April 21, 2017 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

April 21, 2017

9 James Street, Parry Sound, Ontario

 

Council Members Present:

Reeve:                   Peter Ketchum

Councillors:            

Greg Andrews                 Ward 1
Tom Lundy                      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
Ian Mead                         Ward 5
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

17-038                                                                        Moved by Councillor Liverance

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Mead

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the April 21, 2017 Revised Agenda be approved.

                                                                        Carried.

A moment of silence was observed for former Councillor Edward (Ted) Carlton.

Councillor French expressed his opinion of Reeve Ketchum’s response to correspondence he received from a ratepayer.

3.         MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

            Regular Meeting Of Council

17-039                                                                        Moved by Councillor Andrews

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Ashley

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council held on March 10, 2017, be approved.

                                                                        Carried.

             Committee of the Whole Meeting

17-040                                                                        Moved by Councillor Frost

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Andrews

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Committee of the Whole Meeting held on March 9, 2017, be approved.

                                                                        Carried.

4.         REPORT OF THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

Councillor Williams inquired about the OMB hearing scheduled for May 30, 2017. Staff explained that the hearing standard as the Board must approve the minutes of settlement.

Councillor French inquired about the absence of an item on the CAO report, regarding the request to investigate the recording of meetings to be posted on YouTube. Council was assured that staff are exploring all options and will report back.

17-041                                                                        Moved by Councillor French

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Ashley

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

                                                                        Carried.

5.         REPORT OF TASK FORCES/COMMITTEES

            PLANNING AND BUILDING COMMITTEE

            MOREL, Robert and Cathy – receipt of Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment

17-042                                                                        Moved by Councillor Andrews

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Lundy

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council receives the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment applications and directs staff to circulate them for a future public meeting.

                                                                        Carried.

            Amendment Public Lands Act & Regulations

17-043                                                                        Moved by Councillor Liverance

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor French

WHEREAS Bill 27, Burden Reductions Act, 2016 received Royal Ascent on March 22, 2017, which made amendments to the Public Lands Act in order to streamline the current process of obtaining provincial approvals for docks and boathouses.

AND WHEREAS these changes directly affect, and would be to the benefit of, the constituents of The Archipelago; being able to obtain building permits in a timely manner;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council direct staff to provide comments to the Environmental Registry in support of the proposed changes regarding work permit requirements, as illustrated in Ontario Regulation 239/13 (Activities on Public Land and Shore Lands – Work Permits and Exemptions) under the Public Lands Act; with the exception that the Ministry continues to require work permit applications for the installation of all erosion control structures in and around water.

                                                                        Carried.

            HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE

17-044                                                                        Moved by Councillor Lundy

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Liverance

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of The Archipelago appoint a subcommittee, consisting of Councillors Liverance, Lundy and Zanussi, to immediately source and retain an independent Human Resources / Legal Consultant to promptly investigate allegations brought forward by any staff member and to make recommendations. This subcommittee and Consultant will report directly to Council.

                                                                        Carried.

17-045                                                                        Moved by Councillor Andrews

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Williams

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of The Archipelago adopt an Employee Intelligence Reporting and Human Resources Consultation Protection Policy, effective immediately. Employees are free to express their honest opinions to the Human Resources / Legal Consultant with the guarantee of confidentiality and no reprisal.

                                                                        Carried.

17-046                                                                        Moved by Councillor Lundy

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Liverance

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of The Archipelago implement a hiring freeze for new full time employees, effective immediately. All new full time hiring must be pre-approved by Council. This policy will remain in place until the Township of The Archipelago has a Human Resources solution in place.

                                                                        Carried.

Council directed the HR Subcommittee to meet after the Council meeting to finalize the Employee Announcement and to send it to the Clerk to circulate to all staff members.

6.         OTHER BUSINESS

            Tax Write-Offs

17-047                                                                        Moved by Councillor Ashley

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor French

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council authorizes the following tax write-offs for 2017:

                        TOTAL SOUTH:        $ 4,806.63

                        TOTAL NORTH:       $ 12,435.29

                                                                        Carried.

