Council Reports: May 14, 2007

REPORT ON COUNCIL May 14, 2007Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 a.m. – 1:51 p.m.Regular Evening Meeting: 7:00 p.m. – 7:16 p.m.All members of Council present.

CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSION: 10:52 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.

REMEMBER: LETTERS TO THE TOWNSHIP ARE PUBLIC DOCUMENTS! After some discussion of a report by Deputy Clerk, Anita Weatherell, about personal information released through the publication of letters in Council agendas, Council decided that a reminder of this fact should be included on public notices and on the Township website. In essence, those who write letters to the Township should remember that their letters are public documents, and may be made available to the general public in a number of ways, including the publication on the Township website as part of a Council Agenda. Information such as writers’ addresses (home, business, e-mail) may thus become widely available.

TOWNSHIP BILLS MAY NOW BE PAID WITH DEBIT AND CREDIT CARDS: By mid June, four Debit/Credit Terminals are expected to be operational in the Township Office, for use as you pay your taxes or other charges in the Township Office.

LAND IDENTIFICATION FAR FROM COMPLETE: It seems that the announcement toward the end of the last Council’s term of office that land identification land owned by the Township was complete for the shore and that subsequent work would focus on inland properties was misleading. Only Concession 1 has been completed in the thorough manner recommended by David Lambden. A report from Henk Blom, Manager of Public Works, recommended that the ongoing investigation of records related to Township-owned property proceed more briskly and somewhat less thoroughly. A thorough report of what has been done for Concessions 2 to 7, the standards applied, and the uncertainties remaining, is to be presented soon, so that Council can decide just what level of investigation should be undertaken.

PAUZE PLUME AGAIN: Included in the correspondence section of Council’s Agenda was a copy of the Ministry of the Environment (MoE) Director’s Order to the owner of the Eric Pauze Landfill site, in Lot 12, Concession 9. This landfill operated from 1966 until its closure in 1987. The MoE has been monitoring the site since 1980, and after a review of data in 2006, concluded that a leachate plume continues to migrate from the landfill and is affecting groundwater quality downgradient of the landfill. The owner is required to retain a geoscientist (or a similarly qualified professional engineer) who will create and implement a groundwater monitoring plan for the site. The owner is to submit a report by the end of October 2008. This shall evaluate the impacts from the site, make recommendations about the need for ongoing monitoring, and detail remedial measures. The owner may appeal the Order to the Environmental Review Tribunal.