Northeast Town Council Notes – Jan 15-14

Council grants permission for shoreline road allowance improvements

The Northeast Town council carried a motion based on a recommendation from the community services and public works committee, granting permission to “Conrad Houle to proceed with the requested improvements to the shoreline road allowance adjoining his property as per his request and in consultation with the manager of public works and only after all permits have been approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources.”

Councillor Melissa Peters requested a recorded vote on the motion with herself, Councillors Dawn Orr and Christina Jones voting against the motion, while Councillors Bill Koehler, Michael Erskine, Marcel Gauthier, Bruce Woods and Mayor Al MacNevin carried the motion.

Sheguiandah couple supported by council in lot severance application

Council carried a motion last Tuesday, stating it had “no objection” to a Manitoulin Planning Board application from Mark Anderson and Candace Hall to sever their lot in Sheguiandah.

Council donates to Legion’s Military Service Recognition Book

After reviewing a donation request from the Royal Canadian Legion, Councillor Bill Koehler put a motion on the table to donate to the Military Service Recognition Book.

“It is expensive, but a good cause,” said Councillor Koehler as he put the motion on the table, which was seconded by Councillor Dawn Orr.

Council agreed and carried a motion to purchase a quarter page advertisement in the book at a cost of $445.

“The Military Service Recognition Book will be the first of its kind in Ontario, recognizing veterans both past and present in print form with full biographies and photographs submitted to local Legion branches,” states the donation request letter. “With the help of veterans, their families and friends, this special publication will be released by September 2014.”

Council reviews new policing cost formula

The Northeast Town council reviewed the 2014 OPP municipal policing cost formula at its last meeting. Mayor Al MacNevin noted that the new formula would be beneficial for the Northeast Town municipality in terms of cost savings, but that smaller municipalities could see an increase.

“It is on the agenda for the Manitoulin Municipal Association meeting on Wednesday, January 15,” noted Mayor MacNevin, who also noted that the mayor coalition he belonged to has been discussing how, though the new costing formula is a step in the right direction, the province should be uploading more of the policing costs.

Financial reports

Town treasurer Sheryl Wilkin reviewed the financial reports with council including the municipal vouchers, accounts receivable for taxes and water/sewer and the 2013 operating summary.

For taxes, Ms. Wilkin noted that there had been $137,847.05 made in payments for the month of December.

For water/sewer, $15,009.35 had been made in December payments. She added that there were currently seven accounts over $500, in addition to five disconnections.

As for the operating budget, Ms. Wilkin told council that there were still bills to be paid, but that staff anticipates a $3,000 surplus.