Report on Council: November 28th and December 12th, 2016

November 28 and December 12, 2016
Committee of the Whole Meeting November 28:  9 a.m. – 6:12 p.m.
Regular Meeting November 28: 6 p.m. – 6:59 p.m.; December 12: 9 a.m. – ???    p.m.
Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma, Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart all present for the November 28 Committee of the Whole. Deputy Mayor Walma absent for the November 28 Regular Meeting.

For each of the five major beach parks – Bluewater, Jackson, Lafontaine, Woodland, and Balm, Counci considered:

No Smoking policy,
Wayfinding Signage,
Hours of Operation, and
BBQ Policy/Area.

In addition Council discussed –
for Bluewater, permit/paid parking, encroachments, and education signage re dune preservation/native grasses;
for Jackson, permit/paid parking, sand restoration at southeast side, boat launch rules, and public swimming area;
for Lafontaine, permit/paid parking; for Woodland, permit/paid parking;
and for Balm, no barbecuing and placement of a volleyball court. Staff is to review paid/permit parking at all five parks and report back.

In November, Kris Menzies and Dan Currie of MHBC Planning summarized for Council the Provincial and County planning policies that impact Tiny Township’s growth management. While there are probably sufficient lands zoned to accommodate forecasted seasonal population grown and more than enough employment lands for forecasted employment growth, there are not enough lands in designated settlement areas to accommodate forecasted permanent population growth. They recommended that the Township initiate the process to determine the appropriate location for a settlement boundary expansion.

On December 12, Kris Menzies returned to educate and inform Council about the Official Plan process. Council learned that the population growth numbers proposed by the Province and the County were “forecasted” numbers rather than “maximum” or “capped” numbers and that there were no “forecasted” numbers for the township’s seasonal population. If the forecasted numbers prove to be inaccurate, adjustments can be made. Council directed staff to work with MHBC to complete a Municipal Comprehensive Review with input from the County and/or the Province, and also to proceed with the comprehensive Official Plan Review and Update.

Council authorized the usual agreement with the Snowriders and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (groups that keep the Tiny Trail groomed) for the winter season.

Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay, and Tiny jointly authorized a $100,000 loan to the Guesthouse in Midland (each municipality contributed $25,000.)

On November 14 Professor Lynn Short reported on the effectiveness of various degrees of the spading method of control for invasive Phragmites at Wymbolwood Beach this past summer, and requested in kind support from the municipality to allow the project to be undertaken again next year on the same site. (For a thorough description of the work undertaken this past summer, see the fall 2016 Tiny Cottager.) On November 28, Council agreed to supply the requested support. Short is liaising with the Severn Sound Environmental Association with regard to a site in Midland and will be in discussion with SSEA in coming months.

In a deputation on November 14, Peter Andrews updated Council on the current state of invasive EWM in Farlain Lake, which was first discovered in late August 2012. The Farlain Lake Association undertook hand harvesting in July 2014 and again in 2015. It trained volunteers, monitored and mapped known outbreaks and set up an information kiosk. Discouragingly, the infestation recurred and expanded. In 2016, the Association investigated a new harvesting method called DASH (Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting). Instead of a SCUBA diver transfering uprooted vegetation to a surface crew, the diver feeds the plants into a suction hose and onto a platform. The vegetation is then separated from the water, and the water is filtered and returned it to the lake. This method is faster and ensures that minimal or no fragments are returned to the lake.

The Association is fundraising to purchase a DASH system. Council recommended that the Association partner with the SSEA in applying for grants. As Council’s representative on the SSEA, Deputy Mayor Walma said he would raise EWM and phragmites at a meeting on January 15. The Township will link its website to information about EWM on the Farlain website. Council also agreed to supply in-kind support for the Association’s fundraising event on July 2, 2017.

As usual, Regular Committee of the Whole Meetings and Regular Meetings of Council are to take place on the second and last Monday of each month with the first meetings of each month being consolidated (the Regular Meeting following on the heels of the Regular Committee of the Whole Meeting). If a statutory holiday falls on the Monday of a meeting, the meeting is generally moved to the Tuesday of that week. In a few cases conferences and prior commitments affect the schedule. The detailed schedule is available on

As Tim Leitch, Manager of Public Works, found both under- and above- ground works to be satisfactorily constructed, Council accepted the Certificate of Substantial Completion and Acceptance. Two-year maintenance periods commenced as of October 21, 2016 and November 21, 2016. It also approved the reduction in securities from $434,637.40 to $54,298.75

Council decided that the Township would maintain its position as an unwilling host for Industrial Wind Turbines, and directed staff to investigate all legitimate measures to address applications for their installation.

