Council Agenda Preview – May 21, 2019

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Interesting items of the agenda include:

Closed Session e) – Claim Against the Municipality Regarding 2018 Election. Well, this is a continuing distraction.

2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment (W.E.H. Developments Limited) & 10.3.3– Deeming By-law. This concerns a development at the end of Winnifred Street. The image below may help to better explain where it is. It proposes to include singles to triplexes.

9.4.2 – Negotiating Team – Seguin-Town Boundary Adjustment. It looks as though the discussion is back up for discussion. Let’s see if there is more success this time around.

Closed Session

e) Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board. (Claim Against the Municipality Regarding 2018 Election; Town property matter)
f) the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-Client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose. (Claim Against the Municipality Regarding 2018 Election; Town property matter)

Public Meeting
2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/05 – W.E.H. Development Phase 2 (W.E.H. Developments Limited)

Correspondence
4.1 – Tom & Lianne Piddington. Concerns with water pooling on properties from Town plugged culvert.
4.2 – Kyle Boyko on behalf of Inspire Tech Canada Corp. Request for Financial Support to host Future Technology Expos in Parry Sound.

Deputations
5.1 – Shawna Woods. Concerns with planned removal of anchor from Georgian Bay.
5.2 – Renata Purcell, Debra Jones. Strings Across the Sky.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Approve Signing Authority. Resolution. Whereas the Council for the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound approved Resolutions 2014-030 and 2014-228 approving signing authority and credit card authority to Members of Council and certain members of staff; and Whereas there are no changes to the position or authority levels at this time; and Whereas there has been a change in the Director of Finance position; Now therefore be it resolved that Resolution 2018-026 be amended to formally remove Kim Chen, Director of Finance/Treasurer as a signing authority; and Further that Stephanie Phillips, Director of Finance/Treasurer be added as a signing authority.
9.2.1 – Cemetery By-law Price List. Direction. That staff be directed to increase the price of Interment Rights only on the Cemetery Price List by 10%.
9.2.2 – Cemetery Truck (08-090) Replacement. Direction. That Council approve staff to single source a new model vehicle for the replacement of the current cemetery vehicle (08-090) after no bids were received through the tender process.
9.3.1 – Fire Department Health and Safety Policies. Resolution. That the Council for the Corporation of the Towns of Parry Sound approves the Fire Department Health and Safety Policies attached as Schedule A, And further, that upon the agreement of the Parry Sound Fire Department Joint Health and Safety Committee, the CAO and Fire Chief are authorized to make changes to the policies attached as Schedule A to ensure that they remain current and in compliance with Occupational Health and Safety standards
9.4.1 – Appointment of a Designate for the Lakeland Power Shareholder Meeting. Resolution. That Councillor ________________ be appointed as the Mayor’s designate for the purposes of Lakeland Power shareholder meetings.
9.4.2 – Negotiating Team – Seguin-Town Boundary Adjustment. Resolution. That Council appoint the Mayor, Councillor _____________, Councillor _____________ and the CAO, Mr. Clayton Harris to the Town’s Negotiating Team regarding Seguin Township-Town of Parry Sound boundary adjustment.
9.5.1 – Township of Essa Petition re: Provincial funding to Libraries. WHEREAS the Ontario Library Service North and Southern Ontario Library Service provide the support for interlibrary loans, staff and board training, bulk purchasing, collaborative programming, technological supports, shared electronic book collections and shared catalogue databases; and WHEREAS the Town of Parry Sound supports the Essa Public Library Board in their initiative to circulate a petition seeking support for the Ontario Public Library Board in their request for the reinstatement of funding to the Ontario Library Service (North and South) agencies to, at a minimum, 2017-18 funding levels, in order for these agencies to continue their day-to-day support of Ontario Public Library Services, and to continue to maintain base funding for Ontario Public Libraries; NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT this resolution be forwarded to the office of MPP Simcoe-Grey Jim Wilson, MPP Parry Sound-Muskoka Norm Miller, AMO, and the initiating municipality – Township of Essa.

By-laws
10.1.1 – Business Improvement Area (BIA) Levy By-law – Downtown Business Area Spokesperson: Rob Beaumont, Manager of Revenue & Taxation. By-law 2019 – 6924. 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 2019.
10.1.2 – Striking tax rates for fiscal year 2019. By-Law 2019 – 6926. Being a bylaw to Strike the Tax Rates for Municipal Purposes for the Year 2019.
10.3.1 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/3 – 32 Riverdale Road (Laforme/Hubert). By-law 2019 – 6925. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 32 Riverdale Road (Laforme/Hubert).
10.3.2 – Housekeeping – Deem Planning Applications Complete. By-Law 2019 – 6927. Being a By-law to amend By-law 2007-5089 to Delegate Certain Powers and Duties of Council Under the Planning Act (Deem Complete).
10.3.3 – Deeming By-law – W.E.H Phase 2 – Lots 46 – 49. By-law 2019 – 6928. Being a By-law to deem certain lots in the Town of Parry Sound not to be part of a registered Plan of Subdivision (W.E.H. – Lots 46 – 49, Winnifred Avenue).
10.3.4 – Appointment Bylaw – Ulysses Gibson – Municipal Law Enforcement Officer. By-law 2019 – 6929. Being a bylaw to appoint Ulysses Gibson as a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer.

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – May 7, 2019

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There is nothing unexpected in the meeting minutes of May 7, 2019. A couple of items are worth noting. Additional details are found below in the body of this post.

7.1. – Recommendation to Dispose of CP Station. It looks as though the CP Station will be sold. I hope it finds a useful future, that hasn’t been the case to date with the CN Station.

10.3.3 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/02 – Pine Drive. Best Western has received approval to land in Parry Sound.

Other

1.4.1 – Mayor McGarvey Declared Pecuniary Interest on item 6.3.1 on the Closed Agenda and item 7.1 on the Open Agenda, as his wife is the Executive Director of the Festival of the Sound. He did not attend the Closed Session; and left the room for item 7.1 on the Open Agenda, did not participate in discussion nor vote on the item.

1.4.2 – At the commencement of item 9.4.1, Councillor Backman left the room, did not participate in discussion, nor vote on the item. At the conclusion of the meeting, Councillor Backman submitted a written declaration of pecuniary interest on the item as she is a member of WPS SMART.

Public Meeting

2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment– Z/19/03 – 32 Riverdale Road (Laforme/Hubert)
With reference to the first matter on Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/03 – 32 Riverdale Road (Laforme/Hubert), Clerk Rebecca Johnson reported that Notice was given by prepaid first-class mail to the required prescribed agencies and property owners within 120 metres, posted on the property, and was placed on the Town’s website. Manager of Building & Planning Services Taylor Elgie reported that the applicant has requested relief from the Residential First Density (R1) Zone to permit two residential units within the existing structure and to reduce the parking space size from 3 metres by 6 metres to 3 metres by 5.4 metres. The property is an existing building located at 32 Riverdale Road, known as Lot 72 on Plan 172, in the Town of Parry Sound. Mayor McGarvey invited anyone who wished to speak in favour of this proposed zoning by-law amendment to come forward. Marie Laforme, owner of 32 Riverdale Road addressed Council saying that she is in favour of the proposed zoning by-law amendment. Mayor McGarvey invited anyone who wished to speak in opposition of this proposed zoning by-law amendment to come forward. No person came forward. Mr. Elgie reported that no letters have been received either in favour of, or in opposition to the proposed zoning by-law amendment.
Mayor McGarvey advised that the public should contact staff or check the Town’s website to see when this amendment will come back for a decision. Council, at its discretion, may approve the proposed Zoning B-law Amendment. If so, it 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.

