The minutes came out a bit late and then I sat on them for a week. Several decisions were made at the meeting, nothing worth comments from me. Take a quick look to see if there is anything that interests or impacts you.

Council Meeting Minutes, (Abridged)

Closed Session
d) labour relations or employee negotiations, (Union & Non-Union Benefits coverage);
f) advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, (Developer Request to provide contracted maintenance on unassumed road)
n) educating or training council members and no member discusses or otherwise deals with any matter in a way that materially advances the business or decision-making of Council, (Results of Completed Water and Wastewater Capacity Study).

Questions of Staff
3.2.1 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding the Cascade Street railing, Manager of Operations Vinni Bonazza confirmed her understanding that the installation should begin later this week. Markings on pavement indicate where railing posts will be installed.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry, Director of Public Works Mike Kearns reported that he was not aware that lights over the “Welcome to Parry Sound” signs along Highway 400 are no longer working and that he will contact MTO to determine the illumination brightness permitted.

4.1 – Near North Crimestoppers

January as Crime Stoppers Month
Resolution under item 9.5.1

4.2 – Parry Sound Public Library
2022 Budget Request
Referred to Treasurer

4.3 – Parry Sound Seniors Club
2022 Budget Request
Referred to Treasurer

4.4 – Sound Youth Counselling
Invitation to Open House at The Drop, Saturday, December 11, 1-3 PM

5.1 – Georgian Bay Biosphere – 2021 Highlights From a prepared PowerPoint presentation that was circulated with the agenda, Executive Director of Georgian Bay Biosphere (GBB).

Dr. Becky Pollock gave highlights of 2021. Ms. Pollock reported on the various partnerships making an impact on education, conservation, climate, culture and sustainable development. Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with six municipalities exist to coordinate and deliver regional Integrated Community Energy & Climate Action Plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from a corporate and community perspective, and plan for adaptation risk management. Ms. Pollock reported on the Memorandum of Partnership with Shawanaga First Nation to create a Lake Sturgeon Conservation Plan for Eastern Georgian Bay, monitoring spawning success at Severn, Shawanaga and Seguin. Other services contracts with municipalities and communities include water quality, invasive species training, forest health education, road monitory and design, species at risk mapping, stewardship resource development (e.g. septic) and webinars and events. Ms. Pollock also reported on the financial health of GBB, including its support to the local economy, and an emerging opportunity for a consulting social enterprise; i.e. a consulting business that will earn revenue and achieve social, cultural, community economic, and/or environmental outcomes.
Ms. Pollock concluded her presentation by inviting Council to work with GBB and identify Council’s needs, how GBB can be of service, what partnerships will meet Council’s goals, and how the community wants to be involved.

5.2 – Rotary Club of Parry Sound – 2nd Annual Rotary 3-Pitch Strikes Against Cancer.
Rotary Club President Phil Youngs introduced Dave Brunton who addressed Council with respect to the Second Annual 3-pitch Strikes Against Cancer scheduled for June 17and 18th, 2022. Mr. Brunton noted that the first was held in 2019, with 2020 and 2021 cancelled due to Covid-19. Mr. Brunton gave an overview of the activities as part of the event, as well as information on the major projects of the Rotary Club. Mr. Brunton concluded with a list of sponsorship opportunities for the event.

5.3 – Kirby Hall, Subdivision Development
Further to the correspondence circulated with the Council Agenda, Kirby Hall addressed Council requesting staff cooperation and good communication with respect to his development.

Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda
7.1 – Extension of Benefits from Age 67 to 71 for Employees.

Moved by Councillor McCann Seconded by Councillor Horne THAT Council authorizes the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with CUPE Local 17 for extension of benefits coverage until the employee attains the age of 71.

7.2 – Contracted Winter Maintenance on Unassumed Road.
By-law 2021 – 7206

Being a By-law to authorize an agreement with W.E.H Developments Limited, to provide winter maintenance on an unassumed road servicing the development known as “Thunder Creek”.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.3.1 – Compensation Review, Non-Union Staff
Direction for Staff Follow-up

That Council directs staff to move forward with the Non-Union Compensation Market Review.

