June 14, 2006

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Council of the Township of Coleman held at the Council Chambers, 10 Prospect, Cobalt, Ontario on Wednesday, June 14th, 2006 at 6:00 P.M.

There were present: Mayor: C. Belanger

Councillors: M. Allaire

R. Beeson

K. Leopold

L. Perry

Clerk-Treasurer: C. Bigelow

Road Superintendent: A. Simpson

Fire Chief: J. Breault

Economic Development

Committee: D. Cleroux

Deputations: Douglas McLeod – Water

Ariel Zwicker, Ministry of Natural Resources

Allan Jenkins – James Lathem Excavating Company Limited

Terry Larose – Ben West, Timber Harvesting

Present: Del Cole and William McKnight

Ms Ariel Zwicker and Mr. Allan Jenkins were in attendance to discuss the Access required for Crown Aggregate Pit adjacent to Purchase Lands – Options for access preservation. Ms Zwicker advised the Township of Coleman and Mr. Jenkins must come up with an agreement in order to provide Mr.Jenkins access to his gravel pit located on Crown Land. Without an agreement the Ministry of Natural Resources will proceed with a legal easement. The Clerk-Treasurer to request the municipal solicitor to prepare an agreement which will be approved by the municipality and Mr. Jenkins prior to forwarding it to the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Mr. Douglas McLeod was in attendance to discuss means of preventing municipal and residential water lines from freezing during the winter months. Mr. McLeod showed Council a piece of “Serge Baril in pipe parallel Heat Tracer” which has proven to be effective in preventing freeze ups in other areas. Councillor Beeson advised the state of the Coleman Water Distribution System will be addressed in the near future and this Heat Tracer will be considered at that time.

The Road Superintendent advised two major leaks have been repaired and he will be monitoring the lines as well.

Ms Sherry Ilersich, Ministry of the Environment, advised that, should anyone decide to drill private wells, the resident will have to go through a fragmentation process – an application for approval related to municipal and non-municipal drinking-water systems. The Clerk-Treasurer will advise residents of the process.

Correspondence received from the Town of Cobalt regarding the Coleman Water Distribution System was reviewed. The Town of Cobalt distribution operators have noticed that chlorine residual is low in the Peter Street section of the Coleman Distribution system. The Clerk-Treasurer to advise the Town of Cobalt that Council is looking into the matter and ask if there is a chance that the chlorine feed could be increased.

Mr. Terry Larose was in attendance to represent Mr. Ben West in the matter of select cutting on his property located near Pretty and Sas Lakes. Council advised Mr. Larose to discuss this matter with the Town of Cobalt since they issued a Stop Work Order and the Temiskaming Health Unit who are responsible to monitor these lakes. Mr. Larose was provided with a copy of the Cobalt Water Act.

Continued (2)

Mr. Del Cole was in attendance to request permission to use the Old Ferguson Highway which is located on the former Fire Hall/Machine Shed parcel. Council advised they would not grant Mr. Cole an easement or sell him this part of the former highway as they plan to sell this parcel in the future.

Motion 06-06-03 MOVED BY Marcel Allaire and SECONDED BY Ron Beeson:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the General Accounts in the amount of $88,822.43 and Payroll in the amount of $30,729.37 be passed and paid. Carried.

Motion 06-06-04 MOVED BY Lois Perry and SECONDED BY Kurt Leopold:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the minutes of the following Council Meetings be adopted as distributed:

Regular Meeting – May 14, 2006

May 21, 2006

Special Meeting – June 7, 2006 Carried.

Motion 06-06-05 MOVED BY Lois Perry and SECONDED BY Kurt Leopold:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT By-Law No. 06-15 being a by-law to confirm certain proceedings of Council be read a first and second time. Carried.

Motion 06-06-06 MOVED BY Ron Beeson and SECONDED BY Lois Perry:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT By-Law No. 06-15 be read a third and final time and be passed and enacted. Carried.

Correspondence received from Ontario Power Generation regarding Hound Chute to Latchford Easement Valuation Assignment was reviewed. The Clerk-Treasurer to provide a copy of this correspondence to the Marsh Bay Conservation Association for their consideration.

