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REPORT ON COUNCIL
October 29, 2001
Committee of the Whole 10 am - late pm
Council Meeting: 7 pm -
All members of Council present all day except Councillor Pierre Paul Maurice who was absent in the afternoon and evening harvesting his crops.

IN CAMERA SESSION: in late afternoon

LIABILITY FOR ACCIDENTS ON PRIVATELY OWNED BEACHES: Council Frank Hughes submitted a question in writing on this subject (click here for the question), and asked for a response in writing (click here for the response). The verbal reply given at the meeting by John Thériault, Treasurer, was that the Township's liability insurance covers only land in municipal ownership.

Frank Hughes' Question
As reported in the minutes of council for October 29, "Councillor Hughes noted that senior members of the local Ontario Provincial Police had mentioned at a recent Committee of the Whole meeting that the Attorney General had directed the OPP not to charge anyone for trespassing on a beach since it was not known who owned the beaches, and to act as a mediator between the "trespasser" and the "private property owner". In case of an injury to the "trespasser" while on that alleged private beach, Councillor Hughes asked who is liable for damages, the property owner or the Township, where the Community Beach Statement Traditional Use Agreement is in effect?"

The response of Township's insurance broker to John Thériault, Treasurer

Re TOWNSHIP INSURANCE AND PRIVATE BEACHES

John, further to your request, please note that as the individual property owners are not Named Insured on the Township policy, they would not be afforded coverage under the Township policy in the event that the beach areas are considered "private". In that case, the homeowner's policy would be primary in defending any liability inherent in persons using the beach area.

In the event that the Township is named in a suit involving a privately owned beach, your insurer would defend you and then pursue restitution for any costs against the homeowner's insurance policy for costs.

I trust this clarifies this issue for you. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc.

GEORGIAN BAY SNOWRIDERS: In spite of the adverse recommendation of the majority of the Tiny Trails Committee, Council agreed to sign an agreement with the Snowriders allowing them to groom and use the Tiny Trails for this winter season.

RENOUF SYSTEM: Earlier this year the Ministry of the Environment ordered the Township to assume operation of the Renouf Water System in Balm Beach, a system which has major defects. The Township agreed to prepare a report on the options available to the users and potential users of the system. The best option for the 104 households on the system would appear to be a combination of individual bored wells and little systems comprised of 5 or fewer properties sharing a bored well. It will take considerable commitment and energy to make this option work, on the part of the affected households. But the financial burden of the various municipal water system options would be great, not only for those currently on the Renouf system but for others in the catchment area of a new system. Council's discussion focussed on the importance of being seen as supporting this little systems/private wells option and on the need to ensure that the Review Tribunal not only be, but be seen to be, the agency that turns this option down (if it is rejected). They discussed how to make the meeting with Renouf system users that Saturday (November 3) effective.

TELEPHONE VOTING COST REDUCED: Some time ago Bell Canada gave the Township a credit of $9,000 -- a credit which has apparented be absorbed into general revenues, but which should not be forgotten when considering voting options. Now it has sent the Township a $20,300 refund. Together, these monies reduce the cost of telephone voting from $69,000 to $39,700. The $20,300 is to be put into the election reserve fund.

DRAFT BUDGET FOR 2002: Council's goal appears to be to keep taxation at the same level as this year. To "hold the line" at this year's (high) level of taxation, a number of items (amounting to $1,000,000) were removed from the draft budget. There was discussion of building up reserves, possibly to $5,000,000, by a special reserves replenishment levy, separate from and additional to the tax levy.

TOWNSHIP MAPPING: At the moment, there is nothing in the draft budget for accurate maps created from David Lambden's researches. There was confusing discussion about whether Teranet mapping (much less accurate) is needed for the zoning bylaw and how soon it would be needed. There was discussion about continuing to use Tiny's current maps (even less accurate).

