Council Agenda Preview – October 15, 2019

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It seems to be a pretty bland agenda but looking a little closer there are a few issues that are worth noting and perhaps following up on. It could be reasonably assumed that Staff and Council are trying to reduce transparency and the opportunity for public input into decisions before Council.

9.3.3 – 2020 Council Meeting Dates. The proposal is to drop 4 of the regular meetings and fiddle around with the remainder to have a 2 per month followed by a 1 per month schedule. In my opinion I think that the current meeting schedule is consistent with the obligations that Council assumed when they were elected. If they want to change it they should consider making it a ballot issue at the next municipal election. The proposed reduction in meetings will reduce the opportunities for the Public to interact with Council and present their positions by means of the Deputation process. This has too many transparency ramifications with enough intangible benefits to Council and Staff to permit Council to make the decision on behalf of the taxpayers of this Town.

9.4.1 – 2020 Budgeting Schedule. The proposed schedule has no allowance for a public presentation and then the possibility for taxpayers to provide input into the Budget. Our Town – Our Taxes – Our Budget.

10.1.1 – Encroachment Agreement – 5 Gibson Street. This is the tip of an iceberg. In this case a property has minimally encroached on a Town road allowance for some time and the property owner wants the Town to approve/permit the existing encroachment by agreement. This case seems to be pretty innocuous, but it is something that goes on in numerous places in Town. Why is it an issue? In most cases there is a much larger piece of property involved and these property owners get the exclusive use of land they did not purchase, a saved sum, and they don’t pay property taxes on it, another savings. If there is encroachment and the Town wishes to grant permission to occupy, even only if temporary (years), then there should be an annual lease amount for the land added to the property tax.

If you have an opinion on what’s before Council the time is short to provide your input with Thanksgiving on Monday.

Closed Session

b) personal matter about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees (Taxi License Appeal Hearing)

Public Meeting

2.1 Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/14 – 12 College Drive (M2 Developments Inc. – The Gardens)

2.2 Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/15 – 32 Great North Road (Distler/Ambraska)

2.3 Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/16 – Dennis Drive and Macklaim Drive (Town of Parry Sound)

Correspondence

4.1 – Bill Liggins. Request for Accessible Traffic Signal at Church-Isabella intersection.

4.2 – Tom Dowswell. Suggestion that DSSAB budget go towards small business.

4.3 – Belvedere Heights Home for the Aged. Notice of Annual General Meeting – October 17th, 6:30 PM, Belvedere Heights

Deputations

5.1 – Bill Liggins. Accessible Traffic Signals (ATS).

5.2 – Roger & Olga Little. Waubeek Street maximum speed limit.

5.3 – Fritz Distler. Parry Sound Drive sewer concerns.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.3.1 – Director of Public Works Selection – Sub-Committee of Council Appointments. Direction. That pursuant to the Town hiring policy, the Sub-Committee for the hiring of the Director of Public Works position be composed of the following Members of Council: (Presumably to be completed at the meeting.)

9.3.2 – Parry Sound Founders Circle. Spokesperson: Clayton Harris, CAO. (Read the full agenda for information, it’s really about tax deductible charitable receipts.)

9.3.3 – 2020 Council Meeting Dates. Resolution. That pursuant to By-law 2018-6814, Section 3, paragraph 4, Council approves Schedule “A” as attached, the 2020 schedule of Regular Meetings of Council.

9.3.4 – Strategic Plan Resources. Direction. That staff be authorized to single source the resources necessary to undertake the updating of the Town’s Strategic Plan in the amount of $17,000.

9.4.1 – 2020 Budgeting Schedule. Resolution. That Council hereby approves the 2020 Budgeting Schedule as set out in the attached Schedule “A”.

9.5.1 – Skatepark. Resolution. Whereas Council through the 2019 Budget, approved the development of a comprehensive Parks & Recreation Master Plan, and Whereas the 2019 budget also allocated $30,000 towards skatepark resurfacing and expansion; and Whereas it may be advantageous to await the results of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan with respect to a skatepark Now therefore be it resolved that Council put the Skatepark resurfacing and expansion project on hold.

By-laws

10.1.1 – Encroachment Agreement – 5 Gibson Street. By-law 2019 – 6978. Being a by-law to execute an encroachment agreement with the owner of 5 Gibson Street.

10.2.1 – Official Plan Amendment No. 3 and Rezoning Application Z/19/06 – Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman).
By-Law 2019 – 6974. Being a By-law to Adopt Official Plan Amendment No. 3 – Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman)
By-Law 2019 – 6975. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Rezoning Application Z/19/06 – Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman)
Resolution: That the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to execute a consent agreement as per Parry Sound Area Planning Board Resolution 2019-061 for application B/04/2019 (PS).

10.2.2 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/13 – 17 Miller Street (Walsh/Ben Prichard Law Corporation). By-Law: 2019 – 6976. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 17 Miller Street (Walsh/Ben Prichard Law Corporation).

10.3.1 – Procedural By-law Update – Permit WCPC electronic participants voting rights. Resolution. Whereas the Wellness Centre Pool Committee established by the seven area municipalities, is desirous of enabling electronic participants to vote at its open meetings, and
Whereas the Town`s Procedural By-law 2018-6814 does not permit electronic participant voting at Council, nor at its boards and committees; and, Whereas proposed By-law 2019-6977 updates the Procedural By-law with minor amendments: i.e. permitting Council by resolution to authorize as it sees fit electronic participants of committees to vote; and making minor housekeeping amendments; Now Therefore Council waives the 21-day public notice provision of amendments to the Procedural By-law as normally required by Provision of Notice Policy as contained in Resolution 2011- 242.
By-law 2019 – 6977. Being a By-law to govern and regulate the proceedings of Council of The Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound, its Committees and where applicable, its Boards and to repeal By-law 2018-6814.
Resolution. THAT pursuant to By-law 2019 – 6977, Council authorizes electronic participating members of the Wellness Centre and Pool Committee as established by Resolution 2019-087, to vote at its open meetings.

10.4.1 – Renewal of lease with Strong-Sundridge-Joly Arena & Hall for POA Court. By-Law 2019 – 6973. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with the Corporations of the Township of Strong, Village of Sundridge and Township of Joly, operators of the Sundridge-Strong-Joly Arena and Hall and the Town of Parry Sound, Administrators of the Provincial Offences Court, for the leasing of court facilities.

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – October 1, 2019

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No surprises; decisions and discussion are provided below.

Public Meeting

2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/12 – 11 Miller Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on Behalf of Brian Moore). Subsequent to an explanation of how the public was notified of application Z/19/12 – 11 Miller Street, Manager of Building & Planning Services Taylor Elgie gave an explanation of the purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA), being to amend the C1 zone and Committee of Adjustment Application A11-01 to permit an additional dwelling unit within a proposed building. The lands are currently permitted 10 residential units between two buildings, and it is now proposed to contain 11 units between two buildings. Mayor McGarvey invited those in favour of the proposed ZBA to address Council.
John Jackson, agent for Brian Moore, spoke in support of the proposed ZBA, noting that this property has been a converted dwelling for many years, and that a number of years ago Mr. Moore got a Committee of Adjustment approval for an additional dwelling. He was about to renovate it but found that he has capacity to add one more dwelling unit and rather than go back to the Committee and apply for an additional minor variance, he is applying for a rezoning to allow for one more unit over his entitlement. Mr. Jackson reported that one parking spot is allocated for each of the 11 units, although at most, no more than two tenants drive automobiles and there shouldn’t be a parking issue. Mr. Jackson concluded by noting that these units fall within the definition of affordable housing which planners can support.
No one spoke in opposition to the proposed ZBA and Mr. Elgie reported that no letters had been received either in favour or, or in opposition.

2.2 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/13 – 17 Miller Street (Walsh/Ben Prichard Law Corporation). Subsequent to an explanation of how the public was notified of application Z/19/13 – 17 Miller Street, Manager of Building & Planning Services Taylor Elgie gave an explanation of the purpose of the proposed ZBA, being to amend the C1 zone to permit a basement apartment unit. The Zoning By-law requires that accessory units be above or behind commercial units.
No one spoke either in favour of, or in opposition to the proposed ZBA and Mr. Elgie reported that no letters had been received either in favour or, or in opposition.

Mayor McGarvey concluded the public meeting with notice that objections to the passing of the amendments 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 the recent work at the CNR track at William Street and the street closed for part of today, Director of Public Works Peter Brown reported that CN had contacted him last week advising of track repairs scheduled this week between Cascade Street crossing and William Street bridge, requiring closure at the William Street bridge today, tomorrow and parts of Thursday and Friday.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry regarding complaints from Meadow, Beaver and Queen Street areas regarding presence of an unpleasant odour, Director of Public Works Peter Brown reported that he had not yet heard of this complaint, and recommended that the complainants contact Public Works staff directly in order that the odour can be tracked.

Correspondence

4.1 – Madeline & Albert Archibald, Georgian Bay Ave. Flooding at Georgian Bay Ave. Circulated to Mayor & Council and Referred to the Director of Public Works.

4.2 – Dave & Anne MacLennan, Georgian Bay Ave. Flooding at Georgian Bay Ave. Circulated to Mayor & Council and Referred to the Director of Public Works.

4.3 – Dave & Sheila Ord, Georgian Bay Ave. Flooding at Georgian Bay Ave. Circulated to Mayor & Council and Referred to the Director of Public Works.

