Wasaga Beach Council Highlights – June 23, 2022

The finances of the city in good shape: reports of the auditors

Baker Tilly’s Jay Anstey presented the results of the city’s 2021 finance audit.

Baker Tilly is the auditing firm the city uses to examine its financial activity.

Anstey said the city is in a strong financial position and can easily meet its obligations. He found no irregularities and issued an unqualified audit report.

The Board received the report for information and approved the audited financial statements as presented.

Residents interested in city finances are encouraged to view the presentation.

Watch the presentation. It starts around 20 minutes.

Petition received for information, forwarded to staff

Local resident Allan LeBlanc presented a petition to council, asking for fencing along the back property line of homes on Sandhill Crane Drive.

Mayor Nina Bifolchi thanked LeBlanc for presenting the petition and related information to council members.

The Board received the request for information and referred the matter to staff for review and recommendation.

New municipal brand approved

The council approved a new civic brand for the town.

They also asked staff to work with consultants to develop a branding toolkit and implementation plan.

Read the staff report to learn more.

New Homes Planned for Blueberry Trail Area

A developer wants to build new townhouses at Blueberry Trail and Royal Beech Drive.

Councilor Mark Kinney provided council with an overview of the proposal.

Kinney is chair of the community services section of the coordinating committee and said the committee held a public meeting regarding the proposal on June 9.

The meeting was held to gather input on a proposed zoning by-law amendment, official plan amendment and draft plan of subdivision, all of which are required for the project to move forward.

If approved by council, the project will include up to 31 townhouses.

Staff continue to review the proposal. If so, staff will provide a recommendation to Board members.

Review related information from the public meeting.

Renovation work on fire station 2 is progressing

The council has awarded the contract for the renovation works of fire station 2.

The project falls to Cambria Design Build Ltd. at a cost of $949,760, excluding HST.

See the staff report for more details.

City submits funding requests for electric vehicle charging stations

Council authorized staff to submit applications for funding which, if approved, will pay for the installation of five electric vehicle charging stations in public places across the city.

Staff will submit applications to the EPCOR GO EV Funding Scheme and the Tourism Relief Fund – RT07 Public Sector Funding Scheme.

The five locations are: City Hall Parking Lot, Nancy Parking Lot, Two-Story Arena and Library Site, Oakview Woods/RecPlex Parking Lot, and Wasaga Sports Park.

Read the staff report to learn more.

Tatham will manage the Mapleside Drive road project

Tatham Engineering will administer the Mapleside Drive road project.

The board awarded the company the contract at a cost of $249,312.

Full details of the project are in the staff report.

Construction activity remains strong

Councilor Dave Foster, Chair of the Developmental Services Section of the Coordinating Committee, provided council with an overview of the building department’s summary report of activities for the month of May.

He said the ministry had issued 49 construction permits with a total construction value of $5 million.

So far this year, the ministry has issued 273 construction permits with a total construction value of $59 million.

Read the report to learn more.

OK’d facade deal

The Board approved a grant to improve the facade of the Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic.

The grant covers 50% of eligible work, up to a maximum of $1,456.

Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic is at 587 River Rd. W., Unit 8.

See the corresponding staff report.

The visitor center is now operational for summer 2022

A report from Economic Development staff indicates that the Wasaga Beach Visitor Information Center on Nancy Island is now open for the season.

Operations will continue until October.

Hours vary by season.

See staff report for more details.

Approval of street names for West End development

Council has approved two street names for the DAS commercial development near Lyons Court.

The names are Joseph Drive and Berton Avenue.

The development will house the community’s new casino, currently under construction.

Read the related staff report.

Board Approves Election Committee Membership

Council authorized the city’s participation in the Joint Election Compliance Audit Committee facilitated and administered by Simcoe County.

The board will appoint committee members later in the year.

The purpose of the committee is to investigate complaints made by an elector who believes that a candidate or a third-party advertiser has contravened a section of the Municipal Elections Act.

Read the staff report to learn more.

Housing task force report and recommendations returned to staff for review

Council referred a report from the South Georgian Bay Regional Housing Task Force to staff for review.

The report examines the issue of affordable housing in the region and makes a series of recommendations.

Marg Scheben-Edey of the Task Force presented an overview of the report to the Committee of the Whole on June 16.

Review the presentation material.

Watch the presentation. See the 13 minute mark.

Funds approved for Building Department initiatives

The Board approved the use of an unbudgeted amount of approximately $22,000 from the General Building Reserve to create two Building Intern positions for the September to December period.

The interns will help the department meet its operational needs.

Read the staff report to learn more.

Council members also approved an unbudgeted expense of approximately $24,000 to pay for renovations to the building department workspace at City Hall.

Renovation work is necessary to accommodate event staff moving into the department.

Funds for the works will come from the year’s surplus, if available, or from the general building and recreation reserve, if necessary.

Read the staff report to learn more.

Council also approved an unbudgeted expense of $45,000 to hire a company to complete the digitization of Building Department records. The city will reallocate budgeted funds to the project.

Read the staff report to learn more.

Watch the meeting:

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