible for overseeing the operation the Municipal Airport; and
Whereas the Town has been advised that the Municipal Airport Commission has agreed to this proposal so long as Soundseals operates in accordance with regulations;
Now therefore the Town of Parry Sound, as joint landowner of the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport, hereby agrees to permit Soundseals Insulation to store asbestos in its vehicles and parked within its locked facilities at the Municipal Airport for earliest transport and disposal at the McDougall Landfill Site, upon the following conditions:
That the Township of Seguin provides similar approval;
That Soundseals Insulation abides by all regulations, and all necessary approvals remain in force;
That prior to expiry, Soundseals Insulation provides to the Town annually, a copy of its Certificate of Insurance in an amount no less than $5 million, adding the Town of Parry Sound as an additional insured;
That the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport Commission as landlord, enters into an amended lease agreement with Soundseals Insulation, naming the Town of Parry Sound and the Township of Seguin as additional insured, the requirement to annually provide a Certificate of Insurance to the land owners and any other amendments the Commission deems appropriate.
Carried

9.5.2 Enforcement of By-laws.
Resolution

That staff respond to by-law complaints utilizing an enforcement approach consistent with established practice for all complaints without regard for expected future changes to existing bylaws.
Carried

9.5.3 – OPP Detachment Board Proposal.
Resolution

That Whereas the Community Safety and Policing Act, (CSPA), 2019 calls for the end of Community Police Advisory Committees (CPACs) and the creation of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment Boards; and
Whereas the Ministry of the Solicitor General has developed an OPP detachment board framework that will allow affected municipalities and First Nations the flexibility to create a board that reflects community and local needs, and
Whereas the Ministry of the Solicitor General has asked municipalities and First Nations within a detachment area to work together to determine the composition of their board and the manner in which they will submit their proposal to the Ministry; and
Whereas members of the existing West Parry Sound District CPAC have indicated interest in establishing a Board representative of CPAC municipalities and First Nations,
Now Therefore Council of the Town of Parry Sound hereby supports submission by the CPAC representative from the Municipality of McDougall to the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Provincial Police Detachment Board Proposal substantially in the form attached, representing the 7 West Parry Sound Area municipalities and Henvey Inlet First Nation with the following additional considerations/proposals:
1. That the following be included as administrative resources/infrastructure required to support the establishment of the detachment board:
a) administrative support for taking minutes of meetings, prepare, distribute and publish agendas and meeting notices, prepare draft policy documents, administer expenses, prepare annual reports and cost estimates, and maintain board records;
b) secure place for records, meeting location, electronic requirements;
c) establish funding requirements;
d) personal accident insurance;
e) legal advice;
f) honorariums;
g) ongoing training;
h) travel and meals;
i) advertising; and
j) any other administrative resources/infrastructure common to a Board;
That it be clarified with the province, that funding for these resources/infrastructure be through the province as the establishment of detachment boards is an initiative of the province;
3. That in an effort to reduce duplication of effort and training, that the Board be established upon the 2022 Municipal Election;
And Further that this resolution be forwarded to the municipalities within the West Parry Sound District and Henvey Inlet First Nation.
Carried

9.5.4 – Proclamation of June as Pride Month.
Resolution

WHEREAS the month of June is recognized as Pride Month, a time for the world’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Two Spirit communities (LGBTQ2St) and Allies to celebrate diversity;
AND WHEREAS many strides have been made in overcoming prejudice, and in creating inclusive policies and law, and more work needs to be done;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound does hereby proclaim June 2021 as Pride Month and encourages citizens to commit to continuing awareness, inclusion, and acceptance for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Carried

By-laws
10.2.1 – Striking tax rates for fiscal year 2021.

By-law 2021 – 7131
Being a bylaw to Strike the Tax Rates for Municipal Purposes for the Year 2021.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.2.2 – Business Improvement Area (BIA) Levy By-law – Downtown Business Area.
By-law 2021 – 7132
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 2021.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.3.1 – Provincial Fuel Tax Rebate Agreement.
By-law 2021 – 7134
Being a By-law to authorize an Agreement with Holly Transportation Services Inc. for Provincial Fuel Tax Rebate.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.3.2 – TOPdesk Information Technology Service Management and Asset Management system procurement through the Ontario Education Collaborative Market Place (OECM).
By-law 2021 – 7135
Being a bylaw to authorize the execution of a Master Agreement, and Customer Supplier Agreement with TOPdesk Canada Inc. for a user support ticket and inventory management software.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.4.1 – Zoning By-law Amendment – George Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on behalf of Prasher) – 36 Unit Residential Proposal.
By-Law 2021 – 7133
Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for George Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on behalf of Prasher).
Passed, Signed and Sealed

Council Agenda Preview – May 18, 2021

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The only thing that caught my eye was the impending approval of a zoning by-law amendment to permit the development of a 36-unit residential property on Tower Hill close to Forest Street. (10.4.1). Also take a look at the items listed in the Closed Session agenda. There isn’t much information, but the items look interesting and will probably surface on the open agenda in the not too distant future.

Council Meeting Agenda (Abridged)

Closed Session
b) personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees, (Performance Reviews re: Director of Finance; Director of Public Works);
e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (Summons served on Town in response to enforcement of property standards and fire code by-laws)
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, (Parry Sound Area Recreation & Culture Centre update)

Correspondence
4.1 – Alhan Rahimi, 59 Emily Street.

Request that Council advocate & adopt policies that support sustainable home price increases.

4.2 – Yvonne Heaman.
Support for Town’s denial of construction of a vehicle bridge over Fitness Trail.

4.3 – Residents petition to Town of Parry Sound.
Refuse the demand for a bridge over the Fitness Trail and Rabbit Canyon, and that Rabbit Canyon remain open.

Deputations
5.1 – Andrea McIntyre.

Establishing Fundraising efforts to purchase Rabbit Canyon property for Public Use.

5.2 – Diana Clements, Principal Parry Sound Forest School.
Request for “Children at Play Sign” on Parry Sound Drive.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Delegation Topics for the 2021 AMO Conference.

Direction
That staff be directed to submit a request to delegate with the appropriate Provincial Minister on the following topics:
1. Property tax exemption under Section 3(1)12iii of the Assessment Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.31, “Relief of the Poor; and
2. Curbing the rising cost of municipal insurance premiums.

9.2.1 – Reserve funds returned from Belvedere to participating area municipalities.
Resolution
That Council approves the transfer of $ $61,684 received from Belvedere to a Long- Term Care Reserve for the purpose of assisting in offsetting any future levy increases.

