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Council Highlights
October 9, 2018

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In this issue

  1. Parkland Needs Study
  2. CVC Picnic Pavilion
  3. Bruce Trail Parking Lot on 5 Sideroad
  1. Pilot Project to Eradicate/Control Phragmites
  2. Departmental Business Plans

Parkland Needs Study

Resident Robin Clayton questioned the process that led to the Parkland Needs Study and the role of the Recreation Advisory Committee (RAC), noting that the committee's minutes record minimal discussion on the subject. He recommended that Council does not go ahead with preparing concept site plans for Island Lake & Mono Centre parks. Councillor Nix, who is on the Recreation Advisory Committee, pointed out that Council directed that the Parkland Needs Study be commissioned and that it was not a committee project so understandably there is very little in the committee's minutes.

Parkland Needs Study

Resident Judy Nelson asked for clarification on the off-road bike park that the study made note of for Mono Centre Park and if there would be further consultation before making a decision? Resident and past member of the Recreation Advisory Committee, Ross Martin, explained that the bike park was envisioned as a trail that takes advantage of the existing landscape features. It would not be a BMX park. He said that it could also be used for Fatbikes in the winter. Resident Kirsten Ball wondered if such a trail would attract people when Mono Cliffs Provincial Park is so near? Resident Ed Kroeker said that he also felt it was premature to have the Town's engineer develop site plans until projects are decided upon for each park.

Mayor Ryan reiterated that Council was committed to further community engagement before making any decisions on what new amenities would be built. Following a lengthy discussion, Council decided not to have the Town's engineer prepare conceptual site plans for Island Lake Park and Mono Centre Park at this time.

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CVC Picnic Pavilion

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Bill Lidster, Manager of Conservation & Parks for Credit Valley Conservation, reviewed CVC's plan to build a picnic pavilion at Island Lake Conservation Area. He said that the pavilion would be built in the portion of the conservation area that is already used for picnicking. The pavilion would have walls all around except for the large barn doors on the north and south sides. Director of Planning David Trotman explained that CVC did not have to ask permission to build the pavilion as it was a permitted use under the Town's zoning bylaw. CVC was requesting that the Town waive the site plan control process which would be required for larger developments. CAO Early clarified that exempting site plan control has occasionally been allowed with owners that wanted to make minimal changes to their properties. Resident Bob McCrea spoke against the proposal and asked that Council defer making a decision until public consultation occur, expressing concern over potential noise to the residents living nearby in the Island Lake subdivision. Council agreed to reconsider the request to waive the requirement of the site plan control process when CVC completes a noise management study and undertakes public consultation with the immediate neighbours.

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Bruce Trail Parking Lot on 5 Sideroad

Bruce Trail Conservancy asked that the Town provide the gravel needed to upgrade the Bruce Trail parking lot on 5 Sideroad, east of Airport Road. Their report estimated that up to 600 metric tonnes would be required which the Town could provide from its Klondyke pit. Dave Moule, representing the Bruce Trail Conservancy, said that the Conservancy would hire a contractor to load, haul and spread the gravel at their expense. Director of Public Works Michael Dunmore had no concerns as long as the contractor had the requisite safety training and that the Town was adequately insured. Treasurer Les Halucha confirmed that, as the Town owns the pit, it would not affect the budget. Council approved the request subject to the conditions stipulated by Mr. Dunmore.

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Pilot Project to Eradicate/Control Phragmites

Council approved a request from the Headwater Streams Committee to authorize the committee to spend up to $700 on a pilot project to control or eradicate Phragmites.

 "Invasive Phragmites (European Common Reed) is an invasive plant causing damage to Ontario’s biodiversity, wetlands and beaches. Invasive Phragmites is a perennial grass that has been damaging ecosystems in Ontario for decades. Invasive Phragmites is an aggressive plant that spreads quickly and out-competes native species for water and nutrients. It releases toxins from its roots into the soil to hinder the growth of and kill surrounding plants. While it prefers areas of standing water, its roots can grow to extreme lengths, allowing it to survive in relatively dry areas." [Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program]

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Departmental Business Plans

Staff presented their business plans for 2019. Along with the department capital budgets, that were presented to Council on September 25th, are initial steps in developing a draft budget for next year. Following the municipal election, the treasurer will provide a draft budget to Council. Council will hold a series of meetings to examine the draft budget and solicit public input.

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The next Council Meeting is scheduled for October 30th, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Agendas and minutes for all council and committee meetings can be found on the Town's
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