On March 5 MV Council in Committee (CiC) met to deal with a 315-page Agenda. Open session lasted from 10 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. with a short lunch break. There were two delegations, one from Neptune Technology Group about water meter replacements and one from Neil Enright on behalf of Combermere Lodge Limited. Click HERE to read separate article about the amended Chippawa Shores development application. Councillor David Shulist declared a conflict of interest regarding a donation request for the Opeongo Heritage Cup. Two items were added to the Agenda under Recreation & Community Development: Twinning Committee volunteer members and a verbal report from Councillor Shulist on the Railway Station.
Revitalization Grant agreement
In addition to approving a revised Schedule of Fees and sale of a Shoreline Road Allowance on Long Lake, CiC approved a By-Law to enter into an agreement with Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) to receive the Ontario Main Street Revitalization Grant. Members of Council pointed out that no decision had yet been made how to spend the $42,000 fund in MV.
Municipal Strategic Plan meeting scheduled
CAO Suzanne Klatt sought CiC’s direction on updating MV’s strategic plan and economic development plan. After discussion, members of Council decided to hold a Council in Committee meeting at 9 a.m. on Monday March 25 for this purpose.
Finance & Administration
- Acting Treasurer Amanda Hudder presented a Statement of Revenue and Expenditures to Feb. 28 2019. Because the 2019 budget has not been set, this contains only year-to-date actuals. Click HERE to read the Statement.
- CAO Klatt reported on a proposed Staff/Council Relation Policy and advised CiC that this policy, together with those for Code of Conduct and Integrity Commissioner Reports, will be presented at the April 2 meeting.
Recreation & Community Development
- Verbal report from Cllr Shulist on the Railway Station: “As chair of the Railway Station Ad Hoc Committee I want to let everybody know I am working hard on that file. Of course I do not have any report at this moment and I’m hoping to have a report very, very shortly. I can’t tell you what date but I will be glad to bring in a report.”
- Twinning Committee members: CAO Klatt said she advised Cllr Shulist they received four applications to sit on the committee. She recommended CiC pass a resolution that she prepare the By-Law and Terms of Reference for the next council meeting, proposing the following volunteer members of the committee: Richard Shulist, Ed Chippior, Iwona Ostropolski, Cynthia Wolfgram.
- Staff recommendation to hire part-time students to work evenings and weekends at PJYC in order to conform to MV’s insurer’s requirements at projected cost of $15,000 for the period Sept-Mar will go forward to budget deliberation. (Volunteers not covered by the insurer.)
- Taste of the Valley will be held Friday August 16 2019
- CiC approved donation requests from Renfrew County ATV Club, Opeongo Heritage Cup. (Having declared a conflict of interest, Cllr Shulist left the room and did not participate in the Heritage Cup discussion)
- Deputy Clerk Gwen Dombroski spoke to her Advertising Report which forecast a reduction in advertising spend because fewer events and programs were planned.
Council will review these and recommendations and others from the CiC meeting at the Regular Council meeting on March 19 at 4 p.m.
Above from left: Silas Lorbetski (Manager Planning, Development & Licensing), Cllr Mark Willmer, Mayor Kim Love, CAO/Clerk Suzanne Klatt, Cllr David Shulist, Cllr Ernie Peplinski (Absent: Cllr Carl Bromwich)