REPORT ON COUNCIL
April 28, 2003
Committee of the Whole 9:02 – 1:54 pm
Evening Meeting 7:02 pm – 8:26 pm
All members of Council present

CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSION: 1:13 pm - 1:54 pm

STAFF: Earl Evans, CAO/Clerk, is back from his leave of absence. The upshot of the Administrative Review is that Robert Foulds is to come from time to time to give advice. Foulds is a former CAO/Clerk who is widely respected for his knowledge about managing municipalities.

DEPUTATION ABOUT SEEMING INACTION: Dorene Trunk, President of the Rochelle Beach Association, asked Council to give her Yes or No answers to questions concerning frequently discussed matters (we summarize a few of her queries) --
– Has instructional signage been ordered for Township properties?
– What has the Off-Road Vehicles Committee recommended? What action is being taken to control abuses of off-road vehicles?
– Is the culvert at the 8th concession going to be cleaned out?
– Has the possibility of spill-over parking from the boat launch at Jackson Park been addressed?
– Has West Nile Virus information been put on the Web Site or been mailed out?
– Council asked that recreational water testing be done by the Health Unit on Wednesdays instead of Mondays. What decision did the Health Unit reach?
– Are the bounds of Township lands going to be clearly marked?
– Why has David Lambden's work not clarified the issue if the disputed boundary in the Guy Pilon lawsuit?
For the full text of her deputation, click HERE.

BY-LAW ENFORCEMENT REVIEW: Various items listed for review have been under discussion throughout this Council's term of office. "Improved signage at Major Parks and Concession Road Allowances" for example, was discussed last September. This current By-Law Review has been on the agenda twice, and both times it has not been discussed. This time, the Clerk/CAO was asked to create a workable action plan. We look forward to hearing what will be said about the items under "Considerations" – namely,
- differentiation of enforcement capability township owned vs. privately owned beaches (ownership of beaches clearly identified in maps)
- responsibilities of OPP
- responsibilities of Huronia Animal Control

TOWNSHIP TAXES UP AGAIN: The treasurer presented a series of minor changes to this year's draft budget. The result at the moment is --
Municipal Levy -- up 1.78%,
County Levy -- up 6.22%
School Levy -- up 4.31%
Total taxes -- up 3.95%

SITE 41: There is to be a meeting with the County of Simcoe to ascertain whether the County plans something more than landfill at Site 41 in Concession 2. Apparently the County owns sufficient land adjacent to the landfill for an Integrated Waste Management Facility, and such a facility might present more problems for Tiny.



Deputation to Council,
Township of Tiny
Monday, April 28, 2003.

By Dorene Trunk.

Re: Concerns and update on the 8th Concession.


As a result of many beach abuses, such as tents, fires, open drinking, dogs running free, soccer, using public garbage cans for household waste, feeding the geese and the gulls, etc., I made a deputation on September 8, 2002 regarding the need for more instructional signage for Township property. In response to the deputation the Council agreed that more signs were needed and the Clerk showed samples.

Have any signs been ordered? What infractions do they cover? Are there fines and bylaws? When can we expect them to be installed? As of yesterday there were the following littering signs:
(1) South end of Stott Park, “No Littering, $2,000 fine, Township of Tiny By-Law 75-88”.
(2) 8th Concession at bottom of hill, “No Littering, $5,000 fine, Township of Tiny By-Law 75-88”.
(3) North end of Stott Park, “Keep Tiny Beautiful, Littering up to $5,000 fine”.
(4) 8th Concession at Beach and Jackson’s Park, “No Littering, $5,000 fine, Township of Tiny By-Law (no number)”.
Which is right and what is the bylaw number?

On the Easter weekend we had a jeep, 2 cars, a dirt bike and a safari of ATVs on the Beach, plus the usual group of dogs running free. What is happening with the committee regarding motorized vehicles? How are these abuses going to be controlled? What happens on private property?

Concession 8 culvert which runs over the Beach:

Henk Blom looked at the area in November and recognized the need for a cleanup. He said he spoke to Glen and they said they would do something. I spoke to him in the new year and he said he was filling out the Ministry forms.

The need for clean up has been discussed many times. This request was made February 28, June 24, July 8, September 8 and late November 2002 (with Henk Blom). When the Parking Committee visited the 8th Concession, with Councillors Bob Buchkowsky and Pierre Paul Maurice, they observed the overgrowth in the culvert. Each time the Council has agreed that something should be done. Is this area going to be dealt with?

Jackson’s Park – Boat and trailer parking:

With trailer parking being allowed only by permit, it is very likely that the non-resident will launch their boat and have the passengers go to the 8th Concession to park both the car and boat trailer. At the 8th, they can use the park and rest rooms and spend the rest of the day at the Beach. These people will not stay on the 8th Concession; they will go either North or South on to private land. They don’t even know that it is private land. The 8th Concession is as little as 26’ wide due to the ditches and streams and yet there is an abundance of open parking on both sides of the road beyond the permit parking. This road is also used by children making there way to the Beach from Camp Wildman.

