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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Report on Council: July 11, 2016

REPORT ON COUNCIL

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

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

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

ANNUAL COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION FUNDING POLICY (Treasury Report TR-015-16):

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

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

NON-AGRICULTURAL SOURCE MATERIALS SITES AND HAULED SEWAGE WASTE DISPOSAL SITES (PD-047-16):
Of particular interest is the fact that two locations are currently approved for hauled sewage waste disposal in Tiny, namely:

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

USE OF ATVs IN TINY TOWNSHIP (PWR-033-16):
Council decided to allow the use of ATVs on municipally assumed roads, but only in accordance to the rules and regulations of the Highway Traffic Act and municipal by-laws. ATVs are subject to a wide range of prohibitions and regulations, and will be permitted on township roads only after a series of concerns have been addressed. We will report on the final wording in due course.

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

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

REVISED BUDGET MEETING DATES:
These are to occur on November 21, December 5, and December 19, 2016.

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Report on Council: June 27, 2016

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

MAYOR’S CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT: August 19, Midland Golf and Country Club.
FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES FAMILY FUN DAY: August 27, 11 a.m.
SEPTEMBER TOWN HALL MEETING RESCHEDULED: This meeting is to occur on Thursday, September 22, 7-9 p.m. at the Township of Tiny Community Centre.

PROCEDURE BY-LAW:

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

PARKING STRATEGY UPDATE:

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

 

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Report on Council: June 13, 2016

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

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

RESEARCH INTO PHRAGMITES CONTROL:

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

CONSTRUCTION COSTS FOR WYEVALE PARK SOCCER PITCH:

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

LAFONTAINE BEACH PARK MASTER PLAN IMPLEMENTATION:

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

MAY 28 TOWN HALL MEETING FOLLOW-UP:

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

GEESE MANAGEMENT:

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

 

 

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Report on Council: May 30, 2016

REPORT ON COUNCIL

 May. 30, 2016
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting of Council: 6 p.m. – 7:12 p.m.
All members of Council present for Committee of the Whole: Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart. Councillor Hastings absent for the Regular Meeting.

ADDITION TO TOWNSHIP STAFF:
Haley Leblanc has become the Township’s new Financial Accounting Analyst.

COMMUNITY BBQ and FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES FAMILY FUN DAY:
The BBQ is to take place in Perkinsfield Park on July 23rd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Fun Day will occur on August 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wyevale Fire Station.

KAYAK & PADDLEBOARD RENTAL BUSINESS AT JACKSON PARK?
Georgian Bay Paddle Rentals wants to offer lessons and sunset tours, and to collaborate with local day camps and public schools. The business would also like a shipping container for storage, a shelter structure and permission to advertise at various locations.

Council denied the request.

CHANGES TO PARKING AT BALM BEACH:
The Business Association of Balm Beach and the Balm Beach Tavern asked for parking modifications.

Council agreed that the 30 minute parking and permit parking on Balm Beach Road West and on Oliver Drive should be converted to pay parking.

Council decided that there would be no additional parking for the Balm Beach Tavern as its location presents a safety hazard.

BALM BEACH IMPROVEMENTS:
The Business Association of Balm Beach asked for a series of improvements, including replacement of existing receptacles and of boards on existing benches, addition of three benches, installation of a new community board/kiosk, one time rental of a sand cleaner, and new lower profile curbs for parking areas.

Council authorized the use of funds from the Master Plan Implementation Capital Budget to cover the cost of these improvements. It accepted the BABB’s offer to contribute to the improvements, and instructed staff to re-evaluate the installation of permanent volleyball posts (staff had recommended against their installation) and report back.

PROPOSED CHANGES TO TOWNSHIP PROCEDURE BY-LAW TO BE PASSED AT THE JUNE 27, 2016 REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL:

  • The Council meeting on the second Monday of the month to become a Regular Committee of the Whole Meeting at 9 a.m., and the meeting on the last Monday of the month to become a Regular Council Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Elimination of the “accounts” section of the Committee of the Whole Agenda in favour of publication of the cheque registry on the Township website.
  • Limitation of the number of scheduled deputations to four per Committee of the Whole or Regular Council meeting at the Clerk’s discretion.

For full details regarding these and other proposed changes see Clerk’s Report CR-018-16 in the CoW Agenda for May 30, under Staff Reports to Council, Administration and Finance.

AFFORDABLE RENTAL DEVELOPMENT:
The County of Simcoe has put out a Call for Proposals of Municipal Interest in Affordable Rental Development. Council decided not to proceed further with the County’s CFP, but to investigate further the possibility of an affordable housing project on County owned lands in Perkinsfield.

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Report on Council: May 9, 2016

REPORT ON COUNCIL
May. 9, 2016
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 a.m. – 4:41 p.m.
Regular Meeting of Council: 4:52 p.m. – 5:19 p.m.
All members of Council present: Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart.

NEW TOWNSHIP EMPLOYEE:
Karen Alexander has become the Township’s new Community Engagement Leader.

COUNTY ELECTRIC VEHICLE POWER STATIONS:
The County has received funding for three electric vehicle power stations. They are to be installed in high traffic corridors.

COMMITTEE STRUCK TO CONSIDER TOWNSHIP OFFICE REQUIREMENTS:
After considering the “Municipal Administration Building Needs Assessment Report” prepared by R.J. Burnside & Associates and Ted Handy & Associates in May 2014, Council decided to strike a committee “to recommend next steps in addressing current and future office accommodation requirements.” This Ad Hoc Committee is to include members of staff and Mayor Cornell and Councillor Richard Hinton.

