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Council and Committee of the Whole Highlights – June 11 & 13

June 19, 2024

Council Highlights – June 11 Regular Meeting of Council

Motions from Closed Session

Council appointed Sarah Letersky and Stephen Casey Hill as voting public members of the Prince Edward County O.P.P. Detachment Board.

Announcements

Councillor Grosso announces that June is Pride Month and encouraged everyone in the County to celebrate all the events happening. Events can be found at pecpride.com.

Councillor MacNaughton announced a Notice of Motion to reconsider Council’s decision with respect to Motion 2024-219 from the May 7, 2024, Council meeting regarding File No. B109-21 and File No. B112-21 in accordance with section 5.11 of the Procedural By-law.

Councillor Roberts announced his attendance at the Association of Public Health Agency’s annual general meeting in Toronto last week, as well as his participation in the Southeast Transition Team for the proposed voluntary merger of the three counties and commended the work of our public health unit.

Mayor Ferguson proclaimed June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and June 21 – July 1 as PECelebrates in the County.

Deputations

Nicola Chapman addressed Council regarding the Athol Day Care opportunity.  Discussions included whether the facility is equipped for full-time use by a business and whether is it appropriate to have a business operate out of a municipal building. Click here to read Nicola’s deputation.

Comments from the Audience

Lori Cairns spoke to item 11.4, Resolution from Councillor St-Jean seeking Council support for civility in municipal government. Lori expressed concern about the decision-making behind determining the definition of abusive behaviour being under the control of certain people. She stated that everyone has the right to speak up in a democratic society.

Items on the Agenda

2023 Municipal Accommodation Tax Financial Report
Council received the 2023 Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) report for 2023. Click here to view the report.

Council approves Ameliasburgh Fair Board Memorandum of Understanding
Council approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ameliasburgh Fair Board to formally commit municipal services and facilities for the Ameliasburgh Fair annually.

Prince Edward County O.P.P. Detachment Board Nominations
Council appointed Councillor Braney and Councillor Roberts to serve on the Prince Edward County O.P.P. Detachment Board. Click here to view the Board’s Terms of Reference.

Council will also send a letter of appreciation to Richard Gwozdowski for his service on the County’s Police Services Board.

 

Resolution from Councillor St-Jean seeking Council support for civility in municipal government
Staff will bring back a report to Council that updates the County’s policies related to the interaction of the public, staff and Council, including, but not limited to, the Council Code of Conduct, the Council-Staff Relations Policy and the Procedure By-Law 16-2022. Staff will consult with the public on proposed policy changes prior to returning to Council in Q3. Click here to read Councillor St-Jean’s resolution.

 

Mayor Ferguson provides update on Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus Strategic Plan and Infrastructure Policy Paper
Mayor Ferguson provided a verbal update to Council regarding the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus (EOWC) Strategic Plan and Infrastructure Policy Paper.

 

 

Committee of the Whole Highlights – June 13, 2024

Deputations

Prince Edward County Lions Club seeks permission to hold a ‘road toll’ over long weekends
Don Lyons of the Prince Edward County Lions Club sought permission from Council to hold a ‘road toll’ on Stanley Street, Bloomfield for the long weekend Mondays in July, August, September and October. Council approved the request for a ‘road toll’ on long weekend Mondays for the remainder of the term of Council (2026). The funds raised will go towards supporting new projects put on by the PEC Lions Club. Click here to read Don’s deputation.

Kiydan Zachariah, Project Coordinator for the Greater Than County Youth Collective addressed Council regarding the Delhi Park 2034 – Accessibility, Community Connections & Active Transportation Plan. Click here to read Kiydan’s deputation.

Presentations

Delhi Park 2034 – Accessibility, Community Connections & Active Transportation Plan

Victoria Taylor, Principal VTLA Studio addressed Council regarding the Delhi Park 2034 – Accessibility, Community Connections + Active Transportation Plan. Click here to view Victoria’s presentation.

Comments from the Audience

Ian Chodikoff and Kelly McGillivray provided comments on agenda item 5.1, Delhi Park 2034 – Accessibility, Community Connections & Active Transportation Plan. Ian spoke about how the space is a history of the landscape and asked about the next steps for fundraising and whether there will be a taskforce to raise the funds. Kelly noted that the park will add essential connectivity to other areas of interest and be the missing link between many destinations. She noted that the park provides a positive alternative to encourage active transportation, and has a  net positive impact on Picton Main St congestion and parking. Kelly stated that this project can be done in small increments, unlike road and sidewalk improvements and reinforced this is an important link.

 

Items on the Agenda

Delhi Park Community Connections & Active Transportation Plan
Council endorsed the Plan as a long-term, multi-phase plan for improving active transportation in Picton, with implementation subject to external funding. Staff will make apply for funding as it becomes available. Staff will continue consulting with neighbours and stakeholders as the project progresses. Council also declared the Delhi Park Community Connections as a Project of Community Interest to support capital improvement projects as outlined in the Delhi Park 2034 Plan for the purposes of receiving donations and issuing official donation receipts for income tax purposes. Click here to read the staff report.

York Street Laneway – Pedestrian Only Considerations
No further action will be taken to change the vehicle use of the York Street Laneway. A letter will be drafted on behalf of the municipality explaining to the Picton Business Improvement Association how the York Street Laneway can be used for pedestrian-use for special events or temporary uses. Click here to view the staff report.

Road Network Asset Management Planning for Urban Roads
Staff will return to Council prior to the 2025 budget with progress towards a multi-year Plan for Urban and Rural Roads to inform future capital expenditures. Click here to read the staff report.

The next Regular Meeting of Council will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at 7 pm at Shire Hall, 332 Main Street, Picton. 

The next Committee of the Whole meeting will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2024, at 1 pm at Shire Hall.

This summary is not a complete record of the proceedings of the meetings. For the official record, please refer to the minutes in the next Council agenda.  A video of this meeting is available on The County’s YouTube Channel.

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