September 14, 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

September 14, 2012
9 James Street, Parry Sound, Ontario


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
Ray Hachigian – Chief Building Official
Cale Henderson - Planner

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

12-109
Moved by Councillor Seagram
Seconded by Councillor Mead

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council held on August 17, 2012, be approved.

Carried.

3. DEPUTATIONS

i) ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES ON TOWNSHIP ROADS

Charlie Smith spoke to Council regarding the current Township policy of prohibiting ATVs on Township roads. Mr. Smith pointed out that many water access property owners access their properties during the shoulder season by the use of ATVs. As well, many resorts cater to and rely on ATV users for their economic survival.

The Reeve thanked Mr. Smith and indicated that the Public Works Manager had prepared material for Council's consideration, and that the local OPP Staff Sergeant Ron Campbell, will be attending the October meeting to discuss several issues, including ATVs.

4. OFFICIAL PLAN/ZONING AMENDMENTS

i) KENNEDY, William and Lauralee
   Part of Lot 33, Concession 9
   Being Parts 41 and 42 on Plan PSR-1364
   Designated as Parcels 13695 and 28220 PSSS Shawanaga

12-110
Moved by Councillor French
Seconded by Councillor Williams

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council authorizes the removal of the Holding Provision from the subject lands in accordance with the permitted uses in the General Residential (GR) Zone.

Carried.

5. SHORE ROAD ALLOWANCES

i) LUNDY, Tom and PAPINEAU, Janice
   247 South Shore Road

12-111
Moved by Councillor Andrews
Seconded by Councillor Desmasdon

WHEREAS the owners of property located at 247 South Shore Road have submitted an application to purchase a portion of shore road allowance abutting and to the east of their property;

AND WHEREAS the owners of the neighbouring property have indicated their objection to the application and have declined to sign a Preliminary Consent form;

AND WHEREAS the applicants have therefore submitted a request to Council to mediate, together with the appropriate fee;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council receives the shore road allowance application and the request for mediation and directs staff to initiate the process to mediate a resolution between the applicants and their neighbours.

Carried.

6. REPORT OF THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

12-112
Moved by Councillor French
Seconded by Councillor Hansuld

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

Carried.

7. REPORT OF TASK FORCES/COMMITTEES

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

i) PLANNING COMMITTEE

a ) DION, Aime
     Part Lot 43, Con 5 Part 1 on Plan PSR-530
     Part 1 on Plan 42R-14080 Conger
    
12-113
Moved by Councillor Christie
Seconded by Councillor Seagram

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council directs staff to prepare an Official Plan Amendment and a Zoning By-law Amendment to rezone the property described as Part 1 on Plan PSR-530, including Part 1 on Plan 42R-14080, located in Part Lot 43, Concession 5, in the geographic Township of Conger, from the Coastal/Island Residential (CR) Zone to a Site Specific Contractor Commercial (CC) zone with a Holding (H) Provision.

Defeated.

12-114
Moved by Councillor Hansuld
Seconded by Councillor Mead

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council directs staff to prepare an Official Plan Amendment and a Temporary Use By-law to permit the proposed commercial usage on a short-term basis, for the property designated as Part 1 on Plan PSR-530, including Part 1 on Plan 42R-14080, located in Part Lot 43, Concession 5, in the geographic Township of Conger.

Defeated.

12-115
Moved by Councillor Williams
Seconded by Councillor Walker

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment for Part 1 on Plan PSR-530, including Part 1 on Plan 42R-14080, located in Part Lot 43, Concession 5, in the geographic Township of Conger and directs staff to prepare the necessary by-laws for consideration at the October meeting of Council.

Defeated.

Councillor Zanussi resumed his seat at Council.

ii) PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE

a ) DEMOLITION OF STRUCTURE
     27 South Shore Road, Pointe au Baril

12-116
Moved by Councillor Andrews
Seconded by Councillor French

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council authorizes the demolition of the structure on 27 South Shore Road, to proceed.

Carried.

b) BIOSPHERE RESERVE SIGN
    BLACKSTONE – CRANE LAKE ROAD

12-117
Moved by Councillor Mead
Seconded by Councillor Walker

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council grants an exemption from By-law, No.98-40, being a by-law to regulate signs, in order to facilitate the installation of a Biosphere Reserve sign on Blackstone-Crane Lake Road, within the road allowance.

