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REPORT ON COUNCIL
August 13, 2001
Committee of the Whole 10 am - 5:20; Council 7:10 - 8:45
All members of Council present

IN CAMERA SESSION: 10:20 - 12:06 am

AUGUST LONG WEEKEND CHAOS: On the hot Civic Holiday weekend, many beaches experienced chaotic parking conditions and huge numbers of visitors. Michael R. Dorion, Chief Municipal Law Enforcement Officer, reported that eight staff worked during the day and two officers at night. The parking staff worked two hours overtime on Sunday, as the beaches were still busy at 6 p.m. The stats for the weekend were:

Parking infractions 642
Fire complaints 39
Noise complaints 17
Motorized vehicles in parks 3
Parking complaints 19
Camping complaints 3

Parking infractions result in $30.00 fines (reduced to $20.00 if paid within 7 days). Only improper parking in handicapped spots produces a larger fine -- $75.00 ($50.00 if paid within 7 days).

Council discussed what ought to be done to avert a similar out-of-control situation in the future. Should a letter be sent to the OPP at Wasaga who sent people to Tiny when their parking lots were full? Should a letter be sent to Awenda Park whose rangers directed people to beaches at individual concession ends when the Park was full? Should parking fines be increased -- perhaps doubled? Should Tiny's roads be closed at our borders when Wasaga and Awenda are full? What can be done to ensure the availability of tow-trucks to remove vehicles from tow-away zones? Should there be a charge for permit parking? Should revenue from increased fines and charges be put into bylaw and OPP enforcement? No decisions were reached, but it was agreed that a plan should be in place to meet the demands of the next hot long weekend.

NEW OFFICIAL PLAN: The bulk of the new Official Plan is to become functional in September. There are 11 appeals of designations of individual properties. The Ontario Municipal Board is dealing with these in the fall, winter, and spring of 2002. One appeal has been withdrawn.

DEPUTATION RE PROBLEMS AT CONCESSION 8: Dorene Trunk spoke strongly about the discrepancy in parking numbers as presented by the Parking Committee to Council. A chart showing only a small increase in parking numbers by moving to high density did not reflect the open, unsigned area beyond permit parking. This attracts 20 to 40 extra cars. If high density is the new benchmark, this open area must be signed as "NO PARKING". She stated that the result of this large open parking area and of an over assessment of the area of the publicly owned beach at the end of the concession is overcrowding and misery for shore residents, and not just on the long August weekend. She described five unpleasant instances, all involving people who had never come to the 8th before, none of them on the long weekend. She spoke about the futility of expecting Animal Control to deal with dogs running free (they never get there in time), of garbage cans (they simply attract mess), of bylaw as a resource (they are stretched far too thin). She urged Council to restrict parking to Tiny Residents and argued that day trippers are a net drain on the Township's resources.

WALKWAYS IN GEORGIAN BAY ESTATES AREA: There have been a number of meetings with the Sunset Bay Community Association concerning walkways to the shore in this subdivision in northeast Tiny. Sunset Bay had presented the Township with the results of a survey of 145 of 189 members. During the discussion it was said:
- that the walkways are for the use of the subdivision only,
- that staff felt that signage would set an expensive precedent,
- that there should be a public education program designed to keep local residents from clearing brush on municipal property,
- that unopened walkways on the western most of the crescents should be opened as "nature trails" no more than 7 feet wide and that existing paths should be widened only to 7 feet, not the 15 requested by Sunset Bay. A path could be widened easily, but not so easily narrowed.

KETTLE'S PATHS: Here again there had been a meeting with the local beach association about paths meant for the use of the subdivision. One walkway, which had never been opened, is to be cleared; it was felt that signs would be ill advised as they would be an invitation to the overflow from Awenda; private owners were beginning to encroach and it was decided that township ownership of paths should be asserted in letters to the owners.

STREAMLINING MEETINGS: Concerned at the length of Council meetings, Councillor Hughes urged that there should be no last minute additions to the agenda except in an emergency and no unscheduled deputations. He asked that question period be restricted to 15 minutes, and that public planning meetings be restricted to one or two per meeting. In the discussion that followed, it was felt to be unwise to put a stop to unscheduled deputations, but there was some feeling that question time should not be allowed to become a debating period.

BLUEWATER BEACH JUST SOUTH OF CONCESSION ROAD 5 PURCHASED, ADJACENT WATERFRONT OWNERS REASSURED: The Township has purchased Blocks A and B of Plan 735 from George-Morgan Williams Investments Ltd. for $48,000. This stretch of beach extends from the unopened Concession 5 Road allowance south to the Trew Avenue Park. (Note that there has been discussion of opening the Concession 5 road allowance to the shore.) Council has issued a statement, offering certain "reassurances" to affected waterfront owners. For the text of the motion of reassurance, click HERE.

OWNERS OF PLAN 813 OF BLUEWATER BEACH REASSURED BY COUNCIL: The Township has registered a 20' "public highway" strip on the water side of lots 1-33 of Plan 813 (see the Report on Council for June 25). This Plan runs north from Concession Road 5 and with the purchase of Blocks A and B of Plan 735 represents a significant stretch of Township-controlled beach. Council has issued a statement offering certain "reassurances" to abutting owners. For the text of the statement, click HERE.




COUNCIL REASSURES WATERFRONT OWNERS ABUTTING BLOCKS A AND B OF PLAN 735 OF BLUEWATER BEACH

Whereas on August 13, 2001 Council passed By-law 01-103 authorizing the acquisition of Blocks A and B of Registered Plan 735 Township of Tiny

And whereas the Township continues to support the preservation of our residents' traditional access to the beaches of Tiny

And whereas Council continues to encourage local beach associations to join us in the "Adopt a Beach" philosophy of our Community Beach Statement, which of course applies to all Township-owned beach properties, and to participate in achieving consensus for this community project.

Therefore be it resolved that Council offers the following reassurances to local residents of Plan 735
a) Council sees these properties as traditionally-used beaches for the primary use of the residents and of the Township
b) There are no plans to create a major park area
c) The Parking Advisory Committee will discuss all parking revisions requested by any party. Council has no significant plans to revise parking.

CARRIED: 5-0





COUNCIL REASSURES OWNERS ABUTTING THE "PUBLIC HIGHWAY" STRIP ON PLAN 813 OF BLUEWATER BEACH

Whereas on June 25, 2001 Council passed a "housekeeping" Bylaw #01-085 regarding Plan 813 on the advice of our Township Surveyor David D. Lambden, and our lawyers, Weir Foulds, in accordance with our obligations under the Municipal Act,

And whereas the Township continues to support the preservation of our residents traditional access to the beaches of Tiny;

And whereas Council continues to encourage local beach associations to join us in the "Adopt a Beach" philosophy of our Community Beach Statement, which of course applies to all Township owned beach properties, and to participate in achieving consensus for this community project.

Therefore be it resolved that Council offers the following reassurances to local residents of Plan 813:
a) Council sees these properties as traditionally-used beaches for the primary use of the residents and of the Township
b) There are no plans to create a major park area
c) The Parking Advisory Committee will discuss all parking revisions requested by any party. Council has no significant plans to revise parking
d) After surveys have been completed, any encroachments on the 20' (public highway) strip will be resolved in a cooperative manner. As a result, many property owners will be able, for the first time, to acquire formal legal title to these encroachments.

Carried: 5-0