COUNCIL NEWS

FROM THE JULY 27, 2020 COUNCIL MEETING

DECLARATION OF MUTUAL COMMITMENT AND FRIENDSHIP - IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE ACROSS ONTARIO

Council voted unanimously to support and sign the declaration of mutual commitment and friendship as sponsored by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) to enhance social cohesion between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and support closer cultural, social and civic ties between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

TEMPORARY USE BY-LAW FOR PATIOS

Restaurants have been permitted to open up and operate patios, licensed or unlicensed for the remainder of 2020, provided that proper physical distancing requirements are met. In order to do so, patios are encroaching into areas that might otherwise be allocated for parking purposes. Ontario regulation 345/20 allows for temporary use bylaws to be passed alleviating zoning regulations that may not be complied with if patios expand into parking areas. Council adopted a by-law to implement a temporary zoning exception for outdoor patios when approved by the CBO and Fire Chief, for the remainder of 2020.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE SITE ALTERATION BY-LAW 2016-41

There are some sections of the current version of By-law 2016-41, as amended, that need to be changed, corrected, or strengthened. Staff presented a report with a number of proposed changes to address these issues. A by-law will be presented at a future meeting.

ROAD ALLOWANCE OPENING AND DEVELOPMENT

A resolution was adopted by Council to direct Township staff to draft Official Plan Policies and a procedural guideline on Road Openings and extensions and present them to Planning Committee or Council at a future date, prior to a public meeting being held. All new road extensions will be put on hold until such time that Policies and Procedures have been put in place.

PARKING, DRIVEWAY, BOULEVARDS & CULVERT BY-LAW REVIEW

Township Staff are intending to create a clear process for members of the public to install a new driveway entrance, or alter an existing driveway or boulevard, while protecting Township assets. Township Staff also wish to explore alternative winter parking regulations allowing greater flexibility for on-street parking. Council authorized Staff to hold a public meeting at a future Planning/Building/Environment Committee Meeting or Council Meeting, and send out proper notification to all residents through local newspapers and other means so that broad consultation can occur.

COLLEGE STREET SECONDARY PLAN & ST. MARTIN SECONDARY PLAN

Council authorized staff to seek agency input and comment prior to holding a formal public meeting and to commence the public consultation (open house and formal public meeting) process prior to preparing a recommendation report for Committee and Council consideration.

SANITARY AND STORM SEWER CONDITION ASSESSMENT PROJECT

Council passed a by-law to authorize an agreement with Civica Infrastructure Inc. for the Sanitary and Storm Sewer Condition Assessment project in the amount of $267,362.85 (plus HST).

2020 HOT MIX SPOT REPAIR

Council passed a by-law to enter into an agreement with Circle P Paving Inc. for hot mix spot repair for various locations in the amount of $178,425.00 (plus HST).