December 1, 2012 Special Council Minutes

A Special Meeting of the Council was held Saturday, December 1, 2012 in the Council Chambers, Town Hall, Collingwood commencing at 9:30 a.m.  

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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:                       
Sara Almas, Clerk
Marjory Leonard, Treasurer
Nancy Farrer, Director of Planning
Larry Irwin, Director of Information Technology 
No. 500           Moved by Deputy Mayor Lloyd
  Seconded by Councillor Edwards
THAT the content of the Special Council Agenda for December 1, 2012, be adopted as presented.
Mayor Cooper welcomed those in attendance, introduced the Public Meeting format and explained that the purpose of the meeting was to seek input from the public with respect to the use and allocation of the COLLUS/PowerStream Strategic Partnership Funds. Mayor Cooper explained that the meeting was scheduled for Saturday to permit all residents and taxpayers the opportunity to provide input.
Review of COLLUS/PowerStream Strategic Partnership & Available Funds
Marjory Leonard, Treasurer for the Town of Collingwood and Cindy Shuttleworth, Chief Financial Officer for COLLUS / Power Stream Corporation provided presentations regarding the background of the partnership and funds available and potential uses.
Treasurer Leonard presented the following options however not limited to:
  1. Pay down debt - cautioned that accelerating debt repayment would not be fiscally responsible as it would trigger penalties to the municipality.  
  2. Establish a legacy fund which would permit self financing of projects as recommended by Department Heads and re-pay with interest. 
  3. Invest a portion of the funds in the new recreation facilities and the balance into a legacy fund. 
  4. Allocate the funds to the following major projects:  Hume Street rebuild; Sunset Point redevelopment; Harbour Redevelopment. 

Mayor Cooper called for the first and second time for comments from the publicand confirmed that the meeting will adjourn at 11:30 a.m.


  1. Russell Schick, representing Collingwood United Soccer Club, requested consideration for upgrades to soccer facilities at Fisher Field. The Collingwood United Soccer Club assists the community through fundraising and hosting tournaments which brings hundreds of players and their families to the municipality.  He further noted that the Club would have additional funds available by 2014 to assist in any upgrades.
  2. Bing Jowett representing himself and Mr. Ray Porter, requested consideration for improvements to the Harbour. Mr. Jowett explained that in his opinion, large sums of money have been spent on various studies as the Town realizes that Collingwood’s waterfront and harbour are its ‘heart and soul’.  Mr. Jowett recommended that the funds be allocated to create an open waterfront park by purchasing the lots being offered by the current developer (FRAM) and seek additional Federal and Province funding. 
  3. Harold Bickerstaff representing Theatre Collingwood, requested that the Town become a key partner and major funder of a performing arts centre.  Mr. Bickerstaff referred to recent surveys and statistics which indicate that there is a desire and need for year round theatre which would generate revenue for the community. 
  4. Tom Vincent recommended that an integrated strategic plan be developed focused on debt repayment and waterfront re-development.  Mr. Vincent believes that the Town’s waterfront can make Collingwood a tourism destination. 
  5. Ed Janicki urged Council to allocate the funds in a manner that would benefit the entire community such as paying down the debt and repairing roads and sidewalks. 
  6. Michael Stahr President of Sunset Point Resident Association advised Council that the Association would forward their formal proposal prior to December 7th.  If any changes are to be proposed for Sunset Point they requested that their group be consulted.  Mr. Stahr, on his own behalf, requested consideration for redevelopment of the Harbour. 
  7. John McDonald addressed Council and expressed his disappointment with respect to the new recreation facilities however he indicated that we pay for what has been committed to being built.  Mr. McDonald urged Council to continue to build additional recreation facilities, namely a gymnasium and pool.   
  8. Joanne Pearson recommended that the funds be allocated towards debt repayment. Mrs. Pearson expressed displeasure with comments recently posted by a Councillor on internet and questioned how Council’s decision will be made public. 

    The Clerk advised that all comments including presentations and the minutes of the meeting would be provided to Council and the public through the standard protocols and that Council will decide on the use of these funds in open meeting. 

  9. Linda Simpson, on behalf of the Georgian Triangle Tourist Association, thanked Council for their support of the GTTA and on a personal note of Council’s decision to enclose the centennial pool that will benefit the Collingwood Clippers Swim Club. Ms. Simpson advised Council that money should be invested in sport and tourism as it brings valuable revenue per event. 
  10. Lindsay Lyall urged Council to allocate the funds to benefit all of the taxpayers by investment in the remediation of the sewer and water infrastructure. Mr. Lyall sought clarification from the Treasurer as how the fixed and variable water and sewer rates are determined. 

    Treasurer Leonard explained that some of the funds could be used to assist in funding larger required priority projects and explained that a rate study will be conducted in 2013 for 2014 and later. In 2013, a rate increase of 2.5% annually on both parts of the bill will be required.

  11. Barbara Weider, representing herself and Theatre Collingwood, urged Council to support investment in the Harbour and to create theatre space on the top floor of the Terminal building. 
  12. George Powell reminded Council that the fund has been provided through the sale of shares from infrastructure, and that those funds should go back to infrastructure re-habilitation and if possible debt repayment. 
  13. David Cubitt sought clarification from the Treasurer with respect to the depreciation of the Sprung structures. The Treasurer advised that the structures’ cover has a twenty year estimated useful life.  Mr. Cubitt urged Council to allocate the funds towards sewer and water infrastructure rehabilitation.  Mr. Cubitt stated that recreation is beyond bricks and mortar as it is centered on coaches and participants. 
  14. Lisa Rennie, on behalf of the Clippers, thanked Council for their support of the Clippers and the enclosing of Centennial Pool.  Ms. Rennie provided details of how funds that have been donated to the Clippers could assist with the purchase / installation of the starting blocks which in turn will allow the team to compete on a level basis. 
  15. Bill Hanke urged Council to utilize the funds for Harbour redevelopment and infrastructure renewal and provided Chicago and Toronto as prime examples of both.
Mayor Cooper called for the third and final time. 
Mayor Cooper called for comments from Council.
Staff addressed questions from Council with respect to the reconstruction of Hume Street, status of the Harbour Master Plan, feasibility of incremental debenture repayment, and amount currently paid to BLT/Sprung.
Mayor Cooper thanked all those who attended and urged the public to provide their comments prior to the December 7th deadline.  
Moved by Councillor West
THAT the meeting of Council be hereby adjourned at 10:53 a.m.
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