9.4.1 – Request to stop-up and close a portion of the Ashwood Drive Road Allowance.
Resolution

That Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound directs staff to bring a stop- up-and-closure By-law for the Ashwood Drive Road (Themer, 60a Seguin Street) allowance, and further that:
1. The applicant submits a deposit of $5,000 to pay for the costs associated with public advertisement, an appraisal, and legal costs;
2. Assuming arrangements can benegotiated to the Town’s satisfaction, that the survey and transaction ensure that a 7.7 metre-wide strip of land be deeded to 58 Seguin Street, that any historic encroachments from 60 Seguin Street be deeded accordingly, and that the balance of the lands be deeded to 60a Seguin Street; and
3. Any easements for utilities and services be surveyed and registered accordingly.

9.5.1 – Request Approval for Temporary Storage of Asbestos at Airport.
Resolution

THAT Whereas the Municipality of McDougall in a letter dated March 25, 2021, has authorized Soundseals Insulation to dispose of non-hazardous materials and asbestos material per regulations at the McDougall Landfill Site at 214 McDougall Road; and
Whereas Soundseals Insulation has submitted a request to the Town of Parry Sound and to the Township of Seguin for permission to temporarily store asbestos at their facilities located at the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport, owned jointly by the Town of Parry Sound, and the Township of Seguin; and
Whereas the Town has been advised that storage of said asbestos is anticipated to occur only in cases where Soundseals Insulation has been unable to meet the day-end closure time of the McDougall Landfill Site and that asbestos will remain in vehicles within its closed and locked facility at the Airport for next earliest delivery and disposal at the McDougall Landfill Site , and
Whereas the Municipal Airport Commission is responsible for overseeing the operation the Municipal Airport; and
Whereas the Town has been advised that the Municipal Airport Commission has agreed to this proposal so long as Soundseals operates in accordance with regulations;
Now therefore the Town of Parry Sound, as joint landowner of the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport, hereby agrees to permit Soundseals Insulation to store asbestos in its vehicles and parked within its locked facilities at the Municipal Airport for earliest transport and disposal at the McDougall Landfill Site, upon the following conditions:
That the Township of Seguin provides similar approval;
That Soundseals Insulation abides by all regulations, and all necessary approvals remain in force;
6. That prior to expiry, Soundseals Insulation provides to the Town annually, a copy of its Certificate of Insurance in an amount no less than $5 million, adding the Town of Parry Sound as an additional insured;
7. That the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport Commission as landlord, enters into an amended lease agreement with Soundseals Insulation, naming the Town of Parry Sound and the Township of Seguin as additional insured, the requirement to annually provide a Certificate of Insurance to the land owners and any other amendments the Commission deems appropriate.

9.5.2 – Enforcement of By-laws.
Resolution

That staff respond to by-law complaints utilizing an enforcement approach consistent with established practice for all complaints without regard for expected future changes to existing bylaws.

9.5.3 – OPP Detachment Board Proposal.
Resolution.
That Whereas the Community Safety and Policing Act, (CSPA), 2019 calls for the end of Community Police Advisory Committees (CPACs) and the creation of Ontario Provincial (OPP) Police Detachment Boards; and
Whereas the Ministry of the Solicitor General has developed an OPP detachment board framework that will allow affected municipalities and First Nations the flexibility to create a board that reflects community and local needs, and
Whereas the Ministry of the Solicitor General has asked municipalities and First Nations within a detachment area to work together to determine the composition of their board and the manner in which they will submit their proposal to the Ministry; and
Whereas members of the existing West Parry Sound District CPAC have indicated interest in establishing a Board representative of CPAC municipalities and First Nations,
Now Therefore Council of the Town of Parry Sound hereby supports submission by the CPAC representative from the Municipality of McDougall to the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Provincial Police Detachment Board Proposal substantially in the form attached, representing the 7 West Parry Sound Area municipalities and Henvey Inlet First Nation with the following additional considerations/proposals:
1. That the following be included as administrative resources/infrastructure required to support the establishment of the detachment board:
a) administrative support for taking minutes of meetings, prepare, distribute and publish agendas and meeting notices, prepare draft policy documents, administer expenses, prepare annual reports and cost estimates, and maintain board records;
b) secure place for records, meeting location, electronic requirements;
c) establish funding requirements;
d) personal accident insurance;
e) legal advice;
f) honorariums;
g) ongoing training;
h) travel and meals;
i) advertising; and
j) any other administrative resources/infrastructure common to a Board;
2. That it be clarified with the province, that funding for these resources/infrastructure be through the province as the establishment of detachment boards is an initiative of the province;
3. That in an effort to reduce duplication of effort and training, that the Board be established upon the 2022 Municipal Election;
And Further that this resolution be forwarded to the municipalities within the West Parry Sound District and Henvey Inlet First Nation.

By-laws
10.2.1 – Striking tax rates for fiscal year 2021.

By-law 2021 – 7131
Being a bylaw to Strike the Tax Rates for Municipal Purposes for the Year 2021.

10.2.2 – Business Improvement Area (BIA) Levy By-law – Downtown Business Area.
By-law 2021 – 7132
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 2021.

10.3.1 – Provincial Fuel Tax Rebate Agreement.
By-law 2021 – 7134
Being a By-law to authorize an Agreement with Holly Transportation Services Inc. for Provincial Fuel Tax Rebate.

10.3.2 – TOPdesk Information Technology Service Management and Asset Management system procurement through the Ontario Education Collaborative Market Place (OECM).
By-law 2021 – 7135
Being a bylaw to authorize the execution of a Master Agreement, and Customer Supplier Agreement with TOPdesk Canada Inc. for a user support ticket and inventory management software.

10.4.1 – Zoning By-law Amendment – George Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on behalf of Prasher) – 36 Unit Residential Proposal.
By-Law 2021 – 7133
Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for George Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on behalf of Prasher).

Council Minutes (Abridged) – May 4, 2021

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What seemed to be a light agenda resulted in a meeting that included a number of unexpected items worth noting. I won’t point out anything in particular but I recommend scanning the abridged meeting minutes below. The Questions of Staff section was particularly interesting.

Abridged Council Meeting Minutes

Closed Session
d) labour relations or employee negotiations, (hiring policy interpretation);
(e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (Contractor work on Town property), (Planning Board decision);
f) advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, (hiring policy interpretation), (Contractor work on Town property), (Planning Board decision).

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof
1.4.1 – Councillor Horne declared pecuniary interest on item 10.4.2 regarding boat launches and parking on Salt Dock Road, as he is a property owner and resident on Salt Dock Road. Councillor Horne left the meeting for duration of the item, did not participate in discussion, nor vote on the item.

