Parry Sound 2018 Taxes


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Today’s edition of the North Star had an article on the tax rate for the Town that left me a little confused. So, I gave Town Staff a call for a better understanding that I would like to share with you. You may want to read the North Star article first.

The Town of Parry Sound is increasing the amount of its 2018 levy by 3.23% relative to 2017. The net/net is that they need to raise more in 2018 than 2017 to cover budgeted expenses.

But, tax rates are not going up by 3.23%. This is for a number of reasons, most notably an increase in the assessed base on which the taxes are levied. The average tax rate increase for the Town is 1.98%. Not all properties will see exactly this 1.98% increase as assessments and assessment category rates can vary from year to year. The example in the North Star article referred to a $79.73 increase in taxes for a property assessed at $211,735. If you do the arithmetic it actually amounts to an increase of 2.6%. The increase for condominiums will be 4.2% based on the numbers in the North Star article. The larger rate increase for condominiums represents an average increase in assessed value that is being phased in over four years.

Still, I think that Council and Staff did a good job of keeping a lid on tax increases. Much of the 2018 increase is related to the Town’s decision to invest in its infrastructure. Much like saving for retirement, it’s best to start early before you are faced with large expenses that can’t be covered with existing income.

Council Agenda Preview – January 16, 2018


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It’s a very light agenda this week. I have nothing to offer in terms of comments. I’ll catch the meeting online. I’m most interested in 5.1, a deputation on the community response to the expanding opioid crisis.


4.1 – Mark Ideson, former resident. Re: Request for a donation to assist with his family traveling to Pyeongchang, Korea as Mr. Ideson is skip for the Canadian Curling Team at the Paralympic Winter Games.

4.2 – Douglas Killingleck. Re: Concerns about parking on Salt Dock Road blocking off the view of residents at Beaconview condominiums while driving out of their driveway.

4.3 – Susan Hrycyna, Executive Administrator on behalf of the Parry Sound DBA Re: Supporting Board resolution regarding the Beautification Committee of the DBA as presented by Brenda Ryan.

4.6 – Ad-Hoc Wellness and Pool Recreational Committee ( a Citizen formed Committee). Re: Request to put a question on the municipal election ballot regarding appointing a Parry Sound Council representative to a Recreational Complex Advisory Committee. (This request was made to all West Parry Sound Area Municipalities).


5.1 – Hilary Cutler, Community Health Promoter. Re: The Health Unit is in the initial stages of community mobilization as it relates to opioids. Development of a community drug strategy framework.

Consent Agenda

8.2 – Regulation of Gasoline Prices from Region to Region. Resolution. Whereas gasoline prices continue to vary from region to region in Ontario; and Whereas this has been an ongoing issue for many years in the Parry Sound District; and Whereas numerous letters have been written to the province requesting regulation of gasoline to resolve this issue; Now, therefore be it resolved that Council for the Town of Parry Sound supports the City of North Bay’s Resolution 2017-449, attached as Schedule “A”, which requests that the province consider a Bill to regulate gasoline prices, specifically the “Fairness in Petroleum Products Prince Act, 2017 to be submitted by Gilles Bisson, M.P.P. for Timmins–James Bay; and Further that a copy of this motion be forwarded to the Honourable Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Honourable Glenn Thibeault, Minister of Energy, Leaders of the Opposition, Gilles Bisson, M.P.P., Norm Miller, M.P.P for Parry Sound Muskoka, AMO, FONOM and the West Parry Sound municipalities.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.2.1 – Freedom of Information Requests. Resolution. That Council approve the enforcement of the legislated fees for Freedom of Information Requests under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.56.

9.2.2 – Lakeland Shareholders Agreement Amendment. Resolution. Whereas the Shareholders entered into an Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement on June 9, 2017 (the “Agreement”); And Whereas the Corporation may engage in the business activities set out in Article 21 of the Agreement; and Whereas the Corporation is considering certain business ventures inside and outside the jurisdiction of Ontario; and Whereas Shareholder approval is required to take certain actions as set out in Article 3.9 of the Agreement; and Whereas all capitalized terms herein not defined have the meaning ascribed to them in the Agreement; Now, Therefore Be It Resolved:

