July 18th, 2014 Council Minutes
Council - Council Minutes

The Corporation of the Township of The Archipelago

M I N U T E S

REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL

July 18, 2014

9 James Street, Parry Sound, Ontario


 

Council Members Present:
Reeve: Peter Ketchum
Councillors:
Greg Andrews Ward 1
Terry Desmasdon Ward 1
John Hansuld Ward 2
Gary French Ward 3
Ken Williams Ward 3
E.A. (Ted) Christie Ward 4
Rick Zanussi Ward 4 (Arrived at 1:00 pm)
Ian Mead Ward 5
Grant Walker Ward 6

Council Members Absent:
Councillor: John Seagram Ward 4

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

1. CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. and commenced with the singing of the Nation Anthem.

2. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

14-079
Moved by Councillor Desmasdon
Seconded by Councillor French

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council held on June 13th, 2014, be approved.

Carried.

3. REPORT OF THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

14-080
Moved by Councillor French
Seconded by Councillor Mead

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

Carried.

4. PUBLIC MEETING

At 10:00 a.m. Council held a Public Meeting to consider the following:

i) Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment No. Z10-13
   (Moon River Club)

Ray Hachigian called the meeting to order and explained the purpose and the effect of the by-law as set out below.

The property is zoned Natural State (NS) and the application is to rezone to Coastal/Island Residential thus allowing the property to be used and developed residentially.

Cale Henderson, Chief Planner, made a brief presentation with respect to the Zoning By-law Amendment and the environmental review undertaken by Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.

John Jackson, Planning Consultant for the applicant, gave a brief history of the property and stated that in his opinion this was a simple zoning error that was being corrected.

John Zuk raised questions regarding taxes and NS zoning assessment versus residential assessment that the owner has enjoyed over the years and questioned the fairness. Mr. Zuk asked if the new lot could be severed under the rules today. The Chief Planner indicated that it could be eligible for one lot.

Peter Scaiff raised concern that this would open the door to further development in the area.

David Samborski is the real estate agent for the sellers and buyers, two friends who want to have separate properties.

Cadi Reece questioned the development and submitted a letter from another property owner who objected.

Ron Fitton opposed the rezoning and felt that the NS zoning should stay to protect the area.

Mike Brigham was concerned that this would open the area for development, such as in Muskoka, and therefore opposed the rezoning.

Urs Villiger opposed the rezoning and wants the area to be protected.

Ray Hachigian asked if there were any more comments and hearing none, declared this portion of the public meeting closed.

5. COUNCIL CORRESPONDENCE

14-081
Moved by Councillor Williams
Seconded by Councillor Christie

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council receives the July 2014 Council Correspondence listing.

Carried.

6. OTHER BUSINESS

i) PARRY SOUND AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
    MOBILE INFORMATION CENTRE

Council requested that staff investigate various sites in Pointe au Baril and report back to Council with a recommendation.

ii) ASSOCIATION OF MUNICIPALITIES OF ONTARIO (AMO)
    ACCOUNTABILITY ACT INTRODUCED

Council supports the position taken by AMO and encourages AMO to continue to strongly object to this proposed legislation on behalf of all municipalities.

iii) SAIL PARRY SOUND PHASE 2
    PRESENTATION FOLLOW-UP

14-082
Moved by Councillor Desmasdon
Seconded by Councillor Mead

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council authorizes a donation to Sail Parry Sound in the amount of $1,250.00 per year for the next five years towards the Sail Parry Sound Phase 2 Renovation Project.

Carried.

iv) PARRY SOUND ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
    ONTARIO BIKE PROPOSAL/PARTNERSHIP FUNDING REQUEST

14-083
Moved by Councillor French
Seconded by Councillor Hansuld

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council authorizes a donation in the amount of $250.00 to the Parry Sound Area Active Transportation Committee to support the application to Explorers' Edge Partnership fund.

