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There is little to comment on. The parking issue (10.3.2) was resolved and parking requirements were waived without additional payment. It seems that the required parking requirement was met but not within the exact terms defined in the existing regulations. Council chose to wave their wand and exempt the property owner from all requirements. I have no issue with their decision given the circumstances.

Closed Session
b) personal matter about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees, (Director of Finance 6 Month Review; Director of Public Works Employment Agreement)
d) labour relations or employee negotiations; (Director of Public Works Employment Agreement)

Questions of Staff
3.2.1 –
In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding fire response rates in 2019, Director of Development & Protective Services Dave Thompson reported that at approximately 150 responses, the overall rate in 2019 was in line with responses in 2016 and prior years until more were experienced in 2017 and 2018. Mr. Thompson reported that EMS calls were also down across the district in 2019 by about 4-5%
With respect to the reason for the reduction, Mr. Thompson suggested that while there is a strong fire prevention program in place, the summer season has a large effect on brush fire activity, and last year wasn’t as conducive to brush fires.

Correspondence
4.1 –
West Parry Sound Health Centre Auxiliary. Request for Tag Day – July 10, 2020 Covered under item 8.1.
4.2 – Lynne Atkinson. Request for Proclamation Feb 6 Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. Covered under item 8.2.
4.3 Susan Hrycyna, Executive Director, PS Downtown Business Association. Resignation of Board member Amy Black. Covered under item 8.4.
4.4 – Lori West, Clerk, Township of McDougall Resolution rejecting Parry Sound District-wide Ontario Health Team. Circulated to Mayor & Council; filed.
4.5 – Karen Gerard, Deputy Clerk, Township of McKellar. Copy of letter to DSSAB rejecting Parry Sound District-wide Ontario Health Team. Circulated to Mayor & Council; filed.
4.6 – Erica Kellogg, Secretary, Almaguin Highlands Health Centre Committee. Res. 2020-03 requesting more information of DSSAB re: District-wide Ontario Health Team. Circulated to Mayor & Council; filed.
4.7 – Rita Orr, CEO; Tom Lundy, Chair, Parry Sound Public Library. 2020 Budget Request. Circulated to Mayor & Council and Director of Finance; filed.

Deputations
5.1 –
Hartley Duncan, CEO Rita Orr, Chair Tom Lundy, Parry Sound Public Library. 2019 Annual Report and 2020 Funding request.
Prior to the showing of a 5-minute video commercial giving an overview of Parry Sound Public Library statistics and programs in 2019, Mr. Lundy thanked Council members on the Library Board for their support, thanked Library Staff for their work in expanding the work of the Library in 2019, and expressed the expectation of continued growth in 2020.
After the viewing of the commercial, https://youtu.be/4KNNyfo_KOo, the deponents responded to questions of members of Council.
(Resolution/Direction?) That the Parry Sound Public Library’s 2020 budget request letter be referred to the 2020 budget for Council’s deliberation. Carried

5.2 – Bill Mardimae, Gardens Retirement Developments Inc. Gardens Retirement proposed development.
The applicant Mr. Bill Mardimae reported that a 40 to 60-unit apartment building is being proposed next to the Gardens Retirement residence, with the only issue seemingly outstanding being parking. Mr. Mardimae indicated that he is in agreement to double the ratio of parking spots from 0.5 per unit to 1.0 per unit, and to increase the ratio of accessible parking spots from 1/30 to 2/30.
In response to Councillors’ inquiries, Mr. Mardimae reported that he hopes the development to be completed in one or two years, and that he is in discussions with Canadore College due to its proximity, about the potential for intergenerational housing accommodating both seniors and students.

5.3 Keith Smith. Handicapped parking spaces at The Gardens proposed new building.
Mr. Keith Smith addressed Council with background on his efforts at ensuring there are accessible parking spots dedicated to residents of The Gardens and advocated for an increased accessible parking ratio and dedication of those accessible spots to residents with respect to the new development proposed.
Mr. Smith reported that he wanted to see 10 complimentary reserved accessible parking spots at the proposed development. In addition, Mr. Smith suggested that with the number of seniors in the area, future retirement homes should have underground or covered parking to reduce incidents of slips, trips and falls on ice.

Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda
7.1. – Employment Agreement Director of Public Works.
By-law 2020-7012. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an Employment Agreement for the position of Director of Public Works. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

Consent Agenda
8.1 – West Parry Sound Health Centre Auxiliary Tag Day.
Resolution 2020 – 002. THAT Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound authorizes the West Parry Sound Health Centre Auxiliary to hold a tag day on July 10, 2020 for the purposes of fundraising. Carried

