Report on Council: March 13th and 27th, 2017

REPORT ON COUNCIL
March 13 and 27, 2017
Committee of the Whole Meeting March 13: 9 a.m. – 3:49 p.m.; March 27: 9 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Regular Meeting March 13: 4:32 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.; March 27: 6:18 p.m. – 8:02 p.m.
Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma, Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart all present on the 13th. Councillor Cindy Hastings absent on the 27th.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Township of Tiny Earth Week – April 17th – 21st, 2017
  • Independent Living Services Seminar (free) at Tiny Township Community Centre – June 2 – about how to make your house a home for a lifetime
  • National Health & Fitness Day – June 3, 2017 – includes road closure from intersection of County Road 6 and Balm Beach Road West to Surf Restaurant (10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for Tiny Trot event

PRINCIPLES ESTABLISHED FOR SALE OF TOWNSHIP PROPERTY:
According to a report from CAO Doug Luker, “At any given time Township staff has a number of private requests to purchase unopened road allowances, water access walkways and lots currently owned by the Township.” On the recommendation of Staff, Council passed a By-law to ensure that “The sale of any public land should only be contemplated when the broader public interest is served over the long term. The consideration of the public interest must be paramount in the discussion, clearly articulated and tangible.” The By-law lays out procedures for the sale of municipal land and recovery of full costs. It set the retainer fee at $5,000, with a non-refundable amount of $1,500.

UPDATE ON SEWAGE SYSTEM REINSPECTION PROGRAM:
The reinspection program was implemented in 2002 and has been managed ever since by C.C. Tatham. In 2016, 1245 systems in Woodland Beach and Deanlea Beach were re-inspected for the first time since 2010 (following the usual 6-year cycle). (The 451 properties within municipal well head areas are inspected every 5 years, as required by the province.) Infractions were found on 194 lots – the largest number being root intrusions into the leaching bed area (44), indications of vehicles parking or driving on the septic tank or leaching bed (26), use of septic or holding tank to support structures (20), outhouses in disrepair (17) and so on down to four individual infractions. There continue to be residual problems from inspections in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Areas to be reinspected in 2017 are in Concessions 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 plus Bluewater, Wendake, Rowntree and Wahnekewening Beaches.

CONCERNS ABOUT THE IMPACTS OF AGGREGATE EXTRACTION IN CONCESSION 1:
Anne Ritchie Nahuis expressed concerns about the proposed waste reprocessing on the site, the cumulative impact of aggregate extraction in the Waverley Upland Region, and the potential impact on water quality of the proposed expansion of the Beamish gravel pit.
Steve Ogden spoke about the impacts on his well when the Beamish pit was first developed and expressed concerns about the proposed expansion on water quality in the area.
A public meeting is to be scheduled regarding the proposed expansion of the gravel pit. All key parties are to be invited – the applicant, the Ministries of the Environment and of Natural Resources, the Severn Sound Environmental Association, and R.J. Burnside & Associates Ltd.

TURTLE CROSSING SIGNS TO BE INSTALLED:
Persuaded of their importance by Kate Harries of the MTM Conservation Association, Council agreed to install two turtle crossing signs on the North side of the Tiny/Flos Townline adjacent to the Tiny Marsh.

ADVICE RE DETERRING GEESE:
Sustainable Severn Sound’s Sustainability Bulletin, Feb-Mar 2017, recommends:

Vegetative buffers – The planting of tall grasses, shrubs, and trees at the water’s edge since geese prefer open space where they can see predators.

Rock barriers – The installation of rocks along the shore as they would similarly serve as a deterrent.

Limit nearby turf/grass – The replacement of turf grass with medium to long grasses, shrubs, small trees, stones, or gravel as geese prefer lush, mown grass.

Changing human behaviour – The passage of “No Feed” by-laws and installation “Do not feed” signs.

SEPTAGE:
Mayor Cornell reported that the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has advised that they will be implementing a provincial plan with regards to septage management. The Township of Tiny has been recognized as a technical reviewer of the reports as they come forward.

ADDITIONS TO THE MUNICIPAL HERITAGE REGISTER:
March 27: 808 Concession 18 West, house constructed in 1890, originally a log cabin, now sided over in vinyl.
876 County Road 6 South, two-storey, red clay brick house built in 1908, with decorative stained glass in some windows.

