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REPORT ON COUNCIL
May 14, 2001
Committee of the Whole began at 10:00 am, Council at 7:00 pm
Present: Mayor Bob Klug, Deputy Mayor Gordon Salisbury, Councillors Bob Buchkowsky and Pierre-Paul Maurice

ENGINEERING REPORTS ON TINY'S 18 WATER SYSTEMS:
Michael Thorne of EnviroChex reported that five wells are closer than the required 15 metre setback from a septic system or ditch and that several other contaminating sources such as surface water were a concern. Initial water analysis suggested that certain wells produced a "hardness" that is 2X above Ontario recommended levels. He also indicated that holding tanks will be required to ensure the 15 minute retention time in contact with chlorine at several well locations. Also discussed were standby power provisions and continuous chlorine monitoring. It was also indicated that the Bluewater system would require a dike to be built around the diesel fuel tank. It was agreed to have EnviroChex complete the engineering reports at a cost of $70,000 for the 18 systems in Tiny. Provincial funding of up to 35% is expected. Those on Tiny's water systems, which are user pay, will pay the balance. These reports will now be submitted to the Province for comment.

BAY WATER TESTING DEPUTATION CONSIDERED:
This deputation was made at the previous meeting of Council by Judith Grant (President of the Federation) and John Neil (fresh water specialist). It concerned testing swimming water quality along the length of Tiny's 45 miles of shoreline, partly by the Simcoe County Health Unit and partly by shore area volunteers trained by the Health Unit. Concerns about volunteers handling samples were raised. The Mayor was concerned that such a testing program might reveal problems that the Municipality would then have to deal with. The Deputy Mayor stated that he felt the deputation was basically a request for funding for analysis of samples and that the amount requested was not great. It was observed that this year's budget had been set. The discussion was concluded with a suggestion that a representative from the Health Unit speak to staff regarding this subject.

BY-LAW ENFORCEMENT:
Five officers were introduced, 1 full-time, 4 hired for the summer. Eight more are to be hired after July 2.

CONFIDENTIAL SESSION:
Committee of the Whole ended with an in camera session, away from the public eye.

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW TRIBUNAL ORDER:
The Mayor announced that the Township has been ordered to rescind the by-law which shut down a seasonally used part of the Renouf water system in Balm Beach because it was deemed unsafe and inadequate. Councillor Buchkowsky announced that he was happy to rescind the by-law.

If the Township's Appeal of the Ministry of the Environment's order to take over the Renouf system is unsuccessful, then the Township must upgrade this seasonal part of the system as well as the balance of the system. A brief discussion took place with regard to cost and who will be required to pay.

RECREATION CO-ORDINATOR FOR PARKS AND RECREATION:
Holly Bryce, presently employed in the Finance/Treasury Dept., was recommended to fill this vacant position. Earl Evans, the Clerk/CAO strongly supported this internal appointment. Council voted 3-1 to approve this promotion. Councillor Pierre Paul Maurice voted against this promotion on the basis of remarks made directly to him by the various Parks and Rec Associations.

$400 CAPITAL WATER FEE SPREAD OVER TWO YEARS:
A letter has been sent to Ole Jensen, who had protested the $400 increase in capital water fees, outlining the Township's plan to bill those on water systems a $200 capital fee in 2001 and to use a bank loan to cover the remaining $200. In 2002 the balance plus interest will be billed to the users but it is hoped that significant grant money will be received to offset a portion of the projected costs.