4.4 – Susan Hrycyna, Executive Director, PS Downtown Business Association. Resignation of Dan DiNicolo from Board of Directors. Circulated to Mayor & Council and filed.

4.5 – Hector Lebert, Poppy Chairman, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #117. Remembrance Day activities. Circulated to Mayor & Council with tag day and raising of poppy flag covered by item 8.1 on the Agenda.

4.6 – Georgian Bay Native Non Profit Homes Incorporated. Partnership proposal to build housing with Wellness Centre & Pool. Circulated to Mayor & Council, with an acknowledgement letter of receipt sent.

4.7 – Parry Sound Affordable Housing Development Corporation. Partnership proposal to build housing with Wellness Centre & Pool. Circulated to Mayor & Council, with an acknowledgement letter of receipt sent.

Deputations

5.1 – Butch Folland. Mr. Folland addressed Council with respect to flooding on Georgian Bay Ave. of eleven of the fifteen townhouse units known as the Cedars. Mr. Folland noted that the units are all on a concrete slab at grade and share a common roof. Mr. Folland reported that he is a new resident there and of his unit has observed that during heavy rains, water lands on the roof, runs down the eaves, down a downpipe, then flows into a pipe buried under his small front lawn. As rain continues to fall, water backs up this pipe and spills onto the cobblestone walkway leading to his front entrance where it pools because there is not enough slope at that area to direct the water away from the building. Mr. Folland reported that in the winter it is worse because the ground is frozen and cannot absorb water, a situation which caused his home to flood in March. Baseboards pulled away, chesterfield was water stained, and rug was destroyed.
Mr. Folland requested that as a priority, Council install a storm drainage pipe running the length of the properties with a link to each townhouse unit. According to Mr. Folland, although this will not solve the problem completely, it will be a step in the right direction. Mr. Folland provided additional details of the work he has done this year in preparation for potential winter flooding when he will not be in Parry Sound, as well as details of the measures that other residents have and are taking.
Mr. Folland reported that he was pleased with the response by Director of Public Works Peter Brown who visited the property, and agreed that the solution is to install a storm drain in front of and link to the townhouses, and that he would include that proposal in the upcoming budget. Mr. Folland requested that Council approve Mr. Brown’s proposal. Mr. Folland concluded by expressing compliments and appreciation for the help he had received from various staff members in response to his inquiries as he researched this issue.

In response to the Mayor’s suggestion, the following motion to direct staff on follow-up was made: That Council hereby directs Director of Public Works Peter Brown to do the engineering costs to correct the drainage problem at Georgian Bay Avenue, so that it can be put in the budget for 2020. Carried

5.2 – Margaret Gain. Flooding at 12 Georgian Bay Ave. Ms. Margaret Gain similarly addressed Council regarding the lack of proper drainage from the Georgian Bay Ave. properties to the street, and the consequent flooding of many of the units. Ms. Gain reported on a specific incident in March when she and others spent all day until midnight scooping water from her walk so it would not flood her home. Ms. Gain reported on what measures she has taken to address the problem including digging up and replacing her front walk, replacing a drainage pipe, having snow removed from her front lawn, and installing heating cables.
Ms. Gain reported that Director of Public Works Peter Brown has acknowledged the problem and promised to add money in the 2020 Public Works budget to address it. Ms. Gain concluded by requesting that the Town support this proposal and that her letter and other letters be brought back at budget time, so as not to lose sight of this issue.

Mayor & Councillors’ Reports

Council agreed to Mayor McGarvey’s direction:
That subsequent to the report at the September 27th District of Parry Sound Municipal Association by Medical Officer of Health Jim Chirico regarding provincial funding cuts resulting in use of reserves in 2020 and projected funding increase of 39% by 2021 downloaded on to municipalities, that Staff have a conversation with the North Bay Parry Sound District Public Health Unit to find out the status, since reserves should not be used to fund this shortfall, and earlier provincial promises were that if provincial funding cuts resulted in more than a 10% increase to municipalities, the province would step in.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – RFQ – Gravel and Winter Sand. Resolution. That Council accepts the quotation from Fowler Construction for Granular A gravel in the amount of $16.10 per tonne, including taxes, for the Winter 2019 to Spring 2021 term, this quotation being the only one received. Carried
That Council accepts the quotation from Fowler Construction to supply, deliver, blend, and stack winter sand in the amount of $18.08 per tonne, including taxes, for the Winter 2019 to Spring 2021 term, this quotation being the only one received. Carried

9.1.2 – Tender – Snow Plowing Town Lots. Resolution. That Council award the tender for snow plowing all ten municipal parking lots and facilities to Schlager Inc., in the combined total of $743.53, including HST, per plowing event, this tender being the lowest overall of three tenders received. Carried

9.1.3 – Successful Audit report for the Town of Parry Sound DWQMS Version 2. Direction. That Council receive the Report on the successful audit for the Town of Parry Sound DWQMS Version 2 for information only. Carried

9.2.1 Local Services Policy. Resolution. That Council adopts the Local Services Policy for the Town of Parry Sound, as per the attached Schedule “A”; and That Resolution 2006-71 be rescinded. Carried

By-laws

10.2.1 Site Plan Control By-law Amendment. By-law 2019 – 6967. Being a By-law to Amend By-law 2017-6723, (as amended by By-law 2018-6843), to require Site Plan Control pursuant to Section 41 of the Planning Act. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

Resolution 2019 – 108. That Council waive any application fees related to a site plan control application which apply to Section 4.3 of By-law 2017-6723, as amended; and That the general intent of Section 4.3 and Council is to beautify the streetscape by reducing the amount of parking spaces in the front yard, clearly defining driveways, revegetating and maintaining greenspace. Carried

10.2.2 – Validation By-law – 61 and 63 William Street – Karvonen. By-law 2019 – 6968. Being a By-law to permit the Parry Sound Area Planning Board to issue a Certificate of Validation for 61 and 63 William Street (Karvonen). Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.2.3 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/04 – 14/16 William Street (Henry). By-Law 2019 – 6969. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 14/16 William Street (Henry). Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.2.4 – Sign By-law Amendment – Blade Signs. By-law 2019 – 6970. Being a by-law to amend the sign by-law; add Blade Sign type. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.2.5 – Building Permit By-law Amendment – Refund Policy. By-law 2019 – 6971. Being a by-law to amend Table C2 of by-law 2005-4847 – “The Building By-law”. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

Council Agenda Preview – October 1, 2019

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What’s a better reminder that winter is just around the corner – fall colours, crisp nights, or the Town’s awarding of snow plowing and salt/sand supply contracts?

There really isn’t much to note in this week’s agenda. Take a quick look at the summary below to see if there’s anything that catches your attention. Additional details are available with the full council packages available at the Town’s website.

Some folks may be interested in Items 4.6 and 4.7.

Public Meeting

2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/12 – 11 Miller Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on Behalf of Brian Moore).

2.2 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/13 – 17 Miller Street (Walsh/Ben Prichard Law Corporation).

Correspondence

4.1 – Madeline & Albert Archibald, Georgian Bay Ave. Flooding at Georgian Bay Ave.

4.2 – Dave & Anne MacLennan, Georgian Bay Ave. Flooding at Georgian Bay Ave.

4.3 – Dave & Sheila Ord, Georgian Bay Ave. Flooding at Georgian Bay Ave.

4.4 – Susan Hrycyna, Executive Director, PS Downtown Business Association Resignation of Dan DiNicolo from Board of Directors.

4.5 – Hector Lebert, Poppy Chairman, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #117. Remembrance Day activities.

4.6 – Georgian Bay Native Non Profit Homes Incorporated. Partnership proposal to build housing with Wellness Centre & Pool.

4.7 – Parry Sound Affordable Housing Development Corporation. Partnership proposal to build housing with Wellness Centre & Pool.

Deputations

5.1 – Madeline & Albert Archibald

5.2 – Butch Folland

5.3 – Margaret Gain (attendance TBC). Flooding at Georgian Bay Ave.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – RFQ – Gravel and Winter Sand.
Resolution. That Council accepts the quotation from Fowler Construction for Granular A gravel in the amount of $16.10 per tonne, including taxes, for the Winter 2019 to Spring 2021 term, this quotation being the only one received.
Resolution. That Council accepts the quotation from Fowler Construction to supply, deliver, blend, and stack winter sand in the amount of $18.08 per tonne, including taxes, for the Winter 2019 to Spring 2021 term, this quotation being the only one received.

9.1.2 – Tender – Snow Plowing Town Lots.
Resolution. That Council award the tender for snow plowing all ten municipal parking lots and facilities to Schlager Inc., in the combined total of $743.53, including HST, per plowing event, this tender being the lowest overall of three tenders received.

9.1.3 – Successful Audit report for the Town of Parry Sound DWQMS Version 2.
Direction. DWQMS Version 2 for information only.

9.2.1 – Local Services Policy.
Resolution. That Council adopts the Local Services Policy for the Town of Parry Sound, as per the attached Schedule “A”; and That Resolution 2006-71 be rescinded.

By-laws

10.2.1 – Site Plan Control By-law Amendment.
By-law 2019 – 6967. Being a By-law to Amend By-law 2017-6723, (as amended by By-law 2018-6843), to require Site Plan Control pursuant to Section 41 of the Planning Act.
Resolution. That Council waive any application fees related to a site plan control application which apply to Section 4.3 of By-law 2017-6723, as amended;
and That the general intent of Section 4.3 and Council is to beautify the streetscape by reducing the amount of parking spaces in the front yard, clearly defining driveways, revegetating and maintaining greenspace.

