REPORT ON COUNCIL

November 12, 2002

Committee of the Whole: 9:10 a.m. - 5:25 p.m.

Evening meeting: 7:03 p.m. - 8:15 p.m

All Members of Council present

 

CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED: 3:40 p.m. - 5:24 p.m.

 

COUNCIL REQUESTS CHANGE IN TESTING DAY FOR RECREATIONAL WATER: Council discussed whether Monday was the best day for the District Health Unit to carry out swimming water quality testing. Deputy-Mayor Salisbury suggested that it might be better to test on Thursdays, or Wednesdays, when past experience suggests that lower test results are likely to be obtained. It was suggested that this would present a "more accurate" picture of what the water quality was like going into the weekend, rather than testing on Mondays, when test results have typically been higher, leading to beach postings.

 

OPTIONS FOR DISPOSAL OF SEPTIC WASTE: At an earlier meeting, Keith Robillard of Georgian Bay Sanitation reported that, due to a change in Ministry of the Environment regulations, winter spreading of septic waste on open fields would no longer be permitted, and that this restriction is expected to apply year-round within a few years.

At this Committee of the Whole, representatives from C.C. Tatham & Associates and from the Ontario Association of Sewage Industry Services discussed with Council options for short-term and long-term disposal of untreated septage pumped from septic tanks and holding tanks in Tiny. Based upon the recommendations made, Henk Blom, Manager of Public Works, was directed to explore confirming a formal arrangement with Midland or another neighbouring municipality, to accept Tiny septage, on a "user pay" basis, where the hauler would pay the full processing charge "at the gate".

It was noted that, on a long term basis, some reciprocal arrangement should be possible with a neighbouring municipality: while Tiny does not have its own sewage treatment facility, the urban municipalities require the co-operation of rural areas with farm fields for disposing of treated sludge.

 

SEPTIC SYSTEM RE-INSPECTION PROGRAMME: C.C. Tatham & Associates also reported upon the completion of the first year of the Township's septic system re-inspection programme. Inspections were carried out over an 11-week period during the 2002 summer season. 312 systems were inspected. Of these, 74 required follow-up work. It was suggested that, in 2003, the programme should be conducted on every second Saturday (as well as weekdays), to increase contact opportunities and improve communications with seasonal residents.

 

LCBO AGENCY STORES: Following up on a deputation at an earlier Council meeting concerning a petition in support of an LCBO agency store in the Woodland beach area, Wayne Liddle of the LCBO attended at Committee of the Whole to provide information on LCBO policy concerning agency stores.

                  Mr. Liddle advised that LCBO policy is to follow the preference of municipal governments as to whether LCBO agency stores should be permitted within the municipality. However, where a municipality approves agency stores in principle, the decision is then up to the LCBO -- on a marketing basis -- and not up to the municipality where such a store would be located within the municipality.

                  Council determined that further discussion would be appropriate to decide whether to rescind or maintain its current resolution against LCBO agency stores in Tiny.

 

MEDIATION: Discussing a deputation presented by the "Save the Beaches" organization at the October 28, 2002 Committee of the Whole, members of Council noted that, while Council supports the proposal to hold public information meetings in the Township concerning the proposals set out in the Mediators' Fall 2002 interim report, the timing and the management of those meetings should be up to the Mediators, not Council.

 

WYEVALE FIRE HALL - AGAIN: The Clerk / CAO reported that a consultant has been retained to assist with site selection for the new Wyevale fire hall, at a cost of approximately $1,300. The selection process for a design consult is still ongoing.

 

DEPUTATION RE TOWNSHIP RECORDS: Former Deputy Mayor Patricia O'Driscoll presented a detailed deputation suggesting that the Township should keep good property records and that the failure to do so “botches things up for all ratepayers – and for staff – and it costs taxpayer dollars to unravel the problems.” She drew attention to the fact that, in her experience, many Unassumed Road Acknowledgements are missing from the Township records. As a result, when the new zoning bylaw is introduced, properties could be included improperly in “Limited Service Residential.” She also drew attention to the more than 1900 parcels of land that have been “deemed” not to be parts of a registered plan of subdivision and which are so registered in Barrie. Over time, there have been deletions from these “deeming by-laws.” She noted that accurate records with regard to these 1900 parcels are important as the proposed zoning by-law must indicate the uses permitted on each of these parcels. She argued that record keeping with regard to these “deemed” parcels should be rationalized with “professional outside help.” Decisions of the OMB and of the Committee of Adjustment likewise must be taken into account in the zoning by-law, and, in her experience, records of these decisions are often elusive in the Township files.