REPORT ON COUNCIL
November 24, 2003
Committee of the Whole: 9:05 a.m. -- 1:34 p.m.
Evening Meeting: 7:08 p.m. -- 8:40 p.m.
Four Members of Council present

LAST MEETING OF 2000 - 2003 COUNCIL
This was the last meeting of the 2000 - 2003 Council, prior to the inaugural meeting of the newly-elected 2003 - 2006 Council on December 2, 2003.
Mayor Klug presented the two retiring members of Council, Bob Buchkowsky and Gordon Salisbury, with commemorative engraved Township pens and thanked them for their services on Council.
Deputy Mayor Salisbury and Councillor Buchkowsky made farewell comments on the accomplishments of the 2000 - 2003 Council.

CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSION: None

DRAFT ZONING BY-LAW:
Deputy Mayor Salisbury noted a recent newspaper article to the effect that the new Ontario provincial government proposed to move quickly to amend the Planning Act, requiring that municipal planning decisions "shall be consistent with" provincial land use policies, rather than the current language: "have regard to" provincial policies.
Council passed a resolution recommending to the incoming Council that it give consideration to approving the draft Zoning By-law at its first working meeting, on December 8, 2003, incorporating a flood hazard limit of 177.5 metres above sea level, plus 15 metres inland.
Nick McDonald of Meridian Planning was to be invited to attend the December 8 meeting, to assist Council in its consideration of this matter.

REPORT ON 2003 MUNICIPAL ELECTION: The Clerk / CAO, Earl Evans, provided a report on the recently-completed 2003 municipal election in Tiny. Approximately 19,000 ballots were mailed and 8,900 returned, for a voter participation rate of 47.8 %: one of the highest in the province.
Prior to the next election, Canada Post will be urged to provide ballots in machine-readable form, which would make the counting process more efficient.
Total election expenditures are expected to come within the $46,271 budget. Voting by mail cost less on a per-ballot basis than telephone voting in the 2000 election.

SITE 41: Council passed a resolution that the input of Dixon Hydrogeology and the Severn Sound Environmental Association should be obtained with respect to responses of the Ministry of Environment on various peer review issues.

LAFONTAINE WATER SYSTEM: Council deferred to the incoming Council to decide how to handle costs incurred in connection with the integration of the private Lafontaine water system into the Township water system. The Treasurer, John Theriault recommended that users on the Lafontaine water system should pay a $350 annual charge in addition to their annual water charge, to cover capital costs. Other options would be to charge the costs to the water reserve fund, or to seek provincial assistance from OSTAR funding.

SMALL WATERCRAFT COMMITTEE: 2004 budget recommendations for the Small Watercraft Committee were presented, including costs to decommission the Woodland Beach and Balm Beach boat launch ramps, and to make improvements to the Jackson Park boat launch.
The budget also anticipated higher costs for effective marine enforcement, in the event that the Township's application for extension of the shoreline speed limit zone is successful.

ONTARIO TOBACCO FREE NETWORK: Nancy Bell of the Simcoe County District Health Unit, on behalf of the Ontario Tobacco Free Network (a coalition of health organizations), presented a "gold standard" plaque to the Mayor and Council, in recognition of the Township's no-smoking by-law, implemented on September 1.
In accepting the plaque, Mayor Klug paid tribute to the efforts of the late Councillor Frank Hughes towards the implementation of the Township's no-smoking by-law.

CHRISTMAS TIME IN TINY: The Township of Tiny Fire Department is conducting a Christmas food drive. Donations of non-perishable food items or unwrapped new toys may be dropped off on weekdays through December 19 at the Township Offices, at both branches of La Caisse Populaire, at Mailloux Jug City and at Wyevale Jug City.