There are lots of interesting items on the agenda in terms of topic and the supporting information. Here are a few points that folks might want to follow up on.
4.5 & 9.3.1 – Support for Parry Sound Affordable Housing Development Corporation.
After a series of interactions it seems the Affordable Housing Corporation (PSAHC) has finally accepted the reality that the Town will not support more affordable housing if PSAHC insists on seeking exemptions from property taxation. PSAHC has stated that it, and any successor organizations, will not seek exemptions. It’s worth noting that their taxation rates are still lower than for residential properties.
9.2.2 – 2021 Land Ambulance Budget.
Our neighbouring municipalities will be squawking about the almost 5% increase in EMS costs. Because the expense is based in part on an assessment basis it is one of their highest expenses and one they can’t ‘finesse’.
9.3.2 – Xplornet’s proposal to the Province under the Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program.
It seems that after being ignored by internet providers we will now have two groups, Xplornet and the Smart Community Network Hub (Vianet), providing additional infrastructure. Does this mean competition or cooperation? This will primarily benefit of our neighbours as the Town already has good, if not exceptional, internet connectivity. (How about fibre on Redwood Drive???)
9.4.1 – Financial Variance Report for Third Quarter of 2020.
There is lots of juicy financial information in this report for those of you who like to understand what things in the Town cost to operate.
9.4.2 – RFP – General Insurance and Risk Management Services.
Insurance costs are going up 30%. This was previously suggested by our current provider. Any ideas on why prices are up this much? COVID-19 doesn’t seem a reasonable culprit.
10.2.1 – Appoint a Chief Building Official and Amend other building official appointments.
John Este is stepping down as CBO. He is pretty much the last of a management team that did a great job for the Town. I wish him the best. He served the Town as a true professional without any ‘attitude’.
i) a trade secret or scientific, technical, commercial, financial or labour relations information, supplied in confidence to the municipality or local board, which, if disclosed, could reasonably be expected to prejudice significantly the competitive position or interfere significantly with the contractual or other negotiations of a person, group of persons, or organization, (EMS Human Resources issue)
k) a position, plan, procedure, criteria or instruction to be applied to any negotiations carried on or to be carried on by or on behalf of the municipality or local board, (EMS Contract)
4.1 – Nick Ryeland, Park to Park Trail
2020 Funding Request.
4.2 – Beth Morton, Clerk-Administrator, Township of Perry
Opposition to Closure of Drive Test Centre in Sundridge.
4.3 – Minister Cho, Ministry of Seniors & Accessibility
Response to request for extension of Website compliance deadline.
4.4 – Hanif Datoo
Request for winter maintenance Geewadin Road extension.
4.5 – Parry Sound Affordable Housing Development Corporation
Support request for PSAHDC’s outreach to increase affordable housing.
5.1 – Becky Pollock, Benjamin John, Georgian Bay Biosphere
ICECAP (Integrated Community Energy and Climate Action Plans) Progress Report.
5.2 – Nadine Hammond, Curator/Manager, Museum on Tower Hill
2021 Funding Request and 2020 Annual Report
Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Waste Diversion and Transition Legislation Comments
That Council receive the Report attached as Schedule A and direct staff to provide comments consistent with the Report, on the proposed legislation as listed in the Environmental Registry as – ERO number 019-2579 prior to the December 3, 2020 deadline.
9.2.1 – Building Permit Software
That Council accepts the proposal from Evolta Software Inc. for e-permitting (building permit) software (“Cloudpermit”) and authorizes staff to enter into an e-permit Service Agreement with Evolta Software Inc.
9.2.2 – 2021 Land Ambulance Budget
That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee the 2021 Land Ambulance Operating Budget be approved with a 4.85% levy increase over the 2020 approved budget in a total amount of $9,986,873; and
That a Land Ambulance Capital Budget be approved in the amount of $460,000 to be funded from the EMS Capital Reserve Fund.
9.2.3 – Sign Variance – 1 Pine Drive
That Council authorizes and directs the Chief Building Official to issue a permit for 4 signs on the site of 1 Pine Drive pursuant to the variances and permissions attached as Schedule A.