2.2 – Proposed fee for the consideration of Alternative Solutions as defined by the Ontario Building Code.
With reference to the second matter on the Proposed Fee for Alternative Solutions Consideration under the Building Code Act, Ms. Johnson reported that Notice was given by advertisement in the newspaper and was placed on the Town’s website. With respect to the purpose of the proposed fee, Chief Building Official John Este reported that the building code act and the code itself make provision for compliance through the use of alternative solutions. The prescriptive part of the code is reasonably straight forward to review. Alternative solutions require great care during review since the Goals and Objectives must be evaluated, and, the alternative solution must be compared to an acceptable prescribed solution. Since this takes extra staff resources, it makes sense to levy a suitable fee to offset this resource cost. Some of this background was provided with the notice on the Town’s web site and has been circulated. No person came forward in response to Mayor McGarvey’s invitation for members to speak either in favour of, or in opposition to the proposed by-law amendment. Mr. Este reported that no letters have been received as a result of this notice. Mayor McGarvey advised that the public should contact staff or check the Town’s website to see when the proposed by-law will come back for a decision. Carried

Questions of Staff

3.2.1 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding what steps the Town has or can take to mitigate flooding in the Parry Sound area, Director of Public Works Peter Brown reported that the only location where there has been substantial flooding is on Parry Sound Road behind the Hospital. He noted that he has had extensive discussions with the Hospital representatives, private property owners and CN Rail and will continue to monitor over the summer months.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding the fire rating process, Fire Chief Dave Thompson reported that forest fire regulations through the Forestry Act require fire rating on April 1st annually. The Town has three fire rating visual sites: one on Bowes Street entering Town; one on Church Street entering Town, and the third at the Waste Transfer Station. Area municipalities work together or maintain a common fire rating.

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry regarding construction projects underway, Mr. Brown reported that contractors are on-site blasting related to the Isabella Street project; that the Dennis Street project is finished; and the Macklaim Street project will start tomorrow. With respect to the Waubeek Street project, Mr. Brown reported that significant work has been done, however incidents of members of the public driving through red lights on Waubeek, putting staff at risk, has resulted in the decision made to close Waubeek Street for a couple of months to local traffic only starting next week.

3.2.4 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry regarding renovations at the Bobby Orr Community Centre, Manager of Parks & Recreation April McNamara reported that the floor is out, three feet of new compacted sand is in place, insulation is being laid, and the project is on-time.

3.2.5 – In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry regarding the process for repair of wash-outs, Mr. Brown reported that the Town has a protocol to prioritize worst cases first. In all events it is necessary to call for locates which can take 5-7 days; On the list to attend to are ones on Brenda, Louisa and Edward Streets, and that the Town would appreciate receiving information from the public on Town road allowance wash outs, if the Town hasn’t already reached out.

3.2.6 – With respect to road line painting, Mr. Brown responded to Councillor McCann’s additional inquiry on this subject to say that line painting will likely commence within the next month when the road reaches a more consistent appropriate ambient temperature and the sand has been swept, the latter action being undertaken now.

Correspondence

4.4 – Scott Scarrow, Board member, Granite Harbour. Granite Harbour waste collection review request, specifically that the Town provide recycling and waste collection services, as opposed to Granite Harbour providing these services privately. Referred to Director of Public Works for follow-up, with a report brought back to the next Council meeting.

5.1 – Ian Fleming, Alison Scarrow, Dan DiNicolo, Donald Sanderson, John Sallinen, Festival of the Sound Board. Future of the CP Station/Festival OfficeWithdrawn

Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda

7.1 – Recommendation to Dispose of CP Station. Advise the current tenant (Festival of the Sound) of the Town’s intention to sell the CP Station property. Staff will ensure that the Festival of the Sound is aware that their business needs will be taken into consideration as it relates to timeline of the sale of the property;
Declare the CP Station surplus to the needs of the Town in accordance with Town policies; and Hire a realtor to dispose of the property in an “as-is” condition and make the Environmental Site Assessment available for review in the Town’s Office. Carried

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.4.1 – Appointment as a WPS SMART Member.That Clayton Harris, the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer be appointed as a member of WPS SMART to represent the Town, replacing the former representative, Rob Mens, the former CAO. Carried

By-laws

10.1.1 – Financial Assistance to Elderly Persons Centres. That staff be directed to process the grant payment to Parry Sound Seniors Club in the amount of $5,000, as approved through the 2019 Budget Process, being 100% of the budget for Seniors Assistance; and Provide correspondence to the Parry Sound Seniors Club indicating the October 31 deadline for their annual grant requests; and encourage the Club review their membership’s place of residence and request financial support from those area communities as well. Carried
By-law 2019 – 6917. Being a By-law to revoke By-law 2001-4399 regarding an out-dated funding provision for an Elderly Persons Centre. Read a First, Second and Third time, Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.1.2 – Appointment of Treasurer. By-law 2019 – 6921. Being a By-law to appoint Stephanie Phillips as Treasurer of the Town of Parry Sound Read a First, Second and Third time, Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.3.1 – Pointe au Baril EMS Base. By-law 2019 – 6918. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with the Township of The Archipelago for the use and occupation of the EMS Base located at 70 South Shore Rd., Pointe au Baril. Read a First, Second and Third time, Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.3.2 – Primary Public Safety Answering Point. By-law 2019 – 6920. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with the OPP for the provision of 9-1-1 Primary PSAP Services. Read a First, Second and Third time, Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.3.3 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/02 – Pine Drive (John Jackson Planner Inc. on Behalf of V.G. Cox Limited). By-law 2019-6922. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Pine Drive (John Jackson Planner Inc. on Behalf of V.G. Cox Limited). Passed, Signed and Sealed.
Direction Approved for Staff Follow-up: That staff be directed to bring forward pole sign renewal until January 31, 2045 for Oastler Park Shopping Plaza Limited. Carried

10.4.1– Georgian Nordic Paddling MOU RE: William Street Park for Paddling Training Centre. By-law 2019 – 6919. Being a by-law to approve the memorandum of understanding with Georgian Nordic Paddling for use of William Street Park as a paddling training centre. Passed, Signed and Sealed.

Council Agenda Preview – May 7, 2019

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This is a rather remarkable Town of Parry Sound council meeting with only a single resolution on the agenda.

Notable Items:

4.4 & Closed Session (c) – There seems to be activity afoot to sell the CP Station to the Festival of the Sound. It will be interesting to see what terms are agreed. For everything that the Festival provides for the Town it is interesting to see how much they are still dependent on the Town for direct and indirect support. It’s like having a 40-year child coming back for handouts.

10.3.3 – It looks as though we will have a Best Western in town. It will add another hundred or so beds. How many more beds have been created in town with the general acceptance of Airbnb? I hope the private individuals who are playing the Airbnb game have their fire detectors up to date. Is this something the Fire Department monitors? Do we have a safety issue hiding in plain sight?

Closed Session
(c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board; (CP Station)

Public Meeting
2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/03 – 32 Riverdale Road. (Laforme/Hubert).
2.2 – Proposed fee for the consideration of Alternative Solutions as defined by the Ontario Building Code.

Correspondence
4.1 – Ontario BIA Association. Notice of Award at the 2019 OBIAA Conference to the Parry Sound DBA in the Special Events + Promotions – Small category judged on five BIA pillars: Innovation, Replication, Representation, Outcome, and Accessibility.
4.2 – Township of Seguin. Re: Official Plan Amendment No. 9 Recreational Water Quality Model Update.
4.4 – Scott Scarrow, Board member, Granite Harbour. Granite Harbour waste collection concerns.

Deputations
5.1
– Ian Fleming, Alison Scarrow, Dan DiNicolo, Donald Sanderson, John Sallinen, Festival of the Sound Board. Future of the CP Station/Festival Office.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.4.1
– Appointment as a WPS SMART Member. Resolution. That Clayton Harris, the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer be appointed as a member of WPS SMART to represent the Town, replacing the former representative, Rob Mens, the former CAO.

