Council Highlights – October 5, 2015




Thom Vincent, Co-Chair & Tara Bailey, Co-Chair


Thom and Tara introduced the newly established community committee, and outlined the goal to raise $60,000 to help support two Syrian refugee families, and cover the costs for a year, including housing, food, school and daycare, education and employment.


Anyone who is interested in assisting through donations can visit the group’s website at A tax receipt is available for all donations of $20 or more, through the generosity of the Elephant Thought charitable status.


The committee asked for Council’s support for the initiative, by challenging other small towns across Canada to do the same, demonstrating the leadership and compassion that Collingwood has for our sponsorship and Canada.





Items A1 through A4 were received for information.


A reminder that the October 19th Council meeting will not be broadcasted on Rogers Channel 53 as a result of the local coverage of the federal election.





Council approved the Development & Operations Services Standing Committee report.


Reports of other Committees/Boards

Council voted to authorize the Heritage Advisory Committee to hold a Public Information meeting to inform and educate property owners regarding a potential  expansion/creation of a new Heritage District.


Several tenders were approved and awarded by Council.

  • The supply and Installation of approximately 9,000 sq ft of carpet tile was awarded to Sky Sea Flooring in the amount of $48,510 plus applicable taxes.
  • The tender for the supply, delivery and mixing of screened winter sand was awarded to Dalton Lowe and Sons Construction Ltd. for the tender price of $25,975.00 excluding HST.
  • The a tender for supply of all labour materials and equipment necessary to crush and stockpile the existing asphalt and concrete was awarded to Darpak Inc. Limited for the tendered amount of $110,800.
  • The tender for supply and delivery of coarse road salt and pre-treated salt was awarded to Compass Minerals Ltd. for the tender price of $112,950 excluding HST for coarse road salt and $47,175 excluding HST for pre-treated salt.
  • The contract for the supply and installation of a transit fare management and automated stop announcement system was awarded to TransitFare & Systems at a total cost of $56,188.26.
  • The contract for the purchase of a new conventional transit bus for the Collingwood/Blue Mountains Link was awarded to New Flyer Industries at a total cost of $32,350 plus HST. The Director of Public Works & Engineering noted that Collingwood’s portion of the purchase price was funded by the federal gas tax funds.
  • Various fleet tenders were awarded as follows:

o   One (1) 2016 Freightliner 114SD c/w a Viking Cives Plow, Wing and Combination Sander and Dump Body to Currie Truck Centre for the purchase price of $267,451.23 plus applicable taxes

o   One (1) Kubota Model M8540NHC10 for Sidewalk Maintenance with all listed attachments to Earth Power Tractors and Equipment Inc for the purchase price of $124,412.04 plus applicable taxes;

o   Two (2) four wheel drive 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Trucks to Tom Smith Chevrolet Buick GMC for the purchase price of $54,892.20 plus applicable taxes;

o   Two (2) all wheel drive 2016 Nissan Rogue S Compact Utility Vehicles to Airport Nissan Corporation for the purchase price of $47,900.00 plus applicable taxes.


Ministry of Transportation Highway 26 Transportation Study Needs Assessment Report


The Ontario Ministry of Transportation released the Highway 26 Transportation Study: Georgian Triangle Area, which outlines traffic conditions, problems, and opportunities and recommends preferred alternative solutions.


Council voted to support the findings of the report, and to request MTO to move forward with phase three of the Hwy 26 expansion, which would increase Hwy 26 to five lanes between Hume Street and the realignment.


Various stop sign requests and speed reduction requests

The Public Works department reviewed several requests for stop signs or speed reductions, and Council approved the following recommendations:


