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by Francie Dennison
Discussion and Votes After Closed Session
Garry Morritt

In a public meeting prior to the Council meeting of February 16, 2016, Council stated they wanted a further set back from the front line than the 2.5m proposed in Garry Morritt's minor ariance application, so that it would blend in with the rest of the houses (5.5m) on the street where Morritt wants to build a house for his daughter. Currently, 7.5m set back from the front lot line is required. After some discussion the parties came to a tentative agreement of a 3.5m set back, with Mr. Morritt to provide the building plans to Mr. Perrin so they can go over them.

Correspondence (Action)

1. Dominion of Canada Building: Email Correspondence sent from Heritage Central Elgin recommending Dominion of Canada Building be placed on Clerk's List of Properties of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest. Discussion and vote on adding the DOC to the Clerk's List was deferred until after Closed Session.

2. Port Stanley Community Policing: Correspondence received from Port Stanley Community Policing requesting placement of "no parking signage" from corner of Warren Street to the driveway of Moore Water Gardens. The municipality has no objections but Community Policing will have to get the County on board with it as this is a county road and they have jurisdiction.

3. Catfish Creek Conservation Authority - 2016 Levy: Correspondence received from CCCA respecting 2016 Levy and AGM. The proposed overall General Levy adjustment represents an increase of $3,746.89 for the Municipality of Central Elgin. The Municipality of Central E1gin's total Levy for 2016 is $69,511.35, including the Special Planning Levy. Council approved Central Elgin's apportionment of the 2016 CCCA levy.

Correspondence (for Council's Information)

  • Received collectively as information and filed.
  • 1. Catfish Creek Conservation Authority: Correspondence received from CCCA advising of Annual General Meeting.
  • 2. Heritage Central Elgin: Copy of minutes from Heritage Central Elgin meeting dated Wednesday, January 27, 2016.
  • 3. Moving Forward Event: Notice of Moving Forward Event scheduled for February 24, 2016 at Senior's Recreation Centre - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • 4. County of Elgin Highlights: Copy of County of Elgin Highlights for January 26, 2016.
  • 5. Proposed Draft Plan of Subdivision - 34T-15503: Notice of a Public Meeting for a Proposed Draft Plan of Subdivision - Phase 4 Shawside Development
  • 6. Ad hoc Sign By-law Committee: Copy of minutes from the Ad hoc Sign By-law Committee meeting dated November 25, 2015.
  • 7. Land Division Committee - Notice of Decision: Notice of Decision received from County of Elgin Land Division Committee respecting E124/15, Eric John and Maria Clara Platteeuw.
  • 8. Belmont Library - Interest Free Loan/Lease Amendments: Correspondence received from the County of Elgin advising of agreement for ten year interest-free loan in amount of $100,000. to support renovation costs for Belmont Library and advising of amendments to lease agreement.
  • 9. Long Term Funding: Correspondence received from Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands respecting Long Term Funding.
  • 10. Port Stanley BIA Board of Managment: Copy of BIA Board of Management Meeting minutes dated January 20th, 2016.


1. Special Events Committee - 2016 Cross Fit Elgin Beach Brawl. Council had no objection to this July 9th, 2016 main beach event subject to the provision of liability insurance and the same conditions as last year.

2. Special Events Committee - 2016 Great Lakes International Air Show. Council approved the holding of the event but did not make any decision regarding the provision of grant money to pay for ambulances, firefighters, and such. There was discussion around the council table about the municipality providing grant moeny amounting to the same thing as giving taxpayer's money to charity. The GLIAS will also have to provide the required $5 million liability insurance.


CEP 06-16 Application for a Consent No E05/16 - Colin, Jeff, John and Joanne Ferguson, 43850 Ferguson Line: Council approved a zoning by-law amendment to permit an agricultural related use on the severed lot.

CEP 07-16 Application for a Consent No. E06/16 - Colin, Jeff, John, Joanne and Joyce Ferguson, 43933 Truman Line: Council approved a zoning by-law amendment to prohibit any new residential dwellings on the retained lot.

CEP 08-16 Application for a Consent No. E07/16 - Colin, Jeff, John, Joanne and Joyce Ferguson, 10461 Dalewood Road: Council approved a zoning by-law amendment to prohibit any new residential dwellings on the retained lot.

CEP 09-16 Application for a Consent No. E08/16 - Jeff, John and Joanne Ferguson, 44270 Talbot Line: Council approved a minor variance to recognize the deficient front yard setback for the existing residential dwelling located on the severed lot; and the lands are to be severed be merged in title with 44282 Talbot Line.

CEP 11-16 Application for a Consent No. E127/15 - Paul Mitchell Hepburn, 43337 Fruit Ridge Line: Council approved a severance which keeps the lands in agricultural use but which recognizes Paul Hepburn's new house.

