Council Reports: November 27, 2006

Confidential/Closed Session; Council Remuneration; Plan 681 in Concession 1; Council Thanked

November 27, 2006
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 a.m. – 12:42 p.m.
Regular Evening Meeting: 7:00 p.m. – 8:04 p.m.
All Members of Council present.

CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSION: 12:21 p.m. – 12:41 p.m.

COUNCIL REMUNERATION: In an earlier discussion, Council had decided to remain at arm’s length from decisions about Council remuneration. It had therefore asked consultants Gazda, Houlne & Association to make recommendations and asked that these recommendations be considered by a committee that was to include the two citizen members of the Audit Committee and one member of the previous Council, Bob Buchkowsky (as a person familiar with Council’s work load). Unfortunately the comparators selected by the consultants were based only on the permanent population numbers, so an additional report was requested and submitted. Also, only one citizen remained of the two on the Audit Committee and there appeared to have been no committee consideration of the recommendations. Discussion ran off in various directions, and, in the end, Council decided 3-2, on a recorded vote, to keep the base remuneration for Councillors at $16.3K, to increase the Deputy Mayor base remuneration from $17.5K to $19.5K and the Mayor from $21.7K to $24.4K, all as recommended by the consultants, but to ignore the recommendation that the per diems for attendance at meetings other than regular Council meetings be eliminated. Mayor Klug, Deputy Mayor Maurice, and Mayor Elect Peggy Breckenridge supported this arrangement, while Councillors Millar and Panasiuk voted against it.

PLAN 681 IN CONCESSION 1: The Manager of Public Works, Henk Blom, reported that Gary Preston had completed beach surveys for the Township owned lanes and stretch of beach from Culver Road to South Street and Council agreed to have Mr. Preston deposit the plan at the Registry Office in Barrie. When asked, Mr. Blom said that there are significant encroachments such as retaining walls, a deck, a gazebo. He said that any new policy to do with accreted land would not affect Township ownership in the area.

COUNCIL THANKED: Judith Grant (president of the Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations) thanked the five members of Council for serving the Township with thoughtfulness, diligence, fairness and distinction.