  1. That the Business of the Corporation as outlined in Section 2.1 of the Agreement be amended to include the following, as permitted and authorized business activities: the promotion of electricity conservation and the efficient use of electricity; electricity load management; and the promotion of cleaner energy sources, including alternative energy sources and renewable energy sources.
  2. That the incorporation of a new subsidiary or subsidiaries (“NewCo”) of the Corporation, as determined upon the advice of the Corporation’s legal counsel, be approved.
  3. That the incorporation of such other subsidiaries of NewCo as the Board of Directors of the Corporation deems necessary (acting on the advice of legal counsel) to carry out the Business of the Corporation be approved.
  4. That the entering into of any further agreements as may be necessary, such as but not limited to, a shareholders’ agreement, based upon advice from the Corporation’s legal counsel be approved.
  5. That any corporation incorporated pursuant to this resolution be made a party to the Agreement and bound to the terms therein.

The foregoing resolution is hereby passed by the Shareholders of the Corporation, as evidenced by their signatures hereto.

9.5.1 – Consent Application – B 31/2017 (PS) (Themer) – 60 and 60a Seguin Street. Resolution. That Consent Application No. B 31/2017 (PS) (Themer) – 60 and 60a Seguin Street, be supported subject to the following conditions:
1. Payment for cash-in-lieu of parkland dedication in the amount of $2,677.00.
2. That each of the severed and retained lots have separate and individual water and sewer services.
3. If necessary, an easement will be obtained for any services which traverse over either the severed or retained lot in favour of the other lot.
4. That both lots obtain relief from the Zoning By-law to ensure the newly created lots are compliant.

Council Agenda Preview – December 19, 2017


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The biggest piece of news in this week’s Town of Parry Sound Council Agenda Package is the recommendation of Staff to award the Request for Proposal (RFP) to Greystone for the Salt Dock Road surplus properties (10.4.2). All-in-all the process was very quick, and in my opinion the decision is in the best interests of Parry Sound residents and businesses. I would like to compliment the Town for their relative transparency on the RFP process and the decision parameters regarding their recommendation. It was not so long ago that accessing this type of information required considerable effort on the part of the Public.

Other agenda items worth noting:

9.2.1Creation of Hotel Tax – Deferral. The recommendation of the committee is to delay the review process for at least a year to better understand how other, more similarly sized communities, are addressing this issue.

9.4.2Warrant Analysis – Downtown Parry Sound. This concerns the possibility of a pedestrian crosswalk on James Street between Mary and Seguin Streets. The Staff recommendation, to defeat the resolution, is that the Town forgo further study of the issue based on an earlier report and the expected expense of an additional study ($65,000). It’s not that far to walk up to Mary or Seguin streets if you are not comfortable crossing the street mid-block without assistance.

9.5.1Complimentary Parking Program. It turns out that here are some individuals who regularly abuse the downtown free parking benefit. Staff is recommending that there be directed enforcement targeting those who have been identified as chronic offenders.

10.3.3Solar Field Memorandum of Understanding. Town Staff is suggesting that the Town take the next step to allow Lakeland Power to better assess the potential of a solar field project. Any final agreement will be subject to further discussion and review. I’m at a bit of a loss to understand why the Town feels compelled to source their power requirements from a new capital investment. Why not just allocate electricity from the Cascade power plant to the Town’s operations? Let’s keep an eye on this, it can easily turn into a boon dongle even if all parties have the best of intents.

10.4.1CP Station Lease Extension – Festival of the Sound. The Town is extending the lease agreement with the Festival of the Sound for one year while it takes the necessary remediation steps to put the property on the market.

There are more notable items on the agenda listed below. As always, refer to the agenda package available at the Town’s website for a full list of the items and the supporting documents. (Good luck finding the document. It’s there, but not easy to find. I don’t know why the Town doesn’t just post a link to the agenda for the upcoming meeting of council under the News and Public Notices menu item at the bottom of the page. It’s a classic example of people designing and managing a website without ever actually using it. The industry suggestion for this type of inconsiderate design is ‘to eat your own dog food’. I think the Town can, and should, do better. The News and Public Notices section would be much more user friendly if it also had a link to the latest draft/final budget as well as the most recent council meeting minutes.)

Closed Session

  1. b) personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees. (Appointment of Treasurer)
  2. d) labour relations or employee negotiations. (Grievance)


4.1 – Margaret Dunnigan, Parry Sound resident. Reopening the dialogue regarding building a swimming pool for resident of Parry Sound and surrounding areas.