By-laws
10.1.1
– Financial Assistance to Elderly Persons Centres. Direction. To process the grant payment to Parry Sound Seniors Club in the amount of $5,000, as approved through the 2019 Budget Process, being 100% of the budget for Seniors Assistance; and Provide correspondence to the Parry Sound Seniors Club indicating the October 31 deadline for their annual grant requests; and encourage the Club review their membership’s place of residence and request financial support from those area communities as well.
By-law 2019 – 6917. Being a By-law to revoke By-law 2001-4399 regarding an out-dated funding provision for an Elderly Persons Centre.
10.1.2 – Appointment of Treasurer. By-law 2019 – 6921. Being a By-law to appoint Stephanie Phillips as Treasurer of the Town of Parry Sound.
10.3.1 – Pointe au Baril EMS Base. By-law 2019 – 6918. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with the Township of The Archipelago for the use and occupation of the EMS Base located at 70 South Shore Rd., Pointe au Baril.
10.3.2 – Primary Public Safety Answering Point. By-law 2019 – 6920. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with the OPP for the provision of 9-1-1 Primary PSAP Services.
10.3.3 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/02 – Pine Drive (John Jackson Planner Inc. on Behalf of V.G. Cox Limited). By-law 2019-6922. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Pine Drive (John Jackson Planner Inc. on Behalf of V.G. Cox Limited)
Direction for Staff Follow-up: That staff be directed to bring forward pole sign renewal until January 31, 2045 for Oastler Park Shopping Plaza Limited.
10.4.1 – Georgian Nordic Paddling MOU RE: William Street Park for Paddling Training Centre. By-law 2019 – 6919. Being a by-law to approve the memorandum of understanding with Georgian Nordic Paddling for use of William Street Park as a paddling training centre.

 

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – April 16, 2019

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You are busy people, so I focus on what I consider to be the key issues. The highlights of the meeting along with my comments are at the beginning followed by a more comprehensive summary. Refer to the full agenda and minutes at the Town’s website as well as the online recording (YouTube) for additional information and details.

2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/02 – Pine Drive. It looks as though there will be a 75 to 100 unit Best Western hotel going up across from The Source on Pine Drive. There are some complaints from the Big Box stores about blocking views and creating additional traffic, but these are unlikely to gain traction. I expect that some of the smaller hotels in Town will either need to upgrade their services or think about a conversion to apartments. There is only so much of a need for hotel rooms outside of the summer season.

7.1 – Settlement for an Appeal for Acorn Ridge. It also seems that the Acorn Ridge development on Louisa Street will be going forward. A settlement of some sort was reached with the folks on Louisa Street opposing the development. That’s good news for the Town in terms of additional tax revenue. It also means that Louisa Street will be upgraded from the mess it currently is.

9.3.1 – Sidewalk Patios in the Downtown. It will be possible for folks to have a sandwich on James Street this summer. I’m not sure about a beer or a cigarette, or heaven forbid a toke. It seems that the use of these patios will be restricted to customers. No brown bagging it folks. The after-hour folks should be able to have a beer and a toke if no one is watching too closely. Actually they will be able have a toke, but not a beer if I understand current provincial regulations.

9.4.1 – Canadore College Rental of Space for Non-College Uses. The Town put its foot down and said no. Seems reasonable to me. I understand how Canadore would like the guaranteed revenue, but you shouldn’t ask the kids to share a single bedroom so that you can take on boarders unless it’s make or break situation.

9.4.2 – 2019 Municipal Assistance Program Allocation. A copy of Schedule A was not included with the minutes so you may need to ask the Town if you are interested. It’s not much money.

Closed Session

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

Public Meeting

2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/02 – Pine Drive (John Jackson on behalf of V G Cox Limited). Clerk Rebecca Johnson reported that notice was given by prepaid first-class mail to the required prescribed agencies and property owners within 120 metres, posted in the newspaper, posted on the property, and was placed on the Town’s website. Manager of Building & Planning Services Taylor Elgie reported that the applicant has requested relief from the C3 zone for a hotel with a maximum height of 15.1 metres when currently only 10.5 metres is permitted and reduce sparking space sizes to 2.75 x 5.75 metres from the current requirement of 3 x 6 metres. The property is a vacant, cleared lot on Pine Drive, described as Part Lot 26 Concession 1, more particularly described as Parts 1 & 2 on 42R18868, in the Town of Parry Sound.

2.1.1 – Representing the proponents, John Jackson provided an update, noting that the property originally owned by Parry Sound Fuels has been transferred to the developers. Mr. Jackson reported that the developers are proposing to build a hotel of 75-100 units – the numbers dependent upon final architectural drawings with Best Western. The unconfirmed roof design may require a height of 15.1 metres, greater than 10.5 metres, which is the Town’s cap and will consist of 3 or 4 stories, like the Parry Sound Microtel. Location proposed is behind the car wash. In response to expressed concerns made by nearby big box businesses, Mr. Jackson said that the single storey in the sight lines of the big box stores will not block the view of them and that individual parking space sizes have been reduced to enable lots of parking without constraints. Mr. Jackson noted that the application is coming forward now, without certainty on roof height, because the proponents wish to move on the project so that it can be closed in by fall.

2.1.2 – No one spoke in opposition to the proposed zoning by-law amendment. Mr. Elgie reported that one letter, from Gerald Asa, had been received in opposition to the proposed zoning by-law amendment, citing the following concerns:
1) increase in height as it impacts negatively on the visibility of our buildings.
2) servicing works which may impact traffic flow along Pine Drive as the shopping centre is extremely busy in the summer time and requires all lanes be open and freely passable.
3) parking requirements.
4) sight lines for the access point to ensure that any vehicles exiting the hotel lands onto Pine Drive can be clearly visible to drivers leaving the shopping center.
5) exiting the hotel lot and ensuring a stop sign is a requirement.
6) storm water flows and ensuring none is directed onto our property.
Mayor McGarvey gave the following explanation on next steps: The public should contact staff or check the Town’s website to see when this amendment will come back for a decision. Council, at its discretion, may approve the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment. If so, it 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 Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding how to improve the pedestrian crossing situation at Waubeek Street/Avenue Road/Belvedere Avenue, Director of Public Works, Peter Brown proposed that crossing be improved by better signage in the area, and more definitive lines on the road. Mr. Brown suggested that this be included as part of the Wabueek Street reconstruction plans.

Correspondence

4.2 – Federal Minister of Infrastructure & Communities. Notice of the 2019 special 2.2 billion additional gas tax fund top-up to municipalities. This letter has been referred to all members of Council, the CAO and Directors.

Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda

7.1 – Settlement for an Appeal for Acorn Ridge – Z/18/04. Whereas the Council for the Town of Parry Sound approved Zoning By-law Amendment Application Z18-04 – Acorn Ridge by By-law 2018-6871 on November 6, 2018; and Whereas this By-law applied to the lands described as Part of Lot 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 on the west side of Louisa Street on Plan 21, or more particularity described as Part 3 42R9332, Part 2 of 42R9754, and Parts 2 and 8 of 42R10238 (“the Subject Lands”); and Whereas this By-law was then appealed by Louis and Elise Rensonnet (the “Appellants”) to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and assigned case number PL180936 (the “Appeal”); and Whereas the Town of Parry Sound (the “Town”), the Appellants and Acorn Ridge Properties Inc. (the “Applicant”) have engaged in settlement talks to reach a compromise; and Whereas Minutes of Settlement have been negotiated which reach a settlement on the Appeal.
Now therefore be it resolved that the Mayor and Clerk are authorized to execute the Minutes of Settlement, attached as Schedule “A” to this resolution, And Further that Council directs staff to inform the signatories of the Minutes of Settlement when a site plan agreement is achieved, provide 30 days notice to the Appellants prior to the lifting of a holding provision on the subject lands, and that the site plan agreement be registered on title of the Subject Lands.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1– Ontario Regulation 284/09 – Excluded Expenses from the 2019 Budget. Resolution. That Council hereby adopts the compliance report for expenses excluded from the 2019 budget outlined in the staff Report and Recommendation “Ontario Regulation 284/09”, attached as Schedule “A”, as a requirement of Ontario Regulation 284/09 passed under the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25. Carried

