February 22, 2013 Council Agenda
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AGENDA

for the

REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL

Friday, February 22nd, 2013
9:00 a.m.
Council Chamber
9 James Street, Parry Sound, Ontario


 

 

1. CALL TO ORDER

i) National Anthem
ii) Approval of Agenda
iii) Announcement of Public Meetings

2. DISCLOSURE OF PECUNIARY INTEREST

3. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

i) REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL

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NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council held on January 18th, 2013, be approved.

4. DEPUTATIONS

9:10 a.m. Anna Marie Harris, Manager

Georgian Bay Country Tourism – 3-Year Strategic Plan

5. CLOSED MEETING

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NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council move into a CLOSED MEETING at _____________ a.m./p.m., pursuant to Section 239(2) of the Municipal Act, 2001,S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended.

OPEN MEETING

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NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council move out of a CLOSED MEETING at ___________ a.m./p.m.

6. UNFINISHED PLANNING BUSINESS

7. OFFICIAL PLAN/ZONING AMENDMENTS

8. CONSENT APPLICATIONS

9. SITE PLAN CONTROL

10. SHORE ROAD ALLOWANCES

11. REPORT OF THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

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NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council receives the Report of the Chief Administrative Officer as distributed.

12. REPORT OF TASK FORCES/COMMITTEES

13. CORRESPONDENCE

i) COUNCIL CORRESPONDENCE

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NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council receives the February 2013 Council Correspondence listing.

14. QUESTION TIME

15. OTHER BUSINESS

i) GEORGIAN BAY LOW WATERS – HYDRO ONE

WHEREAS Georgian Bay waters have declined significantly during the past 20 years;

AND WHEREAS Hydro One has underwater hydro cables located throughout the Township that may become a hazard to navigation due to low water;

AND WHEREAS the waterways where these hydro cables are located are often crucial for vessels to use to gain access to various properties or for vessels travelling along the eastern shoreline of Georgian Bay;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council requests that Hydro One take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of the travelling public on the various waterways by ensuring the submerged cables will not be an impediment to navigation.

ii) GEORGIAN BAY LOW WATER INITIATIVE
    MEETING OF MAYORS, REEVES AND CHIEFS – FEBRUARY 6, 2013

WHEREAS the Great Lakes have experienced declining water levels over the past 20 years, and

WHEREAS nowhere has it been so obvious as in Georgian Bay, currently the largest fresh water archipelago in the world, and

WHEREAS in 2013 water levels in Georgian Bay dropped over 67 cm, and

WHEREAS this significant drop of water level is now below any documented historic level, and

WHEREAS the "Ribbon of Life"—wetlands, shorelines, fish and animal habitat—is at risk, and

WHEREAS access to residences, viability of business operations, First Nations' and Municipal infrastructure, are all at risk because of this major change in water level, and

WHEREAS the economic prospects for the Georgian Bay watershed communities are in jeopardy given that significant revenues and jobs come from water related activities such as tourism, boating, recreational fishing and cottaging, the latter contributing well over $100 million annual economic benefit in goods and services purchased and property taxes, and

WHEREAS the Chiefs, Mayors, and Reeves whose jurisdictions front on Georgian Bay now declare that Georgian Bay is in crisis, and

WHEREAS it seems entirely probable that, under current circumstances, the water levels in the Great Lakes will continue to decline for the foreseeable future, and

WHEREAS Federal and Provincial Governments have responsibilities to preserve and protect the Great Lakes, and

WHEREAS Federal and Provincial Governments must quickly develop action plans to alleviate the 2012 low water impact on Georgian Bay communities, and

WHEREAS Federal and Provincial Governments need not only to accept that Georgian Bay is in crisis but also to consider how to protect the long term viability of the Great Lakes, and

WHEREAS Federal and Provincial Governments need to proclaim that they are committed to the preservation of the Great Lakes and need to give the highest priority to taking strong actions to remedy this crisis,

