Council Highlights - February 12, 2018


Community Announcements

 

Heritage Week 2018: Heritage Awards & Heritage Committee Presentation

Betty Donaher – Committee Co-Chair, Mayor Sandra Cooper

Committee Co-Chair Betty Donaher provided a background on Collingwood’s history, the Collingwood Heritage District and heritage designated properties.

The Collingwood Heritage Committee presented the Heritage Awards for 2018. Those honoured for their contributions to heritage preservation in Collingwood were 78 Hurontario Street and 35 Simcoe Street.

 
Recognition of the Major-General W.A. Howard Award recipient
Miranda Mueller
 
The Major-General W.A. Howard Award is presented annually to the cadet in each province and territory that receives the highest overall assessment on the National Star Certification Exam (NSCE).

 


 

Consent Agenda (Correspondence)

The following four items were received for information.

·         A. Schrader re: Request for transit service to Nottawa

·         Simcoe County District School Board re: Request for exemption from Development and Administration and Engineering Fees Associated with Site Plan Control Applications.

Council voted to grant the SCDSB an exemption from providing the Town with the Development and Administration and Engineering Fees Associated with Site Plan Control Applications.

·         Urban Air North re: Event proposal

Council voted to request a report from staff on the impacts and opportunities of hosting this event in Collingwood, including BIA feedback.

·         Watershed Planning (MOECC) re: Draft Watershed Planning Guidance – Environmental Registry Posting

 

Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee

 

Council approved the Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee report.

 

Preliminary Budget Overview and BMA Report

At the SIC meeting, Treasurer Marjory Leonard presented the 2018 Preliminary Budget, noting that departmental presentations will explain how the proposed 2018 budget addresses growth-related pressure on Town operations.

 

It was also cautioned that although 2017 was a record year for building permits, that doesn’t necessarily translate to increased revenue immediately, as there can be a delay of two to three years before MPAC has the property assessment added to our property base.

 

The Preliminary Budget Summary shows a Base Budget of $30,640,604. Staff have identified unmet needs which Council will discuss at an upcoming SIC meeting.

 

Update on Debt Position

In the update, it was noted that while the Town’s debt situation is slowly improving, the municipality is not in a position to take on additional debt in any form, beyond what has been committed.

 

In August of 2017, Council adopted a Debt Management Policy, which stated that tax-supported debt servicing costs, as a percentage of Town Own-Source Revenues shall not exceed 7%. The Town is currently at a debt servicing cost of 9.5% of Own-Source Revenues.

 

Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee

 

Council approved the Corporate and Community Services Standing Committee report.

 

Provision of consulting advisory services in the sale of the Collingwood Regional Airport

In September 2017, Council declared the Collingwood Regional Airport surplus to the needs of the municipality, and began the process to sell the subject lands. The Town’s solicitor recommended that a sale of this significance would require a consultant with expertise in the field.

An RFP was issued and proposals were reviewed by a staff committee, which has recommended the highest ranked bidder, which was also the lowest price of $93,850.00. Professional realtor services used by the Town in the past have charged a commission and considering the significant appraised value of the airport, the fee for a consultant still represents a cost savings for the municipality.

Council approved the allocation of up to $100,000 from the land acquisition reserve fund, which would be reimbursed from the proceeds of the sale.

The motion was approved with a recorded vote.

 

Staff reports

Provincial Development Charges Rebate Program

Council voted to proceed with an expression of interest for the provincial Development Charges Rebate Program.

 

Notices of Motion

Deputy Mayor Saunderson provided notice of the following motion, which will be addressed at the next regular Council meeting of February 26, 2018:

WHEREAS ACCOUNTABLE LOCAL GOVERNMENT is one of the five goals identified in Collingwood’s Community Based Strategic Plan as adopted by this Council;

AND WHEREAS THIS Council has made accountability and transparency a priority taking steps to review and update the Code of Conduct, review and update the Procurement By-Law; and, review and update the Procedural By-Law;

AND WHEREAS accessibility to Council meetings and Standing Committee meetings is fundamental to accountable and transparent local government;

AND WHEREAS recent financial cutbacks in the media sector have resulted in the closure of the Enterprise Bulletin, Collingwood’s oldest newspaper, and significant downsizing at Rogers Cable, Collingwood’s local TV station;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that this Council direct staff to take all necessary steps to film, broadcast and livestream all Council meetings and Standing Committee meetings to increase public accessibility to such meetings and enhance accountable local government.

 

By-law

Council approved the by-law to sign a funding agreement with the 2018 Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program, which would see the development of a Cycling Plan for the Town of Collingwood, the construction of two bicycle shelters in Collingwood and wayfinding signage associated with the bicycle shelter locations.

 

Other Business

Council requested a staff report looking at the options for re-allocating the proceeds of the Special Capital Levy, to address projects such as the Waterfront Master Plan.

 

Rise & Report

Following the in-camera session, Council returned to open session and passed an amending by-law for 70 Huron Street, revising the sale price to $305,000.00.

Mayor Cooper also advised that Council received legal advice pertaining to the initial hydro share sale.

 

Upcoming Council & Standing committee meetings

 

Meeting Type

Date, time & location

Development & Operations Services Standing Committee

CANCELLED Wednesday, February 21

Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee – Budget Discussion

Thursday, February 22 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street

Council Meeting

Monday, February 26 – 5:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street

Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee

Monday, March 5 – 5:00 p.m.
3rd Floor Community Room, Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie

Coffee with Council &
Budget Public Meeting

Tuesday, March 6 – Council Chambers

SIC – Budget  |  4:00 p.m.

Coffee with Council  |  6:00 p.m.
Share your comments, questions, or feedback on the 2018 Budget over coffee with Council and staff.

Budget Public Meeting  |  6:45 p.m.
Council will host a Public Meeting to officially receive feedback on the 2018 Draft Budget.

Council Meeting

Monday, March 12 – 5:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street

 

 

Agendas and Minutes are available online at: collingwood.ca/agendas-minutes

For more information, contact:

Communications Officer
Jennett Mays
705-445-1030 Ext. 3293
jmays@collingwood.ca

Clerk
Sara Almas
705-445-1030 Ext. 3225
salmas@collingwood.ca

Mayor
Sandra Cooper
705-445-8451
scooper@collingwood.ca