December 16, 2016 Council Minutes
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The Corporation of the Township of The Archipelago
    
M I N U T E S    
REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL

December 16, 2016

9 James Street, Parry Sound, Ontario

Council Members Present:

Reeve:                   Peter Ketchum

Councillors:            

Tom Lundy                      Ward 1
Greg Andrews                 Ward 1
Peter Frost                      Ward 2
Ken Williams                   Ward 3
Gary French                    Ward 3
Bert Liverance                 Ward 4
David Ashley                   Ward 4     
Rick Zanussi                    Ward 4 (Arrived at 9:45 a.m.)
Ian Mead                         Ward 5

Council Members Absent:  Councillors:              Grant Walker          Ward 6

Staff Present:         

Stephen Kaegi – CAO
Maryann Weaver - Clerk
Joe Villeneuve – Manager of Corporate Services
Cale Henderson - Manager of Development & Environmental Services

 

1.         CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. and commenced with the singing of the National Anthem.

2.         APPROVAL OF AGENDA

16-197                                                                        Moved by Councillor Lundy

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Mead

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the December 16, 2016 Revised Agenda, be approved with the following additions: Habitat for Humanity Update, DSSAB Levy and Nomination Committee Report.

                                                                        Carried.

3.         MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

           Regular Meeting Of Council

16-198                                                                        Moved by Councillor Lundy

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Ashley

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council held on November 18, 2016, be approved.

                                                                        Carried.

           Steering Committees Meeting

16-199                                                                        Moved by Councillor Frost

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Ashley

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Steering Committees held on November 17, 2016, be approved.

                                                                        Carried.

           Closed Committee Meeting Minutes – November 17, 2016

16-200                                                                        Moved by Councillor Liverance

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Lundy

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Closed Committee Meeting Minutes held on November 17, 2016, be approved.

                                                                        Carried.

           Closed Council Meeting Minutes – November 18, 2016

16-201                                                                        Moved by Councillor Mead

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Lundy

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Closed Council Meeting Minutes held on November 18, 2016, be approved.

                                                                        Carried.

4.         DEPUTATIONS

           Staff Recognition Awards

Reeve Peter Ketchum presented years of service awards to Rob Farrow for 20 years with the Township and to Mark Macfie for 5 years of service. Robert White was unable to attend, but was recognized for 5 years of service.

           West Parry Sound Health Centre Update

Jim Hanna, Communications and Public Relations Officer for the West Parry Sound Health Centre, spoke to Council regarding the financial position of the hospital. Mr. Hanna explained that it will take 2.1 million in savings to balance the budget, reporting on the cost increases that are beyond their control.

Mr. Sanderson CEO for the WPSHC, wished to thank Council for their continued leadership in community support and their strong support with the physician recruitment initiative.

           Nancy Cunningham. Update on the Syrian families coming to Parry Sound.

Nancy Cunningham provided Council with an update on the two Syrian families that have recently settled in Parry Sound. Ms. Cunningham reported that West Parry Sound Refugee Program is short $10,000. on their goal of $80,000., and is requesting support to reach their target.

           Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce

Gail Burrows thanked Council for the financial support this year during a very challenging year and reported that The Chamber will be debt free by end of January.

Ms. Murch reported on events planned for 2017 and explained that the Chamber continues to work hard to strengthen relationships and focus on advocacy issues. The Chamber is requesting an additional $5000.00 in funding.

5.         OFFICIAL PLAN/ZONING AMENDMENTS

Cale Henderson reported that the applicants are considering changes to the original application and have requested that Council defer the resolution to receive the application.

           BUNSTON, Wendy Zoning By-law Amendment No.Z07-16

Island 206A (Pollux Island), being Parcel 16614 PSNS., in front of the geographic Township of Harrison

16-202                                                                        Moved by Councillor French

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Frost

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council receives the application submitted with respect to Zoning By-law Amendment No. Z07-16, deems it complete, and directs staff to process the application for a future public meeting.