The 2018 municipal election will again use Vote by Mail.

Based on its discussion of Tim Leitch’s Public Works Report PWR-049-16, Council decided that Option #3 should be implemented, allowing ATVs to use specific areas such as County Forests and access routes for their trail use based on the final implementation of the outlined conditions. Leitch’s Report is available under Public Works in the Committee of the Whole Agenda for November 28, 2016.


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In the Fall, 2016 edition of The Tiny Cottager, the Report on Council entry on Lafontaine Beach Park Master Plan Implementation should have read:

“Plans for a children’s play area in Zone 3 and bocce ball courts in Zone 2 should be put into effect next year, along with a volunteer beach clean up. Budget $50,000.”

The Tiny Cottager regrets the error.

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Report on Council: November 1 & 14

November 1 and 14, 2016
Committee of the Whole Meeting November 1: 9 a.m. – 4:35 p.m.; November 14: 9 a.m. – 6:34 p.m.
Regular Meeting November 1: 6:10 p.m. – 6:49 p.m.; November 14: 7 p.m. – 7:22 p.m.
Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma, Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart all present at both meetings on November 1, 2016. Cindy Hastings absent for the November 14 Committee of the Whole Meeting

Wyevale Santa Claus Parade, December 3, 2016, 6-8 p.m.

According to the Municipal Act a person may request an investigation of a municipality’s compliance with the Act with regard to in camera session(s) in the course of a meeting. The Act gives the municipality the authority to appoint an independent investigator to look into closed meetings if need be. The shared service agreement with the County of Simcoe for the closed meeting investigator services of JGM Consulting expires as of December 31, 2016. The Township could once again participate in a shared service agreement (which has become more expensive), or, if it doesn’t appoint its own closed meeting investigator, the Ontario Ombudsman would provide this service at no cost. Council decided to use the Ombudsman.

Council decided to accept Treasurer Doug Taylor’s recommendation of BFL Canada as the Township’s new service provider effective January 1, 2017. Volunteer Firemen’s Insurance Services is to continue to provide coverage for the Township’s volunteer firefighters.

On November 1, after discussing a comprehensive report by Steve Harvey, the Township’s Chief Municipal Law Enforcement Officer, Council felt that the pilot parking strategy (conversion of open parking to permit parking) was generally a success and that it should be expanded throughout the Township as deemed appropriate. Requests for inclusion from areas unhappy at being left out of the pilot parking strategy should be satisfied by this decision. Various matters connected with parking are to be discussed at subsequent meetings.

These are:

296 Tiny Beaches Road North, a cottage constructed in 1882 in Lafontaine, relocated to Cawaja Beach in 1931, often rented by A.Y. Jackson.

4130 Crossland Road, a house (constructed in 1890 and 1891 in Gothic Revival style) and barn (constructed in 1884), originally two houses and two barns, joined in 1910.

The discussion was informed by Council’s observations during its September tour of major beach parks. On November 14, it raised the wide-ranging issue of consistency of management of the five major beach parks, and then focussed its attention on Lafontaine Beach Park. As beach density is a major concern, Council asked for a copy of the Lafontaine Beach Master Plan as well as information about beach density.
Discussion of the major beach parks is to be an ongoing agenda item, allowing each park to be discussed individually.


The Province recently passed a Regulation under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, which sets out the provisions for the use of ranked ballots. After considering Deputy Clerk Sue Walton’s Report on the matter, Council decided not to use the Ranked Ballot method of voting in the 2018 Municipal Election.


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Report on Council: October 12, 2016

October 12, 2016
Committee of the Whole Meeting October 12: 9:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Regular Meeting October 12: 1:02 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart present. Mayor George Cornell absent.

Municipal Tree Lighting – Saturday, November 26, 2016, 130 Balm Beach Road West, 6 – 7 p.m.

Wyevale Santa Claus Parade – December 3, 2016, 6 – 8 p.m.

Maurice (Moe) LeFaive has replaced Dave Randall as the Township’s Water Superintendent.

