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Council Highlights – September 12, 2023 – Regular Meeting of Council

September 14, 2023

Announcements

Councillor Hirsh announced that the Milford Fair, “Canada’s Best Little County Fair,” is happening on Saturday, September 16.

Councillor Roberts announced his intent to bring forward a resolution regarding endorsement for the Coalition for Healthy School Food to the September 26, Council meeting.

Councillor Pennell announced that the Ameliasburgh Fair. There will be free public transportation to the fair for County seniors 55+. Seniors looking for transportation are asked to contact Quinte Transit.

Mayor Ferguson announced that the “Find Your Wings” Career Fair for the aviation industry is happening at Base31 on Saturday, September 23.

 

Deputations

Bruce Dowdall and Monica Alyea made deputations to Council regarding the establishment of the South Marysburgh Facilities Association as a Municipal Local Board.

Cheryl Anderson of the South Shore Joint Initiative addressed Council regarding the South Shore Joint Initiative vision, mission, and projects. Discussions were had regarding the footpath and its use. Councillor Harrison asked that the footpath be extended to recreational uses for ATVs and other vehicles be considered.

 

Comments from the Audience
Dorothy Bothwell provided comment regarding item 9.6 and the Water and Wastewater Rates Community Working Group Terms of Reference. She asked if staff investigated a different model for a commission, highlighted the expectations of the Working Group, she requested edits to the terms of reference pertaining to membership and the role of the CAO in agenda management.

Paulina McMahon spoke in support of item 9.1 and the South Marysburgh Facilities Association as a Municipal Local Board. She noted how theatre helps people become leaders and is one of the only venues of expression and that connection is essential – she noted that the arts provide a platform for expression.

Jenica Hammett supported item 9.1 and spoke to her personal history as a South Marysburgh Mummer and how she has been doing Mount Tabor plays since she was a child. She expressed her love for the arts and how Mount Tabor and the arts helps with social skills. She spoke of her love for Mount Tabor and how generations need to continue having these experiences.

 

Resolution from Councillor St-Jean seeking Council support for the Monarch Point Conservation Reserve

 

Councillor St-Jean’s full Resolution is available here.

As per the Resolution, Prince Edward County Council will endorse, support, and encourage maintaining the long standing, historical recreational uses of lands now within the Monarch Point Conservation Reserve and will request that Minister David Piccini direct the Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks to:

1.Host public consultation sessions in Prince Edward County providing opportunities for all users, including motorized vehicle trail usage, hunters and anglers on the lands within the Monarch Point Conservation Reserve, to aid in the development of a Management Direction Plan;

2.Prepare “a management direction”, as required in the Provincial Parks and Conservation Act, for Monarch Point Conservation Reserve that includes all long standing and traditional uses (including the objectives of S.1.2.1) of the Monarch Point Conservation Reserve lands;

3.As part of the management direction, establish “an advisory committee” of local stakeholders to develop a Term of Reference that recognizes, honours, safeguards and guarantees the continuance of all past and current recreational, cultural and locally significant activities including but not limited to motorized vehicle trail usage, hunting and fishing, to the extent that such activities do not negatively affect the ecological values of the Conservation Reserve;

4.That the Minister direct the District Manager in charge of Monarch Point Conservation Reserve take no action with respect to closure or changes of public use or uses of any roads or trails or lands within the Monarch Point Conservation Reserve until such time as a thorough public consultation process with respect to future Monarch Point uses/activities (management direction) has been conducted, including recognition of Prince Edward County’s long-time position, enshrined in its Official Plan, that citizens have a right to access the shoreline of Lake Ontario

A copy of this resolution will be forwarded to the Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, MPP David Piccini, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, and Bay of Quinte MPP, Todd Smith, Minister of Energy, and the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus.

 

Resolution from Councillor Hirsh regarding amending the STA By-law

Councillor Hirsh brought forward a Resolution seeking Council support to amend the STA By-law pertaining to occupancy limits.

Council amended By-Law 108-2021 to Licence, Regulate and Govern The Operation Of Short-Term Accommodation Dwelling Rentals in The Corporation Of The County Of Prince Edward, Section 2: General Provisions Applicable to All STAs, 5 (c) to read as follows:

  • c) Licensed short-term accommodations shall not exceed two (2) persons per licensed guest room and; may additionally include one (1) child under the age of ten (10) per room.

Staff will review the STA By-Law at the end of the 2023 season and bring forward a report in 2024 on any additional amendments.

The draft amended by-law is available on the September 12 Council agenda.

 

Other Business
Council approved the establishment of the South Marysburgh Facilities Association as a Municipal Local Board and approved the By-law and Terms of Reference as presented on the Council meeting agenda.

Council approved the By-Law to Provide for the Delegation of Duties by Council to the Municipal Lawyer as presented on the Council meeting agenda.

Councillor Nieman’s Resolution seeking Council support to develop criteria for septic systems in Prince Edward County was deferred to the September 26, 2023, Council meeting.

Water and Wastewater Rates Community Working Group Terms of Reference will be referred to staff for collaboration with Councillors who are active Municipal Drinking Water or Wastewater system ratepayers, and public consultation on the Terms of Reference will be brought forward to an October 2023 meeting.

Council approved minutes from various boards and committees

Next Council meeting: Regular Meeting of Council Tuesday, September 26, 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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