Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Council of the Township of Coleman held at the Council Chambers, 937907 Marsh Bay Road, Coleman Township, Ontario on Wednesday, October 25th, 2006 at 6:00 P.M.
There were present: Mayor: C. Belanger
Councillors: M. Allaire
Clerk-Treasurer: C. Bigelow
Officer: D. Cleroux
Municipal Planner: Charles Windsor
Present: Andrea Leis and Jason Leis
Morion 06-10-10 MOVED BY Lois Perry and SECONDED BY Marcel Allaire:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the public meeting for Official Plan Amendment No. 1 and related Zoning By-Law be opened. Carried.
There were no questions or comments regarding the Official Plan Amendment No. 1 or the Zoning By-Law.
Motion 06-10-11 MOVED BY Ron Beeson and SECONDED BY Lois Perry:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the public meeting for Official Plan Amendment No. 1 and related Zoning By-Law be closed. Carried.
Motion 06-10-12 MOVED BY Ron Beeson and SECONDED BY Lois Perry:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT By-Law 06-28 being a by-law to adopt amendment No. 1 to the Official Plan of the Township of Coleman be read a first and second time. Carried.
Motion 06-10-13 MOVED BY Lois Perry and SECONDED BY Ron Beeson:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT By-Law 06-28 be read a third and final time and be enacted. Carried.
Motion 06-10-14 MOVED BY Marcel Allaire and SECONDED BY Lois Perry:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT By-Law 06-27 being a by-law to amend Zoning By-Law No. 06-01 be read a first and second. Carried.
Motion 06-10-15 MOVED BY Marcel Allaire and SECONDED BY Lois Perry:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT By-Law 06-27 be read a third and final time and be enacted. Carried.
Motion 06-10-16 MOVED BY Marcel Allaire and SECONDED BY Lois Perry:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the minutes of the following Council Meetings be adopted as distributed:
Regular Meeting – October 11, 2006 Carried.
Mr. Cleroux reported on a meeting he attended regarding the Abatoir Project. The Clerk-Treasurer to request an update on the status of the project, copies of minutes and ask to be informed about any future meetings.
Councillor Perry presented a list of requests from the Coleman Volunteer Firefighters. Councillor Beeson advised all requests will be granted as soon as the Contractor can finish the work.
A discussion was held regarding the Cenotaph. The decision regarding this matter will be deferred to the next Council.
Council reviewed Mr. Gordon K. Foden’s letter regarding the construction of a logging road on Crown and Township land. Mr. Foden requests that a survey be done prior to the construction of any road in the vicinity of his property.
Council reviewed correspondence from the Honourable Anthony Rota regarding NEOnet – Timiskaming District Broadband Project requesting that NEOnet’s funding submission be processed as expeditiously as possible.
Conferences – Small Business Success
Tourism in Temiskaming
Effective Waste Management
Municipal Brownfield Consultation Session
Innovative Participation Project Workshop
Motion 06-10-17 MOVED BY Marcel Allaire and SECONDED BY Ron Beeson:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Clerk-Treasurer be authorized to purchase 3 – 750 VA UPS Backups for the price of $512.83 from electronic North Audiotronic. Carried.
Motion 06-10-18 MOVED BY Marcel Allaire and SECONDED BY Lois Perry:
WHEREAS the Lion’s Club have requested the use of the Coleman Community Hall to host an All Candidates’ Night;
AND WHEREAS it is deemed this event will be held for the purpose of the betterment of the Community;
AND WHEREAS the new Council will determine the fee structure for the rental of the new Coleman Community Hall;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council approves the Lion’s Club’s request to use the Coleman Community Hall for an All Candidates’ Night, free of charge this one and only time. This event is scheduled to be held November 2nd or 3rd, 2006 . Carried.
Motion 06-10-19 MOVED BY Lois Perry and SECONDED BY Ron Beeson:
WHEREAS some watermains are in poor condition and are subject to freezing in the Coleman Water Distribution System;
AND WHEREAS there exists problems with low free chlorine concentrations in some parts of the Coleman Water Distribution System;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT K. Smart Associates Limited be authorized to proceed with Phase 1 of the Work Program as detailed in their proposal – cost estimate $9,000.00 to $10,000.00.
-Meet with municipal staff and review distribution system
-Obtain water distribution plans, topographic maps, water flow records etc.
-Obtain water samples and test for free chlorine in distribution system in Coleman Township
-Prepare hydraulic network analysis model using EPA Net. Carried.
Motion 06-10-20 MOVED BY Lois Perry and SECONDED BY Ron Beeson:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Clerk-Treasurer be authorized to purchase (20 lbs) turkeys for all Members of Council and Township Employees and hams for the Volunteer Firemen. Carried.
Motion 06-10-21 MOVED BY Ron Beeson and SECONDED BY Marcel Allaire:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Clerk-Treasurer be authorized to purchase a tabloid from Temiskaming Speaker for Remembrance Day – cost $65.00. Carried.
Motion 06-10-22 MOVED BY Lois Perry and SECONDED BY Ron Beeson:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Clerk-Treasurer be authorized to purchase a wreath in the amount of $120.00 from the Royal Canadian Legion for Remembrance. Carried.