BE IT NOW RESOLVED THAT the Georgian Bay Chiefs, Mayors, and Reeves

recommend the following actions be included as part of the Federal and Provincial plans to remediate water levels in the Great Lakes and to ensure clean water, with high quality fish and animal habit, alongside healthy and vibrant communities:

- Request the Ministry of Natural Resources develop procedures to facilitate access for Georgian Bay,

- Request the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to develop procedures to facilitate access for Georgian Bay,

- Request financial assistance be provided by the Provincial and Federal governments including adaptive management practices for municipalities and businesses on Georgian Bay,

- Seek the highest level of authority in Canada to bring the issue of low water levels to the U.S. Government directly,

- Request the Provincial and Federal governments to recognize that Georgian Bay is in crisis, now, in 2013,

- Declare a moratorium on dredging in the St. Clair River and implement the inclusion of sills in the St, Clair River,

- Amend the Great Lakes Protection Act to include actions to respond to low water levels,

- Create sustainable development throughout the Great Lakes and stop any intra-transfer of water between all Great Lakes basins, AND

- Investigate future viability of Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway and the intrusion of over 180 invasive species and low water created as a result of dredging.

iii) KEEPING ASIAN CARP OUT OF THE GREAT LAKES AND ST. LAWRENCE

13- WHEREAS the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence represent the largest body of surface fresh water in the world and are a vibrant, diverse ecosystem that is critically important to the economic well-being and quality of life of the Canadian and U.S. populations in the basin;

AND WHEREAS over 180 invasive species have entered the ecosystem over the years and caused widespread damage and disruption to the natural balance of the system, as well as significant economic damage;

AND WHEREAS one of the most serious threats ever presented by invasive species currently comes from Asian carp, including silver, bighead, and black varieties;

AND WHEREAS these varieties of carp were introduced to the southern United States for use in fish farms for algae control in the 1970s and escaped into the Mississippi River system as a result of floods and other means over the years;

AND WHEREAS the invasive carp have migrated northward through the Mississippi River system over the years to a point where they are as far north as Wisconsin and Minnesota, and into Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as well;

AND WHEREAS the invasive carp have established dominant populations in many places in the river systems, reducing significantly or eliminating populations of the more desirable species of fish because of their voracious food consumption and prolific reproduction;

AND WHEREAS the invasive carp are threatening to enter the Great Lakes at a number of points across the basin, but none appear to present as great a threat as the Illinois River and Chicago Area Waterway System;

AND WHEREAS many federal, state, provincial, and local government agencies in the United States and Canada have worked diligently and expended tens of millions of dollars over the past 10 years on a variety of projects to stop the migration of the invasive carp and keep them out of the Great Lakes;

AND WHEREAS the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed and currently operates an electric barrier near Romeoville Illinois on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal that seems to have helped slow or stop the movement of the invasive carp toward Lake Michigan;

AND WHEREAS the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a multiyear, comprehensive study across the U.S. side of the Great Lakes basin called the "Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study" (GLMRIS) that examines 19 separate locations where invasive carp could cross from the Mississippi River Basin to the Great Lakes Basin, and considers a large number of potential ways to stop the further migration;

AND WHEREAS including the invasive carp, there are 39 invasive species in the two basins that present a threat to cross over into the other basin the near future;

AND WHEREAS once an invasive species establishes itself in an ecosystem, it is exceedingly difficult to eradicate it, and it often inflicts serious damage on the ecosystem and imposes major costs in the form of efforts to control it;

AND WHEREAS invasive species have already inflicted hundreds of millions in damage across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence, and invasive carp pose a serious threat to the $7 billion sport and commercial fishery that support the economy and help define the culture of the entire region;

AND WHEREAS Canadian and U.S. citizens across the basin have expressed serious concern about the invasive carp and other invasive species, and are demanding prompt action;

AND WHEREAS the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities initiative has taken the position by resolution that physical separation of the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins in the Chicago Area Waterway System provides the most effective means of keeping the invasive carp from reading Lake Michigan;