Public Meeting
2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/21-04 – 9 and 11 Church Street (FAD Architects on behalf of Gromov).
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.
Mr. Elgie advised that the proposed Zoning By-Law amendment would change the zoning of the property from C1 on 11 Church Street and amend the S.P. 26.119(h) on 9 Church Street to permit a mixed-use building with a commercial ground floor and 20 residential spaces.
In response to the Mayor’s invitation to address Council, Matt Ryan of FAD Architects, spoke on behalf of the developer Gromov in favour of the proposed Zoning By-law amendment. Mr. Ryan said that he thinks the project focuses development within the urban area, strengthens the central business district as a prime location and place to live, and is in keeping with the Town’s Official Plan. Mr. Ryan said that one of the tools at our disposal to help fight effects of climate change is to reduce dependence on a car and to do that, we need to stop spreading development outward, by increasing density, so that we create more walkable, liveable communities; and projects like this are key to that concept.
No one spoke in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law amendment.
Mr. Elgie advised that he had received a couple requests for information, but no formal comments yet with regards to this matter.
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 Mayor McGarvey’s inquiry as to the reason trees were cut down on Gibson Street near Market Square Park, Director of Public Works Mike Kearns reported that as a result of tree limbs falling on private property near vehicles and the adjacent sidewalk, a board certified arborist was consulted to assess these large trees. After reviewing from a number of perspectives, including viable growth within the crown, the arborist determined that they were not candidates for maintenance, and removal was the only viable option to remove the hazards posed by the trees.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry regarding the public consultation process to the Official Plan, Manager of Building and Planning Services Taylor Elgie concurred that it is a lengthy process. Plans were in place last spring for an open house, which was cancelled because of COVID. An open house with large maps available for viewing is useful to make the information accessible for people; providing the information on-line is less interactive and therefore the process has been delayed. Mr. Elgie reported that the department is trying to move the process forward with an open house or equivalent in the next 4-6 months, including potential for on-line consultation and review. He also noted that people can contact him by phone, e-mail, letter, etc. if an open house doesn’t work. The Open house is followed by a mandatory public meeting, after which errors are corrected, and then final approval granted at a subsequent meeting.

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry regarding regulations around backyard hens, Mr. Elgie reported that there has been a desire to consider accessory units holistically in the comprehensive zoning by-law and that is why this too has not moved forward.
By-law Enforcement Officer Allison Kreuger reported that before a regulatory by-law regarding backyard hens could be considered and passed by Council, the zoning by-law would need to be amended to address inclusion of backyard hens.
The following motion was proposed:
That staff be directed to review the current zoning by-law to consider amendments to permit backyard hens.
Carried

3.2.4 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry on the status of the IMPACT awards for local innovation and small business, CAO Clayton Harris reported that the Town of Parry Sound is one of 32 Founders in the Parry Sound Area and that the IMPACT awards will be presented by both Muskoka Founders Circle and Parry Sound Founders Circle on May 27th from 5:00 – 7:30 PM in a free admission virtual gala. With respect to the PS Impact Awards, five finalists will have gone through a Dragon’s Den style selection process with a prize of $10,000 and $5,000 awarded to the top two.

3.2.5 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry, Clerk Rebecca Johnson confirmed that the Near North District School Board representatives will be addressing Council at one of the two June Council meetings with respect to construction of the new high school. With respect to Councillor Backman’s query regarding traffic studies, Mr. Elgie reported that he and Director of Development & Protective Services Dave Thompson met with school Board representatives last week and recommended a traffic study that not only looked at cars, but also at pedestrian traffic in the area.

3.2.6 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding statistics and process for determining pothole repair, Mr. Kearns reported that staff have been out as weather permits, patching small potholes with hotmix from recycled asphalt and that larger road cut sections will be scheduled soon for repair by an external contractor.

3.2.7 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding the status of reinstallation of the railing at the Cascade St. hill, Mr. Kearns reported that he has been speaking with a local contractor who has agreed to meet on-site to review installation of the railing so as not to hinder winter maintenance. The meeting is pending.

Correspondence
4.1 – Anne Bossart, Tower Hill Gardeners Coordinator

Appreciation for work of Recreation Department staff for work at Tower Hill.

4.2 – Margaret Dunnigan, June Carlton, Louise Campbell, Cynthia Hamlin, Anita Chechock.
Individual letters of the same text supporting Council’s position to deny construction of a vehicle bridge over the Fitness Trail.
Filed.

4.3 – Maryann Weaver, Clerk, Township of the Archipelago.
Support for WPS Area Recreation and Culture Centre.
Filed.

4.4. – Ann & Dave Hurdman, Parry Sound residents.
Concerns with proposed amendment to the Parking & Traffic by-law under item 10.4.2 on the agenda which would charge for the overnight parking at boat launch.

Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda
7.1 – Interpretation of Hiring Family Members Policy. Policy # C-1.2.

Resolution
That Council supports the staff interpretation of the Hiring of Family Members Policy (C- 1.2.)
And Further That Council directs staff to update the Policy and clarify under what circumstances it is acceptable to have family members working in the same department.
Carried

7.2 – Request to Appeal Planning Board Decision on B/06/2021 (TPS – Barnes).
Whereas the Council for the Town of Parry Sound recommended the denial of Parry Sound Area Planning Board Application B/06/2021 (TPS) – Barnes by Resolution 2021- 033;
And Whereas the Parry Sound Area Planning Board granted approval of B/06/2021 (TPS) – Barnes by Resolution 2021-31;
And Whereas Parry Sound Area Planning Board Resolution 2021-31 does not include a condition of consent that the lands be rezoned in order to ensure compliance with Town of Parry Sound Zoning By-law 2004-4653, as amended.
Now Therefore Be it Resolved that Council appeal the decision of Parry Sound Area Planning Board Application B/06/2021 (TPS) – Barnes to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) as the Parry Sound Area Planning Board’s decision will create an illegal non-complying lot per the Town’s Zoning By-law and does not represent good planning;
And Further That Council directs the Manager of Building and Planning Services to execute all necessary documents as it relates to the submission of this appeal unless the Planning Board’s Decision is amended to note a Zoning By-law Amendment is a condition of consent prior to the expiry of the appeal period.
Carried

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 Flag Policy – Inclusion of Pride Flag, and Amended Half-Masting Protocols.
Resolution
That the Flag Policy as adopted by Resolution 2020-076 is hereby revoked, and that the Flag Policy attached as Schedule A, which incorporates adoption of the annual flying of the Pride flag, and amended protocols regarding half-masting as a mark of respect and condolence is hereby approved.
Carried

