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It was over by 8:15. With only half the Councillors is attendance things moved along quickly with limited time spent on reports and questions of staff.

In short everything was carried except for the temporary sign request (Item 9.4.2) which was defeated. I made a short deputation on this issue suggesting the Town should consider how it wanted signage to impact the appearance of the Town. Does it help, hinder, or junk up things? It’s not clear we really need another sign to let people know what the price of gas is at any particular gas station. It’s more than we want to pay, and it’s the same price as the station up the street. I’ll have a post later this week on the issue of signage and the Town’s concerns and activities in this regard.

There was a deputation inviting Council, Staff and the public to attend the Garden Days event at the Tower Hill Heritage Garden this Saturday. There will be free garden related workshops, specialty vendors, and a Strawberry Social.

The deputation by Sail Parry Sound provided information on the upcoming regatta in August, and a short update on the upgrades to the Sail Parry Sound facility on the waterfront

Correspondence

4.3 – Concern regarding 2 hour free parking when attending the Senior’s Centre. Difficulty with having to move the cars after 2 hours when most are there for over 3 hours. This has been responded to by the By-Law department. I wonder what was said. The letter to Council was also published in Friday’s Beacon Star.

Deputations

5.1 – Marianne King-Wilson, Sail Parry Sound Re: Upcoming Regatta scheduled for August 15th and 16th, 2015. It looks as though planning is well in hand regarding the logistics to host the event. It reportedly will be viewable from Belvedere Hill and the Smelter Wharf in Parry Sound.

Resolutions and Direction To Staff

9.2.1 – 2014 Surplus Allocation. Resolution. That Council hereby approves the allocation of the 2014 surplus to the reserve and reserve funds as outlined in Schedule “A”. CARRIED.

9.2.2 – 2014 Investment Report. Resolution. That Council accepts the 2014 Annual Investment Report, prepared by the Director of Finance and POA Court Services, and attached as Schedule “A”, in accordance with the Town’s Investment Policy. CARRIED

9.2.3 – 2014 Reserve and Reserve Fund Report. Resolution. 1. That Council approves the creation of a Police Cost Stabilization Reserve for the purposes of funding future fluctuations in policing costs; And Further that, any unspent police funds in the annual budget shall be contributed to this reserve; And Further that, any overspent police funds in the annual budget shall be drawn from this reserve. 2. That the 2014 Reserve and Reserve Fund Report, attached as Schedule “A”, is received. CARRIED.

9.3.1 – Quotation – Accessible Vehicle for Specialized Transportation. Resolution. Whereas on April 21, 2015, Council determined that the best use for the accumulated Public Transit Gas Tax Reserve Fund was to purchase a vehicle to be used for the provision of a new and improved method of accessible transportation for the residents of Parry Sound and directed staff to negotiate an agreement with the West Parry Sound District Community Support Services (CSS) for the provision of a specialized transportation service; and Whereas CSS obtained quotations on behalf of the Town for a suitable vehicle to be used for the delivery of this service; Therefore upon the recommendation of CSS, Council accept the quotation from Creative Carriage Ltd., for one (1) Dodge Ram Pro-master 2500,159″ Window Van, including the required conversion package, in the amount of $77,483.96, including applicable taxes, this quotation being the lowest quotation of two (2) quotations received to be funded from Public Transit Gas Tax Reserve funds as outlined in Schedule “A” attached. CARRIED.

9.4.1 – Funding Applications – Trestle Brewing Company Ltd. Direction. That Council authorize staff to submit an application to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC) for funding assistance for works to be completed on the public components of the Trestle Brewing Company Ltd development project; and That Council authorize staff to submit an application to FedNor for funding assistance for works to be completed on the public components of the Trestle Brewing Company Ltd. CARRIED.

9.4.2 – 80 Bowes Street – Sign Variance Application. Resolution. That the Chief Building Official is authorized and directed to issue a permit for a temporary sign upon the Bowes Street road allowance, according to conditions and variances listed in Schedule “A” attached. DEFEATED. Some commentary offered in the introduction.

By-laws

10.2.1 – By-law to specify claw back percentages for 2015 property taxes. Being a By-law to Specify the “Claw-back Percentages” in Respect of Properties in the Commercial Classes, Industrial Classes and Multi-Residential Classes for 2015. CARRIED.

10.3.1 – Three Way Stop Installation – Isabella and Beatty Street Intersection. Being a By-law to amend By-law 2013-6205, a by-law to regulate and control traffic within the municipality. CARRIED.

10.4.2 – New Site Plan Control By-law. Being a By-law to designate a Site Plan Control Area for The Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound and to repeal By-law 1980-2835. CARRIED.

That’s it. The formal minutes of the meeting will be available online at the Town’s website no later than Friday.

Looking Down – Tower Hill Heritage Garden
(Parry Sound in Four Colour)

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