            Geographic Names Questionnaire – Shining Waters Island

Council had a brief discussion on the questionnaire.

            WPS Smart Funding Application in the Connect to Innovate Program

17-048                                                                        Moved by Councillor Ashley

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Liverance

WHEREAS the Federal Government has announced the Connect to Innovate grant program which will invest up to $500 million by 2021 to bring high speed internet to rural and remote communities in Canada;

AND WHEREAS the municipalities within the District of Parry Sound qualify as rural communities;

AND WHEREAS West Parry Sound SMART Community Network Inc. (WPS SMART) is an entity acting in the interests of West Parry Sound municipalities and would like to make an application under the Connect to Innovate grant program for funding for their proposed Georgian SMART Optical Corridor, a 92 kilometer fiber trunk line that will enable distribution of high speed internet to homes, businesses, institutions, medical and emergency service providers and others along the corridor.    

AND WHEREAS WPS SMART has received letters of support for the application from municipalities of the West Parry Sound region, First Nations including Shawanaga First Nation Henvey Inlet Wind Partners including Pattern Energy, and interested ISP(s).

AND WHEREAS WPS SMART has requested the Township of The Archipelago be the project Guarantor and provide a loan, in principal, representing a contribution toward the 25% applicant requirement – up to a maximum of $500,000 to assist with financing the construction of the trunk line;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of The Archipelago, approve, in principle, a loan of up to five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) to West Parry Sound SMART Community Network Inc. subject to its successful application to the Connect to Innovate Federal grant program;

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED the Reeve provides a letter to WPS SMART Chair to confirm the Township of The Archipelago as a project Guarantor as related to the application under the Connect to Innovate grant program.

                                                                        Carried.

            Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. Federal Budget Strategy

17-049                                                                        Moved by Councillor Walker

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Mead

WHEREAS, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin (the Basin) represents approximately 20% of the world’s surface fresh water and 84% of North America’s surface fresh water; and

WHEREAS, over 48 million people depend on the Basin as a source of drinking water; and

WHEREAS, the Basin is the foundation for a $5.8 trillion USD regional economy; and

WHEREAS, water contamination, harmful algal blooms, invasive species, and climate change pose threats to the integrity of the resource and prosperity of the Basin; and

WHEREAS, Canada and the United States have worked cooperatively on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence for over 100 years under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 1972, as most recently amended in 2012; and

WHEREAS, significant progress has been made over almost 50 years in restoring and protecting the Basin based on a shared responsibility for the resource and significant investment from all orders of government in the United States and Canada; and

WHEREAS, local governments in Canada and the United States have invested over $15 billion USD annually in protection and restoration efforts according to a 2008 study; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Federal Government has provided more than $2 billion USD since 2010 for Great Lakes protection and restoration through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; and

WHEREAS, the Canadian Federal Government has invested more than $250 million CAD in Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River initiatives since 2010; and

WHEREAS, the President of the United States proposed eliminating the entire $300 million USD in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in the 2017-2018 budget; and

WHEREAS, the 2017 Canadian budget proposes approximately $114 million CAD over five years to support water protection and restoration but has no line item dedicated to the Basin at the magnitude necessary; and

WHEREAS, these budgets do not adequately address the urgent needs of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin and will slow down or halt critical restoration and protection efforts and economic recovery in the region; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States Congress appropriate the full $300 million USD authorized for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in the 2017-2018 budget; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Canadian Federal Government work collaboratively with provinces, local governments, First Nations and Metis, and other stakeholders to develop a common strategy and to increase funding for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin to match the significance of the resource and the magnitude of the challenges;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all orders of government must share the responsibility for the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin and recognize the importance of the resource in their budgets; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Governors of the eight Great Lakes States, the Premiers of Quebec and Ontario, the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.