9.1.2 – West Parry Sound Regional Economic Development Collaborative – Terms of Reference.
Resolution
WHEREAS the West Parry Sound Economic Development Collaborative (WPSEDC) is a partnership between the seven municipalities of West Parry Sound, originally created in 2018 with a mandate to improve the region’s business environment;
AND WHEREAS member municipalities approved the WPSEDC Terms of Reference in early 2018, which created a collaborative governance model involving a Board of Municipal Stakeholders, a Core Group of Advisors, a Steering Committee, and a Regional Economic Development Officer (EDO);
AND WHEREAS the Steering Committee and the Regional EDO are the only elements of this model that have been implemented to date;
AND WHEREAS FedNor approved funding for a period ending November 2023 to hire a Regional Economic Development Officer for a three (3) year term, with contributing funding coming from member municipalities;
AND WHEREAS all member municipalities passed resolutions of Council in October 2020 confirming their commitment to the WPSEDC;
AND WHEREAS the Steering Committee and the Regional EDO have recommended amendments to the WPSEDC Terms of Reference in order to reflect current operating procedures and economic development priorities;
AND WHEREAS the WPSEDC structure requires a Board of Stakeholder Municipalities, comprised of the Heads of Council (or designate) of the member municipalities, to provide high-level strategic direction to the WPSEDC;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Municipality adopts the updated WPSEDC Terms of Reference attached as Schedule A;
AND FURTHER that the Municipality hereby appoints ____________ to the Board of Stakeholder Municipalities.
The following appointing motion was made.
That the Resolution be amended to appoint Mayor McGarvey to the Committee, with Councillor Backman appointed as alternate in cases where the Mayor cannot attend.
Carried
The amended resolution was voted on.
Carried as amended

9.3.1 – Stormwater drainage easement – 1 Georgian Bay Avenue.
Resolution
Whereas the Town of Parry Sound has a stormwater conveyance over 1 Georgian Bay Ave; and
Whereas Parry Sound Condominium Corporation No. 6, owner of 1 Georgian Bay Ave. is in favour of granting an easement;
Now therefore the Mayor & Clerk are hereby authorized to sign the transfer documents to register the easement attached as Schedule A.
Carried

9.5.1 – Declaration of June 2021 as PTSD Awareness Month.
Resolution

Whereas June has been declared as PTSD Awareness Month each year around the world; and
Whereas for centuries we have recognized post traumatic stress disorder; and Whereas PTSD can affect all ages, children through to seniors: and
Whereas treatment for PTSD is available; and
Whereas it is up to each of us to know that the PTSD Assessment form is a major tool to seek medical assistance; and
Whereas PTSD Awareness Month urges all to seek help for those who may have PTSD requiring medical assistance;
NOW THEREFORE Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound does hereby proclaim June as PTSD Awareness month in the Town of Parry Sound, and encourages residents to actively learn about the PTSD Assessment form written by the Centre for PTSD Research as a tool to assist those affected by PTSD to obtain medical assistance.
Carried

By-laws 
10.2.1 – Debenture issue for Servicing Denis & Macklaim Drive.
By-law 2021 – 7128
A By-law of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound to Authorize the Borrowing Upon Amortizing Debentures in the Principal Amount of $750,424 towards the cost of servicing Macklaim/Denis.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.4.1 Amendment to the Sign By-law 2002-4486.
By-law 2021 – 7124
Being a By-law to amend the Sign By-law 2002-4486 regarding Sandwich Board Signs
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.4.2 – Amendment to Parking and Traffic Control By-law 2019-6912.
By-law 2021 – 7125
Being a By-law to amend the Parking and Traffic Control By-law 2019-6912 regarding Champagne St. Boat launch overnight parking and parking on Salt Dock Road.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.4.3 – New Public Dock and Boat Launch By-law for the Town of Parry Sound.
By-law 2021 – 7126
Being a By-law to regulate the use of Public Docks, Piers and Boat Launch Ramps and revoke By-law 2010-5470.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.4.4 – Sound Boat Works License of Occupation.
By-law 2021 – 7127
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a License of Occupation with Sound Boat Works for the use of the property identified Pt Water Lt C West of Mill St, Foley as in PS8343 Except Pt 11, 42R6597 & Pt 4, 42R11471; Parry Sound.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.4.5 – Zoning By-law Amendment Application Z/21/01 – Kingshott/Crookshank-Hurd.
By-Law 2021 – 7129
Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 88 and 94 Louisa Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on behalf of Kingshott/Crookshank- Hurd).
Passed, Signed and Sealed

Council Agenda Preview – May 4, 2021

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The agenda this week seems to be tidying up a number of outstanding issues. The only item that interested me was the proposal to require paid daily permits for overnight parking at the Champaigne Boat Launch (10.4.3). This by-law also addresses the issue of trailer parking and docking time at the various boat launches and the Town Dock. I am glad that we offer residents and visitors the opportunity to launch their boats and get onto Georgian Bay. Some control is necessary as some folks tend to abuse the privilege. I am not quite sure what By-Law has planned in terms of enforcement.

Abridged Agenda

Closed Session
d) labour relations or employee negotiations, (hiring policy interpretation);
(e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (Contractor work on Town property), (Planning Board decision);
f) advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, (hiring policy interpretation), (Contractor work on Town property), (Planning Board decision).

Public Meeting
2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/21-04 – 9 and 11 Church Street (FAD Architects on behalf of Gromov)

Council will hold a public meeting to consider a proposed Zoning By-law amendment under Section 34 of the Planning Act. The purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law amendment is to change the zoning of the property from C1 on 11 Church Street and amend the S.P. 26.119(h) on 9 Church Street to permit a mixed-use building with a commercial ground floor and 20 residential spaces.

Correspondence
4.1 – Anne Bossart, Tower Hill Gardeners Coordinator.
Appreciation for work of Recreation Department staff for work at Tower Hill.

4.2 – Margaret Dunnigan, June Carlton, Louise Campbell, Cynthia Hamlin, Anita Chechock.
Individual letters of the same text supporting Council’s position to deny construction of a vehicle bridge over the Fitness Trail.

4.3 – Maryann Weaver, Clerk, Township of the Archipelago.
Support for WPS Area Recreation and Culture Centre.

Deputations
None

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Flag Policy – Inclusion of Pride Flag, and Amended Half-Masting Protocols.
Resolution

That the Flag Policy as adopted by Resolution 2020-076 is hereby revoked, and that the Flag Policy attached as Schedule A, which incorporates adoption of the annual flying of the Pride flag, and amended protocols regarding half-masting as a mark of respect and condolence is hereby approved.

