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Port Stanley News RSS Feed  News Regular/Planning Meeting Of Council On Monday, June 25th, 2018

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by Doug Harvey
RegularPlanning Meeting Of Council On Monday, June 25th, 2018
Lead photo: Beach Patrol Tower
Main photo: Fire Training Facility

The Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin

Regular/Planning Meeting Of Council On Monday, June 25th, 2018

Roll Call

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof

Councillor Crevits had Pecuniary Interest in PW 18-18 Main Beach Patrol Tower.

Mayor Marr recused himself from the second closed session item.

No - Delegation(s)

No - Correspondence (Action)

Correspondence (for Council's Information)

A Motion moved by Councillor Winkworth and seconded by Councillor McNeil that Correspondence for Council's Information Items #1 - #3 inclusive be received as information and filed. The Motion was Carried.

1. 2018 Watershed Report Card

Correspondence received from the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority respecting the 2018 Watershed Report Card.

2018 Watershed Report Card

WHAT IS OUR WATERSHED'S KEY ISSUE?

Historically, the Lake Erie watershed was largely comprised of tall grass prairie, wetlands, and mature forests. Through settlement and urbanization, much of this habitat has been lost, leaving a fragmented landscape and affecting species distribution and diversity. The degradation of these ecosystems, in combination with increased urbanization/industrialization and intensive farming practices have contributed to increased runoff and erosion, and subsequently increased sedimentation and nutrient loading.

Kettle Creek is a tributary of Lake Erie. As a result, Kettle Creek's water quality directly impacts the near shore water quality of Lake Erie. While Lake Erie's health suffers from multiple issues such as climate change and invasive species, nutrient loading of phosphorus is seen as a key issue of concern. Over the last five years, 97.9% of the phosphorus samples collected across the KCCA watershed exceeded the Provincial Water Quality Objective. High levels of phosphorus can contribute to harmful algae blooms, low oxygen conditions and overall habitat loss and degradation.

These issues have been well documented in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and the many reports that describe the urgent need to increase the scale, scope and intensity of current efforts to address phosphorus. Lake Erie's deteriorating health serves as a warning to landowners, environmental agencies and governments on both sides of the border that Great Lakes restoration and protection must be a top priority.

GROUND WATER QUALITY

Groundwater is the water found beneath the earth's surface in layers called aquifers. Once an aquifer is contaminated, it is often very difficult to repair, making groundwater a precious resource.

What Did We Find?

  • Nitrate and chloride concentrations are better than the drinking water guidelines in all monitored wells (A grade).
  • Groundwater quality results are limited to the aquifer from which the sample was taken. The quality of your well water may vary from that of the monitoring wells.
Regardless of the excellent grades, groundwater quality still has the potential to be negatively impacted by human actions. Optimizing fertilizer application, regular maintenance of septic systems, decommissioning unused wells and the reduction in use of ion exchange water softeners can help to reduce the potential degradation of water quality resources.

SURFACE WATER QUALITY

Phosphorus loading is the biggest issue impacting surface water quality in the Kettle Creek watershed. In the last five years, 97.9% of the phosphorus samples collected have exceeded the Provincial Water Quality Objective of 0.02 mg/L.

What Did We Find?

  • Surface water quality in the watershed is a D grade, or poor.
  • This low grade is due primarily to phosphorus concentrations consistently exceeding the PWQO and poor benthic invertebrate Family Biotic Index results.
  • E.coli concentrations throughout the watershed are fair (C grade).

Our actions on the land impact the quality of our water. Surface water moves through the Kettle Creek watershed, out letting to Lake Erie at Port Stanley. Surface water can be impaired by fertilizers, pesticides, sedimentation and erosion, heavy metals, petroleum products and chemicals.

FOREST CONDITIONS

Environment Canada recommends 30% forest cover in a watershed to support wildlife species. The current forest cover in the Kettle Creek Watershed is 14.07%.

What Did We Find?

  • Forest Conditions Grades range from D to C (poor to fair)
  • Forest cover is being lost faster than it can be replaced.
  • Restoration and protection of natural habitats, particularly the existing large forest patches, should be encouraged to ensure ecosystem integrity is maintained.

Percent forest cover is the percentage of the watershed that is forested. Based on 2015 aerial photography, the watershed is losing 7.32 hectares of forest per year. Forestry programs offered by Kettle Creek Conservation Authority are critical to the watersheds overall health. Planting an average of 50,000 trees per year is barely keeping pace with the current rate of deforestation.

WETLAND COVER

Environment Canada recommends 10% wetland cover in a watershed to support wildlife species. Only 1.34% of the entire Kettle Creek Watershed is wetland habitat.

What Did We Find?

  • Wetland cover in the KCCA watershed is a F grade (very poor).
  • The Dodd Creek sub watershed has the least wetland cover with less than half a percent of wetland cover and should be an area of priority for restoration and wetland creation work.

Percent wetland cover is the percentage of the watershed that is wetland habitat. Wetlands play an important role in the ecological health of a watershed by filtering toxins, controlling flood waters, groundwater recharge and acting as nursery areas for many types of aquatic wildlife.

