May 5, 2004
Special Committee of the Whole: 1:12 p.m. - 5:03 p.m.
Regular Meeting: 5:04 p.m. - 5:08 p.m.
All Members of Council present.
CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSION: None
FIRE DEPARTMENT BUDGET AND ISSUES: Chief Jim Sawkins presented his priority items - breathing apparatus, replacement of defective helmets, 10 sets of bunker gear, standby generators for stations 3, 4, and 5, a second air fill station, a replacement utility vehicle, fire separations for the attics of stations 3 and 4, and pager replacements. In the end he had to choose between the air fill station and the utility vehicle.
The Chief was then asked to explain how the Fire Department came to move into the Wyevale Station before an occupancy permit had been issued. In response he said that he had been assured by the Project Manager that it was okay to move in. It is still not clear what the Township's insurance position was, had anything happened. Staff is to call the Township's insurer with regard to Stations 3, 4, and 5, as they may not have occupancy permits.
Council asked for clarification of the insurance implications of the various uses to which Fire Halls have been put beyond fire fighting - the CAP Centre in Lafontaine, Search Centres, Women's Auxiliary Meetings, Parks & Rec Meetings. There are concerns not only about insurance but also about regulations concerning the water supply in the Fire Halls.
CLERK/CAO POSITION: The 3 search firms that made presentations are to be asked to submit tenders for the job of finding a new CAO/Clerk. Roger Robitaille has been carrying a double load since January - as head of the Planning Department and as Acting CAO/Clerk. Help is to be sought for the CAO role for the next 10 weeks or so.
TOWNSHIP TOUR: Council is to tour key points in the Township on June 4 and 5.
MAPPING/DAVID LAMBDEN: Council was informed that the Township maps are out of date by about 2 years. The Teranet Mapping Centre has supplied most of Simcoe County with high standard Polaris mapping, but not Tiny Township. Tiny Township has apparently not done the surveys that are the necessary basis of such mapping, and has fewer control monuments than are needed. The County is supposed to be supplying high quality aerial mapping, but that has been delayed again and again. Councillors Peggy Breckenridge and Rob Panasiuk asked for information about David Lambden's reports and maps. Councillor Panasiuk asked to see Lambden's contract.