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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