Council of the Corporation of
The Township of Billings
Regular Council Meeting
February 18, 2014
PRESENT: Mayor Austin Hunt, Councillors Sandi Hurcomb, Tom Imrie, Gerry Mack and Brian Parker.
Staff: Kathy McDonald, Clerk Treasurer and Rick Rusk, Public Works Superintendent
Media: Tom Sasvari, Sharon Jackson
Members of the general public.
2014-026 Imrie – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED THAT this regular meeting of Council be opened at 7:30 p.m. with a quorum present with Mayor Hunt presiding in the Chair.
2014-027 Mack – Imrie
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council accepts the minutes of the February 4, 2014 regular meeting as presented.
Councillor Parker reported on the CPAC meeting he recently attended.
Councillor Parker reported on the Economic Development Committee meeting he attended.
Councillor Mack reported on the Recreation Committee and the Park Centre Advisory Committee.
2014-028 Imrie – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council approves the responses of the Billings Waterfronts Improvement Committee to citizen input.
Mayor Hunt declared a conflict of interest concerning the Canada Post discussion and left the Council Chambers while the discussion took place and the resolution was passed.
2014-029 Parker – Mack
WHEREAS, The Municipal Council of Billings is appreciative of our Kagawong Post Office Service;
AND WHEREAS, Council understands Canada Post’s decision to cease Saturday service because of national financial problems;
AND WHEREAS, Council is however unclear why Canada Post is cutting service here by 9 hours per week when only 3.5 hours, of the 9, are on Saturday. Council feels that this will bring a down grading in the Post Office category that Kagawong Post Office is in and this service is important to community development and therefore a concern.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council instructs the Clerk Treasurer to send a letter outlining our concerns to Canada Post in Sault Ste Marie and to Carol Hughes, our Federal Member of Parliament and Post Master General.
2014-030 Imrie – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council agrees to rent the upper floor of 91 Main Street to 4Elements Living Arts for $500 a month including hydro and further that Council directs the Clerk Treasurer to engage qualified personnel to make the necessary repairs to the building as described in EXP building condition assessment dated January 9th, 2014.
2014-031 Imrie Parker
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council instructs the Clerk Treasurer to advertise for summer students.
2014-032 Parker – Imrie
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council will donate $100 to Ride Manitoulin.
2014-033 Hurcomb – Imrie
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council authorizes the following accounts for payment:
General Accounts $55210.48
and that the Mayor and Treasurer be authorized to sign cheques number 1913 to 1951 as described in the attached register.
2014-034 Imrie – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council will now go ‘in camera’ at 8:34 p.m. to discuss matters pertaining to Section 239 (1) (b) of the Municipal Act, c.25, personal matters about an identifiable individual.
2014-035 Parker – Imrie
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council adjourns from this ‘in camera’ meeting at 9:08 p.m. and resume our regular meeting.
2014-036 Parker – Imrie
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council approves hiring the Public Works Superintendent on a permanent basis and further that Council approves a salary increase for the Public Works Superintendent of 60 cents per hour.
2014-037 Imrie – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED THAT By-Law 2014-03, being a by-law to confirm the proceedings of Council be given first, second and third reading and enacted.
2014-038 Mack – Imrie
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council adjourns from this regular meeting of Council at 9:10 p.m. until our next regular meeting of March 4, 2014, or Call of the Chair.
Austin Hunt, Mayor Kathy McDonald, Clerk Treasurer
These minutes have been prepared but are not considered official until approved by Council at a subsequent meeting.