The Corporation of the Township Carling



M I N U T E S    
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Friday, April 5, 2013

Council Chambers

2 West Carling Bay Rd., Nobel, Ontario

 

Council Members Present:                   Mayor:             Gord Harrison

Councillors:      Susan Murphy, Sid Larson, Michael Gordon, Mike Konoval

Council Members Absent:         Councillor:                               

                                                                                               

Staff Present:    Stephen Kaegi - Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk

Maryann Sidon – Deputy Clerk/Planning Assistant

Kevin Hutton – Fire Chief

Doug Vock – Chief Building Official

Wendy Hawes - Treasurer

LeeAnn Bormann – Deputy Treasurer

 

1.         CALL TO ORDER

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

2.         DEPUTATION

Mr. Donald Sanderson, CEO and Jim Hanna from the WPSHC gave Council an update on the hospitals activities in 2012 and plans for 2013. In 2012 the WPSHC completed its master plan which outlined the potential future development of the site.

One key objective of the WPSHC is to have the local health team which currently resides in three different structures, to be housed under one roof thus allowing the potential for an expansion of service to the public. As well, the hospital continues to pursue recruitment of new doctors and specialists along with an active retention program.

The 2012 budget at this time appears to be balanced however the 2013 budget will face difficult issues with the Province setting only a slight revenue increase that will not meet the inflationary pressure of wages or medical supply costs.

3.         SEPTIC AWARENESS PROGRAM

Doug Vock, CBO gave an update on the proposed public awareness program and the various educational components to be included in the township wide mailing. Council directed that the form to be completed by the property owner be removed form from the package as it was felt that it would be difficult for most owners to complete.

4.         ACCOMMODATION REVIEW COMMITTEE SUBMISSION

Mayor Harrison indicated that the parents who attended the meeting at the township community centre clearly opposed the movement of Grade 7 and 8’s to the high school. It was the consensus that Nobel was still a viable school as over the past five-years one-million dollars has been spent on it by the Board and if French immersion was returned to Nobel the numbers would make it viable. In moving French immersion back, the new elementary school being built in town would then be able to accommodate grades 7 and 8 students from town.

The issue then comes down to just the high school which is oversized for the numbers and which needs substantial dollars to keep it functional. The question was raised could the structure be co-used by other bodies such as the O.P.P. the Library, etc.

5.         COUNCIL REPRESENTATION ON AREA BOARDS

Council discussed the item and decided to leave the current structures unchanged at this time.

6.         BUSINESS PLAN FOR SNUG LIGHTHOUSE

Council discussed the various potential options for use of the facility and a wide variety of groups or individuals who could be partners. At this time Council indicated that the township would cover costs and look down the road to develop a long range plan.

Council recessed for lunch and resumed business

7.         BUDGET DISCUSSIONS

Council reviewed the revised budget as presented by staff and agreed to have the necessary by-laws forward for approval at the Monday Council meeting.

8.         UPDATE ON FIRE DEPARTMENT

 The Fire Chief informed Council on the 2013 plans for Alarm for Life and Escape Plans. The fire boats should be going in once the ice leaves however there is a concern over the drop in water levels and it was the suggestion of the Chief that he ask various associations to provide information on water levels on the various channels so that the responders can be prepared when they need to respond to a call.

Council informed that the tender for the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) closes today and the tender figures will likely be slightly higher than estimated but the budget can handle this possible increase.

Council requested that staff prepare a projected cost if the existing old public works garage is converted into a fire hall for the May committee of the whole meeting.

9.         SPRING NEWSLETTER

Staff asked Council what items they would like in the newsletter and the following items were identified; Waste Site Hours, Fire Permit rules, staff directory, Septic material, Low water levels (dredging, blasting, petitions), activities going on at the Library and Museum, Capital projects, Recreation Committee activities and programs and farmers market.

10.       CLOSED MEETING

                                     Moved by Councillor Konoval

                                     Seconded by Councillor Murphy

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Committee of the Whole move into a CLOSED MEETING at 1:25 p.m., pursuant to Section 239(2) of the Municipal Act, 2001,S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended to deal with legal matters regarding Alves boathouses and potential new businesses in Industrial Park.

                                                                        Carried.                  

11.       OPEN MEETING

                                         Moved by Councillor Murphy

                                         Seconded by Councillor Gordon

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council move out of a CLOSED MEETING at 2:15 p.m.

                                                            Carried.

12.       ADJOURNMENT

            Meeting adjourned at 2:16 p.m.

TOWNSHIP OF CARLING

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

2 West Carling Bay Road
Nobel, Ontario
P0G 1G0

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