I was happy to support in principle the construction of an Italian monument in King's Navy Yard Park and support the Libro Centre as the permanent home for a new and improved skate park. Here's how I voted on December 13, 2021:
6.1 Italian Heritage Monument Fundraising Committee - Remo DiPaolo and Domenic Cristofaro
That: 1. Council APPROVE IN PRINCIPLE the proposed Italian Heritage Monument Project on behalf of the Italian Heritage Monument Fundraising Committee provided the committee raise the funding for the project in its entirety as noted in the report of November 25, 2021;
2. Council APPROVE IN PRINCIPLE the proposed location of the monument in Kings Navy Yard Park as per Appendix A;
3. Council APPROVE that Administration work with the Italian Heritage Monument Fundraising Committee on the following initiatives: a. Develop an agreement between the Town of Amherstburg and the Italian Heritage Fundraising Committee for scope of work, creation of the sculpture, the roles and responsibilities of the committee and the Town including the ultimate transference of ownership of the sculpture and other rights to the Town of Amherstburg. b. Develop a maintenance Trust Fund to be utilized for future maintenance and repairs. c. The Financial Services Division set up an account for the Italian Heritage Monument to accept all fundraising and donations on behalf of the Italian Heritage Committee and issue tax receipts for donor contributions. d. Ensure the monument meets or exceeds current construction and material standards to the satisfaction of the Director of Parks, Recreation, Facilities and
4 Culture and that the project meet all obligations covered under the Town’s Memorial Policy (currently under review). e. That the Heritage Committee be consulted on the location of the monument in the King’s Navy Yard Park in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act; and, 4. Council DIRECT Administration to bring back a detailed report that outlines the full scope of the project, including all costs associated with the project and any long term financial commitments of the Town prior to commencement of work on site.
6.2 Health and Safety Concerns at 320 Richmond Community Hub - Robert Moroz
That: 1. The delegation BE RECEIVED; and,
2. Council APPROVE a one-time emergency expenditure in the amount of $36,000 to cover the cost of cameras, automatic door swipe card access, improved lighting and a customer service representative for a 2 month period in order to improve safety and security at 320 Richmond in accordance with the report dated November 25, 2021.
6.3 247 Brock Street, St. Anthony's School, Heritage Designation and Proposed Alterations - Rosati Group
1. The delegation BE RECEIVED; and,
2. Council DESIGNATE the “St. Anthony School” at 247 Brock Street by municipal by-law under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act;
3. Council APPROVE the proposed alterations to the Heritage Attributes of the St. Anthony School as recommended in Attachment 4
7.1 CWATS Overview Presentation - Diana Radulescu, Jerry Behl and Todd Hewitt
That the CWATS Overview Presentation BE RECEIVED.
7.2 Adoption of the 2021 Multi-Year Accessibility Plan - Amherstburg Accessibility Advisory Committee Chair Shirley Curson-Prue
That: 1. The delegation BE RECEIVED; and,
2. The Town of Amherstburg ADOPT the 2021 Multi-Year Accessibility Plan in accordance with Ontario Regulation 191/11 section 4(1), as supported by the Amherstburg Accessibility Advisory Committee.
REPORTS - CORPORATE SERVICES
8.1 2022 Interim Tax Levy By-law 2021-076
That By-law 2021-076, being a By-law to provide for an interim tax levy in default BE TAKEN as having been read three times and finally passed and the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to sign the same thereto.
REPORTS - COMMUNITY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES
9.2 Skate Park Update
That: 1. Council APPROVE the Skate Park be moved permanently to the Libro Complex in the northwest corner of the property located at 3295 Meloche Road.
2. Council DIRECT Administration to proceed with issuing an RFP to retain a specialized consulting design firm to prepare design drawings for a multi versatile Skate Park facility at the Libro Complex based on the most recent survey that closed December 6, 2021.
3. Council APPROVE funding from the Parks Capital Reserve Fund in the amount of $75,000 for retaining a specialized Skate Park design consultant to prepare design and construction drawings suitable for tender for the new multi versatile Skate Park.
4. Funding for the construction of the Skate Park be DEFFERED to the 2022 capital budget deliberations.
REPORTS - INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES
10.2 Drinking Water Source Protection Risk Management Services
That: 1. The Town of Amherstburg ENTER INTO an agreement with the Essex Region Conservation Authority for Drinking Water Source Protection Risk Management Services and the Mayor and Clerk BE AUTHORIZED to sign same.
10.3 Boblo Island Wastewater Pumping Station and Forcemain – Design and Construction Agreement
That: 1. The Agreement to Design and Construct the Boblo Island Wastewater Pumping Station and Forcemain with Amico Infrastructures Inc. for an amount not to exceed $3,052,800 including net HST BE ACCEPTED and the Mayor and Clerk BE AUTHORIZED to execute the agreement.