9.2.1 – Water Inflow & Infiltration Study. Direction. That Council direct staff to continue working on the program of storm water separation from the sanitary sewer system, with the goal of removing all storm water inflow and infiltration from the sanitary sewer system. Carried

9.3.1 – Sidewalk Patios in the Downtown. Resolution. That the Council of the Town of Parry Sound adopt the Guiding Principles for Sidewalk Patios and endorse a one-year pilot project for a maximum of 4 Sidewalk Patios; and further That fees as required in the Guiding Principles be waived for the one-year pilot project only. Carried

9.3.2 – EMS Base in Seguin. Direction. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee, Town of Parry Sound Council direct staff to pursue in a cooperative fashion with Seguin Township, an agreement that will change the location of the EMS base from the Foley Fire Hall #2 to the Humphrey Fire Hall. Carried

9.3.3 – Greystone Development. Resolution.
1. That Council authorizes Joshua Morgan Planning & Development Inc. and Greystone Project Management Inc. to apply for applications under the Planning Act for Town owned lands described as Parts 1 and 2 of 42R21034; and furthermore, all costs related to these applications, including but not limited to the preparation of studies, infrastructure upgrades and defending an appeal, shall not be the responsibility of the Town of Parry Sound; and
2. That despite paragraph 1. of this Resolution, the Town’s fees in the amount of $3,335 for rezoning and official plan amendment applications shall be waived for Greystone Project Management Inc.; and
3. That the Clerk and Mayor are authorized to execute an amendment to the Agreement of Purchase and Sale as per the attached Schedule “A” to this Resolution.Carried

9.4.1 – Canadore College Rental of Space for Non-College Uses. Resolution. Whereas the Town of Parry Sound has long recognized the demand for skilled trades and the need for a post secondary educational institution to serve the Parry Sound area; Whereas in 2010 the Town of Parry Sound provided Canadore College with land to construct a post secondary college in Parry Sound; Whereas the Canadore College West Parry Sound Campus was established to deliver programs in the trades, adult and post secondary education serving the West Parry Sound area; Whereas the Town of Parry Sound provided Canadore College with an interest free forgivable mortgage, with Restrictive Covenants to ensure that the college remains a post secondary educational and training facility; Whereas it has been brought to the Town’s attention that the College is considering leasing a significant portion of the campus’s classroom space for use as an elementary school offering French language education up to Grade 8; Whereas concerns have been raised by the community with respect to undermining the quality of post secondary programming and the appropriateness of elementary age school children in an adult college environment; Whereas the Town of Parry Sound and the area municipalities are actively pursuing economic development opportunities and a post secondary college is integral to achieving the area’s economic development objectives; Whereas the Province has continued to voice significant concerns regarding the shortage of skilled workers in Ontario; Whereas Canadore College has not finalized the lease arrangement for the French elementary school. Now therefore be it resolved that Canadore College be advised of the Restrictive Covenants which are part of the Purchase and Sale Agreement and mortgage and they do not permit leasing space to an elementary school; And further that the importance of a post secondary college to the Parry Sound area economic development strategy be conveyed to Canadore College; And further that this Resolution be forwarded to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, the Canadore College Board of Governors, the President of Canadore College, the West Parry Sound Canadore College Campus Administrator, M.P.P. Norm Miller and the West Parry Sound area municipalities.
The following Motion to Postpone was made: That the resolution be postponed to the next Council meeting for the collection of further information from Canadore College on the intention to rent space for non-College use. Defeated
The original motion was voted on and Carried

9.4.2 – 2019 Municipal Assistance Program Allocation. That Council approve the 2019 Municipal Assistance Program allocations per Schedule A attached. Carried

9.4.3 – Investing in Canada Infrastructure Project. Resolution. That the Town of Parry Sound supports a joint project with the Township of Seguin for the realignment and lengthening of the runway at the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport; and That the Town of Parry Sound will submit an application in the amount of $4.996 million for this joint project to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), for a total project cost of $9.996 million; and That the Town of Parry Sound supports the Township of Seguin as the lead applicant for the joint project, understanding that Seguin will cashflow the project, including the recipient’s total share of $1.167 million; and That the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport Commission is responsible for all cost overruns and ineligible expenses of the joint project, should the provincial and federal funding for the joint project be approved. Carried

By-laws

10.1.1 – 2019 Budget. By-law 2019 – 6910. Being a By-law to Adopt the Operating and Capital Budget Estimates for the Year 2019 Read a First, Second & Third time, Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.1.2 – Temporary Borrowing Authorization. By-law 2019 – 6911. Being a by-law to authorize temporary borrowing to meet the current expenditures of the Town of Parry Sound until taxes are collected and other revenues are received. Read a First, Second & Third time, Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.3.1 – Parking & Traffic Control By-law for the Town of Parry Sound. By-law 2019 – 6912. Being a By-law to Regulate and Control Parking & Traffic in the Town of Parry Sound. Read a First, Second & Third time, Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.3.2 – Burks Falls EMS Base lease. By-law 2019 – 6913. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with the Village of Burks Falls for the use and occupation of 150 Huston Street, known as the Ambulance Garage on the Almaguin Highlands Health Centre Site, for a five (5) year term. Read a First, Second & Third time, Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.3.3 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Barker, 21 Miller Street. By-law 2019 – 6914. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 21 Miller Street (Barker). Read a First, Second & Third time, Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.4.1 – Horticultural Society MOU for Town flower beds. By-law 2019 – 6915. Being a by-law to authorize execution of a memorandum of understanding with the Parry Sound District Horticultural Society for Town flower beds. Read a First, Second & Third time, Passed, Signed and Sealed.

Council Agenda Preview – April 16, 2019

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Here’s what up at the Town of Parry Sound’s upcoming council meeting. Refer to the full agenda package for more detailed information. My comments are below followed by an abridged version of the agenda document.

9.3.3 Greystone Development. This concerns the vacant property behind the Tony Agnello Water Treatment Facility that is being developed by the company behind the Granite Harbour project. It’s nice to see them moving forward.

9.4.1 Canadore College Rental of Space for Non-College Uses. Staff is recommending that the French School not be located in the Canadore facility largely because it would limit the intended use of the facility. If Canadore were to house a public school I imagine that it would have created all sorts of issues in terms of security and access given the regulations surrounding public schools. Isn’t there a suitable facility in McDougall?

9.4.3 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Project. The application between the Town of Parry Sound and Seguin is for $10 million to support an airport expansion and longer runways. That sure seems to be a high price. Who locally actually uses the airport? Is the expansion for the benefit of high-end cottagers to fly in with their jets? I sure as heck don’t fly in and out of the airport and don’t know anyone who does. Seguin seems to be willing to cover any necessary municipal contributions which pretty much tells you who will benefit. Parry Sound will not be able to apply for grants to support a development of Louisa Street – there is only one application permitted per municipality, this is our’s.

10.1.1 2019 Budget. The 2019 tax rates are increasing 2.66%. Individual taxes may be higher if a property received a higher MPAC assessment in 2016.

10.3.3 Zoning By-law Amendment – Barker, 21 Miller Street. This concerns the former restaurant up the street from the Bobby Orr Community Centre and permits a 4-unit residential conversion.

Town of Parry Sound Agenda (Abridged)

Closed Session
(e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board: (Planning Matter).

