The minutes from the June 1st meeting have been posted. Here are a few comments: 3.2.1 – Salt Dock Boat …
A few things caught my eye on this week’s agenda. See the agenda items that follow for more information:
9.5.2 – Establishment of Ad hoc Waterfront Advisory Committee.
10.3.2 – Rail Safety Improvement Program Agreement
d) labour relations or employee negotiations, (CUPE Collective Agreement Negotiations);
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, (municipal shared services);
2.1 – Zoning Bylaw Amendment Z/21-03 William St (Robert L. Tudhope KL&K Inv Ltd.)
Council will hold a public meeting to consider a proposed Zoning By-law amendment under Section 34 of the Planning Act. The purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law amendment is to change the zoning of the property from Residential Medium Density (R2) to General Commercial (C1).
4.1 – Municipality of McDougall
Official Plan Review Notice.
4.2 – Township of Joly
Vaccine allocation Prioritization.
4.3 – Jane Hinchliffe
Concerns with condition of 40 Waubeek St. lot post- construction work.
4.4 – Jim MacCoubrey, Flora & V. Borecky
Support for Town’s position to deny building of a vehicular bridge over the Fitness Trail.
4.5 – Varqa Kanani
5.1 – Staff Sgt. Jeremy McDonald, OPP
5.2 – Chair Jay Aspin, Vice-Chair John Cochrane, Director Craig Myles, Acting Superintendent Gay Smylie, Near North District School Board
Parry Sound High School Reconstruction.
5.3 – Chair Aleesha Clarke, Absolutely Georgian Bay
Co-op membership and 2021 budget request.
Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Integrity Commissioner Report, 2020.
That Council accepts the Integrity Commissioner Report for 2020 as follows:
1 dated complaint which was dismissed 2 requests for advice.
9.4.1 – Consent Application B/17/2021 – Hall.
That Council of the Town of Parry Sound recommends approval of B17/2021(PS) – Hall (Halls Quarry Road).
9.4.2 – Consent Application – B 20/2021 (PS) (Jackson).
That the Council of the Town of Parry Sound recommends approval of a decision on Consent Application No. B 20/2021 (PS) Jackson (53 Isabella Street) be approved subject to:
That the resultant lot layout ensures all Zoning By-law requirements are satisfied, or relief from the Zoning By-law be obtained.
9.4.3 – Di Salvo’s Curbside Cucina (Food Truck) Mobile Food Service.
That Council of the Town of Parry Sound authorize the issuance of a business license to Di Salvo’s Curbside Cucina (Food Truck) for the operation of Mobile Food Service on the leased Federal property at the Town Dock.
9.5.1 – National Suicide Helpline.
WHEREAS the Federal government has passed a motion to adopt 9-8-8, a National three-digit suicide and crisis hotline; and
WHEREAS the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand for suicide prevention services by 200%; and
WHEREAS existing suicide prevention hotlines require the user to remember a 10-digit number and go through directories or be placed on hold; and
WHEREAS in 2022 the United States will have in place a national 9-8-8 crisis hotline; and
WHEREAS the Town of Parry Sound recognizes that it is a significant and important initiative to ensure critical barriers are removed to those in a crisis and seeking help;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Town of Parry Sound endorses this 9-8-8 crisis line initiative; and
THAT Staff be directed to send a letter indicating such support to our local Member of Parliament, Member(s) of the Legislative Assembly, Federal Minister of Health, the CRTC and local area municipalities to indicate our support.
9.5.2 – Establishment of Ad hoc Waterfront Advisory Committee.
Whereas the Town is located in the heart of the Georgian Bay Biosphere; and
Whereas the Georgian Bay Biosphere is a region of global ecological significance that has an ongoing commitment to the United Nations and sustainability; and
Whereas environmental stewardship and protection are strategic priorities 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;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT staff be directed to prepare a report and recommendation on the value of an Ad hoc Waterfront Advisory Committee to advise on matters relating to environmental stewardship, beautification and creating a people gathering place; and
FURTHER That subject to a recommended establishment of such a committee, staff prepare recommended Terms of Reference, including committee composition, recruitment, the area to be defined as waterfront and other details as deemed appropriate.
9.5.3 – Local Long-Term Care Initiatives.
WHEREAS Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission’s final report has now been delivered and health system leaders in West Parry Sound want to be prepared for the changes that are expected to come; and
WHEREAS health authorities of the West Parry Sound District are working together, including the Boards of the West Parry Sound Health Centre, Lakeland Long Term Care and Belvedere Heights Long Term Care, with a vision to provide the best possible solution to Long Term Care and health care for the seniors in our community; and
WHEREAS among considerations being proposed is a new model of health Care, “a Campus of Care”, which essentially provides a continuum of care for the elderly to age in place including, where appropriate, their own apartments, other independent or assisted living arrangements as well as Long Term Care, all affiliated with and in proximity to local primary health care and wellness services; and
WHEREAS it is also proposed that the community of seniors continuing to live at home be supported by our vision of virtual care which would include professional home-based health and wellness care supported by high speed internet services;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Town of Parry Sound supports these initiatives and the collaborative efforts between the Province of Ontario and the local stakeholders to develop innovative and improved care for the seniors in our community.