10.2.2 – Validation By-law – 61 and 63 William Street – Karvonen.
By-law 2019 – 6968. Being a By-law to permit the Parry Sound Area Planning Board to issue a Certificate of Validation for 61 and 63 William Street (Karvonen)

10.2.3 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/04 – 14/16 William Street (Henry).
By-Law 2019 – 6969. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 14/16 William Street (Henry).

10.2.4 – Sign By-law Amendment – Blade Signs.
By-law 2019 – 6970. Being a by-law to amend the sign by-law; add Blade Sign type.

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – September 17, 2019

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There were no surprises at this past week’s meeting of Town of Parry Sound Council, so no comments on my part. The Special Meeting summary minutes can be found at the end of the meeting.

Closed Session

e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (property matter);
f) the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, (property matter);

Public Meeting

2.1 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/09 – 14-16 William Street (Henry). Subsequent to an explanation of how the public was notified of application Z/19/09 – 14-16 William Street (Henry), Manager of Building & Planning Services Taylor Elgie gave an explanation of the purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA), being to amend the C1 zone to permit five residential units within the existing structure in addition to all the uses in the C1 zone. Currently the building has four residential units and a vacant commercial unit.
No one spoke in favour of, or in opposition to the proposed ZBA and Mr. Elgie reported that no letters have been received either in favour of, or in opposition to the proposed ZBA.

2.2 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/10 – 78 Great North Road (John Jackson Planner on Behalf of Parry Property Holdings Ltd). Subsequent to an explanation of how the public was notified of application Z/19/10 – 78 Great North Road (John Jackson Planner on Behalf of Parry Property Holdings Ltd), Manager of Building & Planning Services Taylor Elgie gave an explanation of the purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA), being to amend the R2 zone to permit two additional dwelling units in an existing dwelling, and two additional units within an existing duplex, and a parking standard of one parking space per dwelling unit. Currently the total number of units is three, but the applicant ultimately requests seven units total between the two existing structures.
Mayor McGarvey invited those in favour of the proposed ZBA to address Council. John Jackson, agent for Brian Moore, spoke in support of the proposed ZBA, noting that the proposed conversion would create additional units falling into the definition of affordable housing, and that he therefore hoped the proposal would receive Council support.
Mayor McGarvey invited those in opposition to the proposed ZBA to address Council. Peter Agnello addressed Council with concerns regarding water and sewer lines attached to the property. Mr. Agnello said that the sewer lines from the upper house with 6-8 people, a lower house with 2 people and 2 other small houses come along his property and attach to the same 4″ sewer line that his property is attached to. Mr. Agnello reported that quite often he gets backups in his basement, and that he believes there are too many people on the sewer line. Mr. Agnello requested that before Council makes a decision on this, he would like them to see what can be done, as he believes there should be one lateral line for each building.
James Campbell of 76 Great North Road reported that he is not necessarily opposed to the zoning by-law amendment, but that he has a concern that if the sewer and water lines are changed as a result of this project, it may disturb sewer and water lines servicing his property that he put in many years ago. Mr. Campbell also expressed concern regarding the parking, noting that the proposal would increase the current number of parking spots from five to seven between the two houses, and that if the hedge that exists there now must be removed to accommodate the change, he wonders if snow storage will be a problem.
Mr. Elgie reported that no letters have been received either in favour of, or in opposition to the proposed ZBA.

2.3 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/11 – 80 Great North Road (John Jackson Planner on Behalf of Parry Property Holdings Ltd). Subsequent to an explanation of how the public was notified of application Z/19/11 – 80 Great North Road (John Jackson Planner on Behalf of Parry Property Holdings Ltd), Manager of Building & Planning Services Taylor Elgie gave an explanation of the purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA), being to permit two additional dwelling units in an existing dwelling, and one additional unit within an existing dwelling, and to permit five parking spaces in the front yard where three spaces are currently permitted. Currently the total number of units is two, but the application ultimately requests five units total between the two existing structures.
Mayor McGarvey invited those in favour of the proposed ZBA to address Council. John Jackson addressed Council advocating for the ZBA for the same reasons as outlined for the previous application at 78 Great North Road. Mr. Jackson indicated that he was aware of Mr. Agnello’s and Mr. Campbell’s concern, that he agrees that the old 4″ line is undersized, and he will be working with Town staff to address this.
Mayor McGarvey invited those in opposition to the proposed ZBA to address Council. Mr. Agnello indicated that he had heard some of what Mr. Jackson just said and that as far as he was concerned if the line was increased, and he did not have any back-ups into his basement, he was in favour of the ZBA.
Mr. Campbell addressed Council, indicating that he has the same concern with this property as outlined with respect to the previous, and that as long as those concerns are addressed, he has no problem with the ZBA.
Mr. Elgie reported that no letters have been received either in favour of, or in opposition to the proposed ZBA.

Mayor McGarvey concluded the public meeting with notice that objections to the passing of the amendments 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 a progress update on the Waubeek Street project, Director of Public Works Peter Brown reported that the contractor is working hard and that he is fairly confident that the first lift of asphalt will be laid before bad weather. Mr. Brown responded to Councillor Keith’s follow up question regarding seeing plows on trucks, indicating that mechanics and staff are working to get vehicles ready for snow weather.

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry regarding OPP reports on speeding tickets, Director of Finance Stephanie Phillips noted that the Town does receive reports through Provincial Offences Act on how many tickets are issued in each municipality and that this information can be found as part of POA Agendas and minutes.

Correspondence

4.1 – Margaret Gain, Georgian Bay Ave. Request for pipe installed under sidewalk to drain storm water from properties. Referred to Director of Public Works, with an acknowledgement sent.

4.2 – Butch & Eileen Folland, Georgian Bay Ave. Request for pipe installed under sidewalk to drain storm water from properties. Referred to Director of Public Works, with an acknowledgement sent.

4.3 – Gary Black, Chair, Parry Sound Anglers & Hunters Inc. Request that Town staff refrain from mowing milkweed. Referred to Director of Public Works, and Manager of Parks & Recreation, with an acknowledgement sent.

Deputations

5.1 – Sebastian MacDonald. Request to change speed limit along Riverdale Road from 50 km/hr to 40 km/hr. 8-year old Sebastian MacDonald addressed Council with respect to a request to lower the speed limit from 50 to 40 kms/hour on Riverdale Street where he lives. Sebastian reported that according to the Triple A Foundation for Traffic Safety, the risk of severe injury goes up the faster a car is travelling. At just under 50 km/hour, the risk of severe injury is 75%, but that at just under 40 km/hour, it drops to 25%. Sebastian noted that a review of data on Riverdale Road from August 2-August 12th, indicates that the fastest recorded speed of the 933 cars during that period was 67 km/hour and the average was 52 km/hour. Sebastian noted that his family had collected a petition of nearly 30 signatures supporting the request to pass a by-law reducing the speed limit on Riverdale Road from 50 to 40 km/hour.

5.2 – Brenda Ryan, Chair, Beautification Committee; Susan Hrycyna, DBA. Downtown Blade Signs Brenda Ryan addressed Council with respect to the first recommendation of the Downtown Beautification Plan, regarding signage. Ms. Ryan used a series of slide photos to illustrate the current state of Parry Sound downtown signage, and examples from other communities using blade signs of varied designs but meeting a minimum cohesive standard as inspiration for recommended signage improvement in the downtown.
Ms. Ryan reported that the DBA goal is to have the large metal signs that project over the sidewalk and clutter sightlines removed by March 31, 2020, and that $20,000 is set aside from the Downtown revitalization grant to replace them with blade signs. Ms. Ryan indicated that all who currently own large metal signs are willing to have them replaced.
Ms. Ryan indicated that in support of the move to blade signage, the DBA is advocating for changes to the Sign By-law only allowing awnings and these smaller blade signs, and that any exemption requests be reviewed by the DBA before coming to Council.
Ms. Ryan further reported that the DBA also advocates that the quality of sidewalk signs and standard of care be included in the by-law.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – Official Plan Amendment No. 3 and Rezoning Application Z/19/06 – Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman). Resolution 2019 – 097. That a decision on Official Plan Amendment No. 3 and Rezoning Application Z/19/06 -Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman) be deferred until an environmental impact study has been submitted to the satisfaction of the Town. Carried

9.1.2 – Direction – Signs for Out of Town Events. Direction Approved. That as follow up to the Direction given at the August 13, 2018 Council Meeting no changes be made to the Sign By-law. Carried

9.2.1 – Wellness Centre and Pool Due Diligence. Resolution 2019 – 098. That Council, contingent upon the Archipelago participating in the due diligence phase, accept the bid from CS&P Architects to undertake the due diligence work related to the Wellness Centre and Pool project in the amount of $127,100, excluding HST. Carried

9.3.1 – 2018 Audited Financial Statements. Eric Cavanagh. Auditors’ Report. On behalf of BDO, Mr. Cavanagh gave an overview of the Auditor’s Report for the year ending 2018, from the letter attached to the agenda. Resolution 2019 – 099. That Council for the Town of Parry Sound does hereby approve the Draft Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2018 in Schedule “A” as attached. Carried