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the ‘Notice of Public Meeting’ be circulated for a meeting to be held during the summer months of 2017.

                                                                        Deferred.

6.         SHORE/CONCESSION ROAD ALLOWANCES

           RAFTIS, John and Laura

            490 Blackstone-Crane Lake Road

16-203                                                                        Moved by Councillor Mead

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor French

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the stopping up, closure and conveyance of a portion of the original shore road allowance fronting 490 Blackstone-Crane Lake Road, being Part B of Plan 42R-4920, Conger, on the basis of a straight-line extension of the side lot lines.

                                                                        Carried.

7.         REPORT OF THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

16-204                                                                        Moved by Councillor Zanussi

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Lundy

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council receives the Report of the Chief Administrative Officer as distributed.

                                                                        Carried.

8.         REPORT OF TASK FORCES/COMMITTEES

            Environment – GBBR – UNESCO Biosphere Reserve signage

16-205                                                                        Moved by Councillor Liverance

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Mead

WHEREAS the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve;

AND WHEREAS the 18 biosphere reserves that are within Canada are globally recognized; however, the four UNESCO biosphere reserves located within Ontario are not promoted, by the Province, along our highways;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Reeve forward a request to both the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the Minister of Transportation, asking for the placement of signage, in two locations along the Highway 400 corridor, to identify the presence of the world-renowned Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.

                                                                        Carried.

9.         OTHER BUSINESS

          Cost Of Living/CPI

16-206                                                                        Moved by Councillor French

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Ashley

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves a cost of living increase to Council and staff of 1.7% effective January 1, 2017, as indicated by the Consumer Price Index.

                                                                        Carried.

            2016 Surplus Funds

16-207                                                                        Moved by Councillor Mead

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Frost

WHEREAS there may be surplus or deficit funds in various departments for 2016;

AND WHEREAS these funds should be transferred to/from reserves for future use;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that any surplus for 2016 be transferred to reserves to offset future expenditures, or if a deficit occurs, it will be offset by appropriate reserves.

                                                                        Carried.

           Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. Opposing the Approval of the Waukesha Diversion Application

16-208                                                                        Moved by Councillor Zanussi

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Mead

WHEREAS, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin represents approximately 20% of the world’s surface freshwater resource and supports the third largest economy in the world; and

WHEREAS, on December 13, 2005, the Great Lakes Governors of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and the Premiers of Ontario and Quebec signed the Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement (the “Agreement”), and the Governors endorsed the companion Great Lakes—St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (the “Compact”), which was later approved by the United States Congress and signed by the President, banning new water diversions from the Basin except in communities located in counties straddling the water division line between the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin and other basins; and

Whereas, the City of Waukesha, WI, is located in Waukesha County, a county straddling the basin division line; and

Whereas, the City of Waukesha applied to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources under the exception for a “Community within a Straddling County” to use Lake Michigan as its source of drinking water (the “Waukesha Application”); and

WHEREAS, the Compact requires proposals for diversions to satisfy seven specific conditions; and

WHEREAS, the Regional Body, after having reached an agreement on a Declaration of Finding and a set of conditions for the application, forwarded its recommendation to the Compact Council, and that all eight Great Lakes states voted in favor of the Waukesha Application; and

WHEREAS, on June 21, 2016, the Compact Council issued its Final Decision approving the Waukesha Application with Conditions; and

WHEREAS, the Waukesha Application does not meet the terms of the Agreement nor the Compact, and the precedent-setting nature of the Final Decision to approve the Application is of great concern to the Mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative; and

WHEREAS, the approved service area still contains parts of communities which are not part of the City of Waukesha and which have not demonstrated a need for the water, amounting to a clear violation of the Compact; and

WHEREAS, this broader service area is not a “Community within a Straddling County” as defined and required by the exception conditions in the Agreement and Compact; and

WHEREAS, there are reasonable water supply alternatives to meet the drinking water quantity and quality needs of the City of Waukesha; and

