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by Doug Harvey
Regular Meeting Of Council On Monday, October 24th, 2016

The Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin

Regular Meeting Of Council On Monday, October 24th, 2016

Roll Call - All accounted for.

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof - None reported.

Adoption of Minutes - First Motion moved by Dan McNeil and seconded by Sally Martyn that the Minutes of the Planning Meeting of Council dated Monday, September 19th and the Regular Meeting of Council dated September 26th, 2016 be Adopted. Carried.

Delegations

1. Jet Ski Rentals
Juan Castro, from Grand Bend Watersports was in attendance to discuss a proposal for jet ski rentals in Port Stanley. He described his company as being licenced from the Municipality of Lambton Shores to operate in Grand Bend, and knew of several previous attempts to start up a jet ski rental business in Port Stanley. The push by the Municipality to get more tourists in Port Stanley was something he thought that his company could help with, and talked about how a current operation, Sport in Port, that operates from the beach has helped Port Stanley tourism, and that his business would have a similar impact. Safety is a main concern in this type of business and after being in operation for two years in Grand Bend, and having no injury's or accidents, shows a proven safety policy. Another jet ski business that currently operates down Kettle Creek is not the example that his company would follow, and that his company would be using newer, quieter machines, and be regulated by the conditions set by the Municipality.

Dan McNeil commented that he thought that could not make any type of decision because the proposal never talked about a location that the jet ski company would operate from. Lloyd Perrin commented that the current Municipal Policy is that no jet ski rentals off of Municipal property, and asked if this would change. In Council's discussion, the main issues in this type of business, were safety, the location used by the business to work from, and where the machines would be used, far enough from the beaches, at least 100 meters from swimmers, and noise. The final advise from Council was for the company to work with Municipal Staff to find out if there was suitable Harbour land that was available, and that could be used for such an operation.

Correspondence (Action)

1. AMO - Fiscal Gap facing Ontario's Municipalities
Correspondence received from AMO seeking support respecting fiscal gap facing Ontario's municipalities.

A Motion moved by Sally Martyn, and seconded by Harold Winkworth whereas recent polling, conducted on behalf of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario indicates 76% of Ontarians are concerned or somewhat concerned property taxes will not cover the cost of infrastructure while maintaining municipal services, and 90% agree maintaining safe infrastructure is an important priority for their communities;
and whereas infrastructure and transit are identified by Ontarians as the biggest problems facing their municipal government;
and whereas a ten-year projection (2016-2025) of municipal expenditures against inflationary property tax and user fee increases, shows there to be an unfunded average annual need of $3.6 billion to fix local infrastructure and provide for municipal operating needs;
and whereas the $3.6 billion average annual need would equate to annual increases of 4.6% (including inflation) to province-wide property tax revenue for the next ten years;
and whereas this gap calculation also presumes all existing and multi-year planned federal and provincial transfers to municipal governments are fulfilled;
and whereas if future federal and provincial transfers are unfulfilled beyond 2015 levels, it would require annual province-wide property tax revenue increases of up to 8.35% for ten years;
and whereas Ontarians already pay the highest property taxes in the country;
and whereas each municipal government in Ontario faces unique issues, the fiscal health and needs are a challenge which unites all municipal governments, regardless of size;
now therefore be it resolved that this Council supports the Association of Municipalities of Ontario in its work to close the fiscal gap; so that all municipalities can benefit from predictable and sustainable revenue, to finance the pressing infrastructure and municipal service needs faced by all municipal governments. Carried.

2. 2016 Belmont Santa Claus Parade
Special Event Permit Application received respecting 2016 Belmont Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, December 4th, 2016.

A Motion moved by Fiona Roberts, and seconded by Dan McNeil that the Council of The Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin approve the special event permit for the 2016 Belmont Santa Claus Parade, as set out in it's application dated October 18th, 2016 conditional on; that organizers provide liability insurance in the amount of $5,000,000 naming the County of Elgin and the Municipality of Central Elgin as co-insured and held harmless, and the final schedule and location of the events be approved by the Director of Physical Services and approval be obtained from the County of Elgin regarding the temporary closure of Belmont Road for the parade. Carried.

3. AMBER Energy Cooperative Inc. - FIT Rules, Version 5.0 - 46343 Talbot Line
Application received from AMBER Energy Cooperative Inc. under FIT Rules, Version 5.0 respecting 500 KW Ground Mount Solar Generation System on 46343 Talbot Line.

A Motion moved by Harold Winkworth, and seconded by Dennis Crevits; whereas capitalized terms not defined herein have the meanings ascribed to them in the FIT Rules, Version 5.0.
and whereas AMBER Energy Cooperative lnc. proposes to construct and operate a 500KW Ground mount Solar generation system on 46343 Talbot Line, St Thomas ON. N5P 3S7 in the Municipality of Central Elgin under the Province's FIT Program;
and whereas the Applicant has requested that Council of the Municipality of Central Elgin indicate by resolution Council's support for the construction and operation of the Project on the Property.
and whereas pursuant to the FIT Rules, Version 5.0, Applications whose Projects receive the formal support of Local Municipalities will be awarded Priority Points, which may result in the Applicant being offered a FIT Contract prior to other Persons applying for FIT Contracts;
now therefore be it resolved that: the Council of the Municipality of Central Elgin supports the construction and operation of Project on the Lands. This resolution's sole purpose is to enable the Applicant to receive Priority Points under the FIT Program and may not be used for the purpose of any other form of municipal approval in relation to the Application or Project or any other purpose. Carried.

4. AMBER Energy Cooperative Inc., FIT Rules, Version 5.0 - 46400 Talbot Line
Application received from AMBER Energy Cooperative Inc. under FIT Rules, Version 5.0 respecting 500 KW Bio Gas generation system on 46400 Talbot Line.

A Motion moved by Dennis Crevits, and seconded by Fiona Roberts; whereas capitalized terms not defined herein have the meanings ascribed to them in the FIT Rules, Version 5.0.
And whereas AMBER Energy Cooperative lnc. proposes to construct and operate a 500KW Bio Gas generation system on 46400 Talbot Line. St Thomas ON. N5P 357 in the Municipality of Central Elgin under the Province's FIT Program;
and whereas the Applicant has requested that Council of the Municipality of Central Elgin indicate by resolution Council's support for the construction and operation of the Project on the Property.
And whereas pursuant to the FIT Rules, Version 5.0, Applications whose Projects receive the formal support of Local Municipalities will be awarded Priority Points, which may result in the Applicant being offered a FIT Contract prior to other Persons applying for FIT Contracts;
now therefore be it resolved that: the Council of the Municipality of Central Elgin supports the construction and operation of Project on the Lands. This resolution's sole purpose is to enable the Applicant to receive Priority Points under the FIT Program and may not be used for the purpose of any other form of municipal approval in relation to the Application or Project or any other purpose. Carried.

5. AMBER Energy Cooperative Inc. - FIT Rules, Version 5.0 - 9768 Penhale Road
Application received from AMBER Energy Cooperative Inc. under FIT Rules Version 5.0 respecting 250 KW Bio Gas Generation System on 9768 Penhale Road.

A Motion moved by Dennis Crevits, and seconded by Harold Winkworth; whereas capitalized terms not defined herein have the meanings ascribed to them in the FIT Rules, Version 5.0.
and whereas AMBER Energy Cooperative lnc. proposes to construct and operate a 250KW Bio Gas generation system on 9768 Penhale Road. St Thomas ON. N5P 357 in the Municipality of Central Elgin under the Province's FIT Program;
and whereas the Applicant has requested that Council of the Municipality of Central Elgin indicate by resolution Council's support for the construction and operation of the Project on the Property.
And whereas pursuant to the FIT Rules, Version 5.0, Applications whose Projects receive the formal support of Local Municipalities will be awarded Priority Points, which may result in the Applicant being offered a FIT Contract prior to other Persons applying for FIT Contracts;
now therefore be it resolved that: the Council of the Municipality of Central Elgin supports the construction and operation of Project on the Lands. This resolution's sole purpose is to enable the Applicant to receive Priority Points under the FIT Program and may not be used for the purpose of any other form of municipal approval in relation to the Application or Project or any other purpose. Carried.

Correspondence (for Council's Information) - The Motion that Correspondence for Council's Information Items #1 - #6 inclusive be received as information and filed was put forward by Fiona Roberts and seconded by Harold Winkworth.

Discussion on the impact of the current Accommodation Review process was brought up by Sally Martyn, and at first her opinion was to support a moratorium on the Accommodation Review Process, as was the opinion of Steven Carr. That changed after Mr. Leitch made the comment that this might be in conflict to the previous resolution passed by Council in support of the new school in Belmont. Fiona Roberts commented that she did not want to send mixed messages to the board by supporting this Motion. Dan McNeil agreed and thought that a moratorium was too extreme and suggested that Council find different language to use to express Councils opposition to the closing of rural schools. Council agreed that the language used had to reflect the reality of rural schools, and how they have become a "Hub" of community life, not just a school, and to also consider all educational, social and economic aspects of school closures on the impact to a community on the school closures. It was agreed upon, that time would be given to staff to draft a motion that better reflects the opinions of Central Elgin Council. The Motion for Correspondence for Council's Information was Carried.

1. Changes to Parole System proposed in Private Member's Bill
Correspondence received from the Township of Madawaska Valley respecting changes to parole system proposed in the Private Member's Bill put forward by the Honourable John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew Nippising Pembroke.

2. Terrace Lodge Fundraising Committee
Correspondence received from Township of Malahide respecting Terrace Lodge Fundraising Committee.

3. Accommodation Review Process
Correspondence received from the Municipality of Grey Highlands respecting Accommodation Review Process.

4. Hydro One Cost
Copy of correspondence sent to the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, from Grey County, respecting Provincial Legislation and Hydro One's strategy regarding hydro costs.

5. Dalewood Drive Bridge
Copy of correspondence received from the City of St. Thomas advising of Dalewood Drive Bridge - Municipal Class Environmental Assessment - Notice of Study Completion

6. Ontario Energy Board Notice to Union Gas Customers
Ontario Energy Board Notice to Customers of Union Gas Limited advising Union Gas Limited has applied to change it natural gas rates effective January 1, 2017.

Reports

Chief Administrative Officer

CAO 59-16 - BIA Board of Management - Representative on Port Stanley Harbour Secondary Plan Steering Committee

At the BIA Board of Management meeting dated October 19th, 2016, the Board members discussed correspondence received from Donald Leitch, CAO/Clerk requesting a nomination of an individual to serve on the Port Stanley Harbour Secondary Plan Steering Committee. As a result of their discussion, the BIA Board of Management has agreed by resolution to put forward the recommendation of Ted Halwa.

A Motion by Sally Martyn and seconded by Dennis Crevits that the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin approve the recommendation of Ted Halwa by the Port Stanley BIA Board of Management to serve on the Port Stanley Harbour Secondary Plan Steering Committee as per Report CAO 59-16 prepared by Dianne Wilson, Deputy Clerk, on behalf of the Port Stanley BIA Board of Management.

Harold Winkworth was not familiar with this individual, and asked who he was. David Marr replied that Ted Halwa was a Port Stanley resident for years, a planner, and current chair of the BIA. The Motion was Carried.

CAO 58-16 - Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF)

On September 14, 2016, Infrastructure Ontario announced a new infrastructure funding program, the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). The formula based funding is to be used for water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure with the federal government providing up to 50 percent of the funding for eligible projects, the province paying up to 25 percent and the balance coming from the municipality. Central Elgin is to receive a total federal provincial grant of $647,471. To receive this funding, the Municipality must commit to expend $215,824 of its own funds. Eligible projects must be complete by March 31, 2018.

A Motion by Dan McNeil and seconded by Steven Carr that the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin direct staff to submit an application to the Clean Water and Waste Water Fund (CWWF) for the construction of Pumping Station 52 and refurbishment of Pumping Station 51 as per report CAO 58-16.

Mr. Leitch commented that the Federal and Provincial governments are targeting concerns about the water quality in Lake Erie and are funding projects that help reduce phosphorus levels in Lake Erie as being a priority for both the Federal and Provincial governments. The Motion was Carried.

Director of Physical Services

PW 74-16 - Erie Thames Power Endorsement of FIT Application Projects for Municipal Properties 2016 A Motion by Harold Winkworth, and seconded by Sally Martyn that whereas capitalized terms not defined herein have the meanings ascribed to them in the FIT Rules, Version 5.0.
And whereas the Province's FIT Program encourages the construction and operation of Ground Mount Solar (PV) generation projects;
and whereas one or more Projects may be constructed and operated in Municipality of Central Elgin;
and whereas, pursuant to the FIT Rules, Version 5.0, Applications whose Projects receive the formal support of Local Municipalities will be awarded Priority Points, which may result in the Applicant being offered a FIT Contract prior to other Persons applying for FIT Contracts;
now therefore be it resolved that: Council of the Municipality of Central Elgin supports the construction and operation of the Projects anywhere in Municipality of Central Elgin. This resolution's sole purpose is to enable the participants in the FIT Program to receive Priority Points under the FIT Program and may not be used for the purpose of any other form of municipal approval in relation to the Application or Projects, or for any other purpose. This resolution shall expire twelve (12) months after its adoption by Council.

Harold Winkworth commented that he did not know the reason why Council should support these projects when the government's are doing multi million dollar sell-outs of hydro, so it leaves me rather confused why we aggressively pursue these types of projects. David Marr commented "I don't think that's a question we can answer." A vote was taken, with only Harold Winkworth opposed. The Motion was Carried.

Director of Financial Services/Treasurer

DFS 05-16 - Secretary/Treasurer to the Board - Kettle Creek Villa

A Motion by Fiona Roberts, and seconded by Steven Carr that the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin receives report DFS05-16 as information; and further that Council accepts the appointment of Emily Schinbein as Secretary/Treasurer to the Kettle Creek Villa Board of Directors. The Motion was Carried.

DFS 06-16 - 2017 Budget Development Timelines

A Motion by Sally Martyn, and seconded by Steven Carr that the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin direct staff to begin the 2017 budget preparation process, with the intent of providing the 2017 proposed operating and capital budgets to Council by the second week of December 2016; and further that Council instructs the members of the Ad Hoc User Fee Committee to convene during the month of November to review and recommend any changes to the 2016 User Fee Schedule for inclusion in the 2017 proposed operating and capital budgets as per report DFS 06-16.

Karen Harris, Director of Finance/Treasurer commented that this would be a monumental accomplishment for staff to present a full budget, both capital and operating prior to the close of the fiscal year. She also would like to give credit to her staff at working very hard to make sure that we are ahead of the game for the first time since I have been here. We will definitely deliver a 2017 budget prior to the Christmas closure of this year. The Motion was Carried.

Director of Fire Rescue Services/Fire Chief

FS 08-16 - Monthly Alarm Activities Report - A Motion Moved by Fiona Roberts, and Seconded by Sally Martyn that the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin receive report FS 08-16 - September, 2016 Monthly Alarm Activities Report as information. The number of incidents for all stations has gone up this year, 582 incidents, compared to 463 incidents during the same period last year. The Motion was Carried.

By-laws - A Motion Moved by Dan McNeil and Seconded by Fiona Roberts that By-law 2077, 2078, 2079 be taken collectively. The Motions were read 1st, 2nd, and 3rd time and passed collectively.

By-law 2077 - Confirmatory By-law

By-law 2078 - Being a By-law to Establish Certain Lands as Part of a Public Highway known as Fourth Street

By-law 2079 - Being a By-law to Execute an Agreement with PSTR (Port Stanley Terminal Rail) respecting pipe crossing - Stanley Street

Public Notice

Resolutions

New Business Lloyd Perrin was asked about the waterfall feature in Hofhuis park, which should be finished in two weeks and the bridge installed in November.

Unfinished Business

Closed Session

AdjournmentAdjourned at 8:23 PM


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