July 20, 2012 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

July 20, 2012

9 James Street, Parry Sound, Ontario
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Council Members Present
:


Reeve: Peter Ketchum

Councillors:

Greg Andrews
Terry Desmasdon
John Hansuld
Gary French
Ken Williams
John Seagram
E.A. (Ted) Christie
Rick Zanussi
Ian Mead
Grant Walker

Staff Present: Stephen Kaegi - Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk

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.   MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

12-077
Moved by Councillor Seagram
Seconded by Councillor Mead

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council held on June 15, 2012, be approved.

Carried.

Councillor French declared a pecuniary interest and removed himself from Council.

3.   DEPUTATIONS

Mr. Ross Mann and Vicki Van Santen spoke to Council regarding the proposed Skerryvore telecommunication tower. Issues of concern raised dealt with health risks, depreciation of property values, aesthetics and the overall consultation process. Mr. Mann and Ms. Santen do not want the tower and stated that the community already receives the service that the proposed tower would provide.

Mr. Rick Harrington and Tamara Cunningham spoke to Council regarding the proposed Skerryvore telecommunication tower and identified health issues, reduction in property values and aesthetics. The tower in their opinion would not benefit the community and expressed that no tower should be located within 1,000 feet of a residential dwelling.

Mr. Randall Boccia addressed Council regarding the proposed Skerryvore telecommunication tower and identified the same concerns previously mentioned by speakers. As well he questioned whether the zoning by-law would permit such a structure. Mr. Boccia also argued that the proposed tower was not exempt from environmental regulations and that the company should increase its fees to other providers to cover the increased costs of relocating the tower to another site.

Mr. Tom Arnold spoke to Council regarding the proposed Skerryvore telecommunication tower and stressed the visual impact that such a tower would have on a number of residents. The new revised site was better but he preferred if the tower could be located outside the community and questioned the benefit that such a tower would bring to the community. Mr. Arnold supported the 1,000 foot setback as requested by concerned residents.

Mr. Al McEwan spoke to Council regarding the proposed Skerryvore telecommunication tower and reinforced the concerns raised by previous speakers and the possible relocation of the tower to a site outside of the community.

Councillor Williams spoke to the public about the new revised site and the concern that the proponents would abandon the project thus the residents would lose the proposed open tower to one that was controlled by Bell. Bell had submitted a request to the Township to replace the Bell Alliant tower that currently exists with a 230 foot tower. The Township was informed that this existing tower could increase by 25% without any public or municipal input.

Ms. Carole Foote read a brief letter from the Skerryvore Ratepayers Association Executive which supports the new location for the proposed tower.

4.   PUBLIC MEETING

Councillor French resumed his seat for the public meeting.

A Public Meeting was held to deal with a proposed Zoning By-law Amendment No. Z02-12 (Morel). Ray Hachigian opened the public meeting and asked Cale Henderson, Township Planner, to present the application and various planning considerations that must be deliberated when looking at the proposal. Council asked questions of clarification.

Ray Hachigian then asked if there was anyone else present who wished to speak in support of, or in opposition to the application. Cathy and Robert Morel were present to answer questions and gave a brief description of their future plans for the property.

Hearing no further comments or questions, the public meeting was closed.

5.   DEPUTATIONS (resumed)

Joe Villeneuve addressed the audience and indicated that the new site would be in the area of 950 to over 1,000 feet from the nearest residential structure and this satisfied the majority or residents.

