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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