Carried.

v) TAX WRITE-OFFS

14-084
Moved by Councillor Mead
Seconded by Councillor Christie

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

TOTAL SOUTH $ 5,821.47
TOTAL NORTH $10,869.82

Carried.

vi) TAX WRITE-OFFS

14-085
Moved by Councillor Walker
Seconded by Councillor Hansuld

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

TOTAL SOUTH $ 639.57
TOTAL NORTH $ 1,160.52

Carried.

vii) CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 2013

14-086
Moved by Councillor Mead
Seconded by Councillor Williams

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council accepts the Consolidated Financial Statements prepared by BDO Canada for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Carried.

viii) DISTRICT OF PARRY SOUND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AND THE
       DISCONTINUANCE OF VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE SERVICE TO THE UNINCORPORATED ARGYLE AREA

14-087
Moved by Councillor Desmasdon
Seconded by Councillor Hansuld

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Corporation of the Township of The Archipelago concurs with the Village of Sundridge:

THAT the Township of The Archipelago does not support the redeployment of EMS Ambulance Services nor the downloading of associated costs arising from the redeployment of EMS services from the South River Station to the unincorporated area of Argyle;

THAT any and all funding required to maintain an EMS ambulance building/station and EMS manned ambulance shall be totally paid for by the Province of Ontario; and

THAT any associated costs referring to the establishment and delivery of EMS in and to the unincorporated areas shall not be downloaded to the organized member municipal partners with the Parry Sound District.

Carried.

ix) PLACEMENT OF FILL ON CROWN LAND
     ISLAND A25 HARRISON

MOTION TO AMEND

Councillor Andrews made motion to amend the original motion and to broaden it to include all of Ward 1 and not just Island 25A and the trail to his property.

14-088
Moved by Councillor Andrews
Seconded by Councillor French

WHEREAS the Township of The Archipelago supports its Official Plan;

AND WHEREAS Council has directed staff to enforce the policies and by-laws of the Township;

AND WHEREAS it has come to the attention of Council that fill may have been placed illegally on Crown land in Ward 1;

AND WHEREAS the Public Lands Act requires that municipalities provide comments as part of the Work Permit application though the Ministry of Natural Resources, for work to be performed on Crown land;

AND WHEREAS the Township of The Archipelago may not have received applications for the placement fill on Crown land;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of The Archipelago requests the Ministry of Natural Resources investigate all fill placed on Crown Land throughout Ward 1 and enforces the removal of all illegal fill that it discovers.

Defeated.

ORIGINAL MOTION

Councillor Desmasdon requested a recorded vote.

14-089
Moved by Councillor Desmasdon
Seconded by Councillor Williams

WHEREAS the Township of The Archipelago supports its Official Plan;

AND WHEREAS Island 25A in the geographic Township of Harrison, is in a Neighbourhood which, historically and currently, has a 'no more roads' policy;

AND WHEREAS Council has directed staff to enforce the policies and by-laws of the Township;

AND WHEREAS it has come to the attention of Council that fill has been placed on Crown land on Island 25A, causing an unauthorized trail to be traversed by vehicular traffic;

AND WHEREAS the Public Lands Act requires that municipalities provide comments as part of the Work Permit application though the Ministry of Natural Resources, for work to be performed on Crown land;

AND WHEREAS the Township of The Archipelago has not received an application for a road or to place fill on Crown land, and the Ministry of Natural Resources is currently investigating the trail on Island 25A;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of The Archipelago requests the Ministry of Natural Resources to enforce the removal of illegal fill and ensure the trail is restored to its former condition.

Yea                                                                                 Nay
Councillor French
Councillor Williams
Councillor Christie
Reeve Ketchum
Councillor Walker
Councillor Mead
Councillor Hansuld
Councillor Andrews
Councillor Desmasdon

Carried.

