REPORT ON COUNCIL
February 11, 2002
Committee of the Whole 9:08 am - 4:28 pm
Evening Council Meeting 7:07 pm to 8:29 pm
All members of Council present
CONFIDENTIAL/CLOSED SESSION: 2:25 pm to 4:22 pm.
ADDITIONS TO STAFF:
Eric Lesperance - Operator 1/Parks Lead Hand
Martin Grozelle and Pierre Marion - Operator 1
Robert Marshall - Mechanic/Operator 1
Paula LeClerc - Class II Water Distribution Operator
SEPTIC RE-INSPECTION PROGRAM: IS IT GOING TO BE THOROUGH ENOUGH TO CATCH PROBLEMS?:
The by-law to put a Township-wide Septic System Re-inspection Program in place was passed 5-0.
Councillor Bob Buchkowsky expressed doubt that a walk-though inspection of the sort proposed would discern defective systems, since break-outs rarely occur in sandy soils like those in Tiny Township. Inspectors are to have in hand all relevant records about each system and this, it is thought, will make a proper inspection possible. [We hope so; it is important that these inspections be effective.]
WYEVALE RAILWAY STATION RECONSTRUCTION DISCUSSED: There have been 3 committee meetings and a public meeting about the possibility of building an historically accurate railway station on the old site opposite the Wyevale store to be used as a museum and tourist centre.
TINY TRAILS: Council voted 5-0 to support the Tiny Trails Committee's project to resurface the Tiny Trail and its application to the Trillium Foundation for $75,000.
ANOTHER MOTION CONCERNING THE STUMP DUMP IN CONCESSION 20 ADJACENT TO THE BLAIRHAMPTON PROPERTY: This reads:
"Whereas the stump dump located on the south part of Lot 21, Concession 20 has been generally inactive for approximately 10 years;
And whereas there does not appear to be evidence of contamination.
Be it resolved that the Township of Tiny will ensure that the rehabilitation of the site is completed to Ministry of the Environment standards and that appropriate testing is conducted to verify the rehabilitation;
Further that the Township of Tiny formally request that the County of Simcoe apply to the Ministry of the Environment to revoke the Certificate of Approval for the stump dump located on the south part of Lot 21, Concession 20, after the satisfactory rehabilitation to MoE standards,
And further that when these steps are completed, title for the land be vested back to the Township."
[How much will this cost and why is Council doing this? Judging by the earlier, withdrawn, motion, it appears to have something to do with the Blairhampton development, but what?]
SAVE THE BEACHES DEPUTATION: Kathy Speers raised questioned Council's decision to restrict access to "our publicly used beaches through your parking policy." She opposed the decision to charge $10.00 for a parking permit when there is no guarantee of a parking space and she viewed the resultant monies as a "huge tax grab." She also felt that Council had no right to impose a higher permit fee ($30) on non-residents. She urged that the middle post at concession ends not be replaced by a boulder as a means of keeping motorized vehicles off the beaches, citing expense, need for access for emergency vehicles, and wheel-chair accessibility. Instead of permits and boulders, Save the Beaches "suggest you post more visible signage and increase your fines." She concluded by saying that parking matters should be discussed at times when the public can attend, not during the working day.
In question time (when there were sharp exchanges between Ms Speers and the Mayor and Ms Speers and the Deputy Mayor) and at the following Committee of the Whole, Council rejected most of Ms Speers concerns as ill-founded and made without an understanding of the context into which the various decisions fit.