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Some short comments on the issues before Council this week:

4.1 – Concerns regarding the connection of services on Rosetta to incidents of wastewater overflow in their home.
I would be similarly concerned if this happened at my home. Apply enough pressure and every vent system will fail. A contractor seems to have screwed up and they need to accept responsibility.

4.2, 5.1 – Concerns about issues of safety on William Street while public is using the bike lanes.
I don’t live on William Street but it has been my experience that commercial trucks rarely respect a 40 kph speed limit. Time is money folks. I also believe in the adage, “You don’t s**t where you eat”. Adams would be advised to keep a closer tab on their drivers and their customers, or consider moving their materials operations to their McDougall facility where there is much less pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

9.3.1 – Solar field partnership RFP waiver and solar agreement.
It’s a bit of a ‘hot wire’ approach to ‘jump start’ the project but seems reasonable. This landfill site will be put to use and the Town is not on the hook for expenses, and may save a few bucks on energy costs. I am comforted by the involvement of Lakeland Holdings. Their track record to date has been pretty good.

9.3.3 – Wink’s Link Trail update. Resolution. That Council support staff recommendation to seasonally maintain Winks Link, and to allow the Snowmobile clubs to use and maintain the Link in the winter months;
I hope that Council will require the snowmobile clubs to assume responsibility for any damage and unreasonable wear and tear of the trail. I recall a situation one winter when a lamp post was knocked over on the Rotary Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail bridge over the Sequin River that ended up the responsibility of the Town. The boards on the bridge were also replaced a couple of years ago because of damage by the snow machines. I think we should share, but let’s make sure our ‘guests’ assume appropriate responsibility.

9.6.1 – Parry Sound Official Coat of Arms.
Sure, why not?

Key Agenda Items

Closed Session

(b) personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees. (CAO Recruitment), (Personnel Matter), (Former Employee)

(c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board; (Request to Transfer Lease)

Correspondence

4.1 – Richard and Marilyn Mooder, 16 Rosetta Street. Concerns regarding the connection of services on Rosetta to incidents of wastewater overflow in their home.

4.2 – Stacy Andelin, William Street. Concerns about issues of safety on William Street while public is using the bike lanes.

4.3 – Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Opposes Proposed Changes to the Public Health System. Re: Concerns that changes to the Public Health System will completely change and dilute over time the mandate of the local public health system by integrating it with the Health care system. No analysis provided by the Expert Panel or the Ministry on the implications of this proposed integration from either a patient, program/service, or cost benefit analysis perspective was done.

4.7 – Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) Re: FONOM disappointed with Decision to Cancel Energy East Project

Deputations

5.1 – Stacy Andelin, William Street. Concerns about the safety of people using the bike lanes on Williams Street.

Consent Agenda

8.1 – Amendment to Budget Schedule. Resolution. That Council hereby approves the revised 2018 budget preparation schedule as set out in Schedule “A” attached; and That Resolution 2017-144 is hereby rescinded.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – 2018 Council Meeting Dates. Resolution. That pursuant to By-law 2015-6573, Section 3, paragraph 4, Council approves Schedule “A” as attached, which provides the schedule of dates for the 2018 Regular meetings of Council.

9.3.1 – Solar field partnership RFP waiver and solar agreement. Direction.
1. That Council waive the request for proposal (RFP) that was initiated by the October 17th, 2017 Council meeting; and
2. That Council direct staff to develop an agreement with Lakeland Power and AMP Energy for the creation of a solar field on the old landfill site; and 3. That Council directs staff to consider the long-term potential use of other large, municipally owned parcels of land, for best future use.

9.3.2 – Hybrid Electric Truck Loan Opportunity. Resolution. Whereas municipalities purchase and maintain fleet vehicles in order to provide necessary services to their communities; and Whereas emerging electric vehicle and hybrid technologies have the potential to significantly improve the environmental impact of municipal fleets by reducing their GHG emissions; and Whereas municipal fleet managers make significant and costly decisions on the fleet vehicles they purchase and these vehicles may be part of municipal fleets for several years; and
Whereas more data and information is necessary to encourage municipal adoption of new green technologies and to help make decisions about the most appropriate applications; and Whereas AMO is proposing to apply to the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund to procure electric trucks which will be loaned to participants in the pilot and members to test and measure usage; Therefore, Be It Resolved That the Council of the Town of Parry Sound will participate in and support the AMO Electric Truck Pilot Project alongside other interested municipal governments, including by partnering with AMO in the application for grant funding from the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund.

9.3.3 – Wink’s Link Trail update. Resolution. That Council support staff recommendation to seasonally maintain Winks Link, and to allow the Snowmobile clubs to use and maintain the Link in the winter months; and Further to update Town of Parry Sound Bylaw #98-4016 to include Winks Link, and include the appropriate signage identifying the usage.

9.4.2 – Façade Improvement Program Recommendations. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the Façade Improvement Review Committee, Council approves:
a) 11 James Street (SJB Construction Inc.) in the amount of $4,112.48;
b) 39 James Street (Ritchie Holdings – Parry Sound – Ltd.) in the amount of $9,022.50; and,
c) 19 James Street (Dyer) – in the amount of $8,465.69.
And further that Agreement Letters be drafted and executed by the successful applicants. And that upon the recommendation of the Façade Improvement Review Committee, Council deny the request for funding from:
d) 138 William Street (Fellowship Baptist Church); and
e) 43 Church Street (Moir).

9.6.1 – Parry Sound Official Coat of Arms. Resolution. That a Coat of Arms Ad Hoc Committee be struck to review the development of a registered Coat of Arms and Motto for the Town of Parry Sound to be submitted to the Heraldic Authority through the Governor General’s office; and That Mayor McGarvey, Councillor ___________, Ann Hurdman and ___________ be appointed to the Committee.

By-laws

10.2.1 – Approval of application for debenture. By-law 2017 – 6776. Being a by-law to authorize certain new capital works of The Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound (the “Municipality”); to authorize the submission of an application to Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (“OILC”) for financing such capital works; to authorize temporary borrowing from OILC to meet expenditures in connection with such works; and to authorize long term borrowing for such works through the issue of debentures to OILC.

As always the full agenda with attachments is available at the Town’s website. The meeting will be available live, and archived, on YouTube. Contact the Town of Parry Sound for information if you need help finding it. A search for “Town of Parry Sound council meeting youtube” should provide the appropriate link. Just be careful regarding the date or will end up with an archived meeting. Sometimes the live feed doesn’t appear until a minute or two after the usual 7:00 start time.