There were no surprises at this week’s meeting of Council. An abridged version of the official minutes is presented below.
Abridged Meeting Minutes
a) the security of property of the municipality or local board, (systems software);
c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purposes, (proposed acquisition of land for municipal purposes);
e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board; (trips & falls report);
h) information explicitly supplied in confidence to the municipality or local board by Canada, a province or territory or a Crown agency of any of them, (Town application with respect to removal from a Board);
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, (sponsorship agreement).
Questions of Staff
3.2.1 – In response to Mayor McGarvey’s inquiry regarding progress on the Ministry of the Solicitor General’s Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan, mandated for every municipality, Director of Development & Protective Services Dave Thompson reported that the goal of these plans is to achieve sustainable communities where families and individuals are able to meet their needs with respect to such things as education, health care, housing, social and cultural expression. The Town and all West Parry Sound municipalities are participating with the OPP as a primary partner, as well as with health, mental health, education and social services agencies and First Nations. An ad hoc committee composed of those agencies and municipal representatives including Brian Leduc from McDougall, Gord Harrison from Carling and Mr. Thompson himself have held preliminary meetings. Surveys asking people and community group representatives to identify where they see gaps in their community with respect to safety and well-being and what solutions they suggest will be issued soon. When this feedback is received the ad hoc committee will analyse and compile the data and create a draft plan for further review with a goal to finalize the plan by November, 2021.
3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding the status of pavement line painting and fluorescent markings throughout Town, Director of Public Works Mike Kearns reported that staff look after stop blocks and parking areas, and that line painting and turning arrows are contracted out; turning arrows were painted through Town over the last couple of weeks, with the line painting crew to follow. Staff paint stop blocks and parking areas as soon as possible and when the weather cooperates.
Fluorescent marks on sidewalks are meant to draw attention to surface discontinuity to provide for a safer walking surface and are considered a treatment under legislation regarding minimum maintenance standards. Staff will mark and then revisit to repair or mitigate the hazard more permanently at a later date, once prioritized.
3.2.3 – With respect to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding the Tuesday Farmers’ Market, a response was given that the plan is for it to operate on Tuesdays during the months of July and August, with some vendors already signed up.
4.1 – Reg Goslett.
Public boat launch overnight parking prohibition concerns for Mill Lake Boat launch, with a suggestion that the Town consider issuing one parking pass per water access property owner that may need to park at this location.
Forwarded to By-law Enforcement
4.2 – Joanne Shalla and another signatory.
Support for Town’s position to deny building of a vehicular bridge over the Fitness Trail.
4.3 – Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
Congratulations for achieving Milestone 1 for community Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda
7.1 – Mastercard Sponsorship Agreement.
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with Mastercard International Inc. pertaining to sponsorship at the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame.
Passed, Signed & Sealed
Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.2.1 – 2020 Annual Investment Report.
That Council accepts the 2020 Annual Investment Report attached as Schedule A, in accordance with Town’s Investment Policy.
9.3.1 – Lakeland Holding Ltd. – letter of support for funding application to Natural Resources Canada’s Zero Emissions Vehicle Infrastructure Program.
That Council authorize the Mayor to endorse and sign a letter of support, attached as Schedule “A”, to Lakeland Holding Ltd. to support Lakeland’s application to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) under the Zero Emissions Vehicle Infrastructure Program.
9.3.2 – Blue Box Transition Update.
That Council receive the June 15, 2021 update report on the Blue Box Transition for information purposes.
9.4.1 Emergency Repair – Town Dock Concrete.
That Council hereby acknowledges the emergency repair required to the Town Dock concrete; and authorizes the reallocation of $15,600 in funds from the approved Town Dock Lights/Electrical capital project to be used for the concrete stabilization;
And further that Council directs staff to engage DFO in cost sharing discussions for more significant repairs to the Town Dock deck and bollards.
9.4.2 – Lighthouse Condominium Exemption.
Whereas Sections 51 and 51.1 of the Planning Act can require the approval of a condominium to adhere to the same process as a plan of subdivision;
Whereas often condominiums are already constructed, and all municipal matters are addressed via an Agreement under Section 41 of the Planning Act, and a Condominium agreement would be redundant; and
Whereas the Lighthouse Condominium (20 Salt Dock Road) has a registered Site Plan Agreement with the Town and Section 9(3) of the Condominium Act permits an approval authority to exempt condominium descriptions from the requirements of Section 51 of the Planning Act.
Now Therefore Be it Resolved that the Council for the Town of Parry Sound hereby recommends the exemption of the Lighthouse Condominium (20 Salt Dock Road) to the Parry Sound Area Planning Board.
9.4.3 – Pop Up Patios – Waiving of Fees.
That the Council of the Town of Parry Sound waive fees for the Pop-Up Patio program for the 2021 season.
9.5.1 – National Indigenous Peoples Day Proclamation.
WHEREAS in 1996, the government of Canada declared June 21st National Aboriginal Day, renamed in 2017 to National Indigenous Peoples Day, to celebrate the contribution of Indigenous peoples to Canadian society as Canada’s First Peoples, and to recognize their different cultures;
AND WHEREAS in the Constitution of Canada “Aboriginal peoples of Canada” include First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples;
AND WHEREAS the Indigenous Peoples of Canada have made and continue to make valuable contributions to Canadian society, and it is considered appropriate that there be, in each year, a day to mark and celebrate these contributions;
AND WHEREAS many Indigenous peoples celebrate the summer solstice, which has an important symbolism within their cultures;
AND WHEREAS the Town of Parry Sound will continue its efforts to strengthen partnerships with other levels of government, community organizations, as well as the public and private sectors, to honour and protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Town of Parry Sound hereby proclaims June 21st, 2021 to be: “National Indigenous Peoples Day” in the Town of Parry Sound.
10.2.1 – By-law to specify claw back percentages for 2021 property taxes.
By-Law 2021 – 7141
Being a By-law to Specify the “Claw-back Percentages” in Respect of Properties in the Commercial Class for 2021 Taxation Year.
Passed, Signed & Sealed
10.3.1 Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts change to Internet Service Provider.
By-law 2021 – 7142
Being a bylaw to authorize the execution of Service Agreement with Vianet Inc. for wireless internet provision at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts.
Passed, Signed & Sealed