9.5.4 – Letter of Support for Park 2 Park Trail Association Grant Application.
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 grant application.
10.3.1 – Partnership with Science North to Deliver Youth Camp Programs at the Bobby Orr Community Centre.
By-law 2021 – 7137
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with Science North for the delivery of education-based youth camp programming.
10.3.2 – Rail Safety Improvement Program Agreement.
By-law 2021 – 7138
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement with the Minister of Transport regarding a Rail Safety Improvement Program
Whereas the Town of Parry Sound has applied and been successful in obtaining funding support from the Transport Canada Rail Safety Improvement Program in the amount of up to $480,000 of the estimated project expenditures, and
Whereas the Town of Parry Sound has committed to an estimated contribution of $270,000 as its portion of the estimated expenditures, and
Whereas the Community desires to encourage safe and active transportation and physical activities by all including the residents of new and previous residential
development and the anticipated increase in student traffic related to the proposed “Mega School” at the corner of Isabella and Joseph Streets, and
Whereas both CN and CP Railways traverse the Municipality creating challenges for road users and pedestrians to access various parts of the Town including the area of the Salt Dock and the nearby Rugged Trail and Fitness Trail to the waterfront, and
Whereas the grade elevation of both tracks contributes significantly to the costs associated with attempts to increase crossing safety including installation of sidewalks and pedestrian access in addition to making improvements to the road approaches;
Therefore, be it resolved that Council of the Town of Parry Sound hereby requests that both CN and CP Rail contribute financially to the Rail Safety Improvements at the double crossing at Isabella St.
10.4.1 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/21/04 – 9 & 11 Church Street (Matt Ryan for Oleg Gromov).
By-Law 2021 – 7139
Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 9 and 11 Church Street (Matt Ryan for Oleg Gromov)
That the increase in residential units as noted in the Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting for Z/21/4 does not require any additional circulation in accordance with Section 34(17) of the Planning Act.
What seemed to be a light agenda resulted in a meeting that included a number of unexpected items worth noting. I won’t point out anything in particular but I recommend scanning the abridged meeting minutes below. The Questions of Staff section was particularly interesting.
Abridged Council Meeting Minutes
d) labour relations or employee negotiations, (hiring policy interpretation);
(e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (Contractor work on Town property), (Planning Board decision);
f) advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, (hiring policy interpretation), (Contractor work on Town property), (Planning Board decision).
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof
1.4.1 – Councillor Horne declared pecuniary interest on item 10.4.2 regarding boat launches and parking on Salt Dock Road, as he is a property owner and resident on Salt Dock Road. Councillor Horne left the meeting for duration of the item, did not participate in discussion, nor vote on the item.
2.1 – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/21-04 – 9 and 11 Church Street (FAD Architects on behalf of Gromov).
Council held a public meeting to consider a proposed Zoning By-law amendment under Sections 34 of the Planning Act, as amended. After the Mayor adjourned the regular meeting and declared the public meeting open, the Clerk advised that notice had been given by prepaid first-class mail to the required prescribed agencies and property owners within 120 metres, posted on the property and placed on the Town’s website.
Mr. Elgie advised that the proposed Zoning By-Law amendment would change the zoning of the property from C1 on 11 Church Street and amend the S.P. 26.119(h) on 9 Church Street to permit a mixed-use building with a commercial ground floor and 20 residential spaces.
In response to the Mayor’s invitation to address Council, Matt Ryan of FAD Architects, spoke on behalf of the developer Gromov in favour of the proposed Zoning By-law amendment. Mr. Ryan said that he thinks the project focuses development within the urban area, strengthens the central business district as a prime location and place to live, and is in keeping with the Town’s Official Plan. Mr. Ryan said that one of the tools at our disposal to help fight effects of climate change is to reduce dependence on a car and to do that, we need to stop spreading development outward, by increasing density, so that we create more walkable, liveable communities; and projects like this are key to that concept.
No one spoke in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law amendment.
Mr. Elgie advised that he had received a couple requests for information, but no formal comments yet with regards to this matter.
The Mayor advised that Council, at its discretion may approve the proposed Zoning By- law amendment 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-law 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 Mayor McGarvey’s inquiry as to the reason trees were cut down on Gibson Street near Market Square Park, Director of Public Works Mike Kearns reported that as a result of tree limbs falling on private property near vehicles and the adjacent sidewalk, a board certified arborist was consulted to assess these large trees. After reviewing from a number of perspectives, including viable growth within the crown, the arborist determined that they were not candidates for maintenance, and removal was the only viable option to remove the hazards posed by the trees.
