REPORT ON COUNCIL
June 28, 2010
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 am – 12:14 pm and 12:47 pm – 1:06 pm
Regular Evening Meeting: 7:04 pm – 8:35 pm
All Members of Council Present
CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSION: 12:48 pm – 1:06 pm.
Staff presented an overview of the proposed reconstruction of the Pavilion in Lafontaine at the evening meeting. Construction will start in July immediately following the Festival du Loup. Members of the Lafontaine community in the audience seemed to understand the need to raise funds to complete the structure and the ancillary building.
CHAMPLAIN CROSS SITE
Council heard two presentations about the future of this site at previous meetings and were prepared to discuss the options at this meeting. However a communication was received from the Archdiocese that owns the land stating that there would be no changes at this time.
SENIORS’ CENTRE FOR NORTH TINY?
Council received a presentation at the previous meeting outlining the need for a seniors/commmunity centre in the Sawlog Bay area of the northeast quadrant of the Township. They directed staff to ascertain whether the proposed site is suitable for a building. They also asked for clarification as to whether this would be a seniors’ center or a combined seniors’/community center.
MARRIAGE SOLEMNIZATION NOW AVAILABLE
A retired justice of the peace has moved into the Township and Council approved a by-law authorizing him to perform marriages. This is a service offered in many other municipalities.
SEPTAGE PROJECT UPDATE
Tenders have now been received for the required environmental study. The eight tenders ranged from $56,000 to $215,000. Staff, aided by a consultant, will review the bids to confirm that all parties understood the tender. Results should be available for the July 26th meeting of Committee of the Whole.
Council approved a reallocation of budgeted funds to the Legal and
$160,000 is to be redirected by deferring the Strategic Plan Encroachment Removal 2010 capital project ($80,000) and by contribution from the Capital Expenditure Reserve ($80,000).
While we acknowledge that cost overruns are unavoidable from time to time we disagree with the transfer of capital reserves to the operating budget. At 2010 budget time Council stated that one of their objectives was to rebuild the capital reserves but that seems to be forgotten. An alternative to the reallocation would be to accept a budget overrun in the income statement, which, in our opinion, is more transparent. We also believe the discussion of the transfer should have been held during the public section of the meeting.
LAFONTAINE BEACH PARK MASTER PLAN MEETINGS
Two public meetings will be held to seek input to this master plan. The first is scheduled for July10th from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. And the second will be held on Sept. 11th. Both will be in the Council Chambers.
BATTLE OF BRITAIN AIR SHOW
An interesting show featuring World War II aircraft will be held at the Huronia Airport on July 17 and 18, 2010.