9.3.1 – Support for Parry Sound Affordable Housing Development Corporation
Whereas the Parry Sound Affordable Housing Development Corporation has submitted a letter and would appreciate support from the Town of Parry Sound in their efforts to increase the number of affordable housing units serving West Parry Sound;
Whereas there is an ongoing demand for affordable housing units in Parry Sound and the surrounding area; and
Whereas the Parry Sound Affordable Housing Development Corporation works in partnership with many organizations to increase the number of affordable housing units to serve Parry Sound, and
Whereas the Parry Sound Affordable Housing Development Corporation commits that neither it nor its successor organization(s) will seek an exemption from property taxes under the Assessment Act,
Now Therefore the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound does hereby support the Parry Sound Affordable Housing Development Corporation’s efforts in search of opportunities to increase the number of affordable housing units to serve Parry Sound.
9.3.2 – Xplornet’s proposal to the Province under the Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program
Whereas Xplornet has requested support from the Town of Parry Sound for their submission to the Province under the Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program, and
Whereas the past months have demonstrated the importance of connectivity, especially for the more rural areas of Ontario, and
Whereas the post-pandemic recovery offers the opportunity to provide the necessary tools for rural Ontario’s success in the digital economy, including education through virtual learning, eHealth, economic development and by supporting residents working from home, and
Whereas Xplornet’s project will build 2,650 km of new fibre across the province, providing direct fibre connections in the rural areas of Parry Sound, including the connection of 1 new macro tower site and 1 new wireless microsite to fibre in Town,
Now Therefore the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound does hereby support Xplornet’s proposal to the Province under the Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program.
9.4.1 – Financial Variance Report for Third Quarter of 2020
That Council hereby receives and accepts the variance report for the Third Quarter of 2020 (September 30, 2020); and
That Council hereby approves the expenses for Council members for the period from January 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020.
9.4.2 – RFP – General Insurance and Risk Management Services
That Council accept and award the proposal for the Corporation’s general insurance and risk management services to BFL Canada, including Wharfingers/Terminal Operators insurance, at the premium cost of $451,169 plus sales tax for the one-year period ending December 15, 2021; and
That staff be authorized to negotiate and award other coverages up to a value of $15,000.
10.1.1 – Community Sharps Bin – Agreement North Bay-Parry Sound District Health Unit
By-law 2020 – 7090
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with the North Bay-Parry Sound District Health Unit for a Community Sharps Bin Program.
10.2.1 – Appoint a Chief Building Official and Amend other building official appointments
By-law 2020 – 7085
Being a By-law to Appoint Mark Vandermeer as Chief Building Official and amend or revoke other related Building Official Appointment By-laws.
10.2.2 – EMS Lease of a portion of the Humphrey Fire Hall
By-law 2020 – 7086
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with the Township of Seguin for the lease of a portion of the Humphrey Fire Hall for an EMS Base.
10.2.3 – Big Sound Marina Breakwater and Dock C contract execution
By-law 2020 – 7087
Being a bylaw to authorize the execution of a contract with Kropf Industrial Inc for the replacement of the Breakwater and Dock C at the Big Sound Marina.
10.3.1 – Return of Financial Donation to Phil Morse for Outdoor Rink Project
By-law 2020 – 7091
Being a By-law to Authorize the Return of a Donation to Phil Morse.
10.4.1 – Commencement of Fees and Charges for Servicing Dennis & Macklaim Drive
By-law 2020 – 7088
Being a By-law to impose fees/charges for the recovery of the cost of capital works within portions of Plan M405 (Servicing Dennis and Macklaim Drive).
10.4.2 – Intermunicipal tax roll agreements with Whitestone, Magnetawan, Strong, and Armour
By-Law 2020 – 7089
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of four intermunicipal tax roll agreements with: the Corporation of the Municipality of Whitestone; the Corporation of the Township of Magnetawan; the Corporation of the Township of Strong; and the Municipal Corporation of the Township of Armour, for the purposes of adding POA defaulted fines to the tax roll.