February 22, 2013 Council Minutes
Council - Council Minutes

The Corporation of the Township of The Archipelago

M I N U T E S

REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL

February 22, 2013

9 James Street, Parry Sound, Ontario


 

 

Council Members Present:
Reeve:
Peter Ketchum

Councillors:
Gary French
Ken Williams
E.A. (Ted) Christie
John Seagram
Rick Zanussi
Grant Walker

Council Members Absent:
Councillor Greg Andrews
Terry Desmasdon
John Hansuld
Ian Mead

Staff Present:
Stephen Kaegi - Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk
Maryann Sidon – Deputy 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

13-007 Moved by Councillor Seagram
              Seconded by Councillor French

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

Carried.

3. DEPUTATION

i) ANNA MARIE HARRIS, MANAGER
   GEORGIAN BAY COUNTRY TOURISM – 3 YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN

Anna Marie Harris spoke to Council regarding Georgian Bay Country's Strategic Plan for 2013-2016, which includes a marketing plan, visitors services, communications, new products, membership and governance. Ms. Harris specifically spoke of the upcoming Weather Network show, "Doors Open", and the closing of the Visitors Centre. Ms. Harris is requesting from Council, continued financial support for Georgian Bay Country Tourism.

4. REPORT OF TASK FORCE/COMMITTEES

i) RAMOLLA/FIEBRICH
   Lots 2 and 3 on Plan M-244
   Including Parts 2 and 1 on Plan 42R-9239 Conger

13-008 Moved by Councillor Walker
              Seconded by Councillor Williams

WHEREAS the Township is in receipt of a Work Permit from the Ministry of Natural Resources with respect to the proposed rerouting of a private road over Crown land to provide access to the owners of 14 and 16 Stewart-King Road;

AND WHEREAS the owners presently access their respective properties via a private road which transverses a portion of the lands designated as Lot 1 on Plan M-244; however, the current owner will not grant the owners of 14 and 16 Stewart-King Road legalized access;

AND WHEREAS according to the Township's Official Plan, consideration may be given to the development of private roads, or access roads over Crown land in the Healey Lake Neighbourhood;

AND WHEREAS in accordance with Section 13.15 of the Official Plan, the owners have fulfilled the criterion with respect to the requisite policies;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Ministry of Natural Resources be informed that Council has no objection to the construction of a road over Crown land in order that the applicants can access their properties which are located in Part of Lot 3, Concessions 4 and 5, being Lots 2 and 3 on Plan M-244, including Parts 2 and 1 on Plan 42R-9239, located in the geographic Township of Conger;

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the owners of Lot 3 on Plan M-244, including Part 1 on Plan 42R-9239, make application to The Archipelago Area Planning Board for a right-of-way across the lands designated as Lot 2 on Plan M-244, in the geographic Township of Conger.

Carried.

ii) PLEASANT COVE RESORT
    Lots 2 and 3 on Plan M-244
    Including Parts 2 and 1 on Plan 42R-9239 Conger

13-009 Moved by Councillor French
              Seconded by Councillor Williams

WHEREAS The Archipelago Area Planning Board conditionally approved Application SB01-10 to create a condominium consisting of 16 residential units;

AND WHEREAS Council has passed By-law No. A2035-13, to rezone the subject property from the Resort Commercial Exception 5 (RC-5) Zone to a Coastal/Island Residential Exception 71-Holding (CR-71-H) Zone, to fulfill a condition of draft approval;

AND WHEREAS By-law No. A2035-13 allows as a temporary use for a period of up to three years, the dwelling units to be used for commercial purposes as housekeeping cabins or rental cottages;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council has no objection to the consideration of the extension of the temporary use provision within By-law No. A2035-13, for an additional three years, to continue to rent those dwellings units which have not been sold as condominiums.

Carried.

5. CORRESPONDENCE

i) COUNCIL CORRESPONDENCE

13-010
Moved by Councillor Zanussi Seconded by Councillor Christie

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

Carried.

