Council Reports: August 31, 2009

REPORT ON COUNCIL

Aug. 31, 2009

Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 a.m. – 1:02 p.m. and 1.40 p.m. – 4:01 p.m.

Regular Evening Meeting: 7:01 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

All members of Council present

CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSION: 2.43 p.m. to 4:01 p.m.

REPORTS OF CONSULTANTS AND THIRD PARTIES:

Canada Post Corporation / Address Changes – Officials of Canada Post explained that they are planning to modify up to 2400 addresses in mid November 2009. They need to eliminate the use of RR numbers and have residents use only civic addresses so that delivery routes can be changed when necessary. They must abide by the Labor Code and not have drivers working excessive hours, so periodically the routes have to be adjusted. The area impacted is from the 13th Concession to the north end of the Township. Full communication with those affected will commence soon.

Signage Again – The design, typeface and colour were finalized. The next step is for MC3 Communications to provide the detailed design and the Request for Proposal documents. Council mentioned that local firms must be invited to bid.

Balm Beach Improvements Master Plan – R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited presented a $1.4 million, detailed plan for a three-year redevelopment of Balm Beach. It includes decorative street lighting, seating areas, storm outfall relocation and treatment, a lookout and gazebo, improvements to the washroom facilities, trees, more parking, narrowing of road lanes, crosswalks, a patio seating area at storefronts. Details are available on the Township website under the Committee of the Whole Agenda for August 31, 2009. (We note that the price tag is half a million higher than that for the original Balm Beach Master Plan, which was never implemented because it was too costly.)
Deputy Mayor Lawrence noted that the washroom upgrade couldn’t wait until year three due to impending legislation regarding handicapped facilities.

SITE 41 MOTION: that the landfill be abandoned and closed: Council discussed next steps regarding Site 41. Notice has been given of a motion at County Council to close the facility permanently, but it will be very important to get the Certificate of Approval revoked so the facility cannot be sold to a private company. Council hopes to get the four northern communities together to consider a waste management program.

LAFONTAINE ICE RINK PROPOSAL: At the evening session, Lyle Blair, heading a delegation, made a presentation regarding a proposed new rink. His group wants an artificial rink as the natural ice season is shortening because of changing weather patterns. They argued that the rink is poorly situated and should be moved, possibly to land adjacent to the Caisse Populaire. An amount of $200,000 was mentioned, as was the possibility of raising private capital. According to their proposal, the Township would own the facility, but it would be operated by their private corporation. They require time to create a detailed business plan.
Staff and Council Members expressed concern that trying to change the focus of the grant that has been received to update the current facility may be problematic.

RABIES CLINIC: There is to be a rabies clinic at Perkinsfield Park on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.