9.3.1 – Stormwater drainage easement – 1 Georgian Bay Avenue.
Resolution

Whereas the Town of Parry Sound has a stormwater conveyance over 1 Georgian Bay; and
Whereas Parry Sound Condominium Corporation No. 6, owner of 1 Georgian Bay Ave. is in favour of granting an easement;
Now therefore the Mayor & Clerk are hereby authorized to sign the transfer documents to register the easement attached as Schedule A.

9.5.1 – Declaration of June 2021 as PTSD Awareness Month.
Resolution
Whereas, June has been declared as PTSD Awareness Month each year around the world; and
Whereas, for centuries we have recognized post traumatic stress disorder; and
Whereas, PTSD can affect all ages, children through to seniors: and
Whereas, treatment for PTSD is available; and
Whereas, it is up to each of us to know that the PTSD Assessment form is a major tool to seek medical assistance; and
Whereas, PTSD Awareness Month urges all to seek help for those who may have PTSD requiring medical assistance; and
NOW THEREFORE, Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound does hereby proclaim June as PTSD Awareness month in the Town of Parry Sound, and encourages residents to actively learn about the PTSD Assessment form written by the Centre for PTSD Research as a tool to assist those affected by PTSD to obtain medical assistance.

By-laws
10.2.1 – Debenture issue for Servicing Denis & Macklaim Drive.
By-law 2021 – 7128
A By-law of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound to Authorize the Borrowing Upon Amortizing Debentures in the Principal Amount of $750,424 towards the cost of servicing Macklaim/Denis.

10.4.1 – Amendment to the Sign By-law 2002-4486.
By-law 2021 – 7124
Being a By-law to amend the Sign By-law 2002-4486 regarding Sandwich Board Signs.

10.4.2 – Amendment to Parking and Traffic Control By-law 2019-6912.
By-law 2021 – 7125
Being a By-law to amend the Parking and Traffic Control By-law 2019-6912 regarding Champagne St. Boat launch overnight parking and parking on Salt Dock Road.

10.4.3 – New Public Dock and Boat Launch By-law for the Town of Parry Sound.
By-law 2021 – 7126
Being a By-law to regulate the use of Public Docks, Piers and Boat Launch Ramps and revoke By-law 2010-5470.

10.4.4 – Sound Boat Works License of Occupation.
By-law 2021 – 7127
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a License of Occupation with Sound Boat Works for the use of the property identified Pt Water Lt C West of Mill St Foley as in PS8343 Except Pt 11, 42R6597 & Pt 4, 42R11471; Parry Sound.

10.4.5 – Zoning By-law Amendment Application Z/21/01 – Kingshott/Crookshank-Hurd.
By-Law 2021 – 7129
Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 88 and 94 Louisa Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on behalf of Kingshott/Crookshank- Hurd).

Council Minutes (Abridged) – April 20, 2021

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There were a large number of items brought before Council as letters, deputations, resolutions and by-laws. It’s worth scanning through the abridged minutes below to understand what was asked and what was decided. None of it was controversial in my opinion.

5.2 – David Sweetnam, Georgian Bay Forever; Rupert Kindersley, Georgian Bay Assn. Results of Water Levels Web Symposium, October, 2020.
The deputation summary is worth reviewing below if you want to get a better idea of where the experts think water levels are headed. Spoiler – it’s up, up and away.

Council Minutes (Abridged)

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest
1.4.1 –
Councillor Horne Declared Pecuniary Interest on item 9.5.1 being the resolution proclaiming May as Community Living Month in Parry Sound, as Community Living Parry Sound is his employer. Councillor Horne left the meeting for the duration of the item, did not participate in discussion, nor vote on the matter.

Questions of Staff
3.2.1 –
In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding the potential for installation of a security camera at the skateboard park to deal with vandalism, Director of Public Works Mike Kearns reported that while there is currently no such plan for that location, he would investigate further on potential for installation of security cameras and/or lights as a means of addressing the problem.
Mayor McGarvey obtained Council’s approval to direct Mr. Kearns to get costing for this proposal.

3.2.2 – Mr. Kearns responded to Councillor Keith’s inquiry confirming that the Recreation Department puts together an annual maintenance plan and that with the early spring, they expect to be ahead of schedule. Mr. Kearns also noted that while the Champaign St and Waubuno Beach boat launches are open the Salt Dock ramp sustained damage and it will take longer to determine what work needs to be done and how to do it, as the damaged area is in the water.

3.2.3 – Mr. Kearns also responded to Councillor Keith that with respect to staffing, the vacancy in Public Works will be filled shortly, and summer student positions are still in the budget projections although given recent renewed COVID restrictions, hiring has not yet proceeded. CAO Clayton Harris added that summer student hiring at the Stockey Centre is reduced due to lockdown and reduced hours.

3.2.4 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry, Mayor McGarvey reported that more information is flowing from the Board of Health which he passes on to WPS Area heads of Council, and that there is good attendance at the bi-weekly municipal meetings. Unfortunately, the Board of Health has still declined to report statistics broken down between the east and west sides of the District.

3.2.5 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry regarding assurance that any increases in infrastructure construction costs as a result of supply chain interruptions caused by COVID are reviewed by staff and included in the budget, CAO Clayton Harris reported that generally projects are tendered or go out through an RFP process to get the lowest responsible bid for a job. If the lowest qualified bidder is higher than the budget, staff can consider either scoping back on the work envisioned, or if not possible, come back to Council to request approval for additional funding.

Correspondence
4.1 – Resolutions of Support to prioritize Vaccine Allocation for areas in Phase I.

Lori West, Clerk/Planner, Municipality of McDougall Judith Meyntz, Deputy Clerk, Municipality of Whitestone Jenn Montreuil, Deputy City Clerk, City of North Bay Beth Morton, Clerk-Administrator, Township of Perry Mackenzie Taylor, Deputy Clerk, Township of Carling Andrea Spinney, Deputy Clerk, Township of Seguin Caitlin Haggart, Clerk-Administrator, Township of Strong
Filed

4.2 – Vic Fedeli, MPP.
Response to Vaccine Prioritization Request received from City of North Bay.
Filed

4.3 – Andrea Spinney, Deputy Clerk, Township of Seguin.
Support for appointment of Jamie McGarvey to the Board of Health.
Filed

4.4 – Joanne Demick, Executive Director, Community Living Parry Sound.
Request for Proclamation of May as Community Living Month .
Under flag policy, administrative approval given to the flag flying request; proclamation covered by item 9.5.1.

