The Corporation of the
Township of Billings
June 15, 2015
PRESENT: Mayor Austin Hunt, Councillors Sharon Alkenbrack, Barb Erskine, Brian Parker, Tom Imrie
Staff: Kathy McDonald, Clerk Treasurer and Rick Rusk, Public Works Superintendent.
Media: Tom Sasvari and Sharon Jackson Members of the General Public
2015-149 Erskine – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED THAT this regular meeting of the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Billings be opened at 7:30 p.m. with Mayor Austin Hunt presiding.
2015-150 Imrie – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED that the minutes of the June 2, 2015 regular meeting of Council be accepted as presented.
2015-151 Parker – Imrie
BE IT RESOLVED that the minutes of the June 9, 2015 special meeting of Council be accepted as presented.
Councillor Imrie reported on the Museum Board meeting that was held earlier this month.
Councillor Parker reported on the POA (Provincial Offences) meeting held last week.
Councillor Erskine reported on the Recreation Committee meeting of June 3, 2015.
2015-152 Imrie – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED that By-Law 2015-17 being a by-law to regulate the proceedings of Council be given 2nd reading.
2015-153 Imrie – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED that Council instructs the Clerk Treasurer to enter into an agreement with Ardiss Fenske to permit her to set up massage near the public beach, on municipal land for a monthly rental fee of $75, provided that she has proof of liability insurance with a minimum of $2,000,000.
2015-154 Erskine – Imrie
BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves a $7000 advance in funds to the Library Board until the 2015 budget has been finalized.
2015-155 Imrie – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED THAT By-Law 2015-25, being a by-law to establish a Go Green Committee be given first, second and third reading and enacted.
2015-156 Imrie – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED THAT By-Law 2015-26, being a bylaw to establish the 2015 water levy rates be given first, second and third reading and enacted.
2015-157 Imrie – Parker
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council agrees to send Kathy McDonald to the MMAH training session on June 23 in Sudbury.
2015-158 Parker – Imrie
WHEREAS the public electricity system in Ontario is a critical asset to the economy and vital to the living standard and well-being of all Ontarians;
AND WHEREAS it is essential that Ontarians maintain public control and public decision-making with respect to electricity;
AND WHEREAS experience in other jurisdictions shows that privatization typically means consumers pay more for electricity;
AND WHEREAS a privatized Hydro One will no longer be subject to scrutiny by the Auditor General, the Ombudsman, the Financial Accountability Officer, or the Integrity Commissioner, and will no longer be required to provide information or services to citizens under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, or the French Language Services Act;
AND WHEREAS our public electricity system currently generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the provincial government every year to help pay for public services we all depend on;
AND WHEREAS the sale of shares in Hydro One will provide a short-term financial gain for the province in exchange for a much larger long-term financial loss;
AND WHEREAS the provincial government has no mandate from voters to sell any part of Hydro One;
AND WHEREAS opinion polls show Ontarians opposed the privatization of Hydro One by a significant margin in every part of the province;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of Billings call on the provincial government to
●Halt the sale of any part of Hydro One, and maintain Hydro One as a public asset for the benefit of all Ontarians;
●Strengthen Hydro One by investing in the next generation of workers and upgrading our electricity transmission infrastructure;
●Respect the autonomy and local decision-making powers of local distribution companies by not forcing these companies into mergers or sale
AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of Billings communicate this resolution to the Premier, with copies to the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Energy, area MPPs, and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario;
AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of Billings work through AMO to encourage other Ontario municipalities to express their opposition to the privatization of Hydro One.
2015-159 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED that Council authorizes the following accounts for payment:
General Accounts $101,528.77
Water Capital Accounts $ 2,806.04
And that the Mayor and Treasurer be authorized to sign cheques number 3115 to 3148 and 91 and described in the attached register.
2015-160 Alkenbrack – Imrie
BE IT RESOLVED that By-Law 2015-27, being a by-law to confirm the proceedings of Council be given first, second and third reading and enacted.
2015-161 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED that Council adjourns from this regular meeting of Council at 8:40 p.m. until our next regular meeting of July 7, 2015 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.