February 19, 2016, Council Minutes
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The Corporation of the Township of The Archipelago

M I N U T E S    
REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL

February 19, 2016

9 James Street, Parry Sound, Ontario

Council Members Present:

Reeve:                   Peter Ketchum

Councillors:            

Tom Lundy                      Ward 1
Greg Andrews                 Ward 1
Peter Frost                      Ward 2

Ken Williams                   Ward 3
David Ashley                    Ward 4
John Pepperell                 Ward 4
Rick Zanussi                    Ward 4
Grant Walker                   Ward 6

Council Members Absent:

Gary French                     Ward 3
Ian Mead                          Ward 5

Staff Present:         

Stephen Kaegi – CAO
Maryann Weaver - Clerk
Joe Villeneuve - Manager of Corporate Services

 

1.         CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. and commenced with the singing of the National Anthem.

2.         APPROVAL OF AGENDA

16-015                                                                        Moved by Councillor Frost

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Lundy

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the following items be added to the agenda: Correspondence from Anthony Ketchum and Forest Health Workshop.

                                                                        Carried.

3.         MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

Regular Meeting Of Council

16-016                                                                        Moved by Councillor Walker

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Williams

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council held on January 15, 2016, be approved.

                                                                        Carried.

Steering Committee Meetings

16-017                                                                        Moved by Councillor Frost

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Walker

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Steering Committees held on January 14, 2016, be approved.

                                                                        Carried.

4.         SHORE/CONCESSION ROAD ALLOWANCES

COLAIEZZI, Lyle et al

111 Blackstone Lake Water

16-018                                                                        Moved by Councillor Walker

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Pepperell

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the stopping up, closure and conveyance of a portion of the original shore road allowance fronting 111 Blackstone Lake Water on the basis of a straight-line extension of the side lot lines and directs staff to forward the $1,000 deposit provided by the applicants to the Township’s solicitor to be applied against the legal fees required to complete the transaction.

                                                                        Carried.

BOTA, Anthony and KEENAN, Carolyn

79 Georgian Bay Water

16-019                                                                        Moved by Councillor Pepperell

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Andrews

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the stopping up, closure and conveyance of a portion of the original shore road allowance fronting 79 Georgian Bay Water on the basis of a straight-line extension of the side lot lines and directs staff to forward the $3,000 deposit provided by the applicants to the Township’s solicitor to be applied against the legal fees required to complete the transaction.

                                                                        Carried.

5.         REPORT OF THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

16-020                                                                        Moved by Councillor Andrews

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Lundy

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

                                                                        Carried.

6.         REPORT OF TASK FORCES/COMMITTEES

Planning Committee

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)

Requirements for floating docks and boathouses

16-021                                                                        Moved by Councillor Williams

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Frost

WHEREAS the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is instituting new policies with respect to the authorizations required for floating and shoreland structures;

AND WHEREAS ratepayers now must contact the local MNRF office to ascertain whether or not a Work Permit and/or Licence of Occupation Permit is required for any proposed docks, ramps and boathouses having an area greater than 15 m2 (shadow area);

AND WHEREAS MNRF must be consulted prior to the issuance of a building permit because the Public Lands Act is applicable law under the Ontario Building Code;

AND WHEREAS Council believes this new policy is going to be onerous to its constituents;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council directs staff to inform the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry that it is not in agreement with these new authorizations and strongly encourage the Ministry to actively pursue better processes to ensure this is not onerous to our ratepayers.

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to all neighbouring municipalities for consideration and support.

                                                                        Carried.

7.         CORRESPONDENCE

Council Correspondence

Councillor Lundy suggested that this would be an appropriate time to discuss the email from Anthony Ketchum, which requested that Council reconsider their position on the disposal of nuclear waste by Ontario Power Generation.

Council directed staff to respond to Mr. Ketchum explaining that Council of the Township of The Archipelago continue to support their previous position.

16-022                                                                        Moved by Councillor Lundy

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Pepperell

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council receives the February 2016 Council Correspondence listing.

                                                                        Carried.

8.         DEPUTATIONS

Staff Recognition Awards

Reeve Peter Ketchum presented years of service awards to John Chateauvert for 5 years with the Township and to Doug MacLeod for 10 years of service.