3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry regarding the public consultation process to the Official Plan, Manager of Building and Planning Services Taylor Elgie concurred that it is a lengthy process. Plans were in place last spring for an open house, which was cancelled because of COVID. An open house with large maps available for viewing is useful to make the information accessible for people; providing the information on-line is less interactive and therefore the process has been delayed. Mr. Elgie reported that the department is trying to move the process forward with an open house or equivalent in the next 4-6 months, including potential for on-line consultation and review. He also noted that people can contact him by phone, e-mail, letter, etc. if an open house doesn’t work. The Open house is followed by a mandatory public meeting, after which errors are corrected, and then final approval granted at a subsequent meeting.
3.2.3 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry regarding regulations around backyard hens, Mr. Elgie reported that there has been a desire to consider accessory units holistically in the comprehensive zoning by-law and that is why this too has not moved forward.
By-law Enforcement Officer Allison Kreuger reported that before a regulatory by-law regarding backyard hens could be considered and passed by Council, the zoning by-law would need to be amended to address inclusion of backyard hens.
The following motion was proposed:
That staff be directed to review the current zoning by-law to consider amendments to permit backyard hens.
3.2.4 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry on the status of the IMPACT awards for local innovation and small business, CAO Clayton Harris reported that the Town of Parry Sound is one of 32 Founders in the Parry Sound Area and that the IMPACT awards will be presented by both Muskoka Founders Circle and Parry Sound Founders Circle on May 27th from 5:00 – 7:30 PM in a free admission virtual gala. With respect to the PS Impact Awards, five finalists will have gone through a Dragon’s Den style selection process with a prize of $10,000 and $5,000 awarded to the top two.
3.2.5 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry, Clerk Rebecca Johnson confirmed that the Near North District School Board representatives will be addressing Council at one of the two June Council meetings with respect to construction of the new high school. With respect to Councillor Backman’s query regarding traffic studies, Mr. Elgie reported that he and Director of Development & Protective Services Dave Thompson met with school Board representatives last week and recommended a traffic study that not only looked at cars, but also at pedestrian traffic in the area.
3.2.6 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding statistics and process for determining pothole repair, Mr. Kearns reported that staff have been out as weather permits, patching small potholes with hotmix from recycled asphalt and that larger road cut sections will be scheduled soon for repair by an external contractor.
3.2.7 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding the status of reinstallation of the railing at the Cascade St. hill, Mr. Kearns reported that he has been speaking with a local contractor who has agreed to meet on-site to review installation of the railing so as not to hinder winter maintenance. The meeting is pending.
4.1 – Anne Bossart, Tower Hill Gardeners Coordinator
Appreciation for work of Recreation Department staff for work at Tower Hill.
4.2 – Margaret Dunnigan, June Carlton, Louise Campbell, Cynthia Hamlin, Anita Chechock.
Individual letters of the same text supporting Council’s position to deny construction of a vehicle bridge over the Fitness Trail.
4.3 – Maryann Weaver, Clerk, Township of the Archipelago.
Support for WPS Area Recreation and Culture Centre.
4.4. – Ann & Dave Hurdman, Parry Sound residents.
Concerns with proposed amendment to the Parking & Traffic by-law under item 10.4.2 on the agenda which would charge for the overnight parking at boat launch.
Ratification of Matters from Closed Agenda
7.1 – Interpretation of Hiring Family Members Policy. Policy # C-1.2.
That Council supports the staff interpretation of the Hiring of Family Members Policy (C- 1.2.)
And Further That Council directs staff to update the Policy and clarify under what circumstances it is acceptable to have family members working in the same department.
7.2 – Request to Appeal Planning Board Decision on B/06/2021 (TPS – Barnes).
Whereas the Council for the Town of Parry Sound recommended the denial of Parry Sound Area Planning Board Application B/06/2021 (TPS) – Barnes by Resolution 2021- 033;
And Whereas the Parry Sound Area Planning Board granted approval of B/06/2021 (TPS) – Barnes by Resolution 2021-31;
And Whereas Parry Sound Area Planning Board Resolution 2021-31 does not include a condition of consent that the lands be rezoned in order to ensure compliance with Town of Parry Sound Zoning By-law 2004-4653, as amended.
Now Therefore Be it Resolved that Council appeal the decision of Parry Sound Area Planning Board Application B/06/2021 (TPS) – Barnes to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) as the Parry Sound Area Planning Board’s decision will create an illegal non-complying lot per the Town’s Zoning By-law and does not represent good planning;
And Further That Council directs the Manager of Building and Planning Services to execute all necessary documents as it relates to the submission of this appeal unless the Planning Board’s Decision is amended to note a Zoning By-law Amendment is a condition of consent prior to the expiry of the appeal period.
Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 Flag Policy – Inclusion of Pride Flag, and Amended Half-Masting Protocols.
That the Flag Policy as adopted by Resolution 2020-076 is hereby revoked, and that the Flag Policy attached as Schedule A, which incorporates adoption of the annual flying of the Pride flag, and amended protocols regarding half-masting as a mark of respect and condolence is hereby approved.
9.1.2 – West Parry Sound Regional Economic Development Collaborative – Terms of Reference.