Motion 06-10-23 MOVED BY Marcel Allaire and SECONDED BY Lois Perry:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Clerk-Treasurer be authorized to pay the honorarium to the Property standards Committee for the year 2006. Carried.
Motion 06-10-24 MOVED BY Marcel Allaire and SECONDED BY Ron Beeson:
WHEREAS MPAC has an annual budget of approximately $146 million dollars and is requesting a $16 million dollar increase;
AND WHEREAS additional funding will not fix the problems;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of The Corporation of the Township of Coleman fully supports the city of Port Colborne’s objection to any further downloading of costs for MPAC to the local taxpayer and hereby urges the Provincial government to take immediate action and fix the flaws of the property assessment system. Carried.
Motion 06-10-25 MOVED BY Ron Beeson and SECONDED BY Lois Perry:
WHEREAS Canada Post is a Crown corporation that is mandated by law to provide basic customary postal service while operating on a financially self-sustaining basis;
AND WHEREAS Crown corporations like Canada Post have both public and commercial activities, but are distinct from commercial enterprises in that they are designed to serve the public interest, not maximize profit;
AND WHEREAS the federal government has asked Canada Post to act like a commercial enterprise that generates commercial profits and dividends.
AND WHEREAS Canada Post has responded by stating that it is a commercial enterprise with a business mandate and that it must focus on its major customers;
AND WHEREAS millions of dollars that people pay in postage are now directed towards providing Canada Post with commercial profits ($199 million in 2005) and the federal government with lucrative dividends (%59 million in 2005) instead of being used to improve public postal service;
AND WHEREAS the goal of commercial profits and dividends is at odds with the corporation’s legislative mandate to provide public postal service and its public policy objective, as a Crown corporation, to serve the public interest;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of The Corporation of the Township of Coleman write to Lawrence Cannon, the Minister Responsible for Canada Post and request that the federal government:
1. Change the financial policy framework it uses to set targets for Canada Post so that the corporation does not have to provide commercial profits and dividends
2. Instruct Canada Post to act like a public service, not a commercial enterprise, by using more of its profits on public postal services, including maintaining and expanding home mail delivery in rural and urban areas. Carried.
Motion 06-10-26 MOVED BY Marcel Allaire and SECONDED BY Lois Perry:
WHEREAS the gap between the transfers from the province and the cost of social programs is growing and is now estimated by the Association of Municipalities at over $3 Billion; and
WHEREAS delays in balancing the cost of delivering services with the ability to pay are resulting in delayed maintenance of infrastructure, reduced municipal services and property tax increases across the province;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT in the opinion of the Council of The Corporation of the Township of Coleman that the provincial government’s currently proposed Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review (which will not be completed until February 2008, after the next provincial election) is needlessly drawn out and that a full review to balance the delivery of service with the ability to pay should be completed much more expediently, in order to avoid hitting taxpayers with unsustainable property tax hikes or significant reductions in service. Carried.
Motion 06-10-27 MOVED BY Marcel Allaire and SECONDED BY Lois Perry:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Clerk-Treasurer be authorized to donate $250.00 to the Timiskaming Palliative Care Network. Carried.
A discussion was held regarding the University Headframe. The Clerk-Treasurer to investigate Historic Cobalt Corporation’s request for assistance regarding insurance for the headframe.
Council reviewed correspondence regarding the Court Decision on Trailer Taxation. The MFOA report states, “This decision represents a departure from previous case law and has implications that go beyond the issue of taxation for trailers”
The Ministry of Natural Resources have plans to burn logging debris slash piles during the Fall of 2006.
Mr. Gordon Foden forwarded a letter to Council extending his appreciation for a “job well done”.
The Christmas Decoration contest will be held again this year. Contestants will be asked to notify the Municipal Office to register if they want to participate in the contest. A notice will be placed in the paper.
– Ontario Power Generation – semi-annual performance report.
– Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing – Support sustainable communities.
– Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing – Residential Tenancies Act
– Chamber – Upcoming Events
– Hydro One Networks Inc. – LEDs
– Association of Municipalities of Ontario- Citizenship and Immigration
– Associations of Municipalities of Ontario – Long Term Care Legislation
– Association of Municipalities of Ontario – Deposit Return
– 2007 Pitch-in Canada Week – April 23, 29.
– Minister of Culture – Shortlist for Public Library Service Awards.
– Thomson Carswell – Law Book News.
– Ministry of Agriculture – Premier’s Award
– The Running Link – 1st anniversary
– Temiskaming Art Gallery – Calendar
– Ministry of Northern Development and Mines – Temagami Infrastructure
– Ministry of Northern Development and Mines – Cobalt Drinking Water
– Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration – application Guide
– Association of Municipalities of Ontario – Justice Act
– Timiskaming First Nation Evening of Traditional Taste
– Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing – New Approach to Aboriginal Affairs
– Ministry of Transportation – Bridge Safety.
Motion 06-10-28 MOVED BY Marcel Allaire and SECONDED BY Lois Perry:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT this meeting do now adjourn. Carried.