MINUTES

TOWNSHIP OF NIPISSING

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A regular meeting of the Township of Nipissing Council was held on Tuesday, October 23, 2012.

Present: Mayor Pat Haufe and Councillors Dougal Culham, Tom Piper, Thomas Butler and Liz Smith.

Staff and visitors present: Dave Yemm, Rob Serson and Kris Croskery-Hodgins.

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m.

Disclosure of pecuniary interest: Councillor Liz Smith.

Staff Reports: Dave Yemm, Operations Superintendent – written and verbal report.
Rob Serson, Fire Chief – written and verbal report.
Kris Croskery-Hodgins, Treasurer-Deputy Clerk – verbal report.

Committee Reports:
Tom Piper – Eastholme Board
Liz Smith – Recreation Committee
Pat Haufe – DSSAB, Township of Nipissing Eco-Committee, Provincial Policy Statement Review Meeting

R2012-223 T. Butler, D. Culham: That the minutes of the meeting held October 9, 2012 be adopted as published. Carried.

R2012-224 L. Smith, T. Piper: WHEREAS Solar Logix Inc. proposes to construct and commission a ground mounted solar array on the real property owned by Robert Meister and Sara Callaway located at 442 Pilgers Rd. (end of Simulium Drive), Nipissing Township, with a legal description of Gurd Lot 4 Conc 9 PCL 5577. The installation to occur under the Ontario microFIT program upon receipt of the appropriate approvals from the Ontario Power Authority, Hydro One, etc;
AND WHEREAS the Applicant has requested that Council of the Township of Nipissing, Ontario indicate by resolution council’s support for the construction and operation of the project on the proposed site;
AND WHEREAS, pursuant to the rules governing the microFIT program, which do not permit the construction of ground mounted arrays on or abutting residential zoned properties, an exemption will be requested from the OPA as this ruling does not differentiate between urban and rural residential zonings, and is intended to prevent the construction of solar arrays which would be eyesores to the community. As this project is surrounded by mature forest, it would not be a visible eyesore under any circumstance, and would meet the intent of the OPA’s zoning requirement.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council of the Township of Nipissing, Ontario supports the construction and operation of the project on the property.
Carried.

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R2012-225 D. Culham, T. Butler: That we pass By-law Number 2012-45, being a By-law to repeal By-law Nos. 2009-63, 2009-67, 2010-17, 2010-35 and 2010-53.
Read a first, second and third time and passed this 23rd day of October, 2012. Carried.

R2012-226 L. Smith, T. Piper: That we accept the correspondence as presented. Carried.

Councillor Liz Smith declared Pecuniary Interest as her Employer is listed in the accounts.

R2012-227 D. Culham, T. Butler: That the statement of accounts dated October 23, 2012 be approved. $33,484.78. Carried.

R2012-228 T. Piper, L. Smith: That we authorize the CAO-Clerk and Treasurer-Deputy Clerk to attend an AMCTO training on Alternative Voting Methods for Municipal Elections in Parry Sound. Carried.

R2012-229 T. Butler, D. Culham:
WHEREAS the Ministry of Natural Resources has announced the end of overnight camping in ten provincial parks in Northern Ontario;
AND WHEREAS this decision will cost Northern Ontario 130 direct jobs and negatively impact tourism and Northern Ontario’s way of life;
AND WHEREAS local stakeholders and municipalities have not been consulted on these closures and have been denied the opportunity to make these parks more sustainable;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Township of Nipissing petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to immediately suspend plans to cancel overnight camping at the ten provincial parks and;
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the Ministry immediately consult with local municipalities, stakeholders and regional economic development organizations regarding the long-term viability of preserving Northern Ontario provincial parks. Carried.

R2012-230 L. Smith, T. Piper:
WHEREAS the Government of Ontario has announced plans to divest itself from Ontario Northland Transportation Commission;
AND WHEREAS this decision has already resulted in the cancellation of the 102 year old Ontario Northlander train service and plans to sell off Ontario Northland’s bus routes which will privatize the only intercity public transit serving many northern communities;
AND WHEREAS our resource sector relies on freight rail and changes in that service would seriously impact our economy. Our existing highway network does not have the capacity to replace freight rail if cancelled or made economically unviable;
AND WHEREAS rail networks are much more economical to sustain than such an extensive highway system as well as being more environmentally friendly;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Township of Nipissing petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to immediately suspend plans to divest ONTC and consult with local municipalities, stakeholders and regional economic development organizations regarding the long-term plans for improving the effectiveness of ONTC as a government asset. Carried.

R2012-231 L. Smith, T. Piper: That we pass By-Law No. 2012-46 being a by-law to confirm the proceedings of Council at its meeting held on October 23, 2012. Read the first, second and third time and passed this 23rd day of October, 2012. Carried.

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R2012-232 D. Culham, T. Butler: That the meeting be adjourned. Time: 7:17 p.m. Next regular meeting November 13, 2012. Carried.

Mayor:

CAO-Clerk:

Minutes prepared as per Section 228 (1) (a) of the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001, c. 25. Clerk to record, without note or comment, all resolutions, decisions and other proceedings of the council.

Minutes to be approved by Council at the next regular Council Meeting.