12-078

Moved by Councillor Williams
Seconded by Councillor Desmasdon

WHEREAS Spectrum Telecom Group Ltd. (Spectrum Group) wishes to erect a 250-foot (76.2 metre) self-support telecommunications tower on a site located on a section of unopened road allowance between, Concessions 8 and 9, Lot 31 near Skerryvore Community Road, in the Township of The Archipelago, District of Parry Sound for the delivery of wireless Internet, broadband data, and mobility cellular services to residents of the Skerryvore area;

AND WHEREAS Spectrum Group has complied with Industry Canada's Default Public /Consultation Process/ by circulating and posting notice with regard to the construction of the proposed tower with concerns being addressed to the satisfaction of the Municipality;

AND WHEREAS Spectrum Group is required by Industry Canada to consult with the local land-use authority and to obtain a statement of concurrence from the Municipality;

AND WHEREAS Spectrum Group is negotiating an agreement with the Corporation of the Township of The Archipelago for locating said tower and associated equipment at the aforementioned location;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of The Archipelago hereby gives approval to the Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk to issue a statement of concurrence to Spectrum Group for the proposed telecommunications tower to be constructed on the section of unused road allowance between Concessions 8 and 9, Lot 31 for the delivery of broadband wireless and mobility services to the area.

Carried.

6.   SHORE ROAD ALLOWANCES

i)   ARMSTRONG, Robert and Suzanne
      50 Munro Drive (Kapikog Lake)

12-079
Moved by Councillor Walker
Seconded by Councillor Mead

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the stopping up, closure and conveyance of a portion of the original shore road allowance fronting Lot 76 of Plan M-281, in the geographic Township of Conger, on the basis of a straight line extension of the side lot lines.

Carried.

ii)   FLETCHER, Peter and Linda
      125 Georgian Bay Water

12-080
Moved by Councillor Christie
Seconded by Councillor Zanussi

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the stopping up, closure and conveyance of a portion of the original shore road allowance fronting Part of Lot 9, Concession 7, being Parcel 4253 PSSS, in the geographic Township of Cowper, on the basis of a straight line extension of the easterly lot line and the westerly lot line being extended as established by Part 1 of Plan 42R-18703.

Carried.

iii)   SHARPE, David
       30 Shawanaga Landing Road

12-081
Moved by Councillor French
Seconded by Councillor Williams

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the stopping up, closure and conveyance of a portion of the original shore road allowance fronting Part of Lot 34, Concession 8, being Parcels 11082 and 23283 PSSS and Part 1 of 42R-10313, in the geographic Township of Shawanaga, on the basis of a straight line extension of the side lot lines.

Carried.

7.   REPORT OF THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

12-082
Moved by Councillor Seagram
Seconded by Councillor Andrews

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

Carried.

8.   REPORT OF TASK FORCES/COMMITTEES

i)   PROPERTY STANDARDS COMMITTEE

12-083
Moved by Councillor Desmasdon
Seconded by Councillor Hansuld

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council appoints the follow persons to the Property Standards Committee for the current term of the Council:

- Councillor Gary French, Chair
- Councillor Greg Andrews
- Councillor Ian Mead

Carried.

ii)   DION, Aime
      Part of Lot 43, Concession 5
      being Part 1 on Plan PSR-430, including Part 1 on Plan 42R-14080
      in the geographic Township of Conger

12-084
Moved by Councillor Christie
Seconded by Councillor Seagram

WHEREAS a Public Meeting was held on July 15, 2011, with respect to proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 58 and Zoning By-law Amendment No. Z02-11;

AND WHEREAS since the initial public meeting, the applicants and their agent have held a neighbourhood meeting and have been working with the area residents in an attempt to address neighbourhood concerns regarding these applications;

AND WHEREAS the applicants have altered the initial application, in response to the concerns of some of the area residents, and Council deems it necessary to hold another public meeting to obtain further public input;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council directs staff to circulate a notice for a public meeting to be held on Friday, August 17, 2012.

Carried.

9.   CORRESPONDENCE

i)   COUNCIL CORRESPONDENCE

12-085
Moved by Councillor Zanussi
Seconded by Councillor French

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council receives the July 2012 Council Correspondence listing.

Carried.

