Another light agenda in terms of game changing decisions, but it’s important to keep on top of the issues as they arise. The more interesting items, in my opinion, are listed below with brief commentary as warranted. I will attend for the deputations portion of the meeting at the very least. It seems that the balance of the agenda offers little entertainment or insight into future Town plans. Summer is already slipping away, so it’s important to get out and enjoy the Parry Sound evenings, especially on the North Shore Rugged Trail.
2.1.1 – Council will hold a public meeting to consider a proposed Zoning By-law amendment under Section 34 of the Planning Act. The purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law amendment is to amend the Special Provision 35 (SP26.35) zone to permit a retail store in addition to the currently permitted Automobile Sales Establishment. All other uses of the C3 zone shall be permitted subject to an “h” symbol. The existing reduced setback of 0.9 metres will also be maintained and all other provisions of the C3 zone shall apply.
4.2 – James Chapman, Resident. Complaint regarding Adams Brothers commercial operation in the residential neighbourhoods of William Street and Isabella Street.
4.3 – James Chapman, Resident. Complaint regarding Adams Brothers commercial operation in the residential neighbourhoods of William Street and Isabella Street and in particular the flooding that took place as a result of the newly excavated hillside from Adams Brothers.
4.4 – Emily Corbett, Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve Intern. Request to install an accessible waterline to the Booth Street Community Garden.
4.5 – Wendall Fisher, Chair, 8-80’s Advisory Committee of Council. Request for Staff to revisit the speed limit reduction proposal previously suggested in the 8-80’s workshop report (November 2014).
4.8 – Wesley Beatty, Resident. Concerns about potentially extending Beatty Street to Parry Sound Drive. I have no idea how this will play out in the long or short term, but it seems a good idea to get on top of issues if you have an concern on how they might impact you.
5.1 – Anne Haines, Account Manager, Muskoka and Parry Sound Districts, MPAC. Assessment update of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation for the period of 2017-2020.
5.2 – George Stivrins and Michael Reeves. Requesting Council’s consideration to have the Town annex their property (Lot 147 Concession A, formerly Township of Foley) to ensure that development potential Is realized. Déjà vu all over again, this time, with a twist; a suggestion that Parry Sound annex only a teeny-tiny portion of Seguin Township. Heck, why not annex all of Seguin Township? If it’s that simple to do a small annexation without Seguin’s encouragement, it probably shouldn’t be much more work to think much, much bigger. Wait, we had this discussion a few years ago. Is there any reason to think it will be different? Should Parry Sound be wasting time on requests from Seguin property owners that aren’t already blessed by Seguin’s Council?
Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Support for Active Transportation Letter. Resolution. That Council endorse the Active Transportation letter of March 7, 2016, attached as Schedule “A”, regarding the new K – 12 Parry Sound School and that this endorsement be forwarded to the Near North District Board of Education.
9.2.1 – Approval of Consolidated Financial Statements for the year-ended December 31, 2015. Resolution. That Council for the Town of Parry Sound does hereby accept and approve the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2015, attached as Schedule “A”.
9.4.1 – Tender – Bobby Orr Community Centre (BOCC) Roof. Resolution. That Council accept the tender from J.G. Fitzgerald & Sons LTD in the amount of $265,480. (plus HST $34,512.40), for roofing of the Bobby Orr Community Centre per attached Schedules “A” and “B”, this being the lowest of three tenders received; and That the total cost of the repairs be debentured. If the roof needs to be fixed, let’s fix it. But let’s find ways to make better use of the facility. The roof will last the same length of time regardless of how much the facility is used. So let’s use it and get the maximal benefit from its considerable fixed costs.
9.6.1 – Speed Limit Reduction. Direction. That upon the recommendation of the 8-80 Advisory Committee, the Public Works Director prepare a report and recommendation on the feasibility of reducing speed limits throughout the Town.
See you Tuesday for at least the first portion of the meeting. Check out the full agenda package for details and all of the background materials.
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