9.3.2 – Insurance Joint and Several Liability Provincial Consultation. Direction for Staff Follow-up. That Council directs staff to provide comments to the provincial consultation process regarding joint and several liability based on the feedback of BFL and annual insurance premium costs. Carried

9.3.3 – Reserve and Reserve Fund Annual Report; 2018 Surplus allocation. Resolution 2019 – 100. That Council receives the 2018 Reserve and Reserve Fund Annual Report, attached as Schedule A, in compliance with the Town’s Reserve and Reserve Fund Policy; and further, That Council hereby approves the allocation of the surplus in Schedule B. Carried

9.4.1 – Joseph Street Forcemain Replacement. Resolution 2019 – 101. That upon the recommendation of Triton Engineering Services Limited, Council accept the quotation from Weeks Construction Inc. for the forcemain replacement on Joseph Street, in the amount of $158,859.49 excluding HST, this quotation being the lowest of three quotations received; and That funds in the amount of $75,000 allocated for 10006 (Ditch Witch Vacuum Trailer) in 2019 budget be reallocated to this project; and That the remaining amount be taken from Wastewater Reserves. Carried

9.4.2 – Retaining Wall Replacement at Bay Street and James Street. Resolution 2019 – 102. That upon the recommendation of Triton Engineering Services Limited, Council accept the quotation from Weeks Construction Inc. for the retaining wall replacement at Bay Street and James Street, in the amount of $95,584.00 excluding HST, this quotation being the lowest of three quotations received. Carried

By-laws

10.1.1 Big Sound Marina Agreement One Year Extension with Massasauga Management Co. By-law 2019-6954. Being a bylaw to amend By-law No: 2014-6428, the agreement with Massasauga Management Co. Inc. for operation of Big Sound Marina and the Town Dock, and supersede amending By-law No: 2017-6704 and By-law No. 2018-6858. Passed, Signed and Sealed

Special Meeting of Council

9.2.1 – 2019-2022 Strategic Plan. CAO Clayton Harris gave an overview of the Preliminary Draft Strategic Plan for 2019-2022 from a prepared power point presentation, posted on the Town’s website. Council provided general comments, including support for public consultation and facilitated focus groups, resulting in the following direction approved: Direction for Staff Follow-up. That the draft 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, incorporating management’s recommendations and considering Council’s commentary be brought forward to an evening and daytime public consultation session to be scheduled in October 2019; and further
That focus sessions be set up with various community groups, private sector, community partners, and youth engagement; and further, That a website survey be established; and That staff establish a meeting schedule. Carried

 

Council Agenda Preview – September 17, 2019

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There are few surprising or mission critical items on next week’s agenda. What is notable is:

9.2.1 – Wellness Centre and Pool Due Diligence. It seems that the area municipalities are ready to put a little bit of their money up to start the due diligence and planning process for a pool complex.

9.3.1 – 2018 Audited Financial Statements. 9.3.1 – 2018 Audited Financial Statements. I haven’t had a chance to look at these statements. They are worth reviewing and I hope to get to them in the next few days.

From the Special Council Meeting Agenda September 17, 2019

9.2.1 – 2019-2022 Strategic Plan.Direction for Staff Follow-up. That the draft 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, incorporating management’s recommendations and considering Council’s commentary be brought forward to an evening public consultation session to be scheduled in October 2019. This is actually on a separate agenda to be reviewed on the same night but I thought it best to mention it here. This is the Strategic plan which is now being led by a new CAO and it’s worth reviewing and understanding. There is mention that a public session for the Plan will be held in October.

Closed Session

e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (property matter);
f) the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, (property matter);

Public Meeting

2.1 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/09 – 14-16 William Street (Henry)

2.2 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/10 – 78 Great North Road (John Jackson Planner on Behalf of Parry Property Holdings Ltd)

2.3 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/11 – 80 Great North Road (John Jackson Planner on Behalf of Parry Property Holdings Ltd)

Correspondence

4.1 – Margaret Gain, Georgian Bay Ave. Request for pipe installed under sidewalk to drain storm water from properties

Deputations

5.1 – Jessie Fraser. Save the Monarch

5.2 – Sebastian MacDonald. Request to change speed limit along Riverdale Road from 50 km/hr to 40 km/hr.

5.3 – Brenda Ryan, Susan Hrycyna, DBA. Downtown Blade Signs

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – Official Plan Amendment No. 3 and Rezoning Application Z/19/06 – Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman)Resolution. That a decision on Official Plan Amendment No. 3 and Rezoning Application Z/19/06 -Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman) be deferred until an environmental impact study has been submitted to the satisfaction of the Town.

9.1.2 – Direction – Signs for Out of Town Events. Direction. That as follow up to the Direction given at the August 13, 2018 Council Meeting no changes be made to the Sign By-law.

9.2.1 – Wellness Centre and Pool Due Diligence. Resolution. That Council, contingent upon the Archipelago participating in the due diligence phase, accept the bid from CS&P Architects to undertake the due diligence work related to the Wellness Centre and Pool project in the amount

9.3.1 – 2018 Audited Financial Statements. Resolution. That Council for the Town of Parry Sound does hereby approve the Draft Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2018 in Schedule “A” as attached.

9.3.2 – Insurance Joint and Several Liability Provincial Consultation. Direction. That Council directs staff to provide comments to the provincial consultation process regarding joint and several liability based on the feedback of BFL and annual insurance premium costs.

9.3.3 – Reserve and Reserve Fund Annual Report; 2018 Surplus allocation. Resolution. That Council receives the 2018 Reserve and Reserve Fund Annual Report, attached as Schedule A, in compliance with the Town’s Reserve and Reserve Fund Policy; and further, That Council hereby approves the allocation of the surplus in Schedule B.

9.4.1 – Joseph Street Forcemain Replacement. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of Triton Engineering Services Limited, Council accept the quotation from Weeks Construction Inc. for the forcemain replacement on Joseph Street, in the amount of $158,859.49 excluding HST, this quotation being the lowest of three quotations received; and That funds in the amount of $75,000 allocated for 10006 (Ditch Witch Vacuum Trailer) in 2019 budget be reallocated to this project; and That the remaining amount be taken from Wastewater Reserves.

9.4.2 – Retaining Wall Replacement at Bay Street and James Street. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of Triton Engineering Services Limited, Council accept the quotation from Weeks Construction Inc. for the retaining wall replacement at Bay Street and James Street, in the amount of $95,584.00 excluding HST, this quotation being the lowest of three quotations received.

By-laws

10.1.1 – Big Sound Marina Agreement One Year Extension with Massasauga Management Co. By-law 2019-6954. Being a bylaw to amend By-law No: 2014-6428, the agreement with Massasauga Management Co. Inc. for operation of Big Sound Marina and the Town Dock, and supersede amending By-law No: 2017-6704 and By-law No. 2018-6858.

Wellness Centre and Pool – Reader Questions

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I received an email from a reader about the Wellness Centre and Pool (Pool) in response to my Council Minutes – September 3, 2019 post. Because the email raises questions I have heard from others I thought it might be helpful to dedicate a post in providing what answers I might have. An abridged version of the email is provided below and is followed by my comments on a question by question basis.

I would like to remind folks that I did an earlier analysis of a Pool in 2018 and the implications in a series of four posts titled Wet Dreams. Here are links to the four posts for those who want to take a deeper dive into the numbers and the issues.

Wet Dreams? Part 1
Wet Dreams? Part 2
Wet Dreams? Part 3 
Wet Dreams? Part 4

The reader’s questions:

“It’s not that I am against a pool but I doubt it is being looked at realistically.

  1.  How much is the maintenance cost & will that be fairly apportioned?
  2.  How much does the town spend yearly on the Bobby Orr Centre?  On the Stockey Centre?
  3.  How much does the town spend yearly on the library?  It seems to me it is always being asked to pare its (bare minimum) budget.
  4.  How willing have the townships been to contribute to joint use facilities?  Many backed out of the library rather than pay their percentage of the costs.  As for the arena, not only the townships but the hockey club screamed bloody murder when fair costs were allocated – & the town backed down.  Does the museum still receive support from the townships?  etc, etc…………!!!!!

It doesn’t take very many years for the original agreements to be forgotten & for the town to be landed with the bill once again.”

Q1 – How much is the maintenance cost & will that be fairly apportioned?

Answer: The costs will be the costs, I previously estimated that it will cost about $700,000 per year without any building amortization or accruals for future replacement. The next question that needs to be asked is how much of that will be covered by users’ fees, presumably memberships and rentals for organized activities? My sense is that revenues will be on the order of $300,000 if the municipalities want to make the facility available to most people. This is a not urban or suburban GTA. This means the facility will operate at an annual loss of about $400,000 per year. Optimistically that figure could be as low as $200,000 per year if membership numbers are higher than expected and rates are raised. Let’s not forget that initial enthusiasm and memberships may decline over the years and budgets need to accommodate this reality.

How it will be apportioned is critical. The template from an earlier Town of Parry Sound council meeting agenda suggested the allocation of expenses for the investigative portion of the process which has a budget of $170,000. That is as close as we can get to some estimate of how the eventual costs will be apportioned. This suggests the annual operating cost allocations as presented in the table below for each of the identified municipalities. (Note: these costs do not include any construction/amortization costs and are likely to go up by about 3% a year with inflation.)