6. REPORT OF THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR

13-011 Moved by Councillor Zanussi
              Seconded by Councillor Williams

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

Carried.

7. OTHER BUSINESS

i) GEORGIAN BAY LOW WATERS – HYDRO ONE

13-012 Moved by Councillor French
              Seconded by Councillor Williams

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.

Carried.

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

13-013 Moved by Councillor Seagram
              Seconded by Councillor Christie

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 2013 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.

Carried.

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

13-014 Moved by Councillor Zanussi
              Seconded by Councillor Christie

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.

Carried.

iv) BELVEDERE HEIGHTS ACCREDITATION (CARF)

13-015 Moved by Councillor Christie
              Seconded by Councillor Seagram

WHEREAS CARF International has accredited Belvedere Heights for a period of three years for its Person-Centered Long-Term Care Community (Belvedere Heights) and Community Services (Community Support Services) programs;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council for the Township of The Archipelago extends its congratulations to the Belvedere Heights Board of Management and staff on the CARF three-year accreditation which acknowledges the quality, value and optimal services provided to clients under the care of Belvedere Heights.

Carried.

v) WEST PARRY SOUND HEALTH CENTRE FOUNDATION
    TOWNSHIP CHALLENGE
    MAY 26, 2013 Georgian Bay Biosphere Walk, Run, Pole

Council agreed to endorse the challenge on the basis that the donations made from The Archipelago residents would go to the emergency department equipment, where Township residents would benefit. Council would like the communication to reflect this and agreed to assist in the mailing.

vi) TAX WRITE-OFFS

13-016 Moved by Councillor Christie
              Seconded by Councillor Zanussi

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

Carried.

vii) APPOINTMENT OF RAY HACHIGIAN TO BUILDING MATERIALS EVALUATION COMMISSION

13-017 Moved by Councillor Walker
              Seconded by Councillor Zanussi

WHEREAS Ray Hachigian has been asked to sit on the Building Material Evaluation Commission, an appointment made by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council endorses the appointment of Ray Hachigian to the Building Material Evaluation Commission

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that Council extends its congratulations to Ray for the recognition by the Ministry of his dedication in acquiring the knowledge, skills and training towards the betterment of the building industry.

Carried.

viii) TOWNSHIP CHRISTMAS PARTY
       DECEMBER 6TH, 2013

13-018 Moved by Councillor Seagram
              Seconded by Councillor Christie

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council directs staff to make the necessary reservations for the Christmas party, to be held on December 6th, 2013.

Carried.

8. BY-LAWS

i) SHORE ROAD ALLOWANCE BY-LAW
   FLETCHER, Peter and Linda
   125 Georgian Bay Water

13-04 Moved by Councillor Zanussi
            Seconded by Councillor Christie

THAT By-law Number 13-04, 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, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 22nd day of February, 2013.

Carried.

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

13-05 Moved by Councillor Walker
            Seconded by Councillor Christie

THAT By-law Number 13-05, 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, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 22nd day of February, 2013.

Carried.

iii) PLEASANT COVE RESORT
     Part Lot 27, Concession 5
     Part Parcel 8755 PSNS, Harrison

A2035-13 Moved by Councillor French  
                  Seconded by Councillor Walker

THAT By-law Number 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, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 22nd day of February, 2013.

Carried.

iv) SEGUIN FIRE SERVICES AGREEMENT
     BLACKSTONE LAKE

13-06 Moved by Councillor Walker
            Seconded by Councillor French

THAT By-law Number 13-06, 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, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 22nd day of February, 2013.

9. CONFIRMING BY-LAW

13-07 Moved by Councillor Seagram Seconded by Councillor Zanussi

THAT By-Law Number 13-07, being a Confirming By-law, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 22nd day of February, 2013.

Carried.

10. ADJOURNMENT

13-019 Moved by Councillor Christie
              Seconded by Councillor Walker

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Regular Meeting of Council be adjourned at 12:09 p.m.

Carried.

TOWNSHIP OF THE ARCHIPELAGO

________________________           ____________________________

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

 

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