Report on Council: August 14th and 28th, 2017

REPORT ON COUNCIL

August 10 and 28, 2017
Committee of the Whole Meetings: August 28, 2017: 9:00 a.m. – 3:02 p.m.
Regular Meeting of Council: August 10, 2017: 9:00 a.m. – 11:22 a.m.
Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart all present.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • September 14, 7-9 p.m., Town Hall Meeting, Tiny Township Community Centre
  • September 17, 9 a.m., Terry Fox Run, Perkinsfield Park
  • September 19, 6:30 p.m., Dufferin Aggregates Meeting, Wyebridge Community Centre
  • September 29, 2 p.m., CBO Park Arboretum Grand Opening
  • September 30, Official Plan Evaluation Deadline
  • September 30, Parking Program Evaluation Deadline

GREAT LAKES & ST. LAWRENCE CITIES INITIATIVE ANNUAL MEETING & CONFERENCE REPORT:
Cayley, of the Severn Sound Environmental Association, reported on the meeting of the coalition of 130 Canadian and American cities that work together to protect, restore and sustain the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. Five municipalities represent the Severn Sound area, the Townships of Tiny and Tay as active members, the Towns of Penetanguishene and Midland and the Township of Georgian Bay as lapsed members that may be updating their membership. The Mayor of Tay, Scott Warnock, was elected to the GLSLCities Board of Directors.

The wide-ranging discussion included the need for flood plain/prone mapping, identification of areas at risk, climate change, partnerships with indigenous peoples, governmental cooperation, and formation of a local gathering of Great Lakes mayors.

Resolutions concerned coal tar sealants, aging oil pipelines and Line 5, federal restoration funding, maritime industry, a marine sanctuary in Lake Michigan, pharmaceutical and personal care product pollution, public management of water services, designation of the lakes and river as a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

 

OFFICIAL PLAN OPEN HOUSE:
At the August 25 Open House on the Township’s Official Plan Update, Kris Menzies, MHBC Planning, spoke to some 35-40 Township residents about the Update, explaining that it brings the Township’s OP into line with the County of Simcoe’s Official Plan and with the Province’s policy statements and legislation. (The draft Update is available on the township’s website at http://www.tiny.ca/Pages/Official-Plan-Review–Update.aspx.)

After Menzies’ presentation, residents were invited to make comments and ask questions. Several people zeroed in on the expanded scope for secondary residences/garden flats in the shoreline area. In allowing them, the Province thought it was finding a way to create more affordable housing, but the worry along the shore is that such secondary structures might instead become income generating accommodation aided by Airbnb and the like. Concerns were also raised about the grading and filling of lots to raise them above the 178m line.

Comments may be submitted until September 30. (FoTTSA’s assessment of the Update will appear in the fall issue of The Tiny Cottager.) The Update will then be revised to reflect residents’ comments “where necessary and appropriate”, in preparation for a Public Meeting, probably early in 2018, during and after which residents will have a second chance to comment and ask for changes.

KITCHING LANE:
On August 28, there were a number of deputations regarding the 10’ wide Kitching Lane path to the shore south of Balm Beach and the addition of private property stickers to the signage delineating the extent of township-owned property there. Members of a recently formed back lot association, the Balm Beach Community Association (representing 50 properties), raised points that had already be made in a letter to Tim Leitch, the Director of Public Works, asking when the stickers were added, why they were added, and who authorized them. The Association also asked for all relevant justifying documentation.

Leitch said that the stickers were added on July 26th, that they were installed as a result of a series of Public Works reports, and that the decision to affix them was taken by Public Works.

In some deputations, discussion wandered to garbage cans and questions about other places where township signage delineates private property. A waterfront owner spoke in support of private property delineation by the township. Following its usual policy, Council said it would make decisions about matters raised in the deputations during a subsequent meeting.

PROTECTING OUR POLLINATORS:
After applying for an Ontario 150 Partnership Program Grant, the township was awarded $147,000. With the money, Laura Baldwick was hired to be the Coordinator of a Protecting Our Pollinators Program working with four students, Nicole Scott, Zachary Maurice, Alex Vergados, and Andrew Hall. On August 28, all five spoke about the summer’s activities — field trips to gain better understanding of pollinators, outreach to the general public at all major township events, purchase of wildflower seeds, and the creation of educational displays, a biweekly newsletter, interpretive signage, wildflower gardens in township settlement areas and wildflower meadows.