4.2 – Gail Burrows, President, Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce. Request for funding, along with McDougall, toward lettering on the North End Water Tower.


5.1 – Roger Alexander, Parry Sound Condo Corp #2. Surplus property near Salt Dock Road proposal to purchase a portion of the land offered for sale by the town of Parry Sound based on its “utility valuation”.

5.2 – Brenda Ryan, representing the Downtown Beautification Committee, a Downtown Steering Committee Ad Hoc Committee. Downtown beautification

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – Goal Plan Update – 4th Quarter. Resolution. That Council approves the December, 2017 Fourth Quarter Goal Plan update, attached as Schedule “A”.

9.2.1 – Creation of Hotel Tax – Deferral. Direction. That Council defer any review of the hotel tax until January 1, 2019 upon the recommendation of the ad-hoc committee.

9.4.1 – West Parry Sound Economic Development Collaborative. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee (REDAC), Council adopt the Terms of Reference for the West Parry Sound Economic Development Collaborative, attached as Schedule “A”; and That the Terms of Reference for the West Parry Sound Economic Development Collaborative be effective upon adoption of all the participating municipalities by no later than January 31, 2018. That Resolution No’s: 2011-137 and 2013-235 be rescinded.

9.4.2 – Warrant Analysis – Downtown Parry Sound. Direction. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the Downtown Steering Committee, Council direct staff to proceed with the development of Terms of Reference and workplan for a Warrant Analysis to review pedestrian movement in the downtown with a goal of enhancing pedestrian and commercial zones.

9.5.1 – Complimentary Parking Program. Direction. That staff implement the following changes to the complimentary parking program;
• Re-parking enforcement be on a complaint and flagrant abuse basis
• Designated Permit Parking spaces in the Miller St. lot be moved closer to James St
• Clearer identification of Parking Permit spaces throughout downtown be implemented


10.2.1 – 2018 Interim Tax Levy. By-law 2017 – 6787. 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 2018 taxation year.

10.3.1 – Amending Agreement for Emily St. Funding. By-law 2017 – 6788. Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Amending Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario, as represented by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound regarding the reconstruction of Emily Street.

10.3.2 – Traffic bylaw 2013 -6205 amendment – Carol Court. By-law 2017 – 6789. Being a bylaw to amend Bylaw 2013-6205, as amended, known as the Traffic Bylaw, a bylaw to regulate and control traffic and parking in the Town of Parry Sound.

10.3.3 – Solar Field Memorandum of Understanding. By-law 2017 – 6790. Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding with Lakeland Holdings Ltd. and AMP Solar Group Inc. for the provision of a partnership in solar fields to offset electrical usage of Town owned facilities.

10.4.1 – CP Station Lease Extension – Festival of the Sound. By-law 2017 – 6791. Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an agreement between the Town of Parry Sound and Festival of the Sound for the rental of the CP Station.

10.4.2 – Declaration of Surplus Lands – Salt Dock Road Properties and award a Request for Proposal. By-law 2017 – 6792. Being a By-law to declare lands fronting onto Salt Dock Road surplus to the Town of Parry Sound.
Resolution. That Council award the proposal from 1793951 Ontario Inc. (Greystone) for the Request for Proposal.
Direction. That a conditional agreement of purchase and sale be prepared between the Town of Parry Sound and 1793951 Ontario Inc. (Greystone) for Council’s consideration.

See you there Tuesday night.



Enhanced Snow Removal Services – Cost Estimates


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At this past week’s budget meeting there were a few questions of Staff. One of the questions raised concerned snow removal services this year. It probably related to the snowfall we received last Sunday where the streets were pretty ‘dirty’, at least when I ventured out at about 4:00 PM. This was pretty much in the middle of a snowfall that dumped about 15 cm of snow, following a larger amount the day before. I wasn’t too surprised. Even Bowes Street was only partially plowed and there was more snow falling.

The Director of Public Works response can be heard on the Budget Meeting video available through the Town’s website on YouTube. In summary, his response was that performance met and exceeded provincial guidelines and that Staff were tapped out at that point in terms of hours worked dealing with the snowfall over the previous few days. There are regulations in terms of the hours that personnel can work, and that limit had been reached.

