Strange, but the June 1st council meeting minutes have not yet been issued. I may send a note to the town if they aren’t up by Tuesday.
There is nothing controversial or surprising in this week’s meeting agenda, but you may disagree. Take a look at the abridged council agenda below to see if there is anything you feel requires a call to the Town Office or one of the Councillors.
Actually, the first item on the Closed Meeting agenda is worth a comment:
a) the security of property of the municipality or local board, (systems software)
I suspect this item is related to the rash of ransomware attacks on public and private businesses. While this may seem to be an issue for larger ‘operations’, it is a good idea to have your computer systems backed up and stored offline so that you can recover from a hack. Hackers, or at least ‘baby hackers’, will often go after individuals just for practice and sport. If you have your system backed up it is not difficult to get back online even if you need to install a new hard drive.
Remember, don’t reuse passwords and keep a record of your logins in a safe location; which doesn’t include a file on your computer. I have found that 1Password, a Toronto based company, offers one of the very best password manager programs that works across Windows, Mac, Android and iOS.
Abridged Council Agenda
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); 1
e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board; (trips & falls report)
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).
4.1 – Reg Goslett.
Public boat launch overnight parking prohibition concerns.
4.2 – Joanne Shalla.
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.
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.
9.5.1 – 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.
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.