The five members of Council thanked them. They had become fans of the project after seeing the group’s regular strategy meetings and activities around the township and hearing many compliments about their work. The group will be making recommendations and submitting a formal report this fall. There was talk about the possibility of continuing the work in future summers and of taking on other environmental tasks.

CONCESSION 9 CROSSWALK:
At the end of August, in response to a deputation by the Carusoe Bay Association, speed limits were lowered in the vicinity of Tiny Beaches Road South and Concession Road 9 West and crosswalk lines and signs were installed from the north side of the Concession across TBRS to the township beach access point. This is a pilot project and one that may become a model for crosswalks to other township-owned beach areas.

ADDITIONAL OFFICE PORTABLE TO BE LEASED:
Council decided to accept the recommendation of Public Works Director, Tim Leitch, to lease an office portable for five years to house his department. The move would free up a trailer for use by the Recreation Department, and that in turn would open some much-needed space in the Township Offices. No decision has yet been taken about whether to build a new Town Hall or to renovate and expand the current building.

FUNDING APPROVED FOR LAFONTAINE BEACH EQUIPMENT:
Council approved $55,080 for new accessible playground equipment and for two Bocce Ball courts at Lafontaine Beach Park. Both were recommended by the LAMP (Lafontaine Master Plan) Committee, and are to be installed this fall.

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Report on Council: July 10 and 31, 2017

REPORT ON COUNCIL

July 10 and 31, 2017
Committee of the Whole Meetings: July 10, 2017: 9:00 a.m. – 5:27 p.m. p.m.; July 31, 2017: 9 a.m. – 5:21 p.m.
Regular Meetings of Council: July 10: 6:17 – 6:33; July 31, 2017: 6:00 p.m. – 6:17 p.m.
Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart all present, though Deputy Mayor Walma absented himself for several hours midday on the 31st.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • August 18 to 20, Farm Fresh Food Fest
  • August 25, 4:30 – 7 p.m., Official Plan Open House, Municipal Office
  • August 26, 11 a.m. -2 p.m., Fire Department Family Fun Day, Wyevale Fire Hall
  • August 26, 8-10 pm, Canada 150 Star Trail Walk, Tiny Trail
  • September 14, 7-9 p.m., Town Hall Meeting, Tiny Township Community Centre

TINY’S OFFICIAL PLAN UPDATE:
On July 10, Kris Menzies, MHBC Planning, spoke to Council about the nature of the current Township of Tiny Official Plan update. It brings the Township’s OP into line with the County of Simcoe’s Official Plan and with the Province’s policy statements and legislation but is not a thorough-going re-conceiving of the OP. Some reorganization was done. The draft Update is now available on the township’s website. See http://www.tiny.ca/Pages/Official-Plan-Review–Update.aspx.

At the Official Plan Open House in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Offices, 130 Balm Beach Road West, on August 25, 4:30 to 7 pm, Kris Menzies will make a presentation at 5 p.m. about the Update. The point of the Open House is to provide an opportunity for public comment about the Update. The Update will then be made to reflect those comments “where necessary and appropriate,” in preparation for a Public Meeting, during and after which the public has a second chance to comment and ask for changes.

PUBLIC WORKS ORGANIZATIONAL REVIEW:
On July 10, Tim Leitch, P. Eng., Director of Public Works presented an update of the Organizational Review originally presented on May 11. The goal of the exercise was “to improve efficiency while maintaining responsible cost control.” Particular Objectives were:

  • Improve morale and work satisfaction
  • Reduce reliance on outside engineering
  • Maximize resource and asset utilization
  • Improve Operational and Capital cost accuracy
  • Develop clear lines of responsibility and accountability
  • Provide superior resident service.

The review analyzed various aspects of public works – engineering, administration, parks, roads, water – looking at particular positions, responsibilities, and so on.

