February 11, 2012 Special Meeting of Council Minutes

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A Special Meeting of Council was held Saturday, February 11, 2012 in the Council Chambers, Town Hall, Collingwoodcommencing at 9:00am, for budget discussions, including public deputations.
 
MAYOR COOPER CALLED COUNCIL TO ORDER
 
Members of Council Present:                      
Mayor Cooper
Deputy Mayor Lloyd
Councillor Edwards
Councillor Lloyd
Councillor Chadwick
Councillor Hull
Councillor West
Councillor Cunningham
Councillor Gardhouse
 
Staff Present:            
Kimberly Wingrove, Chief Administrative Officer
Sara Almas, Clerk
Marta Proctor, Director of Leisure Services
Marjory Leonard, Treasurer
 
ADOPTION OF AGENDA
No. 056         Moved by Deputy Mayor Lloyd
                    Seconded by Councillor Edwards
THAT the content of the Special Council Agenda for February 11th, 2012, be adopted as presented.
 
CARRIED
 
BUDGET DISCUSSIONS - Deputy Mayor Lloyd assumed the Chair
 
During budget discussions, notice of motion is not required for motions pertaining to the 2012 Budget, and further, any decided matter can be reviewed without the requirement of the formal rules of procedure for reconsideration.
 
4.1 Council Grant and Donations – Organization Presentations:
 
The following organizations provided presentations to Council in support on their Annual Municipal Financial Assistance Program application, and further explained the services they provided and the impact on the community: 
  • My Friend’s House, presentation by Alison Fitzgerald
  • Breaking Down Barriers, presentation by Andrea and Catherine Sholtz
  • Home Horizons, presentation by Dawn Meyers
  • The Door, presentation by Greg Goldsworthy
  • Store 54, presentation by Bevaki MacDonald
  • Collingwood Scrumptious Lunches, presentation by Bud Crookes
  • The Great Northern Exhibition, presentation by Lisa Hardisty
  • Collingwood Collegiate Institute – Breakfast Program, presentation by Annie Chandler
  • Georgian Triangle Residential Resource Centre, presentation by Gail Michaelanko
  • Hospice Georgian Triangle, presentation by Rebecca Wall and Ron Emo
  • Environment Network, presentation by Michele Rich 
Council Recessed at 10:30am
Council Reconvened at 10:38am
 
Collingwood Public Library Board, Donna Mansfield, Chair of the Finance Committee, Acting CEO Lynda Reid provided a brief presentation to Council on additional reductions in expenditures and increases in revenues.   
 
Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee, Penny Skelton, Chair provided additional support on behalf of the Committee for the proposed 2012 PRC Budget.
 
4.2 Current Budget Status / Taxation Comparables with Similar Municipalities
 
Treasurer Marjory Leonard provided an update on the status of the 2012 Multi Year Budget following the initial meeting in January and provided a taxation comparison of Collingwood to other municipalities. 
 
4.3 Proposed Budget Reductions ( 0% & “minus 5%”), CAO Wingrove & Treasurer Leonard
 
CAO Kim Wingrove and Treasurer Marjory Leonard provided an overview of proposed reductions.   A handout was provided to Council.
 
4.4       Public Meeting – The following members of the public addressed Council with various concerns and support.
 
Deputations:
Mary Lou Simonato, request immediate consideration be given to refurbishing the Honour Wall.   An estimated cost of repairs is $42,000.
           
Carlos Palmero, thanked Council for their caution in spending and demonstrating fiscal
responsibility and accountability to residents of Collingwood.  Mr. Palmero suggested that  
the $15 million expected from the sale of the utility shares be used to reduce our debt.  
 
Bruce Mackison, resident, Chair of the Historical Society and Chair of the Museum
Committee, requested Council continue to support the museum as a cultural asset to this
Community.
 
Irene Pradyszczuk, resident and member of the Museum Committee, further petitioned Council to support the museum services and recognize its value within our community.  Ms. Pradyszczuk  also expressed concern with money spent on unnecessary activities such as snow removal when not necessary.   
 
Peter Case, resident and volunteer of the museum, reiterated the importance of the museum to the community and the service it provides.  Mr. Case further noted that with the influx of new residents to this community it is important to preserve and educate these residents and our children about Collingwood’s proud rich history.
 
Peter Koenig, resident of Georgian Meadows, requested Council increase bus service to the Georgian Meadow area due to the increase in demand of the subdivision and to increase access to Fisher Field, Currie’s Farm Market, and Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club.   
 
Wendy McKenize, resident, further supported the request for additional bus services in Georgian Meadows as well as Rupert’s Landing.    Ms. McKenzie also requested a reduction to the Centennial Pool season to save money, and did support the funding for a diving board.  Ms. McKenzie also asked about Contact Centre employees now that the facility is closed, and suggested that a discount be offered for early tax payment (1/4%)  
 
There were no further comments from the public.
 
Mayor Cooper resumed the chair.
 
No. 057         Moved by Councillor Edwards
Seconded by Councillor Chadwick
 
THAT this Council proceeds in Camera in order to address a matter pertaining to:
checked personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees;
a) Committee Board Membership Review
b) Staffing Review
 
CARRIED
 
Council proceeded to in-camera session as previously resolved. (12:58 pm)
 
Moved by Councillor Edwards
Seconded by Councillor West
 
THAT Council rise from in-camera and return to public session. (1:03 pm)
 
CARRIED
  
ADJOURNMENT
Moved by Councillor Lloyd
 
THAT the meeting of Council be hereby adjourned at 1:04 pm.
 
CARRIED
 
 
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MAYOR
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CLERK
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