Another light session of Council with little of major consequence in my opinion. It seems that the Town and Parry Sound Bikes are both discovering the realities of selling and buying a heritage property (Item 9.1.2). I wish both parties good luck and may the unexpected expenses not kill your affection for the project. There is also an interesting point being made regarding garbage expenses for condo properties (Item 4.2).

Other than that, explanation and comments are offered for a couple agenda items (4.1, 9.1.1). As always, check out the full agenda package at the Town’s website to be sure there isn’t something I’ve missed that you feel is important.

Closed Session

c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purposes. (Development Review and Priorities)

d) labour relations or employee negotiations. (Performance Review, Business Unit Review)


 4.1 – Melinda Reith, CAO/Clerk, United Townships of Head, Clara & Maria. Re: Building Code Changes.
This concerns regulations related to the municipal inspection of septic systems every five years.

4.2 – Kirsten Both, Muskoka Condo & Rental Services. Re: Concerns regarding waste removal costs in condo taxes and private waste removal expense.
This is an interesting situation. The folks at Granite Harbour Condos would like the Town to rebate them for the portion of their property taxes that are associated with waste removal in as much as they are required to remove their own waste. They estimate that this amounts to a cost of about $12-42/month/unit, paid for separately by the condominium association and added to the owners monthly charges. It’s a fair point in my opinion and is probably a direct response to the heft property tax increase faced by condominium owners as a result of the increased valuation of condos in Parry Sound.

4.3 – West Parry Sound SMART Community Network Inc. Re: Invitation to Special Meeting and AGM – Wednesday April 5, 2017


 5.1 – Stuart Morley, MBA, Executive Director of Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network (PMCN). Re: Business development initiatives that Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network (PMCN) is considering for Parry Sound businesses to allow them to upgrade their digital presence.

Consent Agenda

8.1 – Community Tower Garden Project. Resolution. That Council of the Town of Parry Sound fully support Harvest Share’s Parry Sound Community Tower Garden Project to engage the community, workplaces and local students to grow food using community tower gardens for the West District of Parry Sound’s food providers; and That Council support the Town taking a lead role through the active participation in the program by Town staff.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

 9.1.1 – Consent Application – B 3/2017 (PS) (Creasor). Resolution. That Consent Application No. B 3/2017 (PS) (Creasor) 64 Parry Sound Drive and 70 Parry Sound Drive, be supported.
This concerns a small lot addition at Buchan’s Autobody for a storage shed and snow storage.

9.1.2 – Parry Sound Bikes – Requests -Old Fire Hall. Resolution. That Council approve the following requests from Parry Sound Bikes:
1. The Town of Parry Sound will provide Parry Sound Bikes with 1 dumpster on the site to be used for the removal of items left in the building from previous use. The Town of Parry Sound will incur all costs for the delivery of the dumpster, Parry Sound Bikes will remove all items from the building.
2. The Town of Parry Sound will waive all permit fees associated with heritage signage on the building. Parry Sound Bikes will submit permits for all signage, and will pay all permits for building signage.
3. The Town of Parry Sound will waive the ‘cash in lieu of parking’ for the accessory apartment as the building was proposed with an apartment and with no option for purchase of parking. The Town of Parry Sound will also grant a permit for one space in the Gibson Street lot or a designated spot, next to the building for the apartment for a 5-year term. Parry Sound Bikes will be responsible for winter snow removal of the designated spot. Parry Sound Bikes is happy to work with Public Works to negotiate the best spot that does not disrupt their snow removal efforts.
4. The Town of Parry Sound and Public Works will work with Parry Sound Bikes to partially close a section of Gibson Street for many hours to allow for a Genie lift required for the replacement of the siding on the tower. Parry Sound Bikes will not be charged for any road closures required for the replacement of the tower siding.
5. The Town of Parry Sound will pay any costs associated with the disposal of the asbestos siding removed from the tower portion of the building. Parry Sound Bikes was not made aware that the siding was asbestos until after the proposal had been submitted.

9.3.1 – Wasauksing Swing Bridge. Resolution. Whereas the proposed suspension and restricted conditions of the Wasauksing Swing Bridge operations proposed by Transport Canada creates passenger safety issues for a major Town tourist attraction, the Island Queen, and also threatens the Town and area’s vital tourism economy and the lifestyle of area residents, the Town of Parry Sound Council supports the Township of the Archipelago’s request for Transport Canada and the appropriate INAC representatives to come to a town hall meeting in the Town of Parry Sound to address various concerns noted above and elsewhere identified as well as to discuss appropriate alternative methods of addressing those concerns.


10.1.1 – Execution of an Agreement of Purchase and Sale with Aleesha Mullen for purchase of the Old Fire Hall. By-law 2017 – 6716. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement of Purchase and Sale between Aleesha Mullen and the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound.

10.1.2 – Site Plan Amendment Application – Trestle Brewing Company – 9 Great North Road Spokesperson: Taylor Elgie, Principal Planner. By-law 2017 – 6717. Being a By-law to grant Site Plan Approval and authorize the execution and registration of a development agreement with 1929330 Ontario Inc. – 9 Great North Road and repeal By-law 2015-6548.

10.2.1 – Execution of an agreement with Township of Carling for By-law Enforcement Services. By-law 2017 – 6719. A By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement between The Corporation of Carling Township and the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound for bylaw enforcement services from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.