Report on Council for February 4, 11 and 28, 2019

Report on Council
February 4, 11 and 28, 2019:
Committee of the Whole Meetings: February 4, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:40 p.m., February 11, 2019: 9:00 a.m. – 2:27 p.m. and February 28, 2019:  9:00 a.m. – 5:22 p.m.
Regular Meetings of Council: February 11, 2018: 3:05 p.m.-  3:12 p.m. and February 28, 2018: 6:21 p.m. – 6:34 p.m.
Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Councillors Cindy Hasting and Gibb Wishart present at all meetings; Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma arrived at 10:00 a.m. on February 28, 2019. Councillor Tony Mintoff absent at all February meetings. 

Announcements:  Tiny Connect – Sign up for the Township’s free notification system at www.tinyconnect.ca or contact Kristie Czovek at kczovek@tiny.ca or 705-526-4204 ext. 277 for assistance

February 4 Budget Meeting

Two items noted by Council caught our eye: Council decided to put off opening the beach access at 2525 Champlain Road in the Kettles Beach area since there are already three accesses opened. They also decided to give Coutnac Crescent a surface treatment (one of nine roads in the Coutnac area).

 February Committee of the Whole and Regular Council Meetings

Announcements:

  • Sign up for Tiny Connect – www.tinyconnect.ca
  • March 1, 2019 to April 30, 2019 – Half Load Season (No Exceptions)
  • March 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Senior Symposium, Tiny Township Community Centre
  • March 21, 2019 – #itstarts Campaign, International Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination
  • April 22-27, 2019 – Earth Week (see tiny.ca for calendar of events)
  • May 25, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon – Town Hall Meeting, Tiny Township Community Centre
  • September 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Town Hall Meeting, Wyebridge Community Centre

FoTTSA Deputation regarding Water Sampling and Well Water Nitrate Levels: Representing the Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations, Judith Grant thanked the Township’s Water Department for the various ways it assisted the Volunteer Recreational Water Sampling Program in the summer of 2018.

She also raised concerns about nitrates getting into groundwater from potato farms that do not fall within the protected area around township water systems.

Council decided to have Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) report on well water results in the Lafontaine area to Judith Grant, to reach out to farmers outside township well catchment areas. The Health Unit is to be asked to come to present its 2018 results to Council.

Personal Watercraft and Speed Restrictions:  Andrew Chomentowski (a director of FoTTSA) made a personal deputation. He informed Council that in 1999 the Personal Watercraft Committee had applied unsuccessfully to Transport Canada for speed restrictions close to shore. The next Council struck a new Small Watercraft Committee in 2001. Andrew was a member of that committee. Broad public consultation resulted in an application for a speed limit for returning watercraft as soon as they reached 200 m from shore. The committee’s work was supported by the Township, the OPP, the local MPP and MP, and in many letters. The application was later revised to increase the distance to 300m at the suggestion of the Transport Canada official that made a site visit. Then nothing seemed to happen, and the Committee disbanded.  In fact the application was approved in 2003 but the required action had not been taken by the Township to make the regulation enforceable. In March of 2018, the Township received a letter from Transport Canada noting that signs (marker buoys) were not in place.

“The following restrictions are within your area and are ultimately your responsibility: – Schedule 6:

o That part of Georgian Bay on the western shore of Tiny Township from Concession 1 (County Rd 27) to Concession 16 (Lafontaine Rd), extending 300 m from the shore, enclosed within the coordinates described in column 2

  • 44°33’33” 79°59’42” to 44°44’30” 80°05’30”
  • Maximum Speed: 10 km/h setting the distance for slow speeds at 300m from shore.”

That letter was simply filed as information after the Council meeting. Andrew asked Richard Hinton to look into the matter. The item was to be put on the budget for 2019. Andrew’s deputation informed Council (since staff had recommended eliminating the buoy project from the 2019 budget) of the work that had gone into getting the regulation in place. Chomentowski also provided some of the results of a FoTTSA survey on the topic that had received more than 300 responses in just a few days. Over 50% of the responders stated that they were in favour of the speed restrictions and the marker buoys. Based on the effort that had been made previously and the recent survey results, Andrew asked that Council give the issue some further consideration. On February 11, members of Council engaged in a wide-ranging discussion about deployment of buoys. In the short term, “it was directed that further information on the impacts of the installation and maintenance of speed marker buoys be obtained from staff, including the costing and enforcement implications.”

Provincial Regional Government Review: Mayor Cornell explained that representatives from the Province would be conducting interviews on February 19, 2019 at the County of Simcoe with Simcoe heads of Council in an effort to get answers to three fundamental questions about governance at the township and county levels. Members of Council brainstormed on what their Mayor should say in his two half hour sessions, one as Mayor of Tiny, the other as Warden of Simcoe County. A full report on this matter will be made in the summer of 2019.

Great Lakes Waterfront Trail: Representing the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, David Meyer spoke to Council on February 11 about expanding the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail through Tiny Township. He asked that staff work with the Trust to identify, map and implement the expansion. The trail is to follow Tiny Beaches Road and would provide a link from the Wasaga stretch to Penetanguishene. At the last meeting in February, Council decided to support the project in principle and asked staff to report back on the matter in the future.

Parking Changes – Balm Beach, Non-resident Parking Permit Program and Trew Avenue and Concession 5 West: After considering the parking changes at Balm Beach proposed by the Business Association of Balm Beach, Council decided “to maintain the status quo in all matters with the exception of the time limit for paid parking.” This is to be changed to 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. With regard to the permit program that makes 150 permits available to residents of neighbouring municipalities at a cost of $100 each, staff was directed to allow a non-resident to purchase only one permit instead of two (thus possibly freeing up eight permits since eight non-residents purchased two permits each in 2018). Staff was instructed to find more sophisticated parking management software for consideration in the 2020 budget. At Trew Avenue and Concession 5 West, permit parking is to replace existing paid parking.

Budget: On February 28, Council supported the recommendations in Treasury Report TR-002-19 regarding multi-departmental requests. The requested approvals were needed as they would “provide for significant net savings, accommodate for the lead time required for custom orders, and ensure that quoted amounts from potential venders are secured.”

Phragmites Control Project Supported: After hearing from Lynn Short about the success of removing Phragmites over three seasons at Wymbolwood Beach, Council approved the use of Township tools (spades, hard rakes, fan rakes), help with finding volunteers, paper leaf bags, collection of bags full of stalks and thatch, a parking pass for use at the research site at the foot of Skylark Road, and permission to publish the results while acknowledging the sponsorship of Tiny Township.