Township Watch - November 2014


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The final meeting of the current council was held on Friday, November 14, 2014. 

The MRA was please to see newly elected councillors Sandy Currie, Linda Barrick-Spearn and Terry Ledger in attendance in the audience.

Comprehensive Zoning By-Law

As reported over the last couple of months, it was council’s intention to give the Comprehensive Zoning By-Law first and second reading at the November council meeting and passing it at a Special Council meeting on November 28th, 2014.   As staff had recently received additional input and as there was not a quorum for the November 28th meeting, it was decided that the passing of the by-law would be deferred to the incoming council.  Several councillors requested that the by-law be read early in the next term of council.

Rooming House Licensing By-Law

As the Township solicitor replied to this by-law on Monday, November 10th with lengthy comments, staff requested that they be allowed time to digest the comments before bringing the by-law back to council.  This by-law was deferred to the future council.

Update on Wahta Mohawks and the Bala Falls Portage

Chief Franks of the Wahta Mohawks corresponded with District Chair John Klinck in a letter that was read at the council meeting stating:

  • That prior consultations with the Wahta were for Option 2 of the Small Hydro Plant, not the current Option 1,
  • That the crown has a responsibility to participate in the discussions,
  • That Swift River Energy Limited has provided misinformation,
  • That the crown’s duty to consult has not been fulfilled, and
  • That the Wahta have not received a response from the Canadian Government.

Members of council discussed whether or not they should be corresponding with the Provincial government regarding the concerns outlined in Chief Franks’ letter.   While some councillors felt it is “our duty to get involved”, that since council regularly supports other municipalities they should be supporting the Wahta as well ~ “what’s it going to hurt”, that the consultation that took place with the Six Nations were for different lands and that there is no evidence of any consultation for Option 1, which will obstruct the portage.  Other members of council felt the issue was between the Federal and Provincial government and the Wahta.  After a short discussion it was decided that council will send correspondence to the Provincial government.

Bala Heritage Conservation District

The Bala Heritage Conservation District was passed by council on October 17th, 2014 with an appeal period that ends December 5th, 2014.  Mayor Murphy felt that since the “number and nature of appeals” regarding the Heritage District were unknown that a reserve account in the amount of $40,000.00 should be established to cover any legal costs that would be incurred by an appeal.  The reserve was set up with a vote of 6 to 4.

As stated in the Township of Muskoka Lakes procedural by-law the present heritage committee will dissolve at the end of this term of council.

All the best to both the out-going and in-coming councils!

 

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