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David Kerr, President, St. Thomas & District Labour Council

The 1st Sparta Cub Scouts had the entrance to the County building surrounded just ahead of the Central Elgin Council meeting of April 13, 2015. "Are there any questions," asked Deputy Mayor Sally Martyn who was outside explaining some of Council's responsibilities. "Why are we here?" piped up one youngster. "To learn," laughed one of the Scout leaders.


David Kerr, President of the St. Thomas and District Labour Council, who was at Council to discuss the upcoming International Day of Mourning on April 28th, 2015 honouring those who have suffered work-related injuries, illnesses, disease, and death, toned down his presentation so as not to upset the youthful listeners who had filled the gallery of Council Chambers.

He said that about 1,000 workers die in Canada each year, which means there are more than two deaths per day as a result of something that happened at work. "You don't come back from being dead," he said, "home from work is meant to be your home, not a funeral home." He also spoke about how first responders all too frequently suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of what they see on the job, and this has sometimes led to suicide.

This year people will gather at the Main Pavilion in Pinafore Park in St. Thomas at 5:00 p.m. on April 28th and walk over to the aluminium sculpture monument on 4 pillars, weather permitting. They will stay in the main pavilion if it rains. Stéphanie Romano, Education Co-ordinator at London Health Science Centre, will be the guest speaker this year. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this International Day of Mourning remembrance ceremony.

Correspondence (Action)

1. Reach the Beach Special Event Permit: Application received for Reach the Beach event scheduled for Friday, August 7th, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Port Stanley. Council approved the request.

2. Alcohol and Gaming Commission: Municipal Information Form Alcohol and Gaming Commission Municipal Information Form received from That Breakfast Place, 4980 Sunset Road, seeking support for a new liquor licence. Council had no objections, although Deputy Mayor Martyn thought it a little odd that a breakfast place would want a liquor licence.

Correspondence (for Council's Information): received collectively as information and filed:

1. BIA Board of Management - Minutes Copy of minutes from BIA Board of Management meetings dated April 23, May 6, May 14, May 30, July 3, July 16, August 13, October 23, November 26, 2014 and January 23, 2015.

2. Thames Valley District School Board: Copy of correspondence sent from the County of Elgin to the TVDSB supporting relocating of students from Pierre Elliott Trudeau French Immersion School to Port Stanley Public School as a result of overcrowding. Deputy Mayor Martyn stated she was thankful for the County's letter of support on this.

3. County Highlights County of Elgin Highlights: March 24, 2015. Elgin County Economic Development has just completed an update of its Economic Development Strategy. The County will continue to build upon its current approach centred on driving economic programs and actions by emphasizing place-making, which ties the County's quality of place and rural lifestyle to a strong competitive advantage on which to attract investment, talent, future residents and visitors. The update will include a greater focus on collaboration with County stakeholders and municipal partners.

With guidance from the Elgin Economic Development Advisory Group (EEDAG) and municipal partners, four strategic directions were determined that form the priorities for the updating of the County's 2015 plan: improve support for local business; revitalization of downtowns; investment in local/regional infrastructure (employment land, broadband, tourism); and improve marketing and promotion of local and regional assets.

County Council also endorsed the framework for a County-Wide Community Improvement Plan (CIP) which included the Elgincentives Vision and Implementation Guidelines, and the Elgincentives Community Improvement Plan.

4. Letter of Thanks: Correspondence received from Masonic Centre of Elgin thanking Central Elgin staff for their guidance and assistance. Councillor Winkworth said he thought this letter was nice.

5. Elgin Area Primary Water Supply System: Elgin Area Primary Water Supply System 2014 Compliance Report. The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) conducts an inspection of the Elgin Area Primary Water Supply System annually. A MOE inspection took place in June 2014. The final inspection report was issued on August 22, 2014. A total of zero (0) noncompliances were identified in the inspection report. The final inspection rating received for the 2014-2015 reporting year was 100%.

