REPORT ON COUNCIL
April 27, 2009
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. and 1:06 p.m. – 5:11 p.m.
Regular Evening Meeting: 7:00 p.m. – 7:24 p.m.
All Members of Council present
CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSION: 11:41 a.m. – 12:35 and 3:08 p.m. – 5:08 p.m.
NO SPRING LEAF PICK-UP: Deputy Mayor George Lawrence reported that many residents have placed bagged leaves along the roadside in anticipation of a spring pick-up. The Township only provides pick-up in the fall. Information notices will be placed in local publications and on the website to reaffirm that this service is only available in the fall.
(Seasonal residents close up the cottage at Thanksgiving before most of the leaves have fallen. Windy winters and springs swirl up debris. A spring pick-up would be a welcome service from the Township.)
BALM BEACH REJUVENATION PLAN: Cecil Gratrix and Craig Dawson of R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited and Greg Norman of Norman’s Garden Gallery presented a preliminary concept plan for Balm Beach. Suggestions included pedestrian friendly walkways, seating areas, new lighting and landscaping enhancements.
PAY & DISPLAY PARKING MACHINES: Both Woodland Beach Park and Jackson’s Point Park will have Pay & Display parking machines installed and operating as of Friday, May 15, 2009. Parking will be available for Handicapped, permit holders and pay as you park tickets. There will no longer be any open parking spaces.
BUILDING CANADA FUND AND NEW INFRASTRUCTURE STIMULUS FUND: The Township will apply for infrastructure project funding from these two funds, according to Doug Luker, Chief Administrative Officer. The BCF application is for the replacement of the Lafontaine rink/pavilion (estimated cost $660,000) and the ISF application is for the Balm Beach Road reconstruction from County Road 6 to Albert Avenue (estimated project cost $350,000) and the paving of Tiny Trails from Wye River Bridge, which is south of Concession 3 East, to Concession 12 East (estimated project cost $260,000). One third of the cost ($423,333) would be funded by the municipality from the Capital Expenditure Reserve.
MAYOR’S WALK FRIDAY MAY 29, 2009: Mayor Peggy Breckenridge invites all residents to join her in a Tiny Trail Walk on Friday, May 29th from 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. Please meet at the Wyevale Tiny Trail Parkette.
COMMUNICATIONS ADDRESSED TO COUNCIL: Correspondence addressed to the Mayor or Members of Council will be distributed directly to them. It will not be included in the Council Agenda unless the writer specifically requests inclusion on a public agenda (Committee of the Whole/Council Meeting). The CAO/Clerk reserves the right to withhold any correspondence from the agenda. These Agendas are published on the Internet and your comments together with your name and address may be included and appear on the Internet.
OFFICIAL PLAN REVIEW UPDATE: Kris Menzies of MHBC planning consultants reported that Tiny’s OPReview has been stalled because the County is late completing its OPReview
The first priority is the Public Open House [now scheduled for Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. until noon, in the Wyebridge Community Centre]. At it, there will be a brief presentation explaining that the Review is to bring the Plan into conformity with senior government policies rather than a rethink of its vision and priorities. Members of the public will then be invited to give input about aspects of the current Plan that they want improved or changed.
Ms. Menzies then hopes to have a draft ready by July, to have the Statutory Public Meeting in August, and to prepare a final draft by October/November.