CEP 12-16 Application for a Consent No. E01/16 - Michael and Karen Degen, 421 Edith Cavell Blvd: Council approved the creation of a proposed utility easement.

CEP 14-16 Application to Amend Township of Yarmouth By-law 1998 - Rod & Trudy Malloy, 5913 Stone Church Road: The public meeting date set for this proposed residential use of land on Stone Church Road is March 21st, 2016 @ 7:20 p.m.

CEP 15-16 Parkland Dedication By-law: This was received by Council as information after first being discussed by staff with the St. Thomas Elgin Homebuilders Association.

CAO 08-16 Permit Fee Implementation Options: The new fees will be implemented in three stages of one-third each in July 2016, January 2017 and January 2018. Staff was ordered to organize a public meeting on this.

Radon Gas Leon Bach, Chief Building Official, will be in attendance to provide Council with a powerpoint presentation on radon gas. The threshold for the safe presence of radon gas in a home was recently lowered to 200 and thus some homes that were previously assessed as safe are no long. Long term exposure to radon gas has been linked to the incidence of lung cance. Contact the municipality if you have concerns and want to have your home tested.

PW 08-16 Dell Drain Outlet - Appointment of Engineer - Section 78: Council appointed Mr. Mark Hernandez, P. Eng, of Dillon Consulting Limited to undertake a report under Section 78 of the Ontario Drainage Act for the Dell Drain Outlet.

PW 09-16 Prior Drain - Open Ditch Cleanout Tender Award: Council awarded Laemers Excavating of Sparta, Ontario the contract to cleanout the existing Prior Municipal Drain open ditch, for a contract price of $11, 683.07 inclusive of HST.

PW 10-16 Norman Drain (West) - Open Ditch Cleanout Tender Award: Council awarded Murray Mills Excavating and Trucking Sarnia Ltd. the contract to cleanout the existing Norman Municipal Drain open ditch (West Portion), for a contract price of $6, 133. 64 inclusive of HST.

DFS 01-16 Establish 2016 Interim Tax Installment Information: The interim tax Installment amounts for all ratepayers, as in previous years will be based on fifty (50) percent of the final 2015 taxes for each property as provided for in Section 317 of The Municipal Act, 2001, S. O. 2001, c.25. The impact of any 2016 assessment changes and the final combined tax rate will be applied to the final two installments of the year.

DFS 02-16 2016 Annual Temporary Borrowing By-law: Council received this report regarding the temporary borrowing of $6.5 million to keep the municipality running while taxe are collected as information.


  • Deferred until after Closed Session for both discussion and vote:
  • By-law 1941 Execute an Agreement of Purchase and Sale with Edward Lucien Pietrzak and Pamela Anne Pietrzak
  • By-law 1942 Execute an Agreement of Purchase and Sale with Verne Eugene Crosby respecting Harding Smith Line
  • By-law 1943 Execute a Transfer Agreement with Verne Eugene Crosby and Mary Corinne Crosby respecting Harding Smith Line
  • Taken and passed collectively:
  • By-law 1973 Confirmatory By-law
  • By-law 1974 Being a By-law to Provide for the Year 2016 Interim Tax Levy, Provide for Payment of Taxes, Provide for Penalty and Interest Charges for Non-Payment or Any Installment by the Due Date
  • By-law 1975 Being a By-law to Authorize Temporary Borrowing for 2016
  • By-law 1976 Being a By-law to Provide for the Collection of Costs of Repairs and Maintenance - 2015 Drainage Works
  • By-law 1977 Development Agreement - Prespa Construction Limited, 40 Vineden Drive
  • By-law 1978 Development Agreement - Cheryl Ann Barendregt, Dexter Line/Hawk Cliff Road
  • By-law 1979 Execute an Agreement with Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario (Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) - (OCIF) Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund - Application Component - Intake 2
  • By-law 1980 Execute an Agreement with Laemers Excavating respecting Prior Drain Cleanout
  • By-law 1981 Execute an Agreement with Murray Mills Excavating & Trucking (Sarnia) Ltd., respecting Norman Drain Cleanout

Unfinished Business
1. Public Garbage Can Policy

Closed Session

  • CS1 Litigation or Potential Litigation (s.239(2)(e)) and/or Solicitor-Client Privilege (s.239(2)(f)) and/or Personal Matters about an Identifiable Individual (s.239(2)(b))
  • CS2 Closed Session Minutes
  • CS3 Security of Property (s.239(2)(a)) - Dominion of Canada Building
  • CS4 Security of Property (s.239(2)(a)) - Port Stanley Harbour
  • CS5 Solicitor-Client Privilege (s.239(2(f)) - Little Beach
  • CS6 Labour Relations or Employee Negotiations (s.239(2)(d)) - Recreational Staff Hiring

Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 February 2016 14:18:13 PM EST

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