Public Meeting
2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/02 – Pine Drive (John Jackson on behalf of V G Cox Limited)

Correspondence
4.1 – Jo-Anne Demick, Executive Director, Community Living Parry Sound. Declaration of month of May as Community Living Month in Parry Sound.
4.2 – Minister of Infrastructure & Communities. 2019 additional gas tax fund top-up.
4.3 – Mike Konoval, Mayor, Township of Carling. Invitation to Carling Community Centre Grand Opening June 8, 2019.
4.4 – Georgian Bay Forever. April 27th, 2019 Workshop re: Practical Tips To Reduce Your Plastic Footprint.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – Ontario Regulation 284/09 – Excluded Expenses from the 2019 Budget. Resolution. That Council hereby adopts the compliance report for expenses excluded from the 2019 budget outlined in the staff Report and Recommendation “Ontario Regulation 284/09”, attached as Schedule “A”, as a requirement of Ontario Regulation 284/09 passed under the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25

9.2.1 – Water Inflow & Infiltration Study. Direction. That Council direct staff to continue working on the program of storm water separation from the sanitary sewer system, with the goal of removing all storm water inflow and infiltration from the sanitary sewer system.

9.3.1 – Sidewalk Patios in the Downtown. Resolution. That the Council of the Town of Parry Sound adopt the Guiding Principles for Sidewalk Patios and endorse a one-year pilot project for a maximum of 4 Sidewalk Patios; and further That fees as required in the Guiding Principles be waived for the one-year pilot project only.

9.3.2 – EMS Base in Seguin. Direction. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee, Town of Parry Sound Council direct staff to pursue in a cooperative fashion with Seguin Township, an agreement that will change the location of the EMS base from the Foley Fire Hall #2 to the Humphrey Fire Hall.

9.3.3 – Greystone Development. Resolution.
1. That Council authorizes Joshua Morgan Planning & Development Inc. and Greystone Project Management Inc. to apply for applications under the Planning Act for Town owned lands described as Parts 1 and 2 of 42R21034; and furthermore, all costs related to these applications, including but not limited to the preparation of studies, infrastructure upgrades and defending an appeal, shall not be the responsibility of the Town of Parry Sound; and
2. That despite paragraph 1. of this Resolution, the Town’s fees in the amount of $3,335 for rezoning and official plan amendment applications shall be waived for Greystone Project Management Inc.; and
3. That the Clerk and Mayor are authorized to execute an amendment to the Agreement of Purchase and Sale as per the attached Schedule “A” to this Resolution.

9.4.1 – Canadore College Rental of Space for Non-College Uses. Resolution. Whereas the Town of Parry Sound has long recognized the demand for skilled trades and the need for a post secondary educational institution to serve the Parry Sound area; Whereas in 2010 the Town of Parry Sound provided Canadore College with land to construct a post secondary college in Parry Sound; Whereas the Canadore College West Parry Sound Campus was established to deliver programs in the trades, adult and post secondary education serving the West Parry Sound area; Whereas the Town of Parry Sound provided Canadore College with an interest free forgivable mortgage, with Restrictive Covenants to ensure that the college remains a post secondary educational and training facility; Whereas it has been brought to the Town’s attention that the College is considering leasing a significant portion of the campus’s classroom space for use as an elementary school offering French language education up to Grade 8; Whereas concerns have been raised by the community with respect to undermining the quality of post secondary programming and the appropriateness of elementary age school children in an adult college environment; Whereas the Town of Parry Sound and the area municipalities are actively pursuing economic development opportunities and a post secondary college is integral to achieving the area’s economic development objectives; Whereas the Province has continued to voice significant concerns regarding the shortage of skilled workers in Ontario; Whereas Canadore College has not finalized the lease arrangement for the French elementary school.
Now therefore be it resolved that Canadore College be advised of the Restrictive Covenants which are part of the Purchase and Sale Agreement and mortgage and they do not permit leasing space to an elementary school; And further that the importance of a post secondary college to the Parry Sound area economic development strategy be conveyed to Canadore College; And further that this Resolution be forwarded to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, the Canadore College Board of Governors, the President of Canadore College, the West Parry Sound Canadore College Campus Administrator, M.P.P. Norm Miller and the West Parry Sound area municipalities.

9.4.2 – 2019 Municipal Assistance Program Allocation. Resolution. That Council approve the 2019 Municipal Assistance Program allocations per Schedule A attached.

9.4.3 – Investing in Canada Infrastructure Project. Resolution. That the Town of Parry Sound supports a joint project with the Township of Seguin for the realignment and lengthening of the runway at the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport; and That the Town of Parry Sound will submit an application in the amount of $4.996 million for this joint project to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), for a total project cost of $9.996 million; and That the Town of Parry Sound supports the Township of Seguin as the lead applicant for the joint project, understanding that Seguin will cashflow the project, including the recipient’s total share of $1.167 million; and That the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport Commission is responsible for all cost overruns and ineligible expenses of the joint project, should the provincial and federal funding for the joint project be approved.

By-laws

10.1.1 – 2019 Budget. By-law 2019 – 6910. Being a By-law to Adopt the Operating and Capital Budget Estimated for the Year 2019.

10.1.2 – Temporary Borrowing Authorization. By-law 2019 – 6911. Being a by-law to authorize temporary borrowing to meet the current expenditures of the Town of Parry Sound until taxes are collected and other revenues are received.

10.3.1 – Parking & Traffic Control By-law for the Town of Parry Sound. By-law 2019 – 6912. Being a By-law to Regulate and Control Parking & Traffic in the Town of Parry Sound.

10.3.2 – Burks Falls EMS Base lease. By-law 2019 – 6913. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with the Village of Burks Falls for the use and occupation of 150 Huston Street, known as the Ambulance Garage on the Almaguin Highlands Health Centre Site, for a five (5) year term.

10.3.3 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Barker, 21 Miller Street. By-Law 2019 – 6914. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 21 Miller Street (Barker).

10.4.1 – Horticultural Society MOU for Town flower beds. By-law 2019 – 6915. Being a by-law to authorize execution of a memorandum of understanding with the Parry Sound District Horticultural Society for Town flower beds.

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – April 2, 2019

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Once again, I’m back to posting the outcome of Town of Parry Sound council meetings. The intent is to provide folks with a more easily digested summary of what is going on at Town Hall. The local media covers, at most, a couple items. The official documents, while comprehensive, are a slog to get through. This council meeting ‘wrap’ is intended to provide an abridged summary of the council meeting minutes as a means to keep people updated on events in our town. These summaries are not intended to be comprehensive. If you want to completely understand what went down at council meetings I suggest you attend the meetings, watch the meetings live or as recorded on YouTube, and/or read the full agenda package and minutes of the meeting.

These posts complement the official agenda issued by the Town of Parry Sound and the Council Agenda Preview posted at this site. Refer to either of these documents for background information on the agenda items.

The most notable items on the agenda were:
7.1 – The Town has approved extending an offer of employment for the position of Director Finance/Treasurer.
9.3.1 – The Bobby Orr Community Centre ice surface rebuild was approved. It should be ready for September.

Reminder: the 2019 Town of Parry Sound Budget discussion will be held in the council chambers on April 9th starting at 6:00 PM. The meeting is open to the public.

Public Meeting

2.1 – Notice of a Complete Application and Public Meeting Concerning a Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/01 – 21 Miller Street (Barker). After an explanation of how notice of the Public Meeting was given, Manager of Building & Planning Taylor Elgie advised the public that the applicant has requested relief from the C1 zone to permit four residential dwelling units within a Converted Dwelling, in addition to all the uses in a C1 zone. Mayor McGarvey invited any members who wished to speak in favour of, and then in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law to come forward. No members of the public spoke either in favour or, in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment. Mr. Elgie reported that one adjacent property owner, Mr. Brian Moore, wrote in support of the application, indicating that housing is in demand and that this type of application is in the best interests of the community.

