Municipal Council Notes:
November 15, 2017
DELEGATIONS / PRESENTATIONS
Mr. Derrick Lamarche “We Own It Campaign”
OPSEU Local 702 president Derrick Lamarche asked Sioux Lookout municipal council to endorse a “We Own It” motion to keep public services in Ontario public.
Lamarche said evidence shows privatized public services provide lower quality of services to fewer members of the public.
Council will consider the OPSEU motion
Transload Facility Working Group
Council authorized an application for funding to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) in an amount of $100,000, plus a Municipal contribution of $7,500 to undertake the development of a Transload Facility Working Group; and further Council authorized an application for funding to FedNor in an amount of $100,000, plus a Municipal contribution of $7,500 to undertake the development of a Transload Facility Working Group; and further Council confirmed that the Municipality’s partners’ contribution to the Transload Facility Working Group will total $15,000.
The funding will allow the Transload Facility Working Group to undertake the groundwork required to move forward with the development of the project.
Vicki Blanchard, municipal economic development manager, explained in a report she submitted to council that the Working Group will study the need for an integrated Transportation System (ITS) from Pickle Lake to Sioux Lookout, from the terminus of the all-weather road north east of Pickle Lake by way of Highway’s 594, 516 and 72 with focus on establishing a Trans-load Facility on the eastside of Sioux Lookout for multiple commercial/industrial users.
Cottage Lot Development
Council directed staff to investigate the opportunity for cottage lot development within the Municipal boundary.
Jody Brinkman, Municipal chief building official / development services manager explained in his written report to council, “The purpose of this recommendation is to provide information to Council and to seek approval to move forward in collaboration with J.F.T. Developments Ltd. an investigation into the opportunity for cottage lot development within Sioux Lookout.”
2018 Budget Timetable Revised
Council voted that, notwithstanding approval of the 2018 Budget Timetable at the September 27, 2017, Regular Council Meeting, the following changes be made to the timetable: 1. November 29, 2017 Special Council Meeting be cancelled; 2. December 13, 2017 Special Budget Meeting be changed to the Budget Draft No.1 presentation; 3. January 10, 2018 Special Council Meeting be changed to Budget Draft No. 2 presentation; 4. January 17, 2018 Regular Council Meeting the Ratification/Passing of 2018 Budget.
Change January 2018 Regular Council Meeting Date
Council defeated a motion to direct that the Regular Council Meeting for January 2018 be changed from January 17, 2018 to January 24, 2018.
Update Signing Authorities/Authorize Electronic Signatures
Council authorized the updating of municipal signing authorities / authorized electronic signatures for municipal legal and banking purposes.
The full text can be viewed at https://siouxlookout.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/ “3708?preview=10039.
Quarterly Financial Report - Third Quarter Quarterly Financial Report
Council received, as information, the Quarterly Financial Report – Third Quarter 2017 – as attached to the Treasurer’s Report dated November 15, 2017.
The report can be viewed at https://siouxlookout.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/ 3708?preview=10039.
Emergency Plan and Plan By-Law
Council authorizes the passing of By-law No. 75-17, Being a Bylaw to Adopt an Emergency Management Program and Emergency Response Plan and to Meet Other Requirements under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, and to Rescind By-law No. 39-04
Local Transportation Services Licensing Review
Council was provided with an update on the licensing of local transportation services, with the aim of providing direction to staff regarding the current licensing regime.
Council withdrew the motion, directing staff to maintain the status quo in terms of licensing local transportation services, namely, via the Taxicab and Limousine Licensing By-law (By-law No. 54-08, as amended).
Staff were also asked to consult with the current taxicab operators and the broader community on the taxi by-law and related matters.
Taxicab operator Gord Campbell asked why the municipality would try to change the current taxicab bylaw when he said it wasn’t broken.
“There’s things within the bylaw that could be deregulated for us,” he informed council.
He said he absolutely believed in having regular safeties done on his vehicles. “I believe we need to do that for the safety of the public,” he said. “I believe criminal record checks are needed for the drivers at initial employment, not every year we have to come in to the town. We’re not criminals. I’ve been doing this for 45 years, and for the last 15 years I’ve had to come in and tell you guys I’m not a criminal. How many of you people need to do that for your job? To me it’s not right.”
He asked council stay with the current taxicab bylaw and make a few amendments to it.
“You have guys out there driving right now that don’t have licences and the town’s not doing anything about it. It’s been brought to the attention of the bylaw officer. The bylaw officer said to back off and leave them alone,” he informed council.
