Municipal Council Notes:
September 27, 2017
Quarterly Financial Report - Second Quarter
Council received, as information, the Quarterly Financial Report – Second Quarter 2017 – as attached to the Treasurer’s Report dated September 27, 2017.
Municipal Treasurer Christy McIntomney explained in her written report to council, “The purpose of this report is to provide Council with an update and overview of the Municipality’s operations, from a financial perspective, in relation to the 2017 approved budget as at June 30th, 2017.
Her report continued, “The attached 2017 Budget Variance Report details the 2017 actual revenue and expenditures and the variance from the 2017 Budget.”
She further reported, “The purpose of the 2017 Budget Variance Report is to provide a high level financial progress overview of the Municipality’s operations as at June 30th, 2017. This statement includes both the general Municipal and Airport operations. As (of) June 30th, 2017 it is reasonable to expect that the Municipality’s expenditures and revenues should be about 50% of the originally budgeted amounts. “There are, of course, exceptions. For example facilities expenditures will be higher during the second quarter as majority of the expenditures are completed during the summer months of each fiscal year. The Planning and Development revenue is high due to sale of land not budgeted for and the revenue received from land sales will be transferred to a reserve fund at year end.
“A detailed analysis of all variances between actual and budgeted figures has been reviewed by the Management Team. Every effort is being made to ensure that the cost savings are being achieved, where possible.”
The entire report can be viewed at http://ow.ly/IRKi30fuUFe.
2018 Budget Timetable
Council approved the proposed 2018 Budget Timetable as presented by the Treasurer.
McIntomney’s written report to council states, “The Budget sets the expenditures and forecasts the revenues for the year which serves as a financial plan representing the goals and priorities of Council. A budget must be done in a timely manner which is transparent and accountable. “As part of the 2018 Budget process the Treasurer has completed a timetable for Council to review outlining public meetings and Special Council Budget Meetings. As this timetable is only a guideline, the dates can be changed to better reflect the availability of Council.”
The 2018 Budget Timetable is as follows: October 11 – open house – public input and requests received. November 29 – special council meeting – budget draft #1. December 13 – special council meeting – budget draft#2. January 10, 2018 – special council meeting – ratification / passing of 2018 Budget.
The October 11 meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Legion, 86 Front Street, second floor. The Municipality is inviting members of the public to attend and provide input.
Taxicab & Limousine By-law
Council, in accordance with Section 3.31 of By-law No. 54-08, hereby acknowledges that a review of the Schedule of Fees for the Taxicab and Limousine Licensing By-law has occurred in August of 2017 and directs that the Schedule of Fees remains at the current rates for the 2018 licensing year.
Council voted that By-law No. 54-17 be read a First, Second and Third time and passed.
By-law No. 54-17, Being a By-law Passed Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 34(1) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, C.P.13, Amends By-law No. 23-11, as Amended of the Corporation of the Municipality of Sioux Lookout.
The passing of this bylaw modifies Schedule B to Zoning By-law 23-11 to change the zoning on Lot 67 Plan M218 from the Residential Type Two (R2) Zone to the Residential Type Two Exception Five (R2-5) Zone in accordance with Schedule ‘A1’.
The passing of this By-law also adds Section 126.96.36.199 following Section 188.8.131.52. Section 184.108.40.206 shall read as follows: “220.127.116.11 Residential Type Two Exception Five (R2-5) Zone Notwithstanding the uses permitted in the Residential Type Two (R2) Zone to the contrary, within the Residential Type Two Exception Five (R2-5) Zone a residential dwelling with up to seven units shall also be permitted. The Minimum Gross Floor Area per unit shall be 26 square metres.”
Councillor Cal Southall declared interest on this item and did not vote on the matter or participate in any discussion on it.
At their regular meeting of Wednesday, August 23, Council defeated a motion to refuse Application No. A02-2017 to rezone the property located at 56 Prince Street, (Lot 67 on Plan M218); to a Residential Type Two Exception Five (R2-5) Zone that would permit a seven unit dwelling on the subject property.
Councillor Southall declared interest on this item at the meeting, as his son James is the applicant. He did not participate in any of the discussion or voting on this item at the time.
COMMENTS FROM MEMBERS OF COUNCIL / MAYORS REPORT
Councillor John Bath, who sits as the council member on the Municipal Day Care Advisory Committee, reported 144 children are currently in the Municipal Day Care program.
He said more than 80 children are still on a waiting list to enter the program.
Municipal CAO Ann Mitchell asked Bath if many of those children were on the waiting list for infant care. He confirmed many of them were.
“The problem is that infant care requires a lot more staff,” Mitchell said.
She added, “Most of the district CAO groups and also the KDSB (Kenora District Services Board) board are working with KDSB to try and secure more funding from the province to alleviate some of our day care costs.”
Mayor Doug Lawrance stated in his report, he met with Minister Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services, who visited the community. While here, Lawrance said Minister Coteau also toured the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre.
Council’s regular meeting for September was held in Hudson.
Hudson resident Sylwester Kiepek thanked Councillors and municipal staff for holding a meeting in the community.
“It is appreciated,” he said, adding, “It shows good public relations to Hudson.”
Another Hudson resident, Bob Starratt, commented, “Certainly happy to see the roadwork done in town this year. The roof of the (community) hall was painted as requested by the Hudson Advisory (Committee).”
Starratt suggested putting a notice in Hudson water bills to let Hudson residents know about the annual regular meeting of council in Hudson, as a way to get more Hudson residents out to the meeting.
Lawrance clarified that council’s procedural bylaw states Council meets annually in Hudson each September.