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A few short comments on a couple of the issues before Council this week. The more important items on the agenda follow:

9.4.1 – The purchase of 65 self-watering hanging baskets.
This seems like a good idea. The current baskets demand more watering than is practical for Town Staff to provide. This purchase has the potential to significantly improve the quality of the flowers and perhaps even save time and money.

9.4.4 – Bobby Orr Community Centre (BOCC) – Gas Pipe Relocation.
This seems to be another necessary remediation for work that was not done to specifications. Keep your eyes open folks and make sure that your supplier delivers/installs what they were contracted to do. It’s too late once the job has been paid for and a problem shows up a few years later.

Closed Session

d) labour relations or employee negotiations. (Personnel Matters) (POA Court)

e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board. (Zoning Matter)

Correspondence

4.1 – Gail Burrows, Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce. Request for funding in the 2018 budget

Deputations

5.1 – Gail Burrows, President, Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce. Annual Chamber of Commerce Update and Financial Request

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.4.1 – Self-Watering Hanging Baskets: Pre-Budget Approval. Resolution. That Council authorize staff to single source the delivery of 65 self-watering hanging baskets from Equinox Environmental Products, for a total of $9,892.01, including HST.

9.4.2 – Council Approved Sign Application – Mill Lake Boat Launch. Resolution. That the Chief Building Official is authorized to issue a permit for two signs substantially as shown on Schedule “A” attached; and According to the conditions in Schedule “B” attached; and That the permit will initially be for a five year period; and That the permit does expire if the signs are removed.

9.4.3 – Reappointment of Councillors to Committee of Adjustment. Resolution. That Councillors Borneman and Keith be reappointed to the Parry Sound Committee of Adjustment until November 30, 2018.

9.4.4 – Bobby Orr Community Centre (BOCC) – Gas Pipe Relocation. Resolution. That Council accept the change order from J. G. Fitzgerald & Sons Ltd. for relocation of the gas pipe at the BOCC in the amount of $32,153.00 excluding HST; and engineering/consulting fees; and That the project be funded from the Building Replacement Reserve.

9.5.1 – 2018 Land Ambulance Budget. Resolution. That upon recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee the Council of the Town of Parry Sound adopts the 2018 Land Ambulance Budget in the amount of $9,477,716.

9.5.2 – Auto Pulse. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee the Council of the Town of Parry Sound authorize the purchase of 10 Auto Pulse devices and ancillary equipment from Zoll Medical Canada in the amount of $173,722.59.

9.5.3 – 2018 Ambulance Purchases. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee, Council approve the purchase of two ambulances from Crestline Coach in the amount of $111,392 each inclusive of the trade in value ($11,000) for our current units being replaced, to be delivered in late winter of 2018.

9.5.4 – Surplus EMS Vehicle. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee, the Council of the Town of Parry Sound allocate a surplus 2011 Ford E350 Ambulance to the Whitestone Fire Department at no cost.

By-laws

10.1.1 – Contract for 2018 Municipal Election eVoting Services. By-Law 2017 – 6778. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a contract with Intelivote Systems Inc. for the provision of an electronic voting system incorporating voting through telephone and secure internet connections for the 2018 Municipal Election.

It hardly seems worth attending the meeting this coming week. There are no items of real importance on the agenda, nor is there likely to be any significant discussion. But, the meeting may not be broadcast based on challenges with the Town’s Live Stream service.