We note that contract employees who have worked for one or more years for the township are to be converted to fulltime employees (subject to reviews of performance) and immediately to be given the full Township compensation package. We note too that the Review anticipates the addition of a new Engineering Supervisor/Manager, an Engineer in Training, a Public Works Superintendent, and a Lead Hand – Winter. We are very interested in seeing just how cost effective the new structure will be.

MAJOR PARKS:
A definition of “Project Best” (Beach Enjoyment Strategy for Tiny), which is part of the Township’s Strategic Plan, is to be posted on the Township’s website. It relates to the management of the Township’s five major beach parks so as to facilitate public beach enjoyment while respecting neighbouring properties. It presently includes “improving beach access, dealing with public beach encroachments, the Township’s parking strategy, wayfinding, delineation of public beaches and consideration of a no smoking policy for all public beaches/parks.”

ARBORETUM:
Approximately 100 trees have been planted to date. An additional 50 trees of two species have been ordered and will be planted on the east border of CBO Park. A formal arboretum plan is to be considered during the 2018 Budget deliberations.

POLICE SERVICES BOARD:
On July 10 Council passed a by-law establishing a Police Services Board for the Township. The Board is to consist of three members. Council appointed Councillor Hinton to be its representative on the Board for the balance of the 2014-2018 term of Council.

BROADBAND GAP ANALYSIS:
On July 10 Council authorized the Township of Tiny’s participation in the Broadband Gap Analysis Study Agreement with McPhee and Associates, the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation, the Town of Midland, the Town of Penetanguishene, the Township of Tay, and the Beausoleil First Nation.

DEPUTATIONS REGARDING WORDING IN STRATEGIC PLAN:
At the Committee of the Whole meeting on July 31, Nick Leblovic presented a petition and, along with seven others, requested that the wording “while respecting privately owned shoreline properties” be reinstated in the Strategic Plan. Council decided not to do so.

BUDGET MEETING DATES:
These are scheduled for November 20, 2017, December 11, 2017, and January 22, 2018.

 

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Report on Council: June 12th and 26th

REPORT ON COUNCIL
June 12 and 26, 2017
Committee of the Whole Meetings: June 12, 2017: 9:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.; June 26, 2017: 9 a.m. – 2:58 p.m.
Regular Meetings of Council: June 12, 2017: 1:30 p.m. – 2:40; June 26, 2017: 6:00 p.m. – 6:25 p.m.
Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart all present much of the time. Councillor Hastings left at 10:16 a.m. on June 26 and did not attend in the Regular Meeting that day.

STAFF ADDITIONS:

  • Harry Patterson, Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Laura Baldwick, Pollinator Program Coordinator
  • Nicole Scott, Pollinator Program Steward
  • Zachary Maurice, Pollinator Program Steward
  • Alex Vergados, Pollinator Program Steward
  • Andrew Hall, Pollinator Program Steward
  • David Martin, Public Works Superintendent
  • Rachel Jaworowicz, Public Works Administrative Assistant

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • July 13-16, Festival du Loup, Lafontaine
  • July 14, Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner, Brooklea Golf & Country Club
  • July 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Canada 150 Community BBQ, Perkinsfield Park, involving local artisans & vendors, live music, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables
  • August 12, Georgian Bay Pops (in support of Georgian Bay General Hospital)
  • August 18 to 20, Farm Fresh Food Fest
  • August 26, Fire Department Family Fun Day, Wyevale Fire Hall
  • September 14, 7-9 p.m., Town Hall Meeting, Tiny Township Community Centre

METIS DEPUTATION:
Presented by Jesse Fieldwebster, this deputation described who the Métis are (descendants of combined First Nations and non-First Nations ancestry), what the Métis Nation is about, and what consultation requirements exist. The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Registry lists approximately 18,000 individuals of the approximately 46,000 total. The 19 elected representatives of the MNO represent 9 regions. There are 29 Chartered Métis Community Councils in Ontario. The Ontario Legislature passed the MNO Secretariat Act on December 4, 2015 and the MNO and the Government of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding on February 3, 2017. The existence of Métis rights, including the right to harvest, was affirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada in September 2003. The MNR recognized the MNO’s existing Harvest Card system in 2004.