6. OPP- Supplied Court Security Cost Allocation: Correspondence received from the Municipality of Bayham and Township of Malahide advising of support for an OPP-Supplied Court Security Cost Allocation based on a proportionate share. Three municipalities have now stated their support for Central Elgin's resolution of March 19, 2015 on this matter.

7. Housing Services Corporation Accountability Act: Correspondence received from Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford, seeking support for Housing Services Corporation Accountability Act.

8. Invasive Species - Phragmites: Copy of correspondence sent from Jeff Yurek, MPP, Elgin-Middlesex-London to Warden Ens & Councillors, County of Elgin respecting Invasive Species - Phragmites.

9. Elgin County County Land Division Committee: Notice of Decisions Copy of Decisions from County of Elgin Land Division Committee respecting E1/15, Stracuzzi & McNeil, E2/15, Collins Lane Farms Ltd., E4/15, Prespa Construction Ltd. and E8/15, Henry William Regis White.

10. National Health & Fitness Day: Correspondence received from Joe Preston, Member of Parliament, Elgin-Middlesex-London inviting participation in Canada's National Health and Fitness Day. With the passage of Bill S-211, the first National Health and Fitness Day will be held on June 6th, 2015. It will consist of all facilities opening up their doors to allow children the opportunity to participate in physical activities for the day. With many chronic diseases being preventable through moderate physical activity and a healthier lifestyle, it is important that we start reinforcing the importance the role in physical activity plays in each child's health, happiness and overall quality of life.

In Canada, a third of all children and youth are overweight or obese and only 4 percent of Canadian children are getting the recommended 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity daily. We hope this National Health and Fitness Day will slowly start changing these statistics and teaching children the importance of healthy living through physical activity.

11. 2015 Lincoln M. Alexander Award: Correspondence received from the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade announcing Lincoln M. Alexander Award for 2015.

12. Port Stanley BIA: Annual General Meeting Notice of Port Stanley BIA - Annual General Meeting scheduled for April 22, 2015 @ 5:30 p.m. at the Port Stanley Arena. The purpose of the meeting is to present the proposed 2015 BIA Budget to the membership of the Port Stanley BIA and review initiatives for the upcoming year. Each member of the Port Stanley Business Improvement Area has one vote regardless of the number of properties that the member may own or lease in the improvement area.


CAO 20-15 Pool Fence By-law: The current Pool Fence By-Law # 204 prescribes regulations for Pool fencing and gate construction only. A more comprehensive By-Law was developed to address all of the Municipality's concerns with Pool Fencing and its construction. The addition of definitions, regulations and construction details will provide the Municipality with enhanced clarity of the By-Law and greater enforcement capabilities. Policing of this by-law would be done through annual inspections and by-law enforcement. Deputy Mayor Martyn noted there were some differences in this report from Leon Bach than what she and Councillor Carr had recommended when they were on this committee. A new ad hoc committee consisting of Stephen Carr and Sally Martyn was struck to review this report with Leon Bach before Council makes a decision.

CAO 22-15 March 2015 Monthly Building Report: Received as information without comment.

CAO 23-15 County of Elgin/Central Elgin Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee (JAAC) Appointments (2015-2018): Council approved the recommended appointments of Douglas Mayer, Arnold Row, Stephen Campbell and Michele Horton to the County of Elgin/Central Elgin Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee for 2015 - 2018.

CAO 24.15 County of Elgin Woodlands Conservation By-law (Tree By-law): Council pass a resolution indicating that it approves in principle the draft amendment to the County of Elgin Woodlands Conservation By-law - Restrictions Against Harvest, Destruction, or Injuries to Trees on Slopes (Central Elgin) and requests that the proposed by-law be presented to Elgin County Council for its consideration. The proposed Slope Permit process for the harvest, destruction or injury of a single tree or trees will require an application supported a report from a geotechnical engineer. Deputy Mayor Martyn was glad to see this. Exact slopes will be delineated by map parts, and it is hoped these measures will prevent another slope failure such as the one which recently occurred on Front Street in Port Stanley.