WHEREAS the West Parry Sound Economic Development Collaborative (WPSEDC) is a partnership between the seven municipalities of West Parry Sound, originally created in 2018 with a mandate to improve the region’s business environment;
AND WHEREAS member municipalities approved the WPSEDC Terms of Reference in early 2018, which created a collaborative governance model involving a Board of Municipal Stakeholders, a Core Group of Advisors, a Steering Committee, and a Regional Economic Development Officer (EDO);
AND WHEREAS the Steering Committee and the Regional EDO are the only elements of this model that have been implemented to date;
AND WHEREAS FedNor approved funding for a period ending November 2023 to hire a Regional Economic Development Officer for a three (3) year term, with contributing funding coming from member municipalities;
AND WHEREAS all member municipalities passed resolutions of Council in October 2020 confirming their commitment to the WPSEDC;
AND WHEREAS the Steering Committee and the Regional EDO have recommended amendments to the WPSEDC Terms of Reference in order to reflect current operating procedures and economic development priorities;
AND WHEREAS the WPSEDC structure requires a Board of Stakeholder Municipalities, comprised of the Heads of Council (or designate) of the member municipalities, to provide high-level strategic direction to the WPSEDC;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Municipality adopts the updated WPSEDC Terms of Reference attached as Schedule A;
AND FURTHER that the Municipality hereby appoints ____________ to the Board of Stakeholder Municipalities.
The following appointing motion was made.
That the Resolution be amended to appoint Mayor McGarvey to the Committee, with Councillor Backman appointed as alternate in cases where the Mayor cannot attend.
The amended resolution was voted on.
Carried as amended
9.3.1 – Stormwater drainage easement – 1 Georgian Bay Avenue.
Whereas the Town of Parry Sound has a stormwater conveyance over 1 Georgian Bay Ave; and
Whereas Parry Sound Condominium Corporation No. 6, owner of 1 Georgian Bay Ave. is in favour of granting an easement;
Now therefore the Mayor & Clerk are hereby authorized to sign the transfer documents to register the easement attached as Schedule A.
9.5.1 – Declaration of June 2021 as PTSD Awareness Month.
Whereas June has been declared as PTSD Awareness Month each year around the world; and
Whereas for centuries we have recognized post traumatic stress disorder; and Whereas PTSD can affect all ages, children through to seniors: and
Whereas treatment for PTSD is available; and
Whereas it is up to each of us to know that the PTSD Assessment form is a major tool to seek medical assistance; and
Whereas PTSD Awareness Month urges all to seek help for those who may have PTSD requiring medical assistance;
NOW THEREFORE Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound does hereby proclaim June as PTSD Awareness month in the Town of Parry Sound, and encourages residents to actively learn about the PTSD Assessment form written by the Centre for PTSD Research as a tool to assist those affected by PTSD to obtain medical assistance.
10.2.1 – Debenture issue for Servicing Denis & Macklaim Drive.
By-law 2021 – 7128
A By-law of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound to Authorize the Borrowing Upon Amortizing Debentures in the Principal Amount of $750,424 towards the cost of servicing Macklaim/Denis.
Passed, Signed and Sealed
10.4.1 Amendment to the Sign By-law 2002-4486.
By-law 2021 – 7124
Being a By-law to amend the Sign By-law 2002-4486 regarding Sandwich Board Signs
Passed, Signed and Sealed
10.4.2 – Amendment to Parking and Traffic Control By-law 2019-6912.
By-law 2021 – 7125
Being a By-law to amend the Parking and Traffic Control By-law 2019-6912 regarding Champagne St. Boat launch overnight parking and parking on Salt Dock Road.
Passed, Signed and Sealed
10.4.3 – New Public Dock and Boat Launch By-law for the Town of Parry Sound.
By-law 2021 – 7126
Being a By-law to regulate the use of Public Docks, Piers and Boat Launch Ramps and revoke By-law 2010-5470.
Passed, Signed and Sealed
10.4.4 – Sound Boat Works License of Occupation.
By-law 2021 – 7127
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a License of Occupation with Sound Boat Works for the use of the property identified Pt Water Lt C West of Mill St, Foley as in PS8343 Except Pt 11, 42R6597 & Pt 4, 42R11471; Parry Sound.
Passed, Signed and Sealed
10.4.5 – Zoning By-law Amendment Application Z/21/01 – Kingshott/Crookshank-Hurd.
By-Law 2021 – 7129
Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 88 and 94 Louisa Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on behalf of Kingshott/Crookshank- Hurd).
Passed, Signed and Sealed
There are a few interesting items on the agenda:
4.3 – Mackenzie Taylor, Deputy Clerk, Township of Carling. Approval of Parry Sound’s request for removal from Planning Board contingent upon Carling receiving same approval.
This is a little bit ‘cheeky’. Carling is happy to support the Town of Parry Sound’s request to be excused from the Parry Sound Area Planning Board oversight if Carling can also be excused from the same oversight requirements. It seems that the area municipalities in general are not too enamoured with the Parry Sound Area Planning Board.
Closed Session d) and 9.4.1 – Non-Union Compensation Grid.