8.2 – International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation – Feb 6.
Resolution. Whereas International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is observed around the world and provides an opportunity to honour those women, girls, boys and men who are actively and courageously working towards an end to this harmful practice.
Whereas this day invites us to reflect on the fact that 3.9 million girls are still at risk of mutilation each year, including girls in Canada.
Whereas on this day, we acknowledge that female genital mutilation is an issue on every continent except Antarctica, and that there are 200 million FGM survivors in the world, including thousands in Canada.
Whereas we acknowledge that FGM has no basis in any religious text and is recognized by the United Nations and other world bodies as child abuse and an abuse of a girl’s fundamental human rights.
Whereas we acknowledge that FGM has no benefits and causes only harm, including death, difficulties with urination, menstruation, sexual intimacy, post-traumatic stress disorder and increased maternal and child mortality.
Whereas on this International Day of Zero Tolerance For FGM, we acknowledge and celebrate all national and international efforts being made, especially at the grass roots level, to achieve United Nations Sustainable Millennium Development Goal #5, which calls for the elimination of FGM and other harmful traditional practices by 2030.
Whereas on this Day of Zero Tolerance, we call for increased, concerted global and Canadian action to end female genital mutilation, and ask all governments-international, national, and local- to fully uphold the human rights of women and girls so they can live a life free from the violence that is female genital mutilation.
NOW THEREFORE the Town of Parry Sound Council does hereby proclaim February 6, 2020, as International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM in the Town of Parry Sound. Carried

8.3 – Declaration of Snowfest as event of Municipal Significance.
Resolution. THAT for purposes of obtaining a Special Occasions Permit, Council declares that the day-long Parry Sound Snowfest 2020 event scheduled on Sunday, February 16th, at 9 Bay Street Parry Sound is an Event of Municipal Significance. Carried

8.4 – Accept Resignations from DBA and Amend Appointing Resolution.
Resolution. That Council accepts the resignations from the Parry Sound Downtown Business Association Board of Dan DiNicolo (September 13, 2019) and Amy Black (January 13, 2020), and amends Resolution 2019 – 012 by removing their appointments to the Board. Carried

By-laws
10.3.1 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/14 – College Drive (M2 Developments Inc.).
By-Law 2019 – 6999 (for second and third reading). Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Z/19/14 – 12 College Drive (M2 Developments Inc./Gardens of Parry Sound).
The following amendment was proposed:
That on page 3 of the By-law, the first paragraph be replaced with the following text:
“Despite Section 4.30 (n), 10% of all required parking spaces for any Retirement Resident or Retirement Residence – Special shall be accessible/barrier-free on the subject lands.” Amendment Defeated
The by-law as originally drafted was Passed Signed and Sealed.

10.1.1 – Tax Policies – Capping and New to Class/New Construction.
By-law 2020 – 7003. Being a bylaw to specify Tax Policies including: claw back percentage; capping threshold parameters; minimum tax level for new-to-class / new construction and to exclude certain properties from the capping program for the year 2020. Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.1.2 – Tax Ratios for 2020.
By-Law 2020 – 7004. Being a by-law to set Tax Ratios for Municipal purposes for the year 2020. Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.1.3 – Temporary Borrowing Authorization.
By-law 2020 – 7005. Being a by-law to authorize temporary borrowing to meet the current expenditures of the Town of Parry Sound until taxes are collected and other revenues are received. Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.2.1 – Adopt Memorandum of Understanding for the Integrated Community Energy and Climate Action Plan (ICECAP) collaborative.
Bylaw 2020 – 7006. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding with area municipalities and First Nations located in the Georgian Bay Biosphere region for the purpose of a collaborative, more cost-effective approach to energy management and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Passed, Signed and Sealed.
Resolution 2020 – 006.
THAT Council for the Town of Parry Sound appoints Councillor Paul Borneman to participate in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities / ICLEI – Partners for Climate Protection program as well as the Integrated Community Energy and Climate Action Plans (ICECAP) partnership. Carried

10.3.2 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/12 – 11 Miller Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on behalf of Brian Moore).
By-Law 2020 – 7008. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 11 Miller Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on behalf of Brian Moore). Defeated.
A new by-law was presented for Council’s consideration, that removed Section 2 (d) of By-law 2020-7008 which required cash-in-lieu of parking for any parking spaces for any residential development in excess of 10 dwelling units.
By-law 2020 – 7013. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 11 Miller Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on behalf of Brian Moore). Passed, Signed and Sealed.
Resolution
That the owner of 11 Miller Street be advised that cash-in-lieu of parking shall be required for the additional unit at a 2020 rate of $5,551 (per space) and that the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to execute any necessary cash-in-lieu of parking agreement for the subject property. Withdrawn.

10.3.3 – Pre-Consultation By-law for Planning Applications – Require applicants to discuss proposal with staff prior to an application.
By-Law 2020 – 7009. Being a By-law to require Pre-Consultation for certain Planning Applications and to delegate authority to determine certain application procedures. Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.3.4 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/16 – Macklaim and Dennis Avenue (Town of Parry Sound).
By-Law 2020 – 7010. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Macklaim Drive and Dennis Drive (Town of Parry Sound). Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.4.1 – Appointment of Deputy Clerk Clayton Harris.
By-law 2020 – 7007. Being a By-law to appoint Clayton Harris as Deputy Clerk in addition to his appointment as the Chief Administrative Officer and the Alternate Head under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound. Passed, Signed and Sealed.