You may have noticed that there was no follow up on this site from the last meeting of Council. The most interesting item on that meeting’s agenda in my opinion, Tony Romanelli, RCC Media, regarding an electronic billboard on the CN Trestle on Bowes Street, was cancelled, so I did not attend. I understand it was a packed house with people there in support of the Open Streets Parry Sound Initiative. In the end there were no surprises. The minutes for the meeting are available at the Town’s website.

This week’s agenda looks a little bit lighter, but probably will not be that short. There is an extended deputation, 30 minutes have been set aside for a presentation by the Municipal Property Assessment corporation (MPAC).

Public Meeting
2.1 – A public meeting respecting a housekeeping amendment to the Town of Parry Sound Zoning By-law 2004-4653 under Sections 34 of the Planning Act, as amended. The purpose of the proposed Zoning By-Law amendment is to amend the Zoning By-law to permit the renovation of existing buildings in the Business Improvement Area for residential units. I’m not sure what this is all about, we’ll need to see the presentation at the meeting.

4.6 – Letter – Don Dudek, owner of 34 Seguin Street. Re: Support for the Zoning By-law Amendment regarding amending the cash-in-lieu of parking provision. This letter supports an elimination or revision of the cash-in-lieu of parking requirement for downtown properties.

5.1 – Terrilynne Bannon, Municipal Relations Representative, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. Re: Education and Training Session about MPAC. The presentation is available as part of the Meeting Agenda Package. You can download it from this site or request a copy be emailed to you by contacting Parry Sound Town Hall.

5.2 – Bernadette and Erick Phillis, residents of Seguin. Re: Lack of public transportation in Parry Sound. I’m still confused by this on a couple of points. The first is what resources are we as a municipality expected to provide, the second is what resources are the neighbouring municipalities expected to provide. Is there a double standard? Perhaps some information will be provided in the presentation.

5.3 – Dan DiNicolo, IT Co-ordinator, Town of Parry Sound. Re: Overview of the Town’s new website. This should be interesting. I have one beef with the new site as outlined in a recent post, but all-in-all it’s a great improvement.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.3.1 – Tower Hill Heritage Garden. Resolution. That the efforts of the Tower Hill Gardeners that are part of the Civic Beautification committee of the Parry Sound and District Horticultural Society at Tower Hill continue; and That it be resolved that Council approves in principle the plans identified in the report attached as Schedule “A”, to continue to beautify the Tower Hill site, in consultation with and approval from the Director of Public Works. See the full agenda package for information on what’s in the plans.

9.3.4 – RFP Wharf Repairs – Seguin River Parkette. Resolution. That Council accept the proposal from Schlager Excavating in the amount of $21,700.00, taxes extra, for repair of the wharf located at the Seguin River Parkette. If you have been by this area, it’s by the Chippewa III, you will have noticed barriers alerting people to keep away from the crumbling decking.

9.3.5 – Gas Tax for Transportation Options. Direction. That Council directs staff to negotiate an agreement with the West Parry Sound District Community Support Services (CSS) for the provision of a specialized transportation service. This may address the lack of public transportation for users of specialized transport. Again I ask, what services do our neighbouring municipalities provide for their residents. Do their residents all move to Parry Sound when they need additional services? We already dedicate a large portion of our limited space for District service buildings that do not pay municipal taxes.

10.2.1 – Adoption of 2015 Budget By-law. Being a By-law to adopt the Operating and Capital Budget Estimates for the Year 2015.

10.2.2 – Striking tax rates for fiscal year 2015. Being a bylaw to Strike the Tax Rates for Municipal Purposes for the Year 2015.

10.4.1 – Agreement to permit access onto Town lands in the Archipelago to evaluate the properties. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of two agreements for the access and assessment of Town owned lands by Henvey LP. This is a bit weird, and is a result of Town management of EMS services for the District. The agreement requests approval to assess certain EMS sites in the Pointe as Baril area as part of a transmission line installation review. I’m sure there is more to it than that, but this may get you started. If you are interested contact the Town of Parry Sound for more information.

There is more, but now that your interest has been raised you are going to check out the full agenda at this link, or the Town’s website for the summary agenda but not the full package (boooooo!).

Don’t Worry – We’ll Still Watch What Goes on at Council.
(Parry Sound in Glorious Colour)