Council Reports: January 25, 2010

REPORT ON COUNCIL

January 25, 2010

Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 am – to 12:37 pm

and 1:12 pm to 5:00 pm

Regular Evening Meeting: 7:00 pm – 7:13 pm

Mayor Breckenridge, Deputy Mayor Lawrence and Councillors Claire and Warren present. Councillor Cornell absent.

CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSION: 2:56 pm to 5:00 pm

OASIS SEPTAGE PRESENTATION
Officials from the Ontario Association of Sewage Industry Services made a presentation about septage. Also present were officials from the Ministry of the Environment. They reported that Ontario creates 27 billion litres of septage annually of which 53% is processed in treatment plants and 36% goes on land applications. There were numerous questions from Council and there seemed to be consensus from both groups that lagoons are one of the most cost effective solutions for a municipality such as ours. It is very unlikely that any of our surrounding municipalities have, or will ever have, spare capacity at reasonable prices. It was noted that, if Tiny decides to proceed with a local solution, the one chosen should be large enough to be cost effective and that could mean that a partner would be needed. It is possible that OASIS can help, in an advisory role, with the Environmental Assessment, which is the next step in the process. The last EA is more than 5 years old a new study is required by regulation.

BEACH WATER QUALITY
Officials from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health unit and the SSEA presented the 2009 sample results for beaches they monitor. There were some very high E. coli numbers and, while no specific information was available, these were attributed to sudden weather changes. Council members expressed concern that there is a one- or two-day lag between the collection of the samples and a warning posting on a beach. It was suggested that there is equipment available that can take a sample and test it on site. Keith Sherman of the SSEA is of the opinion that the suggested equipment is not very reliable but both organizations advised that they would follow-up further.
The sample results will be added in due course to the information in Water Reports, on the FoTTSA website.

CLOSED DUMP SITE 20, 14TH CONCESSION WEST
Council enquired about the Genivar study that they approved in November. The study is to complete earlier work, which was inconclusive because too few test holes were drilled. Staff advised that it is too costly to complete the work until the spring. It was noted that the reporting and progress are to be closely monitored.

JOB EVALUATION PROCESS
There was a lengthy discussion regarding the job evaluation process. Council wants to see an evaluation and salary range when approving new positions.
We note that this requirement should have been addressed during the first year of Council’s term.