The Farlain Lake Association asked Council to partner with it in applying for a Toronto Dominion Bank Friends of the Environment Foundation grant, and for similar assistance with future grant applications. Council granted staff the authority to assist with the application if it were deemed appropriate to do so. In addition, it decided that future grant applications would be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Association’s report to Council about the current state of invasive Eurasian Watermilfoil in Farlain Lake was delayed until a future meeting.

The HVAC system that supplies air conditioning and air distribution to the Township Offices has failed regularly in recent years (5 times in 2015 and January to September 2016). Replacement of the system was tendered, and the recommended tender came in at $214,000 plus HST plus engineering fees of $23,125 plus HST. The budget shortfall of $67,125 is to be taken from the Capital Reserve.

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Georgian Bay Great Lakes Foundation Announced



This message is to inform you that as of September 29, 2016 the Georgian Bay Great Lakes Foundation, formerly the Sierra Club Canada Foundation, Great Lakes Section and its entire experienced team of professional advisors announces that it will no longer function as part of Sierra Club Canada Foundation. We have ceased to conduct our program work with Sierra Club Canada Foundation and announce it has formed the new Georgian Bay Great Lakes Foundation (“GBGLF”). We are now with the highly respected Huronia Community Foundation.

The latter will issue tax receipts to our donors. We believe this arrangement will provide to you our donors and to us the required timely financial accounting and reporting needed for our work to protect and restore Georgian Bay’s mainly finite ecosystems as part of the Great Lakes.

We want to move on so that we can continue to bring scientifically sound published reports to all stakeholders including governments at all levels.

• It is our team that first identified erosion in parts of the upper St. Clair River as a contributing cause of the unprecedented sustained low water levels from 1999 to 2013.

• We will continue to support McMaster University’s Dr. Pat Chow-Fraser and her research team as they track impacts of water-level changes to water quality, wetlands and the fishery.

• Our engineers Bill Bialkowski and Jeremy Gawen will continue to provide modeling of scientifically sound options to address the ongoing erosion in the upper St. Clair River in line with the International Joint Commission’s 2013 advice to governments.

• We will continue to build consensus around the most environmentally responsible, cost-effective solution that will address, for all of the Great Lakes, both extreme high and extreme low lake levels facing climate change.

• We will continue to work to expand our connections with allied Canadian and American Great Lakes organizations.

The mission of Georgian Bay Great Lakes Foundation is to protect our Great Lakes from the crises of extreme water levels. Through our work and education, we bring sound science and solutions supporting water levels, the fishery and aquatic invasive species control.

Although we bring a great depth of expertise, thought leadership, and energy to the table, success in this mission depends on support from a wide array of individuals and organizations.

Mary Muter, Chair stated, “fact-based research and solutions, sound science and a passionate, dedicated and experienced team are our hallmarks.”

If you have any questions please call Mary Muter 905 833 2020 or Roy Schatz 416 922 4415 You can also send an email to

On behalf of The Georgian Bay Great Lakes Foundation Board, Bill Bialkowski, Paul Cowley, Jeremy Gawen, Mary Muter, Roy Schatz, John Seagram, Jerry Smitka, thank you all for your continuing support.

Our sincere apology. The last communication posted had some inaccurate information that we have now corrected.

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Report on Council: September 12 and 26, 2016


Note: Several items from the September 12 meetings were included in the Report on Council in the fall Tiny Cottager

September 2016
Committee of the Whole Meetings September 12: 9:00 a.m. – 2:22 p.m. and September 26: 9 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
Regular Meetings September 12: 3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. and September 26: 6 p.m. – 6:37 p.m.
Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart present on both days.


  • Pilot Parking Strategy and the Township’s five major beach parks are to be discussed in depth at the November 1, 2016 Committee of the Whole Meeting with outstanding issues carried over to the November 14 Committee of the Whole Meeting.
  • Municipal Tree Lighting – Saturday, November 26, 2016, Township Offices, 130 Balm Beach Road, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This in camera tour on September 14 of the Township’s five major Beach Parks (Woodland, Bluewater, Jackson Park, Balm, and Lafontaine) supplied background for Council’s upcoming deliberations about the Township’s Pilot Parking Strategy.

