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There are some interesting items on this week’s council agenda. The most interesting in my opinion, 9.1.3 – Succession planning and organizational restructuring, was the subject of a separate post and won’t be discussed here. These are this week’s highlights:

Closed Session – Item c.
Probably a disposition of the CP StationThe likeliest buyer would be the Festival of the Sound. I hope there will be a true arms length approach to this transaction.

Items 5.3, 9.3.1 – Solar Power Project – A Clean Energy Powered Future.
Oh boy, let’s build and be responsible for more infrastructure. Investing in roads and water I understand. It’s necessary and there is no practical alternative to having the Town build and manage it. Solar power is the best alternative for the desert – lots of sun, high in the sky, and not much in the way of rain or cloudy days. In our part of the world the best carbon free energy investment is hydroelectric and offshore wind. My first sense is that this is not something we should be getting involved with. Why are we competing with for profit businesses. Solar technology is still first generation, like copper phone lines were twenty years ago. If it’s about being environmentally caring, can’t we take credit for the carbon free generation at the Cascade Street power plant? If we can find a party that wants to lease the McFarlane Landfill site, and sell us solar power at market rates – let’s consider it. Read the full R&R for a sense of what’s involved.

8.3 – AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) Opposes Proposed Changes to Public Health System.
If the experts tell us something we don’t want to hear, well then let’s make our own uninformed decisions. That’s the current approach south of the border.

9.4.1 – Stockey Centre Roof & Siding Project – Grant Application.
It seems that the million dollar repairs to the Stockey Centre is on the agenda and will be approved. Makes sense, all things considered. Do you think that people were anticipating and budgeting for this type of expense when the Stockey Centre was first approved? That’s why you don’t make investments in things that are not ‘mission critical’ unless you have money to waste.

Selected Agenda Items

Closed Session

b) personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees. (Appointment of Integrity Commissioner) (CAO Recruitment)

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

Deputations

5.1 – Becky Pollock and Sue Woodhouse, on behalf of the Parry Sound Active Transportation Committee. Re: Request for signage support and contribution on the trail link extending from Mall Drive along Parry Sound Drive to the Nobel Trail. Also request support to name the trail link “Wink’s Link” in recognition of Wendall Fisher’s contribution to the building of this trail through his work in the Parry Sound Area Active Transportation group.

5.2 – Terry Zanussi, Chair, Parry Sound Public Library Board. Re: Introduction of Rita Orr, CEO of the Parry Sound Public Library.

5.3 – Forrest Pengra, Manager of Infrastructure and Technology, Town of Parry Sound; Vince Kulchycki, COO Lakeland Power and; Kurt Robertson, Business Development Director AMP Energy. Solar Power Project – A Clean Energy Powered Future

Consent Agenda

8.3 – AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) Opposes Proposed Changes to Public Health System. Resolution. Whereas the provincial government is considering far reaching changes to the public health system based on recommendations made by the Expert Panel on Public Health in their report “Public Health within an Integrated Health System” released on July 20, 2017; and Whereas the Board of Directors of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and their Health Task Force, does not support the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Public Health and is urging the government not to adopt them; and Whereas if the Expert Panel recommendations are implemented, it will completely change and dilute, over time, the mandate of the local public health system by integrating it with the health care system; and Whereas there was no analysis provided by either the Expert Panel or the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on the implications of this proposed integration from either a patient, program/service, or cost benefit analysis perspective; Now, Therefore Be It Resolved that Council for the Town of Parry Sound supports AMO in their conclusions about this report and is voicing Council’s opposition to this report to Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins; and Further that this resolution be provided to AMO, Norm Miller, M.P.P., West Parry Sound Municipal Councils and the West Parry Sound Health Centre.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – Naming of Town to McDougall Trail Link. Resolution. That Council fully supports the naming of the ‘Link’ trail to McDougall “Wink’s Link Community Path” and that an appropriate sign be constructed at the Town entrance to the Trail to be funded from the Trials Master Plan budget at a cost of up to $1,500.

9.1.2 – Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act (Changes to the Municipal Act, 2001, the Municipal Election Act, 1996 and the Conflict of Interest Act) Resolution. That the Staff Report regarding Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2017, be received for information purposes.
Direction (For Direct Staff Follow-up). That the Clerk be directed to update Parry Sound’s policies and by-laws affected by Bill 68 as they pertain to the Municipal Act, the Conflict of Interest Act, and the Municipal Elections Act.

9.1.3 – Succession planning and organizational restructuring. Resolution. That the Succession Planning & Organizational Restructuring report dated October 17, 2017 as attached be approved.

9.3.1 – Solar Power Project – A Clean Energy Powered Future. Direction. THAT Council set the goal of 100% of Town buildings and operations using only electricity from renewable energy sources and supports in principle, the use of Town owned lands, particularly the former McFarlane Landfill site for solar power generation and, THAT the Manager of Infrastructure and Technology be directed to initiate a request for proposal process to select a supplier for the review and potential development of solar generation net metering projects on Town owned property(s), AND THAT staff bring a report back to Council for consideration and award to a potential supplier following the evaluation of any proposals received.

9.4.1 – Stockey Centre Roof & Siding Project – Grant Application.
Resolution. 1. That Council authorizes that application be made to the Department of Canadian Heritage/Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for the Stockey Centre roof and siding project in the amount of $705,525. representing 50% of total project costs; and That Rob Mens be confirmed as the person with signing authority. 2. That in the event the funding application is approved, Council approves an additional $5,600. for debenture for 2017/2018 for this project. Resolution postponed at the September 5, 2017 meeting.
Resolution. That Council accepts the tender from W.S. Morgan Construction Ltd. in the amount of $888,180.00 including HST for roof repairs and siding replacement at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts and Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, this being the only tender received; and That the budgeted debenture be increased to reflect the tendered amount.

9.4.2 – Regional Innovation Strategy Initiative. Direction. 1) That the report be received for information purposes; 2) That the Town partner with the Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network by providing meeting space for focus group and information sessions as required, at no cost; and 3) That the Town’s Web site and other forms of social media be utilized to promote participation in the development of a Regional Innovation Strategy.