Compensation packages are on the table for discussion. In neither case do I imagine that the review will suggest a drop in compensation. I’m okay with it if they are earning their packages. I am more interested in a better understanding of performance and ensuring it is aligned with compensation. But of course, individual performance is confidential and not subject to public disclosure.
9.4.2 – Update – Key Performance Objectives in Support of the Strategic Plan.
I will need to study this more closely going forward. As much as the Town likes to lay out its plans, these are generally non-specific documents often just presentations, that contain little real information on strategy, tactics and objectives. Many of the statements are more aspirational than something Staff can be held to account for. I’ll do some sort of a post on the Key Performance Objectives document with commentary.
4.5 – Craig Jeffery, Clerk, Township of Seguin. Notice of Public Meeting for proposed Zoning By-law Amendment to permit cannabis grow operations in industrial zones.
Question: Is this considered light or heavy industry?
Answer: It’s heavy man – real heavy;-)
4.7 – Jo Bossart. Concerns with erosion on the Rotary & The Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail.
I sent a letter to Council requesting information on the Town’s plans with respect to remediating erosion along the waterfront, especially at Sail Parry Sound which is a Town owned property.
c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board, (Proposed property exchange);
d) labour relations or employee negotiations (Director level salaries).
4.1 – Lynne Atkinson, Executive Director, West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation.
Appreciation for $50,000 donation from BOHF Reserve Fund towards x-ray system.
4.2 – Lynne Atkinson, Executive Director, West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation.
Appreciation for $50,000 donation from BOHF Reserve Fund towards renewing dining room area of Lakeland Long Term Care.
4.3 – Mackenzie Taylor, Deputy Clerk, Township of Carling.
Approval of Parry Sound’s request for removal from Planning Board contingent upon Carling receiving same approval.
4.4 – Nicole Dimond, Project Coordinator, Georgian Bay Forever.
Follow-up to questions asked following February 2, 2021 deputation to Council.
4.5 – Craig Jeffery, Clerk, Township of Seguin.
Notice of Public Meeting for proposed Zoning By-law Amendment to permit cannabis grow operations in industrial zones.
4.6 – Jane Wang, Communication Officer, Census Communications.
Promotion of May, 2021 Census.
4.7 – Jo Bossart.
Concerns with erosion on the Rotary & The Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail.
5.1 – Christy Cafovski, Executive Director, Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber of Commerce Year in Review, new Strategic Plan.
Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.4.1 – Non-Union Compensation Grid.
That Council authorize a pre-budget expenditure related to the procurement of professional services of a compensation consulting firm for non-union job evaluation.
9.4.2 – Update – Key Performance Objectives in Support of the Strategic Plan.
That Council approve the progress report on the Town’s Key Performance Objectives (KPOs) as set out in Schedule A.
9.5.1 – Promotion of May, 2021 Census.
Whereas accurate and complete census data support programs and services that benefit our community;
Now Therefore the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound supports the 2021 Census, and encourages all residents to complete their census questionnaire online at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/ae524374/JNWCCJEa1kmOGFUP2SdHAA?u=http://www.c ensus.gc.ca/.
10.1.1 – Approval of Funding Agreement – Provincial Gas Tax for Public Transportation.
By-law 2021 – 7106
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a Letter of Agreement with the Ontario Minister of Transportation regarding funding under the Dedicated Gas Tax Funds for Public Transportation Program.
10.3.1 – Appoint Plans Examiner/Building Inspector.
By-law 2021 – 7105
Being a by-law to appoint Nicholas Deroy as a Plans Examiner/Building Inspector.
I have just had a chance to see the proposed agreement between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Town of Parry Sound. It looks like a win-win and requires me to revise my initial comments after reviewing last week’s council meeting minutes. (Note: It’s always a good idea to check the source documents when they are made available.)
My reading of the agreement indicates that Big Sound Marina will be transferred to the Town for a nominal sum, $1.00. In addition the Federal Government will provide the Town with a grant of about $1.3 million to pay for the necessary improvements to the marina.
The Town has certain obligations to keep the marina operating for a defined period of time that will with time hit our taxes, but will probably be paid for indirectly by the increased traffic in Town. Overall then, I think it’s a win for the Town. I’m not happy subsidizing rich boaters at the expense of our local community but it seems that this is not the case here.
I would like to congratulate Staff and Council for getting this deal done. With Big Sound Marina under direct Town control I look forward to seeing the bigger vision and plan for the waterfront.
The Town announced yesterday the days that the Parry Sound Town Dock will be closed to residents and visitors. This is to accommodate the cruise ships.
I am at a loss to understand why people are not permitted to use the Town Dock while these cruise ships are tied up in Parry Sound. I can understand that there might be an hour of so when access is restricted while the vessel ties up and people disembark. Yes, there may be an issue of customs and immigration to deal with on arrival, but once this is settled there shouldn’t be an issue with opening access to the public. The vessel itself has security measures in place, and it’s not as though anyone can just jump aboard from the Town Dock.
I guess we should just shut up and be honoured that these cruise lines have chosen to grace Parry Sound with their presence. I have no issue with their arrivals and vists, and even a brief period where the dock is off limits when there are procedures to be followed, but all day, for eleven days? Perhaps they will be rainy days and there will be no net loss to the hoi poloi.
