Council Reports: February 1-2-14, 2005

February 1, 2005
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
All Members of Council present.

2005 BUDGET: Council reviewed the capital budgets for Fire, Roads, Emergency Planning, Water, Environment, Parks, Planning and By-law Departments.
February 2, 2005
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 a.m. – 4:02 p.m.
All Members of Council present.

2005 BUDGET: Council reviewed the Township’s Operating budget.
February 14, 2005
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:07 a.m. – 2:32 p.m.
Regular Evening Meeting: roughly 7:01 p.m. – 8:07 p.m.
All Members of Council present during the day. Councillor Ray Millar absent in the evening.

CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSIONS: 11:02 a.m. – roughly 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

POLICING: Inspector Greg Skinner, head of the Midland Detachment of the OPP, which provides Tiny Township with policing (the largest item in Tiny Township’s budget), gave his usual thorough quarterly report.
Mindful of soaring costs, Councillor Ray Millar asked a couple of questions about the intersection of By-Law enforcement (relatively inexpensive and handled internally in Tiny) and policing (very expensive, and brought in from outside). Residents sometimes call By-Law on a matter in the OPP’s jurisdiction; similarly sometimes they call the OPP on a By-Law matter. But the number of such instances is minor — about 45 out of 2,600 calls. Increasing the number of staff in the By-Law department would not decrease OPP costs.
Councillor Rob Panasiuk asked about the outcome of the investigation into the destruction of vegetation at a privately owned beach on Labour Day weekend 2004, and was told, once again, that the investigation was not concluded. (See the article in the Fall/Winter Tiny Cottager titled “How Not to Save a Beach”.)

REPORT ON BEACH USE AND PARKING RELATED MODIFICATIONS FOR PUBLIC BEACHES & PARKS: Prepared by Henk Blom, Manager of Public Works, the “Report on Beach Use and Parking….” is a response to the Deputation on Shoreline Issues presented to Council by Judith Grant on behalf of the Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations on September 13, 2004. (For the deputation, see the Report on Council for that date on
The “Report” addresses many complex shore area issues; it makes specific recommendations about some ideas presented in the Federation’s deputation, rejects other ideas, and sees some as requiring consideration by Council rather than by staff. The Report was “received” (i.e. no action was taken) but not discussed by Council. At this point (February 14), Mayor Klug said that he was uncomfortable considering any aspect of shoreline policy while there was a possibility that Mediation might continue. Other members of Council stressed that they needed time to consider the Report before discussing it.
(Note: The Report was given thorough consideration by Council on March 14.)

MUNICIPAL LAW ENFORCEMENT STATISTICS: Shawn Crawford, Tiny’s Chief Municipal Law Enforcement Officer, presented comparative statistics for 2002, 2003 and 2004, showing the total number of By-law offences in a number of categories, and additional information for the most frequent offences. In general there had been a substantial increase in offences in most categories in 2003, the year Mr. Crawford took over By-Law, largely because of better record-keeping, and more vigorous pursuit of some issues. In 2004 the number of offences in most categories fell a little, though not all. The areas of greatest activity in 2004 concerned
clean-yards violations (446 — usually something to do with heavy pick-up items left at the roadside)
fire (150)
noise (93)
1394 parking tickets were handed out — including 108 at Balm Beach, 106 at Conc 4 W, 87 at Conc 8 W, 149 at Conc 11 W, 128 at Conc 13 W, 190 at Jackson Park, 72 at Pennorth Drive, and 120 along Tiny Beaches Road South.