2. OMERS Comprehensive Plan Review

Correspondence received from the Municipal Employer Pension Centre Ontario (MEPCO) respecting the OMERS Comprehensive Plan Review (CPR).

3. 146-156 William Street

Notice of Pre-Hearing Conference by Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

PROCEEDING COMMENCED UNDER subsection 34(11) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.13, as amended
Applicant and Appellant: Prespa Construction Limited
Subject: Application to amend Zoning By-law No. (1507) - Neglect of Municipality of Central Elgin to make a decision
Existing Zoning: Residential Zone (R1), Business Zone 1 (B1) and Open Space Zone 3 (OS3)
Proposed Zoning: Site Specific (To be determined)
Purpose: To permit a mixed use development consisting of 52 residential units in a 9 storey apartment building
Property Address/Description: 146-156 William Street
Municipality: Municipality of Central Elgin
Municipality File No.: PS2-02-15
OMB Case No.: PL180077
OMB File No.: PL180077
OMB Case Name: Prespa Construction Limited v. Central Elgin (Municipality)

NOTICE OF PREHEARING CONFERENCE

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal will conduct a prehearing conference respecting this matter.

TIME AND PLACE OF PREHEARING CONFERENCE

A prehearing conference will be held:
at: 10:00 AM
on: Wednesday August 22, 2018
at: Administration Building Council Chambers 450 Sunset Drive St. Thomas, ON N5R 5V1

The Tribunal has set aside 1 day for this conference.

If you do not attend the prehearing conference, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal may proceed in your absence and you will not be entitled to any further notice of these proceedings. The Tribunal may finalize the list of appellants, parties and/or participants at this prehearing conference, and may order that no additional appellants, parties and/or participants be added or included in this proceeding, without leave of the Tribunal.

Reports

Central Elgin Planning Office

CEP36-18 Application for Removal of Part Lot Control, Lot 36 and Part of Lot 37, East of Colborne Street, Registered Plan 117

A Motion moved by Councillor Crevits and seconded by Deputy Mayor Martyn that Report CEP 25-18 be received for information. The Motion was Carried.

CEP37-18 Application for a Zoning By-law Amendment - Mike and Margaret Karda, 145 William Street

A Motion moved by Councillor McNeil and seconded by Councillor Winkworth that Report CEP 37-18 be received; And that the Council of the Corporation of Central Elgin direct staff to prepare a site-specific draft amendment to the Zoning By-law in support of a proposed commercial use on lands owned by Mike and Margaret Karda Line, which lands may be legally described as Lots 11 & 12, Plan 176, geographic Village of Port Stanley, now Municipality of Central Elgin; And further that a public meeting in accordance with Ontario Regulation 545/06 as amended be held on Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at 12:20 p.m. The Motion was Carried.

CEP38-18 Application for Draft Plan of Subdivision Approval - Helen Mary Ann Spriet and Red Lion Properties

A Motion moved by Councillor Crevits and seconded by Councillor Roberts that Report CEP 38-18 be received; And that the Council of the Corporation of Central Elgin support in principle the proposed Draft Plan of Subdivision, File No. 34T-CE1802, on lands owned by Helen Mary Ann Spriet & Red Lion Properties c/o Paul Spriet, which lands may be legally described as Part of Lot 1, Concession 7, Geographic Village of Belmont, now Municipality of Central Elgin; And that the Clerk-Administrator be directed to prepare draft comments on behalf of the Municipality respecting technical, financial and administrative matters relative to Draft Plan of Subdivision 34T-CE1802; And further that a public meeting in accordance with Ontario Regulation 545/06 as amended be held on Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. The Motion was Carried.

CEP39-18 Application for a Zoning By-law Amendment - Andrew M. Spriet, Spriet Associates London Ltd

A Motion moved by Councillor McNeil and seconded by Deputy Mayor Martyn that Report CEP 39-18 be received; And that the Council of the Corporation of Central Elgin direct staff to prepare a site-specific draft amendment to the Zoning By-law in support of a proposed draft plan of subdivision on lands owned by Helen Mary Ann Spriet & Red Lion Properties c/o Paul Spriet, which lands may be legally described as Part of Lot 1, Concession 7, Geographic Village of Belmont, now Municipality of Central Elgin; And further that a public meeting in accordance with Ontario Regulation 545/06 as amended be held on Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. The Motion was Carried.

Chief Administrative Officer

Director of Physical Services

PW 18-18 Main Beach Patrol Tower, Main Beach

Report: - As Council is aware the Municipality needs to replace the current main Lifeguard tower on Main Beach in Port Stanley. The approved budget for the project is $75,000. Municipal staff went through a formal quotation process in March, 2018 based on already completed design drawings. As a result of that competitive process five quotations were received. The lowest price was $154,810 with the highest price being $370,000. Given the price of the tenders received staff were not in a position to come back to Council and recommend award because we do not feel there was value for money given the minor scope of the project.

In light of the quotation results, staff then changed tact and decided to issue a Request For Proposal to construct a lifeguard tower. This RFP gave the general design principals of the structure but left the actual design and construction aspects up to the proponent submitting a bid. As part of the RFP document, proponents were given the budget for the project to allow them to understand the level of expenditure the municipality was willing to make for the structure. The municipality received no proposals as a result of this process.