Fire Chief Breault advised

– he has received the Simplified Risk Assessment Report from Ms Dyane McCullough, Office of the Fire Marshal.

– he requested that an amendment be made to the Township of Coleman by-law prescribing times for setting fires and precautions to be taken – “Minimum clearance from buildings and combustible must be three (3) metres”. Council approved the amendment.

– The Cobalt Century of Memories Committee requested that the Coleman Fire Brigade organize their parade. In the spirit of cooperation, the Coleman Fire Department is willing to assist the Cobalt Fire Department in this endeavour.

– The Coleman Fire Department will be assisting with the Biker’s Reunion this summer.

– The Office of the Fire Marshal advised the cause of the fire is “undetermined fire”. Items taken at the time of the fire in August 2005 have been destroyed.

The Deepwater Regional Development matter is deferred to the next meeting.

Council reviewed correspondence received from the Hon. David Ramsay, Minister of Natural Resources regarding licensing of a potential wood processing facility in the Township of Coleman and wood movement outside the province.

A discussion was held regarding high speed internet in the Township of Coleman. The Clerk-Treasurer to forward a letter of support for NeoNet’s decision to include the Township of Coleman in their project and request that both the Provincial and Federal Governments provide funds to begin implementation.

Council will attend a meeting to discuss the Cobalt Water Act on June 26th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. hosted by the Timiskaming Health Unit.

Council reviewed an update provided by Mr. Rick MacLeod Farley regarding the headframe permits and screening.

Continued (3)

Council reviewed correspondence submitted by Mr. Ambrose Raftis regarding a work permit proposal by the Ministry of Natural Resources. Mayor Belanger will request more information regarding this matter.

Conferences – FCM – 2006 Annual General Meeting

AMO 2006 Annual Conference

The Smytty Memorial Scramble

Brownfields Training Workshops

Small Claims Court Seminar

Northern Municipal Management – Planning for the Future

Municipal Health & Safety Association – responding to emergencies

Motion 06-06-07 MOVED BY Ron Beeson and SECONDED BY Marcel Allaire:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of The Corporation of the Township of Coleman fully supports the Town of New Tecumseth’s request that the Province of Ontario review the structure of their current taxation philosophy along with the methods and formulas used in tax calculations

as it applies to the current market value system. Carried.

Motion 06-06-08 MOVED BY Lois Perry and SECONDED BY Kurt Leopold:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of The Corporation of the Township of Coleman fully supports the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s request that the Province provide clear direction in respect of the following:

– Recognition that HHW/HSW is a public health and safety issue and that municipalities have a vested interest in an effective HHW/HSW management system as it transcends all environmental boundaries due to its potential impacts on air, soil, municipal landfills, water, storm drains, sanitary sewers and waste water treatment facilities;

– Recognition that the principles of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Design for the Environment (DFE) place the responsibility for products residuals and packaging on industry;

– Industry funding to operate, maintain and expand, as needed, HHW/HSW collection infrastructure and public education programs;

– Utilize the CSA HHW standard and specify a short list of HSW that includes latex paints and coatings, oil containers, oil filters, propylene glycol, alkaline batteries and pharmaceuticals, and to further state in residentially generated used motor oil as part of the overall program;

– Recognize that the current municipal level of service offered across Ontario is varied and that it cannot be reduced but must be improved to an acceptable standardized provincial level of service to be determined in association with municipalities and industry;

– Require industry to fund and establish HHW/HSW related research that provides scientific and verifiable data that can be used to further enhance the system for uniform program delivery for all residents across Ontario;

– Support industry in its efforts for reduction, reuse and reformulation initiatives via ecolabelling, procurement, outreach and education programs;

– Empower Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) by ensuring that it has sustainable funding, full authority to develop and HHW/HSW program and the necessary policy and approval support from the Minister of the Environment. Carried.

Motion 06-06-09 MOVED BY Kurt Leopold and SECONDED BY Ron Beeson:

WHEREAS “Farmers’ Market Ontario” (FMO) has released a report entitled Recommendations to Ensure Food Safety at Ontario’s Farmers Markets which was used by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in developing the draft regulations relating to farmers’ markets;

AND WHEREAS MOHLTC has not released the draft legislation to the general public;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of The Corporation of the Township of Coleman fully supports the Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal’s request to the Minister of Health and Long Term Care to place a moratorium on legislative changes that would alter the current social and cultural make-up of Ontario’s farmers markets, church suppers, bazaars, teas, pot-luck suppers, and other similar community social and fundraising events;

Continued (4)

Correspondence received from the Cobalt Century of Memories 2006 Centennial Committee was reviewed. Mayor Belanger will request more information regarding activities planned for Kiddies Day.

