November 9 and 30 and December 9 and 21, 2020
Committee of the Whole Meetings (through electronic participation): November 9, 2020: 9:00 a.m. – 3:09 p.m. and November 30, 2020: 9:00 a.m. – 4:52 p.m.
Regular Meetings of Council: November 9, 2020: 3:47 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and November 30, 2020: 6:43 p.m. – 6:57 p.m. and December 9 and 21, 2020: 9:03 a.m. – 11:08 a.m.
Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma, and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Tony Mintoff and Gibb Wishart were present at all meetings.
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2021 COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE: In 2021, Council is to meet on January 13, February 3, February 24. From March on, meetings are to occur on the second and last Wednesday of each month.
TRANSPORTATION AND TRANSIT MASTER PLAN: This is to be prepared for the Township of Tiny, at an estimated fee of $77,706 + HST, by Stantec.
ZONING BY-LAW REVIEW:
MHBC Planning is to manage the Zoning-By-law Review for a fee of $87,262.50 plus HST.
AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF TINY AND THE GEORGIAN BAY SNOWRIDERS CLUB AND THE ONTARIO FEDERATION OF SNOWMOBILE CLUBS PASSED: This authorized use of the Tiny Rail Trail in Tiny by the Clubs.
TEEDON PIT EXPANSION: Staff was directed to proceed with the recommendations in Confidential Planning and Development Report PD-042-20 regarding the Teedon Pit Extension – Aggregate Resource Act Application, and also to include the following comments in the letter to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and CRH Canada Group Inc.:
1. That the Township is fundamentally opposed to the extraction and washing of aggregate in environmentally sensitive areas.
2. That there is presently a groundwater study being undertaken by Dr. Cherry et al and that the findings of this report be taken into consideration by the Province prior to the issuance of any further licenses.
The confidential report recommended that staff submit a response letter to the MNRF and CRH explaining the outstanding issues and that staff continue to work with Barriston Law to prepare Minutes of Settlement and report back to Council once all outstanding matters have been resolved. Several areas of concern to the township have been dealt with in revisions to the Site Plans, namely those related to the natural heritage and hydrogeological, noise and site operations. Still to be resolved are concerns related to traffic.
PARKING STRATEGY CHANGES: Council supported the staff recommendation that the Permit Parking Season be extended to April 15 to October 15 and that the fine for parking in a No Parking zone be increased to $75 for early payment and $90 for payment by the deadline. These moves were intended to remedy overcrowding as neighbouring municipalities closed their beaches or increased their fines and people fleeing COVOD restrictions seemed to view the township’s low fines as the cost of a day at the beach.
COUNTY COUNCIL BUDGET: There is to be no increase in the County’s tax levy.
GYPSY MOTHS: Staff is to develop a policy for municipal lands for the management of a Gypsy Moth Spray Buffer Zone and is to create guidelines for the spraying of private property by property owners.
ROAD SAFETY: With regard to the Concession 5W beach access, Council decided to provide a widened shoulder with an improved surface to allow residents to walk safely along Tiny Beaches Road from Concession 5 West to the existing walkway at #1150 and to place a solar radar sign at this blind corner to encourage vehicles to slow down if the sign is approved during 2021 budget deliberations.
STAFF APPOINTMENTS: Council met in camera on December 9, 2020 to discuss CAO Recruitment and to appoint Tim Leitch Acting Chief Administrative Officer and Acting Deputy Clerk. At the December 21 meeting, Council appointed Dan Bell as the Township’s Deputy Fire Chief.
SHORT TERM RENTAL ACCOMMODATIONS: Councillor Mintoff made a comprehensive motion designed to provide staff with a list of actions that could be taken if rules, licensing, and the like are to be in place prior to the summer of 2021. The other members of Council supported his ideas. FoTTSA notes: This was much needed; staff appears to have done nothing since last June. Apparently, there are 327 airbnb properties in Tiny, many of them rowdy, noisy, and housing too many people for the capacity of the properties’ septic systems.