Strangely enough this week’s agenda doesn’t list the letters received by the Town, although they are included in the full agenda package. I have summarized them to ensure there is appropriate transparency. I wonder though if there are scheduled deputations that have not been listed. We’ll see on Tuesday.

We will see fluoride get the final punch out this week. There is no reason to believe that Council will fail to approve the by-law at this point (10.4.1). Staff and the Waterfront Committee is proposing that the shade structure on the Town Dock be replaced. I offer comments below (9.2.3). It looks as though we will have an ice cream truck rolling through Parry Sound if the request is approved by Council (9.5.2). And it seems as though there will be more signs (9.2.1).


4.1 – Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber has provided notice that they intend to leave their current Town leased location on 70 Church St. (CN Station) effective the end of April 2016.

4.2 – Joel Kennedy. Letter in support of continued fluoridation of Parry Sound water. A different and interesting perspective.

4.3 – John Mason. Letter in support of continued fluoridation of Parry Sound water.

4.4 – Michelle Stillar. Letter requesting relief from water/sewage charges.


None noted on the agenda as circulated.

Resolutions and Directions to Staff

9.2.1 – 114 Bowes Street – Application – Council Approved Sign(s). Resolution. That the Chief Building Official is authorized to issue a permit for a group of Facia Signs at 114 Bowes St., according to Schedule “A” attached, That the permit will be for an indefinite period, and that the permit does expire if the group of signs is removed. Signs, signs, everywhere there’s a sign. It looks as though there will be more signs on the south end of Town, presumably to catch the attention of those rich tourists. The application requires the approval of Council because the applicants want relief from existing regulations that limit the location of signage. It proposes a ‘collage’ of five separate signs. See the image at the end of this post for a sense of what we might expect based on what already exists. I hope to be surprised, but it’s hard to do ‘collage’ when space is money.

9.2.2 – Site Plan Amendment Application – Rona – 115 Bowes Street. Resolution. That Council approve an amendment to the Site Plan to permit a 334 square metre accessory storage building at 115 Bowes Street (Rona) as substantially identified on the attached Schedule “A”. Soon to be a Lowes?

9.2.3 – Town Dock Gazebo – Design. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the Waterfront Development Advisory Committee, Council accept the proposal and gazebo design from Cedarland Homes per Schedule ‘A’ attached; and That Cedarland Homes’ contribution be recognized through signage. Signage and gazebo structure to remain in place for a minimum of 5 years; and That the disassembly/removal of the existing gazebo be advertised with the proviso that whoever disassembles/removes the gazebo can retain the wood. If there is no response to the advertisement to disassemble/remove the existing gazebo for the wood, then it will be removed to landfill. It looks as though this is a done-deal. I’m hoping that the existing structure can be dismantled and erected somewhere else. It’s history folks, and once it’s gone, it’s gone. This may also be another case of demolition by neglect. Had the Town budgeted even a few bucks annually to maintaining the structure it would not be ‘condemned’. Pay attention – the old Fire Hall will be the next historical structure to be ‘condemned’ and require the Town to tear it down.

9.5.1 – 2015 Statement of Remuneration Paid to Council and Appointed Board Members. Resolution. That the 2015 Statement of Remuneration Paid to Council and Appointed Board Members, attached as Schedule “A”, be received for information. Basically the Councillors each received $16K, and the Mayor $32K, for their services in 2015. Expenses were additional. Wow, there are paying board jobs in Town. Most of us do it for that nice warm feeling of contributing.

9.5.2 – Motorized Mobile Ice Cream Truck. Resolution. That Council for the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound hereby grants permission for Mr. J. Athanasiou to operate one motorized mobile ice cream truck for the time period of May 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016 on municipally owned roads and lands of the Town of Parry Sound subject to the following conditions:

  1. No parking/stopping or selling of products on any Class 3 road (Bowes, Seguin, Church, Joseph).
  2. No parking/stopping or selling of products along any Class 4, Class 5 or Class 6 roadway without a shoulder or marked parking spaces.
  3. No parking/stopping or selling of products in any municipally owned parking lot.
  4. The operator will take necessary steps to ensure that public sidewalks are not obstructed.
  5. No parking/stopping or selling within the prescribed distance (23 metres) of any eating establishment or seller of foodstuffs.
  6. $3,000,000 public liability coverage for a refreshment vehicle is required as this is a motorized mobile vehicle.
  7. The hours of operation will be from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm from Monday to Sunday.
  8. Selling from any one location will be limited to 20 minutes.
  9. Must receive owners written consent to park and sell on private property and a copy of the letter submitted to the Town’ s Licensing Officer.
  10. That every employee who operates or works out of the motorized mobile ice cream truck must submit to a criminal record check as well as a vulnerable sector check.
  11. That all other requirements under By-law 2006-49 Schedule “I” be met.

9.5.4 – Water Refund to Account 13485521.000 and Water Refunds Beyond 1 Year. Resolution. That the Council for the Town of Parry Sound approves a refund of $6,961.33 to account number 13485521.000 for an overpayment of water and sewer charges. That the Council for the Town of Parry Sound approves a refund of a billing error greater than one (1) year when a property can be proven to have been billed more than once for the same water usage; and Further, that the ratepayer is required to provide the documentation to Town Staff to support their dollar figure claim in the form of past invoices and/or account history printouts.


10.1.1 – G-Tel Utility Locate Agreement. Being a by-law to execute an agreement with G-Tel Engineering to undertake utility locates.

10.2.1 – Rezoning Application – Z/16/1 – 13 Georgina Street (Kerr). Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 13 Georgina Street (Kerr).

10.4.1 – By-law for the Removal of Fluoride from the Town of Parry Sound’s drinking water system. Being a by-law to Discontinue the Fluoridation System for the Public Water Supply that services the Town of Parry Sound and that portion of the Municipality of McDougall that receives treated water from Parry Sound. That’s it for fluoride in the Town water, for at least two years.

There is more on the agenda and I encourage people to check out the agenda and the full package at the Town’s site, or as hosted here. See you Tuesday night.

Parry Sound – Rugged Yet Refined