There was one item at the meeting that will probably have a major impact on the development of the Town of Parry Sound:
10.1.3 Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/21-09 – 106 William Street (Barnes).
By-law 2021 – 7159.
You may, or may not, want to check out the backstory of this by-law. It can be understood by reading the supporting materials in the past few agenda packages available at the Town’s website.

The next council meeting is September 7th. I hope Staff and Council will get a little time to ‘chill’ for the rest of the month. I will be taking the opportunity to migrate this site to a new host. That means this site,, may well be down for a couple of weeks. It should still be possible to access archived materials through the link: If not, I hope to have the site back up before the end of the month.
I have absolutely no idea what is going on with the ParrySounds page on Facebook. I simply link the post from here to Facebook for the convenience of some readers. There should be no change in its status during the migration.

Council Minutes (Abridged)

Closed Session
c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purposes; (Proposed Property Exchange);
n) 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. (Proposed Property Exchange); (Big Sound Marina Operators Agreement).

Questions of Staff
3.2.1 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry regarding paving in Town, Director of Public Works Mike Kearns reported that small patching jobs have already commenced, and that larger paving projects are forthcoming. Mr. Kearns also noted that he hopes to take advantage of new technology to help minimize greenhouse gas emissions as well as improving some of the asphalt surfaces.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding the quality of repairs on the sidewalk at Cascade St. bridge, Mr. Kearns reported that the product is a two-part mix with a higher bond strength, being used in an attempt to solve some of the caulking issues and trip hazards. The finish has been challenging to work with, especially in extreme temperatures and staff are experimenting with application practices. Mr. Kearns noted that there would be further monitoring to ensure that the surface is appropriate.

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor Keith’s request to consider installation of temporary toilet facilities at the old Town Beach, Mr. Kearns reported that he would review the situation and look at getting something installed for the remainder of the season.

3.2.4 – In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry regarding the status of eradication of poison ivy in Town, Mr. Kearns reported that plans are to spray known areas of poison ivy. The spraying is dependent upon weather, and hopes are that it can commence next week.

3.2.5 – In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry regarding orange flags in the ground seen in the Queen and Spruce Streets area, Mr. Kearns reported that he is not aware of the reason for orange flags in that particular area, but that he knows there is a lot of work going on around Town by contractors, with locate markings on the ground.
Orange tends to be used to mark telecommunication, hydro or underground utilities. Mr. Kearns noted that Bell Canada has a large fibre program going on around Town and suggested it is highly probable that the orange markings relate to their program.

3.2.6 – Councillor Backman expressed appreciation for the recent application of paint at the Skateboard Park and inquired as to the status of other safety measures that had been suggested for the Park. Mr. Kearns reported that staff would be looking at the viability of implementing some of the suggestions such as CCTV and lighting and may need to consult with external partners such as OPP to ensure appropriate functionality of the intended safety measures.

3.2.7 – In response to Councillor Backman’s further inquiry regarding the potential for excess asphalt from paving jobs to be used to overlay a sunken area at the Skateboard Park, Mr. Kearns reported that he would review the surface, and determine if an overlay would work or whether a more extensive repair might be necessary, including making budget provision for it.

4.1 – Eric McIntyre.

a) Concerns with no parking regulations at Waubuno Beach Boat Launch
b) Follow-up to meeting held with Director of Development & Protective Services on Waubuno Beach Boat Launch.
Both letters filed

4.2 – Whitestone.
Cost Sharing Formula for the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.


Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda
7.1 – Big Sound Marina Operators Extension.
By-law 2021 – 7160
Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with Massasauga Management Co Inc for the operation of the Big Sound Marina and Town Dock.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.4.1 – RFT – Sewer Flushing and Cleaning.

That Council accept the bid from Municipal Sewer Services Inc. in the amount of $46,394.47, HST included, for sewer flushing and cleaning of approximately 22,193 metres of sanitary sewer, this bid being the lowest of two (2) bids received.

9.5.1 – Proclamation Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation. Day
Whereas years of research confirms the benefits of high-quality child-care for young children’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical development and later life outcomes; and
Whereas child-care promotes the well-being of children and responds to the needs of parents and the broader community by supporting quality of life so that citizens can fully participate in and contribute to the economic and social life of their community; and
Whereas trained and knowledgeable Early Childhood Educators and child-care staff are the key to quality in early learning and child-care programs and champions for children;
Therefore, Be It Resolved that October 21, 2021 be designated the 21st annual “Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day” in recognition of the education, dedication and commitment of child-care workers to children, their families and quality of life of the community.

10.1.1 – South River EMS Base Lease.

By-law 2021 – 7154
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with the Corporations of the Village of South River and the Township of Machar for the use and occupation of the EMS Base located at 203 Hwy. #124 South River.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.1.2 – Official Plan Amendment No. 4 and Rezoning Application Z/21/06 – 70 Joseph Street (Brandi Clement on behalf of Virtus Asset Management Inc.).
By-Law 2021 – 7155
Being a By-law to Adopt Official Plan Amendment No. 4 – 70 Joseph Street (Brandi Clement on behalf of Virtus Asset Management Inc./Parry Sound Mall).
Passed, Signed and Sealed 

By-Law 2021 – 7156
Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Rezoning Application Z/21/06 – 70 Joseph Street (Brandi Clement on behalf of Virtus Asset Management Inc./Parry Sound Mall)
Passed, Signed and Sealed 

10.1.3 Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/21-09 – 106 William Street (Barnes).
By-law 2021 – 7159
Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Z/21-09 – 106 William Street (Barnes).
Read a First Time – Passed
Mayor McGarvey requested a recorded vote:
Yes – 5, No – 1
Passed, Signed and Sealed 

10.4.1 – Climate action planning update, Partnership with ICLEI for adaptation training.
By-law 2021 – 7157
Being a bylaw to authorize the execution of an agreement with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, for the Advancing Adaptation: Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Project for a nine-month training period.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.4.2 – Agreement with Nipissing-Parry Sound Student Transportation Svs. for Bus Transfer Site.
By-Law 2021 – 7158
Being a by-law to execute an agreement with Nipissing-Parry Sound Student Transportation Services for the provision of a school bus transfer site at the Kinsmen Park.
Passed, Signed and Sealed 

10.5.1 – Return Management of Belvedere Long-Term Beds to MLTC for Campus of Care.
By-law 2021 – 7150 (postponed from July 20th, 2021 for final readings)
Being a By-law to return management of 101 Long-Term Care Beds to the Ministry of Long-Term Care to be relocated into a Campus of Care at West Parry Sound Health Centre.
Passed, Signed and Sealed