The minutes from last week’s meeting have been issued and are summarized below.
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Council Minutes Abridged
c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purposes; (proposed property exchange);
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)
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof
1.4.1 – Councillor Burden declared pecuniary interest on item 10.1.1 as the property belongs to a close relative. Councillor Burden left the meeting for duration of the item, did not participate in discussion, nor vote on the matter.
2.1 – 19 Miller Street – Z/21-08 (FAD Architect Inc. on behalf of Kasmani).
The purpose of the first proposed Zoning By-law amendment is to change from C1 to permit seven residential dwelling units within the existing building, with a request for parking spaces to extend onto municipal property.
No one spoke either in favour of, nor in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law amendment.
Mr. Elgie advised that he had received correspondence from Hugh Logan, and from Brian Moore, both writing largely with concerns about inadequate parking.
2.2 – 106 William Street, Z/21-09 (Barnes).
The purpose of the second proposed Zoning By-law amendment is to change from R2 to permit a conditionally approved severance. Reductions to lot coverage, lot depth, minimum front yard, minimum rear yards and lot area have been requested.
Steve Barnes responded to the Mayor’s invitation to speak in favour of the proposed Zoning By-law amendment noting that he hopes this will be the last stage of a process to sever property at 106 William Street. Mr. Barnes gave an overview of the process between the Town and the Parry Sound Area Planning Board.
No one spoke in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law amendment.
Mr. Elgie advised that he had received a letter of opposition from Mr. John Este who expressed concern that a rezoning would not provide sufficient front or rear yards for the lot fronting Hillcrest Ave. and that the current lot as it stands meets the provincial expectations for densification. Mr. Este wrote that if a special provision zone deems the deficient yards sufficient, there should be a height restriction of 5 metres for the Lot proposed to front Hillcrest Ave.
2.3 – 14 & 18 Bowes Street, Z/21-10 (Upton).
The purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law amendment is to amend the SP 26.35(h) zone to permit a mixed-use development with office space on the main floor and seven residential units above and behind the commercial use, on each of the two lots. The amendment will increase commercial/residential floor area ratio, lift the “h” symbol, and modify the rear yard setback.
No one spoke either in favour of nor in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law amendment.
Mr. Elgie advised that he had received the following correspondence or messages:
a) a letter from Jo Bossart indicating that neither he nor Anne Bossart had any issue with the proposed rezoning; b) a voice message from Will Vowels opposed to the set back of 3′ instead of 6′ and the amount of asphalt and concrete used as it will destroy the watershed and cause flooding to neighbouring properties.
The Mayor advised that Council, at its discretion may approve the proposed Zoning By- law amendments and if so, must either circulate notice of passing of the by-law or give notice in the local press. Objections to the passing of the by-laws will be received by the Clerk within 20 days from the date such notice is given, which objections will be forwarded to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. If an appeal is submitted and the appellant has not provided Council with an oral or written submission before the passing of the by-law, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal may choose to dismiss the appeal.
Questions of Staff
3.2.1 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry regarding whether installation has been completed at the Salt Dock Boat Launch, Director of Public Work Mike Kearns reported that staff has started installation and that notification will be provided when it is ready.
3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding the possibility of installing a park bench on Joseph Street between Isabella St and the Parry Sound Mall so that people walking who have accessibility issues can stop and rest, Mr. Kearns responded that staff will look into this.
3.2.3 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry regarding orange spray paint markings throughout the community, Mr. Kearns reported that under the infrastructure minimum maintenance standards that the Town follows, there is a process for inspecting and treating deficiencies in sidewalks, and orange marking is a recognized treatment to draw attention to potential hazards until the hazard can be repaired.
In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry as to the potential to change the marking colour from orange, given the colour’s association with residential schools, Mr. Kearns noted that orange is highly visible and a recognized cautionary colour in the construction industry. Mr. Kearns also noted in response to a further question, that data on these hazards and repairs is logged in a GIS system.
3.2.4 – In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry regarding potholes, Mr. Kearns encouraged anyone noticing a pothole in need of repair to contact the Public Works Department at the Town Office. The issue will be logged and followed-up with. Potholes at a certain size are a defined deficiency within the minimum maintenance standards and the Town is well within compliance in terms of response time to fixing holes. The repair of potholes uses recycled hot-mix asphalt, so response time can take longer if the holes have water in them. The entrance to driveways is the responsibility of the property owner.