The discussion then turned to the possibility of hiring temporary workers to manage these snow events. It turns out that adding contract workers is not that simple in terms of existing labour contracts and the requirement to have qualified individuals. It seemed there was an interest on the part of at least one member of Council to look at increasing the level of service for snow management. Let’s take a look at what that might cost.

Before we get to the numbers, let’s remember that you can have any two of Price, Quality and Schedule. An attractive price on a quality item might require you to wait for it’s delivery because if it’s a bargain it’s probably in short supply. Or you can have a good price and quick delivery, but suffer in terms of quality. In the case of Parry Sound snow removal we are getting good quality snow removal at an acceptable price. But we don’t get it as quickly as some would like. Alternatively, we might be able to get quicker snow removal if we were willing to sacrifice quality, possibly operator, equipment, public and property safety, at the current price. If we want to get current quality levels and quicker snow removal, we will need to pay more. So how much more? Here‘s a back of the napkin calculation:

Additional Expenses:

3 Additional staff @ $100,000* – $300,000 per year
1 Additional 20-Ton Truck @$200,000 – $45,000** per year
1 2-Ton Truck with Blade @$60,000 – $15,000 per year**
1 Additional Sidewalk Plow @$170,000 – $35,000** per year
Additional Salt and sand – $15,000 per year

Total ~ $400,000 per year

This total of $400,000 per year additional cost when compared with the current snow budget of about $1 million per year seems in the right ball park.

There would be some other benefits from this increased investment in Public Works. Because the additional staff would be hired for a full year it is likely that Public Works could take on additional projects in the non-snow months, or even provide summer support for to the Parks and Recreation department, providing an overall better level of service to Town of Parry Sound businesses and residents. It might also mean that there would be less need for summer students, a savings of perhaps $30,000.

Assuming some savings in work contracted out to non-Town employees and fewer summer students, it’s possible that the burden of cost might drop to an additional $350,000 per year. On a property tax basis this would translate into a 3.5% increase in taxes. Residents paying $3,000 per year in property taxes would see an increase of perhaps $100 per year. Depending on individual assessments, some would pay more, and others less.

Before I started this short analysis I thought it would be more expensive than that. Adding more staff and getting better snow management services, plus better services all year round, might just be a bargain. If you agree, you might want to contact a member of Council and share your thoughts on where additional services are needed.

I’ll have comments on the 2018 Budget next week.

Cost Estimate Comments:

* – salary, benefits, training, vacation, etc.
** – assumed lifetime of 6-years, including interest, maintenance, fuel

In theory, the existing equipment could be used 24/7 if there was additional staff to operate the machines, and there was support for the necessary maintenance. The equipment would have a reduced lifetime when compared with the current budget. Wear and tear is more related to distance and hours, not whether a plow is pushing 10 cm or 20 cm of snow. It probably makes sense to have more equipment to provide more timely service than have one set of personnel waiting for their shift to start if more people on the streets would improve service and better meet the Public’s expectations. A broken piece of equipment upsets any well planned schedule.

Parry Sound Budget Meeting Tonight – 2017-12-12


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It starts at 6:00. While the discussion portion will be broadcast, the Town has suggested that the presentation portion will not be available because of technical issues. So, if you plan to watch the session live or later, be sure to download a copy of the budget document to follow along. The Town has a link to the budget at Combined Agenda.

Why bother with following the Town of Parry Sound Annual budget? The short answer is that it lets you know what the Town has planned for the next few years. Nothing gets done without a budget, and this is where the Town lays it all out, for as long as five years in terms of capital investments. For example, there is a tentative capital line entry in 2023 for an Aquatic Centre. There are a thousand stories in the Parry Sound budget and that is only one of them.

Speaking of budgets, did you read the article in the Ottawa Citizen concerning the Blind River debt, about $50 million, related to solar installations? It has a little bit of a parallel in Parry Sound, but with a better outcome. Almost 7 years ago the Town was approached about investing in a solar program on Town property. The suggestion was that the Town could make money by producing power at a lower price than it could sell it back to the Province. The Town was given an option to cover all costs, or co-invest. I attended the council meeting where the presentation was made by a consultant, and read the supporting documents. It seemed like BS to me. Lots of risk and limited payout. The meeting was held in the top of the Children’s Aid building. As the consultant was leaving, I stepped outside and asked him some more questions about the basis of the propsal, probably a little agressively as I smelled BS. I was told to leave him alone by the accompanying Town of Parry Sound Operations staff person. In the end I sent a letter to Town Staff with my thoughts. In their wisdom, Council declined not to go forward with the solar investment. It might have ended up not so different that the Blind River situation.

