Council of the Corporation of
The Township of Billings
February 2, 2016
PRESENT: Mayor Austin Hunt, Councillors Sharon Alkenbrack, Barb Erskine, Tom Imrie and Brian Parker
Staff: Kathy McDonald, Clerk Treasurer/CAO and Rick Rusk, Public Works Superintendent
Media: Tom Sasvari
Members of the General Public
2016-025 Erskine – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED THAT this regular meeting of the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Billings be opened with a quorum present at 7:30 p.m. with Mayor Austin Hunt presiding.
2016-026 Parker – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the agenda for the February 2, 2016 regular meeting of Council be accepted as amended.
The agenda was amended to add under 8. New Business i) Tax extension agreement.
2016-027 Erskine –Parker
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council accepts the minutes of the January 18, 2016 regular meeting of Council as presented.
Councillor Imrie reported on the January 21, 2016 Centennial Manor Board meeting.
Councillor Erskine reported on the Recreation Committee plans for Winter Fest.
Councillor Erskine reported on the Go Green Committee’s planning for the Green Living Expo.
2016-028 Imrie – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council accepts the Executive Summary for the Waterfront Improvement Project.
2016-029 Erskine – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council appoints Sandi Hurcomb to the Recreation Committee.
2016-030 Imrie – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council directs that Terms of Reference for a Heritage Committee be established and brought back to Council for approval.
2016-031 Alkenbrack – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council accepts the Minutes of Settlement for the 2015 taxation year for the following properties:
5121 000 006 17509
5121 000 002 12200
5121 000 002 04100
2016-032 Parker – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council approves Chris Cyr attending the T.J. Mahony Road School May 2 to 4 and approves paying his registration fee and expenses.
2016-033 Erskine – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED THAT By-Law 2016-03, being a by-law to set the tax ratios for the 2016 Taxation year be given first, second, third reading an enacted.
2016-034 Parker – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED THAT By-Law 2016-04, being a By-law to provide for an interim tax levy be given first, second, third reading and enacted.
2016-035 Erskine – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED THAT By-Law 2016-05, being a by-law to provide for temporary borrowing for current expenditures be given first, second and third reading and enacted.
2016-036 Alkenbrack – Erskine
WHEREAS funding increases from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care have not kept pace with increases in costs to Long Term Care Facilities including staff salaries, and benefits;
AND WHEREAS Long Term Care facilities are one of the most important aspects of elder care in the Province’s care scheme;
AND WHEREAS Capital renewal funding needs to be provided to ensure facility standards are maintained;
AND WHEREAS additional funding is required by the Long Term Care facilities to meet increased costs for Behavioral Services Ontario (BSO) to better manage dementia and mental health care;
AND WHEREAS funding has not been provided to provide Alternate Care for complex health conditions requiring specialized staff and equipment such as IV therapy or tube feeding especially in smaller facilities;
AND WHEREAS attracting and maintaining adequate staff requires recognition of the partnerships that exist between the Long Term Care facilities and the health sector;
AND WHEREAS fundraising campaigns have not met the needs of the Manitoulin Centennial Manor in its efforts to maintain superior care for its residents;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Township of Billings requests that the Province increases funding to Long Term Care Facilities in keeping with the foregoing;
AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that this request be forwarded to the Manitoulin Municipal Association and MPP Michael Mantha and the Minister of Health, Dr. Eric Hoskins.
2016-037 Erskine – Parker
WHEREAS the township has registered tax arrears certificates on properties identified as Roll No. 51 21 000 006-182-11 and 51 21 000 006-182-18;
AND WHEREAS, the owner of the properties has requested an extension agreement to allow for the collection of the taxes;
AND WHEREAS, Section 378.(1) of the Municipal Act allows for an extension agreement to be made;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council instructs the Clerk Treasurer to enter into a Tax Extension Agreement for the above mentioned properties.
2016-038 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council authorizes the following accounts for payment:
General Accounts $36,704.86
Water Capital Accounts $84,315.30
And that the Mayor and Treasurer be authorized to sign cheques number 3598 to 3617 and 107 as described in the attached register.
2016-039 Erskine – Imrie
BE IT RESOLVED THAT BY-Law 2016-06 being a by-law to confirm the proceedings of Council be given first, second and third reading and enacted.
2016-040 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council adjourns from this regular meeting of Council at 9:00 p.m. until our next regular meeting of February 16, 2016, or Call of the Chair.
Austin Hunt, Mayor Kathy McDonald, Clerk Treasurer/CAO
These minutes have been prepared but are not considered official until approved by Council at a subsequent meeting.