Once again, I’m back to posting the outcome of Town of Parry Sound council meetings. The intent is to provide folks with a more easily digested summary of what is going on at Town Hall. The local media covers, at most, a couple items. The official documents, while comprehensive, are a slog to get through. This council meeting ‘wrap’ is intended to provide an abridged summary of the council meeting minutes as a means to keep people updated on events in our town. These summaries are not intended to be comprehensive. If you want to completely understand what went down at council meetings I suggest you attend the meetings, watch the meetings live or as recorded on YouTube, and/or read the full agenda package and minutes of the meeting.
These posts complement the official agenda issued by the Town of Parry Sound and the Council Agenda Preview posted at this site. Refer to either of these documents for background information on the agenda items.
The most notable items on the agenda were:
7.1 – The Town has approved extending an offer of employment for the position of Director Finance/Treasurer.
9.3.1 – The Bobby Orr Community Centre ice surface rebuild was approved. It should be ready for September.
Reminder: the 2019 Town of Parry Sound Budget discussion will be held in the council chambers on April 9th starting at 6:00 PM. The meeting is open to the public.
2.1 – Notice of a Complete Application and Public Meeting Concerning a Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/19/01 – 21 Miller Street (Barker). After an explanation of how notice of the Public Meeting was given, Manager of Building & Planning Taylor Elgie advised the public that the applicant has requested relief from the C1 zone to permit four residential dwelling units within a Converted Dwelling, in addition to all the uses in a C1 zone. Mayor McGarvey invited any members who wished to speak in favour of, and then in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law to come forward. No members of the public spoke either in favour or, in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment. Mr. Elgie reported that one adjacent property owner, Mr. Brian Moore, wrote in support of the application, indicating that housing is in demand and that this type of application is in the best interests of the community.
Questions of Staff
3.2.1 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry as to the train stuck on CNR tracks impeding road traffic in Town, Director of Public Works Peter Brown reported that he was not informed by rail company as is the protocol, and that it was by his own night crew staff at 8:30 P.M. last evening that he was alerted to the situation. In response to additional questioning regarding consequences to the rail company for this breach of protocol, Mr. Brown reported that he would be following up with a fairly aggressive email and phone call advising that the company needs to follow the notification procedures as required.
3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry as to how it is determined when plows are taken off the trucks, Mr. Brown reported that plows are kept on the trucks as long as there is possibility of snow.
4.1– Request for Silver level sponsorship of the 1st Annual Rotary 3 Pitch “Strikes. This item has been circulated to members of Council, the CAO and forwarded to the Manager of Parks & Recreation for follow-up, as well as forwarded to the budget process for Council’s consideration.
4.2 – Regarding concerns that a portion of the Canadore College building will be rented out to an organization that does not fit with the intended use of the building. This item has been circulated to members of Council and the CAO, with a motion added to the agenda under Other Business to address the issue.
4.3 – Request that before the Town considers a resolution urging the Ministry of Education to release funds for the building of a new school, which would effectively close Nobel and McDougall Schools, that a proper accommodation review commence to allow for public consultation. This item has been circulated to members of Council and the CAO, with a motion added to the agenda under Other Business to address the issue.
4.4 – Audit Plan for 2018 This item has been circulated to members of Council, the CAO and the Manager of Accounting for information purposes.
4.5 – Concern with Stockey Centre’s decision to not renew agreement with ARTS. This item has been circulated to members of Council, the CAO and the Programming & Events Manager at the Stockey Centre for follow-up. A related item #10.3.1 is on the agenda this evening, with respect to accepting a proposal in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP) and signing an agreement for an art exhibition over the 2019 season at the Stockey Centre.
5.1 – Dave Brunton, Linda West and Adam Jeffery; Rotary Club of Parry Sound. 3 Pitch Against Cancer.
5.2 – Anne Bossart, Tower Hill Gardeners. Tower Hill Update.
5.3 – Mr. Joe Bossart complemented staff on a well-done 2019 budget.
Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda
7.1 – By-law 2019-6909. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an employment agreement for the position of Director Finance/Treasurer. Read a First, Second and Third time, Passed, Signed and Sealed.
Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – RFQ – Sewer Flushing and Cleaning. Carried
9.1.2 – Tender – Sewage Pump Station 9 Modifications. Carried
9.3.1 – BOCC Ice Surface Rehabilitation Project – Tender Award. Carried
9.3.2 – Tender Award – BOHF Gift Shop Renovation. Carried
9.3.3 – 2019 Canadian Association for Sport Heritage Conference, Fredericton, New Brunswick. Carried
9.3.4 – Drinking Water Inspection Report. Carried
9.4.1 – 2019 Budget Presentation. Carried
9.5.1 – Canadore College Space Rental for non-College Purposes. Resolution 2019 – 035. That the Cormier/Shipman letter regarding concerns about the rental of Canadore College building space for non-College purposes, be referred to staff to report back to the next Council meeting. Carried
9.5.2 – Status Update Request of Education Ministry re: Parry Sound High School. Resolution 2019 – 036. Whereas the Town has been approached by the Near North District School Board requesting support to move the new Parry Sound High School project forward on the site of the existing Parry Sound High School, and Whereas the Town has received correspondence from the Municipality of McDougall requesting an updated accommodation review, Now Therefore Be It Resolved that: Staff be directed to send a letter to the Minister of Education, requesting a current status update on the proposed new school, and the process for moving forward. Carried
10.3.1 – Charles W. Stockey Centre & Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Art Exhibition. Resolution 2019 – 037. That Council accepts the Art Exhibit proposal from 18 James Street for the Charles W. Stockey Centre & Bobby Orr Hall of Fame. Carried.
By-law 2019 – 6904. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with 18 James Street for rental of wall space for an art exhibit at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts. Passed, Signed and Sealed.
10.3.2 – Hatchets Rowing Centre use of Yvonne Williams Park MOU. By-law 2019 – 6905. Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hatchets Rowing Centre for the use of Yvonne Williams Park as a rowing training centre. Passed, Signed and Sealed
10.3.3 – Tower Hill Gardeners & Tower Hill Park MOU. By-law 2019 – 6906. Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tower Hill Gardeners & Georgian Bay Master Gardeners for maintaining gardens at Tower Hill Park. Passed, Signed and Sealed.
10.3.4 – Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, Northern Ontario Internship Program Agreement. By-law 2019 – 6907. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation accepting the terms and conditions of the approval of the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Marketing & Digital Media Intern. Passed, Signed and Sealed.