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Council Highlights
July 25, 2017

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In this issue

  1. Mono Hiking Challenge Draw
  2. 2016 Financial Statements
  3. Zoning Bylaw Amendment (ZBA 2017-01) and Kennel Licence
  4. Natural Heritage Strategy
  1. NEC Hearing Costs
  2. Flood Status Report
  3. New Shelburne Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief
  4. Rabies Update

Mono Hiking Challenge Draw

Mayor Ryan and Director of Recreation Kim Perryman draw the winners

The 2nd of 7 draws leading up to the Grand Prize draw in November was the first order of business. Mayor Laura Ryan and Director of Recreation Kim Perryman drew winners for the four prizes awarded.

Laura Knudsen

A pair of passes for 18 holes of golf at Dufferin Glen Golf Club.

Robin Overy

A pair of passes for 18 holes of golf at Dufferin Glen Golf Club.

Agnes Wolfe

A $50 gift certificate from Nifty Nook Restaurant.

Gary Murakami

Gary Murakami

A golf lesson for one or two people by golf pro Pattie-Anne Fitzgerald.

Congratulations to the winners who can stop by the Municipal Office to pick up their prizes.

As of July 25th, 376 hikes have been completed totaling over 1,751 km hiked.

That puts Neo, our Mono Hiking Challenge alter ego, just past Terrace Bay on Lake Superior, on his trek from Mono to Canoe North Adventures in Norman Wells, Northwest Territories. Follow Neo's trek online at

For more information about the Mono Hiking Challenge, visit

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2016 Financial Statements

Murray Short and Michelle Steele from RLB Chartered Professional Accountants, the Town's auditors, presented the 2016 audited financial statements. Their presentation included a comparison of key metrics which show that Mono compares favourably with other Ontario municipalities. It was noted that Mono has been able to fund its capital upgrades without borrowing; whereas Mr. Short noted that many municipalities have debt totaling 50 - 70% of their annual tax revenue.

Expenditures by Department graph

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Zoning Bylaw Amendment (ZBA 2017-01) and Kennel Licence

Delia Teixeira & Jason Phillips gave a presentation to Council requesting that their application for a Zoning Bylaw Amendment in order that they may establish a Class 2 dog kennel on their property, located at 994448 Mono-Adjala Townline, be granted.

The bylaw states that the minimum lot size required to run a kennel is 19.5 hectares (48 acres) whereas their property is 10.9 hectares (27 acres). Council refused their applications for zoning amendment and kennel licence.

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Natural Heritage Strategy

The chair of the Natural Heritage Steering Committee, John Riley, presented a report detailing a natural heritage strategy for the Town. The report forms the groundwork for an Official Plan Amendment to incorporate the strategy into the Town's Official Plan.

Council endorsed the report and directed staff to proceed with Draft Official Plan Amendment #41 to the Town of Mono Official Plan which will incorporate the natural heritage strategy.

The report included a Natural Heritage Atlas which is available on the Town's website. The atlas details the natural heritage strategy and related matters such as land stewardship, and forms part of the Official Plan Amendment background materials. The atlas will be available for parties and agencies to comment on for the next two months.

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NEC Hearing Costs

In response to a letter from Mono resident Mr. Lewis Baker, who inquired into the costs of the NEC hearing pertaining to Mr. Singer, Treasurer Les Halucha reported the costs incurred by the Town totaled $251,872. CAO Mark Early stated that the NEC Hearing Office has yet to render a decision on the case and that he did not know when they would make their decision.

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Flood Status Report

Bridge on 5th Line EHS over the Nottawasaga River

CAO Mark Early briefed Council on the response by the Town and other agencies to the Jun 23rd flood. He further reported that the Ontario Provincial Disaster Assessment Team would be visiting damaged properties on Wednesday Jul 26th in order to determine if the province will provide financial assistance to property owners under the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program. He emphasized that the damage could have been much worse if not for the policies put in place over the preceding years by conservation authorities and Council to restrict and mitigate the risk of development in flood prone areas.

Council asked that the Town's response to flood emergency situations be discussed further at a future Council meeting.

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New Shelburne Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief

On the recommendation of the Shelburne and District Fire Board, Council passed a bylaw appointing Jeff Clayton as Deputy Fire Chief of the Shelburne and District Fire Department.

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Rabies Update

Dufferin County provided an update on the spread of rabies in Southern Ontario

map showing rabies positive findings in purple and negative in green

According to the report, on April 11, 2017 local media reported “WDGPH issues rabies warning for Dufferin County”. The article provided details from a Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health spokesperson and information for the public to follow should they suspect that they may have come into contact with an infected animal.

On June 28th, 2017 the Ministry of Natural Resources reported that 340 confirmed cases of rabies were related to this current outbreak. The animals infected include raccoons, skunks, cats, fox, cattle and llama.

On July 1st, 2017 a constable with the Shelburne Police Service euthanized a raccoon around mid-day. The animal appeared disoriented, had loss of coordination and showed no fear of humans or dogs. Given the close proximity to a park and with an obvious concern for public safety the animal was euthanized.

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The next Council Meeting is scheduled for August 22nd, 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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