M I N U T E S    
REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL
Monday, April 16, 2012
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:                    
                            
Staff Present:    Stephen Kaegi - Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk
                       Maryann Sidon – Deputy Clerk/Planning Assistant
                       Wendy Hawes – Treasurer
                       Joe Ryman – Public Works Superintendent
            
1.    CALL TO ORDER

The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

2.        MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETINGS

REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL

12-039                        Moved by Councillor Konoval                                            Seconded by Councillor Larson

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council held on March 12, 2012, be approved.

                            Carried.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

12-040                        Moved by Councillor Gordon
                            Seconded by Councillor Murphy

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Committee of the Whole held on March 9, 2012, be approved.

                            Carried.

3.    SHORE ROAD ALLOWANCES

ROAD ALLOWANCE APPLICATION 2012-3
Applicants:  Michael Pettapiece & Christine Schalk
223 Dillon Rd.

12-041                        Moved by Councillor Konoval
                            Seconded by Councillor Larson

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That Carling Council agree to open a file, RA 2012-3 being an application to close and convey the road allowance abutting Concession 6, Pt Lots 37 & 38, Parcel 24496 SS, and that the road allowance to be closed and conveyed be declared surplus pursuant to Property Disposal By-law No. 95-10.  Applicant:  Michael Pettapiece & Christine Schalk, 223 Dillon Rd.

                            Carried.

4.     REPORT OF THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

CAO to circulate report to Council.

5.    REPORT OF THE COMMITTEES

Councillor Konoval reported on the meeting with the new Acting Manager for the local MNR Office and the retirement party for Andy Heerschapp.

Councillor Konoval reported on the REDAC meeting held at Canadore College campus in Parry Sound.

Councillor Konoval reported on his attendance at a meeting at the Stockey Centre that dealt with Lighthouses and the unloading of them by the federal government.

Councillor Konoval an event that had booths manned by local businesses and organizations that allowed local high school students to see what potential job opportunities are in the area.

Councillor Konoval informed Council that he met with Mrs. Muysson to ensure that she attended the grand opening of the new section of the Park to Park Trail in memory of her husband Hans.

Councillor Konoval attended the Georgian Bay Association annual meeting and the guest speaker was Mr. Miller the Provincial Environment Commissioner.

The last item raised by Councillor Konoval was his meeting with the West Parry Sound Health Centre and the fundraising goals for 2012.

Councillor Murphy reported that the new exhibit the local Political Landscape was now open at the Museum.

Councillor Murphy reported that the Architects for the Library project have and are holding public consultations on the future needs of the facility.

Councillor Murphy informed Council that Belvedere is still continuing its benchmarking with the Pines located in Muskoka.

Councillor Murphy also added to Councillor Konovals' report on the visioning exercise held by REDAC.

Councillor Larson reported that the last meeting at the Planning Board was very quiet and short.

Councillor Larson reported on the Industrial Park Board and indicated that another company is interested in acquiring land within the park. At this point it is not clear what the use of the land would be for. In addition, the Park was not successful in getting funding for meters to register the volumes of waste going into the lagoon.

Councillor Gordon had nothing to report.

Mayor Harrison reported to Council on his concerns about the future direction of the Smart Communities initiative being pursued by REDAC.

Mayor Harrison reported on the issue between White Squall and Fowler Construction.

Mayor Harrison commented on the Maple Syrup event held a Killbear Provincial Park and the attendance of the local volunteer firefighters.

Council discussed holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Municipal Office on May 15 at 3:00 p.m. followed by Committee meetings and then Council.

6.    COUNCIL CORRESPONDENCE

12-042                        Moved by Councillor Larson
                            Seconded by Councillor Gordon

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council receives the March 2012 Council Correspondence listing.

                            Carried.

7.    OTHER BUSINESS

GEORGIAN BAY COUNTRY
RTO 12 – EXPLORERS EDGE - FUNDING

12-043                        Moved by Councillor Konoval
                            Seconded by Councillor Larson

WHEREAS Georgian Bay Country – Parry Sound Area – is currently recognized as a premiere four-season destination in Ontario; and

WHEREAS tourism is one of the primary generators of the Parry Sound Area economy; and

WHEREAS the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has established regional tourism organizations and through an agreement has mandated that Regional Tourism Organizations are not permitted to flow funds through to Destination Marketing Organizations such as Georgian Bay Country:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED    that the Township of Carling requests that the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport change conditions which will allow funds to flow from Regional Tourism Organizations (12) – Explorers Edge - to Georgian Bay Country; and that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the West Parry Sound Area municipalities, MPP, Norm Miller and the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

                            Carried.