Kris Menzies of MHBC Planning considered changes in the Provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Plan, and the Niagara Escarpment Plan do not affect Tiny) as they relate to the township. She recommended that a series of these changes be discussed with the Province. These are detailed in a Memo for Council. See CoW Agenda, September 26, F) Reports of Consultants, re: Coordinated Planning Review.

She also considered various changes that came into effect on July 1, 2016, with the passage of the Province’s Bill 73 Amendments to the Planning Act. In general these relate to notice of decisions and how submissions affect the decisions, opportunities for dispute resolution, and removal of appeal rights particularly with regard to recently passed Official Plans and By-laws. For details see CoW Agenda, September 26, F) Reports of Consultants, re: Bill 73 Update.


  • Shorter nomination period. Instead of January to mid-September, the nomination period will be from May 1 to the fourth Friday in July.
  • Change in Nomination Process. Candidates must submit 25 endorsement signatures from eligible electors with their nomination. Each endorsing individual must declare eligibility to vote in the municipality on the day they signed the document. (This requirement does not apply to candidates for school board trustee positions.)
  • Approval of Alternative Voting Methods. These must be authorized by bylaw by May 1 of the year before an election, and the deadline for procedures and forms related to alternative voting and vote counting equipment is December 31st of the year before the election.
  • Corporations and Trade Union Contributions. These are no longer eligible to contribute to municipal election campaigns. Corporations and trade unions can, however, be third party advertisers and make contributions to third party advertisers.
  • Changes to the Rules Regarding Campaign Finances. For these, consult the Act.
  • Changes to Third Party Advertising (i.e. messages in any medium that support or oppose a candidate or a “yes” or “no” vote on a question on the ballot). Individuals, corporations and unions who wish to be third party advertisers must register with the Clerk of the municipality. They must do so between May 1 and the Friday before Voting Day. Third party advertising must be done independently of candidates, who are not able to direct a third party advertiser. Third parties have the same campaign finance rules as the election candidates. There are clear limits to contributions.
  • Ranked Ballots. Municipal Councils now have the option of passing by-laws to allow the use of ranked ballots.

For additional details, see CoW, September 26, G Staff Reports to Council, Administration and Finance, 04.

The Dog Park is slated to be opened in the Spring of 2017, contingent upon adequate funding. The necessary By-law was passed on September 26th.

Live streaming began formally on September 26. The live stream files are to be archived to the Township’s YouTube channel during the current year and for one year thereafter. To protect the privacy of in camera sessions, Council decided not to include closed sessions in the live streaming process and not to audio record them.

Five more properties have been added to the Register:

Perkinsfield General Store (built 1910-13) at 1 County Road 6 North

SoHomey Lodge and Collard’s Store (built circa 1960, currently the Balm Beach Tavern) at 1 Tiny Beaches Road North

Le Loup de Lafontaine (built 1870) a farmhouse at 702 Concession 17 West

Woodland Beach Community Church (built 1929) at 2071 Tiny Beaches Road South, and

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (built 1889) at 8144 Highway 93.

Readers will find detailed descriptions and photographs in the Committee of the Whole Agenda for September 26. See (G) Staff Reports to Council/5.Committees/ii).

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Report on Council: August 8th and 29th

August 8 and 29, 2016

Committee of the Whole Meetings August 8: 9:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. and August 29: 9:00 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Regular Meeting August 8: 2:00 p.m. – 2:32 p.m. and August 29 6:06 p.m. – 6:40 p.m.
All members of Council present: Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart.

STAFF APPOINTMENT: Bill Goodale has been appointed a Building Inspector for the Township of Tiny

Town Hall Meeting, Thursday, September 22, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Tiny Township Community Centre.

The Pilot Parking Strategy prompted presentations and reflections and requests at both August meetings.

Kitching Lane, a heavily used 10-foot lane that provides access to the beach for swimming just south of Balm Beach, was the subject of scheduled and open deputations by residents, both direct shore and backlot, expressing many perspectives. Prior to the deputations on August 8, Mayor Cornell read a statement regretting the acts of theft and vandalism at Kitching Lane, referring to ongoing major beach park enhancements, and appealing for patience while Council worked “its way through the issues.” Improvements have been undertaken at Lafontaine Park and at Balm Beach.

Members of Council reported on concerns about various walkways, and about heavy, inappropriate use of Bluewater Beach Park (tenting and the like).

