Council Reports: September 13, 2010

Sept.13, 2010
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:04 am – to 11.58 am
Regular Evening Meeting: 7:10 pm – 7:22 pm
All members of Council present


PHRAGMITES UPDATE: Although it was not discussed at the meeting, we learned that the MoE and MNR did approve spraying and/or wicking at the 8th Concession Road Allowance parkette and this was completed early in September. As each location requires a specific proposal and approval, staff is now preparing more applications and it is hoped that all sites will be approved in preparation for a spraying program next spring.

Draft Financial Statements and Audit Committee: Glenn Ventrcek and Kathy Black of BDO Dunwoody presented their assessment of the Township’s 2009 Draft Financial Statements. Municipal assets such as bridges and roads will now be listed as capital assets and will be depreciated over their useable lifespan rather than being expensed in the year that they are constructed. This is due to new provincial guidelines for municipalities and should more accurately reflect their asset base.

CHAMPLAIN COMMEMORATION: Peter Hominuk, Executive Director of La Cle d’Ia Baie, provided an update of plans for the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s arrival in New France and Huronia in 2015. The original steering committee was not effective and is now disbanded. Funding from a Trillium Foundation grant has been spent. His goal is to present this initiative to the four surrounding municipalities in an effort to develop a new steering committee comprised of La Cle d’la Baie, Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce, North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation and the Wendat nation. The new committee will then seek further sources of funding.

SITE 41: At this meeting, Council passed a By-law amending the Township’s Official Plan. The amendment redesignates Part of Lots 10 and 11, Concession 2 East from the “Open Waste Disposal Site” to the original “Agricultural” designation. Once the County approves the amendment, Site 41 will be farmland once more.