Carried.

7. CORRESPONDENCE

i) COUNCIL CORRESPONDENCE

12-118
Moved by Councillor Zanussi
Seconded by Councillor Seagram

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

Carried.

ii) INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION (IJC) LETTER

Council requested that the minutes contain the Reeve's letter to the IJC regarding the Township's response to the International Joint Commissions' report regarding water levels on Lakes Huron and Michigan. Council felt it was important to make the Township's position available to the ratepayers.

The letter is as follows:

International Joint Commission
Bernard Beckhoff
Public Affairs Adviser
234 Laurier Avenue West, 22nd Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 6K6

Dear Sir,

Thank you very much for first hosting an information meeting in Parry Sound and as well soliciting additional comments from affected parties.

I am Reeve of the Township of The Archipelago; a Municipality that includes 15,000 of the 30,000 island in Georgian Bay. For over 10 years we have been advocating on behalf of the Bay and our residents for some action to stop the decline of water levels in Georgian Bay and to remediate water already lost. In Georgian Bay we have the largest fresh water archipelago in the world. Canada and USA share the largest fresh water lake system in the world. Our forefathers crafted the Boundary Water Treaty and with it the International Joint Commission and these actions provided you the capability to continue to protect the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River System.

Additionally, I am a member of The Great Lakes and St Lawrence River Initiative and our Township subscribes to their principles on water levels as set out below.

• Protection of human and aquatic health, environmental integrity and our collective quality of life,

• Protection of property and infrastructure,

• Promotion of economic activity and tourism and re-engagement of communities with this invaluable water system, and

• Harmonious integration of multiple uses while protecting and securing these finite water resources for the greater common good of basin residents now and in the future.

Listening to your presentation we were very concerned that your consultants were advocating no action with regard to stopping declining water levels in Lake Huron and Michigan. Your consultants' view that, although dredging in the St Clair River had increased the water outflow of the river, the increase was not significant, can hardly be given credence—especially when other science suggested that the increased water outflow might be closer to 10% rather than the acknowledged 5%.

It was our understanding that the IJC had agreement from both Canada and the USA that after a major dredging of the St Clair River in 1962 weirs would be placed on the river bottom to mitigate the increased water flow of the St Clair River. That action has yet to take place. Even worse it seemed that the IJC is not contemplating any action in the future. Our concern remains, should the Lakes Huron and Michigan water go down another meter we might still have only words from the IJC who would continue to avoid corrective actions.

We support and applaud the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River Initiative recommendation that

"recommends that the IJC should conduct further investigation options to restore water levels on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, with an objective to compensate for human activities, notably the major dredging in the late 1950s and early 1960s the St. Clair River. We urge the IJC to conduct a comprehensive environmental study on a range of options to determine the most appropriate approach, such as the barriers proposed by the Sierra Club. Such a study should consider both short and long-term impacts upstream and downstream on the outflow of Lake Huron, within the St. Clair River and throughout the entire Great Lakes and St Lawrence River basin"

Additionally, we do not support the damming of a few wetlands as an appropriate mitigation for low water. I would suggest this window dressing initiative would be ineffective and any monies spent would be wasted. Georgian Bay is full of wetlands, large and small, and up and down the whole coast. These wetlands are one of the special habitat features of this unique Bay. I would suggest the damming of 5% of the wetlands habitat would only have some public relations value to an uninformed public.

Thank you again for the opportunity to comment on your presentation. I appreciate the difficulties you must have in carrying out your responsibilities.

Respectfully,

Peter A. R. Ketchum
Reeve, Township of The Archipelago

 

8. OTHER BUSINESS

i) REEVE'S MEETING WITH TONY CLEMENT, MP PARRY SOUND MUSKOKA
   WATER LEVELS AND STURGEON BAY PHOSLOCK APPLICATION

Reeve Ketchum reported on his meeting with the Honourable Tony Clement, MP for Parry Sound – Muskoka, at which the following subjects were raised; water levels, and Sturgeon Bay and the Phoslock application request. Mary Muter, representing the Sierra Club, was also present to support Township's concerns on water levels.

