Report on Council: April 10th and 24th, 2017

April 10 and 24, 2017
Committee of the Whole Meeting April 10: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; April 24: 9 a.m. – 1:21 p.m.
Regular Meeting April 10: 5:35 p.m. – 5:54 p.m.; April 24: 6 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma, Councillors Cindy Hastings, Richard Hinton and Gibb Wishart all present on the 10th. Mayor Cornell absent on April 24.


  • Leash Free Dog Park Opening – May 17, 6-7 p.m. – CBO Park, 2 Winterset Av
  • Town Hall Meeting – May 27, 10 a.m. to noon – Wyebridge Community Centre
  • Independent Living Services Seminar (free) at Tiny Township Community Centre – June 2 – about how to make your house a home for a lifetime
  • National Health & Fitness Day – June 3 – Perkinsfield Park, includes road closure from intersection of County Road 6 and Balm Beach Road West to Surf Restaurant (10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for Tiny Fox Trot event)
  • Community Barbeque – July 22


Planning for the proposed municipal arboretum is inching along. Stott Park is being viewed as a possible location. Dawn McConnell (Public Works Department) is to visit the Guelph arboretum to learn more about arboretums. Members of staff are looking into staffing, volunteers, maintaining trees throughout the season, signage, parking and advertising. A $5,000 federal grant has been successfully applied for. Also in hand are OLG funds of approximately $7,000 that must be used by this fall.


Three deputations raised concerns about the Business Association of Balm Beach’s proposed 2017 summer events in Balm Beach. Diane Leblovic’s was the most comprehensive. She questioned the space that would be consumed by a volleyball court in a heavily used, public park of limited size, expressed concerns about the noise from ten musical events, and queried the way decisions were made. She presented a petition signed by 44 Balm Beach residents. After much discussion, Council approved BABB’s proposed summer events subject to BABB consulting with neighbours and that there be no suspension of the noise by-law. Council made it clear that BABB should consult with nearby residents when designing each summer’s program, preferably during the preceding summer.


Starting this summer, all township major parks are to have areas for paid visitor parking. Residents/ratepayers, however, may also park in a metered area by displaying a $15 parking permit (each township household may purchase two). Rates are similar to last year’s and are in line with those in neighbouring municipalities. Council made one change to the recommended fees: at Jackson Park, visitors parking both car and boat or trailer, must pay for two spaces, not one. A resident just has to display one permit.


In response to inquiries about commemorative trees and benches, the township initiated a Commemorative Tree and Bench Program on April 24, 2017. Benches will be installed in May/June or Oct./Nov. The deadlines for applications are April 1st and September 1st. Planting of trees will occur as weather and ground conditions permit. Application forms are available as a PDF at or at the township offices. Once the form has been submitted, the Recreation Department will follow up with a phone call or e-mail to confirm receipt and may request a site meeting or discussion.


5 Matilda Street, log house built 1880, first home built in Wyevale, now with metal roof and stuccoed, original wood railing and gingerbread trim has been removed

150 Green Point Road, built 1943, St. Florence Roman Catholic Chapel (summer use until 1960s, year round since then) & S.S. #24 (use as school house ended in 1960s), original brick exterior later replaced by vinyl siding