OFFICIAL PLAN REVIEW AND UPDATE:
The Township hopes to have a draft ready for a public Open House in late spring/early summer 2017.

 

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Report on Council: February 13th and March 2nd

REPORT ON COUNCIL
February 13 and March 2, 2017
Committee of the Whole Meeting February 13: 9 a.m. – 3:49 p.m.; March 2: 9 a.m. – 5:08 p.m.
Regular Meeting February 13: 4:33 p.m. – 4:44 p.m.; March 2: 6:55 p.m. – 7:52 p.m.
Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma, Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart all present on both days.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Township Seniors Symposium – March 24, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tiny Township Community Centre
  • 2017 Town Hall Meeting Dates – Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m. – noon, Wyebridge Community Centre and Thursday, September 14, 7-9 p.m., Tiny Township Community Centre
  • The Georgian Bay General Hospital is accepting applications for its 2017-2018 Board of Directors until March 31.

ADDITIONS TO STAFF:
Mike Dubois has been appointed Deputy Chief Building Official and Mike Hehl as Building Official.

2016 BEACH MONITORING REPORT:
Steve Borgh of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit gave Council some information about the testing of recreational water at public beaches at Woodland, Trew, Jackson, Balm, Concession 12 West, and Concession 13 West in Tiny Township. The results are available on a spreadsheet along with all other recreational water sampling results for the township under Water Reports on tinycottager.org.

GARBAGE COLLECTION ON PRIVATE ROADS:
In a letter published under Communication Received Since The Last Meeting: Section II, the County of Simcoe informed the Township about its requirements for curbside waste collection from “Residential Dwelling Units” that front on private roads, requirements that “must be met to the satisfaction of the Director of Solid Waste Management before the County will provide Waste Collection Services.” Staff has been instructed to review the policy and report back on its impacts on Tiny residents. Residents on private roads are advised to read this letter carefully.

2016 CENSUS REPORT:
This reveals that in 2016, Tiny had a population of 11,787, representing a 4.9% increase since 2011. The total number of private dwellings in the township is 9,712 of which 4,899 represent permanent dwellings.

BUDGET MATTERS:
Instead of the usual 2% annual increase, Council passed By-laws giving Staff and Council overall salary increases of 1.5%. Council is also paid fees for chairing and participating in Township committees, and is compensated for mileage for travel to conferences and workshops outside township boundaries.

CONVERSION OF OPEN TO PERMIT PARKING ALONG THE WESTERN SHORE:
Open Parking is to be converted to Permit Parking from Archer Road in the South to Concession 20 West in the north, extending inland to the Nipissing Ridge and in some situations near to County Road 6. This expansion is not to affect Perkinsfield or Wyevale. Signs (larger than the ones used in 2016) are to be posted about the change on each road used as an entry or exit point to the area. Visitors are to be limited to pay parking areas; residents (who may purchase two permits per household) may park not only in permit but also in pay parking areas. Some inconsistencies in signage will be eliminated and clarifications instituted. A letter detailing the changes is to be sent to every township property owner. In addition, the information is to be made available on the township website. As with the 2016 pilot parking program there will be a period for written comments on the 2017 parking arrangements.

CHANGES TO PARKING AT THE FIVE MAJOR BEACH PARKS:
Pay parking, already in place at Woodland, Jackson, and Balm is to be introduced at Bluewater and Lafontaine Beach Parks. At Bluewater the permit parking along Concession 5 West and Trew will be converted to pay parking, while at Lafontaine, open parking within the off-street parking lot and the permit parking along the road is to become pay parking. Permit holders can park free in pay parking areas. Current pay parking rates will be applied and enforced between 8 am and 10 pm (or possibly from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and will be in effect from May 15 to Sept 15.

At Woodland, permit holders will be able to park in the pay parking area as well as the off-street permit parking area.

At Balm, an additional parking machine is to be installed between Parent Road and the Beach and spaces on Parkside Drive will become pay parking.

At Jackson, there are to be no changes for 2017.

A letter detailing the changes is to be sent to every township property owner. In addition, the information is to be made available on the township website. As with the 2016 pilot parking program there will be a period for written comments on the 2017 parking arrangements.

