Wasaga Beach Council Highlights – September 29, 2022

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Petition received and returned to staff for review

Paul Miller appeared before council to present a petition regarding the planned fencing on the north property line of the new two-court arena and library.

The petition calls on the city to increase the height of the planned fencing between the site and Villas at Wasaga Meadows to a minimum of 10 feet.

The Board received the request for information and referred it to staff for review. Staff will report to Council on this.

New rental policy

The Board approved revisions to the Indoor Facility Rental Fee Policy, including a title change to the Facility Rental Fee Discount Policy.

Staff believes the revisions align with the updated three-year fee schedule and will provide continued support to Wasaga Beach‘s various not-for-profit organizations.

Read the related staff report.

New Recommended Rates and Fees for Properties

The Board recommends to the Board, as the Budget Committee, the annual approval of new rates and charges.

The new rate structure would apply for a three-year period and would support the operation of municipal facilities.

Read the related staff report.

Review the fee schedule.

Casino revenue policy received, city to conduct public consultation as next step

The Commission received the draft Casino Revenue Allocation and Use Policy for information.

The policy identifies potential uses of the revenue the city will receive from the new Lyons Court Casino.

The council asked staff to use Let’s Talk Wasaga Beach, the town’s community engagement website, to determine how the public would like the town to use casino funds.

Read the corresponding report.

Age-Friendly Annual Report

The annual report of the Age-Friendly Communities Advisory Committee is now available for review.

The report highlights the Age-Friendly Committee’s activities for the year, including the highly successful Seniors’ Information and Active Living Fair held in June.

Examine the annual report.

Capital Project Status Report

The Coordinating Committee received the capital project progress report for information at its September 15 meeting.

The report highlights ongoing work on several infrastructure investments the city is making throughout the community.

Review the report.

Construction activity remains strong

The city continues to see regular building activity.

The building department’s activity summary for the month of August indicates that the department issued 168 building permits with a total monthly construction value of $72 million.

So far this year, the ministry has issued 635 construction permits with a total construction value of $174 million.

Of the permits issued in August, 153 were for single-family homes.

The full report is available on the city’s website.

Developer has plans for Royal Bank property

The city is processing an application for site plan approval for a property at 654 River Rd. W

The property currently includes the Royal Bank.

The applicant proposes to replace the existing bank building.

The first phase includes the construction of eight townhouses and a second phase includes the construction of one commercial/mixed-use building.

Review the related personnel report.

Economic development work continues: report

The Coordinating Committee received the monthly report of economic development activities for information at its September 15 meeting.

Staff continue to work on a number of initiatives, including the city branding project and the facade improvement program.

Consult the corresponding report.

Façade improvement grant approved

Council has approved a grant to improve the facade of Unit 1, 1470 Mosley St.

The grant covers 50% of eligible work, up to $850.

The grant will cover the cost of new signage.

Read the related staff report.

Planning authorizations granted

Council members approved an official plan amendment and a zoning by-law amendment, as well as a proposed plan of subdivision for the properties located at 602, 612, 630 and 646 River Road. W

The Official Plan Amendment changes the designation of the lands from “Commercial District” to “Residential”.

The zoning by-law amendment changes the zoning of a portion of the lands of “District Commercial Hold” and “District Commercial Zone” to residential zoning, described in detail in the related staff report.

The draft subdivision plan provides for the creation of 17 residential blocks and a road block/common elements.

Read the related staff report.

Monthly Municipal Law Enforcement Reports

At the September 15 Coordinating Committee meeting, the Committee received for information the monthly reports from the Municipal Law Enforcement Department for July and August.

In July, the ministry responded to 686 calls for service and in August, the ministry responded to 585 calls for service.

The appeals covered a number of issues, including property standards, parking, noise and animal control.

Read the July report.

Read the August report.

Encroachment agreement approved

Council authorized the city to enter into an encroachment agreement with the owner of 794 Eastdale Dr.

The agreement allows for the construction of a landscaped stone retaining wall on part of the city-owned road allowance.

Read the related staff report.

Start of facility assessment work

The Board approved an unbudgeted expense of $24,220 before taxes from the general tax rate stabilization reserve to hire a consultant for a facility condition assessment.

Under provincial legislation, the city is required to include all assets in the asset management plan by July 2024. Part of the requirement includes a facilities assessment.

Read the related staff report.

Consultant to help the city create an energy demand plan

City Council approved hiring Entuitive to create an energy demand plan at a cost of $39,000 plus HST.

The plan is required by provincial regulations.

The plan will help quantify current emissions from all city facilities, identify potential energy efficiency projects and provide an action plan on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from baseline levels. current.

Read the related staff report.

The City implements a new purchasing policy

Council approved a new purchasing policy for the municipality, effective November 1st.

The policy brings the city into line with current best procurement practices.

In the new policy, the city updated purchase approval thresholds. Procurement reporting requirements will keep the board informed of procurement activities.

A Supplier Code of Conduct is also included in the policy to provide guidance to suppliers and service providers.

Read the related staff report.

Council calls for tougher penalties for repeat offenders of code of conduct

Council has approved a motion from Councilor David Foster calling on the province to act on the 2021 recommendations from the AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) calling for tougher penalties for council members who violate multiple board codes of conduct.

The city will circulate the motion to municipalities across Ontario, asking for their support.

Read related motion.

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