Or the Town could look into finding a procedure by which access to the Town Dock would be permitted when these vessels are tied up. If no one asks or complains, it’s easier to keep doing what they have been doing than it is to figure out a workable option of sharing the Town Dock. And of course there is always the stock answer of, “oh, but that’s out of our control – sorry”. Nah, not really sorry.
From the Town’s website.
2017 Cruise Ship Visits
This summer the Pearl Mist and the Victory 1 will return to Parry Sound and be in port at the Town Dock on the following dates:
Monday June 5 – 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday June 14 – 8:30am – 7:00pm
Sunday June 25 – 8:30am – 6:30pm
Thursday July 6 – 8:00am – 7:00pm
Monday July 17 – 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday July 26 – 8:30am – 7:00pm
Sunday August 6 – 8:30am – 6:30pm
Thursday August 17 – 8:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday August 19 – 9:00pm to Sunday August 20 – 6:30pm
Thursday August 31 – 8:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday June 4 – 5:00am – 6:30pm
Friday August 25 – 7:00am – 11:00pm
Don’t Let the Wake Slap You on Your Stern on the Way Out
The theme for Tuesday’s meeting is water. Water for drinking and water for swimming.
The Public Works report recommends that the Town stop fluoridating the Town’s water supply (9.3.2). The agenda includes a deputation by Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health, regarding fluoridation in the Town’s water supply (5.2). The content of the deputation was not included with the council meeting package. The Public Works opinion on fluoridation seems to boil down to the fact that they can’t make a recommendation on the basis of the medical or scientific information, but fluoridation is a cost to the Town and it is a challenge to implement. So if there is no clear medical reason to continue, they recommend stopping. There will be a period for public comment on the proposed change. I have an opinion, but it’s not worth sharing.
The other water related agenda item concerns a public pool. The Town is being asked to support a Carling Township initiative (5.2) requesting the Near North School Board consider including a pool and recreation complex with the future K-12 school. I have an opinion on the general merit of a pool that I shared in a post last week. Talk fortunately is cheap. Let’s pay more attention once it starts to get remotely serious. Internet for nothing and a pool for free? (Apologies to Dire Straits.) You can’t blame the municipalities for asking.
The Town also received a lengthy response from Canadian Pacific Railways in response to the Town’s concerns about crossing blockages and excessive speed. It’s worth reading but it’s only found in the full agenda package. It’s available upon request from the Town, or from this site at the ‘TOPS Agenda Packages’ page (see the top menu).
Sounding like a broken record, I suggest you at least review the Council agenda summaries available at the Town’s website before each meeting to see if there are items of importance to you and which weren’t covered in this preview post. You have the opportunity to make a short deputation at the council meeting if you want to express an opinion, or provide additional information, prior to Council discussion and vote. It’s harder to get things changed once they have been approved.
4.2 – Randy Marsh, Director, Government Affairs, CP Rail. Re: Response to Letter sent regarding track speeds, track maintenance and train braking systems. It’s long and it’s worth reading.
5.1 – Brenda Ryan, Chair of the Waterfront Advisory Committee Re: Slide show presentation of Town Dock Improvements – Phase 1. The committee has been busy and it will be interesting to understand their vision and recommendations.
5.2 – Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health. Re: Fluoridation in the Parry Sound’s Drinking Water System. I suspect this presentation will support fluoridation, but let’s wait and see.
8.2 – Area Pool and Recreation Complex. Resolution. Whereas the Township of Carling has circulated a resolution in support of an opportunity to incorporate an area pool and recreation complex into the site planning for the new K-12 School which will serve not only the students the entire community of West Parry Sound, attached as Schedule “A”; Now Therefore Be It Resolved that the Town of Parry Sound supports the Township of Carling’s resolution and urges the other West Parry Sound Municipalities to join them in support of this and in requesting that the Near North Board of Education consider a process for collaboration regarding this concept; and Further that this resolution be copied to the Near North District School Board.
Resolutions and Direction To Staff
9.1.1 – Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. Resolution. That Council of the Town of Parry Sound supports the joint application with the Municipality of McDougall, for funding under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program for the Parry Sound to McDougall Trail Link Canada 150 Anniversary Project.
9.3.2 – Fluoride in Town’s Drinking Water. Direction. That Council direct staff to notify the Ministry of Health that it is the Town’s intention to cease adding fluoride to the Town of Parry Sound’s municipal water system, effective September 1, 2015; and That a 21 day Notice Period be invoked to provide the public an opportunity to provide input; and That the report and recommendation be considered at the July 7th Council meeting. That staff be directed to prepare a bylaw authorizing the ceasing of adding fluoride to the Town’s municipal water system. It would be a little cheaper to stop fluoridating (about one-third the cost of the hanging flower baskets), but would it be better, or even as good? That’s a question Council will be hard pressed to answer. I don’t think any of them have relevant medical or scientific training, and the Public Works report largely relates to the practical implementation of fluoridation, not its impact on health (for good or ill).