10.   OTHER BUSINESS

i)   NORFOLK COUNTY
      POLICING COSTS & SERVICE LEVELS

12-086
Moved by Councillor Williams
Seconded by Councillor Hansuld

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council for the Township of The Archipelago supports the position of the County of Norfolk in demanding "Say for Pay" and that Municipal representatives be included in all present and future deliberations between the Ontario Government and the Ontario Provincial Police pertaining to the cost of policing, and to the process of determining local police service levels and delivery methods.

Carried.

ii)   MAYORS COALITION FOR AFFORDABLE SUSTAINABLE
      ACCOUNTABLE POLICING

12-087
Moved by Councillor French
Seconded by Councillor Christie

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council for the Township of The Archipelago approve a financial donation to the Mayors Coalition for Affordable, Sustainable, and Accountable Policing in the amount of $500.00.

Carried.

iii)   FEDERAL COURT RULING ON P.I.L.

Council directed staff to speak to the Township lawyer regarding this court decision and to see if there are any implications on Provincial P.I.L.'s.

Council recessed for Committee of Adjustment hearings at 11:00 a.m. and resumed business at 11:25 a.m.

11.   DEPUTATION

Mr. John Jackson spoke to Council regarding the proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment Applications (Lindsay) whose sole issue revolves around the size of the island. Mr. Jackson put forth his rationale to allow the development of the island and answered questions of Council.

12.   REPORT OF TASK FORCES/COMMITTEES

i)   LINDSAY, Donald
     Official Plan Amendment & Zoning By-law Amendment applications
     Island B-218 (Florence Island)
     in front of the geographic Township of Conger

12-088
Moved by Councillor Christie
Seconded by Councillor Seagram

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council receives the Official Plan Amendment application and Zoning By-law Amendment application submitted for the above-noted property, and deems them both to be complete applications;

Carried.

ii)   LINDSAY, Donald
      Official Plan Amendment & Zoning By-law Amendment applications
      Island B-218 (Florence Island)
      in front of the geographic Township of Conger

12-089
Moved by Councillor Seagram
Seconded by Councillor Hansuld

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council directs staff to circulate the Official Plan Amendment application and the Zoning By-law Amendment application for a public meeting and further consideration.

Defeated.

13.   OTHER BUSINESS

i)   GEORGIAN BAY FOREVER

Council continued to express concern over GBF's fundraising efforts that involve Sturgeon Bay and noted the CAO was to draft a letter of support and get staff input before forwarding it to the MNR regarding the Townships phoslock application.

ii)   MINISTRY ON NATURAL RESOURCES
      CONSERVATION RESERVE CR 117

Council concerned over the Ministries position regarding Township Concession Road Allowances and specifically Shore Road Allowances and asked staff to request their attendance at a future Council meeting.

iii)   MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES
       NUISANCE BEARS

Council directed staff to forward a letter to the Acting Director for the Parry Sound Office outlining our understanding of what has occurred to date since their meeting with Council.

iv)   TAX WRITE-OFFS

12-090
Moved by Councillor Christie
Seconded by Councillor Williams

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the following tax write-offs for 2012:

Total South: $4,057.61
Total North $8,627.20

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the following tax write-offs for 2012:

Total South: $ 836.78
Total North $1,268.48

Carried.

v)   JW MARRIOTT – THE ROSSEAU MUSKOKA

12-091
Moved by Councillor French
Seconded by Councillor Mead

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that CAO/Clerk be authorized to sign the Contract for 2012 Christmas Party at the JW Marriott-The Rosseau Muskoka.

Carried.

vi)   RURAL SCHOOLS - NEAR NORTH DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

12-092
Moved by Councillor Williams
Seconded by Councillor Hansuld

WHEREAS closing rural schools incites a devastating loss to a community;

AND WHEREAS closing rural schools creates an upheaval of the established learning process and negatively impacts the day to day educational experience of the students – longer school bus trips to school, lengthening of the school day, loss of low teacher/student ratios, creating possible congestion problems in schools remaining open;

AND WHEREAS undertaking the Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) exercise puts neighbouring municipalities, towns and villages against one another in order to save themselves from losing their anchor to their communities;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of The Archipelago encourages the Near North District School Board and the Government of Ontario to find cost savings elsewhere by analyzing the amalgamation of the Catholic and Public Schools;

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that this resolution be forwarded to Premier Dalton McGuinty; the Minister of Education; the Minister of Finance; Norm Miller, MPP; and the Near North District School Board.

