Report on Council: June 25, 2012

Report on Council
June 25, 2012
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 am – 12:04 pm
Confidential Closed Session: 11:43 am – 12:.03 pm
Regular Meeting: 7:00 pm – 7:37 pm
Mayor Millar, Deputy Mayor Lawrence, Councillors Claire, Warren and ,Wishart

Budget Planning for 2013
Council agreed on the following dates for Budget Meetings:
Friday, October 9; Friday, November 9; and Monday, December 3.

County Council Update
Deputy Mayor Lawrence spoke on the cost to the Township to pick up the excess heavy garbage items left along the roadside after the initial pick up by the County of Simcoe. It was noted that the Township contractor has the ability to separate the items picked up at the Township yard and may be doing so.
Mayor Millar noted that County Council will recess for the month of July. He also noted that all member municipalities (including CAOs and Planners) will be meeting on June 26 to discuss the “Places to Grow” legislation and the proposed modified County of Simcoe Official Plan.

Beach Access Permit and By-law
Council considered Public Works Report PWR-031-12 dated June 25, 2012 from Henk Blom, Manager of Public Works, regarding the review of the current Beach Access Permits as previously requested by members of Council. A discussion took place with respect to application and security deposit fees, obtaining permission in advance from the private property owners and types of use. Council directed staff to provide a report outlining the conditions for the type of use, fees and securities associated with obtaining a Beach Access Permit.

Lawson Road Parking Activity Results
Council considered Public Works Report PWR-032-12 dated June 25, 2012 from Henk Blom, Manager of Public Works, regarding the parking monitoring results (July-September 2011) at Lawson Road and available options for Council to consider. Council resolved to authorize the placement of “Permit Parking” signage on the south side and “No Parking” along the north side of Lawson Road from Park Road to the base of the hill and that “No Parking” signs be installed on both sides of Lawson Road from the base of the hill to a point 300 metres east of the crest of the hill.

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
Councillor Warren made reference to two documents from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI) entitled “Shale Gas Exploration, Extraction and Treatment Activities and the Role of Local Government” and “Supplemental Brief on the Shale Gas Resolution”. Councillor Wishart noted that he, along with Keith Sherman of SSEA, is attending the 2012 GLSLCI Annual Meeting and Conference and reported that he would report back to Council on the water levels and the shale gas exploration issues.

2012 Summerama Update
Councillor Claire provided an update on the 2012 Summerama scheduled for August 10 – 11, 2012. He reported that the Summerama Committee is proposing temporary road closures in the Balm Beach area for the event.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
The Committee considered Clerks Report CR-021-12 dated June 11, 2012 from Sue Walton, Sr. Administrative Coordinator, respecting the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The report provided an overview of the Act and more specifically what has been legislated to date. A discussion took place regarding the proposed renovation of the entrance of the Administration Building.
On a recorded vote of 3 – 2 (Mayor Millar and Councillor Wishart opposed) Council directed staff to to proceed with the tendering process excluding the non-accessibility items and that R. J. Burnside & Associates report back to Council at the conclusion of the tendering process.