REPORT ON COUNCIL
September 29, 2003
Committee of the Whole: 9:08 a.m. 6:05 p.m.
Evening meeting: 7:09 p.m. 8:52 p.m.
Four Members of Council present
COUNCILLOR FRANK HUGHES died on September 14 (see memorial announcement in The Tiny Cottager).
CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSION: 4:04 p.m. 6:05 p.m.
OPP REPORT: Greg Skinner, Acting Inspector of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP detachment, presented the quarterly report on OPP Services. Part of the report dealt with a "bush party at the Scout Camp on the 8th Concession on the night of September 12th. Some 200-300 youths broke into the camp between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., consumed beer and hard liquor, and lit fires in a dry wooded area. The Police responded slowly and with inadequate numbers because a second emergency occupied them elsewhere. The party was dispersed, but area residents suffered vandalism and a feeling of vulnerability as young drunks shouted around their properties.
As a result of this episode and several others, the OPP made contingency plans. These proved effective two weeks later when another party was halted and charges were laid.
More generally, Skinner reported that the number of property crimes (theft, vandalism, mischief, fraud, bad cheques) is down, while the number of impaired driving charges has increased. There are more break and enter charges, and these occur most frequently in the first three months of the year.
DISCUSSION OF DEPUTATION GIVEN BY KATHY SPEERS, PRESIDENT OF THE ACTIVIST "SAVE THE BEACHES" ORGANIZATION: At the previous meeting of Council, Kathy Speer had presented a deputation ostensibly about Mediation, but actually an attack on the Nottawaga Beach Association: during the discussion of the deputation, Doug Moles, president of the Nottawaga Association, pointed out that, of the sheaf of complaints presented by Speers, only two concerned Nottawaga, and those distorted the facts. The locked gate pictured in the Midland Free Press is on private property (a fact acknowledged by the newspaper in a correction) and has nothing to do with beach use.
PERKINSFIELD TENNIS COURTS: The two existing courts are 25 years old and have suffered structural damage. When these were last discussed, Deputy Mayor Gordon Salisbury urged that three courts should be installed, rather than two, as three are needed for a tennis club.
Betty Robitaille, speaking on behalf of the Perkinsfield Parks and Rec Association, reported that money required for a third court could not be raised (Parks and Rec traditionally raises half the funds for capital projects and the Township funds the balance). The projected cost of two courts is $46,000, plus fencing at $18,480, plus lights $40,670; plus GST; the amount allocated in the budget by Council for the Township's share is $30,000.
In the evening Council decided that work would begin on two courts this fall with excavation and installation of base material ($15,000); in the spring surfacing and painting would be undertaken ($29,000). Fencing ($18,480) would follow in June. This will absorb considerably more than the amount allocated in this year's budget, with lights still to be dealt with.
SAWLOG PLAYGROUND: The North Tiny Community Association had presented a petition in favour of clearing a wooded shoreline lot owned by the Township for use as a children's playground. Ken Nevar, resident on Sawlog Point Road, urged that everyone in the area be canvassed thoroughly before trees are removed.