Carried.

vii)   FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
        JEPP FUNDING

12-093
Moved by Councillor Christie
Seconded by Councillor French

WHEREAS the Federal Government in the 2012 Budget eliminated the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP);

AND WHEREAS the recent tragic events in the Town of Elliot Lake and previously in the Town of Goderich speaks to the need for a timely and well trained emergency response program;

AND WHERAS the Federal Government needs to continue to provide leadership in this important area;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council for the Township of The Archipelago request that the federal government re-instate the JEPP funding program and take a leading role in Emergency Response Initiatives across the Province and Country.

Carried.

viii)   NARES PADDLE BALL ASSOCIATION

12-094
Moved by Councillor Hansuld
Seconded by Councillor Andrews

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council for the Township of The Archipelago waives the building permit fee for the construction of the new paddle ball court.

Carried.

ix)   FCM CAMPAIGN
       LONG-TERM INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN

12-095
Moved by Councillor Zanussi
Seconded by Councillor Christie

WHEREAS The Building Canada Plan and a number of important Federal-Provincial transfer agreements vital to Canada's cities and communities will expire in March of 2014;

AND WHEREAS Federal investments over the last few years have helped to slow the decline of our cities and communities, and the Government of Canada has committed to developing a new long-term plan for municipal infrastructure funding in consultation with municipal and Provincial/Territorial governments;

AND WHEREAS a seamless transition from the Building Canada Plan to a new long-term plan is necessary to ensure that municipalities can continue planning their capital spending effectively;

AND WHEREAS The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has launched a campaign to ensure the new plan reflects municipal priorities across the country and asks its member municipalities to pass a Council resolution supporting the campaign;

AND WHEREAS our Township has continuing infrastructure needs that can only be met with the kind of long-term planning and investment made possible by a national plan;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council endorses the FCM campaign and urges the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities to work with FCM to ensure the new long-term infrastructure plan meets the core infrastructure needs of cities and communities;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Council urges the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities to ensure that the new long-term plan is fully in place when existing programs expire in 2014;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution shall be sent to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Denis Lebel; to the Provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs, the Honourable Kathleen O. Wynne; to Member of Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka, the Honourable Tony Clement; to the Provincial member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly for Parry Sound-Muskoka, Mr. Norm Miller; to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM); and to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).

Carried.

x)   SAIL PARRY SOUND
       CANCELLATION OF BIG SOUND CHALLENGE

12-096
Moved by Councillor Christie
Seconded by Councillor French

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council direct staff to send a letter to Sail Parry Sound requesting the return of the donation minus any costs that have occurred prior to the cancellation of the event.

Carried.

xi)   LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES
       SHARING AND INTEGRATION STRATEGIES

12-097
Moved by Councillor French
Seconded by Councillor Zanussi

WHEREAS the Township of The Archipelago has to pay an annual levy to Belvedere Heights Home for the Aged that will exceed $200,000 in 2012;

AND WHEREAS Lakeland Long Term Care operates a similar size home for the aged with no requirement for a municipal contribution;

AND WHEREAS the Township of The Archipelago believes there is value in investigating sharing and integration strategies between the two long term care facilities while continuing the excellent operation of both facilities;

AND WHEREAS Belvedere Heights Home for the Aged has just completed an exhaustive study benchmarking the Pines and requires significant time to evaluate cost saving opportunities for implementation as appropriate;

AND WHEREAS Belvedere staff must still address their prime responsibility of good patient care and compliance with government legislation;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Township of The Archipelago's representative on the Belvedere Board be directed to support a prudent effort for the investigation by the CEO's and Boards of both facilities to identify service and delivery efficiencies to be gained through shared service and integration strategies.

