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Council Highlights
May 8, 2018


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In this issue

  1. New Self Storage Facility on Hwy 10
  2. Truck Sales & Service Application Deferred
  3. Property Assessment of Aggregate Pits
  4. Provincial Agricultural System Mapping
  1. Town to Seek Costs on Singer Hearing
  2. Fun Run in Support of Future Olympic Skier
  3. Mono to Become a 'Bee City'
  4. Landfill Open in June for Yard Debris

New Self Storage Facility on Hwy 10

Self-Storage Map

Council approved a zoning bylaw amendment that will allow a commercial self storage facility to be built on the east side of Hwy 10 between 10 & 15 Sideroads. The property was already zoned commercial with the amendment adding "Commercial Self Storage Facility" to the existing permitted uses. When complete, the facility will offer 200 storage units of various sizes for rent.

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Truck Sales & Service Application Deferred

Belissimo MapOn another planning file, Council deferred making a decision at the applicant's request. Full Throttle Auto proposes building a truck sales and service facility on the north side of Hwy 89 near the 3rd Line EHS in the hamlet of Violet Hill. The property was once a gas station and requires a zoning bylaw amendment to allow the sale and repair of commercial vehicles and farm equipment. Several people from the public gallery spoke against the proposal, prompting the owner, Mr. Bellissimo, to ask for a deferral in order to modify his plans in an effort address their concerns.

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Property Assessment of Aggregate Pits

Council passed a resolution expressing their concern over how the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) assess the property value of aggregate operations. In consultation with the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, MPAC recently changed how they assess the value of gravel pits. Under the new methodology, a 4 bedroom house on one acre can pay more property tax than a 100 acre aggregate site. The resolution supports similar efforts by other aggregate producing Ontario municipalities calling for MPAC to revisit how they assess aggregate operations.

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Provincial Agricultural System Mapping

Director of Planning David Trotman and John Riley, Chair of the Natural Heritage Steering Committee, gave a presentation on the Province's new Agricultural System mapping. The Province released this on February 9, 2018 stating that it was in effect immediately. Misters Trotman and Riley noted significant errors in the mapping whereas they both agree that the Town's Natural Heritage System mapping is superior.

The Province's new system has the potential of affecting a large number of landowners in Mono as it changes the definition of 'prime agriculture', capturing more land than was previously classified prime agricultural. Mono continues to work with Dufferin County to address our concerns over the new Agricultural System.

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Town to Seek Costs on Singer Hearing

Council voted to seek cost recovery from Dr. Singer for a portion of the charges the Town incurred during the Niagara Escarpment Commission Hearing. As reported on May 2nd, the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry issued her decision on the permit application made by Dr. Cliff Singer to allow water skiing events on his property. The Hearing Officer’s report did not confirm the original development approval from the Niagara Escarpment Commission. Instead she approved a conditional development permit substantially in the terms of the Redefined Proposed Development jointly presented and agreed upon by the Town and NEC. The Town is seeking a cost award as it believes that Dr. Singer's behaviour was unreasonable, frivolous and vexatious during the hearings.

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Fun Run in Support of Future Olympic Skier

Alexander and Council

Council threw its support behind Alexander Maycock in his bid to become an Olympic skier. A long-standing skier with the Mono Nordic Ski Club race team, 18-year-old Alexander won gold at the 2018 Canadian National Championships in the team sprint event and is well on his way to competing at the World Junior Championships and World Under 23 Championships and hopes to earn a spot on the Canadian National Olympic team in time to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.

Council waived the rental fees at Monora Park for a fundraising event to offset some of Alexander's training costs. With the help of the Mono Nordic Ski Club, Alexander will be hosting a fun run at Monora Park on August 4th. Billed the "Mono Nordic Trail Run", the event will feature a 3 km fun run/walk and a 5 km challenge run.

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Mono to Become a 'Bee City'

Bee

Mono has a long history of supporting environmental causes including the David Suzuki Foundation Blue Dot movement and Partners for Climate Protection. The vision statement in the Town's Strategic Plan reads, "The Town of Mono will be a safe, sustainable municipality where the new Economy, our Environment, our Community and our Natural Heritage can flourish in harmony".

Council furthered that commitment by directing staff to apply to become a Bee City. Bee City is part of a North American movement to support pollinator protection and is a logical extension of the Town's pollinator garden. The purpose of Bee City is to further raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and the threat they are under.

As a Bee City, Mono commits to promote healthy, sustainable habits and communities for pollinators. Learn more about the Town's pollinator garden on the Mono Pollinator Garden web page.

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Landfill Open in June for Yard Debris

In response to the significant tree damage during the May 4th wind storm, the Town will once again be opening its landfill site to accept tree and brush debris. The landfill

Landfill Opening

 site will be open:

This is for Mono residents only and garbage will not be accepted. The landfill site is located at 795261 3rd Line EHS, which is south of 25 Sideroad.

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The next Council Meeting is scheduled for May 29th, 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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Connecting with the Town
Orangeville Seniors Centre Fundraiser Bazar
Orangeville Seniors Centre Fundraiser/Bazar

Looking for some last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas? Come on out to the Orangeville Seniors Centre Spring Fundraiser/Bazar on May 12 from 9am-1pm. It features books, jewelry, a craft sale, and a penny auction.

Learn more: https://www.orangevilleseniorscentre.com/

orangevilleseniorscentre@gmail.com

519-941-6012 contact Pat Elmore for more information.

 

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Canoe

Learn to Canoe is on Sunday, June 10th 2018 at Monora Park.

There will be two workshops:

9:30 - 11:30am

and

1:30 - 3:30pm

Advanced registration is required stay tuned to the Town's website for details.

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Paperless Billing

The Town is pleased to announce that it is now offering paperless billing for both Tax and Water bills.

To register your account, please email the Tax and or Water Department at cathy.crawford@townofmono.com.

Please provide your account number, your name, and your email address in your registration email.

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