November 13, 2008

Minutes of a Special Meeting held in the Council Chambers, 937907 Marsh Bay Road, Coleman Township, on Thursday, November 13th, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.

There were present:

Township of Coleman Mayor: C. Belanger

Councillor: R. Beeson

A. Chitaroni

L. Perry P. Tresidder

Clerk-Treasurer: C. Bigelow

Town of Cobalt Mayor: Andre Belanger

Councillor: Doug Shearer

Pat Anderson

Gino Chitaroni

Mike Audette

Sue Nielson

CAO Steph Palmateer

The purpose of this meeting was to discuss and come to an agreement regarding the Sharp Lake Park between the Township of Coleman and the Town of Cobalt.

Mayor Andre Belanger updated Council with respect to the proposed mineral extraction by Miller Minerals. An agreement is already in place between the Town of Cobalt and Miller Paving since October 2008.

Mr. Palmateer distributed a map showing the proposed extraction area indicating the lake level of 260 m, the average ridge height of 274 m and a natural bench of approximately 264 m. Miller Minerals plan to leave a face in order to conceal the work from local residents which will then be pulled down at the end of the project. Because of the huge amount of material on this site, it will take approximately 10 years before the work can be completed.

Councillor Perry expressed her displeasure with the Town of Cobalt as they did not keep the Township of Coleman informed during the process. She felt the Township of Coleman should, at the very least, been advised the Town of Cobalt was negotiating this contract and that they would work out an agreement with the Township of Coleman as discussed in 2006 and 2007.

The property needs to be rezoned before gravel extraction can begin and a 10 year time frame is longer than previously agreed. Landscaping and lot development must be included in any agreement between the Township of Coleman and the Town of Cobalt. Miller Minerals should have obtained a copy of the Coleman Pits and Quarry By-Law before signing an agreement with the Town of Cobalt.

Mr. Palmateer advised a time frame is very hard to forecast as the time is not within Cobalt’s control and the Company has to have time to extract the material. A lake developing capacity study will be done at the end of the project as they don’t know what the parcel will look like until then. Miller Minerals is dealing with local residents. In the end, there will be 10 to 15 large lots or possibly, 23 to 30 smaller residential/recreational lots.

Mr. Palmateer suggested that the re-zoning document should consist of a 10 year maximum time frame for gravel extraction with a special zone “sunset clause” stating the property will revert to a residential/recreational zone at that time.

Miller Minerals have agreed to adhere to Coleman’s Pit & Quarries By-Law including noise studies etc if required.

Continued (2)

In conclusion, the agreement between the Township of Coleman and Town of Cobalt will consist of the following: A time frame of a maximum of 10 years with a sunset clause stating the property will revert to residential/recreational zone

Legal assurance that the project will be completed in 10 years or sooner if possible

A site plan from Miller Minerals

Assurance that Miller Minerals will abide to the Coleman’s Pits & Quarries By-Law

A survey, Plan of Subdivision/Site Plan within a reasonable amount of time

A means of monitoring the project

Mayor Andre Belanger agreed to come up with a potential concept. Revenue from the project will be set aside to finance with the future site preparation. A Sharp Lake Planning Committee composed of members of Council from both municipalities will be set up and, in five years, the Committee will start planning the lot design for the property.

Mayor Andre Belanger then addressed The Cobalt Water Act. A lengthy discussion followed during which he suggested that the Township of Coleman end their process to repeal the Cobalt Water Act. Coleman Council reiterated that it was never their intention to pollute the waters in Clear, Pretty and Sas lakes but, as The Cobalt Water Act is outdated, it was time to repeal the Act and come up with others ways to protect Cobalt and Coleman’s drinking water.

Motion 08-11-16 MOVED BY Pat Tresidder and SECONDED BY A. Chitaroni:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Julien Bonin be hired as the Intern, Planning Development Officer. Mr. Bonin will begin work on December 8th, 2008. Carried.

Councillor Doug Shearer presented a report for the regular meeting of the Board of Health held on November 5th, 2009.


– Ministry of Northern Development and Mines – Northeast Seniors to Receive Specialized Health Services.

– Temiskaming Municipal Association -Thursday, November 27th, in Earlton at 7:00 p.m.

– Temiskaming Shores Haileybury Business Group 4th Annual Christmas Gala

– Historic Cobalt Corporation – Proposal for a Conservancy

– Quicktip – Grounds Care

– Bakers Journal

Motion 08-11-17 MOVED BY Lois Perry and SECONDED BY Ron Beeson:

WHEREAS this meeting deals with personal matters about identifiable individuals including municipal or local board employees;

AND WHEREAS this deals with advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT this meeting be closed to the public. Carried

Motion 08-11-18 MOVED BY Pat Tresidder and SECONDED BY A. Chitaroni:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT this meeting do now adjourn. Carried.

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