Mayor Cornell suggested that the Métis Nation be consulted and its participation invited in the updating of Tiny’s Official Plan.

MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION BUILDING:
The committee charged with looking into the feasibility of renovating or building a new administrative building reported that there is need to address both the short and long term accommodation requirements of the Township’s staff. After touring and reviewing all existing facilities, and conducting various surveys, the committee found the facilities to be inadequate.  R.J. Burnside & Associates put together a substantial report on the matter, which assessed the state of the current building and the cost of renovation and rebuilding options. The committee was given Council approval to focus further investigation on two options:

  • renovation of the Township Hall, and
  • construction of a new Township Hall.

As neither option would be available for 3-5 years, the committee asked Council to direct staff to begin investigating temporary accommodations for staff until new or renovated space is available.

SPECIAL OCCASION PARKING PERMIT PROGRAM:
Council supported the recommendation of Steven Harvey, Chief Municipal Law Enforcement Officer, to establish three types of Special Occasion Parking:

  • minor requests up to 15 permits at a rate of $15 plus tax per permit
  • major requests for more than 15 permits at a rate of $5 plus tax per permit after the initial 15 permits, and
  • yard sale permit exemption for up to 30 minutes.

The program is to be reviewed this fall.

FLOODING:
As a result of the unusual winter and of recent heavy rains, there has been flooding in the township. Public Works has been monitoring five affected roads – Moreau Parkway, Tripp Lane, the vicinity of 2200 TBRS, and of 225 TBRS, and also of 498 TBRS. Tiny Beaches Road South from 2023 to 2234 was closed toward the end of June except for local traffic as was 25-39 Tripp Lane.

ATV PILOT PROPOSAL APPROVED:
This proposal is a collaborative effort between the Township and the Central Ontario ATV group. It is to be implemented for a year and would enable the COATV and residents to have access to the Township of Springwater from the current COATV location at the County Forest located on Concession 5 and Concession 4 West. For full details see Public Works Report PWR-026-17 in the Committee of the Whole Agenda for June 26, 2017.

ADDITIONAL 100’ MOBI-MAT:
This is to be purchased and installed at Jackson Park in 2018.

BALM BEACH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION FORMED:
This new association for non-shoreline residents claims that “for 90 years, owners and residents of non-shoreline properties have had unrestricted access to and use of the extensive sandy beach at Balm Beach. The primary mandate of the BBCA is to preserve this access to and use of Balm Beach, and represent the interests of both seasonal and permanent owners and residents of non-shoreline properties.” BBCA requested “the opportunity to be a recognized partner in all matters pertaining to beach ownership and use … [and that the Township] inform [them] of any developments and meetings related to [their] mandate either by e-mail or letter.”  The letter was signed by three directors — John Campbell, Paulo Lopes, and Robin Pereira, Director. Council “was pleased to hear about the formation of this association and requested a letter of acknowledgement be sent accordingly.” The extent of “Balm Beach” was not defined.

CAWAJA BEACH BY-LAW & CO-OWNERSHIP AGREEMENT MODIFIED:
This is the same as the original By-law regarding the beach, with the addition of wording to prohibit having a barbeque on the beach, to establish the “maximum size of tent etc allowed on the property” and setting the hours when items are permitted or prohibited, to establish the times of day when items are to be removed, and to address Association concerns regarding the planting of trees and shrubs on the property without approval.

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Report on Council for May 8, 18 and 29, 2017

REPORT ON COUNCIL
May 8, 18 and 29, 2017
Committee of the Whole Meetings: May 8, 2017: 9:00 a.m. – 3:58 p.m.; May 18, 2017: 6:00 p.m. – 7:23 and May 29, 2017: 9 a.m. – 4:07 p.m.
Regular and Special Meetings of Council: May 8, 2017: 4:35 p.m. – 5:07 p.m.; May 18, 2017: 6:00 p.m. – 7:23 and May 29, 2017: 6:00 p.m. – 6:17 p.m.
Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart present at all meetings.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • May 1 to November 15, Wye River North Bridge Rehabilitation, Concession 2. This will impact traffic flow
  • July 1, Wyevale Canada Day Fireworks
  • July 2, Farlain Lake Aquatic Weed Fest
  • July 13-16, Festival du Loup, Lafontaine
  • July 14, Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner, Brooklea Golf & Country Club
  • July 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Community BBQ, Perkinsfield Park, involving local artisans & vendors, live music, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables

LIONS CLUB DONATION:
The Tiny Township Lions Club presented a cheque in the amount of $1000 in support of the Township’s summer camp programs and $6050 for benches for the commemorative tree and bench program.

