Council Reports: May 31, 2010

REPORT ON COUNCIL

May 31, 2010

Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 am – 1:25 pm and 1:54 pm – 5:43 pm

Regular Evening Meeting: 7:00 pm – 7:28 pm

All members of Council present

CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSION: 11:45 am – 1:23 pm and 4:09 pm – 5:43 pm

TENDERING FOR THE LAFONTAINE PAVILION

Staff presented further details and estimates. The issue has become more confused as some councillors believe a pre-engineered building would be less expensive. Also the possibility of a non-profit entity being the general contractor so that local contractors could participate was introduced for the first time. After lengthy discussion, Council decided to tender several variants of a custom-built building and also to tender a pre-engineered structure. As council has been critical of the engineering costs, staff reminded them that this new tender would increase those costs. It will be at least another 2 months before new tenders can be ready, so the public meeting will be now much later in the summer. We hope that contractors will be willing to submit tenders, yet again.

PARKING – CAWAJA BEACH

At the previous meeting two members oif the Cawaja Propertry Owners Association presented a proposal to limit parking in their area. This proposal has been sent to staff for a report. A council member did point out that eliminating all non permit parking in that area may not be appropriate as ownership of that beach is shared: 1/3 township and 2/3 Beach Association.

NO PUBLIC USE OF WYEVALE FIRE HALL

At the previous meeting a citizen requested more access to the fire hall for the community. After discussion it was decided not to allow public use of the hall as it is never known when that facility will be needed for an emergency.
Staff continues to search for alternative facilities for community groups in that area.

FEE SCHEDULE BY-LAW

The Treasurer presented the annual fee by-law. There are no significant changes, though fees for the use of community centres appeared to increase significantly. However, earlier fees were set by the community recreation associations, rather than the township.

BUILDING PERMIT ACTIVITY UP

The statistics for April 2010 were encouraging with a value of $3.9 m, up from $1.7 m in 2009. Year to date totals also increased from $4.6 m to $7.3 m.