Questions of Staff

3.2.1 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry as to the train stuck on CNR tracks impeding road traffic in Town, Director of Public Works Peter Brown reported that he was not informed by rail company as is the protocol, and that it was by his own night crew staff at 8:30 P.M. last evening that he was alerted to the situation. In response to additional questioning regarding consequences to the rail company for this breach of protocol, Mr. Brown reported that he would be following up with a fairly aggressive email and phone call advising that the company needs to follow the notification procedures as required.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry as to how it is determined when plows are taken off the trucks, Mr. Brown reported that plows are kept on the trucks as long as there is possibility of snow.

Correspondence

4.1– Request for Silver level sponsorship of the 1st Annual Rotary 3 Pitch “Strikes. This item has been circulated to members of Council, the CAO and forwarded to the Manager of Parks & Recreation for follow-up, as well as forwarded to the budget process for Council’s consideration.

4.2 – Regarding concerns that a portion of the Canadore College building will be rented out to an organization that does not fit with the intended use of the building. This item has been circulated to members of Council and the CAO, with a motion added to the agenda under Other Business to address the issue.

4.3 – Request that before the Town considers a resolution urging the Ministry of Education to release funds for the building of a new school, which would effectively close Nobel and McDougall Schools, that a proper accommodation review commence to allow for public consultation. This item has been circulated to members of Council and the CAO, with a motion added to the agenda under Other Business to address the issue.

4.4 – Audit Plan for 2018 This item has been circulated to members of Council, the CAO and the Manager of Accounting for information purposes.

4.5 – Concern with Stockey Centre’s decision to not renew agreement with ARTS. This item has been circulated to members of Council, the CAO and the Programming & Events Manager at the Stockey Centre for follow-up. A related item #10.3.1 is on the agenda this evening, with respect to accepting a proposal in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP) and signing an agreement for an art exhibition over the 2019 season at the Stockey Centre.

Deputations

5.1 – Dave Brunton, Linda West and Adam Jeffery; Rotary Club of Parry Sound. 3 Pitch Against Cancer.

5.2 – Anne Bossart, Tower Hill Gardeners. Tower Hill Update.

5.3 – Mr. Joe Bossart complemented staff on a well-done 2019 budget.

Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda

7.1 – By-law 2019-6909. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an employment agreement for the position of Director Finance/Treasurer. Read a First, Second and Third time, Passed, Signed and Sealed.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – RFQ – Sewer Flushing and Cleaning. Carried

9.1.2 – Tender – Sewage Pump Station 9 Modifications. Carried

9.3.1 – BOCC Ice Surface Rehabilitation Project – Tender Award. Carried

9.3.2 – Tender Award – BOHF Gift Shop Renovation. Carried

9.3.3 – 2019 Canadian Association for Sport Heritage Conference, Fredericton, New Brunswick. Carried

9.3.4 – Drinking Water Inspection Report. Carried

9.4.1 – 2019 Budget Presentation. Carried

9.5.1 – Canadore College Space Rental for non-College Purposes. Resolution 2019 – 035. That the Cormier/Shipman letter regarding concerns about the rental of Canadore College building space for non-College purposes, be referred to staff to report back to the next Council meeting. Carried

9.5.2 – Status Update Request of Education Ministry re: Parry Sound High School. Resolution 2019 – 036. Whereas the Town has been approached by the Near North District School Board requesting support to move the new Parry Sound High School project forward on the site of the existing Parry Sound High School, and Whereas the Town has received correspondence from the Municipality of McDougall requesting an updated accommodation review, Now Therefore Be It Resolved that: Staff be directed to send a letter to the Minister of Education, requesting a current status update on the proposed new school, and the process for moving forward. Carried

By-laws

10.3.1 – Charles W. Stockey Centre & Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Art Exhibition. Resolution 2019 – 037. That Council accepts the Art Exhibit proposal from 18 James Street for the Charles W. Stockey Centre & Bobby Orr Hall of Fame. Carried.
By-law 2019 – 6904. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with 18 James Street for rental of wall space for an art exhibit at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts. Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.3.2 – Hatchets Rowing Centre use of Yvonne Williams Park MOU. By-law 2019 – 6905. Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hatchets Rowing Centre for the use of Yvonne Williams Park as a rowing training centre. Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.3.3 – Tower Hill Gardeners & Tower Hill Park MOU. By-law 2019 – 6906. Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tower Hill Gardeners & Georgian Bay Master Gardeners for maintaining gardens at Tower Hill Park. Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.3.4 – Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, Northern Ontario Internship Program Agreement. By-law 2019 – 6907. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation accepting the terms and conditions of the approval of the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Marketing & Digital Media Intern. Passed, Signed and Sealed.

 

Town of Parry Sound 2019 Budget – First Impressions

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Well, it took a long time to be delivered but it was certainly worth the wait. This year’s budget document is ahead of last year’s in terms of clarity and the wealth of background information that it presents. I am only part way through the 162 page document but wanted to offer my compliments to the team for what they have put together. I also wanted to provide readers with easy access to the budget document. It is available at the Town’s website as part of the April 2, 2019 Council Agenda package. It is apparently on the Town’s website as a standalone document but I was unable to find it with a cursory search.

So, I extracted the budget document from the agenda package and made it available through this link. Or you can just click the image below.

Council Agenda Preview – April 2, 2019

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The big issue this week from my perspective is the presentation of the draft Town of Parry Sound budget for 2019. I will not offer comments here. I hope to review the budget document this weekend and provide thoughts in a post prior to the formal presentation at Tuesday’s council meeting.

There are two topics on the agenda that reflect a little bit of area conflict. The first is a concern from McDougall about the decision to rebuild the current high school as a ‘mega school’ of sorts at the expense of schools in McDougall (Item 4.4). The second concerns the display of art at the Stockey Centre (Items 4.5 and 10.3.1). It seems to me the Town has made the appropriate decision. Sometimes community organizations just get a little lazy and start to take things for granted.

I’ll be at the meeting on Tuesday for the budget presentation.

Closed Session

  1. d) labour relations or employee negotiations: (Director of Finance/Treasurer employment agreement)

Public Meeting

2.1– Notice of a Complete Application and Public Meeting Concerning a Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/01 – 21 Miller Street (Barker)

Correspondence

4.1 – David Brunton and Linda West, President and President Elect of Rotary Club.  Request for Silver level sponsorship of the 1st Annual Rotary 3 Pitch “Strikes Against Cancer in support of Cancer Care in our WPSH and our local parry Sound Rotary Club’s Beneficiaries”, formerly The RACH! This June 14-15, 2019.
4.2 – J. Shipman and W. Cormier. Copy of letter to Honourable Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound regarding concerns that a portion of the Canadore college building will be rented out to an organization that does not fit with the intended use of the building.
4.3 – Dale Robinson, Mayor, Municipality of McDougall. Request that before the Town considers a resolution urging the Ministry of Education to release funds for the building of a new school, which would affectively close Nobel and McDougall Schools, that a proper accommodation review commence to allow for public consultation.
4.4 – Giselle Bodkin, Partner, BDO Canada LLP. Audit Plan for 2018
4.5 – Marc de Groote, Artists Round The Sound (ARTS). Concern with Stockey Centre’s decision to not renew agreement with ARTS.

Deputations

5.1 – Rotary Club of Parry Sound. Pitch Against Cancer.
5.2 – Anne Bossart, Tower Hill Gardeners. Tower Hill Update

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – RFQ – Sewer Flushing and Cleaning. Resolution. That Council accept the quotation from The Pipe Spy Inc. in the amount of $45,426.00, HST included, for sewer flushing, cleaning and camera inspection of approximately 12,000 meters of sanitary sewer, this quotation being the lowest of three (3) quotations received.