  • Tenth Line & Sixth Street: The County of Simcoe installs a new 4-Way Stop Control at this intersection.
  • Mountain Road speed reduction: No changes to this location. Based on a traffic count and speed analysis, it was determined that the speed limit is appropriate, and artificially lowering the limit would likely not change driver behaviour, and a wider range of travelling speeds would negatively impact motorist safety.
  • Sixth Street speed reduction between High Street and Tenth Line: With the County of Simcoe installing an all-way stop at the Tenth Line and Sixth Street, the new stop control will inadvertently slow traffic in this area, and therefore no changes are recommended for this location.
  • Sixth Street and Spruce Street stop sign request: Guidelines recommend that stop controls should not be used to increase pedestrian safety or as a speed control device. The accidents traffic volume did not meet the requirements to enact an all way stop, and no changes are recommended.
  • Walnut Street/Seventh Street and Walnut Street/Eighth Street all way stop request: The installation of stop controlled intersections for traffic calming is not recommended and the intersection traffic counts showed a far greater amount of traffic on Walnut Street which means no changes are recommended.
  • North Balsam Street speed reduction request and all way stop control: The installation of an all way stop at the intersection of Balsam Street and Harbour Street is too close to the signalized intersection of Balsam Street and Highway 26 West, and no changes are recommended.


Paving approximately 300 m of Mountain Road east of the Tenth Line

Council authorized staff to proceed with the paving of approximately 300 m of Mountain Road under the Highway 26 paving project. To date the Highway 26 paving project has used approximately 50% of the allotted contingency fund, and the project has is far enough along that it is not expected that there will be significant use of the remaining reserve.


Amendments to Heritage Property Tax Relief By-law 2010-020

Council approved the amendments which will include additional properties of significant heritage value onto the list of heritage buildings, which would allow the owners to be eligible for the heritage property tax credit. The amendments also included information on the recently introduced heritage tax rebate program through the County of Simcoe.



Proposed Mariner’s Haven Gate

The Director of Planning Services outlined the meetings that have been held between the residents and neighbouring property owners and the suggestions provided by each side to address the issue. Council voted not to permit the installation of a gate into Mariner’s Haven.


Collingwood Economic Development Action Plan – Quarterly Update

Director of Marketing and Business and Economic Development Martin Rydlo, gave an overview of the activities achieved in the first quarter. It was noted that of the 27 action items, 17 are active, one is delayed, and one needs additional resources.

The land and space listing is being launched by the County of Simcoe, however it is delayed until 2016. The social media promotion and annual business survey will require funding assistance to progress.




Paul Andrews was appointed to the Collingwood Heritage Committee for a two-year term.

Louise Watt was appointed to the Trails Advisory Committee for a two-year term.




Councillor Ecclestone provided the following notice of motion to be considered at the next regular meeting of Council on Monday, October 19:

WHEREAS public libraries provide residents with a community space where they can freely access a wide variety of information in both print and digital format;

AND WHEREAS municipal governments are key funders of public libraries, appoint public library boards and work in partnership with public library boards to deliver library services that are responsive to community needs;

AND WHEREAS electronic books (e-books) are becoming an increasingly preferred medium for library users to access content and information;

AND WHEREAS major multi-national publishers are charging public libraries significantly higher costs to purchase e-books for their collections than they charge consumers;

AND WHEREAS imposing unreasonably high costs on public libraries to purchase e-books is not an appropriate solution to the publishing industry’s concerns regarding the evolution of digital technology, including piracy;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Town of Collingwood requests the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport work with the federal and the other provincial and territorial governments to find a solution that will allow public libraries to purchase e-books from publishers at a fair and reasonable price and that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).





Collus PowerStream Shareholders Meeting

Councillor Doherty attended the Collus PowerStream Shareholders meeting, and reported that there was an improvement in revenues, and the Town will be receiving a dividend of $173,000. Councillor Doherty noted that the new utilities shared services agreement is expected to be completed by end of 2015 before current agreement expired, and the annual business plan and a revised strategic plan would follow.


Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Councillor Doherty reported that the NVCA budget was presented to the NVCA board, and was approved to be circulated to member municipalities. The budget includes a 3% increase, mainly as a result o staffing and program expansion. Collingwood’s portion is a 1.8% increase over last year, or approximately $227,000 total.




Meeting Type Date, time & location
Community Services Standing Committee Thursday, October 85:00 p.m.

Community Rooms B&C

Third Floor, Collingwood Public Library

Corporate Services Standing Committee

*Tuesday due to Thanksgiving holiday

Tuesday, October 135:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street

Council Meeting Monday, October 195:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street

Development and Operation Services Standing Committee Monday, October 265:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street

Council Meeting Monday, November 25:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street