North East Town Council

Council grants new residential unit

The Northeast Town council reviewed a zoning bylaw amendment request to allow Al Rolston to amend zoning bylaw 2015-27 to allow Mr. Rolston to create a residential unit, still retaining a 12 by 12 commercial place in his 5 Worthington Street building. Council carried a motion to grant the request and amend the bylaw.

NOHFC internship funding

Town Northeast Town CAO Dave Williamson reviewed an agreement with council between the Town and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for internship funding.

Mr. Williamson explained that the town had received funding from the NOHFC to cover 90 percent of an intern’s wage, with the intern’s duties to focus on accounting. Council carried a motion, allowing the town to enter into an agreement with the NOHFC to accept the funding.

Community services and public works report

Reid Taylor presented the community services report to council. He said that staff are busy prepping the recreation centre for upcoming events and completing maintenance, repairs and painting tasks. He also noted that plans have been laid for the ice season.

Mr. Taylor said that in July at the recreation centre, the youth badminton program was in progress and that staff were getting ready for Haweater Weekend.

The adult softball league finished in July and the trails, parks and washrooms were being inspected and maintained regularly, Mr. Taylor added.

“Spider Bay Marina is seeing increased business each week and the Port of Little Current is also seeing more traffic each week,” said Mr. Taylor. “Marina and dock staff are serving customers and completing maintenance tasks daily. There are also more cruise ships coming to port August 8, 11 and 18.”

Public works manager Gary May’s report noted that regular maintenance is underway on the roads and that culverts are being replaced where needed.

“Preparation on the second stage of cell two at the landfill will start this month (July),” said Mr. May.

The 2003 one ton is out for repair, Mr. May reported, but repairs and regular maintenance is being done as required on the other public works equipment.

Building controls

Council reviewed the building controls report for July. There have been 22 permits issued to date, with another three applications under review. The total value of construction to date is $2,959,286 with a total building permit revenue of $36,559.67.

McLean’s Mountain Road Agreement donation request

Council reviewed a donation request for the McLean’s Mountain Road Use Agreement fund ($10,000 annually) and forwarded the request on to the committee.

The request was from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 177 for new toilets.

MPAC report

Laura Voltti of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) made a presentation to council. Ms. Voltti reviewed advance disclosure and pre-roll consultations, early property assessment notice mailing and 120-day request for reconsideration deadlines, new property assessment notice, the revamped aboutmyproperty.ca and redesign of Municipal Connect and local market trends.

For local market trends, Ms. Voltti said that there has been a three percent decrease in waterfront assessments. In 2012 the median value of a single family home on the water was $307,000 in the municipality and that it is now $297,000.