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The regular meeting of the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Magnetawan was held at the Magnetawan Community Centre on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Council members present: Mayor Sam Dunnett; Councillors Tim Brunton, Jack Crossman, Charlie Gray, and John Hetherington.

 

Staff in attendance: Clerk-Administrator (C-A), Andrew Farnsworth.

 

Notice of this meeting was posted on the Municipal website and at the Municipal Office.

 

1. CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 1:05 P.M.

2. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

RESOLUTION  2017-001

Moved by Councillor Brunton; Seconded by Councillor Crossman:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan adopts the agenda for this regular Council meeting of Wednesday, January 11, 2017. (Carried)

3. DISCLOSURE OF PECUNIARY INTEREST

None disclosed.

4. ADOPTION OF MINUTES

RESOLUTION  2017-002

Moved by Councillor Brunton; Seconded by Councillor Crossman:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan adopts the minutes of the regular Council meeting of Wednesday, December 14. (Carried)

5. PUBLIC MEETING PURSUANT TO THE PLANNING ACT

5.1. Minor Variance: Douglas Winstone, Plan M230 Lot 26 PT PCL 210820 SS

The C-A provided an overview of the application for minor variance and noted that one written comment had been received in support of the application. No comments were received from the public or members of Council at the meeting.

RESOLUTION  2017-003

Moved by Councillor Brunton; Seconded by Councillor Gray:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan grants Minor Variance 2016-01 to the Applicant, Douglas Winstone, 224 Winstone Road, Magnetawan, as per the attached formal decision. (Carried)

 

6. PRESENTATIONS

 

7. REPORTS FROM MUNICIPAL BOARDS, COMMITTEES, AND OFFICIALS

7.1. Building: 2016 building activity report

 

RESOLUTION  2017-004

Moved by Councillor Brunton; Seconded by Councillor Hetherington:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan receives the 2016 Building Activity Report prepared by the Chief Building Official. (Carried)

 

7.2. Library Board:

 

RESOLUTION  2017-005

Moved by Councillor Brunton; Seconded by Councillor Crossman:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan approves adavance funding in the amount of $30,000.00 to the Magnetawan Public Library to continue operations until provincial grants are awarded and until the Municipal budget has been approved. (Carried).

 

 

 

7.3. Community Development:

7.3.1. Magnetawan River Park – support in principle establishment of Committee

RESOLUTION  2017-006

Moved by Councillor Brunton; Seconded by Councillor Crossman:

WHEREAS  the Magnetawan River System - from Algonquin Park, through Sand Lake, Burk’s Falls, Lake Cecebe and Ahmic Lake, Wahwashkesh Lake, the Magnetawan River Provincial Park, and through Byng Inlet to Georgian Bay - is vital to the recreation and tourism sector in the Municipality of Magnetawan and the Almaguin Highlands (see map attached); AND WHEREAS  existing service providers have done an excellent job of promoting and offering recreation and tourism opportunities along the Magnetawan River System, including accommodations, restaurants, and associated tourism services; AND WHEREAS  there is still untapped community and economic development potential associated with the Magnetawan River System, specifically in celebrating the River’s history and in improving access for visitors to the area and for those residents who do not live on the water; AND WHEREAS  improved access to the Magnetawan River system through coordinated expansion and addition of services and through improved marketing will build stronger local economies and increase opportunities for active living; AND WHEREAS collaboration between stakeholders along the Magnetawan River System can be achieved through the formation of a shared MAGNETAWAN  RIVER  PARK, an initiative which will help stakeholders to coordinate future recreation, tourism, and marketing activities and will assist those stakeholders in obtaining additional recreation and tourism funding; NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT  the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan supports in principle the establishment of a regional

