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Council Highlights
August 23, 2016


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In this issue

  1. Mono Council proclaims September Prostate Awareness Month
  2. MPAC answers questions on property value assessment
  3. Violet Hill Spillway
  4. Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund
  1. Proposed Aggregate Pit
  2. Anglers and Hunters Property Fill Project Update
  3. Natural Heritage Study

Mono Council proclaims September Prostate Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Canada logo Mono Council joined hundreds of other Canadian municipalities that, over the last couple of years, have proclaimed September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer to affect Canadian men with 1 in 8 men being diagnosed in their lifetime. 24,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone. The survival rate is over 90% when detected early. Prostate Cancer Canada is the leading national foundation dedicated to the elimination of this cancer in men through research, advocacy, education, support and awareness. Prostate Cancer Canada recommends that men get a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test in their 40s.

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MPAC answers questions on property value assessment

MPAC logoJon Hebden, of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, gave a presentation and answered questions regarding the 2016 Assessment Update. In his update, he addressed MPAC's role as the provincial crown corporation that is responsible for determining the current market value of properties which is then used by municipalities to calculate property owners' municipal taxes.

MPAC has been invited to Council's upcoming Fall Town Hall meeting. Meanwhile, be sure to check the Frequently Asked Questions on the Town's website for answers to many of the common questions residents have regarding MPAC.

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Violet Hill Spillway

Earlier this year the Heritage Advisory Committee and local residents recommended the development of policies to protect the Violet Hill Spillway. Council will be requesting that the province consider this matter through their current Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review.

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Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund

The Ontario government expanded the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) in an effort to assist small and rural communities in building and repairing critical infrastructure. Provincial funding to municipalities was increased by $670 million over three years which includes $420 million in formula based funding. Municipalities are to receive annually OCIF funding based on a formula taking in account their economic conditions and the infrastructure that they own.

In 2015 and 2016 Mono received $46,430 per year under the formula based OCIF. With the expanded OCIF, Mono will receive $91,426 in 2017; $130,595 in 2018 and $210,139 in 2019. The funds can now be banked up to 5 years which allows for the planning of much larger projects. Staff recommended that the 2017 and 2018 funds be combined and put towards the replacement of Bridge 18, located on the 15th Sideroad between the 3rd & 4th Lines EHS.

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Proposed Aggregate Pit

Greenwood Aggregates Limited filed for an Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment on July 15, 2016 to allow a gravel pit on their property on the 30th Sideroad between the 3rd & 4th Lines EHS. Town staff deemed the application as incomplete on August 5th.

The Application was premised on direct access to Highway 89, which is a Controlled Access Highway and therefore subject to approval by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO). MTO issued correspondence confirming that direct access is not available. As such, the Town considers the application incomplete until the Ministry confirms direct access is available to Highway 89 or Greenwood develops a revised Traffic Report detailing alternative routes via Town and/or Dufferin County roads.

The Planning Department also identified the need for a Cultural Heritage/Visual Assessment Study and Lighting Plan as two additional matters that were not submitted as part of the original submission; both required by the Town and County Official Plans.

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Anglers and Hunters Property Fill Project Update

Murray Johnston & Dale Krushel attended on behalf of the Dufferin Northern Peel Anglers and Hunters Association (DNPAHA), who have had an agreement in place with the Town since 2013 to place up to 60,000 yd3 of fill on their property to construct acoustical control berms around their gun ranges located at the corner of Blind Line and County Road 16. They finished importing fill last year and are placing topsoil over the fill to complete the project.

Mr. Johnston advised that they are nearing completion of the topsoil importation and will provide regular updates on their progress to staff and Council.

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Natural Heritage Study

The Town is preparing to undertake a Natural Heritage Study. To that end, the Council struck a Natural Heritage Resources Strategy Steering Committee. The committee will be comprised of two Town Councillors plus local citizen representation with demonstrated expertise in environmental science. The NVCA will also be invited to sit on the committee in an ex-officio manner. John Riley, a respected local natural heritage advocate, has been invited to chair the committee. The steering committee's first task will be to establish terms of reference for its duties.

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The next Council Meeting is scheduled for September 13th, 2016 at 7 p.m.

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