KEEPING NORTHERN ONTARIO’S FEDERAL RIDINGS AT NO LESS THAN 10

12-044                        Moved by Councillor Larson
                            Seconded by Councillor Konoval

WHEREAS any readjustment of the boundaries of an electoral district must respect the principle of fair representation, and the inhabitants of Northern Ontario are entitled to be governed by that principle; and
    
WHEREAS electoral boundaries commissions, in determining boundaries, do not only consider the average population per electoral district but also give weight to historical, geographic, linguistic (Franco Ontarian Population) and democratic factors and principles; and

WHEREAS it is important that the electoral districts in remote northern and rural regions, because of their low population density and extreme weather conditions, must have reasonable dimensions in order to ensure the fair representation of the inhabitants of those regions; and

WHEREAS the northern part of Ontario is greater in geographic size than every other province and territory except for Quebec and British Columbia;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Carling Council supports the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act introduced in the House of Commons by Nickel Belt MP Claude Gravelle that included broad support across the north and across partisan lines;

AND FURTHER that Carling Council supports the electoral districts in Northern Ontario being no less than 10 and that Northern Ontario means the geographic area comprising the following ten current electoral districts:

Algoma – Manitoulin – Kapuskasing; Kenora; Nickel Belt; Nipissing – Timiskaming; Parry Sound – Muskoka; Sault Ste. Marie; Sudbury; Thunder Bay – Rainy River; Thunder Bay – Superior North; and Timmons – James Bay.

                        Carried.

EXCLUSSION OF PARRY SOUND DISTRICT FROM NORTHERN ONTARIO COMMITTEE

12-045                        Moved by Councillor Gordon
                            Seconded by Councillor Konoval

WHEREAS John Vanthof, M.P.P. Timiskaming-Cochrane, submitted a motion to the House that “a committee of the Legislative Assembly, with authority to meet at the call of the Chair, should be established as follows: That the membership of the committee be comprised of every member of the Legislative Assembly whose electoral district lies north of the French River; and That the committee be empowered to consider and report to the House, its observations, opinions and recommendations on all policies and legislation of the province that directly impact northern Ontario; and To which any bills whose principal focus and impact affect northern Ontario may be referred.”;

AND WHEREAS the District of Parry Sound is in Northern Ontario and IS part of the electoral district of Parry Sound Muskoka;

AND WHEREAS Parry Sound District municipalities and their residents share the common socio-economic demographics and issues facing all the other northern electoral ridings including:

1.  Lack of access to health care
2.  Aging Population
3.  Significant travel distances - large geographical area.
4.  Limited industrial base
5.  On the Canadian Shield
6.  Concern over levels of education
7.  Parry Sound District has the LOWEST median household income of $50,921.  In comparison:
   Algoma (Manitoulin) $58,843; Atikokan $66,434; Kenora 59,493; North Bay 59,900; Sault Ste.      
   Marie $63,377; Sudbury $57,008; Timmins $69,800; Timiskaming $55,555; Thunder Bay $68,926.   
   (2006 Statistics Canada)
8.  Parry Sound District is part of Northern Ontario for provincial funding programs and federal    
     programs
9.  There are Five First Nations in the District of Parry Sound
10. There are numerous unorganized territories
11. Increased cost of living (i.e. higher electrical, heating and transportation costs)
12. Lack of growth, jobs and educational opportunities
13. Is a member of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities;

AND WHEREAS there are numerous references which recognize Parry Sound District as being in Northern Ontario including: media recognition of the Riding’s place in the recent Provincial election results for the eleven ridings which make up “Northern Ontario Municipalities” (CBC News October 6, 2011); and many provincially/federally funded reports refer to the Riding as being in Northern Ontario:  ‘Agricultural Economic Impact Study’, ‘Economic Cage Study’, ‘Ontario Environmental Farm Plan’, ‘Industry Canada’s Exporting in Northern Ontario’; Bill 214 and the Representation Act of 2005 affirm the Riding as one of the eleven Northern Electoral Districts; Ontario Ministry of Finance in its application of the Northern Ontario Energy Credit Program; Northern Ontario Travel – Snowmobiling; Northern Ontario School of Medicine allocation of one of its 13 local NOSM Groups (LNGs); Health Travel grants; Vehicle Licensing; Northern Ontario Growth Plan; Northern Ontario Service Deliverers Association; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; the North East LHIN; the Northern Ontario Waste Diversion Study April 2006, to list a few;

AND WHEREAS the municipalities in the District of Parry Sound Municipal Association support the principle of the Northern Ontario Committee and believe that there is strength in numbers. Therefore, Parry Sound Muskoka Riding should be included in the Committee to provide a strong, united northern voice;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Municipalities in the District of Parry Sound Municipal Association strongly recommend that Mr. Vanthof amend the Private Members Bill to correct the boundary of Northern Ontario, and include Norm Miller, M.P.P. for the riding of Parry Sound Muskoka on the Committee;