Following the presentation, Council held a brief reception.

Parry Sound Public Library

Andrea Gaspar, CEO, Ashleigh Laughren, Programming Co-ordinator; and Terry Zanussi, Chair provided Council with a brief update on the library’s renovations, which are estimated to be completed by March 1st. Ms. Gaspar reviewed a number of the 235 programs that the Library offers, expressing that the Library has become more of a Community Hub then your typical “library”.

Ms. Gaspar reported that the Library was successful in obtaining two grants in 2015; one from the Ontario Seniors` Secretariat which assisted in the purchase of 5 iPads and allowed for the Teen Tech Training program, and the other from the Trillium Foundation which is financing the renovations and upgrades to the library facilities.

The Library is seeking continued support from Council with an additional 3% to assist with continuous library services and programming.

Heather Murch, Parry Sound Chamber of Commerce

Heather Murch reported to Council that although 2014 and 2015 was a challenging year for the Chamber, they have been able to maintain a 90% membership renewal rate, attract new members and add more events. Ms. Murch reported on the upcoming events planned for 2016 and explained that the Chamber is working hard to strengthen relationships and focus on advocacy issues. The Chamber is requesting a continued $5000.00 in funding per year.

Pamela Ford, OPP Sergeant, Contract Analyst, Municipal Policing

Bureau and Ron Campbell, Staff Sergeant, Parry Sound Detachment

Pamela Ford reviewed with Council the 2016 Municipal Billing Statement, including the base service costs which represent the municipal costs related to proactive policing services (patrols, crime prevention, training and administration), how the province calculates the base service cost per property, and the calls for service section, which represent the municipal costs related to policing services (actual calls that require police presence).

Ron Campbell reported that the 911 calls in the Parry Sound area have decreased by 45 percent, which demonstrates that the education affords made by the municipalities have been successful.

Council recessed for a meeting of the Committee of Adjustment at 11:15 a.m. and resumed business at 11:35 a.m.

9.         OTHER BUSINESS

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. Opposing the Waukesha Water Diversion Application

16-023                                                                        Moved by Councillor Pepperell

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Zanussi

WHEREAS the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin represents approximately 20% of the world’s freshwater resource and supports the third largest economy in the world; and

WHEREAS the City Waukesha, WI has applied to use water from Lake Michigan as its source of drinking water to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as it is located in a county straddling the water division line outlined in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement; and

WHEREAS the application does not meet the terms of the Compact, as there are significant questions about the necessity of the diversion to meet the drinking water quantity and quality needs of Waukesha and other concerns; and

WHEREAS the precedent-setting nature of the Waukesha water diversion and application is of great concern to the Mayors of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council for the Township of The Archipelago, as a member of the GLSLCI, supports Resolution 2016-1B of the Board of Directors of GLSLCI, attached as Schedule “A”, which will be considered at the Board of Directors meeting on February 11, 2016; and

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council for the Township of The Archipelago intends to adopt this resolution once it has been approved by the Board of Directors of the GLSLCI.

                                                                        Carried.

2016 FONOM/MMAH Northeastern Municipal Conference–May 11th-13th,

2016

16-024                                                                        Moved by Councillor Frost

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Williams

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the following Council member is approved to attend the FONOM/MMAH Northeastern Municipal Conference in Timmins at the McIntyre Community Centre on May 11th-13th, 2016: Tom Lundy.

                                                                        Carried.

 World Autism Awareness Day – April 2nd, 2016

16-025                                                                        Moved by Councillor Zanussi

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Lundy

WHEREAS World Autism Awareness Day will be recognized on April 2nd, 2016, in Canada thanks to Liberal Senator Jim Munson’s Bill S-206, An Act Respecting World Autism Awareness Day, and

WHEREAS Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects more than 100,000 Ontarians. Autism Spectrum Disorder is now recognized as the most common neurological disorder affecting 1 in every 94 children, as well as their friends, family and community; and

WHEREAS ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means it not only manifests itself differently in every individual in whom it appears, but its characteristics will change over the life of each individual as well. A child with ASD will become an adult with ASD; and

WHEREAS Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario) is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. Since 1973, Autism Ontario has been providing support, information and opportunities for thousands of families across the province; and

WHEREAS Autism Ontario is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day to day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals with whom they interact. The association and its chapters share common goals of providing information and education, supporting research, and advocating for programs and services for the autism community and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Township of the Archipelago does hereby declare April 2nd, 2016, as World Autism Awareness Day.