The Cobalt Mining Museum is planning a special day on Sunday, August 6, 2006.

The Clerk-Treasurer presented a preliminary budget for Council’s review. The budget will passed at the July 12th, 2006 regular meeting.

The Historic Cobalt project package was distributed to Council for their consideration.

The Medical Insurance Coverage policy amendment was distributed to Council for their consideration.


– Ontario Public Library Service Awards.

– Minister Responsible for Seniors – Seniors’ month celebrations

– York Region – Family Physician Shortage.

– Greater Napanee – Waste Manage Management plans.

– Town of Greater Napanee – MPAC resolution

– Sickkids Foundation – donation.

– Association of Municipalities of Ontario – MOE Improves Drinking Water Regulation 170

– MNDM – James Township

– MNDM – Seniors to receive better care and services.

– MNDM – Prosperity in Hearst

– City of Toronto – affordable housing project

Motion 06-06-10 MOVED BY Marcel Allaire and SECONDED BY Ron Beeson:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT this meeting do now adjourn. Carried


18664 Alex Adshead $661.63

18665 Cedar Meadows $446.61

18666 Cobalt Coleman Public School $54.00

18667 Dick Farrow` $435.00

18668 Gaetan Rivest $300.00

18669 Hydro One $1027.29

18670 Ken Laffrenier $50.00

18671 NorthernTel $373.17

18672 Ronald Beeson $290.21

18673 St Patrick School $75.00

18674 Temiskaming Nordic Sci Club $1500.00

18675 Great West Life Inc $3055.29

18676 Ministry of Transportation $744.00

18677 Ontera $55.12

18678 Claire Bigelow $217.25

18679 Gaetan Rivest $600.00

18680 HydroOne $1063.42

18681 Reliance Home Comfort $27.74

18682 Alex Adshead $2807.75

18683 CIBC $1391.62

18684 Cliff Edmonds $700.00

18685 Don Laitinen $100.00

18686 Fidelak Enterprises Inc $1600.96

18687 Kelly Ouimet $60.00

18688 NorthernTel $474.80

18689 TMS $535.00

18690 Acklands Inc $46.21

18691 Belanger Aluminum Products Ltd $14916.79

18692 Boc Canada $49.22

18693 Cliff Edmonds $900.00

18694 Cote Services $491.00

18695 Dam Depot $265.00

18696 DSSAB $16785.21

18697 Dupuis Paving $4815.00

18698 Elston Watt LLP $2247.00

18699 Evelyn Pickard $250.00

18700 Frank Cowan Company $2500.00

18701 Grand & Toy $224.98

18702 Grant Home Hardware Building $643.98

18703 Hearn’s Heals & Toes $214.00

18704 Home Improvement $204.69

18705 Kemp Maille $196.88

18706 Lakeview Signs $287.50

18707 LexisNexis $73.56

18708 Miller Minerals $730.93

18709 Minister of Finance -Mining Land Tax $506.56

18710 New Liskeard Sheet Metal $91.14

18711 North Cobalt Flea Market $369.05

18712 North-Way Chrysler Motors Ltd $22.20

18713 Northern College – CBO $909.50

18714 OMERs $2051.52

18715 Ontario Shared Services $3043.00

18716 Prism $41.73

18717 Purolator Courier $29.67

18718 Receiver General – Payroll May 2006 $6826.20

18719 Rona Ontario Inc $4332.11

18720 Seton $221.30

18721 TIME Ltd $385.93

18722 Temiskaming Speaker $584.45

18723 Tri-Town Automotive Ind Supply $341.93

18724 Tri-Town Electric 98 $1369.60

18725 Trottiers Valumart $90.41

18726 WSIB May 2006 $493.87

18727 Xerox Canada Ltd $604.50

Total $88,822.43

PAYROLL $30,729.37

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