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There is nothing particularly controversial on the agenda. There is one item, 10.1.2 – Property Purchase – Oastler Park Drive that could use a bit of explanation on the part of Council. This purchase, about a quarter million dollars, concerns property across Oastler Park Drive from the Canadian Tire. It would be interesting to understand how this fits in with the Town’s Strategic Plan.

Item 4.4 – Kathy Morris, Manager, Navigation Protection Program, Transport Canada, is a little disappointing if you are looking for a quick answer. It seems the process of deciding the future of the Wasauksing Swing Bridge is ongoing and there is no interest on the part of the Ministry of Transport to have a ‘meet and greet’ type discussion with Council. If you had a statement to make about the situation I hope you filed it prior to March 15, 2017 when the period for public comment closed.

The more interesting items are noted below with comments as appropriate. Check out the full agenda at the Town’s website for complete information on agenda items and the supporting documents.

Closed Session

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

Correspondence

4.4 – Kathy Morris, Manager, Navigation Protection Program, Transport Canada. Declined the invitation by The Archipelago, Seguin and Parry Sound to have a Town Hall meeting to discuss the new operational restrictions with respect to the use of the Swing Bridge.

4.9 – Susan Hrycyna, Parry Sound Downtown Business Association Administrator Re: Provision of Busking Policy and request to delegate authority to approve Buskers to the PS DBA.

4.10 – Susan Hrycyna, Parry Sound Downtown Business Association Administrator. Lack of public washrooms during the construction stage of the new public washrooms on Seguin Street. Requesting to have either a porta pottie installed by the Information Kiosk or for the public washrooms at the town dock to be open with a sign directing people there.

4.11 – Susan Hrycyna, Parry Sound Downtown Business Association Administrator. Requesting approval for Kathryn Nemcsok to busk in the downtown area during the upcoming summer months.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) – Parry Sound Drive Paving and Trail Extension. Resolution. That Council approves utilizing the Town’s annual OCIF to fund the cost of paving Parry Sound Drive between Bay Area Electric and north Smith Crescent including paving a wide shoulder section which will link the Town’s trail with McDougall’s trail.

9.2.1 – Council Approved Sign Application – Downing – x2. Resolution. That pursuant to section 3.(4) of the Sign By-law, the Chief Building Official is authorized to issue permits for 2017 for two portable signs on Town Property (Bowes / Louisa W and Bowes / Louisa E) , and subject to the following conditions:
a) the signs are displayed only on Saturday and/or Sunday,
b) the signs shall not be installed unless a sale event is being carried out at the auction premise,
c) Town staff may give other users of road allowances priority over these signs and remove them temporarily,
d) The Chief Building Official is authorized to renew these permits upon payment of the sandwich board sign permit fee in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021,
e) except as authorized by this resolution, the rules for sandwich board signs shall apply.

9.2.2 – Council Approved Sign Application – Barker. Resolution. That pursuant to section 3.(4) of the Sign By-law, the Chief Building Official is authorized to issue a single permit for five flag/ground signs and one sandwich board sign, as shown in the application, to serve the business known as Kate’s Kart located on the premises known an 30 Pine Drive, subject to the following conditions:
a) Display not permitted after the Thanksgiving weekend of any year and March 31 of the year following,
b) The permit is to expire after Thanksgiving weekend of 2021,
c) except as authorized by this resolution, the general rules in the sign by-law continue to apply, and,
d) the signs shall be essentially as represented in the application.

9.2.3 – Consent Application – B 7/2017 (PS) (Fuller/Bush). Resolution. That Consent Application No. B 7/2017 (PS) (Fuller/Bush) 30 Hanna Road, be supported.
This seems to be a ‘tidy up’ application for a triplex in the Isabella and Beatty Streets area that currently is improperly accessed through an empty lot.

9.5.1 – 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, 2017 to September 30, 2017 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.
That all other requirements under By-law 2006-49 Schedule I be met.
Ding-Ding, it’s the ice cream truck.

9.5.2 – Elimination of Vacant Unit Tax Rebate Program. Resolution. Whereas, Section 364 of the Municipal Act, 2001 requires a municipality to have a Vacant Unit Tax Rebate for commercial and industrial tax classes; And Whereas, this program provides a tax rebate to commercial and industrial properties only; And Whereas, these properties are privately owned by individuals or corporations and for an investment for these parties; And Whereas, the Province of Ontario has provided flexibility for the municipality to tailor the program to reflect community needs and circumstances, while considering the interests of local businesses; And Whereas, the Town of Parry Sound engaged the public to seek feedback on the potential elimination of the rebate program; And Whereas, the majority of feedback received supports the elimination of the program; And Whereas, Council for the Town of Parry Sound feels that the economic interests of the Town are best served through the elimination of the program; Now hereby be it resolved that the Town of Parry Sound asks the Minister of Finance for the Province of Ontario to pass the required regulations to eliminate the Vacant Unit Tax Rebate Program for the Town of Parry Sound.
This resolution follows up a public meeting that was held to gauge the interest of Parry Sound residents and businesses to continue providing a tax break for empty buildings who were claiming a vacant unit tax rebate. It appears that after consultation the Town has decided there is no significant interest in maintaining the rebate. This will result is somewhat greater revenue for the Town and act as a deterrent to property owners to sit on properties and not solicit lessees or a sale of the property for development. Property owners can still continue to do so, but they will not be able to benefit from lower property taxes because the property is vacant. Removing this rebate program will provide additional funds to the Town, the Downtown Business Association, and the local school boards.

By-laws

10.1.1 – Request for Deeming By-law – 22 Victoria Avenue and Lot 12 of Plan 123. By-law 2017 – 6729. Being a By-law to deem certain lots in the Town of Parry Sound not to be part of a registered Plan of Subdivision (MacDonald – 22 Victoria Avenue).
This is a simple consolidation of two lots, owned by a single party.

10.1.2 – Property Purchase – Oastler Park Drive. By-law 2017 – 6730. Being a By-law authorize the execution of an Offer to Purchase agreement with Ministry of Transportation Ontario.
This is a $245,000 purchase of property, about 3.5 acres based on the stated price of $75,000 per acre. I believe it is property across Oastler Park Drive from the Canadian Tire that extends from the Town Line to the unnamed pond/lake and along Oastler Park Drive for about 50 metres north to Bowes Street. I hope that the details will be provided at the meeting. Perhaps the Town will explain why they chose to purchase this unserviced plot of land for what seems to be a very high price. It is assessed by MPAC at $89,900. Perhaps there was a competitive bid for the property.

10.4.1 – Delegation of Authority for Permission to Busk Downtown. By-law 2017 – 6731. Being a by-law to delegate Council authority to approve busking in the Parry Sound downtown area to the Director of Public Works.

10.6.1 – Memorandum of Understanding – Town and Downtown Business Association (DBA). By-law 2017 – 6732. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Town and the Parry Sound Downtown Business Association.

Does The Internet Know Something We Don’t? Can They See the Future?

This is not a Photoshop trick on my part. I clipped it from the bottom of a webpage that I was reading. Yes, the internet not only seems to be able see into the future, but it also knows where you are located. No I didn’t click the link. Time for a VPN!