3.2.5 – In response to Councillor Burden’s inquiry on behalf of the DBA regarding hiring of a student to help with downtown clean-up, Mr. Kearns reported that the Town has been unable so far this year, to recruit or hire a student for this work.
3.2.6 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry as to whether the concrete slabs to be installed at the Salt Dock Boat Launch are intended as a short or long-term solution, Mr. Kearns reported that he hopes it will be long term as the concrete should perform better than the asphalt that was used previously. If the repair is not able to be undertaken in a timely manner, signage can be installed to advise on other boat launch locations.
4.1 – Jay Aspin, Board Chair, Near North District School Board.
Response to Town’s Resolution 2021-091 regarding JK-12 School.
4.2 – Michele Fraser, CFO, Seguin Township.
Contribution of $10,000 towards Stockey Centre operating costs.
Response letter of appreciation sent.
Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda
Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.2.1 – Update – Key Performance Objectives in Support of the Strategic Plan.
That Council approve the 2021 Second Quarter progress report on the Town’s Key Performance Objectives (KPOs) as set out in Schedule A.
9.2.2 – Ad hoc Waterfront Advisory Committee Terms of Reference.
Whereas the Town is in the heart of the Georgian Bay Biosphere which is a region of global ecological significance that has an ongoing commitment to the United Nations and sustainability; and
Whereas environmental stewardship is a strategic priority for the Town; and
Whereas access to and the use of the waterfront is integral to the Town’s identity; and
Whereas the Town has a diverse and active waterfront user and business community; and
Whereas the Town wishes to enhance the waterfront as a people gathering place;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT an Ad hoc Waterfront Advisory Committee be approved per Terms of Reference attached as Schedule A.
The following amendment was proposed:
That Section 6 of the Terms of Reference, being the definition of the waterfront area for purposes of the Waterfront Advisory Committee, be expanded to include the area from the municipal boundary with Seguin Township to the municipal boundary with the Municipality of McDougall, so that the entire Parry Sound waterfront area be within the purview of the Waterfront Advisory Committee.
The resolution with amended Terms of Reference was voted on.
Carried as Amended
9.4.1 – 2021 Municipal Assistance Program Allocation.
That Council approve the 2021 Municipal Assistance Program allocations per attached Schedule A.
9.4.2 – GIS Maturity Study.
That Council approve sole sourcing the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Modernization Study under the Municipal Modernization Program (MMP), Intake 2 to Perry Group Consulting based on the firm’s completion of the Town of Parry Sound’s Technology Review, and the funding deadline provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH).
9.5.1 – Sail Parry Sound Support Request re: Phase 2 Application FedNor CCRF Grant.
That Council support Sail Parry Sound submitting a phase 2 grant application to FedNor to undertake improvements on Town owned property leased to Sail Parry Sound, subject to obtaining appropriate agency approvals, liability insurance and the Town being a named insured;
That Council approve funding to an upset limit of $20,000 for the project; and That the Town provide a letter of support for inclusion with the application.
10.1.1 – Stop up and Close 5 Gibson Street road allowance.
That Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound hereby decides to stop up and close a portion of the Gibson Street Road (5 Gibson Street – Shaw) Allowance as identified as Part 1 on Schedule “A”, and further that:
The applicant submits a deposit of $2,000 to pay for all legal costs;
That the requirement for a notice of the closure and declaration of surplus lands be waived; and
That the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to execute an Agreement of Purchase and Sale, and any necessary paperwork to finalize the transaction.
By-law 2021 – 7151
Being a By-law to stop up and close a portion of the Gibson Street Road allowance (5 Gibson Street – Shaw)
Passed, Signed and Sealed
10.3.1 – Approval of Funding Agreement – Rural Economic Development Grant.
By-law 2021 – 7152
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement with the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs related to Funding Provided by the Province to the Municipality under the Rural Economic Development Program.
Passed, Signed and Sealed.
10.5.1 – Return Management of Belvedere Long-Term Beds to MLTC for Campus of Care.
By-law 2021 – 7150 (second and third 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.
The following motion to amend the By-law was made:
That the following words be added directly after “Now Therefore”: “on the premise that the units will stay in the Town of Parry Sound,”
The following motion to postpone the By-law was
THAT the by-law be postponed to the August 10th Council meeting.
Carried to Postpone