We note that the Report only considered the office space in the municipal administration buildings at 130 Balm Beach Road West while ignoring the space available in the Works Department building, the Wyevale Fire Hall, and the Pump House building, under the assumption that all offices should be housed under one roof. We hope the Ad Hoc Committee will consider space in all Township buildings when arriving at its recommendations.

HOUSEKEEPING AMENDMENTS TO ZONING BY-LAW 06-001:
This – By-law 16-035 — is the third housekeeping amendment to the Zoning By-law.

ATVS TO BE ALLOWED ON TOWNSHIP ROADS:
Council decided to allow ATVs to use roads that have been assumed by the Township. A By-law is to be developed to implement the conditions under which such use is appropriate. The conditions appear in Public Works Report PWR-08-16, under Staff Reports/Public Works in the May 9, 2016 Committee of the Whole.

VACANCY ON HERITAGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE:
As a result of the resignation of Delva Lacroix from the Heritage Advisory Committee, a space has become available on the Committee. It is to be filled from the list of original applicants. [At the Regular Meeting on May 30, it was announced that Mildred (Dee-Dee) Armyakov was appointed to fill the vacancy.]

TOWNSHIP PARTICIPATION IN THE COUNTY’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMNT TRANSITIONAL FUNDING PROGRAM.
Tiny is an equal partner in the County’s Economic Development Program, which is focused on manufacturing and tourism, even though the township wants neither. New factories will pay taxes in the two towns. Tourism costs Tiny Township significant moneys for by-law enforcement, garbage clean-up, and the like.

 

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Report on Council: April 25, 2016

REPORT ON COUNCIL
Apr. 25, 2016
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 a.m. – 12:02 p.m.
Regular Meeting of Council: 6 p.m. – 6:24 p.m.
Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart present at both meetings. Mayor George Cornell absent.

NEW SENIOR MEMBER OF STAFF INTRODUCED:
During the Committee of the Whole Meeting, Doug Luker, CAO/Clerk, introduced Tim Leitch, the Township’s new Manager of Public Works. Leitch replaces Henk Blom.

PROPOSED ARBORETUM:
At the April 11 meeting of Council, the North Simcoe Anglers and Hunters Conservation Club asked Council to support a Municipal Arboretum as public parkland and an educational resource, offering assistance in planning, planting and funding if the project is approved. The purposes of such an arboretum are many, including preservation of native species, reintroduction of locally eradicated species, and providing seeds for each species for the future. Council liked the idea. However, as staff noted, the concept was not included in either the 2016 budget or the Strategic Plan. Council decided to begin tentatively with site selection and planning and to consider funding for the project during 2017 budget deliberations.

SPECIAL OCCASION PARKING PERMIT PROGRAM:
Special Occasion Permits (for weddings, family reunions, and the like) are to be issued only in Permit Parking Areas on a first come, first served basis at a cost of $15 plus HST per day, per vehicle. Residents would be eligible to receive up to five permits, for a maximum of three days per permit, twice a year. Once the Pilot Parking Program has been assessed, this Program may be changed.

SWIM TO SURVIVE PROGRAM:
Based on the Lifesaving Society’s program, this program, which will be offered at Jackson Park, shows parents how to drown-proof their children.

ICE/WATER RESCUE VEHICLE:
According to Fire Chief Tony Mintoff, the budgeted ice/water rescue vehicle did not meet all the township’s requirements. A rescue hovercraft is more suitable in all seasons for the township’s 70 kilometer shoreline. A slightly used demonstrator model was available at a significantly reduced price of $61,000, but $16,000 above the budgeted $45,000. Council decided to approve the purchase without using the Township Procurement processes, the shortfall to be sourced equally from the Fire Reserve and the 2016 Departmental Budget.

SPEED CALMING FOR TINY BEACHES ROAD SOUTH BETWEEN CON. 5 AND BETTY ROAD:
The radar trailer is to be used in this location until the results of the speed cushion pilot program on Andrew Drive (soon to be installed) have been assessed.

SEPTAGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE:
Still no action on partnering with a neighbouring municipality while the Committee waits for an update from the Minister of the Environment regarding field spreading.

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Report on Council: April 11, 2016

REPORT ON COUNCIL

 Apr. 11, 2016
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 a.m. –  2:45 p.m.
Regular Meeting of Council: 3:45 p.m. – 4:25  p.m.
All Members of Council Present: Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart.

COMMUNITY BBQ:

This is to take place on July 23.

NEW IT/GIS TECHNICIAN. Robert Scozzaro took up this position in early April.

WYEVALE PARK MASTER PLAN IMPLEMENTATION:

Wyevale Park’s Master Plan is moving forward by stages. Proceeds from the sale of lot 29, Plan 51M-361 ($75,000) are to be used for its implementation. In addition, Council approved $295,000 for the first stage of the Master Plan – construction of the soccer fields – in the budget. Options for this work have been presented by R.J. Burnside & Associates. The design of the selected mid-level option (Surface Drainage and Irrigation) is to be completed in detail and tendered.  The total estimated cost is $518,670. The anticipated shortfall of $150,000 is to be taken from the Wyevale Park Master Plan Implementation Capital Allocations in the 2016 Budget.

FOURTH TOWNSHIP HERITAGE DESIGNATION: Sainte-Croix Church in Lafontaine is the fourth property in Tiny to be officially designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.

COUNTY OF SIMCOE OFFICIAL PLAN OMB HEARING: After an in camera discussion, Council directed Shawn Persaud (Manager of Planning & Development) and Kris Menzies of MHBC Planning “to proceed to a settlement of Schedule 5.1 of the County of Simcoe Official Plan as outlined in the MHBC Confidential Report dated April 4, 2016.”

 

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