AND FURTHER THAT this resolution be sent to John Vanthof, M.P.P. Timiskaming-Cochrane with copies to:  the Northern Ontario M.P.P.s:  Sarah Campbell Kenora-Rainy River, Hon. Michael Gravelle Thunder Bay-Superior North, Bill Mauro Thunder Bay-Atikokan, Gilles Bisson Timmins-James Bay, Michael Mantha Algoma-Manitoulin, Hon Rick Bartolucci Sudbury & Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forest, David Orazietti Sault Ste. Marie,Victor Fedeli Nipissing, France Gelinas Nickel Belt and Norman Miller Parry Sound Muskoka;

AND FURTHER that copies to be sent to:  The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, Andrea Horwath, Leader New Democratic Party of Ontario, Tim Hudak, Leader Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Federal M.P.s:  Honourable Tony Clement Parry Sound Muskoka, Jay Aspin Nipissing-Timiskaming, Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA), Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM).

                        Carried.

FLOYD CUMMINGS.  PRIVATE PROPERTY & SIGNAGE

Council requested staff to write a letter to Mr. Floyd Cummings to deny him from placing any private property signs on Township property.

TOWNSHIP BOUNDARY SIGN

12-046                        Moved by Councillor Gordon
                            Seconded by Councillor Larson

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Township of Carling endorses the G311 Boundary Sign to read as set forth by the Ministry of Transportation and shall have as:  “Township of Carling” together with the township’s logo affixed to the sign.

                        Carried.

8.    BY-LAWS

SHORE ROAD ALLOWANCE BY-LAW
Irene Calow, 75 Calow Rd.
Pt Lot 23, Concession 1

2012-10                        Moved by Councillor Konoval
                        Seconded by Councillor Larson

THAT By-law Number 2012-10, being a By-law to Close and Sell Part of the Original Shore Road Allowance in front of Lot 23, Concession 1, Township of Carling (Calow), be read and finally passed in Open Council this 16th day of April, 2012.
        
                            Carried.

AUTHORIZE THE ACQUISITION OF LAND
Consent Application B14/2011(C) -Rider
Shebeshekong Estates Rd.

2012-11                        Moved by Councillor Murphy
                            Seconded by Councillor Larson

THAT By-law Number 2012-11, being a By-law to authorize the Acquisition of lands of road purposes, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 16th day of April, 2012.
        
                            Carried.

FIRE PERMIT BY-LAW

Council requested that the item be deferred to the May Committee meeting and have the Fire Chief present to discuss the proposed regulations and answer questions.

BY-LAW TO SET TAX RATIOS

2012-12                        Moved by Councillor Konoval
                            Seconded by Councillor Murphy

THAT By-law Number 2012-12, being a By-law to Set Tax Ratios for Municipal Purposes for the Year 2012, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 16th day of April, 2012.
        
                            Carried.

BY-LAW TO ESTABLISH CAPPING PARAMETERS

2012-13                        Moved by Councillor Larson
                            Seconded by Councillor Gordon

THAT By-law Number 2012-13, being a By-law to establish the capping parameters for the 2012 final taxes for the commercial and industrial classes, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 16th day of April, 2012.
        
                            Carried.
 

BY-LAW TO SET AND LEVY THE RATES OF TAXATION

2012-14                        Moved by Councillor Larson
                        Seconded by Councillor Konoval

THAT By-law Number 2012-14, being a By-law to Set and Levy the Rates of Taxation for Municipal Purposes for the Year 2012, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 16th day of April, 2012.
        
                            Carried.

9.    OTHER BUSINESSRECREATION COMMITTEE

Mayor Harrison talked about the Recreation Committees proposed budget and the difference between expenses and revenues.

10.    CLOSED MEETING

12-047                        Moved by Councillor Gordon
                            Seconded by Councillor Larson

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council move into a CLOSED MEETING at 9:06 p.m., pursuant to Section 239(2) of the Municipal Act, 2001,S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended to deal with legal and property matters and an upcoming OMB Hearing.

                            Carried.    
    
11.    OPEN MEETING

12-048                        Moved by Councillor Murphy
                            Seconded by Councillor Konoval

 NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council move out of a CLOSED MEETING at 9:10 p.m.

                            Carried.

12.    CONFIRMING BY-LAW

2012-15                        Moved by Councillor Konoval                                            Seconded by Councillor Murphy

THAT By-Law Number 2012-15, being a Confirming By-Law, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 16th day of April, 2012.

                            Carried.

13.    ADJOURNMENT

12-049                        Moved by Councillor Gordon
                            Seconded by Councillor Larson

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Regular Meeting of Council be adjourned at 9:14 p.m.

Carried.

TOWNSHIP OF CARLING

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

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