Council of the Corporation of
The Township of Billings
December 19, 2016
PRESENT: Mayor Austin Hunt, Councillors Sharon Alkenbrack, Barbara Erskine and Brian Parker
Staff: Floyd Becks, Public Works Superintendent, Kathy McDonald, Clerk Treasurer/CAO
Media: Tom Sasvari
Members of the General Public
2016-307 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED that this regular meeting of Council be opened with a quorum present at 7:30 p.m. with Mayor Hunt presiding.
2016-308 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED that the agenda for the December 19, 2016 regular meeting of Council be accepted as amended.
The agenda was amended to move from 8. New Business a) to 12. Closed Session a) Hiring Public Works Operator and to add under 8. New Business d) Food Baskets.
2016-309 Erskine – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council accepts the minutes of the December 6, 2016 regular meeting as presented.
Councillor Erskine reported on the Recreation Committee and the Canada 150 Grant.
Councillor Alkenbrack reported on the Park Centre Committee.
Mayor Hunt reported on correspondence that he had received and the meeting the Island Mayors had with North East Regional Chief Superintendent Fern Labelle.
2016-310 Alkenbrack – Parker
WHEREAS, there were six applications for the Councillor vacancy position;
AND WHEREAS, a show of hands vote resulted in Nora Bath-Haring receiving the most votes;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Nora Bath-Haring be sworn in as Councillor prior to the January 3, 2017 Council meeting.
2016-311 Erskine – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the purchase of a rink liner as long as the cost does not exceed $500.00
2016-312 Parker – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED that Billings Township donate $200 to the Island Food Basket project.
2016-313 Parker – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the request from Manitoulin Streams to do restoration work at sites KAG 174 and KAG 172 in 2017.
2016-314 Erskine – Alkenbrack
WHEREAS, municipal governments’ infrastructure is critical to our collective economic health;
WHEREAS stable, predictable and formula based infrastructure funding allows municipal governments to plan and schedule investments in infrastructure;
WHEREAS Ontario municipal governments have asset management plans which set out a municipality’s longer term capital plan which reflects the infrastructure priorities of these asset management plans; and
WHEREAS a federal incrementality rule interferes with municipal long-term infrastructure priorities and diminishes the value of municipal asset planning and management;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of Billings calls on the federal government to provide long-term, predictable and formula-based funding in its Phase 2 programs for municipal governments; and
ALSO, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of Billings calls on the federal government to change incremental requirements in Phase 2 to recognize in Ontario that a municipal government’s asset management plan meets a municipal incremental infrastructure requirement.
2016-315 Alkenbrack – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council authorizes the following accounts for payment:
General Accounts $161,552.57
And that the Mayor and Treasurer be authorized to sign cheques number 4204 to 4233 as described in the attached register.
2016-316 Parker – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED THAT in accordance with Section 239 (a) (b) of the Municipal Act, 2001 S.O. Chapter 25, this Council proceed to a Closed Session at 8:04 p.m. in order to discuss a matter pertaining to Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local Board.
2016-317 Parker – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED that Council accepts, as presented, the minutes of the following in camera meetings: November 1, 2016, November 15, 2016 and December 6, 2016.
2016-318 Erskine – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED that Council adjourns from this in camera meeting at 8:19 p.m. and resumes our regular meeting.
2016-319 Alkenbrack Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED that Council instructs the Clerk Treasurer to proceed with hiring William Hore as temporary full time public works operator, to start as soon as possible at a pay range appropriate with his experience.
2016-320 Parker – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED that By-Law 2016-42, being a by-law to confirm the proceedings of Council be given first, second and third reading and enacted.
2016-321 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED that Council adjourns from this regular meeting of Council at 8:23 p.m. until our next regular meeting on January 3, 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.