REPORT ON COUNCIL

June 10, 2002

Committee of the Whole 9:13 am 5:01 pm

Evening Council Meeting 7:50 pm to 9:37 pm

Four members of Council present.  Councillor Bob Buchkowsky absent.

 

CONFIDENTIAL/CLOSED SESSION: 3:25 pm 5:00 pm

 

STAFF DEPARTURE: Gerry Ryan, Tiny's Chief Building Official, resigned May 27 to take a position in the City of Mississauga. 

 

STAFF PROMOTION: Anita Weatherell is now officially Deputy Clerk, a role she has been filling for a number of months.

 

FESTIVAL DU LOUP, LAFONTAINE, JULY 26-28: This promises to be an interesting weekend offering such things as a heritage display in Saint-Croix School, workshops and performances, a lumberjack demonstration, a folk mass, and a self-guided historical tour.  For details, see http://www.festivalduloup.on.ca  

 

2001 VOLUNTEER WATER SAMPLING PROGRAM DISCUSSED: Eric Watson (of the Midland Simcoe County District Health Unit), Ted Devine (of the Barrie SCDHU), and Keith Sherman of the Severn Sound Environmental Group were assembled to discuss the Report (available on http://www.tinycottager.org under "Water Report").  (Eric Matson of the Ministry of the Environment had been invited, but was called away to deal with a spill.) 

Ted Devine explained the limits of the Health Unit's mandate; it is responsible only for public beaches, not for beaches in private ownership and not for streams.  The Health Unit has, however, agreed to continue testing the 10 beaches that it monitored last year as part of the Water Sampling Program (four more than usual), and to take on two additional beaches.  These are located in areas that the Report suggests may be a concern namely the waters off the little parks at Cabell Road (close to Siesta Drive) and Laurel Avenues.      

         Asked whether last summer's results were a cause for panic, Keith Sherman said no, but then went on to say that they WERE cause for thought, particularly the stream results.  His work load precludes him from undertaking a study of the problematic streams this year, but in the fall he will present a proposal for a study that might be undertaken next year.

 

PARKING STRATEGY: Herbert Proudley, Township Engineer, presented a report concerning "Additional Permit Parking Opportunities" which focussed primarily on the western shore.  His mandate was to find as many safe permit parking spots as possible.  When he began his investigation, he found that there were 154 permit spaces.  He found an additional 446 possible safe permit spaces, raising the total to 600 (or probably many more as the space he allocated per car was VERY generous).  Some of these spaces would be achieved by changing no parking to permit parking and by packing more cars into existing permit areas, but the bulk of them would be achieved by converting open parking (areas with no signage) to permit parking.

         For safety reasons (where roads are too narrow for safe parking or where deep ditches present a hazard), he recommended that no parking zones be established.  He recommended that 1,651 open parking spots be left in place.

         None of his recommendations took into consideration the availability of Township owned beach, only safety.  None of them took into consideration the work of the Parking Advisory Committee or of the principles of the Parking Strategy evolved at considerable expense by The Planning Partnership.

         When Proudley was asked to prepare the report, Council said that it would itself make decisions about the amount of parking to be assigned to any one area.  When the report came in, Council rubber stamped it, going for the maximum possible permit parking spaces.

         The puzzling aspect of this is the huge number of open parking spaces.  These are available to people from outside Tiny who swell the crowds on beaches and contribute nothing to the necessary policing, bylaw enforcement, or garbage cleanup.

 

OFFICE SEPTIC SYSTEM: When the Township Offices were expanded some years ago, its septic system was not similarly enlarged an expensive mistake.  It must now be replaced at a cost of $20,700.

 

BLACK BEARS:  For those in areas where there have been black bear sightings, the MNR recommends

- no composting

- use of bear-proof garbage containers put out only on garbage day

- keeping barbecues and picnic tables clean

- not feeding birds (either humming or ordinary) until the fall

See http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/MNR/bears