LOCAL AGING PLAN 2017 (prepared by the Senior Advisory Committee with the help of a grant from the province):
Council decided to receive the 36 page plan and its three Appendices as a “framework for action” overseen by the Senior Advisory Committee. Challenges for seniors wanting to stay in their homes are: The lack of an identified ‘town centre’, an alternative transportation system, grocery store and local community health services. The Plan’s mission statement gives some notion of how broad its demands on the township’s pocket book might become: “The Township of Tiny will provide access to housing, transportation, healthcare, recreation and such other services that will enhance the dignity of older adults as they age.” The Plan is to be presented at the Seniors’ Symposium on March 24 (see announcement above).

 

 

 

 

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Report on Council: January 9th and 30th, 2017

REPORT ON COUNCIL
January 9 and 30, 2017
Committee of the Whole Meeting January 9: 9 a.m. – 2:01 p.m.; January 30: 9:02 a.m. – 4:32:
Regular Meeting January 30: 6 p.m. – 6:40 p.m.
Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma, Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart all present on January 30. Councillor Hastings absent on January 30 (attending the Rural Ontario Municipal Association Conference in Toronto.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Carnaval d’Hiver – Saturday, February 11, 11 am-2 pm, Perkinsfield Park
  • Township Seniors Symposium – March 24, 11 am-2 pm, Tiny Township Community Centre
  • 2017 Town Hall Meeting Dates – Saturday, May 27, 10 am – noon, Wyebridge Community Centre and Thursday, September 14, 7-9 pm, Tiny Township Community Centre

STAFF CHANGES:
Sue Walton, who had been taking appropriate training for some time, has been appointed Clerk for the Township of Tiny, effective January 1, 2017. The Township’s Chief Administrative Officer, Doug Luker, has been appointed Deputy Clerk.

COUNCIL REPRESENTATION ON COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENT:
Councillor Cindy Hastings has been appointed to the Committee of Adjustment for a second year.

MUNICIPAL HERITAGE REGISTER EXPANDS:
Seven more properties have been added to the Register:
– Pioneer Home (built 1940) at 347 Balm Beach Road West
– Lafontaine House (built 1850) at 348 Rue Lafontaine Road West
– House and two sheds (built 1900) at 843 Concession 18 West
– House and two sheds (house built 1920, sheds in 1900) at 1745 Golflink Road
– House (built 1890) at 567 Concession 17 West
– House (built 1880, renovated 1993) at 777 Concession 18 West
– House (constructed 1910, renovated, on farm worked since 1905) at 830 Concession 18 West

SUPPORT FOR TINY MARSH BIOBLITZ:
Council agreed to sponsor the Tiny Marsh BioBlitz on June 24, 2017 with $300 that is to be applied to the cost of the event.

BUDGET:
Council approved and adopted the 2017 Budget. The draft budget deliberations took place on November 21 and December 5 and 19, 2016 and are available on tiny.ca: see Council Live Stream. The average assessment increase in 2016 (for 2017) is 3.09%. While there is a decrease in the Operating Budget, there is a net capital budget increase of $859.5k from the 2016 budget and a gross capital spending increase of $l,937.1k. To fund this increase, Council decided to add 2% to the municipal tax rate from 2016 and to draw down reserves by 9.94%. Nonetheless, Tiny has one of the lowest Simcoe County Lower Tier Taxes per $100,000. County and School Board rates (roughly two thirds of the tax bill) are not yet available.

There will be an article about the 2017 budget in the Spring/Summer Tiny Cottager.

MAJOR BEACH PARKS AND WAYFINDING SIGNAGE:
As wayfinding signage probably won’t be installed prior to the fall season, Council directed that temporary wayfinding signage be placed at Balm Beach to direct beach goers to other municipal beaches if Balm is at capacity.

POLICING:
Following a recommendation by the Policing Governance Task Force, Council decided to move from a Section 5.1 to a Section 10 Contract arrangement for a 5 year period; the new arrangement allows the township to establish a five member Police Service Board.

COMPARATIVE BUILDING PERMIT ACTIVITY 2015/2016:
2016 saw much more building in Tiny than 2015. Total Construction Value in 2015 was $24,944,000 while in 2016 it rose to $46,940,000.

