My bet for this week is 9:15, with a possible push to 9:30, depending on the length of the deputations. It’s a pretty packed agenda but I suspect that Council will get through it quickly. There is no sense in spending too much time on stuff that is important but is a bit uncomfortable. Close your eyes and just move on.
There are a number of issues on the table of which the public should be aware. The Big Sound Marina is back on the agenda for final approval of a management agreement, and there is a proposal to develop the last significant piece of town property for affordable housing. It seems to me that we are positioning the Town to compete with Elliot Lake as a retirement and social services community. (I’ll get around to expanding on that idea in a future post.)
Closed Agenda Items
The security of property of the municipality or local board (Confidentiality of Closed Agenda Items). It looks as though there is a ‘leak’ in the system. Perhaps the NSA has the place bugged, or it’s a case of ‘loose lips sinking ships’. There is more on this in the open portion of the meeting, Item 9.3.2.
Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees (Employment Agreement – Manager of Operations).
4.1 – North East Community Care Access Centre, an invitiation for Mayor & Council to attend the March 25, 2014 Heroes in the Home, Caregiver Recognition Award.
5.1 – Donald Sanderson, CEO, West Parry Sound Health Centre and Lakeland Long Term Care and Jim Hanna, Public Relations/Communications with an update on the state of health care in our community.
5.2 – Chris Litschko, CEO, Lakeland Holding Ltd. Re: Cascade Generation Station Update. [A look at the slides in the agenda package suggests he will be providing an update on the status of the Cascade Street generating plant overhaul. Actually it looks like they will be tearing down the existing building and building a new facility.]
5.3 – Dean Adams, Adams Bros. regarding contracted our services. [There is nothing in the agenda package indicating what this is about.]
8.1 – World Autism Awareness Day, declaring April 2, 2014 as World Autism Awareness Day.
8.2 – World Lupus Day, declaring May 10, 2014 as World Lupus Day.
8.3 – Muskoka/Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services, approving a Tag Day for the Muskoka/Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services on June 7, 2014.
Resolutions and Direction To Staff
9.1.1 – 295 MacPherson Squadron – 70th Anniversary. Resolution. The Town declare the 70th Anniversary Annual Inspection an event of municipal significance, and provide free use of the Bobby Orr Community Centre for the purpose of the Ceremony/Inspection.
9.1.2 – Parry Sound Festival of Beer, Noise By-law relief. Resolution. Council provide relief from By-Law 2009-5301, being the by-law to regulate noise in the municipality on Saturday May 17, 2014 from 1pm – 11pm at Waubuno Beach & Park. [This is one of those ‘Fests’ I refered to in my post last week that Council is expected to attend as part of their community service obligations. No, not that kind of ‘community service’. It is not obvious as to what fees the Town is charging for the event. This will require Town Staff time and it is a commercial event.]
9.1.3 – Request for Proposal, Highest and Best Use of Property – 71 Parry Sound Road. Resolution. Council authorize staff to proceed with obtaining an appraisal for the property; and advertising a Request for Proposals for the development of the Town owned property at 71 Parry Sound Road. [Well I guess ‘highest’ use would be to build and operate a legal grow-op, it’s possibly also the best return on investment use. But I don’t think that’s what they were thinking. This is a big issue for the Town. We are rapidly running out of space and we need to decide if we want that space to be used for more rental properties. Rentals are important but do they support the longer term vision of a community? Here’s a link to the developer’s website – www.gkyork.ca]
9.2.1 – Fire Department Aerial Purchase. Resolution. Council waive the Purchasing Policy and award the contract for the supply of a E-One Aerial Device in the amount of $1,022,180.00 +HST, and a further allocation of up to $10,000.00 to be utilized for vehicle improvements/changes during the pre-delivery inspection. [After three years of wrangling it looks as though we are getting a shiny new ariel ladder truck. The price is pretty reasonable given the costs we have seen previously and the fact that the dollar is sitting at about USD $0.90. It’s a demonstrator. Availability is limited so I expect that Council will jump on it (not literally of course, well at least not until it’s delivered).]
9.3.1 – Annual Report of the Integrity Commissioner. Resolution. The 2013 Annual Report of the Integrity Commissioner, attached as Schedule “A”, be received by Council. [See 9.3.2 below for comments.]
9.3.2 – Boards & Committees. Resolution. That the Integrity Commissioner be requested to present a governance and procedural information and education session for Council, staff, and Town board and committee members. [As mentioned earlier it looks as though there is some concern regarding confidentiality. I’m not sure what their concerns might be, but if you follow the public goings on of Council and the published committee meetings you can pretty much figure out what is and will be happening. And that’s without any help from the NSA.]
9.4.1 – 2014 Operating and Capital Budgets. Resolution. Council approves in principle a budget with a levy of $8,642,079.00, reflective of a 1.0% increase in the 2013 tax rate, as attached in Appendix A and Appendix B, and that staff be directed to bring a by-law forward for formal adoption of the Budget once all external levies have been submitted. [That’s your 1% levy increase which will translate into a tax bill increase of about 2.5% (MPAC assessment increases).]
9.5.1 – 2013 Water Treatment Plant Summary Resolution. Council acknowledges receipt of the report entitled: “Town of Parry Sound Tony Agnello Water Treatment Plant, Large Municipal Residential Drinking Water System Summary Report of 2013”, as prepared by Kyle Hall, Manager of Water Systems. [Our water meets and exceeds standards.]
10.1.1 – Property Disposal – Town Owned Waterlot. Bylaw. To authorize the transfer of Town owned lands to Parry Sound PowerGen Corporation. [Part of the merger agreement follow on activities.]
10.1.2 – Artists Round the Sound & the Rutke Group. By-law. The execution of an agreement between Artists Round the Sound (ARTS), the Rutke Group, and the Town for the use of wall space at the Town Office for the purpose of a year-round art gallery. [I wonder if we’ll have the same discussion about who is responsible for filling in the nail holes. As it’s a renewal of the existing agreement I expect that won’t come up.]
10.1.3 – Big Sound Marina/Town Dock – Operating Agreement. By-law. To enter into an operating agreement with Massasauga Management Co. Inc. for the operation of Big Sound Marina and the Town Dock conditional on approval from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans/Small Craft Harbours. [Well that was fast. Spring is approaching and we need to have someone prepared to operate these facilities. A number of terms in the Operating Contract Framework have been watered down (dock size allocation and power supply) to the disadvantage of local businesses There is an expression in the business, “If you want a deal real bad, I have real bad deal for you.” But it won’t be the Town that suffers because of a bad deal. Enough said, no one on Staff or Council seems to care. “Some must suffer for the greater good!”]
10.5.1 – Energy Use Assessment Services. By-law. The execution of an Energy Use Assessment Services Agreement between Parry Sound Power Corporation and the Town. [Nothing too critical here.]
Late Night Repairs (Parry Sound in Black & White)
Note: At this point I’m including all items that are on the published agenda but offering commentary only on select items that seem to warrant discussion or explanation. Want to see everything that is on the agenda along with the supporting documents? The full package can be found at the town’s website (http://townofparrysound.com/pagesmith/14).