9.4.1 – Financial Variance Report for Third Quarter of 2021.

That Council hereby receives and accepts the variance report for the Third Quarter of 2021 (September 30, 2021); and
That Council hereby approves the expenses for Council members for the period from January 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021.

9.4.2 – Insurance Renewal Update.

That Council hereby approves the renewal of the Corporation’s general insurance and risk management services with BFL Canada at the premium of up to $538,239 plus tax for the one-year period ending December 15, 2022; and
That Council accepts the increase to the municipal liability policy deductible to $50,000; and
That Council approves that $200,000 be transferred to a newly established “Legal Cost/Claims Management Reserve” for the purposes of funding any unexpected legal costs incurred in excess of the annual budget and claims costs incurred within the Town’s deductibles; and
That the transfer to reserve be funded from the 2021 general surplus to help manage future unexpected costs and help to keep budgeted legal/claims costs stable; and
Further that any excess in costs incurred over budget for legal/claims management be funded from the Legal Cost/Claims Management Reserve as well as any corresponding surplus being transferred to that same reserve.

9.5.1 – Crimestoppers Month.

WHEREAS Crime Stoppers, an internationally recognized program, is a partnership of the public, the police and the media providing citizens with a proactive program to anonymously assist our police partners in the solving of crime, contributing to an improved quality of life in our communities;
AND WHEREAS since inception, anonymous calls to Near North Crime Stoppers have assisted the Police and other investigative agencies in making 1,716 arrests, recovering stolen property valued at over $4 million and seizing almost $52 million in illegal drugs;
NOW THEREFORE the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound hereby authorizes the declaration of the month of January 2022 as Crime Stoppers Month in the Town of Parry Sound.

9.5.2 – Letter of Support for Park 2 Park Trail Association Grant Application.

Resolution 2021 – 156 Moved by Councillor Backman Seconded by Councillor Keith That in response to Park 2 Park Trail Association’s request, Council of the Town of Parry Sound does hereby authorize the drafting of a letter of support for Park-to-Park Trail Association’s Tourism Relief Fund grant application.

10.1.1 – Trillium Funding Partnership Agreement Resilient Communities Fund: Parry Sound Public Library.
By-law 2021 – 7200

Being a By-Law to authorize the execution of an Ontario Trillium Fund Partnership Agreement with the Parry Sound Public Library for the submission of a Trillium Grant application.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

Direction (For Direct Staff Follow-up)
That Council direct staff to prepare an agreement to facilitate third party grant assistance, specifically with the Parry Sound Public Library for the submission of an Ontario Trillium funding application.

10.1.2 – Winter Closure of Sidewalks.
By-law 2021 – 7202

Being a by-law to authorize seasonal closure of specified sidewalks, being part of a highway under O. Reg 239/02, Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.2.1 – Presbyterian Parking Lot Lease.
By-law 2021 – 7199

Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a lease agreement with the Presbyterian Church for use of the property identified as PLAN 2 LOT 1 in the Town of Parry Sound.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.2.2 – New Encroachment By-law for the Town of Parry Sound.
By-law 2021 – 7201

Being a By-law to address encroachment in the Town of Parry Sound.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.4.1 – 2022 Interim Tax Levy.
By-law 2021 – 7204

Being a By-Law to provide for an interim tax levy, for the payment of taxes, and for penalty and interest at 1 1/4 percent per month for the 2022 taxation year.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.4.2 – Approval of Transfer Payment Agreement – Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP) Grant; Preparation of the Final Asset Management Plan for Core Infrastructure; and Application for Asset Management Planning Coordinator NOHFC Internship Program.
By-law 2021 – 7203

Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a Transfer Payment Agreement with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities regarding funding under the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP).
Passed, Signed and Sealed