Tuesday, November 16, 2021

A regular meeting of the Township of Nipissing Council was held on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.
In response to the Provincial regulations in response to COVID-19, the meeting was held at the Township of Nipissing Community Centre, 2381 Hwy 654 and livestreamed to the Township of Nipissing YouTube Channel.

Present: Mayor Tom Piper and Councillors Steve Kirkey, Tom Marchant, Liz Moore and James Scott.
Present: Fire Chief Will Bateman, Office Assistant Kristin Linklater, Operations Superintendent Dan MacInnis, Acting Deputy Clerk and Land Planning & Technology Administrator John-Paul Negrinotti and Municipal Administrator Kris Croskery-Hodgins.

Disclosure of pecuniary interest: None

Staff Reports:
John-Paul Negrinotti, Acting Deputy Clerk; Land Planning & Technology Administrator – written report.
Dan MacInnis, Operations Superintendent – verbal report.
Will Bateman, Fire Chief – verbal report.
Kris Croskery-Hodgins – written and verbal report.

Committee Reports:
Tom Piper – Eastholme Home for the Aged Board of Management

R2021-238 L. Moore, T. Marchant: That the minutes of the meeting held October 19, 2021 be adopted as published. Carried.

R2021-239 S. Kirkey, J. Scott: WHEREAS Communities across the province are addressing an intensified social crisis and Northern Ontario is no different. We recognize that creating solutions will require a multi-ministry approach but if there are lessons to be learned from this pandemic, what were once cracks in the health care foundation, there are now large gaps forming especially around mental health, addictions, and homelessness;
AND WHEREAS Northern Ontario has significant challenges when it comes to accessing mental health and addictions services for our people in our communities;
AND WHEREAS over 300 Child care staff providing services to over 21,000 licenced child care spaces in over 340 locations across the North, are reporting the effects of Mental Health and Addictions every day in the children they care for and the parents they support;
AND WHEREAS the defined area of Northern Ontario is over 800,000 square kilometres; annually over 500 Social Services staff provide financial and employment assistance to over 15,000 families in 37 delivery sites across the North. Over 300 Community Housing staff provide safe and affordable housing to over 17,000 families in the North. Police Officers and over 900 paramedics in the North have responded to 200,000 medical emergency 911 calls. Paramedics have reported direct results of the Mental Health and Addictions crisis in the North and some cases becoming ill themselves trying to cope with what they have seen.
AND WHEREAS the efforts of all agencies working to help and support those with Mental Health and Addiction issues are greatly appreciated. In some districts, over 30 agencies are providing assistance. We believe a streamlined agency would be able to put the combined funds to better use and as such we would like to see consolidation of these agencies with the input of Municipalities, DSSAB’s and local stakeholders.

Minutes – November 16, 20201 – Page 2

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of Nipissing supports the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) request for Northern Ontario Health Teams, in consultation with Municipalities, DSSAB’s and local stakeholders, to provide a province-wide strategy that supports such consolidation;
AND THAT a copy of this Resolution be shared with the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities and MPP Vic Fedeli. Carried.

R2021-240 L. Moore, T. Marchant: WHEREAS Monday, October 24, 2022 is Municipal and School Board election day in Ontario, and municipal clerks who administer Municipal and School Board elections are in the middle of planning for this important democratic event;
AND WHEREAS municipalities have statutory authority to use schools as polling places under section 45 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996;
AND WHEREAS schools are often the largest, most centrally located and accessible facility in communities which make them ideal locations to host polling stations;
AND WHEREAS many school boards across the Province already work with municipalities to schedule a Professional Development Day (PD Day) on municipal election day every four years;
AND WHEREAS school boards and municipalities can work together to make it easier for local voters to cast their ballots while ensuring student safety;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of Nipissing requests that the Near North District School Board schedule a Professional Development Day on the Municipal and School Board Election Day, October 24, 2022. Carried.

R2021-241 S. Kirkey, L. Moore: THAT the Township of Nipissing supports the Township of Scugog Resolution requesting that the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada be encouraged to provide more funding to rural municipalities to support infrastructure projects related to major bridge and culvert replacement. Carried.

Item #8, Resolution for the purchase of 2 Solar Radar signs was deferred pending more information.

R2021-242 T. Marchant, J. Scott: That we approve the quotation from Cedar Signs for the supply of parking signs and required hardware at a total cost of $1,453.68, including applicable taxes. Carried.

R2021-243 S. Kirkey, L. Moore: That we authorize the Mayor and the Municipal Administrator to sign an Agreement for Municipal Integrity Commissioner with Harold G. Elston, appointed Integrity Commissioner for the Township by By-Law 2019-11. Carried.

R2021-244 T. Marchant, L. Moore: THAT we approve the Township of Nipissing Workplace Vaccination Policy as presented. Carried.

Minutes – November 16, 20201 – Page 3

R2021-245 S. Kirkey, L. Moore: The 2022 Council Meeting Schedule will be as follows:
January 4, 2022 January 18, 2022
February 8, 2022 February 22, 2022
March 15, 2022 March 29, 2022
April 12, 2022 April 26, 2022
May 10, 2022 May 24, 2022
June 7, 2022 June 21, 2022
July 12, 2022 August 16, 2022
September 6, 2022 September 20, 2022
October 4, 2022 October 18, 2022
November 15, 2022
December 6, 2022 December 20, 2022 Carried.

This part of our meeting is declared a public meeting pursuant to the provisions of Section 34 (12) of the Planning Act, R.S.O., 1990, to discuss an application for a change to Zoning By-Law 2020-20 by the Township of Nipissing.

R2021-246 S. Kirkey, J. Scott: That we pass By-Law Number 2021-52, being a By-Law to amend Zoning By-Law 2020-20, as amended.
Read a first, second and third time and passed this 16th day of November, 2021. Carried.

R2021-247 S. Kirkey, L. Moore: That we pass By-Law Number 2021-53, being a By-Law to provide for fees charged by the Corporation of the Township of Nipissing.
Read a first, second and third time and passed this 16th day of November, 2021. Carried.

R2021-248 T. Marchant, J. Scott: That we pass By-Law Number 2021-54, being a By-Law to appoint an auditor licensed under the Public Accountancy Act for the Township of Nipissing.
Read a first, second and third time and passed this 16th day of November, 2021. Carried.

R2021-249 T. Marchant, L. Moore: That we accept the correspondence as presented. Carried.

R2021-250 S. Kirkey, J. Scott: That the statement of accounts dated October 27 and 29; November 10 and 12, 2021; totaling $178,324.73 be approved. Carried.

R2021-251 L. Moore, J. Scott: That we pass By-Law No. 2021-55, being a by-law to confirm the proceedings of Council at its meeting held on November 16, 2021.
Read the first, second and third time and passed this 16th day of November, 2021. Carried.

R2021-252 S. Kirkey, L. Moore: That the meeting be adjourned. Time: 8:05 p.m. Next regular meeting to be held December 7, 2021. Carried.


Municipal Administrator:

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.