9.1.1 – Tender – Sewage Pump Station 9 Modifications. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of Triton Engineering Services Limited, Council award the tender for the modifications of Sewage Pumping Station 9 to E.A. Shipman Electric, in the amount of $420,382.27, including HST, this tender being the lowest of five (5) tenders received.

9.3.1 – BOCC Ice Surface Rehabilitation Project – Tender Award. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of Quinin Construction Ltd., Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound accept and award the tenders for the Bobby Orr Community Centre Ice Surface Rehabilitation Project as follows:
A – Concrete slab demolition and excavation from Fowler Construction Limited in the amount of $86,064.20, this being the lowest tender of four (4) tenders received;
B – Concrete reinforcement steel and mesh supply from Harris Rebar in the amount of $40,688.75, this being the lowest tender of two (2) tenders received;
C – Concrete supply from Parry Sound Ready Mix in the amount of $40,528.00, this being the only tender received;
D – Place and finish concrete slabs from Centis Tile & Terrazzo in the amount of $38,255.00, this being the lowest tender of four (4) tenders received;
E – Rigid insulation supply from Simcoe Building Centre – Bracebridge in the amount of $43,299.03, this being the lowest tender of seven (7) tenders received;
F – Dasher boards, glazing and netting from Athletica in the amount of $152,500, this being the lowest tender of three (3) tenders received;
G – Slab refrigeration piping from Black and McDonald in the amount of $134,950.00, this being the only tender received.

9.3.2 – Tender Award – BOHF Gift Shop Renovation. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of Brenda Ryan, FAD Architects, Council award the tender for the renovation of the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame gift shop to CFC Contracting, in the amount of $41,000, this tender being the lowest of two (2) tenders received, negotiated down from the original tender of $77,010.90.

9.3.3 – 2019 Canadian Association for Sport Heritage Conference, Fredericton, New Brunswick. Resolution. THAT Council authorizes Caitlin Dyer to attend the Canadian Association for Sport Heritage Conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick June 19-21, 2019, further to By-law No: 2019-6902 which requires prior Council approval for attendance at seminars, conferences and conventions outside of the Province of Ontario.

9.3.4 – Drinking Water Inspection Report. Resolution. That the report on the January 24, 2019 MECP Parry Sound Drinking Water Inspection Report be received for information purposes.

9.4.1 – 2019 Budget. Resolution. That the staff report, 2019 Draft Budget Package and presentation be received for information purposes.

By-laws

10.3.1 – Charles W. Stockey Centre & Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Art Exhibition. Resolution. That Council accepts the Art Exhibit proposal from 18 James Street for the Charles W. Stockey Centre & Bobby Orr Hall of Fame. By-law 2019 – 6904. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with 18 James Street for rental of wall space for an art exhibit at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts

10.3.2 – Hatchets Rowing Centre use of Yvonne Williams Park MOU. By-law 2019 – 6905. Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hatchets Rowing Centre for the use of Yvonne Williams Park as a rowing training centre.

10.3.3 – Tower Hill Gardeners & Tower Hill Park MOU. By-law 2019 – 6906. Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tower Hill Gardeners & Georgian Bay Master Gardeners for maintaining gardens at Tower Hill Park.

10.3.4 – Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, Northern Ontario Internship  Program Agreement. By-law 2019 – 6907. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation accepting the terms and conditions of the approval of the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Marketing & Digital Media Intern.

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – March 19, 2019

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Nothing surprising in these minutes. An abridged version is presented below. Refer to the full minutes provided by the Town of Parry Sound at their website for additional information. The meeting video is available through YouTube (here is the link). It’s about 1 hour and 20 minutes long. I haven’t bothered to tag it as there is nothing of particular note.

Minutes – Town of Parry Sound Council Meeting Minutes (abridged)

1.4.1– Mayor McGarvey declared pecuniary interest on item 9.3.2, due to his affiliation with the affordable non-profit housing group. Mayor McGarvey left the room for the item, and did not participate in discussion, nor vote on the matter.

Questions of Staff
3.2.1– In response to a query from Councillor Keith regarding potholes, Director of Public Works Peter Brown indicated that half of the roads have some form of potholes, and that staff have filled about 50 so far, with many more to go. Mr. Brown added that there is a night crew working exclusively on potholes, and that one crew works the day shift on pot holes.

3.2.2– In response to a query from Mayor McGarvey regarding the status of the train whistles report, Director of Public Works Peter Brown reported that the engineer is hoping to provide a draft as early as next week, but it has been a challenge to receive information from one of the railway companies in a timely matter.
In response to a related query from Councillor McCann regarding whether a compromise might be struck with shorter horn blasts if the Town’s request to have train whistles cease is denied, Mr. Brown responded that he understood the railway company response would be “all or nothing”. He reported that if the whistles continue, they are mandated by law as to the duration and location.

Correspondence
4.1– Gurneth Hoddy, President, Parry Sound Seniors Club. Request for 2019 increased grant, for increased time limit to four hours for parking in the seniors area from Mary to Rosetta Street, and placing a seniors crossing sign near the club from Mary to Rosetta Street. Forwarded to Manager of Accounting for budget consideration, Director of Public Works for sign installation and By-law Enforcement Officer with respect to parking time limit.
4.2– Nathan Beatty, Chair of Board of Directors, Beaconview Condominiums. Request for placement of no parking signs on Salt Dock Road adjacent to the private drive. Forwarded to Director of Public Works for sign installation consideration.
4.3– Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. Request to adopt resolution to participate in Partners for Climate Protection, to appoint a representative to area wide initiative and make a financial contribution to support establishment of Committee Terms of Reference. This item documents the deputation made by GBBR at the March 5, 2019 Council Meeting and has been referred to staff to bring forward to a future Council meeting.

Deputations
5.1– Susan Hrycyna, Brenda Ryan Downtown Business Association (DBA) Downtown Beautification Plan. Brenda Ryan of FAD architects, Chair of DBA Beautification committee, gave an update on the beautification plan which has ten recommendation and action items to be carried out over the next years. Ms. Ryan provided rationale for the need to create and maintain a beautiful downtown space for retail health. She reported on the installation of four inground planters last autumn with funding committed by the Town and the DBA, and future plans to build two parkettes, partnering with Canadore College’s carpentry program, and two to three in-ground gardens. The DBA plans to purchase planters for each business along James Street for the use of the retailer to soften the façade. Three businesses have signed up to receive design advice and Ms. Ryan encouraged the Town to continue the façade improvement program. There are plans for a downtown specific signage bylaw to replace overhanging overbearing signs with quaint blade signs at pedestrian eye level. A fourth banner with a trillium design has been created. Country Gourmet is interested in creating a sidewalk café and the DBA is assisting to make that happen. Ms. Ryan and Ms. Hrycyna responded to Councillor queries regarding addressing owners of vacant shops, and more details on the planters both in-ground and in front of businesses

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1
– Tender – Isabella Street Reconstruction. Resolution 2019 – 024. That upon the recommendation of Triton Engineering Services Limited, Council award the tender for the reconstruction of Isabella Street from Tudhope Street to William Street to Weeks Construction Inc., in the amount of $1,989,503.78, including HST, this tender being the lowest of three (3) tenders received. Carried
9.1.2– Salt Dock Road Culvert payment. That Council accepts the report regarding the additional costs encountered at the Salt Dock Culvert Replacement Project, and the additional costs be taken from the Salt Dock Reserves Fund. Carried
9.2.1– Consent Application – B 04/2019 (PS) (L.U. Maughan Co. Ltd on behalf of The Barrie YMCA). Resolution 2019 – 025. That a decision on Consent Application No. B 04/2019 (PS) (L.U. Maughan Co. Ltd on behalf of The Barrie YMCA) be deferred until an Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment has been adopted and approved. Carried
9.3.1
– Pool & Wellness Centre report. Resolution 2019 – 026. That the Pool & Wellness Centre Report be received for information purposes. Carried
9.3.2
– DSSAB pay property taxes for HUB. Direction Approved for Staff Follow-up That staff be directed to request the District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) pay to the Town of Parry Sound an amount equivalent to the amount of property taxes that would be payable each year by the HUB, beginning with 2018, had they not received 100% property tax exemption from MPAC.
9.3.3– Budget Meeting Schedule. Direction Approved for Staff Follow-up. That the dates as set out in this report for the 2019 budget deliberations be approved, including a Special Meeting on April, 9, 2019, and that staff update the Town’s Web site and Council calendar accordingly.
9.3.4– Georgian Bay Native Non-Profit Housing Property Taxes (PIL) – Request to DSSAB. Direction Approved for Staff Follow-up. That staff be directed to request the District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) pay to the Town of Parry Sound an amount equivalent to the amount of property taxes (PIL’s) that would be payable each year by Georgian Bay Native Non-Profit Housing, beginning with 2018.
9.5.1– Bottled Water Reduction. Resolution 2019 – 027. Carried