MANAGEMENT OF KITCHING LANE ACCESS:
Council directed that signage be installed at Kitching Lane indicating “’No Stopping’ and extent of public property signs at 16 Kitching Lane and an additional property delineation sign at the end of the existing rail.”

UPCOMING CHANGES TO HAULED SEWAGE DISPOSAL SITE APPROVAL PROCESS:
In a letter the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change informed the township of new regulations regarding hauled sewage site Environmental Compliance Approvals. Both proposals and decisions regarding new hauled sewage sites and renewals of an ECA for an existing site are to be published on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry. There is to be a 45 Day public comment period, after which the MOECC will make a decision about the application. A decision notice will then be published on the EBR Registry.

Also, beginning December 2016, the MOECC will post a list of all hauled sewage disposal sites in the province that have a District issued ECA. Eventually, the MOECC plans to post copies of all District issued ECAs on the Ministry’s Access Environment web site, which can be found at: http://www.accessenvironment.ene.gov.on.ca/AEWeb/ae/GoSearch.action

TINY BOG WETLAND RE-EVALUATION:
According to a letter from the Ministry of Natural Resources, when the Tiny Bog Wetland east of Wildman Sideroad in Concession 4 W was evaluated in 1984, it was determined to be of non-provincial status. The Severn Sound Environmental Association recently re-evaluated the Wetland using current standards that place greater emphasis on hydrological and special features. The Ministry of Natural Resources has accepted the re-evaluation. As a result the wetland is now classified as being of provincial significance.

MAJOR SITE PLAN AMENDMENT UNDER THE AGGREGATE RESOURCES ACT:
In a letter, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry informed the township that it has consented to various amendments related to the Beamish gravel pit (Lots 79 & 80, Concession 1 WPR) including: increasing the final depth of extraction, providing relief of fencing requirements, reducing the southern setback, permitting the importation of asphalt, aggregate and topsoil/fill for transfer or processing, permitting a wash plant and wash pond on-site and three other major changes.

 

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

REPORT ON COUNCIL
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.

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

No Smoking policy,
Wayfinding Signage,
Delineation,
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.

GROWTH MANAGEMENT STRATEGY:
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.

GEORGIAN BAY SNOWRIDERS AGREEMENT:
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.

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

PHRAGMITES CONTROL RESEARCH:
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.

EURASIAN WATERMILFOIL (EWM) IN FARLAIN LAKE:
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.

2017 COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE:
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 tiny.ca.

MCMAHAN WOODS:
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

WIND TURBINES:
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.

VOTE BY MAIL:
The 2018 municipal election will again use Vote by Mail.

ATV USE:
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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Correction

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

REPORT ON COUNCIL
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

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

CLOSED MEETING INVESTIGATOR:
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.

CORPORATE INSURANCE RFP RESULTS:
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.

PILOT PARKING REVIEW:
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.

ADDITIONS TO THE MUNICIPAL HERITAGE REGISTER:
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.

MAJOR BEACH PARKS:
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.

RANKED BALLOTS:

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

REPORT ON COUNCIL
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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
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.

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

EURASIAN WATERMILFOIL (EWM) IN FARLAIN LAKE:
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.

TOWN HALL HVAC SYSTEM REPLACEMENT:
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

(* CORRECTION TO SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 NEWS RELEASE)

ANNOUNCING NEW GEORGIAN BAY GREAT LAKES FOUNDATION

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 info@georgianbaygreatlakesfoundation.com.

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.

* CORRECTION
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

REPORT ON COUNCIL

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • 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.

COUNCIL TOURS THE FIVE MAJOR SHORE PARKS:
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.

OFFICIAL PLAN UPDATE:
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.

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE ELECTION ACT FOR FUTURE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS (SEE BILL 181):

  • 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.

DOG PARK VOLUNTEER MONITORING PROGRAM APPROVED FOR CBO PARK:
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:
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.

MUNICIPAL HERITAGE REGISTER EXPANDS:
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

REPORT ON COUNCIL
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

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

PILOT PARKING STRATEGY:
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 tiny.ca 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.

POSSIBLE PURCHASE OF WATERFRONT PROPERTY NEAR MUNICIPAL SHORE PARKS:
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.

FREE SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS AVAILABLE:
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.

WAYFINDING MASTER PLAN PRESENTED:
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 tiny.ca.

 

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