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