4.5 – Julie Chiaramonte, Kerri Mutrie, Patricia Hume, Andrea McIntyre, Pat Mastrocola, Barbara Morgan, George & Alice Reed, Susan Beal, Carol Rice, Michael Walton, Susan Ferguson, Gloria Koslowski, Steven Smith.
Individual letters of the same text supporting Council’s position to deny construction of a vehicle bridge over the Fitness Trail.
Filed

4.6 – Simon Fecteau, Director of Education, Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario.
Request for support letter for capital funding submission to Ministry of Education to acquire or build the French school Quatre-Vents.
Covered by item 9.5.2

Deputations
5.1 – Greg Mason, General Manager, Georgian Bay Biosphere.

Community Nominated Priority Places Project.
Greg Mason addressed Council from a prepared presentation, as circulated with the Agenda. Mr. Mason noted that the Community Nominated Priority Places Project is a program that has been running for two years and is set to run for another two, in cooperation with a number of municipalities and organizations along the Georgian Bay coast. The program is funded over 4 years through $2 million federally with matching $2 million raised through other organizations.
Mr. Mason noted the main goals of the program are: to accelerate knowledge generation and collective decision-making for Species at Risk; and to work together for priority ecosystems for biodiversity protection, habitat connectivity, and greater resilience.
Co-applicants in addition to GBB, are Magnetawan First Nation, Shawanaga First Nation and Georgian Bay Land Trust, with upwards of 30 additional partners to the project. The project is overseen by a Steering and Lands Committee composed of the co-applicants, and incorporates traditional ecological knowledge, and truth and reconciliation training. At a core the project seeks to provide adequate information on the locations where there is the greatest threat to species at risk, to prioritize resources to specific regions, as opposed to broad-brush support.
Mr. Mason gave an example of a road ecology project in 2020 whereby turtle nests were removed prior to road work, and the eggs incubated over the summer with about 1000 turtles later released. This was both a successful conservation effort, and cost effective for the municipality, as it did not have to put up permanent fencing estimated at $30,000 to $40,000.
Other means of gathering data to support effective decision making include the app that can be downloaded for people to submit their species observations; and the seven MOTUS Telemetry Arrays installed on the coast to monitor bird, bat and other avian species.
Mr. Mason concluded with notice of opportunities for municipal engagement including road management and ecology approaches; planning policy and process review; education outreach; and cultural and cross-government learning.

5.2 – David Sweetnam, Georgian Bay Forever; Rupert Kindersley, Georgian Bay Assn.
Results of Water Levels Web Symposium, October, 2020.
David Sweetnam and Rupert Kindersley, Executive Directors of Georgian Bay Forever and Georgian Bay Association respectively, addressed Council from a prepared presentation as circulated with the Agenda regarding results of Great Lakes Water Levels Web Symposium held in October 2020.
Key take-aways from the 2020 Symposium include the following:
1. Current management of the Great Lakes system is not deficient, including Plan 2012 which had seen Lake Superior as relatively higher than Lakes Michigan-Huron and had generally attempted to increase flows, though barely and with variability. Since April 2018 the balancing factor has been trying to decrease flows from Lake Superior to Lakes Michigan-Huron. The historic range of water level fluctuations on Lake Michigan- Huron (M-H) is so much higher than the range on Lake Superior (LS) since LS is 39.1% of the surface area of its watershed, whereas M-H is only 31.8% of the surface area of its watershed. M-H watershed is 197% the size of LS watershed. Additionally, M-H receives all upstream inputs from Lake Superior.
2. The solution to extreme water levels does not lie with improved management of the current system.
3. International Joint Commission has no power itself to implement any action.
4. Release of a key research study by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) which identifies that the components method and residuals method used to calculate net basin supply are not “in conflict” – they are measurements used for different purposes and are accurate given current tools available. The Large Lake Statistical Water Balance Model (LLSWBM) reconciles discrepancies between components and residuals methods.
5. Action on specific improvements to the quality and content of water levels data and modelling.
6. Revisit the formation of a Great Lakes Water Levels Advisory body.
With respect to what municipal governments should consider and do, Messrs. Sweetnam and Kindersley advised that:
– it is expected that extreme high water levels could be as much 3 feet higher than the last extreme high by the year 2100, gradually increasing over the next 80 years; and conversely extreme low water levels are only expected to be lower by around 4 inches.
– Wave action, run-up, pluvial and fluvial flooding must be considered.
– Therefore, given the uncertainty for planning purposes, consider raising the high-water mark accordingly to 178.4 meters (585 feet) above sea level, or plan to increase it in increments.
– When making investment decisions on docks, coastal roads/infrastructure, boat launches etc. plan for this expanded range of water levels.
– Primary issue will be ensuring environmental protection at residences – setbacks only effective if high water level is correct.
– The highest impact will be on: septic systems, docks, boat houses and low elevation shoreline structures.

5.3 – Lee-Ann Turner
Request for Town’s Permanent Endorsement to fly Pride Flag annually.
Lee-Ann Turner thanked Council for its approval to fly the Pride Flag for the month of June last year and requested that this year and every year thereafter Parry Sound purchase and fly the Pride during the month of June without requirement for an annual request.
Ms. Turner gave a brief outline of the Pride movement, noted that federally, provincially, and in many municipalities in Ontario, June is dedicated to Pride month as a matter of corporate cultural policy. Ms. Turner suggested that Parry Sound’s commitment to annually flying the flag would send a positive message about the community and so concluded with the request that Town Council commit to June every year as Pride month, purchase the Pride flag and fly it during that month.
Mayor McGarvey obtained Council agreement to have something brought to the next Council meeting to address this.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Update – Key Performance Objectives in Support of the Strategic Plan. Resolution

That Council approve the progress report on the Town’s Key Performance Objectives (KPOs) as set out in Schedule A.
Carried

9.1.2 – Sail Parry Sound Funding Request for the Rotary Sunset Trail.
Resolution
WHEREAS the Town has received a request from Sail Parry Sound for $20,000 for the remediation of the erosion on the Rotary Sunset Trail;
WHEREAS the Rotary Sunset Trail is on the lands leased from the Town by Sail Parry Sound;
WHEREAS the Town of Parry Sound leases the property to Sail Parry Sound for a nominal amount and Sail Parry Sound does not pay property taxes on the leased land;
WHEREAS the lease agreement states that Sail Parry Sound is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the property;
WHEREAS there is a concern that a reconstruction of the trail, rather than remediation is required, involving proper engineering design and construction to complete a safe and lasting trail at a cost greater than the $20,000 estimate provided;
WHEREAS the scope of work has not been clearly defined;
Whereas it is unclear if there are other funding partners, such as Sail Parry Sound, the Rotary Club, etc.; and
WHEREAS the Town has an interest in supporting some reconstruction of the trail, subject to a detailed proposal being provided.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council requests that Sail Parry Sound submit a proposal setting out the work to be done, identify funding from all sources and indicate their intention at the end of the current lease; and further
THAT Council approves the reallocation of up to $20,000 of unassigned funds from the Federal Gas Tax Reserve Fund to the Rotary Sunset Trail rehabilitation; and further
THAT the actual amount of funds to be committed to the project will be subject to the receipt of the above information to the satisfaction of Council.
Carried