14-090
Moved by Councillor Andrews
Seconded by Councillor French

WHEREAS the Township of The Archipelago supports its Official Plan;

AND WHEREAS Council has directed staff to enforce the policies and by-laws of the Township;

AND WHEREAS it has come to the attention of Council that fill may have been placed illegally on Crown land in Ward 1;

AND WHEREAS the Public Lands Act requires that municipalities provide comments as part of the Work Permit application though the Ministry of Natural Resources, for work to be performed on Crown land;

AND WHEREAS the Township of The Archipelago may not have been given the opportunity to comment on applications for the placement fill on Crown land;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of The Archipelago requests the Ministry of Natural Resources investigate and report all fill placed on Crown Land throughout Ward 1.

Carried.

 

Council recessed for lunch at 12:15 p.m. and resumed business at 1:00 p.m. Councillor Zanussi arrived and took his seat.

 

7. DEPUTATIONS
    APPLICATION OF PHOSLOCK IN STURGEON BAY

At 1:00 p.m. Council heard deputations regarding the application of Phoslock in Sturgeon Bay from each of the three main associations that represent Ward 1 and 3 ratepayers.

Reeve Ketchum gave a brief background on why the Township asked the three Associations to address Council on this matter and what Council hopes to get from the ongoing dialogue. The Reeve addressed the letter from the Ministry of the Environment and from Phoslock Water Solutions Ltd., and the lack of a clear position from Environment Canada versus the Ministry of the Environment on the application of Phoslock. The Township has asked Tony Clement, MP, Parry Sound-Muskoka, to help set up a meeting to secure the position of Environment Canada on the proposed work.

i) Pointe au Baril Islanders' Association (PABIA)

Dan Kuhn, President, spoke on behalf of PABIA regarding the remediation of blue-green algae in Sturgeon Bay. Mr. Kuhn stated that PABIA does not specifically represent all of Ward 3, that that is the role of our Councillors; however, it will speak out on matters that it feels is for the betterment of its members and the broader community.

It is the position of the executive of PABIA that the issue of remediation of Sturgeon Bay is a broader community issue and therefore should be borne by a wider group than those currently identified who will carry the burden of cost. Mr. Kuhn also spoke about issues such as the Public Meeting letter, costing, the amount and duration of monitoring, and the causes of the algae blooms and concluded by stating that he felt that Council should take a more pro-active position on the various issues and spread the costs for remediation over the broader community.

Ward 3 Councillors, Ken Williams and Gary French, spoke to the issues raised by Mr. Kuhn and informed him of the work undertaken by Council over the past ten years, the complexity of the issue, the current position of Council that it would fund 20% of the costs, the limited powers the municipality has, and the position of our senior levels of government on this matter.

ii) Skerryvore Ratepayers Association (SRA)

John Williamson, Vice-President, spoke on behalf of the SRA and its position on proposed funding for the remediation of blue-green algae in Sturgeon Bay. The SRA is concerned about ongoing costs as this is not a permanent solution; the lack of upper level government support financially; potential side effects to the environment; and that Phoslock has not previously been applied to such a large open body of water.

The SRA also raised the fact that Skerryvore was area-rated for the cost of constructing Skerryvore Road and views this project as a neighbourhood issue and one that should be funded by the neighbourhood. If Council is to consider spreading the cost over the broader community, the association feels that all residents should have a say on whether they support this project proceeding.

Greg Mason, Township consultant, spoke to the environmental issues raised by the SRA. Councillors Ken Williams and Gary French addressed the issue of costing and the previous Skerryvore Road levy. Ward 1 Councillor, Greg Andrews, asked if a reduced amount would be acceptable to its members and the reply by the Association remained firm, that this is a local issue.

iii) Sturgeon Bay Pointe au Baril Ratepayers Association (SBPBRA)

Melanie Whetham of the SBPBRA addressed Council regarding the association's position on the proposed remediation plan for Sturgeon Bay. Ms. Whetham spoke to sections of the Township's Official Plan and that the numerous letters from Ward 1 Councillors, Terry Desmasdon and Greg Andrews; Reeve Ketchum; Phoslock Water Solutions Ltd.; the local Health Unit, and the Ministry of the Environment, have all identified a variety of issues; however, they all recognize the problem of blue-green algae.

