Report on Council
May 13 and 27, 2019
Committee of the Whole Meetings: May 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m., and May 27, 2019: 9:00 a.m. – 1:24 p.m.
Regular Meetings of Council: May 13, 2019: 1:30 p.m.- 1:58 p.m. and May 27, 2018: 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma and Councillors Cindy Hastings, Tony Mintoff and Gibb Wishart present both days. On May 13, Councillor Hastings left the Committee of the Whole Meeting at 11:30 a.m. On May 27, 2019, Mayor Cornell was absent for the Committee of the Whole Meeting.
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- Tiny Marsh BioBlitz – June 22, 2019 – 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Wyevale Canada Day Fireworks – June 30, 2019 at dusk
- Festival du Loup – July 11-13, 2019 – Lafontaine
- Community BBQ – July 20, 2019, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Perkinsfield Park
- Balm Beach Family Fun Day – July 28, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Battle of Georgian Bay Re-enactment – August 8, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Balm Beach
- Fire & Emergency Services Family Fun Day – August 24, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wyevale Fire Station
- Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament – September 13, 2019, Brooklea Golf and Country Club
- Town Hall Meeting, September 19, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Wyebridge Community Centre
- Doors Open – September 21, 2019, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
STAFF APPOINTMENTS: Jaelen Josiah – Recreation /Administrative Coordinator, Elsie Kretzschmann – Clerk’s Department summer student, and Alex Vieria – On-Site Sewage System Inspector.
BALM BEACH BATTLE OF GEORGIAN BAY: See Announcement above. The Township will support this event with in-kind contributions and will make a cash financial contribution of $1,250 towards the rental of a shuttle bus to transport volunteer re-enactors to and from Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene.
MAYOR’S CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT 2019: The charity recipients are to be
- Community Reach – $2,500
- Huronia Seniors’ Care Team – Wheels 4 Wheels – $2,500
- Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka – $2,500
- Sistema Huronia Music Academy – $2,500
- MTM Conservation Association (Bio Blitz) – $500
- Angels with Backpacks – $2,500
- Township of Tiny Bursary Program – $5,000
- We Are the Villagers – $2,500
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe – $2,500
- Boys and Girls Club of North Simcoe – $2,500
- Chigamik Community Health Centre – $2,500
- Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation – $5,000
- Wendat Community Programs – $2,500
- Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre – $10,000
- Quest Art – $2,000
- Huronia Community Foundation – $2,000
- Scientists in School – $2,500.
These amounts are tentative since they depend on the sum raised by the tournament.
WEDDINGS ON PUBLIC BEACHES: Council supported staff’s recommendation that weddings not be scheduled or endorsed on public beaches.
WIND TURBINE BY-LAW/POLICY: Staff consulted Sarah Hahn of Barriston LLP about the effectiveness of the newly adopted Township of Tiny Official Plan statement: “D.14.2 The Township is not a willing host for industrial wind turbines.” Her review concluded that “the Township’s current by-law is adequate in preventing wind farms in the Township.”
ADDITIONAL GRANT MONEY PROJECTS: The Township received $1,034,508.00 additional funds through Gas Tax Refund and Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The many ways the money will be spent is detailed in PWR-021-19 (see Committee of the Whole Agenda for May 13, 2019).
CAWAJA CO-OWNERSHIP AGREEMENT: The Cawaja Property Owners Association is required to renew the Co-Ownership Agreement with the Township when a new Council is elected. CAO Doug Luker and Director of Public Works Tim Leitch met with President Janet Surgeoner-Marks of the Cawaja Property Owners Association in the early months of 2019. Both sides arrived at a full and clear understanding of the agreement, as did the Cawaja Association subsequently. No changes were noted or requested.
BLUEWATER BEACH / RECREATION MASTER PLAN: In response to a May 13 deputation from Frank Dunnigan on behalf of the Bluewater Community Action Group, Council discussed the boundaries of Bluewater Beach Park (the strip of beach from the edge of the dune park to Cleopatra) and noted that there is no change in this regard and that it is township property zoned Open Space. Also, Council still supports resolution 601-01 attachment C, to the effect that this beach strip will not become a Major Beach Park and that parking arrangements will protect the traditional use of the beach by Tiny Township Residents.
REGIONAL GOVERNMENT REVIEW: After the Town of Midland made its submission regarding the Regional Government Review, CAO Doug Luker reviewed it and, in CAO Report CAO-018-19, declared that the “submission of the Town of Midland does not represent the position of Township of Tiny Council, nor is it consistent with the submission provided to the Provincial Advisors by the Township.” He then made the following points:
- “The Township does not support municipal amalgamation as proposed in the report …
- The Township of Tiny does not support the proposition that a specific critical mass/population are required or essential to the delivery of cost effective services and programs at the municipal level.
- The Township of Tiny will continue to explore and participate in service and cost sharing opportunities with its municipal partners to find efficiencies wherever possible.
- The Township of Tiny is very concerned that forced amalgamation will result in increased tax rates to its residents through harmonization of operational and capital costs across municipal boundaries and area
- The Township of Tiny is opposed to any action that would diminish local autonomy and decision making”
After considering Luker’s Report on May 27, 2019, The Committee of the Whole authorized Mayor Cornell and CAO Luker to consult with Penetanguishene and Tay regarding a joint submission to the Province.