9.1.3 – Additional funding for external resources to support and move the recreation and culture centre project forward.
Resolution

Whereas the Optimist Club donated $40,000 to the Town of Parry Sound in 1994 for use towards a recreation centre;
Whereas the Town is the lead applicant in a joint ICIP application on behalf of 7 municipalities and 2 First Nation communities for a recreation and culture centre;

Whereas the timing to address questions/concerns raised during the process and to confirm the support of all partners is critical;
Whereas there is a need to engage external resources in the process;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council authorizes staff to utilize the funds donated by the Optimist Club for the purposes of retaining external resources in support of the recreation and culture project.
Carried
CAO Clayton Harris confirmed in response to an inquiry that the current Optimist Club Executive can be contacted to advise them that the money from the 1994 donation is being allocated and spent for its intended purpose.

9.2.1 – 2020 Financial Year End Audit Planning Report.
BDO Engagement Partner and Michelle Yin addressed Council from a prepared presentation that was circulated with the Council agenda. Ms. Bodkin provided an executive summary identifying issues of
materiality (i.e., based on revenues of $690,000 for the year ended December 31, 2020);
timeline (most work to be done in May 2021 with a report back to Council);
fees ($31,500);
and audit risks in the areas of management override of controls,
revenue recognition (i.e., fraud risk),
purchases cut-off (i.e. items after year end and assurance that payables are accrued),
contaminated sites,
and contributed infrastructure assets.
Ms. Bodkin asked if Council was aware of any fraud or had concerns they wanted brought up to the auditor. If any, Ms. Bodkin said that information might change the audit approach, i.e., extra testing in that area. No member of Council brought forward any concern.
Resolution
That Council receive the Auditor’s 2020 Financial Year End Audit Planning Report as presented by Giselle Bodkin, BDO Engagement Partner.
Carried

9.3.1 – 2020 Annual Report – Closure Monitoring Program MacFarlane St. Landfill Site.
Resolution

That Council receive the 2020 Annual Report – Closure Monitoring Program MacFarlane St. Landfill Site for information purposes.
Carried

9.4.1 – Consent Application – B12/2021 (TPS) (Halvorson)
Resolution

That Consent Application No. B12/2021 (TPS) (Halvorson), be supported.
Carried

9.4.2 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/20/02 – Oastler Park Dive (John Jackson Planner Inc. on Behalf of Waltmar Inc.).
Resolution
That a decision on Z/20/02 – Oastler Park Dive (John Jackson Planner Inc. on Behalf of Waltmar Inc.) be deferred as it is premature.
Carried

9.5.1 – Declaration of May, 2021 as Community Living Month in Parry Sound.
Resolution
WHEREAS Community Living Parry Sound has worked to bring people and their communities together for over 58 years; and
WHEREAS Community Living Parry Sound supports people as they develop their capacity to live, learn, work and participate in all aspects of living in the community; and
WHEREAS Community Living Parry Sound helps the community develop its capacity to welcome and support people who have not always had the same opportunities as the rest of us, to participate in their community in meaningful, productive ways; and
WHEREAS the Council of the Town of Parry Sound wishes to urge its citizens to celebrate the inclusion in our community of people who have a developmental disability.
NOW, Therefore Be It Resolved that Mayor and Council declare the month of May Community Living Month in the Town of Parry Sound.
Carried

9.5.2 – Letter of Support for Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario.
Resolution

THAT Council authorizes the Mayor to sign a letter of support for the Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario with respect to its capital funding submission to the Ministry of Education to acquire or build a school for Quatre-Vents in Parry Sound.
Carried
CAO Clayton Harris confirmed in response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry, that the School Board rep could be invited to address Council in a meeting to provide an update on the High School reconstruction status.

By-laws
10.1.1 – Lease Agreement with The Festival of the Sound for use of the Stockey Centre.

By-law 2021 – 7122
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a five-year renewal agreement with the Festival of the Sound for lease of the Charles W. Stockey Centre.
Passed, Signed & Sealed

10.2.1 – 2021 Budget.
By-law 2021 – 7119
Being a By-law to Adopt the Operating and Capital Budget Estimated for the Year 2021.
Passed, Signed & Sealed

10.4.1 – License of Occupation Parry Sound Cruise Line.
By-law 2021 – 7120
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a License of Occupation with Parry Sound Cruise Line for the use of the dock at LT 6-21 PL 154; PARRY SOUND.
Passed, Signed & Sealed

10.4.2 – Chantler Barging Lease.
By-law 2021 – 7121
Being a By-law to authorize the execution a Lease with Chantler Barging Ltd for the use of the property identified as Lot 2 Plan 155 being Part on Plan 42R9587, Lot 3 Plan 166, Lot 4 Plan 166 all in the Town of Parry Sound.
Passed, Signed & Sealed

Council Agenda Preview – April 20, 2021

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Another packed session. I will only comment on item 9.5.2.

9.5.2 – Letter of Support for Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario.
Resolution

THAT Council authorizes the Mayor to sign a letter of support for the Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario with respect to its capital funding submission to the Ministry of Education to acquire or build a school for Quatre-Vents in Parry Sound.
While I am happy to see this educational resource made available I regret that perhaps another piece of prime Town of Parry Sound real estate will not be available for tax generating private development. We seem to be the town of social services, churches and schools. Why not look to McDougall for the new school’s location? It’s just up the road and they will be losing their school. This is another example of why we need amalgamation. If not, then give the Town a little more room to grow and generate more income through development. The hesitancy, I was wondering when it would bubble up, to ‘Da Pool’ is the reality we are facing. Our neighbours want the resources but don’t want to pay for it.

Enough opining on local issues. Work deadlines are looming and my fingers need the rest.

Council Agenda (Abridged)

Closed Session
No Items

Correspondence
4.1 – Resolutions of Support to prioritize Vaccine Allocation for areas in Phase I
.
Lori West, Clerk/Planner, Municipality of McDougall Judith Meyntz, Deputy Clerk, Municipality of Whitestone Jenn Montreuil, Deputy City Clerk, City of North Bay Beth Morton, Clerk-Administrator, Township of Perry Mackenzie Taylor, Deputy Clerk, Township of Carling Andrea Spinney, Deputy Clerk, Township of Seguin

4.2 – Vic Fedeli, MPP.
Response to Vaccine Prioritization Request.

