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Council Highlights – April 25, 2023 – Regular Session of Council

Announcements

Mayor Ferguson apologized and acknowledged that there was a failure to uphold the municipality’s Anti-Racism Policy as it relates to a recent comment made at the April 11, 2023 Council meeting.

Councillor Roberts apologized for a comment he made when addressing the hiring of a Pounds Keeper during the April 11, 2023 Council meeting.

Councillor MacNaughton will bring forward at the next Council meeting a resolution regarding intimate partner violence in Prince Edward County and in Ontario, which relates to the April 13 presentation from Alternatives for Women.

Councillor Hirsch will bring forward at the next Council meeting a motion whereby Council would make a formal objection to certain aspects of Bill 97, as it relates to the new Provincial Policy Statement.

Mayor Ferguson proclaimed National Volunteer Week, May 2023 as Lyme Disease Awareness Month and April 2023 as Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

Deputations/Presentations

Patrick “Bear” Maloney and Gregor Stuart provided a presentation to Council regarding the Millennium Trail. They noted that the PEC Trails Committee is focused on increasing safety on the Trail. They are also interested in participating in the Millennium Trail by-law review.

Updates

Mayor Ferguson and Councillor Harrison provided an update about the meeting they had with the Ministry of Transportation regarding the Glenora Ferry service. They were informed that 2-boat/15-minute service would start on weekends beginning May long weekend. From July 1 until after Thanksgiving, 2-boat service will occur 7 days a week.

Friendship Agreement between Prince Edward County and a Community in Ukraine

Council received the Community Services, Programs and Initiatives department report regarding a Friendship Agreement between Prince Edward County and a community in Ukraine. The Mayor will contact elected officials in Krasyliv Territorial Community, Ukraine, for the purpose of exploring a friendship municipality relationship.
Council directed staff to draft a Friendship Policy based on lessons learned in this initial process that describes how Prince Edward County’s friendship relationships would be initiated and selected, and how the relationships would be administered and resourced.

Agricultural Advisory Committee Meeting scheduled for May 1 to discuss new Provincial Planning Statement and Bill 97

An Agricultural Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Monday, May 1 to discuss the new Provincial Planning Statement (PPS) and Bill 97: The Helping Homebuyers, Protecting Tenants Act.

Members of the County’s agricultural community are invited to attend the virtual meeting to share how Bill 97 and the PPS may impact them. The meeting will begin at 7 pm.

Those wishing to speak at this virtual meeting are asked to email the Clerk’s department at clerks@pecounty.on.ca by noon on Monday, May 1. Details on receiving a link to the meeting will be provided by staff via email to those who register to attend.

The meeting will provide Council with the opportunity to hear input from the local agricultural community and understand how Bill 97 and the PPS may affect agricultural practices in the County.

The meeting will also stream live on the .

 

Other Business

Council received the CAO’s quarterly report and approved the updated Delegation of Duties to Municipal Employees By-law 3167-2012.

Council awarded Procurement PEC-CORP-0001-2023 Grass Cutting to Enviro sweep, Pitt Crew Landscaping and Martin’s Construction & Demolition Inc for a total of $282,514.36 on an annual basis including the fixed annual price increases.

The tender award for the Picton Main Street reconstruction was discussed. Councillors asked questions regarding the breakdown of funding for the project and the competitiveness of the tender process.

The report of the Traffic Advisory Committee was discussed. Council added a motion directing staff to bring back a report about to explore traffic calming mechanisms on Union Road that would take into consideration additional signage, line painting and the use of speed humps.

Council also amended the motion regarding the change in the posted speed limit on Bloomfield Main Street. The motion is now:

THAT Rate of Speed By-Law 4473-2019 Schedule ‘A’ (40 km/h) be amended for the change in the posted speed limit on Bloomfield Main Street, from 420 m east of the Pedestrian Crossover to Stanley Street, from 50 km/h to 40 km/h

 

Next Council meeting: Regular Meeting of Council Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at Shire Hall, 332 Main Street, Picton

This summary is not a complete record of the proceedings of the meeting. 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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