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There appears to be very little of material importance on this week’s agenda. There is a letter requesting future zoning by-law amendments to permit chickens (4.5). There are a couple of capital related items on the agenda, one that was in the approved 2017 Budget (9.5.3) and one that wasn’t (9.5.2 – materials for repairs to the Town docks off of McIssac way for transient boater use).

Thinking about attending this week’s meeting of Council? It’s a good idea. I’m pasting below today’s comments from Seth Godin that seem relevant. (Note: I recommend Seth’s Blog, it’s short and arrives daily, as a wonderful source of insight and reflection.)

Showing up
Some people show up when they need something.

Some people show up before they need something, knowing that it will pay off later, when they need something.

And some people merely show up. Not needing anything, not in anticipation of needing something, but merely because they can.

Closed Session

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

Correspondence

4.1 – Honourable Dipika Damerla. Minister of Seniors Affairs. Re: 2017 Senior of the Year Award

4.2 – Zack Crafts and Nicole Collins, Treetops Community Forest Re: Thank you card for the Town’s assistance and financial support for the Treetops Community Forest project.

4.5 – Wave Weir, McKellar Township. Re: Requesting future amendment to the Zoning By-law include allowing Parry Sound residents to have backyard hens.

4.6 – Petition – Signed by 22 residents of Macklaim Drive and provided by Bill Heitman Re: Requesting “that Parry Sound take the necessary steps to have the speed limit of Macklaim Drive and Dennis Drive reduced to 40 km/hr for the safety of the walkers both young and young at heart”.

Consent Agenda

8.3 – Support for Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport Application for RED Funding. Resolution. Whereas on the 21st day of August, 2000 the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound and the Township of Seguin entered into an Agreement for the operation, control and management of the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport; and Whereas, as per Paragraph 13. of the said Agreement, The Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound and The Corporation of the Township of Seguin hold title to the Airport lands; and Whereas, the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport Commission has prepared an application to the Rural Economic Development (RED) Program for funding for the Airport Economic/Strategic Plan and related studies; and Whereas the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport Commission passed Resolution 2017- 28, attached as Schedule “A”, requesting the Township of Seguin to act as the lead applicant for the RED program funding; and Whereas the Township of Seguin passed Resolution 2017 – 097, attached as Schedule “B”, approving the Township of Seguin to act as the Contract Agent on behalf of the Commission and its member municipalities to the conclusion of the referenced Project; And Further that in the event there are cost overruns for this project, the Township of Seguin will provide financial assistance to the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport Commission as required; Now, Therefore Be It Resolved that Council for the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound is in full support of the application for RED funding and the management of it’s application by the Township of Seguin.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1 – Sign Variance – 48 Bowes. Resolution. That the Chief Building Official is authorized and directed to issue a permit for the sign at 48 Bowes Street according to Schedule “A” attached.

9.3.1 – Blue Sky Net – Support for Innovate to Connect Project. Resolution. Whereas access to affordable and reliable broadband networks is an important part of everyday life and; Whereas communities outside urban centres face challenges in accessing internet service levels comparable to those in cities due to factors such as remote location and challenging terrain and; Whereas access to Broadband is key to economic, education, social and health development and; Whereas much of the West Parry Sound Area currently has little or less than 5mbps broadband coverage; Therefore, Be It Resolved That Council for the Town of Parry Sound supports Blue Sky Net’s application for funding under the (Innovation, Science and Economic Development) program, Connect to Innovate (CTI).

9.3.2 – WPS Smart – Support for Innovate to Connect Project. Resolution. That Council of the Town of Parry Sound does hereby support the West Parry Sound SMART Community Network Inc., in their application for Government of Canada’s Connect to Innovate Program.

9.3.3 – Lakeland Networks – Support for Innovate to Connect Project. Resolution. That Council of the Town of Parry Sound does hereby support Lakeland Networks in their application for Government of Canada’s Connect to Innovate Program and authorizes the Mayor to sign the letter, attached as Schedule “A”, in support of this application.

9.4.1 – 2016 Statement of Remuneration Paid to Council and Appointed Board Members. Resolution. That the 2016 Statement of Remuneration Paid to Council and Appointed Board Members, attached as Schedule “A”, be accepted.

9.5.1 – Noise Exemption – Cascade Street Generation Project. Resolution. That Council grant Bracebridge Generation an exemption to By-law 2009-5301, a bylaw to prohibit and regulate noise within the municipality to allow their contractor to work on the Cascade Street generation project on Sunday, March 26 and Sunday, April 2 between the hours of 09:00 and 19:00 and further; That Council grant the Director of Public Works the authority to permit the contractor to work during prohibited days and times as may be requested by Bracebridge Generation in the future and as may be deemed necessary in order to avoid significant delays to the project completion.

9.5.2 – Shopper’s Dock Replacement. Resolution. That Council approve the transfer of $10,000 from the Infrastructure Replacement Reserve to the Operating budget to fund the construction of new shopper’s docks.

9.5.3 – Quotation – Madvac LN50. Resolution. That Council approve single sourcing and accept the quotation from Joe Johnson Equipment for one new model Madvac complete with a 48″ hydraulic raise and lower vacuum head in the amount of $57,800, taxes extra.

By-laws

10.1.1 – Approval of Funding Agreement – New Horizons for Seniors Program Ontario Spokesperson: April McNamara, Manager of Parks and Recreation By-law 2017 – 672. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a Letter of Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in right of the Province of Ontario, represented by the Minister of Transportation for the Province of Ontario (the “Ministry”) and the Town of Parry Sound (the “Municipality”) Related to Funding Provided by the Province of Ontario (the “Province”) to the Municipality under the Dedicated Gas Tax Funds for Public Transportation Program

10.1.2 – Cash-in-lieu of Parking Agreement – Z/17/02 – 25 Mary Street – Aleesha Mullen. By-law 2017 – 6722. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a cash-in-lieu of parking agreement between 25 Mary Street (Aleesha Mullen) and The Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound

10.1.3 – Revised Site Plan Control By-law. By-law 2017 – 6723. Being a By-law to designate a Site Plan Control Area for The Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound and repeal By-law 2015-6545.

I won’t be showing up this week. I’m making a presentation in the Big Apple for a client.