Mr. Clement indicated his support for the concern over water levels in Georgian Bay and the need for the Commission to take some action to restore and control water levels and indicated that he would approach his cabinet colleagues to pursue this matter. In regards to Sturgeon Bay and the request to apply Phoslock, Mr. Clement indicated he was prepared to approach Minister Peter Kent and to push for Environment Canada's support.

ii) VANTHOF, MPP, TIMISKAMING
    PARRY SOUND DISTRICT'S NORTHERN ONTARIO STATUS

Council continues to express concern over this issue and asked staff to contact our local MPP, Norm Miller, for an update and possible implications if this status is denied for the proposed Northern Ontario committee.

iii) TONY CLEMENT, MP
     POTENTIAL RIDING REDISTRIBUTION

Council expressed support for the local MP's position regarding the current potential for the riding redistribution and the need for impacted residents to speak up on this issue to the Commission.

iv) PROPERTY STANDARDS COMMITTEE

Council was given a brief update on the first meeting of the Property Standards Committee and the decision made by the body.

v) STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE

12-119
Moved by Councillor Christie
Seconded by Councillor Walker

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council undertake a review of Commercial Development throughout the Township with the view to plan the needs for the Township for the next few decades, and that it is a priority of Council.

Carried.

9. CLOSED MEETING

12-120
Moved by Councillor Hansuld
Seconded by Councillor Christie

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council move into a CLOSED MEETING at 10:50 a.m., pursuant to Section 239(2) of the Municipal Act, 2001,S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended to deal with legal matters and potential OMB.

Carried.

OPEN MEETING

12-121
Moved by Councillor French
Seconded by Councillor Williams

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council move out of a CLOSED MEETING at 11:05 a.m.

Carried.

10. OTHER BUSINESS

vi) POINTE AU BARIL NURSING STATION
   CONSULTING SERVICES

12-122
Moved by Councillor Desmasdon
Seconded by Councillor French

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the proposal submitted by Duncan Ross Architect, in the amount of $5,600 (plus taxes and mileage expenses) to assess the Pointe au Baril Nursing Station and recommend options for its development/redevelopment.

Carried.

vii) LIGHTHOUSES
   STRUCTURE REPORT

12-123
Moved by Councillor Christie
Seconded by Councillor Hansuld

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council for the Township of The Archipelago in co-operation with the Township of Carling, jointly hire the firm of MPS Engineering and consultant Peter Irvine, to undertake a structural report of the lighthouses and ranges located in the two municipalities, as recommended by staff.

Carried

viii) MOON RIVER MARINA – BREAKWATER

Staff informed Council that the project was endorsed by a previous Council and the applicant has since received approval from the required senior levels of government Ministries and Departments, to proceed with the project. The Township was a commenting agency in the process and has no role to play in the project at this time.

 

Councillor Desmasdon declared a pecuniary interest and removed herself from Council.

ix) OJIBWAY PROPOSED RESTORATION PROJECT
     REQUEST TO WAIVE FEES

12-124
Moved by Councillor French
Seconded by Councillor Williams

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council authorizes the waiving of Township fees for the demolition and construction of the Ojibway proposed restoration project and additionally waives any municipal fees for dumping and/or disposal pertaining to the demolition of the grocery store project, as requested by the Ojibway Historical Preservation Society, and allows for a maximum of 3-40 yard bins for waste during construction.

Carried.

Councillor Desmasdon resumed her seat on Council.

 

x) TAX WRITE-OFFS

12-125
Moved by Councillor Christie
Seconded by Councillor French

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

NORTH - $ 2,135.69

Carried.

xi) POINTE AU BARIL COMMUNITY CENTRE
     2012 ENABLING ACCESSIBILITY FUND GRANT APPLICATION

 

12-126
Moved by Councillor Desmasdon
Seconded by Councillor Andrews

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council authorizes the submission of an application for funding to Human Resources Canada for the Enabling Accessibility Fund – Small Projects Component, for accessibility improvement renovations to the entrance of the Pointe au Baril Community Centre for a project cost of $40,000;

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the amount of $16,000 (40%) for the Township of The Archipelago's contribution towards this project.

