Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Council of the Township of Coleman held at the Council Chambers, 10 Prospect, Cobalt, Ontario on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006 at 6:00 P.M.
There were present: Mayor: C. Belanger
Councillors: M. Allaire
Clerk-Treasurer: C. Bigelow
Deputation: James O’Brien, Bud Berry, Jack McAndrew and Rod Major
Councillor Perry declared a Conflict of Interest with matters dealing with the Temiskaming Speaker.
Motion 06-03-20 MOVED BY Ron Beeson and SECONDED BY Lois Perry:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the minutes of the following Council Meetings be adopted as distributed:
Regular Meeting – March 8, 2006 Carried.
Mr. James O’Brien was in attendance to request more information regarding the “Evacuation Notice” received recently by residents surrounding the Cobalt Refinery Site. Members of Council explained that Representatives from the Ministry of the Environment recommended an evacuation should
there ever be a fire at the Cobalt Refinery Site. Mr. O’Brien enquired about security for their residences. The Clerk-Treasurer to contact Mr. Jeff Edwards, Emergency Measures, to ask what the standard is regarding security during an emergency and the Ministry of Environment to request that the site clean up be hastened if possible.
Mr. Rod Major was in attendance to request that Council consider restricting clear cutting near residential areas, perhaps a 100 M buffer zone could be protected. Mr. Major suggested a committee composed of Members of Council and Marsh Residents could work together to prepare a carefully worded by-law that would be agreeable to everyone concerned. The Clerk-Treasurer to contact Mr. Don Farintosh, Ministry of Natural Resources, to provide the Township with a sample by-law.
Mr. O’Brien advised he has not received any information, other than Mr. Bennet’s report, regarding the Alternate Dispute Resolution process since the meeting in New Liskeard. Council and Residents reviewed correspondence received from Ontario Power Generation regarding the Earnscliffe Strategy Group conducting a series of interviews with a number of community leaders and involved citizens in the NE Ontario area. The purpose of the interviews is to help OPG understand the current reputation and issue challenges facing OPG today and perceptions of OPG’s relationships with members of the community.
Mr. O’Brien also enquired if Council had considered the Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park management planning. Mayor Belanger advised Council supported a resolution circulated by the Township of James. Councillor Perry explained this matter would be discussed at the Temiskaming Municipal Association meeting to be held shortly. The Clerk-Treasurer to offer Council’s assistance to the Township of James.
Mayor Belanger thanked Marsh Bay Residents for attending the meeting and bringing their concerns to Council’s attention.
Motion 06-03-21 MOVED BY Marcel Allaire and SECONDED BY Kurt Leopold:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT By-Law No. 06-06 being a by-law to authorize the execution of an agreement for providing water distribution services be read a first and second time. Carried.
Motion 06-03-22 MOVED BY Lois Perry and SECONDED BY Kurt Leopold:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT By-Law No. 06-06 be read a third and final time and be passed and enacted. Carried.
A discussion was held regarding scheduling a meeting with Coleman Water Users. The Clerk-Treasurer to calculate costs before discussing the matter with Water users.
Councillor Beeson reported of progress being made with renovation of the Durex Building.
A discussion was held regarding the meeting held with the Town of Cobalt Council
– Waiting for quote for the cost of repairing the Larose Bridge.
– Updated costs will be calculated for Doctor Sears’ office
Conferences – North Bay Chamber of Commerce – renewable energy forum
The Planning Act – conference
Motion 06-03-23 MOVED BY Marcel Allaire and SECONDED BY Kurt Leopold:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Clerk-Treasurer be authorized to pay the 2006 municipal insurance in the amount of $43,172.00 + taxes to Despres-Pacey Insurance Brokers Limited. Carried.
MOVED BY Lois Perry and SECONDED BY Kurt Leopold:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Summer Students’ Salaries be as follows:
Supervisor $9.00 per hour
Lifeguards $8.50 per hour
Labourer $8.50 per hour Carried.
Motion 06-03-25 MOVED BY Lois Perry and SECONDED BY Kurt Leopold:
WHEREAS agriculture is an important industry in Ontario earning significant export revenue and providing employment;
AND WHEREAS the market value of farmland is much lower than the value of land to be developed for residential, commercial or industrial purposes providing powerful economic incentives to convert land away from agricultural uses;
AND WHEREAS the Ontario Farmland Trust and other charitable trusts have been created with the ability to hold restrictive easements and covenants and other interests in land donated by land owners to ensure that they remain available for agricultural use in perpetuity;
AND WHEREAS donors of such easements make sacrifices of great value to society;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of The Corporation of the Township of Coleman fully supports the Township of King’s resolution supporting the current efforts of the Ontario Farmland Trust in regards to:
1. The federal and provincial governments being urged to amend their Income Tax Acts to provide the same benefits to donors of farmland for which donors of ecologically sensitive lands now qualify.
2. The federal and provincial governments being requested to consider other farmland conservation incentives to ensure that farmland remain in agriculture. Carried.
Motion 06-03-26 MOVED BY Kurt Leopold and SECONDED BY Ron Beeson:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Clerk-Treasurer be authorized to order a laptop package for Mr. Gaetan Rivest, Chief Building Official, in the amount of $4,291.80. Carried.
Correspondence received from Despres-Pacey Insurance Brokers Limited regarding Risk Management Services Recommendations was reviewed. Council will comply with recommendations which apply to the new building.
Councillor Perry declared a “Conflict of Interest” with the following matter.
Motion 06-03-27 MOVED BY Ron Beeson and SECONDED BY Marcel Allaire;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Clerk-Treasurer be authorized to purchase an ad in the amount of $135.00 in the Speaker for the Timiskaming Road Safety Coalition. Carried.
The next Temiskaming Municipal Association executive meeting will be held March 23rd, 2006 and the general meeting will be held March 30th, 2006.
The Clerk-Treasurer to complete the Pan Northern Investment Attraction Strategy – Community Profile Template.
The Ontario Family Fishing “licence free fishing” Weekend will be held Friday, July 7th through Sunday, July 9th, 2006.
Mayor Belanger signed the Waiver of Notice to the Assessment Review Board.
The Earlton-Timiskaming Regional Airport Joint Municipal Services Board minutes and budget were tabled.
– City of Kawartha Lakes – Water Knows No Jurisdiction.
– Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement – Survey .
– Canadian Union of Postal Workers – campaign to stop plant and post office closures
– County of Grey – Municipal Financial Crisis.
– City of Owen Sound – Municipal Financial Crisis.
– Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association – name change.
– Ontario Water Works Association – new regulations.
– Ministry of Natural Resources – 2006-07 Annual Work Schedule.
– Ministry of Natural Resources – Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park.
– Hydro One – price increase
– Latchford & Area Moose Call.
– AMO – Handling of Ethanol-blended Gasoline.
– NeoNet – Wired News & Update.
– MNDM – Improve Searchmont Highway.
– MCSS – Ontarians with Disabilities Act Accessibility Planning Bulletin.
– The Flag Shop
– Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario – public school.
– Community Living Temiskaming South – 37th Annual Walkathon.
– Chambers of Commerce – Group Insurance Plan.
– HazMat Management Newsletter.
– Communities in Bloom – Ad.
– Speaker – Advertisement.
Motion 06-03-28 MOVED BY Marcel Allaire and SECONDED BY Ron Beeson:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT this meeting do now adjourn. Carried.