The Town is once again looking at investing in solar energy. This time by only supplying the land with Lakeland Power making the financial and management investment. There is still is some risk to the Town as a shareholder in Lakeland Power, hopefully it’s minimal and shared with the other investors.

Parry Sound 2018 Budget – Slight Revision


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The Town has issued a slightly revised budget. Apparently a few of last year’s discussion items were included in the first draft and have been removed in this latest version. You can find the updated budget through this link at the Town’s website.

I was going to ask if you had a chance to provide your input to the 2018 Budget deliberations by clicking on the Budget Simulator link. But it seems the link is down as of this morning (2017-12-09). Perhaps it will go up again. I would think we should have access to the simulator at least through the end of the year. Final budget decisions will only be made in January.

Draft 2018 Parry Sound Budget Available


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There will be a first public discussion of the Town of Parry Sound 2018 Budget next week. The meeting starts at 6:00 PM in the Town’s council chambers. If things go as usual there will be a short period at the start of the session for deputations from the Public. If you are late you will probably miss that window of opportunity and you will not have an opportunity to speak during the meeting.

I understand the meeting will be streamed live. So unless you have something to say, you may wish to catch it online – the live or recorded versions. Speak to the Town for information on how to access the feed on YouTube. It’s not easy to find the appropriate link. I’d like to suggest the Town put these meeting links directly on the homepage.

The draft budget document is now available at the Town’s website through this link. You may want to review it prior to the meeting to better understand what is being discussed. Staff and Council will have reviewed the document so things will move quickly.

Why not help Staff and Council by heading over to their interactive budget simulator and letting them know what you think. There is a question about a Splash Pad. At this point I’m in support of it. We need to start thinking about the younger folks in town. But, head over to the simulator and let them know what you think about the Splash Pad and a number of other budget related items.

Parry Sound Council Meeting Quick Notes – 2017-12-05


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I’ll start providing some short notes concerning what I heard at the previous night’s meeting of Council. This won’t be comprehensive, but rather will identify points worth noting and perhaps considering. Check the North Star and the Town’s official minutes (out by Friday) for additional information and perspective.

Emily Street – things are behind schedule and frustrating for Town Staff. A Come to Peter (Brown) meeting is being held this Thursday which should shed more light on plans.

Salt Dock Road Property – there were two deputations last night outlining a vision for development of the surplus property that the Town is proposing to sell. It’s worth watching the recording of the live stream to understand their intentions for the property if they can acquire the land. Here’s a link to the 2017-12-05 meeting stream. (The deputations start at the 28-minute point.) The proposals differ:

John Jacklin – a mix of single family and town homes. The single family unit prices will start at $1.5 million. Yes, I had to go back and listen to the stream to confirm that number. (FYI – that would imply annual property taxes on the order of more than $15,000 per year.) The town homes would be priced in the range of $500,000 to $600,000. Construction would start summer 2018.

Greystone (Granite Harbour folks) – more of what we already have on Salt Dock Road. The units would be priced in the $200,000 to $400,000+ range. Construction would start once Phase 2, close to completion, and Phase 3, mostly pre-sold, are complete; probably 2019.

Watch the deputations for more information. I have no opinion on these two proposals, but it certainly reinforces the apparent attractiveness of Parry Sound for people selling in the GTA and heading north to a cheaper location, not too far away, with decent services, and those who have cottaged up here and don’t want to deal in their old age with winter in the boonies. Both groups will demand GTA quality accommodations, not Parry Sound Shabby.

