Municipal Council Notes:
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
DELEGATIONS / PRESENTATIONS
Regional Food Charter - Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op
Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op representative (CLFC) Andrea Habinski spoke with council about CLFC and its Regional Food Charter.
Habinski informed CLFC is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder co-op.
She explained it creates food accessibility through an online farmers’ market with regular scheduled order cycles. She added CLFC connects communities with local goods via distribution sites spanning 350 km across northwestern Ontario.
Habinski explained CLFC’s objectives include: increasing visibility and accessibility of local foods available for purchase, educating communities and the surrounding areas about the benefits of eating locally, and working to increase local food sales.
CLFC started with 100 members in the Dryden area and now has over 1400 members from across the region.
CLFC’s NWO Regional Food Charter is, according to Habinski, “A vision of how we can collectively sustain a thriving local food system that supports our health and well-being in our communities, our environment, and our regional economy.”
People can find out more about CLFC and its Regional Food Charter by viewing Habinski’s presentation at http://ow.ly/FmiL30j9lzL.
Municipal Accommodation Tax
Municipal Treasurer Christy McIntomney made a presentation to council to better inform them about the possibility of implementing such a tax in Sioux Lookout.
Her presentation can be viewed at http://ow.ly/Y6R830j9msL.
2018 Municipal Accommodation Tax
Council directed staff to bring back a By-law to implement the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) effective October 2018 at a rate of four percent (4%); and further Council directed staff to hold a stakeholders engagement meeting to educate and seek input from the stakeholders on the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT).
2017 Annual Summary Report, Municipal Drinking Water Systems (Hudson and Sioux Lookout)
Council voted to receive the 2017 Annual Report(s) as per Schedule 22 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002, under O. Reg 170/03, for the Hudson and Sioux Lookout Urban Municipal Drinking Water Systems, on March 21, 2018. The report(s), prepared by Northern Waterworks Inc. (NWI), are presented to Mayor Douglas Lawrance, Council Members and CAO Ann Mitchell.
Sioux Lookout Mayor Doug Lawrance commented, “For council, delivering good quality water to the residents is a core responsibility of the municipality.”
He stated, “The report comes, this is our one chance to review and ask questions and have confidence in the system.”
Based on the report Lawrance said residents can have confidence in their drinking water systems.
The full Municipal Drinking Water Systems 2017 annual summer report can be viewed at http://ow.ly/1uKX30j9n2w.
Town Beach/Waterfront Development
Council accepted this report as information; and further Council directed staff to ensure that the contamination issue has been dealt with before construction on the Waterfront Project proceeds.
Zoning By-law Amendment File No. A01-2018
Council received the Planning Consultant’s Report dated March 1, 2018, respecting Zoning By-law Amendment File No. A01-2018 (26 Front Street); and further Council authorized the passing of By-law No. 11-18, Being a By-law to Amend the Municipality of Sioux Lookout Comprehensive Zoning By-law No. 23-11, as amended.
The passing of this zoning bylaw amendment rezones 26 Front Street from the Residential Type Two (R2) Zone to the Residential Type Two Exception (R2-6) Zone. This will allow Kristopher Bradley to renovate the building currently on the property and add a two storey addition on its north side.
Councillor Cal Southall made a declaration of pecuniary interest on this item and did not participate in any of the discussion on it, nor did he vote upon it.
Appointment of Deputy Mayor
Council authorized the passing of By-law No. 18-18, Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 94-14, Being a By-law to Appoint a Deputy Mayor for The Corporation of the Municipality of Sioux Lookout; and further
Council approved extending Councillor Kirlew’s appointment as Deputy Mayor from April 1, 2018 through July 31, 2018; and further Council appoints Councillor Bath as Deputy Mayor for the period August 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018.