DEPUTATION RE GRAVEL PIT EXPANSION, CONCESSION 1:
On May 8, Professor William Shotyk gave a deputation to Council titled “The Cleanest Water on Earth: Is it Worth Protecting.” He pointed out that the artesian water in the Elmvale water kiosk is ultra clean in spite of the fact that it is “young” water – water that originated in the years since atomic bomb testing in the 1950s. It’s astonishing purity is the result of soil filtration. Expanding aggregate extraction to remove French’s Hill would jeopardize the quality of this water. Shotyk was very nervous about plans to store and process asphalt (bitumen) on the expanded site. Without painstaking research it is impossible to say how much reduction of the overburden above the water table could be allowed. Aggregate extraction in the original pit had an impact on silt in area wells and on water volume.

As not much testing has been conducted since Site 41, Professor Shotyk indicted that he would be willing to assist with any future testing to establish a baseline and to recognize any changes that might occur. In August or September there is to be a public meeting about the expansion of the gravel pit.

BALM BEACH SUMMER EVENTS:
After considering Diane Leblovic’s April 24 Deputation regarding BABB’s (Business Association of Balm Beach’s) request for volleyball courts on the beach, Council recommended that the installation of the courts proceed as a pilot project Monday to Friday this summer excluding holidays, and that the township would supply volleyball nets, and further that in fall 2017 BABB should discuss the future of the volleyball courts and report back to Council. BABB was also asked to consult with local residents and community groups with regard to summer events for 2017 and 2018 and was told that that the Special Events exemption from the Noise By-law would not apply to Busk Until Dusk.

MUNICIPAL TAX RATE SET:
Residential property tax rates in Tiny are falling by about one percent this year. Of the total amount levied, 37% goes to the township, 39% to the County, and 24% for education. The 2% increase in the township’s rate is more than offset by a 1.5% decrease in the rate levied by the County of Simcoe and a 4.8% decrease in the rate levied for education. After taking into account the interim tax amount paid earlier this year, the remaining amount will be charged in two instalments due June 30 and September 29.

Residents served by one of the township’s water systems must pay a levy of $200 for capital costs. Where water is actually being supplied to an improved property, an additional levy of $593.20 will be collected.

MASTER FIRE PLAN COMPLETED:\
Done by T.J. Wieclawek Consulting, this produced 46 recommendations “that can be best described as opportunities for improvement.” The consultant found that the Tiny Township Fire Emergency Service provides a level of emergency response, including fire suppression services, that is consistent with the community’s risk assessment and meets the expectations for service delivery under the Fire PPA. He also noted that an appropriate training program has been established and that the apparatus and equipment in place is adequate to provide a level of service consistent with the needs and circumstances of the community. The consultant’s recommendations are available in the May 29 Committee of the Whole Agenda. See f) Reports of Consultants or Third Parties.

OMB HEARING RE BLOCK B AND BEACH LANDS, RP 656:
By passing By-law 17-025, asserted township ownership of parts of the beach south of Concession Road 1. That move was appealed to the OMB by D. Battaglia. On May 29, Council directed staff to defend the approval of By-law 17-025 should the appeal proceed to a hearing by retaining WeirFoulds LLP as legal counsel.

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A foxy encounter

We recently received an interesting photo from one of our readers, Sandy Proudfoot.  Her nephew-in-law Michael and a friend were driving along Pennorth Dr. a few days ago when they saw a fox with a hen in its mouth.