WHEREAS, the impacts of the proposed return flow of water through the Root River to Lake Michigan are likely to have adverse impacts on the ecosystem and to the urban shores of the mouth of the River; and

WHEREAS, the Conditions for Approval were not subject to public comment while debated by the Regional Body and Compact Council despite the Compact’s requirement that all relevant information be available to the public for comment; and

WHEREAS, the Regional Body review process did not provide adequate opportunity for public comment as only one public meeting was held in the City of Waukesha, and that hundreds of public comments against the Application did not appear to be considered during the Regional Body or Compact Council process.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of The Archipelago affirms its commitment to the protection of our water resources by calling on the Governors of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and their representatives on the Compact Council to reconsider their Final Decision to approve the Waukesha Application; and

Be it Further Resolved, that the Township of The Archipelago supports challenges by the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative to the Compact Council’s approval of the Waukesha Application under procedures adopted by the Compact Council, which may include requesting a hearing and initiating judicial review of the Final Decision; and

Be it Further Resolved that the Township of The Archipelago urges the Governors and Premiers of the Regional Body and Compact Council, consistent with good public policy, to reverse its approval of the Waukesha diversion application and ensure that the provisions of the Compact are strictly applied in this and any future application in order to protect the finite water resources of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin; and

Be it FINALLY Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario; Glen R. Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change; Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec; Tony Clement, MP for Parry Sound-Muskoka; Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka.

                                                                        Carried.

            Provincial Parks Assessment Appeal-Update

Stephen Kaegi provided an update on the status of the appeal, reporting that the case is before the Assessment Review Board and that staff is working with OPTA to set a new tax class for the park to recoup the lost revenue.

           Ontario Command for the Royal Canadian Legion – Military Service Recognition Project

16-209                                                                        Moved by Councillor Lundy

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor French

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council supports this Remembrance project by sponsoring a ¼ page advertisement space in the Military Service Recognition Book, in the amount of $445.00.

                                                                        Carried.

           Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. 2016 AMO Delegation

Reeve Ketchum reported on the letter he received from Kathryn McGarry, and expressed his disappointment that the MNR will not continue with First Nation training.

REDAC - Regional Marketing Plan

16-210                                                                        Moved by Councillor Liverance

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Frost

WHEREAS a Regional Marketing Plan has been created for REDAC (Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee);

AND WHEREAS the Township of The Archipelago is an active member of REDAC and also a partner in the Community Investment Initiative for Northern Ontario (CiiNO) for economic development opportunities;

AND WHEREAS the West Parry Sound Municipalities are satisfied to operate independently in governance and have interacted with each other on advancing the regional economy with an understanding that there is a difference in the goals and preferences of each municipality;

AND WHEREAS the general goal for The Township of The Archipelago is to preserve the unique natural environment which leads to a recreational experience that is relaxing and aesthetically appealing to property owners and visitors;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of The Archipelago, while maintaining the goal of its Official Plan and continuing stewardship of the unique natural environment, receives the Parry Sound Area REDAC Regional Marketing Plan dated June 2016 and supports in principle the implementation of the marketing action plan recommendations for REDAC;

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the implementation of any recommendations requiring funds be done through the budget already committed to the CiiNO initiative.

                                                                        Carried.

           CiiNO Update

Reeve Ketchum reported that Ken Gallagher has resigned from the Steering Committee and that Bill Spinney will have to appoint a CBDC representative.

           2016 Tax Write-offs

16-211                                                                        Moved by Councillor French

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Mead

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council authorizes the following tax write-offs for 2016:

                        TOTAL SOUTH         $   564.72

                        TOTAL NORTH        $ 1,937.48

                                                                        Carried.

Council recessed at 10:22 a.m. for a 10 minute break.

10.       BY-LAWS

            2017 Interim Tax Levy

2016-50                                                                     Moved by Councillor Ashley

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Mead

That By-law Number 2016-50, being a By-law to Provide for an Interim Tax Levy, to Provide for the Payment of Taxes and to Provide for Penalty and Interest of 1-1/4 percent, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 16th day of December, 2016.

