Minutes – March 10, 2020

MINUTES
TOWNSHIP OF NIPISSING
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

A regular meeting of the Township of Nipissing Council was held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Present: Mayor Tom Piper, Councillors Linda Andersen, Tom Marchant, James Scott and Liz Moore.

Staff and visitors present: Steve Kirkey, Dan MacInnis, Will Bateman, John-Paul Negrinotti, Kris Croskery-Hodgins and Charles Barton.

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

Disclosure of pecuniary interest: None.

Oscar Poloni, KPMG, presentation of the 2019 Audited Financial Statements will be re-scheduled to the March 24, 2020 meeting due to travel complications.

Staff Reports:
Dan MacInnis, Operations Superintendent – written and verbal report.
Will Bateman, Fire Chief – written and verbal report.
John-Paul Negrinotti, EDO-CEMC-Planning Assistant – verbal report.
Kris Croskery-Hodgins, Treasurer-Deputy Clerk – verbal report.
Charles Barton, CAO-Clerk – verbal report.

Committee Reports:
Liz Moore – Nipissing Township Museum Board
Linda Andersen – District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board
James Scott – Ontario Good Roads Association Meeting
Tom Piper – Eastholme Board of Management, Minister Delegation at Ontario Good Roads Association Conference, Nipissing Sturgeon French River Water Committee

R2020-045 J. Scott, L. Andersen: That the minutes of the meeting held February 18, 2020 be adopted as published. Carried.

Adoption of the 2019 Audited Financial Statements was deferred to the March 24, 2020 meeting.

R2020-046 T. Marchant, L. Moore: That we authorize the Mayor and CAO-Clerk to sign an Ontario Transfer Payment Agreement with the Province for the Municipal Modernization Program;
AND That we authorize KPMG to proceed with a Service Delivery Review under the Municipal Modernization Program. Carried.

The Draft 2020 Municipal Budget was presented and discussed.

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R2020-047 L. Andersen, J. Scott: That we recommend consent application No. B/14/NIPISSING/2020, Creation of a Lot, applicant Paul Goodridge – Goodridge Goulet Planning & Surveying Ltd., for property owner Derek McComb & 1904375 Ontario Inc., for approval subject to the following conditions:
1. The lot must comply with the Township of Nipissing’s Official Plan policies.
2. That the applicant provide documentation to the Municipality confirming that the lot addition proposed through application B15/NIPISSING/2020 is completed and registered on title.
3. Part 2 and Part 3 on Plan 42R-20658 must be transferred to the Municipality as per Official Plan section 3.3.2.7. and 3.3.2.8.
4. A copy of the decision of the North Almaguin Planning Board be forwarded to the Township of Nipissing. Carried.

R2020-048 T. Marchant, L. Moore: That we recommend consent application No. B/15/NIPISSING/2020, Lot Addition, applicant Paul Goodridge – Goodridge Goulet Planning & Surveying Ltd., for approval subject to the following conditions:
1. The lot must comply with the Township of Nipissing’s Official Plan policies.
2. A copy of the decision of the North Almaguin Planning Board be forwarded to the Township of Nipissing. Carried.

R2020-049 L. Moore, T. Marchant: WHEREAS reliable, high speed, affordable access to the Internet and e-connectivity is imperative for Township of Nipissing residents, businesses, non-profit organizations and visitors;
AND WHEREAS internet and e-connectivity are changing how humans interact with each other and with the world at large, as well as being a driving force for the current and future economy;
AND WHEREAS internet and e-connectivity create opportunity for increased innovation for consumers, businesses, agriculture, government, education, social and health development;
AND WHEREAS the Township of Nipissing must plan and prioritize for the deployment and adoption of this infrastructure including but not limited to pursuing collaborations and partnerships in the efforts to effectively achieve greater access to affordable high-speed internet throughout the region;
AND WHEREAS much of the Township of Nipissing does not have access to greater than 5MBps internet service, which is well below the CRTC standard of 50/10 MBps;
AND WHEREAS the Council of the Township of Nipissing acknowledges that access to the internet and e-connectivity is a crucial part of our community mission to promote public safety, health, well-being and prosperity in order to improve the quality of life for present and future generations;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of Nipissing supports Blue Sky Economic Growth Corporation’s application to all government Broadband funding programs that will seek to provide funding to Spectrum Telecom Group Ltd. to build a fibre and wireless access project in parts of the City of North Bay and South/East Region in the Districts of Nipissing and Parry Sound. Carried.

R2020-050 J. Scott, L. Andersen: WHEREAS Bill 156: Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act is new legislation that is an important way to keep farms and food supply safe for all Ontarians;
AND WHEREAS Bill 156 provides a balanced approach to protecting farm while recognizing a citizen’s right to protest;
AND WHEREAS Bill 156 will ensure farm businesses have a legal standing to protect their farm, family and employees, livestock, crops and ultimately the entire food system;
THEREFORE be it resolved that the Township of Nipissing supports the new proposed legislation, Bill 156: Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act. Carried.

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R2020-051 T. Marchant, L. Moore: That we donate $100 to the Powassan Agricultural Society 2020 Fall Fair. Carried.

R2020-052 J. Scott, L. Andersen: That we authorize: Tom Piper, Tom Marchant and James Scott
To attend the District of Parry Sound Municipal Association Spring 2020 meeting being held at the Sprucedale Community Centre. Carried.

R2020-053 L. Moore, T. Marchant: That we authorize the Treasurer-Deputy Clerk to attend the 2020 Spring AMCTO Zone 7 Workshop including the Cemetery Best Practices training session. Carried.

R2020-054 L. Andersen, J. Scott: That we accept the correspondence as presented. Carried.

R2020-055 T. Marchant, L. Moore: That the statement of accounts dated February 20 and March 5 and 10, 2020; totaling $177,929.40 be approved. Carried.

R2020-056 J. Scott, L. Andersen: That we pass By-Law No. 2020-12, being a by-law to confirm the proceedings of Council at its meeting held on March 10, 2020.
Read the first, second and third time and passed this 10th day of March, 2020. Carried.

R2020-057 L. Moore, T. Marchant: That the meeting be adjourned. Time: 8:45 p.m. Next regular meeting March 24, 2020. 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.