                                                                        Carried.

            Township of McKellar. Additional funding for Municipal Long Term Care Homes

17-050                                                                        Moved by Councillor French

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Frost

WHEREAS Council has received a request for support of a resolution enacted by the Township of McKellar regarding additional funding for Long Term Care Homes;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council of the Township of The Archipelago supports the resolution enacted by the Township of McKellar, which requests that the Minister of Health and Long Term Care be petitioned to provided additional funding for Municipal Long Term Care Homes to offset the rising costs to operate and maintain these Homes;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution to circulated to Norm Miller, MPP, FONOM, all District of Parry Sound Municipalities and the District Municipal Association for support.

                                                                        Carried.

7.         PUBLIC MEETING

At 10:05 a.m., Council held a Public Meeting to consider a proposed Zoning By-law Amendment Number Z05-16, Creen/Cherepa.

Reeve Ketchum called the meeting to order. Cale Henderson, Chief Planner, provided background information and summarized the application for proposed Zoning By-law Amendment Z05-16.

Ryan Snowball, agent for the applicant was in attendance.

Reeve Ketchum declared this portion of the public meeting closed at 10:14 a.m.

Reeve Ketchum called the meeting to order. Cale Henderson, Chief Planner, provided background information and summarized the application for proposed Zoning By-law Amendment Number Z02-17, Georgian Bay Land Trust.

Joan Debrie was in attendance and expressed her support of the application.

Reeve Ketchum declared the public meeting closed at 10:19 a.m.

8.         BY-LAWS

            Georgian Bay Land Trust – Zoning By-law Amendment

A2078-17                                                                   Moved by Councillor Walker

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Ashley

That By-law Number A2078-17, being a By-law to amend By-law No. A2000-07 (the Comprehensive Zoning By-law) for Part 2 on Plan 42R-3823 and Parts 4 & 5 on Plan 42R-15807, designated as Parcel 18038 PSSS, located in Concession 10, Part Lot 23, in the geographic Township of Conger be read and finally passed in Open Council this 21st day of April, 2017.

                                                                        Carried.

            Parry Sound Public Library Board – Contract Renewal

17-10                                                                          Moved by Councillor Liverance

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Frost

That By-law Number 2017-10, being a By-law to Authorize an Agreement with the Parry Sound Public Library Board for the Renewal of a Contract for Library Services for the year ending December 31, 2017 be read and finally passed in Open Council this 21st day of April, 2017.

                                                                        Carried.

            Tariff of Fees – Various Planning Applications

17-11                                                                          Moved by Councillor Mead

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Frost

That By-law Number 2017-11, being a By-law to prescribe a Tariff of Fees for various planning applications be read and finally passed in Open Council this 21st day of April, 2017.

                                                                        Carried.

            Lakeshore Marina Ltd. – Authorize Site Plan Agreement

17-12                                                                          Moved by Councillor Walker

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Frost

That By-law Number 2017-12, being a By-law to authorize the execution of a development agreement between Lakeshore Marina Ltd. (Ramolla), and the Corporation of the Township of The Archipelago be read and finally passed in Open Council this 21st day of April, 2017.

                                                                        Carried.

            Crane Lake Discovery Camp – Adoption of OPA No. 65

17-13                                                                          Moved by Councillor Mead

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Liverance

That By-law Number 2017-13, being a By-law to adopt Official Plan Amendment No. 65 for Parcel 25835 PSSS, located in Concession 9, Part Lots 32 and 33, in the geographic Township of Conger be read and finally passed in Open Council this 21st day of April, 2017.

                                                                        Carried.

            Set And Levy The Rates Of Taxation For 2017

17-14                                                                          Moved by Councillor Lundy

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Ashley

That By-law Number 2017-14, being a By-law to Set and Levy the Rates of Taxation for Municipal Purposes for the Year 2017 be read and finally passed in Open Council this 21st day of April, 2017.

                                                                        Carried.

