Northeast Town Council Notes

Monitoring report

The Northeast Town council reviewed the annual 2015 monitoring and operations report for the Northeast Town waste disposal site.

Town CAO Dave Williamson was pleased to point out to council that the report states the landfill’s life span of 40 years has been expanded to 70 years due to diversion practices such as recycling.

Mr. Williamson also reviewed with council recommendations in the report for 2017. One recommendation was for the Smith property to be designated as a continuation zone for the landfill. “That was the town’s intention when they purchased the Smith property and we are going through the process with the Ministry of Environment and will come to council for the zoning change in the near future,” said Mr. Williamson. The other recommendation was to change the monthly sampling  to quarterly.

Councillor Laurie Cook said that she would like to see council encourage more diversion programs. Councillor Michael Erskine agreed and inquired about composting.

Mr. Williamson explained that composting has been explored in the past at council’s request but that the set up costs would be very high. He noted that town staff have been speaking with an individual in the private sector who is interested in picking up compost.

Council approved the report as presented.

Campground taxation

Council carried a motion forwarded to council from Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant regarding small campgrounds that could be disqualified from the small business tax deduction because they have less than five year-round employees.

Prostate cancer

The Northeast Town council reviewed a letter from Prostate Cancer Canada requesting that the municipality carry a motion supporting Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

“One in eight Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, which makes for 24,000 expected new cases in 2015,” explains the letter to council. “Early detection saves lives. When detected early, the survival rate for prostate cancer is over 90 percent.”

Council carried a motion declaring September Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Lottery licence

Mr. Williamson explained to council that the municipality currently takes three percent of the prize board of lotteries in the Northeast Town. The Little Current Lions Club and Little Current Legion are working on a lottery that would have a $50,000 prize board and which would make the Northeast Town’s three percent take $15,000. Mr. Williamson recommended council amend the three percent take to include a cap of $500, as to not disadvantage local groups.

Councillor Erskine said he agreed with the recommendation, as the money raised from most of the lotteries in the municipality go back into the community.

A motion was carried to amend the three percent municipal take on lottery prize boards to include a $500 cap.

Planning board

Mr. Williamson and Mayor Al MacNevin discussed how staff would be working with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) in the upcoming weeks to develop a transition plan for the Northeast Town withdrawing from the Manitoulin Planning Board and establishing its own planning authority. They noted that they are still waiting on having the Northeast Town’s Official Plan approved, but that it has gone to the minister’s office for final review and approval.

Accounts receivable

Treasurer Sheryl Wilkin went over the accounts receivable with council. She noted that for water/sewer there was $34,464.09 made in payments. She added that there were 24 accounts over $400, five of which had been disconnected, two were due to penalty applied for August, eight account holders had made payment arrangements and nine account holders had received disconnection notices.

For taxes, Ms. Wilkin said there were $375,169.88 made in payments, with the next due date September 30.