Q2 – How much does the town spend yearly on the Bobby Orr Centre? On the Stockey Centre?

Answer: There are lots of figures I could provide, it’s something I have looked at in the past and more recently have decided to ignore. It is what it is, but it provides some precedent.

Stockey Centre: Operating losses are on the order of $300,000 per year. This does not include the amortized cost of the recent improvements to the roof and the siding that amounted to about $1.2 million.

Bobby Orr Community Centre: The annual losses on this facility are on the order of $400,000 per year. This also doesn’t include the facility upgrades that included replacing the ice surface and the supporting infrastructure. The cost for this upgrade is about $1 million plus and is being amortized.

(Note: the million dollar plus cost for the Stockey Centre and Bobby Orr Community Centre type upgrades need to be budgeted for any pool complex. The figures for replacement activities are likely to be much more costly. Warm chlorinated water has a very detrimental impact on structures in this part of the world. Elliot Lake is facing this type of an issue after a couple decades of operation. In some cases it is cheaper to demolish and rebuild rather than refurbish. These facilities have lifetimes in the very low decades.)

Q3 – How much does the town spend yearly on the library? It seems to me it is always being asked to pare its (bare minimum) budget.

Answer: The 2019 Town of Parry Sound budget for the Library is $184,000. The Library has largely been well supported by Town of Parry Sound Council in terms of budget. A couple other municipalities also contribute to the Library but not nearly to the same extent as the Town.

Q4 – How willing have the townships been to contribute to joint use facilities? Many backed out of the library rather than pay their percentage of the costs. As for the arena, not only the townships but the hockey club screamed bloody murder when fair costs were allocated – & the town backed down. Does the museum still receive support from the townships? etc, etc…………!!!!!

Answer: Concerning the Museum, the area municipalities and even the Town have largely reneged on their commitment to the Museum. Originally conceived as a joint venture by the area municipalities to record and share the area’s history, the partners have tried to limit or shirk their responsibilities. The municipalities have not increased their contributions sufficiently over the past two decades to cover cost of living type inflationary expenses. In the case of McKellar they no longer support the Museum claiming that they have their own museum. That’s a bit like a deadbeat dad refusing to pay child support because they have a new family. The museum has only been able to survive because of upper level government grants and the Trillium folks who have supported needed capital improvements. The Museum is a building and buildings slowly deteriorate over the years. Somehow the municipalities feel that the Museum should be self-supporting. That is not the case for the Museum on Tower Hill, ROM, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Louvre.

The Museum is my best example of the area municipalities commitment to working together, intent and action. It doesn’t bode well for any Pool collaboration. There are no other good examples of the municipalities contributing to a shared resource over a period of years and decades. Seguin tosses the Town of Parry Sound about $10,000 per year for the Stockey Centre but that is literally pennies on the dollar in terms of the operating expense losses. The Municipal Airport might be an example, but it really only involves Seguin and the Town of Parry Sound.

A Wellness Centre and Pool can become a reality if all parties participate appropriate to the needs and resources of their community over the long term. If “good fences make good neighbors”, then good legal agreements make good partnerships. Buyer beware!

 

 

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – September 3, 2019

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The Pool and Wellness Centre is on the front burner.

Closed Session Resolution 2019 – 086. Wellness Centre and Pool facility. This was a late breaking piece of information from a special meeting of Carling Council that ended up on the Town’s Closed Session. It seems that Carling is ‘gung ho’ on a new pool and wellness centre. They passed a resolution (linked here) that outlines more detail than I think the Town was ready to make public or was aware of. It’s worth a read to understand the parts and the whole. The document states that the Town of Parry Sound is apportioned $4 million of the capital costs although it is hoped that higher level government funding would be received to offset much or most of it. Let’s see if voting Blue helps the area receive special consideration from the PC Provincial Government. There has to be some benefit.

9.5.1 – Opposition to Changes in 2019 Provincial Budget and Planning Act. It seems as though the Town doesn’t want to antagonize the Province of Ontario and what was a criticism has become a compliment. I’m not going to bother following up on this.

Closed Meeting

e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (Rezoning – 1 College Dr.; Property Matter);
f) the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose (Rezoning – 1 College Dr.)

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof

1.4.1 – Councillor Horne declared Pecuniary Interest on item 9.1.2, the Land Ambulance Contract extension with the WPSHC, as his spouse is the Chief Operating Officer of the WPSHC. Councillor Horne left the room for the item, did not participate in discussion nor vote on the item.

Questions of Staff

3.2.1 – In response to Cllr. Backman’s inquiry regarding resurfacing plans for a manhole dug at William and Cascade Streets, Director of Public Works Peter Brown reported that staff is dealing with it on a temporary basis through application of gravel, and that they are trying to get a paving company to properly resurface the area.

Correspondence

4.1 – Eric McIntyre. Request for sidewalks at Isabella-Wood Street/St. Charles Crossing area. Circulated to members of Council and referred to the Director of Public Works, with an acknowledgement sent to Mr. McIntyre.

4.2 – John & Christine Gilbert. Disappointment with Council’s zoning decision regarding 1 College Drive Circulated to members of Council, to the Manager of Building & Planning Services, and filed.

4.3 – Parry Sound Area Food Collaborative. Support offered to the Town as it progresses through the Partners for Climate Protection Program, vis a vis food systems. Circulated to members of Council and to the Manager of Infrastructure & Technology, and filed.

4.4 – Marianne King-Wilson and others. Request to proclaim September 28th as British Home Child Day, and a request to light up the Tower on September 28th, 2019. Circulated to members of Council, and to the Manager of Parks & Recreation with a draft proclamation resolution on the Agenda as item 8.1.

4.5 – Peter Culkeen. Concerns with trees cut down near Champagne St. launch. Circulated to members of Council, and to the Manager of Parks & Recreation who has responded to Mr. Culkeen.

Deputations

5.1 – Oren Scott. Parry Sound’s Official Plan vis a vis Lighthouse Development Ms. Scott addressed Council from a prepared statement submitted as part of the Agenda. Ms. Scott expressed concern that the proposed Lighthouse Development will not protect and enhance the Town’s natural environment which she suggested is a desire of the Town’s Official Plan. Ms. Scott posed many questions to Council concerning the proposed development and its potential impact on a variety of issues.

5.2 – Nadine Hammond, Jim Marshall, West Parry Sound District Museum. Request for relief from part of Museum’s water bill from first quarter, 2019 Ms. Hammond addressed Council from a prepared statement submitted as part of the Agenda. Ms. Hammond reported that between December 2018 and March 2019, the West Parry Sound District Museum is recorded as using 161,000 gallons of water, whereas typical water usage for a billing period is between 3,000 and 10,000 gallons.
Ms. Hammond noted any prior anomalies and reasons for those, as well as all efforts undertaken to try to find leaks and/or account for this apparent water usage, without success.
Mr. Marshall noted that he is aware of the Town’s policy on not providing discounts for water bills; however requested that Council consider the special circumstances of the Museum as funded in part by the Town, and therefore asked for Council’s consideration of at least a partial forgiveness of the water bill.

5.3 – Jo Bossart. Request for Closed Report & Recommendation item. Mr. Bossart addressed Council with a request for access to documentation supporting the recent acquisition of Big Sound Marina, as well as a request for information on how the public can access documents related to items reviewed in closed session, particularly related to property, and then brought forward into open meeting for a vote, generally with little or no public discussion.
Mr. Bossart noted that there have been three instances where he has made requests for documentation which have been denied, including the recent acquisition of Big Sound Marina, the Darlington Boat House at 3 Bay Street, and Oastler Park Drive, the latter two costing about $1.1 million. His request for documentation of the sale of part of College Drive to the Gardens was initially denied and then released as a lightly redacted document. Mr. Bossart indicated that he hoped for the same regarding recent property purchases and asked if these inquiries need to go through an FOI request, or provided through the assistance of the integrity commissioner.
Mr. Bossart said that the lack of transparency leads to questions about the Town’s waterfront strategy; i.e. is there a strategy and does it include a casino? While he has seen plans of 40 and 20 years ago, nothing recently has been released.
Mr. Bossart gave notice that he is providing Council with a letter formally requesting documents supporting the acquisition of 3 Bay Street and the Big Sound Marina. He concluded by advocating for access by the public to documentation from closed meeting once the issue is dealt with in open meeting.

Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda

Resolution 2019 – 086. Whereas the Town of Parry Sound is fully supportive of a Wellness Centre and Pool facility;
Whereas the CAOs were directed to undertake certain tasks by their respective Councils, and the Town is supportive of the work they have done to advance this project;
Whereas the Town is surprised by the Township of Carling’s Resolution that was received earlier today and concerned that the information has not been shared with the other municipal partners in the project;
Now therefore be it resolved that the Township of Carling be requested to share the documentation supporting the information contained in the Resolution; and That staff report back to a future Council meeting. Carried

Consent Agenda

8.1 – British Home Child Proclamation. Resolution 2019 – 088. Whereas over 100,000 children from toddlers to the age of 18 were emigrated from all areas of the UK to Canada; these children were either adopted or used as a source of labour on our farms and in our Canadian households, and are known today as the British Home Children (BHC); and Whereas there are an estimated 4 million descendants of BHC living in Canada today and Whereas many of these children were settled into Parry Sound and area where they contributed enormously to the building of this town and community; and Whereas the year 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first party of BHC to Canada; and Whereas on September 28, our National British Home Child day in Canada, in addition to over 50 venues across Canada, Scotland and England will be participating in the “Beacons of Light for British Home Children and Child Migrants tribute” to honour the memory of the British Home Children and their descendants,
Now Therefore be it resolved that September 28, 2019 be proclaimed as “British Home Child Day” in the Town of Parry Sound. Carried

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – Big Sound Marina Agreement One Year Extension with Massasauga Management Co. Resolution 2019 – 089. That staff negotiate a one-year extension with Massasauga Management Co. for the operation of Big Sound Marina similar to the current terms and conditions and prepare an RFP process to be run throughout the winter for the operation of BSM and Town Dock from October 2020 to October 2024. Carried

9.1.2 – Land Ambulance Contract. Resolution 2019 – 90. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee, the Town of Parry Sound Council authorize the extension of the Land Ambulance Contract (same terms and conditions) with the West Parry Sound Health Centre for an additional year ending December 31, 2020. Carried

9.2.1 – Wellness Centre & Pool. Resolution 2019 – 087. That subject to all area municipalities agreeing to participate as outlined in this report to Council entitled Wellness Centre and Pool dated September 3, 2019, the following recommendation be approved:
That the Decision-Making Model, Schedule A (Attachment 1 to report) be approved;
That the Wellness Centre and Pool Committee Terms of Reference, Schedule B (Attachment 3 to report) be approved;
That the Mayor/Reeve or other member of Council be appointed to the Wellness Centre and Pool Committee;
That Council appoint _____________ as an alternate member of Council in the event the designate cannot attend a meeting;
That the Wellness Centre and Pool Committee be allocated a budget of $170,000, excluding HST to fund the due diligence and governance work; and
That the cost sharing formulae, as outlined in the report, Schedule C (Attachment 4 to report) be approved for the purposes of funding the due diligence work covered by the RFP and preparing a governance framework.
The following amendment was proposed:That Councillor Backman be appointed as the alternate. Amendment carried
The resolution as amended was voted on: Carried as amended

9.2.2 – Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Community Culture and Recreation. Direction for direct Staff Follow-up. That a request be forwarded to the six (6) area municipalities and the First Nations of Wasauksing and Shawanaga to submit a joint funding application under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: Community Culture and Recreation for the Wellness Centre and Pool project. Carried

9.3.1 – Water and Wastewater Rate Study and O.Reg 453.07 Water Financial Plan. Resolution 2019 – 091. That Council hereby approves the undertaking of a Water and Wastewater Rate Study followed by a Water Financial Plan by Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. (Watson) for the estimated cost of $34,920 before HST. The Water and Wastewater Rate Study with the Financial Plan is to be funded 50% from the Water Stabilization Reserve and 50% from the Wastewater Stabilization Reserve. Carried

9.3.2 -Financial Variance Report for Mid-Year 2019. Resolution 2019 – 092. That Council hereby receives and accepts the variance report for Mid-Year 2019 (June 30, 2019); and
Further that Council hereby approves the expenses for Council members for the period from January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019. Carried

9.4.1 – Conservation and Demand Management Plan. Resolution 2019 – 093. That Council approves the 5-year Conservation and Demand Management Plan, attached as Schedule “A”, for the Town of Parry Sound’s facilities and infrastructure as per Ontario Regulation 507/18. Carried

9.4.2 – Bowes Street Storm Sewer Replacement Tender Award. Resolution 2019 – 094. That upon the recommendation of Tatham Engineering Limited, Council accept the tender from Fowler Construction Company Limited for the storm sewer replacement on Bowes Street, in the amount of $106,473.80, excluding HST, this tender being the lowest of two tenders received. Carried

9.4.3 – Commitment and Endorsement of Drinking Water Quality Management Standard. Resolution 2019 – 095. That Council authorize the Mayor and CAO to endorse and approve the Town of Parry Sound Drinking Water Quality Management Standard and Operational Plan by signing the Commitment and Endorsement of QMS and Operational Plan, attached as Schedule “A”. Carried

9.5.1 – Opposition to Changes in 2019 Provincial Budget and Planning Act – (as postponed from August 13, 2019 meeting). Resolution 2019 – 084. BE IT RESOLVED that Council for the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound, accepting the facts and sentiments expressed in the City of Stratford’s resolution attached as Schedule A regarding opposition to Changes in the 2019 Provincial Budget and Planning, does hereby request a meeting with MPP Norm Miller, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark, and other related ministries on the effects of downloading onto municipal governments; and
THAT this resolution be forwarded to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), to initiating municipality the City of Stratford, and to all other municipalities in Ontario. Defeated

THAT a resolution be brought forward to the next Council meeting expressing appreciation for the recent provincial approach for further consultation on issues with AMO, so that there is proper dialogue moving forward, and that the recipients of the previous defeated resolution be included again in this new resolution. Carried

By-laws

10.4.1 – Cellular phone contract renewal / refresh with Bell Mobility Inc. By-law 2019 – 6946. Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a contract with Bell Mobility Inc., for the purpose of updating / renewing / refreshing the cellular phone, voice and data contract for the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound and repeal Bylaw 2016-6627. Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.4.2 – Cemetery By-law. Direction (For Direct Staff Follow-Up): That staff be directed to forward this by-law to the Bereavement Authority of Ontario for approval.
By-law 2019 – 6952. Being a By-law to establish the maintenance, management, regulation and control of the Hillcrest Cemetery and Sylvan Acres Cemetery and to repeal By-law 2019-6940. Passed, Signed and Sealed.

Council Agenda Preview – September 3, 2019

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There are some interesting developments as noted below.

Closed Session f) and 4.2, – Canadore and French School. Things are clear with respect to what comes next. The French School will be in Canadore for at least the next year after an Ontario Superior Court injunction. I don’t have a dog in this fight as my kids finished primary school a couple of decades ago. That being said we probably would have sent our kids to a French school had it been an option. I think Town of Parry Sound Council shot themselves in the foot with their decision. Had I been at the table with the same interests of Council I would have agreed to the one-year occupancy in exchange for a ‘standstill’ agreement with the French Board that would have prevented the French Board and Canadore from entering into any future agreement to sell/transfer the Canadore campus to the French Board at some future date. I suspect that Canadore is interested in retreating from Parry Sound given the financial realities of providing adult education. Unless the Town of Parry Sound, and possibly the surrounding municipalities, is willing to subsidize adult education it is likely that there will not be any local post-graduation education opportunities in the area. Is Bracebridge really that far away for people who want an education? It would make it tougher but not impossible. The letter, Item 4.2, is worth reading for context from one side of the discussion.

5.3 – Jo Bossart. Request for Closed Report & Recommendation item. I’m asking for the background information related to the recent acquisition of Big Sound Marina and future plans. I’m getting questions from members of the community about what’s going on at the Waterfront for which Council has not provided public information. (Democracy Dies in Darkness – Washington Post)

9.1.1 – Big Sound Marina Agreement One Year Extension with Massasauga Management Co. Resolution. The interesting thing in this item is the passing mention that while Big Sound Marina will be acquired by the Town, the Town Dock isn’t part of the deal. There is mention of a lease of the Town Dock.

9.2.1 & 9.2.2 – Wellness Centre & Pool. Based on the documentation in the agenda package I am beginning to believe that the area will have a pool complex, and I’m not against it. The documentation seems to suggest that the area communities are considering a joint funding agreement presumably for construction costs and operations that allocates funding support on the basis of a number of parameters, notably population, assessments and distance from the Town of Parry Sound. The Town’s share would be the highest at about 25% with Whitestone at the low end at a 6.1% commitment. These are the figures for the sharing of the due diligence expenses but might point to where the final cost sharing could be agreed. (Many hands make light work.)

Be sure to take a look at the agenda package available at the Town’s website for the full agenda and supporting documents.

Closed Session

f) the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose (Rezoning – 1 College Dr.)

Correspondence

4.1 – Eric McIntyre. Request for sidewalks at Isabella-Wood Street/St. Charles Crossing area.

4.2 – John & Christine Gilbert. Disappointment with Council’s zoning decision re: 1 College Drive.

4.3 – Parry Sound Area Food Collaborative. Support offered as the Town progresses through the Partners for Climate Protection Program, vis a vis food systems.

4.4 – Marianne King-Wilson and others. Request to proclaim September 28th as British Home Child Day.

4.5 – Peter Culkeen. Concerns with trees cut down near Champagne St. launch

Deputations

5.1 – Oren Scott. Lighthouse Condominium Development.

5.2 – Nadine Hammond, Jim Marshall, West Parry Sound District Museum. Request for relief from part of museum’s water bill from first quarter, 2019.

5.3 – Jo Bossart. Request for Closed Report & Recommendation item.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – Big Sound Marina Agreement One Year Extension with Massasauga Management Co. Resolution. That staff negotiate a one-year extension with Massasauga Management Co. for the operation of Big Sound Marina similar to the current terms and conditions and prepare an RFP process to be run throughout the winter for the operation of BSM and Town Dock from October 2020 to October 2024.

9.1.2 – Land Ambulance Contract. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee, the Town of Parry Sound Council authorize the extension of the Land Ambulance Contract (same terms and conditions) with the West Parry Sound Health Centre for an additional year ending December 31, 2020.

