I have little to offer regarding the February 1st meeting. Here is an abridged version of the minutes. Refer to the Town’s website for the full minutes if there is any confusion.

Council Meeting Minutes, (Abridged)

Closed Session
c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purposes, (Proposed Property Exchange), (Residential Waterlot Leases).
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, (Proposed Property Exchange), (Residential Waterlot Leases).

Questions of Staff
– Councillor McCann extended appreciation to the Transfer Station staff for their cooperation in the fundraising efforts of Community Support Services at the Transfer Station.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry on snowbank removal, Director of Public Works Mike Kearns reported that staff has begun removing snow on a rotating basis through Town, with the downtown core done before the last snowfall. Mr. Kearns also reported that the composition put on sidewalks is a mixture of salt and sand, with the latter applied for traction when it is extremely cold, as salt does not work well below minus 12 degrees.

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry regarding location of the speed sensors in Town, Mr. Kearns reported that there are three active radar speed display signs that are rotated through Town on a regular basis, as well as five radar speed sensors located on streetlights that continually collect data that is available in real time. The aim of the sensors is to slow traffic, as well as to provide data to better manage assets through determining volume of traffic to ensure maintenance standards are correct. Mr. Kearns also noted that radar speed display signs left too long in one spot lose their efficacy with respect to lowering speed and are therefore moved. The initial findings on Waubeek Street did not point to a systemic speeding problem, however data at Joseph Street by the High School do indicate a speeding problem there.

4.1 – Christine Anderson.

Request to hang banner of support on Bowes St. for local Olympic athletes.
Covered by following Resolution

Resolution 2022 – 010
THAT Council of the Town of Parry Sound does hereby approve the request to display under the Welcome to Parry Sound sign on Bowes Street, a banner supporting local athletes Mark Ideson, Megan Oldham and Graham Ritchie at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, and
THAT Council hereby approves a donation in the amount of $1,500 to help pay for costs of the banner.
Mayor McGarvey expressed appreciation to Christine Anderson for her efforts and also advised the public that the Stockey Centre is working on a video project of support and greetings to the athletes, and to contact the Stockey Centre to participate.

Town Response re: 9 McDougall Road Rezoning Application
Direction for Staff Follow-up

That Council direct staff through the planning consultant Municipal Planning Consultants to respond to McDougall that the Town has concerns over the lack of consultation with the Ministry of Transportation and the lack of an Environment Study related to the 9 McDougall Road rezoning application.
(JB comment – this is a weird one. The previous item regarding 9 McDougall Road appears in the minutes with no context.)


Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Budget Overview Presentation.
From a prepared Power Point Director of Finance Stephanie Phillips provided an overview of the 2022 Budget.

9.2.1 – Kinsmen Park Skate Trail.
Upon receiving information from Manager of Parks & Recreation April McNamara on staff capacity to maintain existing recreational facilities, and subsequent to further deliberation on the matter, Council agreed that it was too late to install a skating trail/oval this year. Without formal direction or motion, members suggested that staff consider the idea for next season, make preliminary budget allocation and consider whether other municipalities might be contacted to participate.

9.3.1 – Usage of Public Dock and Boat Launch – Commercial Permits and Overnight Parking Permits in 2021.
Direction for Staff Follow-up
Council directs staff to bring the Parking By-law back to Council prior to the 2022 boating season with an amendment implementing paid overnight parking at the Mill Lake Boat Launch.

9.4.1 Update – Key Performance Objectives in Support of the Strategic Plan.

That Council approve the 2021 Fourth Quarter progress report on the Town’s Key Performance Objectives (KPOs) as set out in Attachment 1.

9.5.1 Proclamation – Pink Shirt Day/Anti-Bullying Day.

WHEREAS on Pink Shirt Day residents are encouraged to wear pink and speak out against bullying in schools, workplaces, online and at home; and
WHEREAS The first Pink Shirt Day was inspired by the act of kindness of a group of teenagers who purchased pink shirts and had fellow students wear them in honour of a high school student who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt, and
WHEREAS everyone is encouraged to practice kindness towards others and to wear pink in an effort to speak out against bullying,
NOW THEREFORE the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound proclaims February 23, 2022 as “Pink Shirt Day” and Anti-Bullying Day in Town of Parry Sound.

9.5.2 – Relief of Parking Ticket Fines Program.
Councillor Backman reported on Barrie and Collingwood programs of cancelling parking tickets when the recipient could show receipts of purchases made in the area during the period of the ticket issuance for an amount equal to the ticket.
Following an explanation by Director of Development and Protective Services Dave Thompson on the Town’s existing program of two- and four-hour free parking in contrast to other municipalities’ paid parking system, Council declined to provide direction on pursuing a further or alternative parking ticket relief program.

10.1.1 – Approval of Funding Agreement – Provincial Gas Tax for Public Transportation.
By-law 2022 – 7215

Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a Letter of Agreement with the Ministry of Transportation for Funding under the Dedicated Gas Tax Funds for Public Transportation Program.
Time, Passed, Signed and Sealed