                                                                        Carried.

Council Remuneration – One-Third Tax Deduction

16-026                                                                        Moved by Councillor Lundy

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Pepperell

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council authorizes the continuation of the current practice that one-third of the remuneration paid to the elected members of Council and its local boards is deemed as expenses incident to the discharge of their duties as members of the council or local board;

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the continuation of the one-third tax free provision be reconsidered during the next term of Council in accordance with the Municipal Act, c.25, ss 283, S.O. 2001.

                                                                        Carried.

Council Remuneration and Expense Report

16-027                                                                        Moved by Councillor Frost

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Lundy

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council receives and approves the 2015 Remuneration and Expense Report for Council Members.

                                                                        Carried.

Community Support Services. Request for support - Accessible Van

Discussion

Reeve Ketchum reported on the deputation made by CSS in November 2015, where they presented a request for support for the purchase on a new community van. Reeve Ketchum reminded the Committee that Council had made a request to CSS for a more detailed capital financial plan. The Township has yet to receive anything from CSS.

District of Parry Sound Municipal Association. 2016 Spring Meeting

April 29th, 2016.

16-028                                                                        Moved by Councillor Frost

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Williams

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the following Council members are approved to attend the Spring Meeting of the District of Parry Sound Municipal Association in the Township of Kearney at the Kearney Community Centre on April 29th, 2016; Reeve Ketchum, Councillor Williams, Councillor Lundy, Councillor Walker and Councillor Frost.

                                                                        Carried.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and Local Authority

Services (LAS). Broader Investment Powers

16-029                                                                        Moved by Councillor Pepperell

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Frost

WHEREAS municipalities are required to invest their reserves in accordance with the Municipal Act, 2001 and Ontario Regulation 438/97 (as amended), which specifically outlines allowable investments;

AND WHEREAS to ensure the sustainability and sound stewardship of the municipality’s investments, the municipality is of the opinion that changes should be made to the Municipal Act, 2001 and Ontario Regulation 438/97 (as amended), to allow for the prudent investment of reserves, if those investments are professionally managed and part of a broader investment strategy;

AND WHEREAS the Prudent Investor Standard is an industry accepted best practice in effectively managing a portfolio of investments, and the Standard applies to investments, not in isolation, but in the context of the portfolio of investments and as part of an overall strategy, that should incorporate acceptable risk and return objectives suitable to the stakeholders;

AND WHEREAS the Province is conferring “Prudent Investor” status on the City of Toronto to enable greater diversification in portfolio management;

AND WHEREAS the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), Local Authority Services (LAS), and the Municipal Finance Officers Association of Ontario (MFOA), have long requested that the Prudent Investor Standard apply to all municipal investments that are invested with The One Investment Program;

AND WHEREAS in 2005, municipalities were granted the ability to invest in longer-term corporate bonds and Canadian equity investments via only the One Investment Program, and One Investment Program has demonstrated strong investment returns for municipalities within these ‘new’ investment sectors;

AND WHEREAS the institutional portfolio managers utilized by the One Investment Program recommend that the Prudent Investor Standard approach is a more appropriate approach to investing;

AND WHEREAS operating municipal investments under the Prudent Investor Standard is precluded by the Municipal Act, Eligible Investments, in its current form;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council for the Township of The Archipelago support the request of AMO, LAS, and MFOA to amend Ontario Regulation 438/97 (as amended) of the Municipal Act, 2001, to allow municipalities to invest consistent with the Prudent Investor Standard, is such investments are through the One Investment Program.

                                                                        Defeated.

Town of Carleton Place. Evaluation Criteria for Infrastructure Grants

16-030                                                                        Moved by Councillor Frost

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Pepperell

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council supports the resolution enacted by the Town of Carleton Place, requesting that Minister Jeff Leal discontinue the use of the current evaluation criteria that penalized municipalities that plan to maintain their infrastructure and instead distribute all future infrastructure grants to all municipalities utilizing a fair and equitable formula.

