The Corporation of the Township Carling

M I N U T E S    
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Friday, February 8, 2013
Council Chambers
2 West Carling Bay Rd., Nobel, Ontario

 

Council Members Present:         Mayor:     Gord Harrison
Councillors:               Susan Murphy,  Michael Gordon

Council Members Absent:    Councillor:        Sid Larson    
                                                                           Mike Konoval

Staff Present:    Stephen Kaegi - Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk
Maryann Sidon – Deputy Clerk/Planning Assistant
Wendy Hawes – Treasurer
Joe Ryman – Public Works Superintendent
Doug Vock – Chief Building Official

1.  CALL TO ORDER

The Mayor called the meeting to order at 10:00 p.m.


2.   WATER ACCESS AND PARKING BY-LAW AMENDMENTS


Doug Vock, CBO went through the water Access and Parking By-law Amendments with Council. Mr. Vock indicated that Mr. Rouse with the MNR stated that he would be coming out in March/April to review the proposed expansions to the parking areas. Council agreed with the proposed recommendations and asked that the by-law be brought forward on Monday for adoption.
    
Council requested that the Snug Harbour Dock item be moved up on the agenda as it may have impacts on the above by-laws.


SNUG HARBOUR DOCK REMOVAL/NEW DOCKING FACILITY

The Public Works Superintendent, Joe Ryman went through the proposed changes to the docking facility at Snug Harbour with Council. The objective of the alterations is to make the facility more functional and to better handle the fluctuations in water levels on Georgian Bay. The man-made spit and the cribs are to be removed, the area dredged and a new floating dock system installed that will allow greater usage. Council agreed with the concept and directed staff to proceed to get quotes.


3.    NOISE BY-LAW

Doug Vock, CBO discussed the proposed changes with Council regarding the by-law. It was the recommendation of Council that the matter be deferred until April/May thus allowing for further input and comment by the public. A late submission was received from the Deep Bay Association raising concerns with the proposed by-law and which Council had not had the time to read.

4.  BUDGET DISCUSSIONS

The Treasurer presented to Council the most current budget estimates show an increase of less than 3%. The numbers presented are still draft as Council needs to make determinations on several items such as the Franklin Island Stewardship Program, and some capital items. In addition the Township is still waiting to receive the levies from EMS and Belvedere. The objective of Council is to have the tax rate set by March or April at the latest.

Council recessed for lunch and resumed business at 12:30 p.m.


5.    PUBLIC WORKS
       REVISED CEMETERY BY-LAW

The Public Works Superintendent presented the proposed changes to the Cemetery By-law and the new fee structure. Council concerned that the new fee structure was still not full cost recovery however staff indicated that this was the first major step in that direction. Council requested that in the future reports show in a graph proposed fee changes and include any comparisons to surrounding municipalities. Council directed that the by-law be brought forward on Monday.


MINIMUM MAINTENANCE STANDARDS FOR MUNICIPAL HIGHWAYS

Council was presented with the proposed Minimum Maintenance Standards for the municipality and a general discussion took place. The objectives to adopting these minimum standards are to protect the municipality from potential future litigation costs. Council directed that the by-law be brought forward on Monday for adoption.

FRANKLIN ISLAND STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM

Council discussed in general the stewardship program and the potential role that White Squall could play in the future. The Mayor indicated that he had received a request from Councillor Larson to defer the matter until the next meeting. Council agreed to defer the item.


ADOPT A ROAD POLICY

As Councillor Konoval was the key proponent for this item Council deferred it to the March meeting.


BOAT/PARKING ACCESS FOR NEW WATERFRONT LOTS


Mayor Harrison asked that this item be deferred until all members of Council are present to discuss the issue.


7.    CLOSED MEETING

                   Moved by Councillor Murphy
            Seconded by Councillor Gordon

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council move into a closed meeting at 1:33 p.m. to discuss legal matters dealing with the Alves Boathouses, municipal land and personnel matters.

            Carried.

8.  OPEN MEETING

                   Moved by Councillor Murphy
            Seconded by Councillor Gordon

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council move into an open meeting at 2:02 p.m.

            Carried.

9.  ADJOURNMENT

TOWNSHIP OF CARLING

 

Gord Harrison, Mayor            Stephen P. Kaegi, CAO/Clerk

2 West Carling Bay Road
Nobel, Ontario
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