MINUTES

TOWNSHIP OF NIPISSING

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A regular meeting of the Township of Nipissing Council was held on Tuesday, January 5, 2010.

Present: Mayor Wendy Prieur and Councillors Kalvin Young, Leslee Lawrence Straus, Pat Haufe and Dougal Culham.

Staff and visitors present: John Paul Negrinotti, Dave Yemm, Kevin Martin, Will Bateman, Rick Dionne, Sharon Dionne, Charles Barton and Kris Croskery.

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

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest: None.

Staff reports:
Dave Yemm, Operations Superintendent: written and verbal report.
John Paul Negrinotti, Planning Assistant/Economic Development: written and verbal report.
Kevin Martin, Acting Fire Chief: verbal report.
Will Bateman, Fire Prevention Officer: verbal report.

R2010-001 K. Young, L. Lawrence Straus: That Council will support in principle a re-submission by Rick and Sharon Dionne for the closure of the Original Shore Road Allowance in front of broken Lot 10, Concession 19, Township of Nipissing, District of Parry Sound, designated as Part 1 on Plan 42R-18729. Carried.

Charles Barton, CAO-Clerk: verbal report.
Kris Croskery, Treasurer-Deputy Clerk: verbal report.

Committee Reports:
Kalvin Young – Eastholme
Leslee Lawrence Straus – Recreation Committee.
Pat Haufe – none.
Dougal Culham – none.
Wendy Prieur – District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board.

R2010-002 L. Lawrence Straus, K. Young: That the minutes of the meeting held December 8, 2009 be adopted as

R2010-003 D. Culham, P. Haufe: That we pass By-law 2010-01 being a by-law to provide for an interim tax levy.
Read a first, second and third time and passed this 5th day of January, 2010. Carried.

R2010-004 K. Young, L. Lawrence Straus: That we pass By-law Number 2010-02 being a by-law to confirm a Tiered-Response Agreement between Parry Sound EMS and the Nipissing Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Read a first, second and third time and passed this 5th day of January, 2010. Carried.
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R2010-005 D. Culham, P. Haufe: That we pass By-law Number 2010-03 being a by-law to appoint a Community Emergency Management Coordinator and Alternate for the Township of Nipissing.
Read a first, second and third time and passed this 5th day of January, 2010. Carried.

R2010-006 L. Lawrence Straus, K. Young: That we pass By-law Number 2010-04 being a by-law to appoint an Emergency Information Officer for the Township of Nipissing.
Read a first, second and third time and passed this 5th day of January, 2010. Carried.

R2010-007 P. Haufe, D. Culham: That we accept the correspondence as presented. Carried.

R2010-008 K. Young, L. Lawrence Straus: That whereas the Council of the Township of Nipissing recognizes the need to provide long term care;

and whereas, as a result of provincial under-funding, municipal levies have continually increased to assist Eastholme, our Home for the Aged, and are forecasted to increase by $450,000 for 2010 which represents a 95% increase in the municipal levy;

and whereas, current provincial funding is insufficient and annual increases to the provincial subsidy have not covered inflationary increases on base costs such as wages, employee benefits, supplies and utilities, as well as ensuring that the home can meet the care needs of the home’s residents to meet compliance standards;

and whereas, with the passing of the new Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 and the soon to be released regulations, there are concerns that more of the home’s limited resources ill be spend on the new administrative requirements leading to less money getting to the bedsides of the residents;

and whereas, any possible increase to the accommodation subsidy each year is currently not a reliable source of funding;

and whereas, the Province’s last few budgets have not provided sufficient additional permanent operating funding for long-term care homes;

and whereas, the Province is currently funding the unincorporated townships’ share of the budget for the District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board, but has not provided a similar arrangement for Boards of Management operating district homes for the aged which have unincorporated townships within their jurisdiction, notwithstanding that Eastholme and other district homes for the aged have in past years received funding payments by the Province in respect of the unincorporated townships for operational purposes and capital projects;
now therefore, the Township of Nipissing is requesting that the Province provide increased subsidies for 2010 and future years to ensure adequate care of the residents in long-term care homes and to meet the inflationary increases on base expenditures, as well as an annual operational funding payment to the district homes for the aged in respect of the unincorporated townships within their jurisdictions;

and furthermore, this resolution be forwarded to:
The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care,

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The Minister of Finance,
The north East Local Health Integration Network,
Monique Smith, M.P.P. Nipissing,
Norm Miller, M.P.P. Parry Sound-Muskoka,
Anthony Rota, M.P. Nipissing-Temiskaming,
Tony Clement, M.P. Parry Sound-Muskoka,
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario,
all supporting municipalities of Eastholme, Home for the Aged, for their action.
Carried.

R2010-009 D. Culham, P. Haufe: That the statement of accounts dated January 5, 2010 be approved. $149,037.34. Carried.

R2010-010 L. Lawrence Straus, K. Young: That we pass By-Law No. 2010-05, being a by-law to confirm the proceedings of Council at its meetings held on January 5, 2010. Read the first, second and third time and passed this 5th day of January, 2010. Carried.

R2010-011 P. Haufe, D. Culham: That the meeting be adjourned. Time: 8:35 p.m. Next meeting January 19, 2010. 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.