Council of the Corporation of
The Township of Billings
November 21, 2016
Present: Mayor Austin Hunt, Councillors Sharon Alkenbrack, Barbara Erskine
Staff: Kathy McDonald, Clerk Treasurer/CAO and Floyd Becks, Public Works Superintendent
Media: Tom Sasvari
Members of the General Public
Regrets: Brian Parker
2016-272 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.
2016-273 Erskine – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED that the agenda for the November 21, 2016 regular meeting of Council be accepted as amended.
The agenda was amended to add under 7. c) Canada 150 Sculptures and to Remove from 12. Closed Session a) Employee Negotiations.
2016-274 Erskine – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED that Council accepts the minutes of the November 1, 2016 regular meeting as presented.
2016-275 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED that Council accepts the minutes of the November 15, 2016 Committee of the Whole Meeting as presented.
Councillor Erskine reported that the Recreation Committee had its annual planning meeting on November 12.
Councillor Erskine gave a report on the Energy Symposium that she attended.
Mayor Hunt reported that three island officers, two from Kagawong, had received an OPP Commissioner’s letter and St. John Award for their lifesaving attempts in the case of a drowning victim earlier this year.
2016-276 Erskine – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED that Council instructs the Clerk Treasurer/CAO to proceed with purchasing 80 chairs from Direct Chair.
2016-277 Erskine – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the selection of sculptures as submitted by the Canada 150 Jury.
2016-278 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED that Council accepts, with regret, the resignation of Tom Imrie from Council, and now declares a vacancy on Council.
2016-279 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED that the Clerk Treasurer advertise for the Council vacancy.
2016-280 Erskine – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED that Council recommends the appointment of Connie Suite to the Manor Board to serve for the remainder of this current term of office.
2016-281 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the attached 2017 regular Council meeting dates.
2016-282 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED that the Municipal Office will be closed from Noon on December 23, 2016 to January 3, 2017 and that the holiday hours at the landfill will be as follows:
December 24, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
December 25, 2016 Closed
December 27, 2016 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
December 29, 2016 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
December 31, 2016 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
January 1, 2016 Closed
2016-283 Erskine – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED that the Christmas Bonus for current permanent staff be $100.
2016-284 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED that Council appoints Dan Osbourne as the Community Emergency Management Coordinator on a temporary basis, until such time as a Councillor or staff member is appointed to the position.
2016-285 Erskine – Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED that Council approves the following staffing changes:
Effective November 12, 2016 Floyd Becks to be appointed as Public Works Superintendent for a six month trial period and that Chris Cyr be appointed as 1st Operator for a six month trial period and that the Clerk Treasurer be instructed to advertise for a Public Works Operator, full time temporary with the possibility of the position becoming permanent.
2016-286 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE TI RESOLVED that effective January 1, 2017 employees who are not at the top of the pay grid will be moved up to the next level.
2016-287 Alkenbrack – Erskine
BE IT RESOLVED that Council authorizes the following accounts for payment
General Accounts $174,438.23
And that the Mayor and Treasurer be authorized to sign cheques number 4118 to 4162 as described in the attached register.
2016-288 Erskine- Alkenbrack
BE IT RESOLVED that By-Law 2016-39, being a by-law to confirm the proceedings of Council be given first, second and third reading and enacted.
2016-289 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 December 6, 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.