REPORT ON COUNCIL
August 29, 2011
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 am to 9:40 am, and 12:45 to 1:12 pm;
Confidential closed session 11:10 am to 11:38 am;
Public Meeting under the Planning Act: 7:00 pm to 7:18 pm;
Regular Evening Meeting: 7:21 pm to 8:15 pm
Councilors Claire, Warren and Wishart present Mayor Millar, Deputy Mayor Lawrence absent
In the absence of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, Councilor Claire was appointed to act as Head of Council for the meeting of the Committee of the Whole and the Regular Meeting of Council
MAINTENANCE AT CONCESSION 8 END DISCUSSED
Dorene Trunk addressed members of Council on the problem of poplar trees growing along the Concession 8 road allowance and affecting her private property. She requested answers on how her property and the municipally owned property can be maintained. Henk Blom was asked to investigate how to control the growth of the poplar trees. He was also directed to stabilize the drainage outlet annually prior to the May 24th weekend and that the channel for the outlet be maintained annually from May 24th to September 15th. In addition, Phragmites plants should not be disturbed early in the season so as to be mature for treatment annually in August/September, as required.
LHIN VISION & 3-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN PRESENTED
Bob Morton and Bernie Blais of the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) presented an overview of the next three years on the implementation of the LHIN-wide programs and initiatives of Care Connections. The North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN oversees approximately $700 million of health services in our region. As one of 14 LHINs across Ontario, the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN plans, integrates and funds local health services, including hospitals, community care access centres, community health centres, long-term care homes, mental health and addiction programs and a variety of community support services agencies.
FARLAIN LAKE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION/SPEEDING CONCERNS
Bob Allan spoke on behalf of the Farlain Lake Community Association regarding speeding in the Farlain Lake area. Staff was instructed to deploy the radar trailer in the Farlain Lake area to gather speeding data. Council further resolved to continue working with the OPP and to deploy the radar trailer for the months of September and October and the 2011 radar trailerdeployment be reviewed over the winter so that Council can provide direction for 2012.
WEST SHORE DRIVE ROAD REALIGNMENT APPROVED
Council passed the necessary by-law to allow the realignment of West Shore Drive on Part of Lot 15, Conc 20.
BY-LAW INFRACTIONS & ANIMAL CONTROL REVIEWED
The number of by-law infractions increased in most categories in 2011. Animal control reported a large increase in the number of cats picked up, and staff was asked to place an item on the next Heads of Council meeting to discuss a spay/neuter program.
MONTHLY COMPARATIVE BUILDING PERMIT REPORT
Construction in July fell from a value of $3,608,000 for July 2010 to $2,650,000 for July 2011. For January to July, construction fell from $21,171,000 in 2010 to $14,706,000 in 2011.
BY-LAW DESIGNATES A COMMUNITY SAFETY ZONE ON CONCESSION 5
By-laws were passed designating a Community Safety Zone on Concession 5 for 920 metres westerly from County Road 6 and 900 metres easterly, in the village of Wyevale, and to reduce the speed limit on Concession 5 East from County Road 6 to Shayne Drive inclusive.
1. Robert Easto and Katherine Wiele, letter and petition re: Public Parking onTrew Avenue.
2. Linda Lockyer, letters re: Slowing Traffic at Woodland Beach.
3. Dorene Trunk, letter re: Township Information Article/Coyote and BeachSafety.
4. Residents/Andrew Drive, letter and petition re: Renaming of Military Road.
5. Yvonne Kerpis, letter and petition re: No Parking Request on Pennorth Drive.
6. Rosita M. Desroches of Le Villageois de Lafontaine, letter re: Letters ofCredit (This matter was deferred to the September 12, 2011 Regular Committee of the Whole meeting.)
AMENDMENT OF THE OFFICIAL PLAN: ZONING FOR WIND TURBINES
Council passed an amendment of The Township of Tiny Official Plan to add new policies to Section D10 Electric Power Facilities. The new policies relate to the siting of industrial wind energy facilities (wind turbines). They originate from the recommendations of the Visual Landscape Guidance for Industrial Wind Energy Facilities Study dated June 2009 prepared by the School of Environmental Design and Rural Planning of the University of Guelph.
These policies provide a framework for the development of industrial wind energy facilities in the Township of Tiny.
The amendment divides the Township into three management zones; Protected Zone, Sensitive Landscapes, and Less Sensitive Landscapes. The majority of the Township is within the Protected Zone. Within the Protected Zone, industrial wind energy facilities are prohibited. Within the Sensitive Zone, industrial wind energy facilities may be allowed with supporting studies including a visual impact assessment, cultural heritage report, environmental impact statement, and noise study. In addition, within the Sensitive Zone and Less Sensitive Zone there are required setbacks prescribed.
Three written submissions were received and two oral comments were made. Al Taylor, spoke on behalf of CORT in support of the proposed Official Plan Amendment, as the visual impact of wind turbines would be very great on the Township. Peter Steinmetz also spoke in favour of the Official Plan Amendment because of the impact wind turbines would have on real estate values, health, lifestyle, character and nature of the Township. It is his opinion that it is better to have policies in a local Official Plan even though provincial legislation may supersede it.
BISHOP WATER TECHNOLOGIES/GEOTUBE DEWATERING TECHNOLOGY
Kevin Bossy of Bishop Water Technologies presented an overview of the Geotube Dewatering Technology for the management of biosolids and septage.