He added, “It’s not illegal to share rides on Facebook. It’s illegal to make a profit from it. So you have to prove they’re making a profit in order to do anything about it.”
Sandra Quinn, another taxicab operator said she agreed completely with Campbell.
She said she believed in criminal records checks for taxicab drivers every four or five years and when a new driver comes on. Not every year.
“The scab cabs need to get out of there,” she said, referring to people offering rides who do not have taxicab operator licenses or taxicab insurance, or criminal records checks completed for the purpose of transporting passengers.
“If they want to do that, they should buy a license,” she said.
Adam Kelly, another taxicab operator, said he agreed with Campbell and Quinn.
“Deregulating - that shouldn’t even be an option. Just for the safety of the public alone. There’s allegations out there right now, people driving people around, there’s been sexual harassment charges, there’s been sexual assault charges… Something has to be done with like she (Quinn) said, scab cabs. They say there’s nothing they can do without proving it,” Kelly said.
Mayor Doug Lawrance suggested council elect to remain with the status quo, the current taxicab bylaw, and update it with input from taxicab operators.
Asked about people operating unlicensed taxicabs in the community Brian MacKinnon, manager of corporate services / municipal clerk said the municipality has investigated the matter, but has been unable to prove the operation of any unlicensed taxicabs.
Appoint Acting Deputy Clerk - By-law No. 78-17
Council authorized the passing of By-law No. 78-17, Being a Bylaw to Appoint an Acting Deputy Clerk (Jacqueline Trenholm) for The Corporation of the Municipality of Sioux Lookout.
Appoint Integrity Commissioner and Closed Meeting Investigator (Bylaw No. 80-17)
Council appointed Mr. Paul S. Heayn as the Municipality’s Closed Meeting Investigator (CMI) and Integrity Commissioner (IC); and further Council authorized the passing of By-law No. 80-17, Being a Bylaw to Authorize and Direct the Mayor and the Clerk to Execute an Agreement Between The Corporation of the Municipality of Sioux Lookout and Paul S. Heayn for the Provision of Municipal Closed Meeting Investigator and Integrity Commissioner Services.
Adopt Municipally Significant Events Policy (By-law No. 79-17)
Council authorized the passing of By-law No. 79-17, Being a Bylaw to Adopt Policy No. 2-13, Municipally Significant Events Policy.
The passing of this bylaw enables Council to adopt a Policy setting the criteria and procedures for the issuance of letters of Municipal Significance regarding Special Occasion Permits.
Policy No. 2-12 - Trespass (By-law No. 74-17)
Council authorized the passing of By-law No. 74-17, Being a Bylaw to Adopt Policy No. 2-12, Trespass Policy.
MacKinnon explained in his written report to council, “The purpose of the recommended motion is to enable Council to adopt a Policy to govern how Trespass Notice will be issued, with respect to barring certain individuals from Municipal property.”
He explained further, “To effectively protect the safety of staff and visitors to/users of Municipal facilities and spaces, occasionally, Notices of Trespass need to be issued to certain individuals who, through inappropriate, abusive, confrontational and related behaviour, jeopardize the health, safety and welfare of staff and visitors. The issuance of such Trespass Notices has, traditionally, been undertaken at the discretion of the CAO. In 2016, the current CAO requested that a Policy be developed which would set criteria and guidelines for the use of this tool in protecting staff and visitors at Municipal facilities and spaces.”
Authorization the long term borrowing from Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (OILC) for financing of capital works; By-Law No. 70- 17: Fuller Street Upgrade, Cedar Bay Road, Condenser
Council authorized the passing of By-law No. 70-17, Being a Bylaw to authorize certain new capital works of The Corporation of the Municipality of Sioux Lookout (The Municipality); to authorize the submission of an application to Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (ÒILC) for financing such capital works; to authorize temporary borrowing from OILC to meet expenditures in connection with such works; and to authorize long term borrowing for such works through the issue of debentures to OILC in the amount of $482,631.46 towards the costs of the Fuller Street Upgrade, Cedar Bay Road and Condenser.
REPORT OUT FROM CLOSED SESSION
Resolutions and Appointments
Council passed a resolution that Council authorizes and directs the Treasurer to transfer up to $55,000 from the land development reserve fund to cover the cost of an Environmental Impact Study on the Hillcrest property.
Council passed a second resolution that Council directs the Treasurer to prepare the required By-laws to set up the proposed Reserve Funds and transfers for the year ending December 31, 2017.
Council appointed Ms. Heather Lee to the Economic Development Commission.