The Muskoka Lakes Museum once again requests permission to rent the second storey of the Duke House in Port Carling. This rental agreement is for summer housing for Georgian College undergraduate students who are taking part in a Museum and Gallery Studies Internship Program. The Township would collect $2,400.00 in rent from the students over the four month program. A similar arrangement was reached for the 2016 season. Although the request was approved it will be ratified during budget discussions.
CAO, Steve McDonald, presented committee with a proposal for long service limited benefits being extended to employees who have been with the Township for 25 years or more. These benefits will be available to retirees between the ages of 55 to 65 and will be financed through the reserves. The proposal was approved by the committee.
A resident of Minett presented her proposal for the use of the Peninsula Community Centre. The request was for the use of the kitchen and its facilities once a week to prepare healthy meals and meal preparation classes to those in the area. Following a brief discussion the $20.00 daily fee was waived and committee voted to approve the application.
As was reported in the November Township Watch (Township Watch - November 2016) former councillor Ron Brent was before the committee to request that legal fees in the Brent vs Nishikawa legal case that were not awarded by the courts be covered under the indemnification by-law. CAO McDonald explained to committee that the Township solicitors had advised against reimbursing Mr. Brent as:
Committee discussed the situation and in a recorded vote, defeated the request.
As you might recall when this council was initially elected it undertook a new Strategic Plan. CAO McDonald presented to the committee a number of goals that have been commenced and completed. The Township has:
This report ( Council Report Card) was on the agenda for informational purposes only. No vote was taken.
With the 50th Annual Port Carling Winterfest quickly approaching on February 3rd, 4th and 5th the Port Carling Lion's Club was in front of Council to request:
As this is not only a community event but a tourist attraction as well a request was put forward to waive rental fees. The application was approved.
This item was previously discussed at the November Committee of the Whole meeting and was deferred so the heritage committee could review the application. The heritage committee, chaired by Susan Daglish, met for the first time on November 28th. Following a lengthy discussion the heritage committee passed a resolution to allow for the destruction of the Port Carling Boatworks on the condition that site plan control was implemented to ensure the new structure is built according to designs shown to the Committee of the Whole in November.
Council had three choices on how to proceed:
Although it was agreed that the Port Carling Boatworks was a heritage structure, Council followed the Heritage Committee’s recommendation and voted to allow the demolition as long as site plan control would be implemented.
As was discussed at the November Committee of the Whole meeting a heritage easement between the Township and Swift River Energy Limited had to be entered into for the conservation and rehabilitation of Portage Landing.
Mitchell Shnier from “SaveTheBalaFalls” presented to council concerns that they still have regarding the safety of the location of the portage route. They feel that with the water flow coming from the hydro plant, that the portage location is unsafe.
Following a discussion, Council voted on the heritage easement by-law ( Heritage Easement By-law), which was approved. .
CAO McDonald informed Council that the District of Muskoka has approached the Township with a request to lease a portion of the lower level of the Port Carling Health Hub. Although still in the discussion phase, the District has offered $12,000.00 for use of 50% of the lower level for a one year term. The District will be responsible for any improvements they wish to make and if they are satisfied with the arrangement may expand their usage. CAO McDonald reminded Council that the Township has been looking for a tenant for the space. A resolution to lease a portion of the lower level of the Port Carling Health Hub to the District was carried unanimously.
The MRA wishes everyone a safe and prosperous 2017
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