February 7, 2011

Minutes of a Special Meeting held in the Council Chambers, 937907 Marsh Bay Road, Coleman Township, on Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
There were present:

Township of Coleman Mayor: D. Cleroux

Councillor: S. Cote C. Marcella

L. Perry P. Tresidder

Clerk-Treasurer: C. Bigelow

Town of Cobalt Mayor: Tina Sartoretto

Councillors: Sue Nielson

Chief Administrative Officer: Steph Palmateer

Gary Bigelow

Present: Ken and Karen Laffrenier

Mayor Cleroux opened the meeting and welcomed the Town of Cobalt’s Council. He advised that he hoped that the two municipalities would agree to meet on a regular basis to discuss matters of concern for both communities.

Mayor Sartoretto thanked Mayor Cleroux for his invitation and agreed to work together in an amicable cooperative relationship where citizens of both municipalities would benefit.

1. Coleman/Cobalt Water Distribution Agreement

A discussion was held regarding this agreement which is about to expire in March 2011. Due to renovations to the Coleman Water Distribution System, consumption has decreased dramatically. Councillor Marcella presented a comparable water consumption report for January 2007 to January 2011. She also advised that consumption might be additionally reduced when residents are metered early this Spring. A committee composed of Mr. Victor Legault and Councillor Bigelow from the Town of Cobalt and Councillor Cathy Marcella and Works Foreman Daryl Dufresne from the Township of Coleman will review the agreement and make recommendations to both Councils in thirty days. Councillor Marcella will coordinate the meetings.

2. Cobalt Water Act

A discussion was held regarding the “Cobalt Water Act” Town of Cobalt and Township of Coleman Draft Assessment Report. Mr. and Mrs. Ken Laffrenier presented their concerns with the Cobalt Water Act process. It was agreed that a meeting will be scheduled with the Cobalt Water Commission, Councils from the City of Temiskaming Shores, the Town of Cobalt and the Township of Coleman and the Ministry of the Environment to review and discuss the document. A committee composed of Councillors Perry and Cote from the Township of Coleman and Councillors Bigelow and Othmer from the Town of Cobalt and Jack Church from the Water Commission will review the document and make recommendations to both Councils for their consideration in thirty days.

3. Sharp Lake Park

A discussion was held regarding the Sharp Lake Park project. Engineers are preparing a site and assessment plan for the property. Funds are being set aside for the rehabilitation of the site when the aggregate extraction is completed. Mayor Cleroux and Mayor Sartoretto will review the former proposed agreement and create a new agreement. Mr. Palmateer will forward the requested studies to Mr. Windsor, Municipal Planner, in order to finalize the Official Plan and Zoning By-Law amendments. 

4. LaRose Bridge

Both the Township of Coleman and the Town of Cobalt have forwarded letters to the Hon. David Ramsay, MPP, requesting that they be permitted to apply the surplus funding to other infrastructure needs in their respective municipalities. Mayor Sartoretto and Mayor Cleroux will address this issue with Mr. Ramsay personally in the near future.

5. University Headframe

A discussion was held regarding the ownership and upkeep of the University Headframe. All funding has been spent on the headframe – Mr. Palmateer will provide a letter stating the project is now finalized and all moneys have been spent. Mr. Palmateer will discuss the solar lighting with Mr. Adshead to see what needs to be done to fix them. The Canada, Cobalt and Coleman flags will be erected at the site. Mayor Cleroux advised SMC (Canada) Limited will take on the landscaping of the site when ownership is settled. Mayor Sartoretto will investigate the ownership of the site with the

Historic Cobalt Corporation.

6. Garbage Truck and Landfill

Mayor Sartoretto advised there is no advantage for the Town of Cobalt to transfer their garbage to the Township of Coleman as they are responsible for closure costs for the City of Temiskaming Shores regardless where their garbage is taken. Mr. Palmateer will advise Phippen Waste Management that the Township of Coleman would be interested in a presentation regarding the dual stream truck recycling system. Mayor Sartoretto will prepare a proposal for the compacting of waste for the Township of Coleman’s consideration.

7. Transit

Mayor Sartoretto advised she has arranged with Stock Transportation to stop at Mileage 104 for the local residents. The Township of Coleman will investigate the purchase of a sign and shelter with the City of Temiskaming Shores. Mayor Cleroux thanked Mayor Sartoretto for arranging this compromise for our residents.

8. Heritage Committees

Mayor Sartoretto gave a short history of the various committees/museums in the Town of Cobalt

i.e. Historic Cobalt Corporation, Bunker Museum, Mining Museum, Fire Fighting Museum and the Historical Society. She advised there would not be another committee/museum added to this list for some time. All of these projects need an organizational and administrative structure so that the expenses will not fall on the two municipalities. Mayor Sartoretto would like to create an endowment fund to be administered by the Temiskaming Foundation to cover expenses to maintain these projects and museums. As the history of Cobalt is indelibly etched in Coleman, Mayor Sartoretto would like to create an oversight committee for Historic Cobalt Corporation’s Phase 2 of the heritage project – this committee would be composed of both Cobalt and Coleman residents.

Unfinished Business:

1. Council reviewed the Temiskaming Municipal Association constitution and minutes.

2. Motion 11-02-01 MOVED BY Susan Cote and SECONDED BY Pat Tresidder:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Councillor Lois Perry be nominated to represent the Township of Coleman on the Provincial Offenses Act Advisory Committee for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

A notice has been forwarded to the Municipality of Temagami, the Towns of Latchford and Cobalt and the Townships of Harris, Kerns and Hudson for their approval. Carried. 

3. Council reviewed the TeMAG minutes, contact info. and correspondence provided by the Committee.