TINY LOSES A CIVILIZING INFLUENCE: On Sunday, September 14, Councillor Frank Hughes died suddenly of a heart attack. He was in his 81st year. For the last year and a half he worked hard to draw the disparate communities of Tiny together. He was Councils representative on the Parks and Recreation Committee, which is made up of representatives from associations based in Tinys hamlets. He spoke at least once every week with the Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations and also with Tinys Residents Working Together and espoused issues of concern to each of them. As chair of the Off Roads Vehicles Committee, he listened to ATV owners and to lovers of peace and quiet. He supported the mediation process. He was fair and even-handed. We will all miss his steadying presence.
REPORT ON COUNCIL
September 8, 2003
Committee of the Whole: 9 a.m. or so ??? p.m.
Evening meeting: 7:00 p.m. or so - ??? p.m.
All Members of Council present
CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSION: ??? p.m. - ??? p.m.
VOTE BY MAIL: The procedures that will be used in this Vote By Mail election in Tiny will be discussed in detail in the fall issue of The Tiny Cottager.
NOTE: Now is the time to make sure that you can vote. Check that you are on the Voters List in the Township Offices. If you cant check the list during business hours in person, you may telephone.
COUNCILLOR FRANK HUGHES MOTION CONCERNING SIGNAGE AT CONCESSION ROAD ENDS: Among other things it points to the absence of signs that present a diagram of the extent of Township property in green.
Councillor Bob Buchkowsky wondered whether the presence of such signs would confine people to municipal property and whether residents might point to them as justification for confining people to municipal property. Councillor Hughes replied that the sign did nothing more than supply information. He then asked if Councillor Buchkowsky did not want the people to know that the property on either side of a municipal park was private. He went on to observe that you must work with what you have, and not with what you want. He asked why people should not be confined to Township-owned property?
Buchkowsky then observed that the existing green signs had been requested by two beach associations which had entered into mediation and that use at those beaches had not been compromised by the presence of the signs. He argued that if such signs were posted outside the mediation process, then it would defeat the purpose of mediation. [This, we would observe, is a peculiar view of what mediation is about. It is equally odd that he would view it as inappropriate that the Township acknowledge the extent of the property it owns.]
Deputy Mayor Gordon Salisbury felt the matter should be dealt with by the next Council, and that posting signs was a sure fire way to destroy mediation. Mayor Klug felt that the idea was good, but the timing wrong. He too felt that the next Council should deal with the. Councillor Pierre Paul Maurice said that it was premature to put up signs.
There was no seconder for the motion.
BEACH POSTINGS IN TINY: Bernie Mayer, of the Simcoe County District Health Unit, discussed the results of sampling at public beaches in Tiny this summer. As was the case last year, many public beaches in Tiny were posted several times. Testing of the Siesta and Laurel locations in Concession 3 (both of which were posted many times last summer) were discontinued because they did not conform to the definition of a public beach and because the Health Unit was attempting to spread its testing locations evenly along the shore. He had no explanation, so far, for the very high E. coli counts recorded all along the shore on August 19. Posting occurs when the geometric mean of E. coli counts in all the samples taken at a beach is 100 or more in 100 ml of sample. That level was chosen because it is the point where there is an increased risk of eye, ear, and throat infections, and abdominal upsets. He emphasized that a posting is a warning that swimming is ill-advised, but that it is not a beach closure. Asked at what point the Health Unit would close a beach, he said that only a sewage spill would cause that action. Even counts above 1000 (a number at several beaches this summer), would not bring about a beach closure.
TINY TRAIL BRIDGE: Time is short if Tiny Trail bridges are to be rebuilt or repaired with the help of SuperBuild money. The tender received for bridge repairs was almost double the amount anticipated when SuperBuild funds were requested. Council decided to go ahead with reconstruction of P3, the bridge visible from County Road 6, just south of Wyevale, at a cost of $411.734 plus GST, subject to the necessary government approvals.
DRAFT REPORT OF THE OFF-ROAD MOTORIZED VEHICLES COMMITTEE: Councillor Frank Hughes chaired this committee and presented its draft report. Most owners of ATVs obey the law. Unfortunately, a few persist in trespassing on property in many parts of the Township. The Committee was split between two possible ways to proceed --
a) Control them through strict enforcement of the by-laws
b) Create legal land links for them to use within the Township and to get to trails in adjoining municipalities
For the full draft report, click HERE.
GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS / ENVIRONMENT CANADA / 178 METRE LEVEL: Ralph Moulton of Environment Canada answered questions about Great Lakes water levels over the last century, particularly those in Georgian Bay. The highest level was reached in 1986; other high levels occurred in 1929, 1952-53, 1973-74, and 1997. There were also periods of low water, similar to the one were currently experiencing -- in 1926, in the 1930s, and again in 1964-65. Sometimes water levels have rebounded quickly, sometimes not. In the 1930s, for example, the water level stayed low for a number of years. The driving factor in the current period of low water appears to be warmer temperatures, which increase the amount of evaporation. Moulton took the view that a level of 178 metres above sea level was a reasonable flood hazard line.
GROUND WATER STUDY: Keith Sherman of the Severn Sound Environmental Association made a presentation about the North Simcoe Municipal Groundwater Study. This was necessarily tentative, as data is still being analyzed. The Study looks at two aspects of ground water well head protection and aquifer characteristics. In some areas aquifers are protected by impermeable overlying clay layers and in others aquifers have only porous gravel and sand above them. Geology determines what must be done to protect the aquifers that supply Tinys communal wells.
Draft Report of the Off Road Motorized Vehicle Committee
1. The mandate of the Committee, as stated in Motion #722/02 is that this Committee is to collect information as to the use of ORMVs in the Township of Tiny, to make recommendations to Council as to possible regulations required to govern the future use of these vehicles within the Township.
2. Over the past several months, the Committee has met 9 times, heard deputations, and shared information with about 50 concerned residents of the Township. The Committee considered various approaches to the lawful use, and trail access, of ATVs in the Township.
3. The Committee decided unanimously that there is not any place for the legal use of motorized bicycles in the Township of Tiny, except on a persons own private property.
4. Early in its deliberations, the Committee agreed that ATVs are a necessary addition to farm equipment.
5. One thought expressed by members of the ORMV Committee is that if it is merely control of ATVs that is sought and nothing else, the answer is simple and straightforward: enforce existing by-laws.
6. Therefore, the Committee is submitting two alternative recommendations to Council for their decision.
7. Control. By doing nothing. Strict enforcement of the by-laws is required. Administration must take an active part ensuring that by-law personnel and the public are informed and kept updated on legislated changes regarding the use of ATVs.
8. The Township should provide and make available information and education to the ATV riders and residents, through brochures, maps indicating useable trails, forests, etc., with the the dos and donts of trail and ORMV use.
9. When Bill 11, an amendment to the Highway Traffic Act, becomes effective, users will be addressed or eliminated with the legal permitted use of Off Road Motor Vehicles explicitly stated. Bill 11 may permit the travelling of ORMVs along the sides of roads.
10. That the Township, through an ATV committee or another of its agencies, communicate, consult and cooperate with Township ATV riders and residents who may be affected, to forge ahead in the attempt to create legal land links within the Township and legal land links to legal trails in adjoining municipalities.
11. Tiny ATV riders use the Tiny Trail only in summer. ATVs are permitted to use the Simcoe County forests and unopened Tiny Township road allowances. Unfortunately, there is not any legal land links available for them to reach the County forests, or the unopened road allowances, or to legal trails in neighbouring municipalities.
12. It was suggested that the Township be more involved in the development of future trails and links. A proactive approach in land development in the Township the 5% designated as municipal recreational use can be allotted to the development of linear parks.
13. Legal links to trails are a major roadblock to ATV users. The Township should maintain a friendly partnership with ATV associations as it does with snowmobile groups. Trails are maturing as a recognized recreational activity. Treat the trails as one would treat a playground.
14. The vast majority of ATV users are law-abiding residents who want to explore and enjoy the scenery. Imposing control alone will be seen as a repressive measure and will inevitably lead to confrontations.
15. While it is not suggested that the Township spend any money in aid of ATV users, it should be remembered that the Township is involved and does spend money on organized recreational groups within the Township. ATVs are selling at a rate in excess of snowmobiles. ATVs are here to stay. This fact has to be recognized sooner or later.
16. This draft report condenses the views of the members of the Committee, plus the concerns and recommendations of the many members of the public who attended the committee meetings and which were related in the many letters received.
17. The views of the individual members of the Committee were not unanimously in favour of Recommendation A or B.
18. At the Committee of the Whole several meetings ago, Deputy Mayor Salisbury made it clear that he suggested an ORMV Committee in order to find ways to control ATVs not promote their use.
19. However, the mandate of the Committee is to collect information as to the use of ORMVs and make recommendations.
20. Two diametrically opposed recommendations are thus being made. It is not the prerogative of my committee to make such a decision, which has far reaching effects on the entire Township.