The Corporation of the Township Carling


 

M I N U T E S    
REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL
Monday, July 9, 2012
Council Chambers
2 West Carling Bay Rd., Nobel, Ontario


Council Members Present:         Mayor:        Gord Harrison
Councillors:          Susan Murphy, Michael Gordon, Mike Konoval, Sid Larson

Council Members Absent:    Councillor:        
                            
Staff Present:    Stephen Kaegi - Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk
                            Maryann Sidon – Deputy Clerk/Planning Assistant
            
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

12-064                        Moved by Councillor Murphy                                            Seconded by Councillor Larson

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council held on June 11, 2012, be approved.

                            Carried.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

12-065                        Moved by Councillor Gordon
                            Seconded by Councillor Konoval

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Committee of the Whole held on June 8, 2012, be approved.

                            Carried.

3.    DEPUTATIONS

RYAN EARLEY.  SHEBESHEKONG BEACH/BOAT RAMP    

Mr. Ryan Earley spoke to Council regarding the vehicle congestion at the Shebeshekong beach/boat ramp on the Canada Day long weekend. Mr. Earley complained that it was extremely difficult to launch his boat due to the cars parking in areas that were signed no-parking.

Council have directed staff to bring a by-law forward in August to regulate the site and thus allow By-law Enforcement Officers to lay fines or have vehicles towed. In addition, Council asked staff to look for other potential sites around the lake for either a boat launch or beach thus separating the two activities. In the meantime, council has asked staff to post additional no-parking signs in the turn around area on the property.


DAVE TURNER.  SITE PLAN DEVELOPMENT/BUILDING APPROVAL

Mr. Dave Turner raised concern over what he sees is a lack of control and co-ordination over the development of a lot in the township. Mr. Turner would like Council to look at implementing more controls over the building of driveways, the alteration of land, cutting of trees and the appropriate placing of structures on private property. The focus should be on the environment and the built form should not be intrusive.

The second issue raised by Mr. Turner was the payment of taxes and he felt that a taxpayer should only be paying for last years taxes in the current year or at least have payments spread out with the last being in November.

4.    REPORT OF THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

12-066                        Moved by Councillor Konoval
                            Seconded by Councillor Larson

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council receives the Reports of the Chief Administrative Officer, as distributed.
    
                            Carried.

5.    REPORT OF THE COMMITTEES

Councillor Konoval reported on his trip to the Ukraine and his talk with the politicians in a local city.

Councillor Murphy reported on the Museum and the closing of the exhibit that talked about the seven local municipalities. In addition she reported on the successful Canada Day breakfast which was a fundraising event for the museum.

Councillor Murphy informed Council on the status of the Library renovation project and the small addition being proposed. Concern has been raised over the proposed new entrance and she will speak to this matter at a later date.

Councillor Murphy spoke about the request by the Heads of Council to have the municipal representatives come to speak with them without the Provincial representatives being present, the CEO or the CEO for the WPSHC.

Councillor Gordon reported on the Planning Board meeting which dealt with six applications and whether to continue build a reserve fund for potential OMB hearings or just levy an additional amount when required.

Councillor Gordon indicated he was unable to attend the last Park-to-Park Trail meeting but would look into the issue raised that the trail was partially flooded in Carling and nearly impassable.

Councillor Larson indicated that he was approached by residents near the resorts on Sand Bay who asked that the road be surface treated.

Mayor Harrison reported to Council on the Industrial Park Board meeting and a potential company that was still exploring potentially starting operations in the Park. As well, Mayor Harrison reported on the request by MTO to place unwanted fill on specific pieces of property within the Industrial Park Boundaries. The Board is looking at sites it feels is appropriate. The Board is looking at increasing the billing practices to the septic haulers to more adequately reflect the volumes of waste being deposited in the ponds starting in September.

Mayor Harrison reported to Council on the Raise the Roof Campaign for the rink and indicated that a more formal resolution will be forthcoming in August. Council requested staff get engineering quotes, cost estimates and explore funding opportunities for this project.

Mayor Harrison reported that the Fire Department has already been called out twice by the Coast Guard and gave a demonstration of the fire boats capabilities at the West Carling Association.

6.    COUNCIL CORRESPONDENCE

12-067                        Moved by Councillor Gordon
                            Seconded by Councillor Larson

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

                            Carried.

7.    OTHER BUSINESS

GREAT LAKES AND ST. LAWRNCE CITIES INITITIAVE
SHALE GAS EXPLORATION, EXTRACTION AND TREAMENT ACTIVITIES AND THE ROLE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT

12-068                        Moved by Councillor Konoval
                            Seconded by Councillor Larson

WHEREAS, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River are the largest freshwater ecosystem in the world, providing drinking water to over 40 million people and serving as the economic base for much of Canada and the United States; and

WHEREAS, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence basin is a complex and fragile ecosystem, encompassing a wide range of human and natural habitat and activities; and

WHEREAS, shale gas activities, whether it be exploration, extraction or treatment, have increased significantly over the past few years across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin, representing potential local investments, jobs creation and additional revenues from royalties and taxes; and

WHEREAS, there are current uncertainties about the environmental risks to water, air and soil associated with shale gas exploration, extraction and treatment, as well as the financial impacts on municipalities; and

