Kathy Kennedy, Executive Director, Prince Edward Learning Centre (PELC) addressed Council regarding Poverty Reduction, Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, and municipal funding for the Financial Empowerment Program. Council made a motion that the request of the Prince Edward Learning Centre for $60,000 be considered in the 2023 operating budget deliberations.
Debbie MacDonald Moynes, Executive Director, Community Care for Seniors addressed Council regarding municipal funding for Seniors Active Living Programs. Council made a motion that the request of Community Care for Seniors for $13,450.00 annually; $11,840.00 (in-kind) for the use of community halls/facilities; and $ 2,100.00 (in-kind) for communications be considered in the 2023 operating budget deliberations; and that this annual request be included in in the 2024, 2025, and 2026 as a line item in the community grant operating budgets for future operating budget consideration.
Sue Mathieu, Prince Edward Fitness & Aquatic Centre (PEFAC) addressed Council regarding A Business Case for Continued support from Prince Edward County for PEFAC. Council made the motion that the request of Prince Edward Fitness & Aquatic Centre (PEFAC)for $70,000 be considered in the 2023 operating budget deliberations; and that this annual request be included in in the 2024, 2025, and 2026 as a line item in the community grant operating budgets for consideration.
Christine Durant, Inspire Program Coordinator, Prince Edward Learning Centre addressed Council regarding food security in the County. Council made the motion that the request for continued funding for food security of $20,000 be considered in the 2023 operating budget deliberations for consideration.
Council Remuneration Policy
Council rescinded AD 133 Councillor Remuneration Adjustment Policy and approved the new Council Remuneration and Expense Policy. Staff will return to Council with a report on proposed additions to the policy prior to 2024 budget exploring:
- Expanding eligible expenses such as childcare, internet/cell-phone usage, and access to municipal facilities for constituency support; and,
- Add to the third-year process, an equity, inclusion and equity of access evaluation, and a scope of work analysis.
Mayor Ferguson proclaimed February as Black History month. During Black History Month, Canadians celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who have, and continue to do so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, nation it is today.
Mayor Ferguson proclaimed February 20-26, 2023 as Heritage Week in Prince Edward County. Flashback February/Heritage Week honours contributions to heritage promotion and protection. Heritage week can inspire citizens to embrace, explore and discover elements of our community’s diverse past.
Mayor Ferguson proclaimed 211 Day on February 11. 2-1-1 is a service for residents looking to access and/or navigate government, health, and social or community services in their regions. This free service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and is available by phone, web, chat, text, and email and can assist in over 150 different languages.
Mayor Ferguson proclaimed February 15, 2023 as Canada’s Agriculture Day. This day is a time for everyone to celebrate and create a closer connection between consumers, our food and the people who produce it. On Canada’s Agriculture Day, we honour the farmers and businesses who work hard to produce the safest, high quality foods that Canadians, and people around the world enjoy every day.
Marcia Wallace, CAO, will sign the updated agreement with The County Foundation in keeping with the existing agreement, pending approval in the 2023 municipal operating budget.
The fees and charges for Town Halls in Schedule P and the applicable section in Schedule T will be amended as per Motion 2022-845. Staff will return with a report about the town halls and the opportunities and challenges of community use.
Staff will research and provide recommendations on a feasible and cost-effective way to manage large domestic animals running at large in Prince Edward County, and report back to a Committee of the Whole meeting in March 2023. The staff report will include consultation with neighbouring municipalities who have a Pound Keeper already appointed under the Pounds Act to determine their interest in entering into an agreement with Prince Edward County to respond to rare occurrences of large domestic animals running at large or trespassing.
Council approved reports and minutes from various meetings and approved various by-laws.
Next Council meeting: Special Meeting of Council Tuesday, January 31, 2023
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.