AND WHEREAS the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and Great Lakes Commission completed a report entitled "Restoring the Natural Divide" on January 31, 2012 that established the feasibility of physical separation of the two basins in the Chicago Area Waterway System that would also maintain or enhance water quality, flood control, and transportation in the System;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the invasive carp in the Mississippi River system pose one of the greatest threats to the integrity and wellbeing of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence ecosystem, including the 40 million Canadians and Americans who live there;

AND BE IT FURTHER ESOLVED that preventing the invasive carp from entering the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence ecosystem needs to be approached with the greatest sense of urgency by all those responsible for dealing with this matter;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that physical separation is the most effective way to keep invasive carp from entering Lake Michigan through the Chicago Area Waterway System, and such barriers would also prevent the movement of many other invasive species from one basin to the other;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that physical separation is feasible and can be done in a way that maintains or enhances water quality, flood control, and transportation in the system;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should take all necessary steps to accelerate its process to complete its work on the Chicago Area Waterway System portion of the study no later than December 2013, and give fair and thorough consideration to the physical separation option;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and all cooperating U.S. and Canadian agencies continue operation of the electric barrier, intensive commercial fishing, and other methods to keep the invasive carp out of the Great Lakes while a long term solution is found and implemented;

AND BE IT FURTHER ESOLVED that additional work should be undertaken immediately to develop more details of the "Restoring the Natural Divide" report, with a special emphasis on ways to finance the necessary infrastructure investments;

AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that once a preferred option is identified, all parties should move forward to implement the solution in an expedited fashion with the greatest sense of urgency.

iv) MANITOULIN ISLAND CYCLING ADVOCATES (MICA)

v) BELVEDERE HEIGHTS ACCREDITATION (CARF)

vi) WEST PARRY SOUND HEALTH CENTRE FOUNDATION - TOWNSHIP CHALLENGE

vii) TAX WRITE-OFFS

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the following tax write-offs:

- TOTAL SOUTH $4,369.57 / TOTAL NORTH $8,227.63

- TOTAL SOUTH $ 446.69 / TOTAL NORTH $1,067.36

viii) APPOINTMENT OF RAY HACHIGIAN TO
      BUILDING MATERIALS EVALUATION COMMISSION

ix) TOWNSHIP CHRISTMAS PARTY - DECEMBER 6TH, 2013

16. BY-LAWS

i) SHORE ROAD ALLOWANCE BY-LAW                                      T. Christie/J. Seagram/ R. Zanussi
 FLETCHER, Peter and Linda
125 Georgian Bay Water R. Zanussi

13- Being a By-law to close and stop up those parts of the original shore road allowance laid out along the shore of Georgian Bay in front of Lot 9, Concession 7, in the geographic Township of Cowper, now in the Township of The Archipelago, designated as Part 1 of Plan 42R-19764.

ii) SHORE ROAD ALLOWANCE BY-LAW                                     I. Mead
   BIGFORD, Steve and Susan
  144 South Crane Lake Road

13- Being a By-law to close and stop up those parts of the original shore road allowance laid out along the shores of Crane Lake in front of Lot 24, Concession 8, in the geographic Township of Conger, now in the Township of The Archipelago, designated as Part 1 of Plan 42R-19691.

iii) PLEASANT COVE RESORT                                                     G. French/K. Williams
     Part Lot 27, Concession 5 K. Williams
     Part Parcel 8755 PSNS, Harrison

A2035-13 Being a By-law to amend By-law No. A2000-07, the Comprehensive Zoning By-law, for Part of Parcel 8755 PSNS, located in Part Lot 27, Concession 5, in the geographic Township of Harrison.

iv ) SEGUIN FIRE SERVICES AGREEMENT - BLACKSTONE LAKE

13- Being a By-law to enter into an agreement with the Township of Seguin for the provision of Fire Protection Services for the Blackstone Lake area.

17. NOTICES OF MOTION

18. CONFIRMING BY-LAW

13- Being a By-law to confirm the proceedings of the Regular Meeting of Council held on February 22nd, 2013.

19. ADJOURNMENT



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