Wasaga Beach Council Highlights – October 20, 2022

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Community Safety Zones are coming to Wasaga Beach Parks

The council has designated the streets in the following parks as Community Safety Zones.

  • Battalion Park
  • Blueberry Trail Park
  • Chase Family Park
  • Deer Trail Park
  • Glendale Park
  • Red Bays Park
  • red oak park
  • Wasaga Estate Park
  • Wasaga Village Park
  • William Arnill Memorial Park
  • Windmills Park
  • Wasaga Sports Park.

In addition, the council approved the reduction of the speed limit in these parks. The new limit will be 40 km/h.

A Community Safety Zone is a signed and designated section of road, recognized under provincial law, marked with “Community Safety Zone” signage, allowing for double fines if motorists are caught speeding.

Read the related staff report.

Monitor our website and social media channels for further details on the rollout.

Council approves purchase of tractor

Council approved the purchase of a new diesel tractor with cab at a cost of $148,000 excluding HST.

Purchase is through Stewart’s Equipment in Stayner.

Staff used an RFP process to select the preferred supplier.

The tractor will support the operations of the public works department.

Deer hunting is approved

The council has granted an exemption to the gun control by-law so that Paul and Marcia Ryther can hold a controlled deer hunt on their 100-acre property at 26 Ryther Rd.

The exemption is for five days and is subject to standard annual conditions.

Read the related staff report.

City exploring sister city opportunities

Council members asked staff to establish a working group to explore the possibility of creating a twinning agreement with a municipality outside of Canada.

The arrangement can result in several benefits for each community, including tourism opportunities, youth and adult exchange opportunities, and economic development opportunities.

Read the related staff report.

Staff considering bringing a junior hockey club to town

Deputy Mayor Sylvia Bray informed council that the town is taking steps that could lead to a junior hockey team playing in the community.

Bray, chairman of the general government section of the Coordinating Committee, said that at the October 13 meeting, the committee passed a motion directing staff to look into the possibility of establishing a junior club.

The city will engage in discussions with representatives of the Greater Metro Jr. A Hockey League to obtain information on what is required for a team to play in the new two-field arena and library.

The OAC will also have discussions with other leagues that have expressed interest.

Following discussions, the CEO will report his findings to the Board and recommend next steps.

The city council will begin budget work in December

The council will begin work on the 2023 city budget on December 1, when staff provide an overview of the city’s finances.

The Coordinating Committee received the budget calendar for information at its October 13 meeting.

Deputy Mayor Sylvia Bray, chair of the general government section of the committee, reviewed the schedule with council.

The calendar indicates the key dates in the process used by the city to establish the annual budget.

Staff are already working on departmental budgets.

Following the December 1 meeting with the board, a series of budget meetings, involving the board and staff, will take place later in December and will continue through January, February and March.

The recommended budget review is set for March 30, 2023.

Read the related staff report to learn more.

See the full budget calendar.

Holiday drag show scheduled for Nov. 25 at the RecPlex

The Board approved the Holiday Drag Show on Friday, November 25.

The show will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the RecPlex.

The Board also approved the allocation of up to $5,000 from the New Events Sponsorship Line of the Special Events Budget for the show.

Read the staff report to learn more.

Council to consider increasing OPP costs for 2023 at budget time

Council agreed to forward the letter from the OPP outlining the City’s share of the OPP Huronia West budget for 2023 to the Committee of the Whole as the Budget Committee for consideration as part of the 2023 Budget.

The total portion for Wasaga Beach is $5.2 million for 2023, an increase in policing costs of $214,273.

Read the staff report to learn more.

Subdivision Plan Extension Project Approved

Council has granted an extension to the draft plan of subdivision approval for the Golfview Estates subdivision.

A project of Sunnyview Estates Construction Inc., the subdivision consists of three separate parcels of land that face Golf Course Road and one parcel that forms an extension of Wesley Avenue and Douglas Drive, with 75 lots to accommodate single-family homes .

Read the related staff report to learn more.

Construction statistics for September

The city issued 35 building permits in September with a construction value of $4.3 million.

Seven of the permits issued were for single-family homes.

So far this year, the ministry has issued 389 permits with an estimated construction value of $168 million.

Read the related staff report to learn more.

Approved lease with local club

The Board approved a one-year facility lease, with the option to extend annually for up to four years, with the Wasaga Beach Woodworkers Club at a cost of $300 per year.

The club uses one of the cabins next to the Wasaga Stars Arena.

For more details, read the staff report.

Approvals Granted for Pine Valley Development

Council members approved a draft plan of subdivision agreement and zoning by-law amendment for a Pine Valley Homes property.

The land is south of River Road West and north of Leo Boulevard, west of Zoo Park Road and east of Ansley Road.

The development site is approximately 6.4 acres.

The builder is planning 53 new homes, including three detached homes and 50 townhouses.

Read the staff report to learn more.

Electronic monitoring policy approved

The Board has approved an electronic monitoring policy.

The policy applies to employees, students, contractors, volunteers and anyone who uses or accesses city premises, devices or computer networks.

This policy is intended to raise staff awareness of all aspects of the City’s electronic surveillance activities.

Read the staff report to learn more.

Board members approve new procurement policy

The city now has an updated procurement policy.

The policy outlines the steps staff must follow when making purchases on behalf of the municipality. It will enter into force on November 1, 2022.

Review the policy.

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