Council of the Corporation of
The Township of Billings
January 16, 2017
PRESENT: Mayor Austin Hunt, Councillors Sharon Alkenbrack, Nora Bath-Haring, Barbara Erskine and Brian Parker.
Staff: Kathy McDonald, Clerk Treasurer/CAO, Floyd Becks, Public Works Superintendent
Media: Tom Sasvari
Delegations: Kurtis and Kyle Noble, Jordan Chandler
Members of the General Public
2017-09 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED THAT this regular meeting of Council be opened with a quorum present at 7:30 p.m. with Mayor Austin Hunt presiding.
2017-10 Erskine – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the agenda for the January 16, 2017 regular meeting of Council be accepted as amended.
The agenda was amended to add under 8. New Business d) Broadband Services.
Councillor Parker declared a conflict of interest regarding the delegation.
2017-11 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council accepts the minutes of the January 3, 2017 regular meeting as presented.
Kyle Noble, Kurtis Noble and Jordan Chandler attended the meeting as a delegation. Recently they were the second highest bidder on the tax sale property that the Township was the highest bidder on. They made a proposal to Council that if the Township bid was withdrawn and theirs was accepted they would give the township a piece of the property, as outlined on the map they provided to Council.
Councillor Sharon Alkenbrack thanked them for attending the meeting and advised the delegation that Council would make a decision at the next meeting and then advise them of the decision.
Councillor Erskine reported on Winterfest, which is being held on February 10, 11.
Councillor Alkenbrack reported on the January 12, 2017 Economic Development Committee meeting.
Mayor Hunt reported on the FONOM meeting that he attended by teleconference January 12, 2017.
2017-12 Erskine – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED that Billings Township endorses the LAS/SLWC (Local Authority Services/Service Line Warranties of Canada) program.
2017-13 Parker – Alkenbrack
WHEREAS, The Township of Billings has developed a master plan for the Waterfront Improvement project,
And Whereas Council now shall proceed with sourcing funding for phase one of the Construction project
AND WHEREAS, Council is aware that the Cost of the project is estimated to be in excess of $2,045,000
AND WHEREAS, with approved funding the municipal costs may be in excess of $227,000
AND WHEREAS, the township is prepared to pay this cost and any cost overruns for this project from reserves and municipal tax levies;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township submit an application to NOHFC and FEDNOR for funding for the Waterfronts Development Phase 1 Construction project.
2017-14 Bath-Haring – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED that new members to the Fire Department must be approved by Council resolution before they are permitted to attend meetings, training sessions and fires. All new potential members must complete an application form and upon approval by the Fire Chief and/or Deputy Fire Chief and the Clerk Treasurer/CAO, the name will be brought forward to Council. Once approved by Council said person shall become a member of the Billings Volunteer Fire Department.
2017-15 Erskine – Alkenbrack
WHEREAS a delegation consisting of Mayor Hunt, Councillor Parker and Councillor Erskine share concerns about the inadequate speed and high pricing of broadband services available in the township and
WHEREAS this delegation is scheduled to attend the ROMA conference and discuss these concerns with provincial government representatives on January 30, 2017
WHEREAS many communities on Manitoulin Island may share similar concerns about the impacts of inadequate broadband services to their communities
BE IT RESOLVED that the delegation contact Reeve Ken Noland, Chair of the Manitoulin Municipal Association (MMA), to explore the interest and support of MMA members in advocating through this delegation for increased broadband services across Manitoulin communities
2017-16 Bath-Haring – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED that Council acknowledges receipt of the November 8, 2016 Landfill Site Inspection and the 2014-15 Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report for the Kagawong Landfill Site.
2017-17 Alkenbrack – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED that Council authorizes the following accounts for payment:
General Accounts $99,574.24
Water Capital $ 3,894.54
And that the Mayor and Treasurer be authorized to sign cheques number 4452 to 4279 and 113 as described in the attached register.
2017-18 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED that By-Law 2017-02, being a by-law to confirm the proceedings of Council be given first, second and third reading and enacted.
2017-19 Alkenbrack – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED that Council adjourn from this regular meeting of Council at 8:33 p.m. until our next regular meeting of February 7, 2017 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.