9.2.1 – Wellness Centre & Pool. Resolution. That subject to all area municipalities agreeing to participate as outlined in this report to Council entitled Wellness Centre and Pool dated September 3, 2019, the following recommendation be approved:
That the Decision-Making Model, Schedule A (Attachment 1 to report) be approved;
That the Wellness Centre and Pool Committee Terms of Reference, Schedule B (Attachment 3 to report) be approved;
That the Mayor/Reeve or other member of Council be appointed to the Wellness Centre and Pool Committee;
That Council appoint _____________ as an alternate member of Council in the event the designate cannot attend a meeting;
That the Wellness Centre and Pool Committee be allocated a budget of $170,000, excluding HST to fund the due diligence and governance work; and
That the cost sharing formulae, as outlined in the report, Schedule C (Attachment 4 to report) be approved for the purposes of funding the due diligence work covered by the RFP and preparing a governance framework.

9.2.2 – Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Community Culture and Recreation. Direction. That a request be forwarded to the six (6) area municipalities and the First Nations of Wasauksing and Shawanaga to submit a joint funding application under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: Community Culture and Recreation for the Wellness Centre and Pool project.

9.3.1 – Water and Wastewater Rate Study and O.Reg 453.07 Water Financial Plan. Resolution. That Council hereby approves the undertaking of a Water and Wastewater Rate Study followed by a Water Financial Plan by Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. (Watson) for the estimated cost of $34,920 before HST. The Water and Wastewater Rate Study with the Financial Plan is to be funded 50% from the Water Stabilization Reserve and 50% from the Wastewater Stabilization Reserve.

9.3.2 – Financial Variance Report for Mid-Year 2019. Resolution. That Council hereby receives and accepts the variance report for Mid-Year 2019 (June 30, 2019); and Further that Council hereby approves the expenses for Council members for the period from January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019.

9.4.1 – Conservation and Demand Management Plan. Resolution. That Council approves the 5-year Conservation and Demand Management Plan, attached as Schedule “A”, for the Town of Parry Sound’s facilities and infrastructure as per Ontario Regulation 507/18.

9.4.2 – Bowes Street Storm Sewer Replacement Tender Award. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of Tatham Engineering Limited, Council accept the tender from Fowler Construction Company Limited for the storm sewer replacement on Bowes Street, in the amount of $106,473.80, excluding HST, this tender being the lowest of two tenders received.

9.4.3 – Commitment and Endorsement of Drinking Water Quality Management Standard. Resolution. That Council authorize the Mayor and CAO to endorse and approve the Town of Parry Sound Drinking Water Quality Management Standard and Operational Plan by signing the Commitment and Endorsement of QMS and Operational Plan, attached as Schedule “A”.

9.5.1 – Opposition to Changes in 2019 Provincial Budget and Planning Act – (as postponed from August 13, 2019 meeting). Resolution. BE IT RESOLVED that Council for the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound, accepting the facts and sentiments expressed in the City of Stratford’s resolution attached as Schedule A regarding opposition to Changes in the 2019 Provincial Budget and Planning, does hereby request a meeting with MPP Norm Miller, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark, and other related ministries on the effects of downloading onto municipal governments;
and THAT this resolution be forwarded to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), to initiating municipality the City of Stratford, and to all other municipalities in Ontario.

By-laws

10.4.1 – Cellular phone contract renewal / refresh with Bell Mobility Inc. By-law 2019 – 6946. Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a contract with Bell Mobility Inc., for the purpose of updating / renewing / refreshing the cellular phone, voice and data contract for the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound and repeal Bylaw 2016-6627.

10.4.2 – Cemetery By-law. Direction. That staff be directed to forward this by-law to the Bereavement Authority of Ontario for approval.
By-law 2019 – 6952. Being a By-law to establish the maintenance, management, regulation and control of the Hillcrest Cemetery and Sylvan Acres Cemetery and to repeal By-law 2019-6940.

 

Big Sound Marina – Quick Note

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I have just had a chance to see the proposed agreement between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Town of Parry Sound. It looks like a win-win and requires me to revise my initial comments after reviewing last week’s council meeting minutes. (Note: It’s always a good idea to check the source documents when they are made available.)

My reading of the agreement indicates that Big Sound Marina will be transferred to the Town for a nominal sum, $1.00. In addition the Federal Government will provide the Town with a grant of about $1.3 million to pay for the necessary improvements to the marina.

The Town has certain obligations to keep the marina operating for a defined period of time that will with time hit our taxes, but will probably be paid for indirectly by the increased traffic in Town. Overall then, I think it’s a win for the Town. I’m not happy subsidizing rich boaters at the expense of our local community but it seems that this is not the case here.

I would like to congratulate Staff and Council for getting this deal done. With Big Sound Marina under direct Town control I look forward to seeing the bigger vision and plan for the waterfront.

Counci lMeeting Minutes (Abridged) – August 13, 2019

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There is quite a bit to unpack from the decisions of the Town of Parry Sound Council’s August 13, 2019 meeting.

Closed Session. multiple items are ongoing of which a couple have been decided and are included in the decisions coming out of the Closed Meeting. Among the ongoing items not yet disclosed it seems that the discussions with Seguin about a boundary change are still active.

7.1 – Wellness Centre & Pool Committee. It seems that things are still moving forward.

7.2 – Big Sound Marina Divestiture. Carried. This is an interesting issue. Because it came out of the Closed Session there is no documentation regarding the terms of the agreement to acquire the facility. I have requested a copy of the agreement and will provide an analysis once it has been received and reviewed.

9.4.1 – Big Sound Marina – Floating Breakwater and Dock C replacement. Carried. I would like to better understand where the Town is going with this major investment which is linked to 7.2 above.

10.4.1 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/08 – 1 College Drive (Canadore College Board of Governors). By-law 2019 – 6949. Defeated. I have commented on this in an earlier post and I have nothing more to offer on the subject. I will be interested to see how this plays out and what comes next. Municipal Chess? Perhaps it’s just Municipal Checkers. Hopefully it’s not Municipal Hangman.

Closed Session

b) personal matter about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees, (conflict of interest opinion);
c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purpose, (potential property disposal), (2 potential property purchases);
e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (municipal election court application update), (contractor services);
f) the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose (municipal election court application update), (conflict of interest opinion), (servicing agreement);
n) 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, (potential property purchase), (boundary negotiations).

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof
1.4.1 – Mayor McGarvey declared pecuniary interest on item 10.4.2 Home Hardware Lease Agreement as he works for another Home Hardware store. Mayor McGarvey left the room for the item, did not participate in discussion nor vote on the item.

Public Meeting

2.1 – Official Plan Amendment No. 3 and Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/6 – Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman). Subsequent to an explanation of how the public was notified of application Z/19/6 Smith Crescent (YMCA/Wickman), Manager of Building & Planning Services Taylor Elgie gave an explanation of the purpose of the proposed concurrent Official Plan Amendment (OPA) and Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA), being to re-designate the lands from Public Open Space to Rural Residential.
Mayor McGarvey invited those in favour of the proposed OPA and ZBA to address Council. No one spoke in favour.
Mayor McGarvey invited those in opposition of the proposed OPA and ZBA to address Council. June Smith addressed Council on behalf of herself and husband Verne who live at 40 Smith Crescent in a house built by her husband`s family 60 years ago, and separated from the open space by the driveway on Smith Crescent going into the YMCA property. Ms. Smith expressed concern about the potential for environmental harm as a result of the proposed rezoning and development, including the loss of wetlands which are a critical part of the environment and have a complex ecosystem. Ms. Smith also expressed concern that blasting might compromise the structure of their house, and well.
In conclusion, Ms. Smith requested that the proponents provide a detailed environmental assessment and engineering report outlining the impact of a building project on the ecosystem and existing neighbourhood buildings, prior to considering the zoning by-law amendment.
Mr. Elgie reported that one letter had been received in opposition, also from June & Verne Smith outlining similar concerns to that given orally by Ms. Smith this evening. Mayor McGarvey concluded the public meeting with notice that objections to the passing of either of the amendments 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 a strong odour coming from a storm drain experienced in particular during dry spells, on the east side of James Street near the theatre and County Gourmet, Director of Public Works, Peter Brown said that this problem has been noted in a few other locations in the downtown and the concern is that it may be an illegal sanitary sewer connection into the storm sewer. Mr. Brown said that the Town has hired a contractor to run a lateral camera up the storm sewer, and the work is scheduled in the next week or so, early morning before traffic starts with results expected within a few weeks after the camera work.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry as the status of Waubeek and Isabella Street projects, Mr. Brown provided some details on project status supporting his summary that the projects were going well, on time, and should be finished before end of the construction season.

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry as to the status of the BOCC renovation project, Manager of Parks & Recreation April McNamara reported that the BOCC renovation project is going well and on time, with walls painted last week, boards up this week and that ice should be in ready for the season start in September.

3.2.4 – In response to Councillor Backman`s inquiry as to the tree planting program, Manager of Parks & Recreation April McNamara reported that a tree assessment was undertaken in early summer, with some trees removed in Market Square and on William Street, and that trees will be replanted in late fall at two trees for every one taken down.

Correspondence

4.1a – Peter Scully. Request for traffic calming sign on Church St. at McMurray referred to Director of Public Works for follow-up.

4.1b – Peter Scully. Appreciation for traffic calming sign on Church St. at McMurray

4.2 – Barbara O’Brien. Advocacy for Splash Pad. Circulated to members of Council and Manager of Parks & Recreation.