It would be best to be proactive and anticipate this before it is a problem. There should be ‘No Parking’ signs where there is open parking. You might also want to consider disallowing boat trailers in the ‘Permit Parking’ areas.

Tradesmen and Beach use:

When the tradesmen get the key for Beach access, can they not be advised that they will be held responsible for any damage they do? Last Fall Henk observed the deep ruts left in the 8th Concession and the Beach at Mountain view flattened into a road by trucks.

Henk also observed that the ditch at the North corner of Tiny Beaches Rd. S. and the 8th Concession needed clearing of fallen trees and debris. Is this going to be done?

Water tests:

Last December the Council decided that the water tests should be done on Wednesdays and requested that the Clerk advise the Health Unit. What was their answer?

West Nile Virus:

As of yesterday, the end of the culvert pipe at the 8th Concession was swarming with mosquitoes. This was only at the pipe and not in the water which was moving. If we are to monitor mosquitoes and dead crows, what is the procedure? Are there traps in place to monitor numbers?

Has West Nile Virus information been put on the Web Site or been mailed out? None of my seasonal waterfront owners have come up yet and the mosquitoes are hatching. Even the saucers that hold plant pots can hold stagnant water and breed mosquitoes. We had an early winter and many people did not do a proper clean up and are not yet back in Tiny; but the mosquitoes are!!!

Insurance on Private Property:

I know the Council is aware of the ever increasing costs of insurance and the difficulty of obtaining same. Insurance companies do not like complicated scenarios and the risk that goes with it. Liability falls on the landowner in the event of an accident on private land. Examples that I have observed in the past are a free-for-all soccer game; a baseball being thrown very hard back and forth with many missed catches coming close to sunbathers; and footballs being thrown 50 to 100 feet. Yesterday there were two young kids armed with bows and arrows, shooting on the Beach. These are not landowners, theses are visitors. It is most unpleasant for a landowner to observe irresponsible and dangerous behavior, knowing that the landowner will be liable and the landowner having to explain that the land is not owned by the Municipality. No one likes confrontation and at times it can go beyond being unpleasant, to actually being dangerous. There have been many requests for the Township lands to be clearly marked. It would be more pleasant for all if the Township would do this willingly and not have to be done by the landowner.

Land Identification:

Rochelle Beach, Plan 917, meets Ossossane Beach, Plan 776, at the North end of D’Aoust Bay. It is my understanding that the Guy Pilon lawsuit, which I believe disputed the survey line between the two plans, has not been resolved. What action is being taken to deal with this lawsuit? Why has David Lambden’s work not clarified this line?

As President of Rochelle Beach, I have been asked to get definite answers to all of these questions and to report back to my members. I would appreciate receiving a detailed response prior to the 24th of May.

Clarification of deputation,
Deputation to Council,
Township of Tiny
Monday, April 28, 2003.

By Dorene Trunk.

Clarification of the following paragraphs:

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Re: Concession 8 culvert which runs over the Beach:

Henk Blom looked at the area in November and recognized the need for a cleanup. He said he spoke to Glen and they said they would do something. I spoke to him in the new year and he said he was filling out the Ministry forms.

The need for clean up has been discussed many times. This request was made February 28, June 24, July 8, September 8 and late November 2002 (with Henk Blom). When the Parking Committee visited the 8th Concession, with Councillors Bob Buchkowsky and Pierre Paul Maurice, they observed the overgrowth in the culvert. Each time the Council has agreed that something should be done. Is this area going to be dealt with?
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I’m afraid my deputation may not have been as clear as I had hoped. When I used the term cleanup, it appears that Mayor Klug was under the impression that I was talking about piles of litter and was quick to respond to my request. He sent a worker immediately, but as he said there was only 1/2 bag of garbage. I got the feeling he thought I had cried ‘wolf’. I have now figured out that there may be some confusion about the term ‘cleanup’.

It is the culvert stream that needs to be cleaned up. It needs the growth dug out and the stream encouraged to go in one direction and not meander all over, as it is encroaching on Mountain View Beach and using up valuable Beach area. Yes, there is often discarded litter in the stream, but we are not talking huge amounts.

What I had hoped my deputation asked for is:
(1) The culvert stream bed to be cleaned out of growth.
(2) a early spring cleanup to check the Beach for dangerous debris that may have washed in; example broken boards with nails, glass and other hazardous items (last year a needle).
(3) A beach check for litter during the regular grass cutting days.

As this deputation is going to be discussed next meeting, I just wanted to clarify the matter. I appreciate Mayor Klug’s quick response; however it is a larger job than 1/2 bag of litter.

Clarification of West Nile Virus:

Judith Grant informs me that the small swarming bugs would not be mosquitoes as that emerge full grown, however I would still like the rest of my question answered.

Many thanks,