By-laws
10.2.1
– Load Charge By-law. By-law 2019 – 6901. Being a By-law to amend by-laws 99-4113 The Heavy Load By-law and 2010-5408 Fees and Service Charges, and repeal 99-4114 The Water and Sewer Load Charge bylaw. Passed, Signed and Sealed.
10.3.1– By-law for Council remuneration. By-law 2019 – 6902. Passed, Signed and Sealed.

Council Agenda Preview – March 19, 2019

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A couple of quick notes and then my thoughts on selected agenda items.
1. The next post in the Amalgamation series will be a bit later than hoped. I continue to do research and don’t want to bother municipalities for more detailed information given their involvement in budget preparations.
2. What costs more: money foregone as income, or the same amount paid out as expenses? They seem the same to me, but other municipalities act as though they think the Town of Parry Sound, by hosting almost all of the non-taxable charitable and not-for-profit, organizations in the district breaks even. It doesn’t. There is not only the incremental expense to the Town associated with these organizations it is the assessment revenue lost on the land they occupy. A real-world example of the issues facing the Town is seen in Item 9.3.2.

4.4– Seguin Township. Donation of $10,000 towards Stockey Centre operating expenses. In my Amalgamation posts I did not acknowledge this donation. It doesn’t change the figures but it does reflect a positive sentiment on the part of Seguin that covers about 3% of the operating loss for the Stockey Centre.

9.1.1– Tender – Isabella Street Reconstruction. Ouch! The lowest tender came in at $600,000, almost 50%, above the budgeted amount. The difference will be paid with additional debentures.

9.1.2– Salt Dock Road Culvert payment. The parties have agreed to split the costs above the budgeted amount 50/50. That seems reasonable to me given the circumstances. Stuff happens.

9.2.1– Consent Application – B 04/2019 (PS) (L.U. Maughan Co. Ltd on behalf of The Barrie YMCA). The YMCA wants to sever a portion of their property for the development of residential properties. See the map at the bottom of the post for details about the location of the severed lot.

9.3.1– Pool & Wellness Centre report. This is a report that is interesting in the scope of communities involved. It’s very vague, but arguably a starting point. Refer to the full agenda for the Draft Committee Structure. All in or no deal, in my opinion.

9.3.2– DSSAB pay property taxes for HUB. The amount would be $78,000 annually. If the Town of Parry Sound is to support affordable housing for the district it needs to be appropriately compensated for the services it provides. I agree 100% with the benefits of affordable housing and the need for the Town not to be left alone to subsidize these necessary resources.

9.3.3– Budget Meeting Schedule. Okay we have a schedule. April 2ndfor a general overview of the budget and April 9thfor a Special Budget meeting commencing at 6:00 pm.

10.3.1– By-law for Council. Remuneration that compensates for lost expenses.

Agenda Items (Abridged)

Correspondence

4.1– Gurneth Hoddy, President, Parry Sound Seniors Club. Request for 2019 increased grant, for increased time limit to four hours for parking in the seniors area from Mary to Rosetta Street, and placing a seniors crossing sign near the club from Mary to Rosetta Street.

4.2– Nathan Beatty, Chair of Board of Directors, Beaconview Condominiums. Request for placement of no parking signs on Salt Dock Road adjacent to the private drive.

4.3– Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. Request to adopt resolution to participate in Partners for Climate Protection, to appoint a representative to area wide initiative and make a financial contribution to support establishment of Committee Terms of Reference.

4.4– Seguin Township. Donation of $10,000 towards Stockey Centre operating expenses

Deputations

5.1– Susan Hrycyna, Brenda Ryan. DBA Downtown Beautification Plan.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1– Tender – Isabella Street Reconstruction. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of Triton Engineering Services Limited, Council award the tender for the reconstruction of Isabella Street from Tudhope Street to William Street to Weeks Construction Inc., in the amount of $1,989,503.78, including HST, this tender being the lowest of three (3) tenders received.

9.1.2– Salt Dock Road Culvert payment. Resolution 2019 – 008 (as postponed from February 5, 2019 Council Meeting) That Council accepts the report regarding the additional costs encountered at the Salt Dock Culvert Replacement Project, and the additional costs be taken from the Salt Dock Reserves.

9.2.1– Consent Application – B 04/2019 (PS) (L.U. Maughan Co. Ltd on behalf of The Barrie YMCA). Resolution. That a decision on Consent Application No. B 04/2019 (PS) (L.U. Maughan Co. Ltd on behalf of The Barrie YMCA) be deferred until an Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment has been adopted and approved.

9.3.1– Pool & Wellness Centre report. Resolution. That the Pool & Wellness Centre Report be received for information purposes.

9.3.2– DSSAB pay property taxes for HUB. Direction. That staff be directed to request the District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) pay to the Town of Parry Sound an amount equivalent to the amount of property taxes that would be payable each year by the HUB, beginning with 2018, had they not received 100% property tax exemption from MPAC.

9.3.3– Budget Meeting Schedule. Direction. That the dates as set out in this report for the 2019 budget deliberations be approved, including a Special Meeting on April, 9, 2019, and that staff update the Town’s Web site and Council calendar accordingly.

9.5.1– Bottled Water Reduction. Resolution. Whereas water is essential for human life to exist on earth, and access to clean drinkable water should be a basic human right, and water has been commodified by the sale of bottled water; and
Whereas Canada is a participant to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; and
Whereas the United Nations has called on all countries to reduce green house gas emissions; and
Whereas single use plastics are significant items of unnecessary waste that damage our environment; and
Whereas Canada as a country and all of the provinces and territories are not likely to reach our targets to reduce green house gas emissions by 2030; and
Whereas many scientists and environmental advocates are asking us to end the fossil fuel-based economy as soon as possible;
Be it Resolved That the Town of Parry Sound will undertake a review/audit in 2019 of the Town facilities to identify areas where the use of municipal water can be further optimized, and the use of bottled water can be reduced or eliminated wherever possible; and
Further that a policy be developed to promote the use of municipal drinking water in the Town; and
Further be it resolved That the Town of Parry Sound will encourage our immediate neighbours in West Parry Sound Area to do the same; and
Further be it resolved that the Town of Parry Sound will forward this motion as an aspirational objective to the following partners: City of Quinte West who passed the original resolution on the topic; the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), all other similar provincial and territorial organizations in Canada, all Premiers and the Prime Minister and the leaders of all Provincial and Federal Parties in Canada with the request that they enact legislation to do the same.

By-laws

10.2.1– Load Charge By-law. By-law 2019 – 6901. Being a By-law to amend by-laws 99-4113 The Heavy Load By-law and 2010-5408 Fees and Service Charges, and repeal 99-4114 The Water and Sewer Load Charge bylaw.

10.3.1– By-law for Council remuneration. By-law 2019 – 6902. Being a By-Law with respect to remuneration and expenses for members of Council and Local Boards.