Wendy Hawes provided Council with an explanation on the By-law to Set Tax Ratios and the By-law to Establish Capping Parameters for Commercial and Industrial Classes.

            Set Tax Ratios For Municipal Purposes For 2017

17-15                                                                          Moved by Councillor Lundy

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Ashley

That By-law Number 2017-15, being a By-law to Set Tax Ratios for Municipal Purposes for the Year 2017 be read and finally passed in Open Council this 21st day of April, 2017.

                                                                        Carried.

             Establish Capping Parameters For 2017 For Commercial And Industrial Classes

17-16                                                                          Moved by Councillor Frost

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Lundy

That By-law Number 2017-16, being a By-law to establish the Capping Parameters for the 2017 Final Taxes for Commercial and Industrial Classes be read and finally passed in Open Council this 21st day of April, 2017.

                                                                        Carried.

            2017 Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Levy

17-17                                                                          Moved by Councillor French

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Andrews

That By-law Number 2017-17, being a By-law to Impose Fees or Charges on Certain Classes of Persons for the Cost of OPP Services for 2017 be read and finally passed in Open Council this 21st day of April, 2017.

                                                                        Carried.

Councillor Walker provided Council with an update on the Community Policy Advisory Committee.

            Shore Road Allowance By-Law - WIEBE, Ron and Sheila

17-18                                                                          Moved by Councillor Andrews

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Frost

That By-law Number 2017-18, being a By-law to sell part of the original shore road allowance laid out along the shore of Georgian Bay in front of Lot 43, Concession 6, Conger, being Part 2 of Plan 42R-8763 be read and finally passed in Open Council this 21st day of April, 2017.

                                                                        Carried.

            Lease Agreement – The Six Star Snow Riders Club

17-19                                                                          Moved by Councillor Walker

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Andrews

That By-law Number 2017-19, being a By-law to Enter into a Lease Agreement with The Six Star Snow Riders Club be read and finally passed in Open Council this 21st day of April, 2017.

                                                                        Carried.

            Fireworks By-law

17-20                                                                          Moved by Councillor Mead

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Frost

That By-law Number 2017-20, being a By-law to regulate the setting off of Fireworks be read and finally passed in Open Council this 21st day of April, 2017.

                                                                        Carried.

            Outdoor Burning By-law

17-21                                                                          Moved by Councillor Zanussi

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Liverance

That By-law Number 2017-21, being a By-law to Prescribe Times for Setting Fires and Precautions for Burning and to Repeal By-law No. 2004-36 be read and finally passed in Open Council this 21st day of April, 2017.

                                                                        Carried.

9.         CORRESPONDENCE

17-051                                                                        Moved by Councillor Liverance

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Lundy

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council receives the April 2017 Council Correspondence listing.

                                                                        Carried.

10.       QUESTION TIME

Councillor Ashley inquired when the GBLT had been scheduled to make a deputation to Council to provide an explanation on how the Province provides compensation to the municipality for the down-grading of a property. Staff reported that a deputation was not required, that staff would investigate and report back.

Councillor Andrews reported on the passing of Keith Gardner and requested that the Go Fund Me Page, which was set up to for Sam Gardner’s education fund, could be added to the website. Council was in agreement.

11.       CONFIRMING BY-LAW

17-22                                                                          Moved by Councillor Lundy

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Mead

That By-law Number 2017-22, being a By-law to Confirm the Proceedings of the Regular Meeting of Council held on April 21st, 2017 be read and finally passed in Open Council this 21st day of April, 2017.

12.       ADJOURNMENT

17-052                                                                        Moved by Councillor Ashley

                                                                                    Seconded by Councillor Frost

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Regular Meeting of Council held on April 21, 2017, be adjourned at 11:02 a.m.

                                                                        Carried.

TOWNSHIP OF THE ARCHIPELAGO

___________________________               ___________________________

Peter Ketchum, Reeve                                 Maryann Weaver, Clerk

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