The Association recognizes that residents will not get crystal clear water, rather water that is safer as the capping of the phosphorous will reduce the likelihood of further blue-green algae blooms. In undertaking the vote on whether to proceed, it would like a simple majority rather than two-thirds; that the condominium and the provincial park be properly levied; and that the voting process is understandable and comprehensive. The Association also requested that the Township continue to seek other sources of funding or methods.

Greg Mason addressed scientific questions that were raised and Councillors Ken Williams, Gary French, Terry Desmasdon, and Greg Andrews addressed various other issues raised.

Reeve Ketchum thanked the association representatives for attending and providing Council with their views on the issue.

8. BY-LAWS

i) SHORE ROAD ALLOWANCE PURCHASE
    FRANKS, Les and Isabelle
    74 Porcupine Spur HARRISON

14-32
Moved by Councillor Hansuld
Seconded by Councillor French

THAT By-law Number 14-32, being a By-law to enact a By-law to close and stop up that part of the original shore road allowance laid out along the shores of Sturgeon Bay of the Georgian Bay, in front of Lot 31, Concession 7, in the geographic Township of Harrison, designated as Part 1 of Plan 42R-20170, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 18th of July, 2014.

Carried.

ii) SANS SOUCI AND COPPERHEAD ASSOCIATION
    ESTABLISH A COMMUNITY CENTRE COMMITTEE

14-33
Moved by Councillor Christie
Seconded by Councillor Zanussi

THAT By-law Number 14-33, being a By-law to establish the Sans Souci and Copperhead Community Centre Committee to raise funds for the construction of a community centre on the Sans Souci and Copperhead Association island property in Sans Souci, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 18th of July, 2014.

Carried.

iii) AMEND BY-LAW NO. 11-44
    NARES INLET RATEPAYERS COMMITTEE (PADDLEBALL COURT)

14-34
Moved by Councillor Hansuld
Seconded by Councillor Walker

THAT By-law Number 14-34, being a by-law to amend By-Law Number 11-44 to establish the Nares Inlet Ratepayers Committee to raise funds for the construction of a Paddleball Racket Court, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 18th of July, 2014.

Carried.

iv) AMENDMENT TO SCHEDULE "B" TO BY-LAW NO. 13-34
     FEES AND FINES

14-35
Moved by Councillor Williams
Seconded by Councillor Christie

THAT By-law Number 14-35, being a by-law to Replace Schedule "B" to by-law 13-34, a By-law to Amend By-law Number 05-14, being a By-law to regulate Transportation Systems, Parking and Public Parks within the Township of The Archipelago, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 18th of July, 2014.

Carried.

9. OTHER BUSINESS

x) ASSOCIATION OF MUNICIPALITIES OF ONTARIO (AMO)
    COMMITTEE REGARDING ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE (OPP)

Reeve Ketchum informed Council that he was asked by AMO to sit on a committee that will develop proposals to make the OPP more efficient and effective.

xi) CRANE LAKE DISCOVERY CAMP

Councillor Mead distributed a book to each member of Council called Beyond the Challenge, the ongoing story of Crane Lake Discovery Camp.

xii) POINTE AU BARIL LIGHTHOUSE DOCKS

Councillor Williams identified the need to replace the docks at the Pointe au Baril Lighthouse and was informed that a dock has been ordered.

xiii) LETTER TO RESIDENTS - CLEAN YARDS

Councillor Desmasdon asked the CAO to thank staff for the excellent Clean Yards letter that was sent to residents in Pointe au Baril.

10. CONFIRMING BY-LAW

14-36
Moved by Councillor French
Seconded by Councillor Hansuld

THAT By-law Number 14-36, being a By-law to Confirm the Proceedings of the Regular Meeting of Council held on July 18th, 2014 be read and finally passed in Open Council this 18th of July, 2014.

Carried.

11. ADJOURNMENT

14-091 Moved by Councillor Desmasdon
Seconded by Councillor Mead

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Regular Meeting of Council held July 18, 2014 be adjourned at 3:07 p.m.

Carried.

TOWNSHIP OF THE ARCHIPELAGO

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

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