REPORT ON COUNCIL
January 27, 2003
Committee of the Whole 9:11 am – 5:32 pm
STAFF DEPARTURES: Michael Emms, Water Superintendent, and Michael Dorion, Chief By-Law Officer, both employees of long standing, were dismissed on January 21. The only reference to these staff departures in the public part of the Council meeting was a statement read at the evening session by Mayor Klug: "As a result of a staff vacancy in the Water Works Division, the engineering firm of R.J. Burnside & Associates has been appointed to operate and manage the Township of Tiny Water Works facilities on an interim basis." It was indicated that this temporary arrangement is expected to continue for approximately 8 to 12 weeks, until the staff vacancy is filled.
OPP TEMPORARY STAFF CHANGES: OPP Staff Sergeant Greg Skinner introduced Acting Inspector Tim Pierce (Collingwood / Blue Mountain Detachment), who will be acting as head of the Midland OPP detachment for six months while Staff Sergeant Skinner is on assignment to OPP headquarters.
WYEVALE COMMUNITY SAFETY ZONE: Acting upon previous input from the Wyevale Community, Council passed a by-law constituting Concession Road 5 East and West in the Village of Wyevale a Community Safety Zone, with increased fines for speeding violations. With the concurrent designation by the County of County Road 6 in the Village of Wyevale as a Community Safety Zone, the sought-after result should be a decrease in speeding through the village, particularly in the vicinity of the school crossing where Concession 5 meets County Road 6.
OFF-ROAD MOTORIZED VEHICLES COMMITTEE: The original mandate of this Committee was to run only through the end of January 2003. At the recommendation of Councillor Frank Hughes, Chair of the Committee, Council extended the mandate of the Committee to the end of the year.
LANDFILL SITE 41: The County of Simcoe owns and operates Landfill Site 41, located in the Township of Tiny. A motion was passed by Council that "whereas the location and design of Landfill Site 41 is of significant importance to a large area of the surrounding environment", the Township should arrange for an independent peer review of certain reports relating to hydrogeological and other factors relating to the landfill site recently released by the County." (Members of the public present at the Council meeting asked the likely cost of carrying out this peer review. The response was that the cost could not be determined at this time.)
WEST NILE VIRUS: Deputy Mayor Salisbury summarized recommendations from a recent Simcoe County District Health Unit workshop concerning contingency preparedness against incidence of West Nile Virus in Simcoe County in 2003: including public education and mosquito control measures.
JACKSON PARK BOAT LAUNCH: A report on proposed improved facilities for the Jackson Park boat launch projected the cost of improvements at $13,250 for 2003. Councillor Bob Buchkowsky indicated that the projected cost was high: that $10,000 would likely be ample. The matter was referred once again to the Small Watercraft Committee for further review.
SIGN REMOVAL: Henk Blom, Manager of Public Works, reported that all commercial signage had been removed from Township property by the end of December, pursuant to the Township's new sign control by-law.
DEPUTATIONS CONCERNING MOTION BY COUNCILLOR HUGHES FOR LEGAL OPINION: Kathy Speers of the "Save the Beaches" organization and former Deputy-Mayor Patricia O'Driscoll each made evening deputations concerning the motion by Councillor Frank Hughes at the previous Council meeting for a written legal opinion concerning certain assertions made by representatives of "Save the Beaches" relating to beach access issues. (As previously reported, the motion by Councillor Hughes was defeated at the January 13, 2003 session of Council.)
Mrs. Spears again requested the support of Council for the participation of "Save the Beaches" in all further proceedings of the provincially-appointed Mediators. Council noted, once again, that the Mediators themselves are responsible for determining such matters. Mrs. O'Driscoll spoke in support of Councillor Hughes' motion for a legal opinion. She also pointed out that there had been no need to have contour maps created recently for the 5 major parks as the Township Surveyor, David Lambden, had prepared such maps in 1999/2000. As in an earlier deputation, she questioned the efficiency of Township record keeping.