                                                                        Carried.

            2017 Borrowing By-law

2016-51                                                                     Moved by Councillor Ashley

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Mead

That By-law Number 2016-51, being a By-law to Authorize Borrowing from Time to Time to Meet Current Expenditures During the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2017, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 16th day of December, 2016.

                                                                        Carried.

            Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund – Formula-Based Component

2016-52                                                                     Moved by Councillor Zanussi

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor French

That By-law Number 2016-52, Being a By-law to Authorize the execution of an Agreement with Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario and the Township of The Archipelago for funding under the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund-Formula-Based Component (OCIF-Formula), be read and finally passed in Open Council this 16th day of December, 2016.

                                                                        Carried.

           Emergency Response Services Agreement with Seguin Township

2016-53                                                                     Moved by Councillor Mead

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Lundy

That By-law Number 2016-53, being a By-law to authorize the Reeve and Clerk to execute an Agreement between the Township of Seguin and the Township of The Archipelago for the provision of Emergency Response Services to Southern Areas of the Township of The Archipelago, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 16th day of December, 2016.

                                                                        Carried.

11.       OTHER BUSINESS

            Habitat for Humanity Update

Councillor Lundy reported that as a result of the Community Conversation meeting, a property owner has come forward and is willing to donate land. Cale Henderson reviewed the proposal and highlighted a number of concerns.

Staff was directed to meet with the property owner to discuss options and issues with current proposal.

12.       CLOSED MEETING

16-212                                                                        Moved by Councillor French

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Mead

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council move into a CLOSED MEETING at 10:43 a.m., pursuant to Section 239(2) of the Municipal Act, 2001,S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended, to deal with litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals affecting the municipality or local board.

            i)          Archipelago/Carling Shared Services

                                                                        Carried.

            OPEN MEETING

16-213                                                                        Moved by Councillor French

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Frost

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council move out of a CLOSED MEETING at 10:55 a.m.

                                                                        Carried.

13.       CORRESPONDENCE

           Council Correspondence

16-214                                                                        Moved by Councillor French

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Frost

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council receives the December 2016 Council Correspondence listing.

                                                                        Carried.

14.       OTHER BUSINESS

           DSSAB Levy

Councillor Lundy provided an update on the DSSAB Levy, reporting a 0% increase and a flat budget going into 2017.

Councillor Zanussi informed Council that one of the services that DSSAB provides is women’s services, which includes a homeless shelter here in Parry Sound. Councillor Zanussi explained that the shelter struggles for funding and could really use the help if anyone was looking for a organization to donate to.

             Nomination Committee Report - Appointments

            Holiday Cove Marina Task Force - Member

16-215                                                                        Moved by Councillor Williams

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Frost

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council appoints Bert Liverance to the Holiday Cove Marina Task Force.

                                                                        Carried.

           Environment Committee-Vice Chair

16-216                                                                        Moved by Councillor Mead

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Ashley

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council appoints Peter Frost as Vice Chair to the Environment Committee.

                                                                        Carried.

           Human Resources Committee – Vice Chair

16-217                                                                        Moved by Councillor Mead

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Ashley

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council appoints Bert Liverance as Vice Chair to the Human Resources Committee.

                                                                        Carried.

15.       CONFIRMING BY-LAW

2016-54                                                                     Moved by Councillor French

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Zanussi

That By-law Number 2016-54, being a By-law to Confirm the Proceedings of the Regular Meeting of Council held on December 16th, 2016, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 16th day of December, 2016.

                                                                        Carried.

16.       ADJOURNMENT

16-218                                                                        Moved by Councillor Frost

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Mead

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Regular Meeting of Council held on December 16, 2016, be adjourned at 11:05 a.m.

                                                                        Carried.

TOWNSHIP OF THE ARCHIPELAGO

___________________________               ___________________________

Peter Ketchum, Reeve                                 Maryann Weaver, Clerk

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