There are no surprises in the minutes of the July 21st meeting of the Town of Parry Sound Council. See the related Agenda Preview post for details and my comments on the various items.
Questions of Staff
3.2.1 – In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry regarding construction at the corner of Seguin, Bowes and Great North Roads, Director of Public Works Mike Kearns reported that Lakeland Power is in the process of running infrastructure underground using directional boring.
3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry as to what is happening to the provincial government building on Bay Street with the new OPP station moving quickly to completion, CAO Clayton Harris reported that the Town has received no update and no timeline from the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry to determine where they would like to relocate. Mr. Harris also noted that facility analysis is or has been done with other locations, raising concern about the possibility of MNRF moving out of the area. The Town has a delegation request at the AMO virtual conference with one of the items being a reminder to the Minister that the Town is interested in the property and would like to see jobs retained in community.
3.2.3 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding pavement cuts at Waubuno Road near Waubeek and Waubeek Street near Church, Mr. Kearns reported that these cuts are in anticipation of re-paving which should have been completed by end of workday today.
3.2.4 – In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry regarding the timeline for completion of removal of demolition rubble from the former St. Joseph’s Hospital, Mr. Harris said that he would ask the Chief Building Official what the demolition plan was submitted by the contractor and report back to Council. Mayor McGarvey reported that the contractor seems to be separating material into different piles for reclamation. With respect to the chimney, Manager of Building and Planning Services Taylor Elgie reported that the plan does not include demolition of the chimney which is a habitat for the endangered chimney swift. Mr. Harris reported that the contractor indicated he convinced the owner to save the chimney as it was unnecessary to demolish it, it was in stable condition, at the edge of the property and may be an interesting feature in a new development.
Note: Only an action for item 4.8 was noted for the various correspondence items. Refer to the Agenda Preview for details on the various items.
4.1 – Jenn Montreuil, Deputy City Clerk, City of North Bay. Copy of letter to the Prime Minister re: support for FCM’s request of the Federal Government to support communities with a minimum $10 billion funding for emergency operational support.
4.2 – Township of The Archipelago. Request for increased provincial funding for the West Parry Sound Health Centre that takes into account seasonal residency.
4.3 – Township of The Archipelago. Copy of letter written to the President and CEO of LCBO regarding concerns with the potential closure of LCBO convenience outlets at Woods Bay and San Souci.
4.4 – Township of The Archipelago. Resolution expressing hope that the COVID-19 pandemic can be controlled to the point where international borders can be safely re-opened such that international and American property owners can access their properties.
4.5 – Township of The Archipelago. Support for the Town of Parry Sound and the Health Unit’s initiatives mandating face coverings.
4.6 – Andrea McIntyre. Concerns with the mandating of face coverings.
4.7 – Municipality of Whitestone. Copy of request to provincial government to financially support rural broadband internet.
4.8 – Gail McEwen, Almonte Street. Concern over a property matter between neighbours which has been referred to the Director of Public Works and the By-law Enforcement Officer.
4.9 – Jeremy McDonald, A-Staff Sergeant, Detachment Commander, WPS OPP. OPP 2020 Quarter 2 Report.
Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Consent Application B/16/20(PS) – PS Mall Inc. – 70 Joseph Street.
That Consent Application No. B16/2020(TPS) – Parry Sound Mall Inc. (70 Joseph Street), be supported, subject to the following conditions:
1. any necessary amendment/variance to the Zoning By-law be completed to ensure that resultant lots would meet the requirements of the zoning by-law, which includes setbacks and compliance with Section 4.9 (e) of By-law 2004-4653;
the payment of cash in lieu of parkland dedication fees for the newly created lot;
any easements be deeded between the retained and severed lots for access to utilities and vehicular traffic – a blanket easement may be required for reciprocal parking rights.
4. that the applicant obtain compliance with the Ontario Building Code as it relates to the lot line dividing the structure (ex – construct a firewall); and
5. that separate water/sewer services be provided to each of the retained and severed lands.
