Council Highlights - Monday, March 11, 2019

March 12, 2019

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Community Announcements:

  • Betty Donaher, Chair of the Heritage Committee, gave a presentation about 2019 Heritage Week.
  • Mayor Saunderson noted that the Heritage Committee Award was presented to the County of Simcoe at the Paramedic Station Grand Opening Ceremony.

Public Meetings:

  • Council heard Staff and Developer presentations, as a well as public comments, on a proposed zoning by-law amendment at the Harbourfront Collection. Staff addressed various questions from Council. This Zoning By-law Amendment will come before Council on a future date.


  • Leah Denbok presented her photography works and background from her book that raises awareness of homelessness.
  • South Georgian Bay Chapter Co-Chair Fiona Proctor addressed Council and provided an overview of SCATEH (Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness) and advised of current initiatives and support offered within the County and Town of Collingwood. Gail Michelenko, Project Manager, provided further background on the developing Out of the Cold program including volunteer recruitment and training needed in order to establish a successful program within the Town of Collingwood.

Staff Reports:

  • Council awarded tenancy to the Collingwood Colts and directed staff to finalize and execute a tenancy agreement with the team.

Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee:

  • Council approved proposed organizational realignments and deferred the financial considerations to the 2019 budget deliberations.
  • Council passed a "recording of in-camera meetings" by-law which includes: the recordings being stored on an encrypted electronic device separate from the Town servers, located in the Town vault with the official Council minutes, in a locked box, restricted and controlled access by the Clerk or Deputy Clerk ensures that only those privileged to view or listen to the in-camera meeting recordings is able to do so, and that the audio/video recordings be retained until the recommendations from the Judicial Inquiry have been received, after which time it will be further evaluated.
  • Council approved new policy on Council-Staff Relations and Council Parental Leave.
  • Council approved the execution of the term sheet on the Water Supply Agreement between the Town of Collingwood and the Town of New Tecumseth. Staff and the Town Solicitor are directed to work with the Corporation of the Town of New Tecumseth to negotiate and prepare the formal agreement for the upgrade and expansion of the water treatment plant. The term sheet will ensure that the agreement addresses capacity only and not the treatment plant or the physical assets, and will also include: that no water be resold by New Tecumseth outside of the watershed boundaries (and watershed boundaries be defined with a map), that it is not the intention of the Town to sell to a non municipal entity, such as bulk water, and that any water resold by New Tecumseth shall be at a price based on cost recovery.

Development & Operations Services Standing Committee:

  • Council received the Collingwood Heritage Committee minutes and are made aware of a recommendation that a full time equivalent, dedicated staff resource be hired or contracted.
  • Council approved the 2018 Annual Water Compliance Report.
  • Council approved the addition of an all-way stop control at the intersection of Second Street and Cedar Street, and requested staff undergo a further count for the intersection of Cedar and Third Street at peak time.
  • A Proposed Radio-communication Tower at 153 Eleventh Line was deferred by applicant for further review.
  • Council passed an authorization by-law to execute a Development Agreement for the property addressed as 270 Minnesota Street.
  • Council defeated subdivision, zoning bylaw amendment, and rezoning at 580 – 590 Sixth Street
  • Council directs Staff to provide notice of public meeting regarding the proposed changes to Building permit fess and adjustments.

Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee:

  • Council receives an update on the final costs of the Gathering Circle.
  • Council receives a report on the Parks, Recreation, & Culture Master Plan.
  • Council receives the Georgian Trail Annual Operations Report

Staff Reports:

  • Council receives a report on the Asset Sale Proceeds, and directs Staff to begin the public consultation process on the use of these proceeds.

Other Business:

  • Deputy Mayor Hull discussed a recent government review workshop.
  • Director MacDonald addressed further studies of Third Street and traffic calming Town-wide.

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