 

                                                                        Carried.

 

Northern Communication Services Inc. Operating as “Northern 911”.

Remote Agency (Fire Dispatch) Agreement.

16-031                                                                        Moved by Councillor Andrews

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Frost

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council authorize the CAO to sign an Addendum “A” to be attached to the Remote Agency (Fire Dispatch) agreement with Northern Communications Services Inc.

                                                                        Carried.

Forest Health Workshop

Councillor Williams informed Council that registration is open for Forest Health of Eastern Georgian Bay.

The workshop is co-hosted by the Township of the Archipelago and Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, with support from Georgian Bay Association and Westwind Forest Stewardship and will take place on Friday, April 22nd at the Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto.

Councillor Williams made a request that staff forward a copy of the Introduced Pine Sawfly in ToA report, which was prepared by Westwind Forest Stewardship Inc. and Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, to the Canadian Forest Service.

Council recessed for lunch at 12:03 p.m. and resumed business at 12:38 p.m.

February 17th, 2016 Redac Meeting Update

Joe Villeneuve updated Council on the particulars that were discussed at the recent Redac meeting, including the Regional Marketing Plan – Brand Identity presentation by HCA Mindbox, Tourism Summit update and report, WSPS CiiNo update, and WPS Smart Co. update and next steps.

Pointe au Baril Nursing Station and Ambulance Base – Tender Results

16-032                                                                        Moved by Councillor Williams

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Andrews

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the successful tender be awarded to the low tender submitted by Bradanick Construction.

                                                                        Carried.

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. Resolution 2016-1B

Opposing the Waukesha Water Diversion Application

16-033                                                                        Moved by Councillor Pepperell

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Andrews

WHEREAS Council for the Township of The Archipelago has received a request for support of a Resolution 2016-1B, from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, opposing the Waukesha Water Diversion Application;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council for the Township of The Archipelago supports the resolution enacted by the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative which calls on the Governors of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, the Premiers of Ontario and Quebec and their representatives on the Regional Body and Compact Council to reject the Waukesha Application in its current form and also urges the Governors and Premiers of the Regional Body and Compact Council, consistent with good public policy, to ensure complete transparency and full public engagement through open meetings, webinars, websites and any other appropriate means of communication, including at least one public hearing in each of the ten jurisdictions included in this process.

                                                                        Carried.

10.       BY-LAWS

Shore Road Allowance By-Law

1484 Georgian Bay Water

Cleghorn, Robert

2016-04                                                                     Moved by Councillor Pepperell

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Lundy

That By-law Number 2016-04, being a By-law to close and stop up those parts of the original shore road allowance laid out along the shore of Sturgeon Bay of the Georgian Bay in front of Lot 33, Concession 5, in the geographic Township of Harrison, being Part 2 on Plan 42R-9926 be read and finally passed in Open Council this 19th day of February, 2016.

                                                                        Carried.

Shore Road Allowance By-Law

Brown, David et al (21 Crane-Country Lane)

Foster, John and Janet (19 Crane-Country Lane)

Young, David (vacant Crane-Country Lane)

2016-05                                                                     Moved by Councillor Walker

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Pepperell

That By-law Number 2016-05, being a By-law to close and stop up those parts of the original shore road allowance laid out along the shore of Crane Lake in front of Lot 23, Concession 8, in the geographic Township of Conger, being Parts 1 and 2 on Plan 42R-20405 and Parts 1 – 4 on Plan 42R-20475 be read and finally passed in Open Council this 19th day of February, 2016.

                                                                        Carried.

11.       CONFIRMING BY-LAW

2016-06                                                                     Moved by Councillor Walker

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Pepperell

That By-law Number 2016-06, being a By-law to Confirm the Proceedings of the Regular Meeting of Council held on February 19th, 2016 be read and finally passed in Open Council this 19th day of February, 2016.

                                                                        Carried.

12.       ADJOURNMENT

16-034                                                                        Moved by Councillor Williams

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Zanussi

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Regular Meeting of Council held on February 19th, 2016 be adjourned at 1:40 p.m.

                                                                        Carried.

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