Most of the important decisions from the meeting have been reported elsewhere. The boat launches and most parks will be opening up. The Stockey Centre and the Bobby Orr Community Centre will not. I will take the time this weekend to read the reports on the Town’s financial position with the impact of COVID-19 (9.2.1) and the economic recovery plan (9.4.1) and report back if there is anything interesting to share. Apparently the Town is taking a ‘hands off’ approach to Big Sound Marina and Town Dock as these are leased to a third party and subject to provincial regulations.
(c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board, (request for rights-of-way over municipal property & potential property sale);
(d) labour relations or employee negotiations, (CUPE labour relations during COVID)
Questions of Staff
3.2.1 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry the work being done at the north end of Joseph Street, Director of Public Works Mike Kearns reported that the work includes cleaning of culverts and ditching for the purpose of drainage and directing storm water run-off to appropriate areas.
In response to Mayor McGarvey’s follow-up question regarding the potential for including a bike lane on Joseph Street from Isabella to the intersection of Mall Drive and Parry Sound Drive, Mr. Kearns reported that it is not something that had been contemplated. From the standpoint of availability of space, Mr. Kearns acknowledged that it might work, however, is not something that had been budgeted for this year with respect to paving required areas vs. leaving them as gravel surfaced.
3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Horne’s inquiry regarding the Salt Dock boat ramp, Mr. Kearns said that the Town is working on getting the existing dock back into place asap. Storms last year caused movement of the dock particularly at the point where it was anchored at the shore, therefore Mr. Kearns said they are looking at what can be done to provide a safe anchoring point at the shore with the hopes that it can be incorporated into the new dock that is planned for the Salt Docks.
4.1 – Brian Beal, Director of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Bd. Access to OPEN Guest Hot Spot network at school parking lots. Filed
4.2 – Craig Jeffery, Clerk, Seguin Township. Resolution 2020-124 requesting publication of Parry Sound District specific stats on COVID-19. Filed
4.3 – Tammy Wylie, Clerk, McKellar Township. Resolution 20-130 requesting publication of Parry Sound District specific stats on COVID-19. Filed
Resolution 20-125 recommending postponement of public meetings to allow time to consider affordability regarding the WPS Wellness & Aquatic Centre. Referred to Wellness Centre & Pool Committee for discussion with no further action.
4.4 – Maryann Weaver, Clerk, Township of the Archipelago. Resolution 20-049 requesting publication of Parry Sound District specific stats on COVID-19. – Filed
Resolution 20-050 re: provincial funding of NBPSDHU. Filed
4.5 – Judith Meyntz, Deputy Clerk, Municipality of Whitestone. Resolution 2020-106 requesting publication of Parry Sound District specific stats on COVID-19.- Filed
Resolution 2020-107 re: provincial funding of NBPSDHU. Filed
4.6 – Mackenzie Taylor, Deputy Clerk, Township of Carling. Resolution 2020-046 requesting publication of Parry Sound District specific stats on COVID-19. Filed
4.7 – Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs. Amendment to Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to permit use of allotment and community gardens under certain conditions. Filed
4.8 – Marianne King-Wilson. Request to keep chimney at 88 Church Street (former St. Joseph’s Hospital) intact as chimney swifts bird habitat. Referred to Chief Building Official who has responded that the Town does not have the means to preserve chimneys; but that no application for a demolition permit for the chimney has been made.
4.9 Anne Bossart. Request that Council approve the resolution to align opening dates of parks, events, programs and recreation facilities based on provincial orders and established guidelines. Handled under item 9.3.1 on the agenda.
Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Municipal Boat Launches and Community Gardens.
Resolution 2020 – 044
That Council of the Corporation Town of Parry Sound ratifies the administrative actions taken to permit the use of community gardens and the reopening of the Town’s boat launches.
9.1.2 – Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts & Bobby Orr Hall of Fame reopening plan.
Resolution 2020 – 045
WHEREAS the Province of Ontario declared an emergency that applies to the whole Province of Ontario pursuant to section 7.0.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (the Act);
AND WHEREAS the Province has issued various Orders under the Act (by Regulation) imposing measures to slow the spread of an infectious disease (COVID-19);
AND WHEREAS the above-mentioned measures include regulations restricting the gatherings of persons, imposing “social or physical distance measures”, affecting the closures of places of businesses, etc.;
AND WHEREAS Council has determined that it is in the interest of public health and safety (the “public interest”) to control and restrict access to places and/or buildings that accommodate large gatherings of persons;
Now therefore Be It Resolved:
That it is in the public interest that the Charles W. Stockey Centre Performance Hall remain closed to rentals until and including September 7, 2020.
9.1.3 – West Parry Sound Economic Development Collaborative (CIINO Funding Program).
Resolution 2020 – 046
That on behalf of the Council of the Town of Parry Sound, the Mayor submit a letter of support of the West Parry Sound Economic Development Collaborative for the purpose of the FedNor Community Investment Initiative of Northern Ontario (CIINO) funding application.
9.2.1 – COVID-19 Financial Report
Resolution 2020 – 047
That the information and analysis of the financial impact of COVID-19 on the municipality and actions being taken to mitigate and manage that impact be received for information purposes.
9.3.1 – Parks & Recreation Facilities, Program & Events: Looking Forward
Resolution 2020 – 048
That Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound align opening dates of parks, events, programs and recreation facilities based on provincial orders and established guidelines and available resources such as Personal Protective Equipment; and
That in the public interest, the Bobby Orr Community Centre not be available to rent for concerts and performances until and including September 7, 2020.
9.4.1 – Parry Sound COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan
Resolution 2020 – 049
That the Parry Sound COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan attached as Schedule A be approved as presented.
10.4.1 – Subdivision Amending Agreement – W.E.H. Developments Limited
By-Law 2020 – 7042
Being a By-law to authorize a Subdivision Amending Agreement with W.E.H. Developments Limited.
Passed, Signed & Sealed