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that any future study be budgeted as an additional initiative to ensure that resources of the corporation are not unduly stressed and therefore ensure the ongoing general operations continue to operate in an exemplary manner.

Carried.

14.   BY-LAWS

i)   SKERRYVORE TELECOMMUNICATIONS TOWER - SPECTRUM

12-27
Moved by Councillor Williams
Seconded by Councillor Andrews

THAT By-Law Number 12-27, being a By-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement between Spectrum Telecom Group Ltd. and the Corporation of the Township of The Archipelago, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 20th day of July, 2012.

Carried.

ii)   DEEMING BY-LAW
      Armstrong, Robert and Suzanne
      50 Munro Drive
      Lot 76 of Plan M281, Conger

12-28
Moved by Councillor Walker
Seconded by Councillor Mead

THAT By-law Number 12-28, being a By-law to deem Lot 76 of Plan M-281, in the geographic Township of Conger, not to be a part of a registered plan of subdivision (Armstrong), be read and finally passed in Open Council this 20th day of July, 2012.

Carried.

iii)   DEEMING BY-LAW
       Gillett, Donald
       75 Crane Lake Road
       Lot 3 of Plan M-245, Conger

12-29
Moved by Councillor Mead
Seconded by Councillor Hansuld

THAT By-law Number 12-29, being a By-law to deem Lot 3 of Plan M-245, in the geographic Township of Conger, not to be a part of a registered plan of subdivision (Gillett), be read and finally passed in Open Council this 20th day of July, 2012.

Carried.

iv)   PROPERTY STANDARDS BY-LAW

12-30
Moved by Councillor Christie
Seconded by Councillor Desmasdon

THAT By-law Number 12-30, being a By-law for prescribing standards for the maintenance and occupancy of all property within the Township of The Archipelago, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 20th day of July, 2012.

Carried.

v)   PROHIBITION OF THE FEEDING OF BEARS

12-31
Moved by Councillor Zanussi
Seconded by Councillor Seagram

THAT By-law Number 12-31, being a By-law to prohibit the feeding of bears within the geographic boundaries of the Township of The Archipelago, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 20th day of July, 2012.

Carried.

vi)   ZONING BY-LAW – A2042-12
       Morel R., Morel C., Penfold L.

A2042-12
Moved by Councillor Andrews
Seconded by Councillor Desmasdon

THAT By-law Number A2042-12, being a By-law to amend By-law Number A2000-07 (the Comprehensive Zoning By-law) for Part Lot 27, Concession 5, being Part 5 on Plan 42R-6083 in the Geographic Township of Harrison, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 20th day of July, 2012.

Carried.

15.   OTHER BUSINESS

Councillor Walker reported on the Community Policing Advisory Committee meeting and the concerns of Council over careless boating and the inability to get enforcement. The O.P.P. recommendation is to implement speed limits in areas of concern.

Councillor Mead and the local Associations in Ward 5 are please with the changes that have been implemented in regards to Fire Signage and the Township website.

Councillor Mead informed Council on the passing of Jim Hart the catalyst for the 9-1-1 service provider change.

Councillor Mead indicated that a conditional offer on the Clear Lake Subdivision property has been received by Al Boucher. Council has requested staff to contact Seguin Township planning department staff and follow-up with the status on this proposed subdivision and report back to Council in August/September.

16.   CONFIRMING BY-LAW

12-32
Moved by Councillor French
Seconded by Councillor Zanussi

THAT By-Law Number 12-32, being a Confirming By-law, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 20th day of July, 2012.

Carried.

17.   ADJOURNMENT

12-098
Moved by Councillor Desmasdon
Seconded by Councillor Walker

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Regular Meeting of Council be adjourned at 2:25 p.m.

Carried.

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