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Council Highlights – January 10, 2024 – Regular Meeting of Council

January 15, 2024

Council Recap – January 10 Regular Meeting of Council *Rescheduled from January 9 due to weather

* Mayor Ferguson declared a conflict of interest on item 11.2 regarding Rezoning Application (Addendum) File Nos: Z38-22 – TREA Resorts as the developer contributed to his 2022 election campaign.*

Motions from Closed Session

Council agreed to the Ontario Land Tribunal Minutes of Settlement regarding the Wellington Heritage Conservation District Plan.

 

Announcements

Councillor Pennell announced he will be bringing forward a motion to the next Council meeting to propose that the present Millennium Trail located near the Consecon parquet, and the surrounding land owned by the County, be considered as future County parkland.

Councillor Roberts announced that he will be bringing forward a motion regarding Ontario Works Financial Assistance Rates at the next Council meeting.

The Mayor proclaimed January 2024 as Alzheimer Awareness Month.

 

Deputations

*Given the Mayor’s conflict of interest, Councillor Pennell assumed the Chair for deputations regarding TREA Resorts.*

Six members of the public made deputations to Council regarding the Rezoning Application (Addendum) File Nos Z38-22 – TREA Resorts. Discussion was made regarding a petition that has been circulating against the development. It was noted approximately 850 people have signed the petition against the development. Discussions around the potential of this development affecting residents and farmland.

1 member of the public made a deputation to Council regarding Uride and Community Transportation Solutions.

Vince Scott, Regional Operations Manager made a deputation to Council regarding Uride and Community Transportation Solutions.

1 member of the public made a deputation to Council regarding the Tender Award Contract – Wellington Watermain Trunk and Sanitary Sewer Trunk Linear Infrastructure.

 

Comments from the Audience

Due to the Mayor’s conflict of interest, Councillor Pennell chaired the portion of comments from the audience pertaining to item 11.2 – Rezoning Application (Addendum) File Nos: Z38-22 TRAE Resort.

Several comments from the audience were made pertaining to TRAE development, Wellington watermain trunk sanitary sewer trunk linear infrastructure, Official Plan Amendment for Base 31 and  the 2024 budget.

 

Tender Award Contract – Wellington Watermain Trunk and Sanitary Sewer Trunk Linear Infrastructure

This item was deferred by Council at the November 28, 2023, Council Meeting to obtain advice from the municipal solicitor.

Peter Moyer, Director of Development Services, provided a PowerPoint presentation.

Council directed staff to ensure the Environmental Restoration Plan for the Millennium Trail be reviewed by the Environmental Advisory Committee prior to approval.

The Master Servicing Plan, Development Charges Background Study and Growth Forecast project scope and financing will be reviewed against current economic and environmental assumptions. Staff will return to Council prior to the water and wastewater plant tenders being released. Councillor MacNaughton brought forward an amending motion to the main motion.

Council approved additional funds in the amount of $2,705,540.00 from the long-term debt be added to Capital Project INI-0132. Council has authorized the Mayor and Clerk to execute an agreement with Clearway Construction Inc. to install the new Wellington Watermain Trunk and Sanitary Sewer Trunk Linear Infrastructure in the amount of $16,104,835.00 plus all applicable taxes.

 

 

Rezoning Application (Addendum) File Nos Z38-22 TRAE Resort

Due to Mayor Ferguson’s conflict of interest, he refrained from the discussion or voting on the matter. Councillor Pennell assumed the role of Chair.

Council approved the Zoning By-Law Amendment File No.: Z38-22 for lands described as Pt Lt 48-49 Con BS Pt 1 47R5522 s/t, Ward of North Marysburgh.

 

Reconsideration Request from Councillor Hirsch regarding Uride and Community Transportation Solutions

The reconsideration of Uride and Community Transportation Solutions was approved.

The Mayor and CAO be authorized to execute an Amendment to the Agreement between the County of Prince Edward and URide Tech dated April 1, 2024, to:

  1. Extend the end date of the Agreement until December 31, 2024.
  2. Provide a maximum subsidy of $30,000 for the 2024 calendar year with up to $15,000 of this cost-shared by tourism industry partners.
  3. Include new service level standards related to days and hours of service and geographic distribution of rides that are acceptable to the cost-sharing partners, as a condition of investment by these partners.
  4. Exempt Uride from the provisions of the Taxi By-law 63-2020, as amended for the duration of the Agreement.

Staff will review the Taxi By-Law 63-2020 and the associated Fare Schedule in the Fees & Charges By-Law, as amended by Q2 2024, with the intent to modernize the By-Law and improve conditions for operating a vehicle-for-hire business in Prince Edward County

Staff will develop a micro-granting program with a maximum funding envelope of $40,000, funded through Municipal Accommodations Tax revenue, to support the taxi sector to develop solutions to community transportation challenges, with the terms and conditions presented to Council as part of the Tourism Management Plan in Q1 2024.

 

Water ad Wastewater Rates Community Committee – Terms of Reference

Council approved the Water and Wastewater Rates Community Committee Terms of Reference.

Recruitment for the Water and Wastewater Rates Community Committee is open until Friday, February 9 at 11: 59 pm. Information on how to apply can be found on the County’s website. All interested applicants must submit a Cover Letter and/or Resume with their submission to be considered for the Water and Wastewater Rates Community Committee.

 

Other Business

Council received resignations from community members from various advisory committees and board.

Council approved minutes from previous advisory committees and board meetings.

 

Next Council meeting: Regular Meeting of Council Tuesday, January 16, 2024, 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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