Before we get into the notes I just wanted to make a point of clarification as I would like to avoid miscommunication and information being taken out of context.
The notes below are my interpretation of what I hear at the meetings for the time I am present and they include matters which I think the public will want to be aware of.
These notes are not fully inclusive of all items on the agenda and are not verbatim notes. If you have questions or want clarification about anything I have noted I would definitely recommend reading the official agenda first provided below as well as reading the official meeting minutes when they are available.
My intent for these posts is to keep the community informed regarding what is happening in town as I know it can be difficult to attend meetings and read through all of the agenda’s and minutes.
January 12th, 2021
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-Rob Koekkoek, President, Orangeville Hydro-Orangeville Hydro Business Plan 2021-2025
-COVID Emergency Updates- Discussed provincial announcement today.
-Council has received quotes for municipal office building updates, the town staff proposed the successful tender be JDC Custom Homes at a cost of $28,461.40 excluding HST. Town staff discussed why they have a need for these updates and what some councillors feel is a very high cost. Council voted and defeated the motion for this project. The main objection from councillors that opposed this project was the cost.
A new motion was passed to defer the decision on this motion until next meeting so that town staff can prepare a new motion for an updated project.
-Municipal Property Taxes Arrears- The number of properties that were at the next step for registration have now been in contact with the town and now have established communication and are moving forward with resolutions.
-Town Insurance Policy- Council asked Town staff to look into the quote that was given. Motion was approved to direct CAO to increase deductible on policy.
-Application B4-2020 & Z6-2020, for a Zoning By-law Amendment under section 34 of the Planning Act. Submitted by Arjan Leeuwerke. The purpose and effect of this application is to permit a surplus farm dwelling severance. Council Approved this application.
-Application Z7-2020, for a Zoning By-law Amendment under section 34 of the Planning Act. Submitted by Charles Zietsma. The purpose and effect of this application is to permit a second driveway. Council Approved this Application.
-Report – Administration-Accounting Assistant – staff announcement- Klaudia Mirska
-2021 Budget Meetings – CAO discussed scheduling options and some direction on expectations.
-Report-Staff Renumeration- Council decided to stay with current resolution of consumer price index increase.
-Jane Wilson retirement acknowledgment – verbal discussion, plan was initially to host a party and a gift. With COVID and Jane’s wishes kept in mind a party was taken off the table. Council decided to proceed with a gift and a montage to post on social as a public acknowledgement. A casual get together was suggested when it is permitted.
-Town flower baskets – Going ahead with the same plan as last year. It was suggested to go with some more drought tolerant plants to curb some watering costs.
-Water Works Management Review Meeting package and minutes –
December 16, 2020, review for council.
-Wastewater Treatment Plant Performance Report – November 2020
-Report – Economic Development Co-ordinator – Valley Alive
-Report – Application for Fire Route- Dufferin Condominium Corp (Lawson and Reith Streets). Council Approved.
-Report – Schill Petition for a municipal drain, a private property owner is requesting this. Council discussed and rejected the petition and directed staff to contact the petitioner to investigate alternate option and that they take on the burden of the majority cost.
-Rural Net – Internet servicing proposal- Council approves for the install on the concrete portion of the water tower.
Public Works Superintendent
Snow removal during the holidays
Snow blower broke down over the holidays, parts were hard to source so it took longer to fix.
Radiator gone on one of the trucks and no warranty available.
Looking into quotes for parking and sidewalks in front of the school
Golden Homes- Received 7th engineering report and it was approved by town engineer, recommendation report coming.
Corseed- Public meeting Feb 9th
Scott Street- Property is for sale now.
Ministry of Health- Guide for Home based food business, commercial kitchens are not allowed in residential homes.
Parking, Ticketing and By-Law Enforcement-Community enforcement needs and policy development– town staff looking for direction. Council discussed.
End of my notes as I had to leave the meeting at this point.
Disclaimer- These are my personal notes from the meeting. The purpose of these notes is to give an update on what is happening around the Town of Grand Valley. If you would like to view the official agenda and minutes you can find that here.