A deputation by the Bluewater Dunes Ratepayers Association was typical of protests from several stretches of shore that regretted their exclusion from the Pilot Parking Strategy area and felt the impact of increased use of open parking places in their area. In the case of Bluewater Dunes, such parking in the subdivision behind Bluewater Park resulted in heavy use of the beach that undercut the community’s efforts to protect its dunes from Deanlea to Trew and undid the work of the expensive Management Plan prepared by consultants in 2006. Jessie Garland, speaking for the Bluewater Dunes Ratepayers, asked for “no parking with limited permit parking” in their community. She presented a petition, signed by 200 community members (names, addresses, signatures), asking that Council implement the Township Parking Strategy at Bluewater Dunes Beach.

There were a number of additional deputations and letters asking for changes to the Parking Strategy.

The Bylaw Department noted that the number of parking tickets issued on the Civic long weekend increased dramatically over the previous year, as did the number of complaints, largely due to the Pilot Parking Strategy.

In response to a proposal that permits be issued to backlot owners to give them access to the beach, it was determined that Council does not have the authority to provide access to privately owned beaches. At one point Council asked that “an education session related to beach ownership issues be scheduled for its members including appropriate background information.” The date for this session has not been set yet.

On August 30, Council authorized a Press Release titled “Kitching Lane Beach Access.” Its full wording appears on under News & Events/Press Release. It expresses disappointment about acts of vandalism at Kitching Lane and reminds residents and visitors that “Tiny’s shoreline is a combination of municipal and private shoreline” and that the township’s jurisdiction “only extends to property owned by the Township.” It invites “all residents and visitors to enjoy our municipally owned beaches and parks” and declares, “this Council is dedicated to improving the enjoyment and access to municipal beaches in Tiny.”

The deadline for feedback on the Pilot Parking Program is September 30. Full discussion of the many issues raised in deputations and the like is to be delayed until the fall when Council will review the Pilot Parking Program.

In August, Councillor Hinton suggested that township might expand municipal beaches by purchasing adjacent property as it comes up for sale. There were two ideas for financing such a move: Deputy Mayor Walma “suggested a levy on each tax bill,” while Councillor Hinton recommended that funds be raised through the sale of unused township property. Expansion of township beach parks is to be considered at the November 1 Committee of the Whole Meeting and at the 2017 Budget Meetings.

In August, Chief Mintoff noted that the first 100 households to contact the Fire Department (705-322-1161) for a free Home Fire Safety Audit would receive a free combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. Many of these alarms are still available.

This concerns a proposed comprehensive system of signage designed to orient trail users and to provide clear directional information along the township’s network of trails and cycling routes. It is to be aligned with similar signage programs being developed in Bruce, Grey, and Simcoe counties. It includes signage to points of interest in the township. We noted, with some concern, that there were to be signs to Tiny’s five major beach parks, and wondered whether these would counter the effect of the Pilot Parking Program.

Council asked for a number of changes, among them that

  • there be signage indicating that the trail and adjacent private property be respected
  • beach signs be restricted to the trail and not placed on roadways
  • signage indicate distance travelled
  • there be signs about a trails’ code of conduct
  • it include a five major beach park master plan for consideration in the 2017 budget

For the complete Draft Tiny Trails Wayfinding Master Plan, see the August 29, 2016, Complete Committee of the Whole Agenda/F) Reports of Consultants or Third Parties on


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Report on Council: July 11, 2016


July 11 and 25, 2016
Committee of the Whole Meetings July 11: 9:00 a.m. – 5:25 p.m. and July 25: 9:00 a.m. – 5:25 p.m.
Regular Meeting July 25: 7:32 p.m. – 9:40 p.m.
All members of Council present: Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart.

Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament, August 19, Midland Golf and Country Club
Fire and Emergency Services Family Fun Day, August 27, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wyevale Fire Station
Town Hall Meeting, Thursday, September 22, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

These raised a range of concerns – about the safety of people being dropped off at Kitching Lane (a 10’ access path south of Balm Beach) and other points along TBRS, congestion, blocked driveways – and recommended signage and enforcement to control parking and stopped vehicles. Backlot residents want beach access and resent efforts by private owners to protect their property. There has been aggressive behaviour and vandalism.