9.4.1. 9.4.2, 9.4.3 – Resolutions. Waterfront Advisory Committee Terms of Reference. Town Dock Improvements – Phase I. Big Sound Marina – Dock ‘B’ Redevelopment. A series of resolutions concerning the Waterfront. You’ll need to read the agenda package to get the details. There is movement and improvement.
10.5.1 – Business Improvement Area (BIA) Levy By-Law. It’s up 5.8% this year. The cost will be on the order of $300 to $600 per building owner (probably more for those with multiple tenants and higher value). The council package has a summary of where the money is spent.
See you Tuesday night.
Going Grey. Fitting in with the Town’s ‘senior’ theme?
(Parry Sound in Four Colour)
Last night’s meeting dragged on to 8:35 PM, just a wee bit past the later end of what I had thought. The reasons included the two deputations that Council let go on a little longer than usual, and the animated meeting reports from a couple of the Councillors. All-in-all there were few surprises but some encouraging trends. In one Council report there was mention of preliminary discussions regarding the relocation of provincial services away from the Parry Sound Waterfront and the Shell Oil waterfront property being ready for development.
5.1 – Iain Flemming, Festival of the Sound (FOTS). Contributions of the Festival of the Sound to the Town of Parry Sound. Mention was made of the Festival’s upcoming 36th season and that FOTS was identified by CBC as one of the top summer festivals in Canada.
5.2 – Anne Bossart. Update on activities at Tower Hill Heritage Garden. The deputation reviewed the volunteer driven improvements to the garden over the past three years and plans for 2015. Plans for 2015 include more renovation and maintenance highlighted by the development of a formal lilac garden. People wishing to donate support, financial or physical, can get further information at the Tower Hill Heritage Garden website.
Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.2.1 – Winter Access to William Street. Resolution. CARRIED. This item generated much discussion from one Councillor who felt that the requested access could be provided without engendering much, if any, risk to pedestrians. In the end Council decided to accept Staff’s recommendation but requested that suitable consideration be given to providing a safer situation at the site when the Town makes planned upgrades to the street in the next year or two. Staff noted that cars have been ‘clocked’ at 100 kph in that area. Folks, this is a busy pedestrian area, let’s slow down. While we’re talking about it, how about slowing down on all of the streets in town?
9.2.2 – Pre-budget Approval – Replacement of 2004 7-Ton Truck. Resolution. CARRIED.
10.2.1 – OCIF Funding Contribution Agreement – William Street. CARRIED. This is the project that might allow for the better pedestrian facilities mentioned in Item 9.2.1.
There was more; check the Town’s website in a couple of days for a full copy of the minutes, but there is nothing additional I consider to be ‘material’. Next up is a Council meeting on the 17th, St. Paddy’s Day. Be there and be sure to wear green. There are plans for a Town strategic planning session on April 22nd at the Stockey Centre, details to follow. Everyone is invited to attend.
Meanwhile, Down at the Waterfront (Parry Sound Night Crawling)
Revised – Item 10.3.1. The original post stated that this item related to the Town’s tax rates, which was incorrect. Item 10.3.1 refers to the property levies for the Downtown Business Association businesses (also known as the Downtown Parry Sound Improvement Area).
This week’s agenda is light in terms of items and interesting topics. But there are a couple of issues that people may want to pay attention to. Two items on the closed agenda are worth noting – the Town seems annoyed with a local taxi company, and there is something going on with regards to the Granite Harbour development concerning property. The taxi company issue is also on the open agenda. The remaining public meeting agenda items are largely focused on day-to-day issues and some tidying up.
2.1.1 – is a public meeting held prior to the regular public meeting of Council to consider a zoning by-law amendment of property related to the proposed ‘Age in Place’ development on College Drive beside Canadore College being.
Correspondence and Deputations
No correspondence is noted.
5.1 – is a deputation proposing community investment of time and effort in the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Skateboard Park.
8.1 – extends the HOLDCO (Parry Sound Power) board appointments of three current board members through the end of the year, presumably to ensure continuity in partnership discussions with Lakeland Power.
Resolutions and Directions to Staff
9.1.1 – is a follow up to the taxi issue scheduled for the closed session of Council. Apparently one or more drivers for Parry Sound Taxi have been charged by the OPP. This information was not reported to the town as required by the taxi company’s municipal license. The town is essentially proposing to censure the company for this failure to comply with it license and suggesting that their license will be suspended on another such occurrence. The Town only found out this information by reading it in the local newspaper. It’s worth noting that this taxi company proposed several months ago to take on all responsibility and liability for it’s operations and remove the Town from the taxi driver approval process. It seemed that they were willing to police themselves while maintaining high levels of compliance and passenger safety. Well that doesn’t seem to be the way they actually operate as evidenced by their failure to report the OPP filing of charges to the Town.
9.2.1 – this is a follow on to an agenda item several months ago concerning the realignment of the Downtown Improvement Area boundaries. This Direction requests Staff to return to Council with a by-law for their consideration that amends the boundaries as suggested last Fall, and subsequently amended, by the Downtown Business Association.