WHEREAS, proper casing and cementing of oil and gas wells is very important to protect water supplies and improve public safety, as well as the fact that there is currently little or no consistency between jurisdictions (Federal, Provincial, State) in regard to casing and cementing standards; and

WHEREAS, concerns persistent over the impacts of hydrofracking fluids on aquifers and shale gas’ contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, and the use of undisclosed chemical constituents in several jurisdictions; and

WHEREAS, the capability of municipal treatment plants to efficiently and safely process wastewater from the fracking process is questioned in some cases; and
    
WHEREAS, municipalities have both the duty and obligation to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their residents, especially in providing safe drinking water.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Cities Initiative calls on state, provincial and federal governments to provide integrated, effective and responsible management of the shale gas industry, which will ensure the protection of both the environment and residents, as well as respect the role and authority of municipalities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Cities Initiative calls for utmost transparency and disclosure from both state, provincial and federal governments and the shale gas industry, as well as continued information exchange with municipalities throughout all development stages; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Cities Initiative calls for the conduct of independent studies on the environmental, social and economic impact of shale gas exploration, extraction and treatment activities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Cities Initiative calls for consistency between any new legislation concerning shale gas exploration, extraction and treatment activities, and existing laws and regulations related to the environment, sustainable development and urban planning; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Cities Initiative calls on state, provincial and federal governments to allow municipalities to require public hearings on the local impacts of shale gas industry, including public safety issues and risks, preventative measures and response plans; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Cities Initiative requests state, provincial and federal governments to require companies engaged in shale gas extraction to provide the list of chemicals used, as well as details of their storage, handling, and disposal; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Cities Initiative asks for the creation of mitigation and compensation funds for municipalities, financed by fees paid by the shale gas industry, in the event of negative impacts within their territory as a result of exploration, extraction or treatment activities.

                            Carried.

COUNTY OF NORFOLK
POLICING COSTS AND SERVICE LEVELS

12-069                        Moved by Councillor Konoval
                            Seconded by Councillor Murphy

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council for the Township of Carling supports the position of the County of Norfolk in demanding “Say for Pay” and that Municipal representatives be included in all present and future deliberations between the Ontario Government and the Ontario Provincial Police pertaining to the cost of policing, and to the process of determining local police service levels and delivery methods.

                            Carried.

REHABILITATION DEPARTMENT WPSHC
NEW HORIZONS FOR SENIORS PROGRAM

12-070                        Moved by Councillor Gordon
                            Seconded by Councillor Larson

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council for the Township of Carling agrees to waive the rental fee for the use of the Community Centre by the WPSHC to establish a wellness program for seniors in Carling Township in addition to helping to market the program.

TENDER RESULTS FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF SAND BAY RD.

12-071                        Moved by Councillor Gordon
                            Seconded by Councillor Murphy

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that upon the recommendation of the Public Works Superintendent, Council for the Township of Carling accept the tender from Fowler Construction for the reconstruction of Sand Bay Road in the amount of $1,136,273.91 excluding HST, this being the lowest of 2 tenders received.

                            Carried.

8.    BY-LAWS

SHORE ROAD ALLOWANCE BY-LAW
Jeffrey Warren & Kelly Livingstone, 31 Ridgeway Dr.
Lot 16, Concession D

12-071                        Moved by Councillor Gordon
                            Seconded by Councillor Murphy

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council defer the By-law to Close and Sell Part of the Original Shore Road Allowance in front of Lot 16, Concession D, Township of Carling (Warren/Livingstone).

                        Carried.

SHORE ROAD ALLOWANCE BY-LAW
Paul & Caroline Duimering, 59 Alves Rd.
Lot 54, Concession 12

2012-22                        Moved by Councillor Larson
                        Seconded by Councillor Konoval

THAT By-law Number 2012-22, being a By-law to Close and Sell Part of the Original Shore Road Allowance in front of Lot 54, Concession 12, Township of Carling (Duimering) , be read and finally passed in Open Council this 9th day of July, 2012.

                            Carried.

8.    CLOSED MEETING

12-072                        Moved by Councillor Gordon
                            Seconded by Councillor Larson

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council move into a CLOSED MEETING at 8:28 p.m., pursuant to Section 239(2) of the Municipal Act, 2001,S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended to deal with personnel/legal matters.    

                            Carried.
    
OPEN MEETING

12-073                        Moved by Councillor Konoval
                            Seconded by Councillor Murphy

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council move out of a CLOSED MEETING at 8:41 p.m.

                            Carried.

9.    CONFIRMING BY-LAW

2012-23                        Moved by Councillor Konoval                                            Seconded by Councillor Gordon

THAT By-Law Number 2012-23, being a Confirming By-Law, be read and finally passed in Open Council this 9th day of July, 2012.

                            Carried.

10.    ADJOURNMENT

12-074                        Moved by Councillor Gordon
                            Seconded by Councillor Murphy

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Regular Meeting of Council be adjourned at 8:17 p.m.

Carried.

TOWNSHIP OF CARLING

___________________        _                    ___________________________
Gord Harrison, Mayor                                    Stephen P. Kaegi, CAO/Clerk

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