MAGNETAWAN RIVER PARK; AND FURTHER THAT  Council supports the hosting of an open house to engage potential MAGNETAWAN RIVER PARK stakeholder organizations such as area municipalities, First Nations, businesses, recreation and tourism organizations, and the general public, with the following objectives: to raise awareness of the Magnetawan River System, the existing assets and services, and potential additional opportunities; to discuss a vision for a MAGNETAWAN RIVER PARK; and to establish a MAGNETAWAN RIVER PARK  Committee to carry the initiative forward; AND FURTHER THAT  the Clerk-Administrator and the Community Development Officer be authorized to participate in future MAGNETAWAN RIVER PARK discussions on behalf of the Municipality of Magnetawan; AND FURTHER THAT  a copy of this resolution and an invitation to the open house be circulated to government, business and other relevant stakeholders along the Magnetawan River System. (Carried)

 

7.3.2. Recreation, Culture and Community Development Committee

RESOLUTION  2017-007

Moved by Councillor Brunton; Seconded by Councillor Gray:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT  the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan approves an expanded mandate for the Recreation Committee to include Cultural and Community Development activities; AND FURTHER THAT John Hetherington be appointed as Council Representative on the Committee for the remaining term of Council; AND FURTHER THAT  the Clerk-Administrator be appointed as Secretary for the Committee.

(Carried)

 

7.3.3. Jared Long – proposal to prepare Ahmic Lake Field Guide

Council directed the C-A to thank Mr. Long for his proposal and to inform him that the Municipality is not prepared to move forward with the commissioning of a Field Guide at this time.

 

7.4. Clerk-Administrator’s Report:

7.4.1. Declaration of surplus land – Chapman Township, Plan 42M517 BLK 17

RESOLUTION  2017-008

WHEREAS  the Municipality of Magnetawan received an application for the purchase of land from Terry Cooke, the land in question being adjacent to Mr. Cooke’s property and with the following legal description: PLAN 42M517 BLK PCL21375, in the former geographic Township of Chapman, now in the Municipality of Magnetawan; NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT  the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan declares the aforementioned lands as surplus to the needs of the Municipality; AND FURTHER THAT  the Clerk-Administrator be directed to obtain two appraisals for the value of the lands and to advertise the lands for sale to the public in the Almaguin News, with a minimum bid set at the average of the two appraised values. (Deferred)

 

Council directed the C-A to inquire as to any interest from the other abutting landowners and to set up a site visit in spring 2017.

 

7.4.2. FONOM – annual conference registration

RESOLUTION  2017-009

Moved by Councillor Brunton; Seconded by Councillor Crossman:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan authorizes Sam Dunnett, Jack Crossman, Charlie Gray, and Andrew Farnsworth to attend the 2017 Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) Northeastern Ontario Municipal Conference in North Bay from May 10-12, 2017, at a cost of $375.00 plus HST and disbursements per attendee. (Carried)

7.5. Councillor Brunton – discussion of private road grants

 

Council directed the C-A to prepare a by-law to adopt a private road grants policy for the next meeting of Council.

7.6. Adopt meeting minutes:

RESOLUTION  2017-010

Moved by Councillor Hetherington; Seconded by Councillor Brunton:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan adopts the following Committee and Board minutes: the December 5, 2017 meeting of the PMM Joint Economic Development Committee; the December 14, 2017 meeting of the Central Almaguin Planning Board. (Carried)

  1. 8. BY-LAWS

8.1. RESOLUTION 2017-011

Moved by Councillor Crossman; Seconded by Councillor Brunton

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan adopts By-law 2017-01, being a By-law to establish penalty and interest charges. (Carried)

 

8.2. RESOLUTION 2017-012

Moved by Councillor Crossman; Seconded by Councillor Hetherington:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan adopts By-law 2017-02, being a By-law to authorize borrowing for current expenditures for 2017. (Carried)

 

8.3. RESOLUTION 2017-013

Moved by Councillor Gray; Seconded by Councillor Crossman:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan adopts By-law 2017-03, being a By-law to adopt an accountability and transparency policy. (Carried)

 