Council Agenda Preview – December 5, 2017


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There is not much on this week’ agenda that should cause concern for Parry Sound residents. The agenda does point to issues that Council and the Town will be facing in 2018. In addition to elections of a new Council, there will be a substantial turnover in Senior Staff. We have this year seen the resignations of our By-law Officer, and our Director of Finance (and POA Court Services). This coming year sees the departures of our Chief Administration Officer and Director of Development & Leisure Services, followed by the departure of our Director of Public Works in 2019. These are all caring and capable individuals who have shown that they can work together. With the possibility of new faces on Council, and the reality that there will be new faces on Senior Staff, we could be facing challenges if poor decisions are made in hiring and voting. I’m optimistic, the past election led to a pair of capable new faces on Council, and the additions to Staff in the past couple of years have been uniformly excellent. Things will be changing and a steady hand will be necessary.

The most notable topics on this week’s agenda include:

4.1 – Sewer flush and clean. I’m interested in seeing the Town’s written response to this issue. In the past the Town has included their response to similar matters as part of the agenda package. If the Town is going to tell them too bad it’s your problem, I’d like the rest of us to understand the Town’s position on these matters. It’s a bit like blasting in Town. The competent companies do an inventory of the local area to make sure there aren’t any pre-existing situations they might be blamed for. In this case of sewer problems, being downhill from a high pressure hose blowing out the lines certainly could lead to problems, even if everything in the home was tickety-boo.

5.3 – I’ll bet people are interested in this property. Let’s get a fair price and put it to good use.

9.1.2, 9.1.4 – Activities related to Senior Staff changes that were mentioned earlier.

9.4.1 – An additional solar project, this one on the north end of Parry Sound in McDougall where the Town owns land and a water tower.

10.4.1 – Mostly about Downtown flowers; so easy to plan, and so easy to screw up (at least in the opinion of some). Something I remember about about silk purses comes to mind.

Closed Session

  1. d) labour relations or employee negotiations. (Grievance)


4.1 – Richard and Marilyn Mooder, residents. Concerns about the road repair on Rosetta Street and the procedure used to flush and clean the sewer and their complaint on the effects on their home.

4.2 – Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General for the Province of Ontario. The Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures, 2017 including amendments to the Provincial Offences Act which would see a streamline and simplified process, expanded online service delivery, transfer of responsibility for a broader range of provincial offences prosecutions to municipal partners and strengthening of municipal fine enforcement tools.

4.4 – Jack Tynan, President, Park to Park Trail Association. Formal request for Parry Sound’s continued financial support of Park to Park Trail.

4.10 – Glen Hodgson, Chair, West Parry Sound District Museum. Request for the 2018 contribution to the Museum on Tower Hill.


5.1 – Rita Orr, Parry Sound Public Library. Update on Activities and 2018 Draft Budget.

5.2 – Nadine Hammond, Museum on Tower Hill. Strategic Plan and Executive Summary

5.3 – John Jacklin and John Jackson, residents. Interest in the surplus property at Salt Dock Road.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.2 – CAO Recruiter Appointment. Resolution. That upon review of three requests for proposals received, Council appoints the firm of Tim L. Dobbie Consulting Ltd. to undertake the recruitment of a new CAO in anticipation of pending 2018 retirement of incumbent Rob Mens.

9.1.3 – Policy – Use of Corporate Resources During a Municipal Election. Resolution. That Council approve the Use of Corporate Resources During a Municipal Election Policy, attached as Schedule “A”.

9.1.4 – Creation of Economic Officer Development Position. Resolution. That given the pending August 2018 (last day in the office May 11, 2018) retirement of Lynn Middaugh as Director of Development & Leisure Services, the position of Economic Development Officer be created with a target date of April 9, 2018.

9.2.1 – Award 2017 General Insurance RFP. Resolution. That Council hereby awards the RFP for general insurance and risk management services to BFL Canada Inc. in the amount of $249,669 (plus applicable taxes) for the year December 15, 2017 to December 15, 2018.

9.4.1 – Commence Process to Consider Lands Suitable for a Renewable Energy Project. Direction. 1. That staff initiate conversations with McDougall Township regarding a renewable energy project on Town owned lands in their Township. 2. That depending on the outcome of the above conversations, that staff discuss with the relevant partners the creation of a renewable energy project on these parcels.


10.2.1 – Debenture issue for 2017 Capital Works. By-law 2017 – 6781. A By-law of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound to Authorize the Borrowing Upon Serial Debentures in the Principal Amount of $572,056 Towards the Cost of Big Sound Marina Dock B Replacement, Bobby Orr Community Centre Roof Replacement, Public Washroom Replacement.