REPORTS - CAO's OFFICE
12.1 Declaration of Surplus Properties for Disposition
That: 1. In keeping with the Disposal of Surplus Real Property Policy, Section 6.15 the following property BE DECLARED SURPLUS to the needs of the Town; Property known municipally as 300 Victoria Street, Amherstburg, ON, and described legally as Part of Lot 2, Concession 1, and more particularly as Part 2 on Plan 12R 18093, Part of PIN 70557-0111, (the “Subject Property”);
2. That the property listed above BE DISPOSED OF in keeping with Sections 6.4.1, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8.1, 6.8.2, 6.12 and 6.14 of the Disposal of Real Property Policy; and,
3. That the Interim Chief Administrative Officer BE AUTHORIZED to sign the required MLS listing agreement for the property listed above.
12.2 2022 Municipal Election – Voting Method
1. The traditional voting method with the use of electronic tabulators only BE APPROVED for advanced polls;
2. The traditional voting method with the use of electronic tabulators only BE APPROVED as the method of voting on Election Day;
3. By-law 2021-078 being a by-law to authorize the use of optical scanning vote tabulators in the 2022 Municipal Election be taken as having been read three times and finally passed and the Mayor and Clerk BE AUTHORIZED to sign same; and,
4. The Clerk BE AUTHORIZED to secure a vendor(s) for the 2022 Municipal Election.
13.1 Re-Opening Recreation Programming – Survey Results
That: 1. The report from the Manager of Recreation Services dated December 2, 2021, regarding the recreational needs assessment survey results BE RECEIVED for information.
That the following consent correspondence BE RECEIVED:
14.1 Bridge and Culvert Replacements - Township of Adelaide Metcalfe
14.2 Windsor Essex Regional Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, 2022-2026 - County of Essex
14.3 Support for THRIVE Heritage White Paper - Amherstburg Freedom Museum
14.4 Pilot Program FoodCycler - Food Cycle Science Corporation
14.5 Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Targeted Cost-Share Initiative Aimed at Increasing Deadstock Management Capacity - Honourable Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
14.6 Municipal Energy Symposium - Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)
14.7 Navigating Conflict Relationships as an Elected Official - Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)
14.8 Ontario Broadband Strategy, Excess Soil Regulations (Webinar), Planning Act Delegations - Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Policy Update
14.9 Opposition to WECHU Letter of Instruction - Town of Essex
14.10 MADD Request for Advertising Endorsement - Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
CONSENT OTHER MINUTES
That the following minutes BE RECEIVED: 15.1 Amherstburg Accessibility Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes of November 25, 2021
16.1 Amherstburg Accessibility Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes of October 21, 2021
That: 1. The Accessibility Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes of October 21, 2021 BE RECEIVED;
2. An accessible picnic table BE PURCHASED for use at Ranta Memorial Park inclusive of a cement pad and access route to the pad at grade; and, 3. An accessible picnic table BE PURCHASED for use at Pat Thrasher Park inclusive of a cement pad and access route at grade.
16.2 Drainage Board Meeting Minutes of December 7, 2021
The Drainage Board Meeting Minutes of December 7, 2021 BE RECEIVED;
2. By-law 2021-074 being a By-law to provide for the 3rd Concession Drain North - Bridge for Blais based on the Drainage Report by Rood Engineering Inc. BE PROVISIONALLY ADOPTED by giving first and second reading and the Mayor and Clerk BE AUTHORIZED to sign same; and
3. By-law 2021-073 being a By-law to provide for the Tremblay Drain – Replacement Bridge for MN 7823 based on the Drainage Report by Rood Engineering Inc. BE PROVISIONALLY ADOPTED by giving first and second reading and the Mayor and Clerk BE AUTHORIZED to sign same.
In recognition that the Province of Ontario is the last Province in Canada to adopt a plan to deliver $10 a day childcare services, that a letter BE SENT to the Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, in support of adopting a $10 a day childcare plan.
NOTICE OF MOTION
19.1 Notice of Motion by Councillor Courtney
WHEREAS section 224 of the Municipal Act clearly defines the role of Council and includes the following:
It is the role of council, (a) To represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality; (d) To ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of Council; (d.1)To ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality; and, (e) To maintain the financial integrity of the municipality;
AND WHEREAS it is a best practice to periodically review the internal controls, budgetary variances and management of capital projects in order to ensure Council is carrying out its role pursuant to section 224 of the Municipal Act;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
1. That Council AUTHORIZE the Town’s audit services provider, KPMG, to UNDERTAKE an audit review with an upset limit of $125,000 for the following items: a) Internal Controls in place at the Town; b) Operating Budget Variances that have occurred for the fiscal years 2018- 2021; and, c) Capital Projects completed and/or underway for fiscal years 2018-2021 with a project value greater than $300,000, including the development of the 320 Richmond Street Hub Project;
2. That Council AUTHORIZE the CAO to sign all the necessary documents required to undertake the noted work;
3. That KPMG’s findings resulting from this engagement BE REPORTED to Council in accordance with the Municipal Act;
4. That, should the work done by KPMG as authorized by this resolution result in the need for further investigation, that KPMG report on the same to Council for its consideration; and,
5. That the cost of this engagement be charged to CAO’s Office – Professional Services.
20.1 By-law 2021-077 - Confirmatory By-law
1. By-law 2021-077 being a by-law to Confirm all Resolutions of the Municipal Council Meeting held on December 13, 2021, be taken as having been read three times and finally passed and the Mayor and Clerk BE AUTHORIZED to sign same.