4.3 – Andrea Spinney, Deputy Clerk, Township of Seguin.
Support for appointment of Jamie McGarvey to the Board of Health.

4.4 – Joanne Demick, Executive Director, Community Living Parry Sound.
Request for Proclamation of May as Community Living Month.

4.5 – Julie Chiaramonte, Kerri Mutrie, Patricia Hume, Andrea McIntyre, Pat Mastrocola, Barbara Morgan, George & Alice Reed, Susan Beal, Carol Rice, Michael Walton, Susan Ferguson, Gloria Koslowski, Steven Smith.
Individual letters of the same text supporting Council’s position to deny construction of a vehicle bridge over the Fitness Trail.

4.6 – Simon Fecteau, Director of Education, Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario.
Request for support letter for capital funding submission to Ministry of Education.

Deputations
5.1 – Greg Mason, General Manager, Georgian Bay Biosphere.

Community Nominated Priority Places Project; presentation attached.

5.2 – David Sweetnam, Georgian Bay Forever; Rupert Kindersley, Georgian Bay Assn.
Results of Water Levels Web Symposium, October, 2020; presentation attached.

5.3 – Lee-Ann Turner.
Request for Town’s Permanent Endorsement to fly Pride Flag annually during June; request and letters of support attached.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Update – Key Performance Objectives in Support of the Strategic Plan.
Resolution
That Council approve the progress report on the Town’s Key Performance Objectives (KPOs) as set out in Schedule A.

9.1.2 – Sail Parry Sound Funding Request for the Rotary Sunset Trail.
Resolution

WHEREAS the Town has received a request from Sail Parry Sound for $20,000 for the remediation of the erosion on the Rotary Sunset Trail;
WHEREAS the Rotary Sunset Trail is on the lands leased from the Town by Sail Parry Sound;
WHEREAS the Town of Parry Sound leases the property to Sail Parry Sound for a nominal amount and Sail Parry Sound does not pay property taxes on the leased land;
WHEREAS the lease agreement states that Sail Parry Sound is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the property;
WHEREAS there is a concern that a reconstruction of the trail, rather than remediation is required, involving proper engineering design and construction to complete a safe and lasting trail at a cost greater than the $20,000 estimate provided;
WHEREAS the scope of work has not been clearly defined; Whereas it is unclear if there are other funding partners, such as Sail Parry Sound, the Rotary Club, etc.; and
WHEREAS the Town has an interest in supporting some reconstruction of the trail, subject to a detailed proposal being provided.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council requests that Sail Parry Sound submit a proposal setting out the work to be done, identify funding from all sources and indicate their intention at the end of the current lease; and further
THAT Council approves the reallocation of up to $20,000 of unassigned funds from the Federal Gas Tax Reserve Fund to the Rotary Sunset Trail rehabilitation; and further
THAT the actual amount of funds to be committed to the project will be subject to the receipt of the above information to the satisfaction of Council.

9.1.3 – Additional funding for external resources to support and move the recreation and culture centre project forward.
Resolution

Whereas the Optimist Club donated $40,000 to the Town of Parry Sound in 1994 for use towards a recreation centre;
Whereas the Town is the lead applicant in a joint ICIP application on behalf of 7 municipalities and 2 First Nation communities for a recreation and culture centre;
Whereas the timing to address questions/concerns raised during the process and to confirm the support of all partners is critical;
Whereas there is a need to engage external resources in the process;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council authorizes staff to utilize the funds donated by the Optimist Club for the purposes of retaining external resources in support of the recreation and culture project.

9.2.1 – 2020 Financial Year End Audit Planning Report.
Resolution

That Council receive the Auditor’s 2020 Financial Year End Audit Planning Report as presented by Giselle Bodkin, BDO Engagement Partner.

9.3.1 – 2020 Annual Report – Closure Monitoring Program MacFarlane St. Landfill Site.
Resolution

That Council receive the 2020 Annual Report – Closure Monitoring Program MacFarlane St. Landfill Site for information purposes.

9.4.1 – Consent Application – B12/2021 (TPS) (Halvorson).
Resolution

That Consent Application No. B12/2021 (TPS) (Halvorson), be supported.

9.4.2 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/20/02 – Oastler Park Dive (John Jackson Planner Inc. on Behalf of Waltmar Inc.).
Resolution

That a decision on Z/20/02 – Oastler Park Dive (John Jackson Planner Inc. on Behalf of Waltmar Inc.) be deferred as it is premature.

9.5.1 – Declaration of May, 2021 as Community Living Month in Parry Sound.
Resolution

WHEREAS Community Living Parry Sound has worked to bring people and their communities together for over 58 years; and
WHEREAS Community Living Parry Sound supports people as they develop their capacity to live, learn, work and participate in all aspects of living in the community; and
WHEREAS Community Living Parry Sound helps the community develop its capacity to welcome and support people who have not always had the same opportunities as the rest of us, to participate in their community in meaningful, productive ways; and
WHEREAS the Council of the Town of Parry Sound wishes to urge its citizens to celebrate the inclusion in our community of people who have a developmental disability.
NOW, Therefore Be It Resolved that Mayor and Council declare the month of May Community Living Month in the Town of Parry Sound.

9.5.2 – Letter of Support for Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario.
Resolution

THAT Council authorizes the Mayor to sign a letter of support for the Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario with respect to its capital funding submission to the Ministry of Education to acquire or build a school for Quatre-Vents in Parry Sound.

By-laws
10.1.1 – Lease Agreement with The Festival of the Sound for use of the Stockey Centre.

By-law 2021 – 7122
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a five-year renewal agreement with the Festival of the Sound for lease of the Charles W. Stockey Centre.

10.2.1 – 2021 Budget.
By-law 2021 – 7119
Being a By-law to Adopt the Operating and Capital Budget Estimated for the Year 2021.

10.4.1 – License of Occupation Parry Sound Cruise Line.
By-law 2021 – 7120
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a License of Occupation with Parry Sound Cruise Line for the use of the dock at LT 6-21 PL 154; PARRY SOUND.

10.4.2 – Chantler Barging Lease.
By-law 2021 – 7121
Being a By-law to authorize the execution a Lease with Chantler Barging Ltd for the use of the property identified as Lot 2 Plan 155 being Part on Plan 42R9587, Lot 3 Plan 166, Lot 4 Plan 166 all in the Town of Parry Sound