10.4.2 – Downtown Business Association/Town of Parry Sound – Memorandum of Understanding. By-law 2017 – 6783. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound and the Parry Sound Downtown Business Association and to repeal By-law No: 2017-6732.

10.4.3 – Rezoning Application – Z/17/06 – Lawrence/Mulligan (Oakridge Road) – Lifting of “h” symbol.By-law 2017 – 6784. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law) as amended to remove a holding provision from a portion of the lands described as Parts 2 and 3, and part of Part 1 of 42R11963.

If you won’t be attending the meeting, and you certainly won’t unless you have a deputation to make, watch the live feed. Or check out the recording later in the week. I recommend watching at least through the Councillors’ reports and the deputations. The rest will be a snooze, everything will be approved as recommended.

It looks as though I will need to start attending Council meetings again, and not just following them online, if I want say my goodbyes.

Council Agenda Preview – November 21, 2017


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A few short comments on a couple of the issues before Council this week. The more important items on the agenda follow:

9.4.1 – The purchase of 65 self-watering hanging baskets.
This seems like a good idea. The current baskets demand more watering than is practical for Town Staff to provide. This purchase has the potential to significantly improve the quality of the flowers and perhaps even save time and money.

9.4.4 – Bobby Orr Community Centre (BOCC) – Gas Pipe Relocation.
This seems to be another necessary remediation for work that was not done to specifications. Keep your eyes open folks and make sure that your supplier delivers/installs what they were contracted to do. It’s too late once the job has been paid for and a problem shows up a few years later.

Closed Session

d) labour relations or employee negotiations. (Personnel Matters) (POA Court)

e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board. (Zoning Matter)


4.1 – Gail Burrows, Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce. Request for funding in the 2018 budget


5.1 – Gail Burrows, President, Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce. Annual Chamber of Commerce Update and Financial Request

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.4.1 – Self-Watering Hanging Baskets: Pre-Budget Approval. Resolution. That Council authorize staff to single source the delivery of 65 self-watering hanging baskets from Equinox Environmental Products, for a total of $9,892.01, including HST.

9.4.2 – Council Approved Sign Application – Mill Lake Boat Launch. Resolution. That the Chief Building Official is authorized to issue a permit for two signs substantially as shown on Schedule “A” attached; and According to the conditions in Schedule “B” attached; and That the permit will initially be for a five year period; and That the permit does expire if the signs are removed.

9.4.3 – Reappointment of Councillors to Committee of Adjustment. Resolution. That Councillors Borneman and Keith be reappointed to the Parry Sound Committee of Adjustment until November 30, 2018.

9.4.4 – Bobby Orr Community Centre (BOCC) – Gas Pipe Relocation. Resolution. That Council accept the change order from J. G. Fitzgerald & Sons Ltd. for relocation of the gas pipe at the BOCC in the amount of $32,153.00 excluding HST; and engineering/consulting fees; and That the project be funded from the Building Replacement Reserve.

9.5.1 – 2018 Land Ambulance Budget. Resolution. That upon recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee the Council of the Town of Parry Sound adopts the 2018 Land Ambulance Budget in the amount of $9,477,716.

9.5.2 – Auto Pulse. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee the Council of the Town of Parry Sound authorize the purchase of 10 Auto Pulse devices and ancillary equipment from Zoll Medical Canada in the amount of $173,722.59.

9.5.3 – 2018 Ambulance Purchases. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee, Council approve the purchase of two ambulances from Crestline Coach in the amount of $111,392 each inclusive of the trade in value ($11,000) for our current units being replaced, to be delivered in late winter of 2018.

9.5.4 – Surplus EMS Vehicle. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee, the Council of the Town of Parry Sound allocate a surplus 2011 Ford E350 Ambulance to the Whitestone Fire Department at no cost.


10.1.1 – Contract for 2018 Municipal Election eVoting Services. By-Law 2017 – 6778. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a contract with Intelivote Systems Inc. for the provision of an electronic voting system incorporating voting through telephone and secure internet connections for the 2018 Municipal Election.

It hardly seems worth attending the meeting this coming week. There are no items of real importance on the agenda, nor is there likely to be any significant discussion. But, the meeting may not be broadcast based on challenges with the Town’s Live Stream service.