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Council Highlights
June 27, 2017

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In this issue

  1. Dufferin Community Foundation
  2. Craig Pit below Waterline Licence Denied
  3. Parks & Recreation Capital Projects Financing
  4. Headwaters Tourism Presentation
  1. 2017 Drinking Water Quality Management System (DWQMS) Audit Reports
  2. Excess Soils Regulatory Proposal Update
  3. Non-Resident Fee Subsidies
  4. June 23rd Flooding

Dufferin Community Foundation

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Gord Gallaugher gave a briefing on a new initiative, “Dufferin Community Foundation”. A Dufferin Community Foundation would supplement other sources of community funding and seek other forms of philanthropy including trusts & estate bequests (endowment funds). As well as overseeing endowment funds, it would allow an ‘arm’s length’ means of distributing grants to community charities and non-profit organizations.

Mayor Ryan stated that she would like to see Council further discuss the option of contributing to and participating with Dufferin Community Foundation as an alternative tool to assist Council in distributing requested funds to charitable organizations & groups.

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Craig Pit below Waterline Licence Denied

CAO Mark Early reported that the MNR refused CBM’s application to amend their aggregate licence that would have allowed below waterline extraction from the Craig Pit, on Hurontario Road. Deputy Mayor Ken McGhee asked Mr. Early if, at some point, the pit would be available for purchase. Mr. Early replied that would be up to the operator – CBM Aggregates, though under their licence with the MNR, they would be responsible for remediation of the gravel pit prior to selling the land.

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Parks & Recreation Capital Projects Financing

Treasurer Les Halucha presented options with respect to financing a recreation & parkland needs study and any new recreation infrastructure. He explained that Parkland Reserve funds are primarily to purchase parkland though a portion of development charges can be used to fund a parkland/recreation needs study.

Council directed staff to prepare draft terms of reference for a recreation needs study.

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Headwaters Tourism Presentation

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Michele Harris, Executive Director of Headwaters Tourism, gave a presentation on the role of Headwaters Tourism, their achievements over the last year and their plans to continue to grow tourism in the region. Ms. Harris noted that over 875,000 people visit the Headwaters region annually spending over $68,500,000 with 54,000 visitors coming to Mono contributing over $4,000,000 to the Town's economy.

Ms. Harris also provided Council with advice and opportunities for municipal communications based on the experience of Headwaters Tourism.

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2017 Drinking Water Quality Management System (DWQMS) Audit Reports

Director of Public Works Michael Dunmore presented two audit reports on the Town's two municipal water systems. Every year an internal audit of the Drinking Water Quality Management System (DWQMS) is undertaken and every 3 years an external audit. The reports did not find any non-conformances though opportunities for improvements where noted which Mr. Dunmore said he would pursue.

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Excess Soils Regulatory Proposal Update

In response to a request by the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change (MOECC) respecting proposed changes to the Excess Soil Management Regulations, Director of Planning David Trotman reviewed with Council the comments he submitted. His recommendations include an MOECC telephone hotline and website for people to report suspected unauthorized excess soil activities; amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act to improve enforcement; and overall stricter non-compliant enforcement.

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Non-Resident Fee Subsidies

The Town reimburses Mono residents for the non-resident fee charged by Orangeville for swimming lessons as swimming is deemed a life skill which reduces deaths due to drowning.

A request was made by several residents to extend that to include more than just swimming lessons, specifically programs such as aquafit. While Council denied the request, they instructed staff to examine non-resident user fees in the recreation needs study reported earlier in this issue of Council Highlights.

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June 23rd Flooding

Bridge at 5 Line EHS north of Hockley Rd

CAO Mark Early reported that the Town received 113 mm of rain in approximately 3 hours the morning of Friday June 23rd; the NVCA calling it an 100 year rain event. Significant flooding occurred throughout the municipality, especially within the floodplain of the Hockley Valley.

The Town is working with the province to initiate their Disaster Recovery Assistance program to assist private landowners with the non-insured repair costs.

The Town will be conducting a review of multi-jurisdictional response, including communications, and report back to Council.

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The next Council Meeting is scheduled for July 25th, 2017 at 9 a.m.

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