March 5, 2011 Special Council Minutes

A Special Meeting of Council was held Saturday, March 5, 2011 in Council Chambers at the Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street, Collingwood commencing at 9:00amfor budget discussions, including public deputations.

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Members of Council Present:                      
Mayor Cooper
Deputy Mayor Lloyd
Councillor Edwards (regrets)
Councillor Lloyd
Councillor Chadwick
Councillor Hull
Councillor West
Councillor Cunningham
Councillor Gardhouse
Staff Present:            
Kimberly Wingrove, Chief Administrative Officer
Sara Almas, Clerk (regrets)
Becky Dahl, Deputy Clerk
Ed Houghton, Executive Director of Public Works
Larry Irwin, Director of Information Technology (regrets)
Marta Proctor, Director of Leisure Services (regrets)
Kay Blakely, Deputy Director of Finance (regrets)
Nancy Farrer, Acting Director of Planning Services (regrets)
No. 104            Moved by Deputy Mayor Lloyd
   Seconded by Councillor Hull
THAT the content of the Special Council Agenda for March 5th, 2011, be adopted as presented.
  • Mayor Cooper declared a pecuniary interest with respect to Parks, Recreation and Culture wages and benefits as her husband is an employee of that department. 
BUDGET DISCUSSIONS (Committee of the Whole)
During budget discussions, notice of motion is not required for motions pertaining to the 2011 Budget, and further, any decided matter can be reviewed without the requirement of the formal rules of procedure for reconsideration.
PUBLIC MEETING (Public Deputations)
Mayor Cooper welcomed those in attendance and introduced the Public Meeting format.
Deputy Clerk Dahl confirmed that notice was provided above and beyond the legislative requirements.
CAO Wingrove called the first delegation to the podium.
  • Peter Osmond and Michele Rich of the Environment Network provided an overview of the organization, including their funding requirements, new location with a store and demonstration centre, public education, workshop and program opportunities they offer both regionally and within the community. 
Council questioned whether the Parks, Recreation and Culture budget is the best location for funding dedicated to the Environment Network within the budget.
Clarification was provided to the Environment Network’s involvement with the ‘Share the Road’ program, as well as the Environment Network’s request that the $14,000 budget amount dedicated to the Environment Network remain in this year’s budget.
Council inquired to regional programs offered by the Environment Network and whether funding is provided by those municipalities that benefit from those programs. Ms. Rich confirmed that funding is received by other municipalities that use/benefit from their services.
Council inquired to the original mandate of the Environment Network and whether they feel their expansion of programs and services offered is sustainable. Ms. Rich provided the history of the organization noting that they are most sustainable. 
  • Murray Doupe addressed Council providing a number of concerns with respect to the 2011 budget including: the Fire Department’s request for four wheel drive vehicles suggesting the Town consider a vehicle more suitable at a lower cost; the inability of the Town to afford the special events at a cost of $1,281,190.00; funding of the YMCA expansion as not everyone that is paying for the expansion can afford to utilize their services; costs of operating the museum suggesting it be run with two full time staff and the use of volunteers; cancelation of the roundabout at Poplar and High Streets and the cost incurred for landscaping of the roundabout; overstaffing of the By-law Department as two officers do not need to be giving out parking tickets at one time; safety and enforcement of the fire route located at the front doors of Loblaws; no measurable results in years from Economic Development; and maintenance costs of the planters within the Downtown suggesting it be the responsibility of the businesses. Mr. Doupe acknowledged the need to cancel the rail service, but requests the corridor be maintained. Mr. Doupe further suggested the discontinuation of providing charities with donations, and that the college is a provincial responsibility. 
Staff clarified Mr. Doupe’s concerns with respect to the landscaping of the roundabouts, special events funding, the discontinuation of the rail service, maintaining the corridor and the possibility of selling the rails.
Mayor Cooper called for the first time anyone from the public wishing to speak.
  • Bing Jowett congratulated Council on their first round of cuts made to this year’s budget expressing concerns with the proposed tunnel on Hume Street and the new crosswalks along First Street, recommending Council take a common sense approach when reviewing the budget. 
  • Jo-Anne Civiera expressed her appreciation for being given the opportunity to take part in the budget deliberations, expressing concerns with the transit budget and Councils consideration to raise bus fare. Ms. Civiera feels the increase would place hardship on the riders requesting Council consider other opportunities for revenue to offset costs including salary cuts and hiring freeze. 
Council clarified they are not looking at increasing the monthly bus pass fee and will be investigating alternative revenue options for transit, and that staffing matters are being discussed in closed session. A transit report is expected to be brought forward shortly outlining bus fees, hours of operation and revenue opportunities to include advertising. 
  • Wendy McKenzie thanked Council for opening the budget discussion to the public. Ms. McKenzie expressed concerns with public transit including the cost of printing the bus schedules, current bus routes and stops, and the need for advertising to increase revenue, questioning the amount of grant money being allocated in the budget. Ms. McKenzie questioned why churches are receiving the Heritage Grant and COLLUS bills, discontinuation of the rail as it could attract industry, salaries, possibility of subcontracting winter ploughing, garbage/recycling collect and costs and agreed with automatic door openers at the airport. 
  • Carlo Palermo thanked Council for the opportunity to speak expressing the need for good fiscal management. 
  • Brian Bailey expressed concerns with the inability to use the red brick building located at the terminals for his sailing school as it will not be able to operate without it. Mr. Bailey will be meeting with staff to discuss other opportunities for the sailing school. 
Mayor Cooper called for a second time anyone from the public wishing to speak
  • Frank McNalty provided a report to Mayor Cooper to be circulated to Council outlining his concerns, further remarking that Council should be focusing on the fact that Collingwood is a tourist community when attracting new businesses. 
Mayor Cooper called for the third time anyone from the public wishing to speak
  • Sandy Robertson noted that the college was a significant capital item for the Town and that it is an opportunity to enhance our economic base and the level of curriculum being offered to the community. 
Mayor Cooper called for the last time anyone from the public wishing to speak.
Councillor Lloyd provided a review of the SPARC event.
Deputy Mayor Lloyd provided an update to the budget discussions with the goal of bringing forth the completed budget by the end of March for Council to consider. An additional special meeting of Council will be called the week of March 23.
CAO Wingrove provided an update to when the process will begin for the 2012 budget as well as long term budgeting.
Public session closed at 10:54am.
Moved by Councillor Lloyd
Seconded by Deputy Mayor Lloyd
THAT Council request Staff prepare a budget for 2011 that reduces the average tax bill for Collingwood citizens by 1% versus 2010 with respect to the Town’s tax rate portion.
Moved by Councillor West
Seconded by Councillor Chadwick
THAT the motion be deferred to Monday.
Moved by Councillor Lloyd
Seconded by Deputy Mayor Lloyd
THAT Council request Staff to prepare a budget for 2011 that reduces the average tax bill for Collingwood citizens by 1% versus 2010 with respect to the Town’s tax rate portion.
Council requested the staff report on the sale of the former Imperial Oil site (160 Balsam Street) be circulated to Council for information and that the opportunity to sell Town-owned land be reviewed.
Moved by Councillor Hull
THAT the meeting of Council be hereby adjourned at 11:19am.
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