Report on Council: June 9, 2014

REPORT ON COUNCIL:
June 9, 2014
Committee of the Whole Meeting: 9:00 am – 10:02am
Confidential Closed Session: N/A
Regular Meeting: 11:00 am – 11:23am
Mayor Millar, Deputy Mayor Lawrence, Councilors Warren, Wishart, Claire

Mr. Leger Robitaille/Concession 19 W/Access Assumption
The Committee reviewed an oral submission request dated June 2, 2014, from Mr.
Leger Robitaille, regarding a request for assumption of the access at Concession 19
W (Con. 18 N, Pt. Lot 20).
The Committee recommended that the oral submission request be deferred pending
receipt of a staff report on the matter.
Council voted to defer the oral submission request pending receipt of a staff report and that Mr. Robitaille be advised.

Mr. Bruce Guthrie/Wyebridge Drainage Petition and Remediation Works
The Committee reviewed an oral submission request dated June 2, 2014, from Mr.
Bruce Guthrie, regarding concerns about the Wyebridge Drainage Petition and
Remediation Works. Mr. Guthrie is worried about flooding.
The Committee recommended that the oral submission request be deferred pending
receipt of a staff report on the matter. It was further recommended that no remediation works be carried out at this time.
Council voted to defer the oral submission request pending receipt of a staff report, to defer the remediation work and to advise Mr. Guthrie accordingly.

Board Appointment – Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe
Council voted to appoint Councilor Andre Claire as the Township of Tiny representative to the Board of the EDCNS.

County Council Update

Waste Management information Sessions
Deputy Mayor Lawrence noted that public information sessions on the potential development of an organics processing facility were scheduled for June 17, 2014, at the Simcoe County Museum. The sessions provided information on the County’s current system for processing organics, recommendations made in the strategy, project timelines and major steps. Information regarding these sessions is available on the County of Simcoe’s website.

Strategic Planning Session June 3, 2014
Deputy Mayor Lawrence attended the County’s strategic planning session which included various presentations, an overview of accomplishments to date and future goals. Major topics of discussion included waste diversion, transit and economic development.

Heritage Advisory Committee Motion re: Ancient Lacrosse Tournament
The Committee considered Heritage Advisory Committee Motion H21/14 regarding a funding contribution for a proposed ancient lacrosse tournament demonstration and lecture as part of the Champlain Commemoration.
The Committee had previously requested input from the Beausoleil First Nation on this matter to which they are now in receipt of a letter from Chief Roland Monague. He presented a report on the Champlain festivities to his Council and BFN replied that it does not recognize the celebration of Samuel De Champlain. His presence was the first contact with the Settler Nation which over time took away First Nation culture and language by promoting Christianity. This time in history serves as a reminder of how First Nation culture has been lost. Acknowledging Champlain through celebration is not possible. They asked the celebration organizers to respect their wishes to not participate.
Councilor Claire indicated that the purpose of the event is not celebratory in nature but a commemoration to the events of history. He further noted his wish to respond to Chief Monague’s correspondence and shared his draft response with the Committee.
Council voted to approve the funding contribution of $4,000. from the 2015 Champlain Commemoration reserve fund for the ancient lacrosse tournament demonstration and lecture. Mayor Ray Millar decided to stand with his friend Chief Monague and vote no.

Speed Bumps/Farlain Lake
Mayor Ray Millar noted that there was a previous presentation by R.J. Burnside and Associates on a traffic calming strategy for the municipality. Mayor Millar also referenced information from the City of Barrie’s traffic control group pertaining to the use of temporary speed bumps. The question was raised as to whether Council would want to participate in a traffic control program that involves the use of temporary speed bumps.
The Committee recommended that staff prepare a report on the need for a traffic calming strategy including the possibility of utilizing temporary speed bumps. In the interim, it was suggested that the OPP could be utilized for weekend Paid Duties in the areas of concern.
Council voted to direct staff to prepare a report on the need for a traffic calming strategy and to contact the OPP for Paid Duty in the areas of concern.