Carried.

xii) 2013 SCHEDULE OF COUNCIL MEETINGS

Council discussed the proposed Council meeting dates, amended the schedule, and requested that revised copies be circulated to Council.

xiii) NUISANCE BEARS

Councillor Zanussi brought Council up-to-date on the nuisance bear issue and the lack of response from the Ministry of Natural Resources, and specifically, its failure to send letters to ratepayers on the three impacted islands, as promised, which would have helped in tracking the nuisance bears.

Council directed staff to prepare the necessary documents to implement a bounty and the use of snares to deal with the nuisance bear issue, and to inform the Minister.

11. BY-LAWS

i) SHORE ROAD ALLOWANCE BY-LAW
   DENNING, Stephen
   412 Blackstone-Crane Lake Road

12-35
Moved by Councillor Mead
Seconded by Councillor Walker

THAT By-law Number 12-35, being a By-law to declare to be surplus and to stop up, close and sell:

Firstly: Part of the original shore road allowance lying in front of Lot 19 in Concession 11, in the geographic Township of Conger, now in the Township of The Archipelago, designated as Part 1 on Plan 42R-19626.

Secondly: Part of the original shore road allowance lying in front of Lots 19 and 20 in Concession 11 and in front of Lot 19 in Concession 12, in the geographic Township of Conger, now in the Township of The Archipelago, designated as Part 1 on Plan 42R-19627, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 14th day of September, 2012.

Carried.

ii) DEEMING BY-LAW
    BIGFORD, Steve and Susan
    144 South Crane Lake Road

12-36
Moved by Councillor Mead
Seconded by Councillor Walker

THAT By-law Number 12-36, being a By-law to deem Lot 1 of Plan M-293, in the geographic Township of Conger not to be a part of a registered plan of subdivision, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 14th day of September, 2012.

Carried.

iii) TARIFF OF FEES – PLANNING APPLICATIONS

12-37
Moved by Councillor Hansuld
Seconded by Councillor Christie

THAT By-law Number 12-37, being a By-law to prescribe a tariff of fees for various types of planning applications, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 14th day of September, 2012.

Carried.

Council recessed for lunch and resumed business at 1:00 p.m.

 

iv) KENNEDY, WILLIAM AND LAURALEE
     Part of Lot 33, Con 9 Pts 41 and 42 on Plan PSR-1364
     Designated as Parcels 13695 and 28220 PSSS Shawanaga

A2043-12
Moved by Councillor French
Seconded by Councillor Williams

THAT By-law Number A2043-12, being a By-law to remove the holding provision from the lands as described above, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 14th day of September, 2012.

Carried.

v) KENNEDY, WILLIAM AND LAURALEE
    Part of Lot 33, Con 9 Being Pts 41 and 42 on Plan PSR-1364
    Designated as Parcels 13695 and 28220 PSSS Shawanaga

12-38
Moved by Councillor Desmasdon
Seconded by Councillor Andrews

THAT By-law Number 12-38, being a By-law to designate the property as a Site Plan Control Area, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 14th day of September, 2012.

Carried.

vi) KENNEDY, WILLIAM AND LAURALEE
     Part of Lot 33, Con 9 Being Pts 41 and 42 on Plan PSR-1364
     Designated as Parcels 13695 and 28220 PSSS Shawanaga

12-39
Moved by Councillor Seagram
Seconded by Councillor Zanussi

THAT By-law Number 12-39, being a By-law to authorize the execution of a site plan agreement between William and Lauralee Kennedy and the Corporation of the Township of The Archipelago, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 14th day of September, 2012.

Carried.

12. OTHER BUSINESS

xiv) 2013 BUDGET

The Chair of the Finance Committee asked that discussions and work on 2013 budget projections begin at Committee meetings in October.

13. CONFIRMING BY-LAW

12-40
Moved by Councillor French
Seconded by Councillor Andrews

THAT By-Law Number 12-40, being a Confirming By-law, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 14th day of September, 2012.

Carried.

14. ADJOURNMENT

12-127
Moved by Councillor Zanussi
Seconded by Councillor Hansuld

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Regular Meeting of Council be adjourned at 1:07 p.m.

Carried.

TOWNSHIP OF THE ARCHIPELAGO

______________________ ________________________

Peter Ketchum, Reeve           Stephen P. Kaegi, CAO/Clerk

 

 

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