The decisions of Council are not controversial. Refer to the complete minutes and full agenda package at the Town of Parry Sound website for details.

Council Minutes (Abridged)

Questions of Staff
3.2.1 – In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry, Director of Development & Protective Services Dave Thompson confirmed that there was a 5:00 A.M. fire this morning in Parry Sound with one house destroyed. All people got out safely but unfortunately some animals perished. Several agencies helped, including McDougall Fire Department.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiries regarding economic development issues, CAO Clayton Harris responded with the following: 1) he would check on whether there is money in the budget from last year carried over to this year for an economic development plan; 2) the EDO is scheduled to make an annual report for 2021 at the next Council meeting; 3) upon receipt of funding information and contacts from Councillor Backman as identified, he will look into the potential for funding a community profile.

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor Keith’s safety concerns regarding the narrowness of the travelled portion of Cascade Street in winter due to parking and snow accumulation, Director of Public Works Mike Kearns reported that staff try to prioritize snow removal based on safety, and will look at the banks at this location, and may consider establishing a “no parking zone” on the area of the hill where there is concern.

3.2.4 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry regarding a pilot project on a robotic snow cleaner program Mr. Kearns responded that he is aware of this and is looking forward to getting more information and results of the program for consideration.

4.1 – Nancy Fraser.
Environmental Concerns with construction of Cement Plant.

Response provided by Director of Development and Protective Services directing the inquiry to Seguin Township.

4.2 – Tom Dowswell.
Concerns with drywall dust/falling stucco at 22A Belvedere Ave.

Advice regarding contacting landlord provided by By-law Enforcement Officer in addition to potential for review from a property standards standpoint.


Mayor & Councillors’ Reports
Several members of Council reported on receiving comments and concerns from residents on the withdrawal of lifeguard services at Waubuno Beach, and expressed a desire to revisit the issue prior to finalizing the budget by-law.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.2.1 – Pavement Markings – Tender.

That Council accepts the bid from Provincial Road Markings Inc. for lines and pavement markings of Town streets in the amount of $35,369.20, excluding taxes, this being the lowest of two bids received.

9.3.1 – Extension of Temporary Patio Permissions for Restaurants During COVID-19.

Whereas on June 8, 2020, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) permitted new patios or temporary additions to patios to provide more opportunities to local businesses while protecting health and safety, subject to municipal requirements; and
Whereas the Council for the Town of Parry Sound passed Resolution 2020-067 to permit temporary restaurant patios and opted not to enforce the Zoning By-law or Site Plan Agreements as it related to parking infractions because of these patios until January 1, 2021; and
Whereas the Council for the Town of Parry Sound passed Resolution 2020-143 to support an extension until January 1, 2022, to the terms noted in Resolution 2020-067
Whereas COVID-19 will be an issue affecting restaurants for the foreseeable future and the Town wishes to extend the timelines of this Resolution to be in tandem with the AGCO’s extension.
Now therefore be it resolved that the Council for the Town of Parry Sound supports an extension until January 1, 2023, to the terms noted in Resolution 2020-067; with the condition that this Resolution does not apply to liquor licenses, which are the jurisdiction of the AGCO, but only applies to food consumption.

9.3.2 – Sidewalk Patios

That the Council of the Town of Parry Sound supports the implementation of a permanent Sidewalk Patio Program in the Downtown with the following requirements;
• The program only applies to the Downtown Business Association area
• No more than two parking spaces can be utilized by any application
• Only one application (per Schedule B) per storefront will be considered
• All applications will be submitted to the DBA for comment prior to review by Town Staff
• The design will approximately follow the design criteria (per Schedule C)
• Insurance suitable to the Town will be a requirement
• No fees will be charged
• And further that final approval is delegated to the Director of Public Works.

9.3.3 – Burks Falls EMS Base.

That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee, Council approve in principle the concept of a joint Fire EMS Base in Burks Falls and that staff be directed to participate with Burks Falls to determine costs, operating procedures and if viable a Memorandum of Understanding with regards to a joint Fire / EMS Base.

10.1.1 – Tax Policies – Capping and New to Class/New Construction.
By-Law 2022 – 7223

Being a bylaw to specify Tax Policies, including the claw back percentage, the capping threshold parameters, the minimum tax level for new-to-class / new construction and to exclude certain properties from the capping program for the year 2022.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.1.2 – Tax Ratios for 2022.
By-Law 2022 – 7224

Being a by-law to set Tax Ratios for Municipal purposes for the year 2022.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.2.1 – Municipal Modernization Funding Intake 3 – Work Order System.
By-law 2022 – 7225

Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a Transfer Payment Agreement with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to implement a digital work order system for the Public Works department.
Passed, Signed and Sealed

10.4.1 – WPS Joint Election Compliance Audit Committee Terms of Reference; Appointments.
By-law 2022 – 7226

A by-law to authorize the establishment of the West Parry Sound Joint Election Compliance Audit Committee.
Passed, Signed and Sealed