9.4.1 – is a Direction for Council to establish a committee to review a new Parry Sound sign on Highway 400.
9.4.2 – is a resolution approving the 2013 Municipal Assistance Program allocations. This is a $15,000 fund in support of community non-profits and economic development agencies. The Mayor and Councillors are being asked to provide their individual preferred allocation of funds for each of the applicants prior to the meeting. These figures will be tallied and averaged to provide the final allocations. I wonder if the individual Councillor allocations will be made public. No, there really is no need to do this and I’m not suggesting it. But it would be interesting to see where individual Councillors think the money should be going.
10.2.1 – is a by-law to execute an agreement for the $25,000 CN grant in support of the Mission Park rehabilitation project.
10.3.1 – is a by-law to formalize the 2013 levy rates for the Downtown Business Association. (Corrected)
10.4.1 – this by-law is for a five-year lease agreement extension with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans/Small Craft Harbours regarding Big Sound Marina and the Town Dock. No, we don’t own the docks, we lease them from the federal government. The new agreement adjusts some minor terms and conditions.
10.4.2 – another by-law, this one authourizing the sale of the ‘old Pump House’.
10.5.1 – a by-law to execute an agreement with the Recycling Council of Ontario.
I told you there wasn’t very much. See you Tuesday.
Pulling together as a Team (June 2013)
Note: Not all agenda items are covered here. I typically skip those items that have little material impact on the town. These items include simple requests for Tag Days (permission to canvas), Awareness Weeks/Months, road closures for civic events, and the like. Want to see everything that is on the agenda? The full agenda can be found at the town’s website (http://townofparrysound.com/pagesmith/14).
After a very full agenda last meeting, the December 18th session isn’t quite as packed. The whole issue of the 2013 budget though still looms large over council and staff.
Those of you who spend time on Tower Hill have doubtless noted the many trees that have been cut down in the last couple of weeks. And there is more work to be done. There were many dead trees on Tower Hill, apparently done-in by pine bark beetles and the stress of the drought this past summer. It will be interesting to see what the town’s plans are to replace the trees. Not all of the trees should be replaced but it would be a shame to leave it as denuded as it is now. This is an investment that will take decades to be fully realized. I’ve been told that the best time to plant a tree is thirty years ago. The second best time is now!
4.1 – concerns a resident letter to council with comments on the Official Plan. There are some very good comments that I expect the Community Development department will consider for inclusion in the current draft of the plan. The Official Plan is much more important than most people realize because once reviewed and approved by the province it is no trivial task to get approvals for deviations.
8.1 – is a resolution in support of the Township of the Archipelago’s statement related to their concerns about the low water levels in Georgian Bay. In addition to general statements of concern they are requesting the suspension of certain environmental restrictions to permit blasting and dredging of shoreline within the Archipelago. Low water levels are certainly a concern for many. Like droughts, the current low water levels may be a normal deviance from the average, or they may be an indicator of even greater changes as a consequence of global climate change. Let’s be sure not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
9.1.1 – this is a resolution for the Public Works department to make preparations to take advantage of a provincial infrastructure program known as MIII Capital Program Funding. The town has identified more than $8 million worth of projects related to waste water and water supply upgrades that would qualify.
9.3.1 – is a direction relating to the town property on George Street. The direction involves sending a letter to the provincial government requesting the restrictive covenant on these properties be lifted to permit their sale as property lots by the town.
9.4.1 – is a resolution regarding recognition certificates and plaques. It seems that school kids get gold stars while adults get plaques.
9.5.1 – is a resolution supporting revisions to the current draft of the Official Plan that would permit the Old Pump House to be used for a variety of non-residential purposes including:
i) Tea room
ii) Waterworks heritage interpretive museum
iii) Non-licensed restaurant establishment
iv) Artists’ in-residence studio
v) Home-based business
vi) Boutique bed and breakfast
I expect this revision to the Official Plan will be done in parallel with preparations to put the property on the market.
10.3.1 – is a by-law permitting six separate residential units in the existing building at 48 Cascade Street.
10.3.2 – is a by-law permitting the sale of town properties on Emily Street and Railway Avenue. Item 10.3.3 is a by-law moving forward the process to sell the Old Pump House property.
10.4.1, 10.4.2 – are by-laws related to the Finance, Administration and POA Court Services department establishing billing and collection procedures for water and waste water services, and the setting of an interim tax levy for 2013 pending the approval of a final budget.
10.5.1 – is a by-law to enter into a 5-year agreement with Festival of the Sound to rent the CP station for use as its headquarters.
That’s it. I don’t see anything too controversial on the agenda. I hope we will be getting good news about heat at the Bobby Orr Community Centre. Here’s a direct link to the agenda that is hosted at this site if you want to see what what else is being reviewed. Unfortunately you still need to go the library or town hall to see the council package.
See you at the meeting. I’ll also be attending the public meeting of Parry Sound Power (correction – Parry Sound Hydro Corporation) the day before (December 17th, 6:00 PM at town hall.)
Bridge Art – Think Big