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Council Highlights
March 27, 2018

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In this issue

  1. Public Question Period
  2. Hi Speed Internet in Mono
  3. Island Lake Conservation Area Noise Bylaw Exemptions
  4. Drinking Water Systems Annual Reports
  1. Rosemont Fire Board 2018 Budget Approved
  2. Donation Requests
  3. Street Sweeping to Commence 3 Weeks Early
  4. Dust Suppressant

Public Question Period

Mono resident Elaine Kehoe asked Council to re-consider options to expand the Town's bylaw enforcement services. Currently the town contracts Dufferin County's bylaw enforcement officer as needed. A full time bylaw enforcement officer was considered during the budget debates last fall but was deemed too expensive. Ms. Kehoe asked council to consider other alternatives including hiring private contractors also noting that Melanchthon Township has recently entered into a service agreement with Shelburne.

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Hi Speed Internet in Mono

Cynthia Unwin, a member of the Mono Research Advisory Committee, gave a presentation on the sate of hi speed internet in Mono. She noted that large portions of the Town have access to reasonable internet, which she defined as greater than 6.5 megabits per second; however, there are significant pockets that do not enjoy this level of service. These tend to be rural areas that cannot receive an adequate LTE cell signal. Ms. Unwin pointed out that "building, owning and maintaining infrastructure is labour intensive and expensive" and that it is the lack of this infrastructure that is the cause of poor internet service. She noted that South Western Integrated Fiber Technology (SWIFT), which Mono is a member of, is in the early stages of building up the infrastructure that should allow Internet Service Providers (ISP) to expand their service throughout south western Ontario. In the meantime, staff will work with the Mono Research Advisory Committee to develop a fact sheet outlining the current options available to residents.

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Island Lake Conservation Area Noise Bylaw Exemptions

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Credit Valley Conservation presented a request asking that they be exempt from the provision of the Town's noise bylaw that prohibits amplified sound after 5 p.m. for several events to be held at Island Lake Conservation Area. Bill Lidster, Manager, Conservation Parks, detailed the request and the steps his staff will take to monitor and mitigate any adverse affects. Council questioned Mr. Lidster extensively and decided, in the end, to grant the exemptions subject to rigorous conditions including adjusting or shutting off the sound system if the sound at five predetermined points of reception exceeds 55 decibels. 55 dB is the level stated in the Novus Environmental report as the "General objective for outdoor events" and is considered between "Quiet suburb or conversation at home (50 dB)" and "Conversation in restaurant, office, or background music (60 dB)".

The events that were granted the exemption are:

  1. June 9, 2018 - CVC hosted movie night | 17:00 - 23:30
  2. June 23, 2018 - Celebrate Your Awesome | 17:00 - 21:30
  3. July 1, 2018 - Canada Day hosted by CVC | 17:00 - 21:30
  4. July 14, 2018 - Friends of Island Lake Annual Bass Derby and Islandpalooza fundraiser | 17:00 - 20:00
  5. July 20, 2018 - CVC hosted movie night | 17:00 - 23:00
  6. August 17, 2018 - CVC hosted movie night | 17:00 - 23:00
  7. August 24 & 25, 2018 - Theatrical performances | 17:00 - 21:30
  8. August 26, 2018 - Theatrical performance | 14:00 - 17:30
  9. September 1, 2018 - Private wedding | 17:00 - 20:00
  10. September 7, 2018 - Private wedding | 17:00 - 20:00

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Drinking Water Systems Annual Reports

Annual reports for the Town's two municipal drinking water systems, Island Lake and Cardinal Woods, were received. The reports are a requirement of the provincial Safe Drinking Water Act. The reports are posted on the Town's website and are available below

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Rosemont Fire Board 2018 Budget Approved

Council approved the Rosemont District Fire Board's 2018 budget. Treasurer Les Halucha noted that the Town's share of the operating budget is $74,120 and $45,000 of the capital budget for a total cost of budgeted fire services from the Rosemont Fire Department of $119,120; slightly less than the $120,000 budgeted.

The Town's share of the capital budget is calculated differently than the operating budget and Council asked the CAO and Treasurer to discuss with our partner municipalities, Mulmur and Adjala-Tosorontio, changing the capital contribution formula to match that used to determine each municipality's share of the operating budget.

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Donation Requests

Council approved two requests for donations. The Shelburne Agricultural Society will receive $500 towards the Shelburne Fall Fair. The Town will also contribute $1,000 to the Canada Day fireworks put on by the Town of Orangeville at Island Lake Conservation Area.

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Street Sweeping to Commence 3 Weeks Early

Director of Public Works Michael Dunmore reported that residential street sweeping will, weather depending, commence in early April - 3 weeks earlier then in past years.

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Dust Suppressant

Council authorized the Director of Public Works to accept a price of $0.248 per litre for dust control on municipal roads. This is the same price as 2016 and has been negotiated for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

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The next Council Meeting is scheduled for April 10th, 2018 at 7 p.m.

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