REPORT ON COUNCIL
November 25, 2002
Committee of the Whole 9:05 am – 5:50 pm
Evening Meeting 7:15 pm – 9:01 pm
All members of Council present
CONFIDENTIAL / CLOSED SESSION: 3:00 pm – 4:35 pm
DEPUTATION BY ROBERT OWEN OF EDMOR-GEORGIAN HEIGHTS: Robert Owen spoke of his Association’s concern about water quality after a summer of high E. coli counts at Edmor and at Siesta Drive. Experts consulted by Council suggested a number of possible causes of swimming water pollution, including storm water. Yet a sewer to manage storm water from the new Perri subdivision in Woodland Beach is being constructed to exit into the Bay at Siesta Drive where there is already a problem with recreational water quality. He urged Council to show that it is serious about dealing with pollution in the Bay by stopping work on the project and managing the storm water in some other way. For the full deputation, click HERE.
LIABILITY COVERAGE FOR PARKS AND RECREATION ACTIVITIES: Parks and Rec have discovered that their activities are not fully covered by the Township's Liability Insurance Policy. They feel that all their volunteers and participants are vulnerable if an accident should occur. Council asked John Theriault, the Treasurer, to report at the next meeting about what the Township policy actually covers. To the dismay of Parks and Rec, no interim solution was considered.
DECISION RE LCBO AGENCY STORE STANDS: After a brief discussion, Council decided to stand by its earlier rejection of an agency store in Tiny.
TOWNSHIP RECORDS: Members of Council and Staff did not feel that the concerns about Township records which were raised last meeting by former Deputy Mayor, Patricia O’Driscoll, needed to be taken seriously. The points she raised all had to do with records that are important to the new zoning by-law – Unassumed Roads Agreements, “deeming by-laws,” and records of OMB decisions and Committee of Adjustment Decisions. The Clerk said that he is satisfied with Township record keeping.
EXTENSION OF 10 KPM BOATING SPEED LIMIT REJECTED: The application for an extension of the 10 kph speed limit from 30 to 200 metres off shore (an application supported by the Federation and by many individuals along the shore) was rejected by the Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety. The Small Watercraft Committee is to decide what to do next.
PARKING DECISIONS: In 2003, Parking Permits are to cost $5 each; each household may purchase 2 permits; each permit may list 2 licence plate numbers and thus may be transferred to a second vehicle; permits are to be hung from the rear view mirror. 150 permits, at a cost of $30 per permit, are to be made available to non-residents. These non-resident permits are to be non-transferable and to list only 1 licence plate number.
Those wishing a change in parking arrangements in their area must submit a description of the problem in writing to the Manager of Public Works and, if possible, submit photographs also. A meeting with an appropriate member of staff at the site is to follow. Staff is then to assess the situation according to relevant standards and report to Council. Council will make a decision, and the applicant will be informed of the agreed upon action and the timing of its implementation.
LIBRARY SERVICES: Residents of Tiny can borrow books from any one (but only one) of the libraries in Midland, Penetanguishene, and Springwater (Elmvale). Each year the number of families using the service rises; this year there were some 1385 and the fee was $87,500. Part of this was covered by a grant of $37,807. Next year the libraries are charging differential fees more in line with actual costs -- $80 per household for the Midland Library, $75 for Penetanguishene’s, $60 for Springwater's. It was estimated that this would amount to roughly $107,600 next year. Council capped the amount it will spend on library use at $115,000 (part of which will be covered by a grant).
CONCESSION ENDS AND MAJOR BEACH PARKS: Earl Evans, Clerk / CAO, presented a series of suggestions of improvements that might be made to the five major shore parks, many of them practical and a number of them innovative (such as a natural environment area at Trew Avenue and a band shell at Lafontaine Park). We will report further as Council considers them and makes decisions.
Henk Blom, Manager of Public Works, recommended improvements to Concession ends, including the installation of boulders to limit vehicle access, delineation of township property, protection of survey monuments, and a little landscaping using natural vegetation. His specific recommendations extended from the Town line north to Concession 9. However, he said nothing about Concession 8, nor about Concessions 11, 12 and 13.
Decisions: It was decided that contour surveys should be prepared for the five major parks as a basis for planning future changes. Councillor Frank Hughes asked that staff check whether David Lambden, the Township Surveyor, had already prepared such surveys, lest work be duplicated.
Disused toilets and holding tanks at Peek-a-Boo, Sandy Bay, 17th Concession, Lafontaine, Concession Rd. 11 West, Concession Rd. 4 West, and Woodland Beach Parks are to be removed.
$38,000 of the monies collected from parking fines is to be put into a beach maintenance reserve to be used for by-law enforcement and maintenance.
LAFONTAINE CREEK PROPOSED AS A FISH SANCTUARY: Among the many items of correspondence was a proposal from the Ministry of Natural Resources that Lafontaine Creek be protected as a breeding area for rainbow trout. To encourage successful spawning, there would be no fishing from January 1 to the last Saturday in April. To support this worthwhile objective, write The Ministry of Natural Resources, 2280 Nursery Road, Midhurst L0L 1X0, Attention Brad Allan. Or telephone him at 705-725-7519.
Good Evening. I am Robert Owen, resident of Tiny Township.
Mayor Klug and Councillors: Thank you for allowing me to address you tonight. I represent the Edmor-Georgian Heights Beaches Ratepayers Association. Our Association is very concerned about the quality of the beach water in our area. Some of the highest E. Coli readings this past summer were at our beaches. The biggest question on the minds of many residents is why has this happened, when no previous pollution problems had been identified in earlier years.
Of greater concern is that no one appears to be any closer to identifying the source of the pollution. Many hypotheses have been put forward to the MOE, Simcoe County Health Unit etc. At the Council meeting on 12 November 2002, a summary was presented [by Bob Buchkowsky] that outlined numerous possible causes of this pollution. This report acknowledged that one area which could be a possible cause of the water pollution was storm sewers which exit into the Bay. It also stated that the management of storm sewers in Tiny Township is poor.
At this time Council has a unique opportunity to show the citizens of Tiny Township that it is serious about tracking down the real cause of water pollution along our beaches. It is time to step back and reexamine the new storm sewer which is about to be built on Siesta Drive, even though it has been approved as part of the Perri subdivision. It is within the power of the Council to stop work on this project immediately and request a new proposal which uses alternate means to manage the storm water.
I have heard the report made this afternoon by the Manager of Public Works but I am not convinced that this project has been properly evaluated in light of the current water quality problem. This storm sewer will exit into the Bay very near an area which has a very dense population and no one knows whether this will exacerbate the problem in the area. Remember that water samples taken at the end of Siesta Drive exceeded 1000 part per million E. coli.
Finally, has this storm sewer construction been communicated to the residents in the area?
Thank you for your time tonight.