PW 15-15 Centennial Road - Area Speed Reduction: reduce speed to 50km/hr through Centennial Road south of Fruitridge Line to north of Sparta Line due to sight distance restrictions.

PW 16-15 Centennial Road - Area Speed Reduction: reduce speed to 60km/hr through Centennial Road south of Sparta Line to north of Roberts Line due to sight distance restrictions.

PW 17-15 Black Lane - Area Speed Reduction: reduce speed to 20km/hr through a section of Black Lane on the east side starting from Willsie Bourne to 110 metres north/west on Black Lane due to sight distance restrictions.

PW 18-15 Goudy Road - Area Speed Reduction: reduce speed to 50km/hr through Goudy Road south of Edgeware Line to 230 metres south of Edgeware Line due to sight distance restrictions.

PW 19-15 Jamestown Line - Area Speed Reduction: reduce speed to 30km/hr through Jamestown Line at Rush Creek Line to 450 metres north of Martyn Line due to sight distance restrictions.

PW 20-15 Jamestown Line - Area Speed Reduction: reduce speed to 60km/hr through Jamestown Line 450 metres north of Martyn Line to Roberts Line due to sight distance restrictions.

Lloyd Perrin noted that all of these recommendations to reduce speed limits were to recognize existing substandard vertical and horizontal alignments on all of these road parts. Signage will go up in three to four weeks.

PW 22-15 Turvey Park Design Option: As a result of the May 29th, 2014 public open house, 3 options have been developed by Stantech staff for the development of the newly acquired 159 acres of table land which Is contiguous with the existing Turvey Park. Council directed staff to set up a new public information session on these three designs, and it is expected to be scheduled around the last week in May.

PW 24-15 Janitorial Services - Tender: The municipality received only one bid when the tender for the provision of cleaning services of the CA Bell Medical Centre and the Belmont Library was let, and it came in at $32,205 per year. Council rejected that bid and directed staff to hire part time staff to clean the two facilities under the supervision of the Recreation Superintendent. Staff would respectfully suggest that this cleaning could be completed in approximately 20 hours per week. This would result in an estimated labour cost of approximately $20,000 annually with another $1,000 in supplies.


  • Taken and passed collectively
  • By-law 1845: Confirmatory By-law
  • By-law 1846: Being a By-law to Reduce the Speed Limit on Municipal Highways - Centennial Road
  • By-law 1847: Being a By-law to Reduce the Speed Limit on Municipal Highways - Centennial Road
  • By-law 1848: Being a By-law to Reduce the Speed Limit on Municipal Highways - Black Lane
  • By-law 1849: Being a By-law to Reduce the Speed Limit on Municipal Highways - Goudy Road
  • By-law 1850: Being a By-law to Reduce the Speed Limit on Municipal Highways - Jamestown Road
  • By-law 1851: Being a By-law to Reduce the Speed Limit on Municipal Highways - Jamestown Road

1. Hydro One: Support for Underground Wiring in Sparta. This was deferred as Lloyd Perrin is meeting with Hydro One on this very subject on April 14, 2015.

Though Central Elgin could not give David Kerr the Proclamation he was looking for, they did pass a resolution of commitment to continue to provide a safe working environment for their municipal workers, and support to honour the memory of all workers killed or injured on the job.

New Business: None

Unfinished Business
1. Draft Sign By-law
2. Report for DOC Building banner

Closed Session
CS1: A Proposed or Pending Acquisition or Disposition of Land (S.239(2)(c)) - Walter Street
CS2: Labour Relations or Employee Negotiations (s.239(2)(d)) - Staff Recruitments
CS2: PW 23-15 Port Stanley Harbour West Breakwater Railing System - discussion on liability issues surrounding the "stupid factor".

Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 April 2015 12:55:41 PM EST

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