Council Reports: July 28, 2008

REPORT ON COUNCIL

July 28, 2008

Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:04 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. – 3:31 p.m.

Regular Evening Meeting: 7:01 p.m. – 8:43 p.m.

All Members of Council present.

CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSION: 2:09 p.m. – 3:28 p.m. and 7:03 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.

POLICING ON WEEKENDS: Because of continuing activism regarding the fence at Balm Beach, Council arranged to have hourly police patrols on the last weekend in July and to have additional security during the long August weekend.

We would like to know how much this increased surveillance, which has been necessitated by the bad behaviour of a few individuals, is costing the taxpayers of Tiny Township.

CONSEQUENCE OF MESS AT 8TH CONCESSION ROAD ALLOWANCE: No sooner had the Public Works Department made the 8th Concession Road Allowance parkette pleasanter by importing sand and re-routing the drainage channel, when trucks bringing loads of sand and concrete pads for a walkway by way of the 8th road allowance to properties to the north and south made a rutted mess of the park. There were other problems as well, including the safety of children playing as the trucks passed along the beach. The upshot is that no access permits are to be issued for shore access points until after Labour Day and existing permits are to be reviewed and may be revoked. Staff is to prepare a report about requests for access across Township-owned beach lands. Where need can be demonstrated (for access to a well or a septic system) exceptions may be allowed.

OFFICIAL PLAN CONSULTANTS CHOSEN: Council selected MHBC Planning Consultants to undertake the Official Plan Review at a cost of $56,688.84.

BROADBAND OPPORTUNITY: Doug Taylor, Treasurer, reported that the Province of Ontario has allocated $30 million over 4 years to address rural broadband gaps in Ontario south of Parry Sound. The government will supply up to a third of eligible project costs, up to $1 million (ie a $3 million project). Taylor submitted the required “Intent to Apply” notice on July 17; a comprehensive application must be submitted by September 18th, 2008 and/or February 12th, 2009. The application must be accompanied by a “council resolution stating that the application is a priority for the municipality and that it commits to securing the remaining project funding.” The Treasurer estimated that the project could cost as much as $1-2 million over 2 years.

Council asked staff to contact the County of Simcoe about a possible partnership with regard to broadband.

TAXATION AND TRAILER PARKS: Council asked if any action were required to ensure that the new rules for taxing trailer parks be applied in Tiny’s trailer parks. They were assured that MPAC needs no prompting.

We note that in its Spring Edition 2008, MPAC News reported that “On January 14, 2008, the Court of Appeal, Ontario’s highest court, ruled that trailers in campgrounds are assessable in the name of the landowner.” This means that the value of trailers is now to be included in the campground owners’ “Current Value Assessment.”