100 ACRE DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL STRADDLING NIPISSING BLUFF IN CONCESSION 2: The developer, Dr. Stubbs, proposes 339 seasonal trailer sites, 10 camping sites, 3 group camping areas, a lodge and recreation centre, an outdoor swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts, a ball diamond, all on the two thirds of the property above the bluff. He proposes a paint ball adventure area and mountain bike trails below the bluff. The facility is to be used primarily in the summer, though parts would be used year round. There would be limited medical and dental inhouse services. The development would be put in place in four phases. Various studies have been done by consulting experts employed by the developer -- on environmental, traffic and impacts, concerning sanitary and water servicing. Additional work needs to be done to prove that there is an adequate water supply. No study has been done on the effect this development would have on nearby beaches. There is to be a special public meeting on the matter on December 1, at 1 pm in the Council Chambers of the Township's Municipal Offices, 130 Balm Beach Road West.

FIRE CHIEF PRESENTED AWARD: At the beginning of the evening meeting of Council, Fire Chief Jim Sawkins was presented with a Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal for his service in Operation Tranquility on HMCS Calgary, a patrol frigate, in the Persian Gulf. Sawkins retired from the Canadian Forces in 2000 when he took up his post as Tiny's Fire Chief. Previous Council

HURONIA AGENDA 2002: This day book, replete with old photographs, is the Historical and Heritage Committee's fundraiser. It is available at the Township Offices.

REDUCTION OF COUNTY COUNCIL FROM 32 TO 16: County made a presentation about the proposed reduction of the size of County Council.
This is part of an overall reorganization of the way the County is administered. The current committee structure, for example, exposes only 20% of Council members to issues in depth. The proposal is to reduce the number representatives to County Council from 32 to 16 and the number of committees they serve on from 7 to 3:
• one responsible for all services to property (roads, waste, planning, forestry etc.) - 7 members plus the warden
• one responsible for services to people (Homes for the Aged, Ontario Works, Child Care, Social Housing, Ambulance etc) - 8 members plus the warden
• one responsible for overall performance management (strategic and business plans, labour relations, manpower planning etc.) - 8 plus warden, 4 from each of the other two committees
This arrangement, it was argued, would result in better planning, communication, quality of information and quality of decision-making, because at least half the Council would always be up to speed on a particular issue when a decision was made by Council as a whole.
The assumption was that the Mayor of each municipality would serve on County Council. One of the concerns explored by Council in the discussion was the problem of the work load this new structure would impose on already very busy Mayors.

REPORT ON COUNCIL - EXPANSION
October 29, 2001

LIABILITY FOR ACCIDENTS ON PRIVATELY OWNED BEACHES: Council Frank Hughes submitted a question in writing on this subject (click here for the question), and asked for a response in writing (click here for the response). The verbal reply given at the meeting by John Thériault, Treasurer, was that the Township's liability insurance covers only land in municipal ownership.

Frank Hughes' Question
As reported in the minutes of council for October 29, "Councillor Hughes noted that senior members of the local Ontario Provincial Police had mentioned at a recent Committee of the Whole meeting that the Attorney General had directed the OPP not to charge anyone for trespassing on a beach since it was not known who owned the beaches, and to act as a mediator between the "trespasser" and the "private property owner". In case of an injury to the "trespasser" while on that alleged private beach, Councillor Hughes asked who is liable for damages, the property owner or the Township, where the Community Beach Statement Traditional Use Agreement is in effect?"

The response of Township's insurance broker to John Thériault, Treasurer

Re TOWNSHIP INSURANCE AND PRIVATE BEACHES

John, further to your request, please note that as the individual property owners are not Named Insured on the Township policy, they would not be afforded coverage under the Township policy in the event that the beach areas are considered "private". In that case, the homeowner's policy would be primary in defending any liability inherent in persons using the beach area.

In the event that the Township is named in a suit involving a privately owned beach, your insurer would defend you and then pursue restitution for any costs against the homeowner's insurance policy for costs.

I trust this clarifies this issue for you. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc.