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by Doug Harvey
Regular Meeting Of Council On Monday, September 10th, 2018
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The Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin

Regular Meeting Of Council On Monday, September 10th, 2018

Roll Call - All were present.

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof - Nothing to report.

Adoption of Minutes

Delegations

Presentation

1. Port Stanley Traffic Study
Paul Bumstead, Dillon Consulting Ltd., was in attendance to provide updated Port Stanley Traffic Study - core area

Port Stanley - Traffic Operations Assessment

Bridge Street / George Street

  • Existing Traffic Operations Issues on George Street / Bridge Street
    • Typical weekday peak conditions
    • Summer weekend peak conditions
  • Future Development
  • Impact of Growth on Operating Conditions
  • Managing Traffic in the Future

Existing Traffic Conditions

The difference between a typical weekday and long weekend traffic conditions are that volumes on the long weekend for the peak hour of that day are about 40% to 50% higher than the volumes during the peak hour of a regular weekday.

  • Traffic Data Collection – weekday and long weekend
    • May 2017
    • July 2018
    • August 2018
  • Video Camera Data Collection
    • Classification vehicle counts (auto, truck, pedestrian, bicycles)
    • Video of operating conditions to monitor (delays, queue reach)

Existing Traffic - Intersection Performance

Bridge Street on a weekday a volume of 3000 vehicles was recorded during peak hour, and on a weekend the volume goes up to 4000 vehicles during peak hour.

  • Intersections along George Street/ Bridge Street generally work within capacity during the existing conditions.
  • Minor queuing observed for eastbound volumes approaching William Street (6-7 vehicles in worst case).
  • Significant queuing observed for southbound Carlow Road approaching Bridge Street (11-12 vehicles in worst case).
  • Operation of lift bridge can result in significant delays on Bridge Street and Carlow Road, that can take 5 to 14 minutes to clear the traffic queue during peak weekend conditions.

Future Development will generate 1600 new trips.

  • Wastell Developments Inc. – Seaglass Development
    • 23.6 ha site, 150 single family dwelling units and 360 apartment dwelling units
  • Prespa Homes – Lakeview Development
    • 0.63 ha site, 60 residential units, 1,800 ft2 of retail commercial
  • Port Stanley Harbour Area Secondary Plan
    • Phase 1 (2028) – 116 single family, 62 townhome, 20,274 ft2 retail commercial
    • Phase 2 (2041) - 453 single family, 242 townhome, 29,276 ft2 retail commercial

Impact of Growth on Traffic Operations

  • Non-Development Growth
    • Historical growth
    • Trips originating / destined from outside Port Stanley area
    • 0.6% t 1% per annum growth
  • Development Growth
    • Number of trips - trips generated by development sites
    • Where trips go to/come from - distribution of trips between origins and destinations
    • What routes do trips take – assignment of trips to roads network

2040 Traffic Intersection Performance

If improvements are not implemented, and by using existing peak traffic volumes, and adding expected future development growth that will generate an additional 1600 new trips, a substantial decrease in Traffic Intersection Performance is forecast.

  • William Street and Carlow Road intersections forecast to experience long queues and delays for weekday p.m. and Holiday peak hours.
  • Colborne Street forecast to operate poorly. Related to due to poor operations at the Carlow Road intersection and resultant queues.
  • Bridge operation and related delays expected to continue.

Managing Traffic in the Future

Managing traffic in the future if intersection improvements are made, such as traffic light coordination, and increased storage area will make Port Stanley's road network much more efficient.

William Street / George Street Solutions

  • Convert to All Way Stop Control
  • William Street converted to one-way South Bound
  • No additional Right Away required to accommodate changes

Managing Traffic in the Future

Carlow Road / Bridge Street Solutions

  • Install traffic signal
  • Provide channelized/yield controlled northbound and southbound right turn lanes
    • No additional ROW required.
  • Provide westbound left turn lane.
    • Ideally 45 m of storage would be provided. From survey, westbound stop bar estimated to be approximately 54 m from bridge truss. Taper requirements would limit ability to provide desired storage.
  • Isolate periods of congestion will occur during peak, peak conditions (6-8 times per year), usually as a result of the bridge operation.

Managing Traffic in the Future

Colborne Street / Bridge Street Solutions

  • Adjustment to signal timings required to optimize performance /minimize delays for all movements
  • Provide 30m northbound left turn lane
  • No additional ROW required to accommodate changes

An extensive discussion concerning the traffic flow projections followed with questions about using partial improvements, emergency response times in the area, traffic flows scenarios, and parking. Paul Bumstead of Dillon Consulting Ltd. seemed to give a repeated response that if improvements are not incorporated into the road network traffic, conditions can only get worse over time, but if improvements are incorporated into into Port Stanley's road network, traffic flow can be improved significantly into the future. A further traffic study will be conducted by Dillon Consulting Ltd. to analyze traffic flow if the connection between Carlow Road and William Street via the McAsphalt Industries property can not be established in the future.

Correspondence (Action)

1. Annual Dicken's Day Parade
Correspondence received from Port Stanley Dickens Day Parade Committee requesting permission for annual Dicken's Day Parade - Friday, November 30th, 2018.

A Motion moved by Councillor Carr and seconded by Councillor Winkworth that the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin has no objections to a request from Port Stanley Dickens Day Parade Committee seeking permission for the annual Dicken's Day Parade scheduled for Friday, November 30th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. subject to the following conditions; 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 Colbourne Street and Bridge Street for the parade. Mayor Marr declared a conflict as he is a Lions Club member and therefore would not vote on the Motion. The Motion was Carried.

Correspondence (for Council's Information)

A request that Item #3 be taken independently was made and taken separately. A Motion that Correspondence for Council's Information Items #1 and #2 inclusive be received as information and filed was put forward by Councillor McNeil and seconded by Councillor Carr. The Motion was Carried.

1. Provincial Agricultural Systems Mapping
Correspondence received from the Township of Selwyn respecting Provincial Agricultural Systems Mapping.

2. Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act
Correspondence received from Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services respecting compliance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA).

3. Elgin/Residential Hospice
Status report received respecting Elgin Hospice Project.

Background: - Elgin County is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family, however there is a significant lack of resources, expert care, and support for individuals and families at the end—of—life. It's also worth noting that Elgin has a larger percentage of seniors compared to the provincial average.

The province currently provides partial funding to over 40 residential Hospices in Ontario. Elgin is the only County in Southwestern Ontario (LHIN1 and LHIN2) without a Hospice. A residential Hospice provides expert palliative care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in a beautiful state of the art, home-like facility. Care not only relieves pain and other physical symptoms, but also addresses the psychological, social, spiritual and cultural needs of each person and their family. With no dedicated palliative care beds in St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital the need for a Hospice is significant.

A Motion moved by Deputy Mayor Martyn and seconded by Councillor Winkworth; Where as the Elgin Residential Hospice Planning Committee has untaken a business plan and feasibility study which confirms the community’s needs, support and financial capacity to establish a Residential Hospice in Elgin County; And whereas Elgin County is the only County in Southwestern Ontario (LHIN1 and LHIN2) without a Hospice; And whereas Elgin County's only hospital St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital is without any dedicated palliative care beds creating an urgent and significant need for Hospice. Now be it resolved that the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin expresses support for the request from the South West LHIN Board and the Elgin Residential Hospice Planning Committee to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for funding to establish a residential Hospice in Elgin County; And further that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the Honourable Christine Elliott - Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Honourable Jeff Yurek - MPP Elgin Middlesex- London, Elgin County Council, The Councils of the Lower Tier Municipalities, the St. Thomas City Council, and St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. The Motion was Carried.

Reports

Central Elgin Planning Office

CEP 59-18 Application for a Zoning By-law Amendment and Draft Plan of Subdivision 34T-CE1801 - 2526485 Ontario Inc. (Wastell Developments Inc.)

For the full Decision on Wastell Developments Inc. Application Deferred article.

Committee(s)

Special Events - 2018 Railway City Road Races

Background: -The Special Events Committee met on April 10th, 2018 to review the Special Events Application for the 2018 Railway City Road Races. This race has become an annual event with much success. At this time, staff would note that the Committee submitted an application to erect a banner on Sunset Road. Unfortunately, the new event known as "A Taste of Port" made their banner submission first and Sunset Road can only accommodate one banner at a time. As a result, staff are suggesting the Road Race Banner to be placed on the Selbourne Park fence this year. The Committee is recommending that Council pass a resolution to approve the special event permit as set out in their application conditional on the organizers complying with the Special Events Policy and other such conditions as recommended by the Committee.

A Motion moved by Councillor Carr and seconded by Councillor Winkworth that the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin approve the Special Events Permit for the 2018 Railway City Road Races to be held on Saturday, September 22rd, 2018 from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon subject to the following conditions:

  • The organizers of the event complying with the Special Events Policy as adopted by Council;
  • Liability Insurance he provided by the organizers of the event in the amount of $5,000,000.00 naming the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin as co-insured and held harmless;
  • The final schedule and location of the event being approved by the Director of Physical Services or his Designate;
  • And that: Council has no objection to the closure of Warren Street from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on that day to accommodate the start of the race; and the closure of Southdale Line from Sunset Road to Lake Margaret Trail to accommodate runners from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon;
  • And further that the above recommended conditions be subject to approval from the County of Elgin.

The Motion was Carried.

Chief Administrative Officer

CAO 40-18 - St Thomas Municipal Airport Federal Zoning

A Motion moved by Deputy Mayor Martyn and seconded by Councillor McNeil that the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin pass a resolution to receive Report CAO 40-18 - St Thomas Municipal Airport Federal Zoning as information; And that direction be given by Council to prepare a by-law, to be enacted under the Planning Act, respecting the Federal Airport Zoning; And further that a public meeting be held on October 9th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in accordance with Ontario Regulation 545/06 as amended. The Motion was Carried.

Director of Physical Services

PW 28-18 Traffic Calming Update

A Motion moved by Councillor McNeil and seconded by Deputy Mayor Martyn that the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin receive Report PW 28-18 Traffic Calming Update as information. The Motion was Carried.

PW 29-18 Gateway Speed Limit Signage

Background: - As Council is aware there seems to be concerns raised by the public regarding excessive speeds of traffic in residential subdivisions. Staff would respectfully suggest that this concern is not confined to Central Elgin and other municipalities are dealing with the same issue. At the July 23rd, 2018 meeting of Council staff tabled a proposed Traffic Calming Policy in an effort to provide some consistency to when traffic calming measures will be considered by Council. Council adopted that policy at that meeting.

Staff have undertaken traffic counts/speed investigations on a number of streets that are the subject of concern by residents to determine what the actual speeds are on these streets. The results of this investigation is outlined in report PW-28-18. As a general observation the majority (85th percentile) of the traffic is travelling at or just below the current posted speed limit of 50 km/hr.

Since these streets would not satisfy the municipality's policy with respect to the installation of traffic calming measures, Council may wish to consider lowering the speed limits in residential neighbourhoods.

Prior to May 30th, 2017 the Highway Traffic Act did not permit road authorities to post speed limits below 50 km/hr with the exception to roadways that could not be travelled at 50 km/hr based on their physical characteristics (i.e. reduced horizontal or vertical sight distances) or within School Zones. On May 1, 2018 the Highway Traffic Act was amended and regulations updated to allow municipalities to establish speed limits lower than 50 km/hr. Through the use of "Gateway" speed zone signage a municipality may now designate a neighbourhood with a lower speed limit such as 40 km/hr by the installation of a gateway sign at the entrance to a neighbourhood. By installing the "Gateway" sign at the entrance it negates the need or requirement to install signs along a street with 300 meter spacing. This reduces the amount of signs that need to be installed, eliminates sign pollution and reduces cost.

A Motion moved by Councillor Roberts and seconded by Deputy Mayor Martyn that the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin receive Report PW 29-18 Gateway Speed Limit Signage as information. And that Council direct staff to implement of reduced speeds on residential streets to 40 km/hr utilizing gateway speed zone signage as a 12 month pilot project. A vote was taken with only Councillor Crevits and Councillor Winkworth opposed. The Motion was Carried.

Director of Financial Services/Treasurer

DFS 27-18 Request for Tenders CE-014 Supply of One (1) New Sidewalk Plow

A Motion moved by Councillor Crevits and seconded by Councillor Winkworth that the Council of the Corporation of The Municipality of Central Elgin recommends the award of Tender CE-014-18 Work Equipment Ltd. for a Trackless MT7 at a total tendered price of $133,470.00 exclusive of all taxes; And further that the Council of the Corporation of The Municipality of Central Elgin recommends the trade-in of the existing 2001 Trackless MT5 be accepted from Work Equipment Ltd in the amount of $9,500 exclusive of all taxes as part of CE-014-18. The Motion was Carried.

Director of Fire Rescue Services/Fire Chief

By-laws

A Motion moved by Deputy Mayor Martyn and seconded by Councillor Carr that By-laws 2284, 2291, 2292, 2293, 2294, 2295, 2297 be taken collectively. The Motions were read 1st, 2nd, and 3rd time and passed collectively. Carried

By-law 2284 Public Nuisance By-law

By-law 2291 Confirmatory By-law

By-law 2292 ZBA - Taylor, 45260 Truman Line

By-law 2293 ZBA - Catt, 47213 Brouwers Line

By-law 2294 ZBA - Goodhue, 44912 Edgeware Line

By-law 2295 ZBA - Barnhardt, 7919 Fairview Road

By-law 2296 ZBA - 2526485 Ontario Inc. Wastell Developments Inc., George Street was removed as it will be deferred until the next meeting of Council.

By-law 2297 Being a By-law to Regulate Use of Off-Road Vehicles in Central Elgin

Public Notice

Resolutions

1. Approval of Regular & Planning meeting dates for the balance of Council's term November 26th, 2018.

A Motion moved by Councillor Carr and seconded by Councillor McNeil that the Council of the Corporation of The Municipality of Central Elgin report on the following dates in October and November: Tuesday October 9th, 2018 Regular Meeting, Monday October 29th, 2018 Regular Planning Meeting, and Monday November 26th, 2018 Regular Planning Meeting. The Motion was Carried.

New Business

Fiona Roberts commented about truck air brakes, and engine brakes that are causing a lot of noise as they pass through Belmont. Lloyd Perrin suggested a possible solution could be to ask Middlesex County to move their speed sign further north which would have the effect of slowing trucks down before hitting the residential area.

MacKenzie Lane will be the new name used for Edith Street. MacKenzie was a World War 1 veteran from Port Stanley. A Motion moved by Deputy Mayor Martyn and seconded by Councillor Carr that the Council direct staff to give notice of the new street name of MacKenzie Lane which renames Edith Street as per requirements of the Municipal Notice Act. The Motion was Carried.

Unfinished Business

Closed Session - Council went into Closed Session at 9:25 P.M.

CS1 Litigation or Potential Litigation (s.239(2)(e)) and/or Solicitor-Client Privilege (s.239(2)(f)) - Neville - OMB Decision

CS2 A Proposed or Pending Acquisition or Disposition of Land (s.239(2)(c)) - Port Stanley Fire Station (verbal update)

Adjournment


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