FoTTSA Report on Tiny Council Meeting: December 9th, 2019 and Budget Meetings – November 4th, 20th and December 9th

December 9, 2019

Regular Meeting of Council: December 9, 2019: 9 a.m. – 9:53 a.m.  All members of Council Present

Senior Speaker Series:
– Technology in the Modern Age – Tuesday, January 28th, Session One 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Session Two 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m., Council Chambers (registration required)
– Budgeting Banking & affordable Housing – to be determined

Winter Carnival d’Hiver – Saturday, February 8th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Perkinsfield Park

Seniors Day Trip:
– Orillia Opera House – Sunday, February 16th, 4 – 10:30 p.m. (registration required)
– Taste of Collingwood – to be determined

Seniors’ Clubs Open Houses:
– Bayshore Seniors Club (2000 TBRS) – Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
– The Place (300 Balm Beach Road West) – Thursday, February 20, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
– Le Club de L’Age d’Or (333 Lafontaine Road West, Unit 207) – Wednesday, March 18, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Senior Symposium: Wednesday April 1st, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., TTCC

Youth Drop-in Program: Ski/Snowboard at Snow Valley – January 30th, leaving Perkinsfield Park at 4 p.m. returning at 8:30 p.m.

Town Hall Meetings:
Saturday, June 13th, Tiny Township Community Centre
Thursday, September 17th, Wyebridge Community Centre

Waste Collection changes take effect February 3, 2020

Season Position Openings: Apply by February 7, 2020

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Deputation by FoTTSA Director Tara Marshall regarding aggregate extraction in Concession 1: 

After giving a brief overview of the current stage of the LPAT hearing into CRH Canada Group Inc’s proposed expansion of the Teedon Pit in Concession 1 northward into French’s Hill, Marshall reminded Council of the danger posed by removal of aggregate in that area to the Alliston aquifer complex, the same aquifer that was at issue in the Dump Site 41 battle. Noting that Dr. William Shotyk (whose 30 years of tests have shown the aquifer to be extraordinarily pure) and Dr. John Cherry (writer of the standard textbook on groundwater) have begun the long, expensive process of mapping this aquifer complex, she urged Council to make preservation of the aquifer an issue to be addressed at the LPAT hearing and to be the focus of their lobbying of key provincial ministries, given that it is their responsibility as the environmental stewards of Tiny Township to protect the aquifer from permanent and irreversible damage.

The Deputation was discussed at Council’s Committee of the Whole Meeting on January 13, 2020 when Council decided that the deputation “be received as information.”

2020 Budget Meetings:

November 4, 2019

Committee of the Whole: November 4, 2019: 9:00 a.m. – 3:43 p.m. All members of Council present.

Discussion Draft 2020 Budget:

Council and staff reviewed 27 of the township’s operating budgets. They decided to give more consideration to 10 matters.  No decisions were recorded in the report on the discussion.

November 20, 2019

Committee of the Whole: November 20, 2019: 9:00 a.m. – 5:05 p.m. All members of Council present. Councillor Tony Mintoff vacated the Council Chambers at 12:30 p.m. and returned at 2:05 p.m.

Discussion Draft 2020 Budget:

A number of items were given further consideration and a number of reports are to be prepared by staff in 2020. At least one funding request was forwarded to the Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament for consideration.

  • Pre-budget approval was given to increasing pay parking rates to $2.50 per hour ($20 per day) for vehicles. Rates for vehicles with trailers are to remain the same ($4 per hour and $30 per day).
  • $10,000 funding (up from $7,500 in 2019) was granted for the Southern Georgian Bay Family Physician Recruitment Program.
  • Georgian Bay Great Lakes Foundation’s funding request of $15,000 was rejected; in future the Foundation is to be asked to provide financial information and is to be told that the Township is willing to support their initiatives where appropriate and applicable.
  • The Farlain Lake Community Association’s request of $40,000 for a hydrogeological study of the Lake was also rejected. The formation of a working group was supported. Assistance in identifying potential funding sources and with funding applications as deemed appropriate was also supported.
  • Installation of a painted and signed crosswalk in front of the Wyevale Central Public School is to be funded.

Next Steps: Staff was asked to bring back a draft budget that contemplates a 2% tax rate increase to the next Budget Meeting.

The next Budget Meeting was rescheduled to December 9, 2019 (from December 16), immediately following the scheduled Regular Meeting of Council.

December 9, 2019

Committee of the Whole: December 9, 2019: 10:05 a.m. – 11:48 a.m. All members of Council present.

Final Discussion Draft 2020 Budget:

  1. Upon consideration of the Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe’s Funding request – 0.75 percent of the municipal tax levy – Council agreed that the 2019 rate be used in the 2020 budget, but the minutes did not reveal what that was.
  2. After discussing a proposed water study in relation to the Waverley Uplands, Council agreed that further consideration of the matter is required with funding ($5,000) to be taken out of the 2020 operating reserves if deemed appropriate.
  3. Staff was to prepare the final 2020 draft budget (a 2% tax rate increase) for formal presentation at the January 27, 2020 Committee of the Whole Meeting.