REPORT ON COUNCIL
July 9 and 30, 2018:
Committee of the Whole Meetings: July 9, 2018: 9:00 a.m. – 4:38 p.m. and July 30, 2018: 9:00 a.m. – 5:23 p.m.
Regular Meetings of Council: July 9, 2018: July 9, 2018: 5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.; and July 30, 2018: 6:24 p.m. – 6:35 p.m.
All members of Council present at both meetings on July 9 and July 30. On July 30, Councillor Hinton arrived at 1:00 p.m.
July 30, 2018 – Tiny Connect – Sign up now at www.tinyconnect.ca
August 13, 2018, 9 a.m. – Regular Meeting of Council only
August 18, 2018 – Georgian Bay Pops, to raise fund for the Georgian Bay General Hospital
August 25, 2018, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Fire & Emergency Services Family Fun Day, Wyevale Fire Hall
August 27, 2018 – Regular Committee of the Whole Meeting, only [Cancelled]
SPECIAL OCCASION PARKING PERMIT PROGRAM:
After a long discussion, Council recommended that staff proceed with
- Option #1 for Wedding/Funeral Permits — a $225 fee for each application of 50 permits, $4.50/permit;
- Option #1 for Associations Special Event Permits –permits to be granted and the fee waived;
- Option #1 for Contractor Permits – Township contractors, electricians, plumbers, property maintenance or paving companies that operate from a business address in Tiny, a single annual $100 permit covering all marked vehicles without providing licence plate numbers;
- and Option #2 for Resident Guest Permits – 1-day parking consideration when family/friends visit unexpectedly using the following criteria: up to 2 permits for 1 day, 3 times a summer; in front of residence of applicant; free of charge; phone in only supplying name address, phone number, plate number(s), etc.
WIND TURBINE LEGAL OPINION:
Asked to comment on the Township’s current by-law regarding wind turbines, Sarah Hahn of Barriston Law was of the opinion that the current by-law regulating wind turbines is not enforceable in court. This is so because the by-law interferes with the Province’s “Green Energy Act”. Hahn recommended that the by-law be repealed and that Council amend the township’s fee schedule to include building permit fees that reflect the standard $14,000 per turbine cost and enact a by-law requiring the developer of a wind energy project to enter into road access agreements prior to the commencement of wind turbine projects. Council made these changes on July 30.
ADDITION TO MUNICIPAL HERITAGE REGISTER:
Wymbolwood Beach Lodge and a rental unit (both built 1930) at 628 Tiny Beaches Road South
TRESPASS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY AT KITCHING LANE:
John Tobin, 10 Kitching Lane, told Council that when some beachgoers trespassed on his private property they refused to leave when told it was private. When called, police “advised both parties that all beachfront properties are under dispute and that, as per new direction from Tiny, the OPP could speak with individuals but could do nothing further, i.e. lay charges.” Doug Luker, C.A.O., stated that no such direction was provide to the OPP. There has been no change in policy and no new direction was given.” The C.A.O. was to follow-up with the OPP.
ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS TOWER AT 4270 CROSSLAND ROAD:
This tower will expand cellular, broadband and data service coverage for shore residences from Con. 4 south. The Township agreed to supply the necessary Letter of Concurrence for the project to proceed. An additional benefit is that the Township is permitted to install radio frequency transmitting and receiving equipment on the tower free of cost.
SOURCE WATER PROTECTION:
In 2015, the Severn Sound Association produced a map showing source water protection areas in Tiny Township for municipal wells, the map used by consultants preparing an update of the township’s Official Plan. At the July 30 meeting of Council, Councillor Hastings proposed that the same level of protection be given to the township’s private wells, starting with those in the area of French’s Hill in Concession 1. An education program similar to the SSEA’s old Well Aware Program combined with the best practices contained in the Source Water Protection Program would be instituted. More germane to concerns about the impact of aggregate extraction in Concession 1 on the French’s Hill recharge area was the suggestion that staff invite members of SSEA’s Source Water Protection Committee to a Meeting of Council to provide information about what needs to happen to have private wells included under the provincial program and to put together a program to protect private wells and recharge areas. Ideally SSEA’s other member municipalities would participate and share the cost. Staff is also to consider adding language to the Official Plan to emphasize the Township’s commitment to source water protection.
MASTER FIRE PLAN:
Fire Chief Ray Millar took Council through the current state of each of the 46 recommendations in the 2017 Master Fire Plan. He noted that the Fire Department had been well managed by previous chiefs: many of the recommendations had already been undertaken and the department meets or exceeds requirements in the Fire Prevention Act. Conspicuous throughout his presentation was Millar’s alertness to cost saving measures. Council then accepted his recommendation that Toanche Station 3 be expanded to include a bay to house the township’s hovercraft, that a brush truck be purchased to provide the Fire Department access to private and/or unassumed roads, and that the utility truck at Toanche Station 3 be replaced. All three are to be accomplished with the reallocation of $205,000 of unspent 2018 accounts.
LVL 1 AND 2 ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS:
At the urging of Deputy Mayor Walma, these are to be considered during 2019 budget deliberations.