Central Manitoulin Council Notes

Previous council minutes

Council Scott remarked that $1,000 would be given for the Angel Bus campaign for the Manitoulin Lodge for each of two years to cover fuel and that seniors in the Central Manitoulin area would be included for this service.

Water, Waste and Education Committee

It was recommended to council and carried that the Municipality of Central Manitoulin honour its commitment to fund the physician signing bonus as set out in Section 14a of the Strategic Plan. Councillor MacDonald remarked that a discussion at committee noted that this recommendation was coming so quickly on the tail of the recruitment signing, but it was felt that to was ethical to proceed with this and that she understands that the signing bonus is for an individual coming to the local hospital.

The year to date financial report for the month of March 2015 for this committee was approved as presented

It was recommended to council and approved that the Ontario Community Improvement Fund (OCIF), a funding based on municipality population, be utilized on a water and sewer project. Councillor Baran explained that this would be deferred to staff on which would be the best project. The committee will see which project at the next meeting.

It was recommended to council and carried that the January 5, 2015 and February 5, 2015 Library Board minutes be received.

Bylaw 2015-06, being a bylaw to establish a frozen water service policy, was to be given three readings and duly passed was carried by council. It was noted that this is a good bylaw that will enable connections to be made neighbour to neighbour with Mayor Stephens adding that this past winter saw the tapping in to some neighbours’ water lines. Councillor MacDonald remarked that this year saw some issues with frozen water lines so it is good to have this bylaw in place. Problems with frozen lines took place at the community hall, the old school house and an area business.

Roads Committee

It was recommended and accepted that a letter be sent to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), along with photographs, requesting repair of the dangerous and rough road conditions at the intersection of Hwy 542 and the south entrance of Lakeshore Road. Councillor Taylor noted how bad the conditions are and that this area is, in fact MTO jurisdiction. Some work has been done as Councillor MacDonald noted, but she remarked that there is more to do.

The year to date (March 31, 2015) financial report was approved as presented.