4.4 – David Coles, Chair, Downtown Business Association. Advocacy for Reinstatement of Waterfront Advisory Committee. Circulated to members of Council and the CAO for consideration.

4.5 – Dave Coles, Chair, Downtown Business Association. Request Town’s assistance in helping keep downtown clean and beautiful. Circulated to members of Council, to the Director of Public Works and Manager of Parks & Recreation.

4.6 – Dave Coles, Chair, Downtown Business Association. Request Town`s assistance in addressing safety in the downtown area, including an invitation to participate in a walk-about tomorrow evening to go over issues. Circulated to members of Council with some available to attend the walk about.

4.7 – David Sweetnam, Executive Director Georgian Bay Forever. Responses to Council 3 questions raised at GBF June 4th, 2019 deputation regarding: Phragmites and invasive species funding, Parry Sound deployments of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), and data sharing from shoreline cleanups. Circulated to members of Council and filed.

4.8 – Indigenous Services Canada. Wasauksing Swing Bridge – Public Consultation re: future operations, to be held 6 PM Wednesday, August 21st at the Bobby Orr Community Centre. Circulated to members of Council and posted on bulletin board.

4.9 – Michelle Sims. Request for 4-way stop at James/William/Rosetta intersection. Circulated to Council members for consideration on direction and to the Director of Public Works.

Deputations

5.1 – Linda West, Hands Off Our Trees. RE: Potential loss of trees along Fitness Trail as a result of proposed development. Linda West addressed council from a power point presentation requesting that the existing open space zoning as identified just west of the Fitness Trail remain so. Ms. West referred to the Town’s website which references the Town’s Trail Master Plan of 2015 listing the Waterfront Trail as one of the Amazing Places. Ms. West also noted that the Waterfront Trail contributes to the Town economy, as tourist trail users purchase goods and use services in the community. Ms. West also referred to the physical and mental health benefits of walking and that a return walk along the Fitness Trail between Salt Dock Road and Bay Street is the equivalent of 2 miles, a recommended daily minimum exercise.
Ms. West expressed concern that the proposed development will not improve Waterfront Trail users’ health, and instead will likely have negative results. Ms. West concluded by noting that many communities are trying to achieve what Parry Sound has done with respect to physically connecting greenways, trails, open space corridors, waterways and natural areas; and asked why not leverage the Trail Master Plan.

5.2 – Vince Kulchycki – Chief Operating Officer, and Jennifer Montpetit – Advanced Planning and Communications Lead, Lakeland Holding Ltd. SPEEDIER and DEMOCRASI projects as part of ToPS-Lakeland solar agreement Vince Kulchycki and Jennifer Montpetit addressed Council from a prepared power point presentation on two new projects.
The project objective of SPEEDIER (Smart, Proactive, Enabled, Energy Distribution; Intelligently, Efficiently, Responsive), is to shift towards a net-zero smart community through among other initiatives: increasing solar and energy storage; reducing load on locally constrained transmission stations; electric vehicle (EV) adoption reducing greenhouse gas; developing a net metering solution utilizing solar and waterpower; developing greater automation and integration within the utility environment; developing smart residential demand management via controllable hot water tanks EV chargers and battery storage.
The problem identified in the project DEMOCRASI is that Distributed Energy Resources (DER) aggregators provide their services through the distribution network to the system operator at a cost to local distribution companies, leading to grid instability and asset degradation, thereby increasing the need for higher capital expenditures borne by ratepayers.
The project objectives are to expand from single feeder to complete network, leading Parry Sound to reach the net-zero goal; and management and control of various DERs (Hydro, hot water heaters, demand response, solar, EVs, batteries (residential and substation).

Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda

7.1 – Wellness Centre & Pool Committee. Resolution. That Council supports the CAO continuing in his role on the CAO Wellness Centre and Pool Committee. Carried

7.2 – Big Sound Marina Divestiture. By-law 2019 – 6947. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with Her Majesty the Queen in right of Ontario as represented by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans for the divestiture of the Big Sound Marina. Passed, Signed and Sealed

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – Civic Scholarship Award. That upon the recommendation of the Scholarship Committee, Council awards the 2019 Civic Scholarship to Nicole Babcock-Ritchie in the amount $500.00. Carried

9.1.2 – Parks & Recreation Master Plan: Letter of Invitation to Participate. Direction. That staff send the invitation to the Municipality of McDougall & Seguin Township to participate in an Area Parks & Recreation Master Plan (or update) per Schedule A.
The following amendment was moved:
That the invitation to the Municipality of McDougall and Seguin Township to participate in the update of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan be extended to the other 4municipalities in West Parry Sound and to the First Nation Communities of Wasauksing and Shawanaga. Amendment Carried. The amended direction was voted on: Direction carried as amended

9.1.3 – Market Square Park – Public Wi-Fi Hours of Service. Direction. That Council direct staff to contact Vianet and have the public Wi-Fi hours in Market Square Park amended to be available from 7am – 7pm daily. Carried

9.1.4 – Memorial Bench & Tree Policy. Resolution. That Council approve the combined Memorial Bench & Tree Program, per Schedule A. Carried

9.1.5 – Appointments to Library Board and EMS Advisory Committee. Resolution. That Resolution 2018-142 appointing individuals to various Boards and Committees, be amended by ratifying Parry Sound Public Library Board appointments of Tom Lundy representing the Township of The Archipelago, Susan Murphy representing the Township of Carling, Lynne Gregory representing the Municipality of McDougall; and that Colleen O`Hare be appointed as a member at large instead of representing the Town of Parry Sound; and
That Resolution 2018-143 appointing members of Council and staff to various Boards and Committees be amended by removing Dave Thompson from the Parry Sound District Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee, as Mr. Thompson is a staff resource person, not a Committee member. Carried

9.1.6 – Exemption Received from Provincial Approval of Official Plan Amendments. Direction. That the report be received for information purposes. Carried

9.4.1 – Big Sound Marina – Floating Breakwater and Dock C replacement. Resolution. That the Council for the Town of Parry Sound authorize staff to develop a Request for Design Build services in conjunction with Tatham Engineering for the replacement of the floating breakwater and Dock C at Big Sound Marina; and further further that staff release an RFP for replacement of the Floating Breakwater and Dock C as a Design Build project. Carried

Other Business

9.5.1 – Deposit/Return Program for Single Use Plastic/Aluminum/Metal Drink Containers. Resolution. WHEREAS the Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, has posted a discussion paper entitled “Reducing Litter and Waste in our Communities”; and WHEREAS producer responsibility has not been adequately addressed by the Province of Ontario; and WHEREAS a successful deposit-return program for single use plastic, aluminum and metal drink containers has been in existence in other Provinces in Canada including Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and British Columbia; and WHEREAS these successful programs have eliminated many of these containers from the natural environment;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Town of Parry Sound endorses the Corporation of the Town of Halton Hills’ Resolution 2019-0141 calling upon the Province of Ontario, through the discussion paper entitled “Reducing Litter and Waste in our Communities”, to review and implement a deposit/return program for all single use plastic, aluminum and metal drink containers; and further THAT that the Province of Ontario review current producer requirements and look for extended producer responsibility for all packaging; and further THAT a copy of this motion be sent to the Premier of Ontario; the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks; the Minister of Municipal Affairs; the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and all municipalities in the Province of Ontario. Defeated
The following direction was moved:
That staff draft a resolution for the next Council meeting, incorporating information from Halton Hill’s Resolution 2019-0141 regarding deposit/return program, in addition to new information as provided by Special Advisor David Lindsay in his report on Recycling and Plastic Waste, Direction Carried

9.5.2 – Opposition to Changes in 2019 Provincial Budget and Planning Act. Resolution. BE IT RESOLVED that Council for, accepting the facts and sentiments expressed in the City of Stratford’s resolution attached as Schedule A regarding opposition to Changes in the 2019 Provincial Budget and Planning, does hereby request a meeting with MPP Norm Miller, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark, and other related ministries on the effects of downloading onto municipal governments; and
THAT this resolution be forwarded to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), to initiating municipality the City of Stratford, and to all other municipalities in Ontario.
The following motion to postpone was made: That the resolution be postponed to September 3rd, 2019. Carried to postpone

By-laws

10.1.1 – Agreement: Nipissing-Parry Sound Student Transportation Services. By-law 2019 – 6948. Being a by-law to execute an agreement with Nipissing-Parry Sound Student Transportation Services for the provision of a school bus transfer site at the Kinsmen Park. Passed Signed and Sealed

10.4.1 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/08 – 1 College Drive (Canadore College Board of Governors). By-law 2019 – 6949. Being a Temporary Use By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 1 College Drive (Canadore College Board of Governors and Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario).
Councillor Borneman requested a recorded vote.
Councillor Backman no
Councillor Borneman no
Councillor Burden no
Councillor Horne no
Councillor Keith no
Councillor McCann no
Mayor McGarvey no
0-7. By-law Defeated

10.4.2 – Lease Extension Home Hardware Reciprocal Lease for Fitness Trail. By-law 2019 – 695. Being a By-law to Renew a Lease with Home Hardware Stores Limited until December 31st, 2029 for lands known as the Rotary Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail and Town Owned Lands. Passed, Signed and Sealed.
The following direction was moved: That staff be directed to approach the property owner with respect to a formal land swap with respect to these properties. Carried