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TRAIL NAMING ANNOUNCEMENT

Murray Knowles, Chair – Trails Advisory Committee

 

“The name George Christie is well known and has been synonymous with trails in this Town,” said Trails Committee Chair Murray Knowles. “As a result of that, the Trails Committee felt that it would be appropriate to put something concrete on the trails network to recognize that.”

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From L-R: Mayor Sandra Cooper, George Christie, Trails Committee Chair Murray Knowles, Councillor Tim Fryer.

 

In recognition of George Christie’s passion for the Collingwood Trails and his many years of dedication to their development, Council renamed the 11thLine Trail the ‘George Christie Nature Trails.’

 

“It is quite an honour, and while I’m still alive, that’s really unusual!” said George Christie. “The trails committee has done a lot of work over the years, I’m just one member. They are your trails, not ours; they belong to the town and all the people and visitors that come to the town.”

 

George will be on the newly renamed trails (area 5 on the map) this coming Saturday, August 29 at 10:00 a.m. and encourages the public to join him to explore the trails and hear about the area.

 

EMERALD ASH BORER

Wendy Martin, Manager of Parks

 

Manager of Parks, Wendy Martin, outlined the effects of Emerald Ash Borer on Collingwood tree inventory, and the ten-year management plan. Information was also provided for residents with ash trees on private property.

 

An Emerald Ash Borer Public Information Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 15, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Community Rooms, on the third floor of the Collingwood Public Library.

 

DEPUTATION

 

SPRITS CANADA: REQUEST FOR COUNCIL RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT OF FAIR AND EQUAL TREATMENT FOR THE ONTARIO SPIRITS INDUSTRY

Jan Westcott, President and Chief Executive Officer – Spirits Canada

 

Jan Westcott, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spirits Canada presented to Council on the impacts to the Ontario spirits industry of allowing beverage alcohol sales in large chain grocery stores. Spirits Canada requested that the Town of Collingwood join other Ontario municipalities in passing resolutions and writing to Premier Wynne to request that all products be given the same opportunity to be sold in large chain grocery stores.

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CONCERNS WITH SEWER REPAIR CHARGE TO HOMEOWNERS

Al Truscott

 

Collingwood resident Al Truscott shared his concerns with Council regarding the policy that puts the cost for sewer repairs that occur on Town property within the area it connects from private property to the sewermain. Mr. Truscott noted that neighbouring municipalities assume the cost for repairs on municipal property. He encouraged Council to consider investing in replacing the sewer infrastructure. The matter was referred to staff for review.

 

CONSENT AGENDA (CORRESPONDENCE)

 

Items A1 through A8 were received for information. The following items were pulled for additional discussion.

 

Item A1: Ontario Clean Water Agency re: Collingwood – Alliston Water Supply Pipeline

Council voted to request a staff report be brought forward through the Environmental Services Standing Committee regarding the pipeline.

 

Item A2: Resolution for Fairness in Provincial Infrastructure Funds

Council voted to support the resolution from the Honourable Randy Pettapiece to petition the Province to ensure equity in the award of infrastructure funding.

 

Item A5: 2015 Renewable Energy Development in Ontario

The matter was referred to Collus PowerStream for their information and position.

 

Item A8: Letter from concerned residents re: Shipyard restoration long term plan

Deputation scheduled for the August 31 Development & Operations Services Standing Committee.

 

 

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES STANDING COMMITTEE – AUGUST 4, 2015

 

Council approved the Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee report.

 

BMA Management Consulting Presentation

Council approved the Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee recommendation to receive the Operational Reviews and refer them to the CAO for implementation to be considered in the departmental business plans for the 2016 Budget deliberations.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE – AUGUST 6, 2015

 

Council approved the Community Services Standing Committee report.

 

Award of Tender for Riverside Park (PRC2015-14)

Council awarded the tender for Riverside Park to TDI International Ag Inc. for the tendered amount of $231,387.28 plus HST.

 

The approved concept design of Riverside Park incorporates the ideas and feedback provided by the public with the goal of creating a vibrant neighbourhood park for all ages. The plan identifies construction of a forest play village along with enhancement of the existing open lawn area to create a community events and picnic area.

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Community Recreation and Culture Grant Program Update

It was recommended that the popular Community Recreation and Culture Grant program proceed as it did in 2015, however, with final approval of the CRCG program funding occurring during 2016 Council Budget deliberations, to remove the need for pre-budget approval.

 

Council authorized the change in timeline for allocation of funds to align with 2016 Budget deliberations.

 

CORPORATE SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE – AUGUST 10, 2015

 

Council approved the Corporate Services Standing Committee report.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE – AUGUST 11, 2015

 

Council approved the Environmental Services Standing Committee report.

 

Council requested additional information regarding the Devil’s Glen Water Treatment Plant. Acting COO of Water Services Peggy Slama noted that Devil’s Glen recently conducted a request for proposal for services which included water distribution that the Town could not provide. Ms. Slama advised Council that there will be a small impact on the budget with the loss of this income.

 

2014 Audited Financial Statements

Council received the 2014 audited financial statements and management letter for the Collingwood Public Utilities Service Board.

 

Environmental Services: Water Operations

Council received the Environmental Services: Water Operations staff report, which provided the Environmental Services Standing Committee an overview of operations within the Water Department.

 

Quality Management System DWQMS and ISO 14001

Council received the Quality Management System staff report, which provided Council with a brief introduction to the Quality Management System that ensures Collingwood’s Drinking Water System compliance.

 

Award of contract for the supply and installation of a raw water intake zebra mussel control line

Council awarded the contract for the supply and installation of a Raw Water Intake Zebra Mussel Control Line to Watech Services Inc. for the total cost of $83,414.00 plus HST.

 

Zebra mussels are a highly invasive species that multiply quickly once a base colony is established on hard surface. A large colony within the intake structure can reduce the capacity of the intake. The control line will allow for the dosing of chlorine to prevent the habitation of zebra mussels within the intake structure.

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MOTIONS

 

  • Council authorized an extension to the final draft of the Code of Conduct until September 8th, to ensure all comments are thoroughly considered and enforcement of the revised policies are determined practical and appropriate.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY AND CODE OF CONDUCT

Council voted to include a reference to the social media policy in the Code of Conduct, and to review the social media policy and extend it to cover members of Council.

 

REVIEW OF PROPERTY STANDARDS BY-LAW

Council voted to direct staff to review the property standards by-law and include provisions that would include inactive development lands.

 

LETTER TO PREMIER WYNNE AND AMO REGARDING THE DELEGATION MADE BY SPIRITS CANADA

Council voted to send a letter to Ontario Premier Wynne and copy the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) regarding the concerns raised by Spirits Canada with the restriction of spirits in expanded markets in Ontario.

 

REPORT FROM INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER

Robert Swayze

 

Council voted to receive the report from the Integrity Commissioner that investigated a concern filed by a resident regarding a Councillor not declaring a conflict on a matter.  No sanctions were imposed and the report was received by Council as recommended by the Integrity Commissioner.

 

UPCOMING COUNCIL & STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS

 

Meeting Type Date, time & location
Development and Operations Services Standing Committee Monday, August 315:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street

Council Meeting

*Tuesday due to Labour Day

Tuesday, September 85:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street

Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee Thursday, September 103:00 p.m.

Community Rooms B&C

Third Floor, Collingwood Public Library

Community Services Standing Committee Thursday, September 105:00 p.m.

Community Rooms B&C

Third Floor, Collingwood Public Library

Corporate Services Standing Committee Monday, September 145:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street

Environmental Services Standing Committee Tuesday, September 153:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street

Council Meeting Monday, September 215:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street

 

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