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Council Highlights
November 28, 2017


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In this issue

  1. 2018 Budget Passed
  2. Recreation and Parks Needs Study RFP
  3. Reimbursement of Non Resident Fees
  1. Mono Pollinator Garden Update
  2. Mono Joins Partners for Climate Protection Program

2018 Budget Passed

Treasurer Les Halucha gave an overview of the final budget that included the changes made by Council at two previous budget meetings. In the draft budget Council approved on November 20th, the 2018 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) grant was reported as being $273,200, based on the initial interpretation of the material received from the Ministry of Finance during that Council meeting. Mr. Halucha has since confirmed that the 2018 grant is $432,500. He recommended that Council put several of the reserve fund budget items back in that had been cut. Specifically,

This would maintain Council's goal of no more than a 1.7% increase over the 2017 budget and mirrors the cost of inflation.

Mono resident Lorie Haddock expressed concern over adding $159,000 back into the budget that Council cut at its previous budget meeting, preferring that the savings be passed along to residents. Council reiterated that it reluctantly cut the reserve contributions in order to keep the budget increase to the cost of inflation but that, with the extra grant money from the province, it would be more prudent to fund those reserves. The Town has worked diligently to maintain its reserve funds so that residents are protected from large tax increases when roads and bridges need repair. Deputy Mayor Ken McGhee noted that Mono does not have any debt and that is due to sensible financial planning - including maintaining adequate reserves.

There were no other comments from the public. Council approved the 2018 Final Budget with the additions noted.

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Recreation and Parks Needs Study RFP

Director of Recreation Kim Perryman presented a Request for Proposals for a Parkland Needs Study. As reported in October 10, 2017 and June 25, 2017 Council Highlights, Council asked that an RFP be issued to:

Council gave its approval for the RFP to be issued, subject to amendments.

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Reimbursement of Non Resident Fees

Council received correspondence asking that non-resident fees charged to Mono residents by Orangeville who use their recreation facilities be reimbursed. This issue also came before Council on June 27, 2017 and Council has not changed its position. The Town reimburses residents the non-resident fee charged by Orangeville for the "Learn to Swim" program only, as Council considers swimming an essential life skill.

Mono is a funding partner of the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex in Shelburne and residents are not charged a non-resident fee for any of their programs.

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Mono Pollinator Garden Update

Councillors Martin & Manktelow gave a presentation on the history, current status and future plans of the Mono Pollinator Garden. Councillor Manktelow noted that, as well as providing an habitat for pollinators, the goal is to offer educational opportunities for people to learn about the importance of pollinators and the stresses they are under due to pesticides and the loss of habitat.

Volunteers put in close to 800 hours work, planting over 700 perennials and 1262 trees in 2017. Future plans include adding more plants, trail improvements, installing interpretive signs and developing an educational outreach program with local schools.

Volunteers planting trees in the Mono Pollinator Garden

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Mono Joins Partners for Climate Protection Program

Mono formally joined the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Partners for Climate Protection Program. The program "is a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) and to acting on climate change. Since the program's inception in 1994, over 300 municipalities have joined PCP, making a public commitment to reduce emissions. PCP membership covers all provinces and territories and accounts for more than 65 per cent of the Canadian population."

The program empowers municipalities to take action against climate change through a five-milestone process that guides members in creating GHG inventories, setting realistic and achievable GHG reduction targets, developing local action plans, and implementing plans using specific, measurable actions to reduce emissions.

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The next Council Meeting is scheduled for December 12th, 2017 at 7 p.m.

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