“Don’t know where the chicken came from but it was a big one… so big the fox had to stop every 50 feet or so to re-adjust his grip. My friend and I were on the way back from town and I turned onto Pennorth Rd. when we saw it.  [My friend] has an Iphone so rolled down his window and we tried from a distance for a picture with no luck. Decided we would try to drive by the fox for a close up shot. Fox happened to stop to shift his load and we stopped beside him and friend got a great picture. The fox stopped because he was not going to give up his meal. He has a den somewhere in the area near the end of Pennorth. Two years ago we had a fox living under our neighbour’s shed…so very exciting!”

fox with henDo you have an interesting photo of something going on in Tiny Township that you’d like to share?  Send it to editor@tinycottager.org with a brief (1 paragraph) story and we might publish it!    By submitting a photo you give FoTTSA permission to republish it online or in The Tiny Cottager newsletter.  Photo copyright stays with the photographer.  We reserve the right to edit submissions for length or clarity.

 

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Report on Council: April 10th and 24th, 2017

REPORT ON COUNCIL
April 10 and 24, 2017
Committee of the Whole Meeting April 10: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; April 24: 9 a.m. – 1:21 p.m.
Regular Meeting April 10: 5:35 p.m. – 5:54 p.m.; April 24: 6 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma, Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart all present on the 10th. Mayor Cornell absent on April 24.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Leash Free Dog Park Opening – May 17, 6-7 p.m. – CBO Park, 2 Winterset Av
  • Town Hall Meeting – May 27, 10 a.m. to noon – Wyebridge Community Centre
  • 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 – Perkinsfield Park, 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 Fox Trot event)
  • Community Barbeque – July 22

ARBORETUM:

Planning for the proposed municipal arboretum is inching along. Stott Park is being viewed as a possible location. Dawn McConnell (Public Works Department) is to visit the Guelph arboretum to learn more about arboretums. Members of staff are looking into staffing, volunteers, maintaining trees throughout the season, signage, parking and advertising. A $5,000 federal grant has been successfully applied for. Also in hand are OLG funds of approximately $7,000 that must be used by this fall.

BALM BEACH SUMMER EVENTS:

Three deputations raised concerns about the Business Association of Balm Beach’s proposed 2017 summer events in Balm Beach. Diane Leblovic’s was the most comprehensive. She questioned the space that would be consumed by a volleyball court in a heavily used, public park of limited size, expressed concerns about the noise from ten musical events, and queried the way decisions were made. She presented a petition signed by 44 Balm Beach residents. After much discussion, Council approved BABB’s proposed summer events subject to BABB consulting with neighbours and that there be no suspension of the noise by-law. Council made it clear that BABB should consult with nearby residents when designing each summer’s program, preferably during the preceding summer.

PARKING MACHINE RATES IN AND NEAR THE FIVE MAJOR BEACH PARKS:

Starting this summer, all township major parks are to have areas for paid visitor parking. Residents/ratepayers, however, may also park in a metered area by displaying a $15 parking permit (each township household may purchase two). Rates are similar to last year’s and are in line with those in neighbouring municipalities. Council made one change to the recommended fees: at Jackson Park, visitors parking both car and boat or trailer, must pay for two spaces, not one. A resident just has to display one permit.

COMMEMORATIVE TREE AND BENCH PROGRAM:

In response to inquiries about commemorative trees and benches, the township initiated a Commemorative Tree and Bench Program on April 24, 2017. Benches will be installed in May/June or Oct./Nov. The deadlines for applications are April 1st and September 1st. Planting of trees will occur as weather and ground conditions permit. Application forms are available as a PDF at tiny.ca or at the township offices. Once the form has been submitted, the Recreation Department will follow up with a phone call or e-mail to confirm receipt and may request a site meeting or discussion.

MUNICIPAL HERITAGE REGISTER ADDITIONS:

5 Matilda Street, log house built 1880, first home built in Wyevale, now with metal roof and stuccoed, original wood railing and gingerbread trim has been removed

150 Green Point Road, built 1943, St. Florence Roman Catholic Chapel (summer use until 1960s, year round since then) & S.S. #24 (use as school house ended in 1960s), original brick exterior later replaced by vinyl siding

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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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