8.4. RESOLUTION 2017-014

Moved by Councillor Crossman; Seconded by Councillor Hetherington:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan adopts By-law 2017-04, being a By-law to adopt an accessibility policy and plan. (Carried)

 

8.5. RESOLUTION 2017-015

Moved by Councillor Crossman; Seconded by Councillor Brunton:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan adopts By-law 2017-05, being a By-law to confirm the proceedings of Council at the regular meeting of December 14, 2016. (Carried)

 

9. CORRESPONDENCE

9.1. DSSAB: 2017 apportionment schedule; 2017 budget

 

9.2. Association of Municipalities of Ontario: 2017 membership renewal; strategic objectives

RESOLUTION  2017-016

Moved by Councillor Hetherington; Seconded by Councillor Gray:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan authorizes the Clerk-Administrator to renew the Municipality’s membership in the Association of Municipalities of Ontario for 2017 in the amount of $2,192.53 including HST. (Defeated)

 

9.3. Ontario Good Roads Association: 2017 membership renewal

RESOLUTION  2017-017

Moved by Councillor Brunton; Seconded by Councillor Crossman:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan authorizes the Clerk-Administrator to renew the Municipality’s membership in the Ontario Good Roads Association for 2017 in the amount of $788.91 including HST. (Carried)

 

 

 

9.4. Town of Lakeshore: request for provincial moratorium on Accommodation Review Process

RESOLUTION  2017-018

Moved by Councillor Hetherington; Seconded by Councillor Brunton:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan authorizes the Clerk-Administrator to renew the Municipality’s membership in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for 2017 in the amount of $402.74 including HST. (Defeated)

9.5. Burk’s Falls and District Food Bank: request for support

RESOLUTION  2017-019

Moved by Councillor Crossman; Seconded by Councillor Hetherington:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan approves a donation to the Burk’s Falls and District Food Bank for 2017 in the amount of $1,500.00. (Carried)

9.6. Township of Perry: Habitat for Humanity donation challenge

9.7. Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC): 2017 levy increase

9.8. Town of Richmond Hill: resolution to support Postal Banking

9.9. MADD Canada: request for donation

9.10. The Clerk-Administrator directed Council to the Correspondence Folder, to be viewed at leisure.

  1. 10. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Council directed the C-A to request monthly reports from the Fire Chief regarding training and the status of the Fire Department

  1. 11. ADDENDUM

  1. 12. ACCOUNTS PAYABLE FOR PAYMENT APPROVAL

RESOLUTION 2017-020

Moved by Councillor Crossman; Seconded by Councillor Hetherington:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan approves for payment the Accounts Payable and Payroll for the period December 1 to December 15, 2016 in the amount of $180,764.80; and for the period December 16 to December 31, 2016 in the amount of $162,615.24. (Carried)

  1. 13. CLOSED SESSION

RESOLUTION 2017-021

Moved by Councillor Hetherington; Seconded by Councillor Crossman:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan moves to a closed session at 3:10 P.M., pursuant to Section 239(2) of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended, as the subject matter being considered consists of: (d) labour relations or employee negotiations (being to discuss employee performance; being to discuss employee compensation); (e) litigation or potential litigation (being to receive correspondence regarding potential litigation). (Carried)

RESOLUTION 2017-022

Moved by Councillor Crossman; Seconded by Councillor Hetherington:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan returns to open session at 4:15 P.M. (Carried)

 

  1. 14. QUESTION PERIOD FROM THE PUBLIC

 

  1. 15. NEXT MEETING OF COUNCIL

Regular Meeting: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 1:00 P.M., Magnetawan Community Centre.

 

  1. 16. ADJOURNMENT

RESOLUTION 2017-023

Moved by Councillor Hetherington; Seconded by Councillor Crossman:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Municipality of Magnetawan adjourns this meeting at 4:20 P.M. (Carried)

 

 

 

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Sam Dunnett, Mayor                                                                          Date

 

 

 

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Andrew Farnsworth, Clerk-Administrator                                                     Date

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