Council decided to implement this policy for receiving, reviewing, and awarding community funding to non-profit organizations and programs that demonstrate in their applications for funding how they align with the township’s strategic priorities and core values. The amount of funding to be made available is to be budgeted annually. This policy does not include in-kind/non-monetary requests for support.

YEAR-TO-DATE BUILDING PERMIT ACTIVITY: This has risen significantly for the period from January to June, from $11,791,000 in 2015 to $18,960,000 in 2016.

Of particular interest is the fact that two locations are currently approved for hauled sewage waste disposal in Tiny, namely:

252 Concession 14 East (approved April 20, 2015 until April 20, 2017)
125 Awenda Park Road (approved Feb. 13, 2015 until March 31, 2017).

Council decided to allow the use of ATVs on municipally assumed roads, but only in accordance to the rules and regulations of the Highway Traffic Act and municipal by-laws. ATVs are subject to a wide range of prohibitions and regulations, and will be permitted on township roads only after a series of concerns have been addressed. We will report on the final wording in due course.

Actions were taken to address safety concerns raised by Chris Tulley, President of the Carusoe Bay Association: more No Stopping signs on Sand Road, creation of a loading/unloading zone on the south side of the 9th Concession, opening of an access at the north end of Sand Road, reduction of the speed limit on the 9th Concession, installation of pedestrian crossing signs and markings, and addition of No Parking Anytime signs on Centre Road.
Requests for a number of special occasion parking permits at no charge have been granted.
Bluewater Beach residents expressed concern that their area was not considered under the pilot parking strategy.

This summer the children’s play area in Zone 3 and bocce ball courts in Zone 2 are to be completed, and a volunteer beach clean-up is to be undertaken. The budget is $50,000.

These are to occur on November 21, December 5, and December 19, 2016.

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Report on Council: June 27, 2016

June 27, 2016
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Regular Meeting of Council: 6 p.m. – 6:55 p.m.
All members of Council present: Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart.


MAYOR’S CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT: August 19, Midland Golf and Country Club.
SEPTEMBER TOWN HALL MEETING RESCHEDULED: This meeting is to occur on Thursday, September 22, 7-9 p.m. at the Township of Tiny Community Centre.


Council passed the proposed new Procedure By-Law. Beginning July 11, the first meeting of the month is to consist of a Committee of the Whole meeting only with recommendations from this meeting to be ratified by a single resolution at the second meeting of the month. “In the event Council wishes to change a recommendation within the report, this item will be pulled and addressed by way of a separate motion. The last meeting of the year is to consist only of a Regular Meeting of Council.”


Council granted special occasion parking permits at this and earlier meetings “if the event is community based and does not include areas signed for emergency access purposes.” It decided “that future Special Occasion Parking Permit exemption requests be received by letter.”


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Report on Council: June 13, 2016

June 13, 2016
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 a.m. – 3:43 p.m.
Regular Meeting of Council: 4:35 p.m. – 5:23 p.m.
All members of Council present: Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart.

COMMUNITY BBQ: July 23, 2016, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Perkinsfield Park.


In a deputation to Council on May 30, Lynn Short, resident of Wymbolwood Beach and Professor of Horticulture, Humber College, explained the importance of phragmites control in the township and asked for support for research into the “best practice for removing phragmites using a community based model without the use of herbicides.” During this meeting, Council supported Option 4, “which offers partial financial support and acknowledges the study upon completion, and includes staff resources to help facilitate the research.”


R.J. Burnside & Associates presented its estimate of $518,000 for the construction of the Wyevale Soccer Fields and the actual tendered cost of $986,850.  Council recommended that staff apply for the Canada 150 Grant at the 33.3% funding level based on Burnside’s estimated costs, and that the Report be forwarded to the Park Steering Committee with a recommendation at a $518,000 funding level.


Council directed the Community Recreation Advisory Committee to recommend Lafontaine Beach Park improvements for 2016 until a Lafontaine Beach Park Master Plan Committee is appointed.


A Report by Deputy Clerk Sue Walton about the meeting listed the subjects raised by 16 citizens and by members of Council. It also summarized responses to two questions presented in a questionnaire, regarding future Town Hall Meetings and changes to the Township’s administrative building.


Council decided to accept Manager of Public Works Tim Leitch’s recommendation that no action be taken regarding geese management at this time, though Public Works will continue to look for sustainable solutions to the geese problem informally. In Leitch’s view, the current resident complaint volume does not support further investigation.



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