Fire Chief’s Report
Average attendance at practices is eight members. Eleven members have completed the First Response Training. The only fire call for January 2015 turned out to be a false alarm. The recently purchased 1993 E-One pumper truck was sent for mechanical assessment and found to be in good condition. Some electrical issues require work and a new light bar for the roof was acquired from the Central Manitoulin Fire Department. Fire Chief Jeff Wilson recommended that council contribute $300 to the Central Manitoulin Fire Department for the light bar, with the money coming out of 2015 budget.
Council approved general voucher in the amount of $46,776.02 and a roads voucher in the amount of $11,677.17
Council moved to revise Procedural Bylaw 2015-03 as follows: “It is the duty of the clerk-treasurer, in consultation with the reeve, to prepare the agendas of all meetings of council. When in the opinion of the reeve and the clerk-treasurer, a matter can be dealt with by bringing it to the attention of a staff member versus bringing it before council, this approach can occur. The clerk-treasurer will follow up with correspondence to all concerned parties as to the status of the issue. The reeve and clerk-treasurer may meet with the originating party to assure their concerns will be addressed in an appropriate manner.”
The municipal insurer expressed concern about the fuel tanks located at the municipal garage and the furnace oil tank behind the municipal office. The tanks do not have double-wall construction and there is no secondary containment structure and will need to be replaced.
Manitoulin Island Cycling request
Council agreed to provide a Letter of Acknowledgement to organizer Manitoulin Island Cycling Advocates for the 5th Annual Manitoulin Passage Ride that will take place on June 6 and 7, 2015. The organizer will provide the township with a copy of the insurance to cover the event, thus protecting the township from liability.
South Baymouth sewer and water
The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) presented the township with a proposed 10 Year Capital Plan. OCWA prepares the annual report that offers suggestions for remaining compliant with regulations and best management practices. There are no mandatory Ministry of the Environment orders at this time.
Resolution of Support – City of Pembroke
Council provided a resolution of support for the City of Pembroke regarding the new OPP billing model. The Township of Tehkummah agreed to support the resolution that “the Council of the City of Pembroke does hereby endorse the resolution passed by the Municipality of Killarney and requests the province implement a billing method for those properties in unorganized townships so those properties contribute to their fair share of policing costs.”
Resolution of Support – CUPW
In support of a request from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the Township of Tehkummah resolved to “write a letter to the minister responsible for Canada Post that calls on the government to reverse the changes to services announced by Canada Post, and to look instead for ways to increase service and revenues in areas such as postal banking,” and further resolved to “ask the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to request that the federal government consult with the public about what kind of postal service they need before allowing Canada Post to make such major changes to public postal service.”
Resolution of Support – MSS Crosswalk Project
Council moved to provide a letter of support for the MSS class project for a crosswalk at the intersection of Hwy 551 and Hwy 540. In a letter to teacher Stewart Roy, Reeve Eric Russell stated, “Public safety is key for everyone. This project will help to make everyone aware of the crosswalk and provide steps toward ensuring the safety of all.”
Canadian Cancer Society Request
Council agreed to donate $50 to the Canadian Cancer Society in response to their request.
Family Fun Day March 1
Everyone is encouraged to participate in Tehkummah’s Family Fun Day that will be held Sunday, March 1. Events include a pancake breakfast, outdoor games and activities, a barbecue lunch, a book store sale and bake sale, a progressive euchre tournament, and a ‘roll and bowl’ dinner. Events start at 9 am. This community-sponsored event will be held at the Tehkummah Triangle Club, the library and the municipal grounds.