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Council Highlights
June 26, 2018


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In this issue

  1. 2017 Financial Statements
  2. Parkland Needs Study
  3. Town Contributes to New Basketball Courts at Mono Amaranth Public School
  1. Two Biking Events Scheduled for 2018
  2. Fieldstone/Island Lake Traffic Initiative
  3. Mono Nordic Ski Club Storage Building

2017 Financial Statements

Michelle Steele from RLB Chartered Professional Accountants, the Town's auditors, presented the 2017 audited financial statements. Ms. Steele noted that revenues were down somewhat (7%) from 2016, mostly from less planning fees and service charges collected. Nonetheless, the Town remains debt free and has close to $9 million dollars in reserves, substantially better than many Ontario municipalities that have debt totaling 50% of their annual tax revenue.

Long-Term Debt as Percent Revenue

Transportation services (roads) continues to account for the bulk of expenditures, followed by protection services (fire & police), which account for 65% of all town expenses combined.

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Parkland Needs Study

Island Lake Family Park MapAnand Desai of Monteith Brown Planning Consultants presented the Parkland Needs Study final report. The purpose of the study was to make recommendations regarding the outdoor recreation infrastructure at the Town's seven parks. It did not examine other municipal lands such as the Town's forest tracts. A series of open houses, a community survey and interviews with stakeholders, partners and users was undertaken to assess the state of the parks and to solicit ideas on improvements that could be made.

More cycling and walking trails was a recurring theme during the consultation. Recommendations were made for each of the seven parks that were based on the consultation and consistent with the Town’s corporate vision. Following Mr. Desai's presentation, several people spoke to the recommendations made for Island Lake Family Park.

Terrence Carter spoke on behalf of a number of residents on Blue Heron Drive asking that Island Lake Family Park not be further developed, and that a trail not be built near the houses on Blue Heron Drive that back onto the park. Alex MacEachern, a resident of Blue Heron Drive, spoke to the flora and fauna found in the environmental protection zone that is adjacent to Island Lake Community Park and backs onto the houses on Blue Heron Drive. He felt that developing the park would harm these species. Bob McCrea, also a resident of Blue Heron Drive, expressed similar sentiments suggesting instead that the Town develop trails in the ravine to the east of the Brookfield/Fieldstone subdivision.

Maddison and Keira Elliott, two young residents who live on Island Lake Road, spoke in support of developing recreation facilities for children over ten years old. Maddison suggested that tennis courts and a multiuse path linking to the Vicki Barron Trail should be built. When queried on the level of interest in tennis amongst her peers, she said that there was significant interest; however, the current tennis courts were all beyond cycling distance from the Island Lake subdivision. Michael Soden, also of Island Lake Road, presented a petition with 228 names in support of developing the park. Mr. Soden said he would like to see tennis courts, a splash pad, multi purpose pad, walking trails including a connection to the Vicki Barron Trail, and washrooms built. He did not support building outdoor exercise equipment.

Council directed that staff prepare cost estimates for the recommendations in the report and tasked the Recreation Advisory Committee to review both the recommendations made in the report and those noted above by residents of the Island subdivision.

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Town Contributes to New Basketball Courts at Mono Amaranth Public School

Council granted a request by the Mono Amaranth Public School Council to fund 50% of the cost to repair the basketball courts at Mono Amaranth Public School. The cost to the Town is $2,615.60.

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Two Biking Events Scheduled for 2018

Bike Events SmallThe annual Mono On A Bike will be held on Sunday September 9th this year. It will follow the successful format from last year and focus on offering a fun family event including bicycle inspections, the option for a tune-up, and an obstacle course. The ride will be 7.5 km and is suitable for the entire family.

For the cyclists interested in cross county riding, the Town has partnered with Substance Projects to offer 20, 40 & 80 km rides. This event, scheduled for Sunday October 21st, will constitute the third event in the StuporCross series, the Cannondale Howling Coyote Gravel Grinder.

Both these events rely on volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, contact Kim Perryman at recreation@townofmono.com or call 519.941.3599, 227.

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Fieldstone/Island Lake Traffic InitiativeSpeed Limit Sign

Director of Public Works Michael Dunmore presented a report that outlines measures the Town could take to address both speeding and commercial trucking concerns in these subdivisions. In his report, Mr. Dunmore recommends establishing Community Safety Zones, placement of moveable radar speed signs and placing 'No Trucks (local deliveries only)" signs on French Drive. The Town will work with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation on placing signs on Hwy 9 advising commercial traffic to utilize 2nd Line EHS to access the Coles Industrial lands.

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Mono Nordic Ski Club Storage Building

Proposed Storage FacilityCouncil will be working with the Mono Nordic Ski Club to assist the club in building a storage facility at Monora Park. The Town agreed to start the ball rolling on obtaining permits from Credit Valley Conservation for the building.

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The next Council Meeting is scheduled for July 24th, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Agendas and minutes for all council and committee meetings can be found on the Town's
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Canada Day 2018

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Statutory Public Meeting | July 24

Statutory Public Meeting
Official Plan Amendment 41
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July 24 @ 9:30am
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