The only alternative that the staff could see was to try to find a supplier of a prefabricated structure that could be purchased and installed. Municipal staff was able to find a supplier of laminated fiberglass structures that are used for lifeguarding. The manufacturer and supplier is located in Santa Ana California and supplies structures throughout North America. There are different models and features of tower, however the model that suits the municipality's purpose and budget is the Surveyor SR. Tower. We have attached a copy of product literature as well as the quotation received for Council's review. The manufacturer supplies the fibreglass structure as well as the mounting posts. In addition to the price quoted is the need to construct a concrete mounting pad, scour protection, and shipping. Staff have outlined the costs purchase and install the tower below:

Item Description Cost
Purchase of Surveyor SR Tower ($44,700 USD) $59,560.29
Shipping $10,000.00
Concrete mounting Pad $7,500.00
Foundation scour protection. $4,000.00
Total Cost $81,060.29

Staff would note that this option is still over the approved budget however, we feel that we have exercised all available options for the replacement of the tower. Staff would recommend that the additional funding be obtained from the Beach Parking reserve as these funds are intended to be used for making improvements to the beach facilities.

Chief McDonough commented that the new tower platform height was to be raised from 6 feet to 9 feet. Discussion on building this locally came up, Councillor McNeil and Councillor Winkworth commented on how they did not like the looks of the structure and would prefer a another option. Chief McDonough commented on the fact that this was a suitable Patrol Tower made by a company that specializes only in Towers. Made from stainless steel, pre-engineered, and includes an insulated ceiling that will lower the inside temperature by 10 degrees.

A Motion moved by Deputy Mayor Martyn and seconded by Councillor Winkworth that the Council of the Municipality of Central Elgin receive report PW-18-18 as information.

And that staff be authorized to purchase a prefabricated fiberglass tower from Industrial Design Research, Santa Ana, California in the amount of $44,700 (USD).

And further that Council approve the amended Capital Project Record for the project. The Motion was Carried.

Director of Financial Services/Treasurer

DFS 15-18 2017 Draft Consolidated Financial Statements

A Motion moved by Deputy Mayor Martyn and seconded by Councillor Winkworth that the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin receives the 2017 Draft Consolidated Financial Statements for the financial operations of the Municipality of Central Elgin as information;

And that the Mayor be authorized to sign the 2017 Audit Findings Letter on behalf of the Municipality of Central Elgin as per Report DFS 15-18. The Motion was Carried.

Director of Fire Rescue Services/Fire Chief

FS08-18 Training Facility for CEFRS

The design of the facility will consist of five sea containers (2 on grade and 3 in height) welded together with external and internal access points. The interior will consist of portable walls for several scenarios and an interior stair leading to the second and third floors. The second floor will access to the roof for "roof ventilation and ladder training" and the third floor will provide exterior access for high angle exercises, such as repelling and aerial operations in the future. The prep work for the location has already been completed with a 60 feet X 50 feet concrete pad at the rear of the station.

A Motion Moved by Councillor Winkworth and Seconded by Councillor Roberts that the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin receive Report FS08-18; And that Council direct staff to purchase a predesigned/engineered Training Facility built by JFB Enterprises to be located at Station 3 Yarmouth Centre; And further to approve CPR FS-18-03. The Motion was Carried.

FS09-18 Monthly Alarm Activities Report

A Motion Moved by Councillor Crevits and Seconded by Councillor McNeil that the Council of The Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin receive Report FS 09-18 Monthly Alarm Activities Report as information. The Motion was Carried.

By-laws

A Motion Moved by Councillor Roberts and Seconded by Deputy Mayor Martyn that By-law 2266, 2270, 2271, 2272 and 2273 be taken collectively. The Motions were read 1st, 2nd, and 3rd time and finally passed collectively.

By-law 2266 2018 Heads and Beds Billing By-law

By-law 2270 MFA – Ontario’s Main Streets Revitalization Initiative

By-law 2271 Zoning By-law Amendment – 476 Edith Cavell Blvd West, Port Stanley

By-law 2272 Confirmatory By-law

By-law 2273 Authorization to Execute an Automatic Aid Agreement

Public Notice

Resolutions

New Business

Mayor Marr commented on how the PSVA is working towards getting additional senior residences in Port Stanley. The grant that Council provided assistance on was turned down for various reasons. A more successful approach might be for the Municipality to apply for the grant with the PSVA assisting, provide a more complete plan which would include location, size, and how many units. Karen Harris commented that it might be of interest to create a Senior Housing Advisory Board Committee for the entire Municipality.

Mayor Marr also requested a moment of silence for Gary Wilson who was District Chief for Port Stanley Fire Department.

Closed Session - Council went into Closed Session at 8:12 P.M.

CS1. Litigation or potential litigation (s.239(2)(3)) and/or Solicitor-Client privilege (s.239(2)(f)) - OMB Decision - Neville

CS2. Litigation or potential litigation (s.239(2)(3)) and/or Solicitor-Client privilege (s.239(2)(f)) - Ollie Drain

Adjournment


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