9.1.2 – Consent Application B/17/20(TPS) – Gomez – 10 Edward Street.
That Consent Application No. B/17/2020(TPS) – Gomez – 10 Edward Street, be supported, subject to the following conditions:
the payment of cash in lieu of parkland dedication fees for the newly created lot; and
that the applicant be advised that separate water/sewer services are to be provided to each of the retained and severed lands.
9.2.1 – Flag Policy.
That the Flag Policy attached as Schedule A be hereby approved, effective immediately.
9.2.2 – Donation to the Heath Centre in Recognition of the face masks they provided to the Town.
Whereas many of the West Parry Sound Health Centre’s (Health Centre) fund raising efforts have been cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19;
Whereas the need for fund raising continues;
Whereas the Health Centre, with the assistance of the hospital auxiliary volunteers began making and distributing masks throughout the community;
Whereas the Health Centre has provided over 150 masks to the Town.
NOWTHEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Town of Parry Sound thanks the Health Centre for this initiative in support of the community;
AND THAT the Town donate $500.00 to the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation under the mask program.
The following amendment was proposed:
That the donation be increased to $1,000.
The amended resolution was voted on
Carried as amended
9.2.3 – COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations – Museums Assistance Program.
THAT Council authorizes that application be made to the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations – Museums Assistance Program for the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame and THAT Clayton Harris be confirmed as the person with signing authority.
9.3.1 – 2019 Audited Financial Statements
That Council for the Town of Parry Sound does hereby approve the Draft Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2019 in Schedule “A” as attached; and
That the 2019 Draft Financial Statements for the Provincial Offences Act in Schedule “B” be approved as attached; and
That the 2019 Draft Financial Statements for Administration of Land Ambulance Services in Schedule “C” be approved as attached.
9.3.2 – Development Charge Background Study for the Town of Parry Sound.
That Council approves undertaking a Development Charge Background Study using Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. (Watson) at the estimated cost of $39,570, excluding HST.
9.4.1 – Transport Canada Rail Safety Improvement Program.
That Council direct staff to complete an online application form for the Transport Canada Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP) to explore funding opportunities related to the double rail crossing at Isabella St.
10.1.1 – Subdivision Amending Agreement – W.E.H. Developments Limited.
By-Law 2020 – 7059
Being a By-law to authorize a Subdivision Amending Agreement regarding phasing with W.E.H. Developments Limited (Hall/Thunder Creek).
Passed, Signed & Sealed
10.1.2 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/20/03 – 9 Church Street (Matt Ryan for Oleg Gromov).
By-Law 2020 – 7060
Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 9 Church Street (Matt Ryan for Oleg Gromov)
Passed, Signed & Sealed 10.2 CAO’s Office/Administration
10.2.1 – Council Procedure By-law Amendment to permit expanded Electronic Participation at Meetings.
By-law 2020 – 7061
Being a By-law to govern and regulate the proceedings of Council of The Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound, and its Boards and Committees where applicable.
Passed, Signed & Sealed
Whereas the Province of Ontario’s Declared State of Emergency is scheduled to end on July 22nd, 2020; and
Whereas COVID-19 continues to exist as a declared world-wide pandemic; and
Whereas Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020 which if passed into law, will expand the opportunity for municipal Councils, Local Boards and their Committees to meet electronically; and
Whereas in anticipation of Bill 197 passing, Council has passed By-law 2020 – 7061, permitting by means of a resolution, certain expanded terms of electronic participation at meetings of Council, Local Boards and its Committees;
Now Therefore Be It Resolved that Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound extends until October 31st, 2020 the terms of electronic participation at meetings of Council, Local Boards or Committees of either them per the following:
a) electronic participation counts towards quorum;
b) electronic participants are permitted to vote; and
c) electronic participation is permitted in a meeting closed to the public.
10.4.1 – Recycling of Consumer-Type Batteries Agreement.
By-law 2020 – 7062
Being a By-law to authorise the execution of an agreement with Call2Recycle for the management of used Consumer-Type Portable Battery Recycling
Passed, Signed & Sealed