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At their June 16, 2014 meeting, Central Elgin Council approved the implementation of a $5.00 flat fee for Special Event parking for the CanFest Fireworks display, to be effective between 6:00 p.m. and 1O:00 p.m. on July 1st, 2014.

With no delegations and no correspondence to be considered, Council got directly into the reports on its meeting agenda.

PW 38-14: CanFest Fireworks: Special Event Parking: The Port Stanley BIA, who are hosting the fireworks display for the public on Main Beach on July 1st, 2014, requested the implementation of a "Special Event" parking fee for the fireworks. Although municipal staff can now program the pay parking machines themselves, staff pointed out that there would be a 2% charge by the credit card companies for those paying by credit card ($0.10 on every $5.00 charge), and a $252.50 cost for by-law enforcement staff to enforce the special event parking charge.

Staff would respectfully suggest that if Council were in favour of implementing the fee, then it may be prudent that the revenue donated back to the BIA to assist in offsetting costs would be net of any costs incurred by the municipality for the implementation of the special event fee. This is precisely what Council voted to do. Signs will also be put on the machines to advise users that they will need a Special Event ticket if they are parked there after 6:00 p.m.

Reports

Municipal Heritage Committee: Sparta Continuation School: Recommendation for Addition to Clerk's List of Property of Heritage Value or Interest - Sparta Continuation School, 46272 Sparta Line
Currently used as the Sparta Community Centre, this school was built in 1927 by Harry Smale to provide education beyond grade eight for students in the area. Designed by well-known architect John Finlay of St. Thomas, the school was the first and only secondary education centre to be built in Central Elgin. Prior to the construction of the school, students had to board in St. Thomas for secondary education, resulting in many students ending their education after grade eight. The school closed in June of 1963 as the result of the last two teachers retiring in 1962 and the board finding it difficult to find qualified teachers willing to teach all subjects at a secondary level.

Students attended grades 9 to 12 here. Many successful students went on after graduating from the Sparta Continuation School. Most notable of the students were Marcel Gervais who went on to become the Archbishop of Ottawa, Donald Smith who became a renowned physician in London teaching at University Hospital, and Marietta Roberts who became a Member of Provincial Parliament and a judge.

Council agreed to add it to the Clerk's List.

CEP 31-14: Application for a Consent No. E27/14: Rosalie Janet Kielstra, 157 Centennial Avenue and CEP 32-14: Application for a Consent No. E28/14: Rosalie Janet Kielstra, 157 Centennial Avenue
These two applications together are to create additional residential building lots on Bodkin Street in Belmont. Council had no objection subject to things being brought into conformity with zoning by-laws, cash-in-lieu of parkland, entering into development agreements, and the applicants bearing the cost of drainage reassessment if necessary.

CEP 33-14: Application for a Consent No. E29/14: Steve, Shanna and Elsie Coad, 10343 Yarmouth Centre Road
Council had no objection to this application to sever off a corner lot containing a surplus house for rural residential purposes and retain the rest (containing two more houses) for agricultural purposes subject to it meeting the minimum distances by-law.

CEP 35-14: Application for a Consent No. E34/14: Katharine and Michael Bachner, 6596 Fairview Road
This is another proposal to sever a piece with a house and two barns on it, and to merge in title the severed lands with an abutting property. Council had no objections subject to certain conditions being met.

CEP 36-14: Application for a Consent No. E35/14: Mark and Michael Hiepleh, 45697 Edgeware Line
This proposal is to sever out one house into a separate lot and to merge the retained part with the tiny lot containing the house that is the actual house that goes with the farm. Council had no objections subject to certain conditions being met.

CEP 37-14: Application to Amend the Village of Belmont By-law 91-21: 8655720 Ontario Inc., 143 Borden Avenue
Council considered the application for a zoning amendment to permit commercial-industrial uses on lands located at 143 Borden Avenue to be complete and scheduled the public meeting on this for July 21st, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.

CAO 27-14: Application for Exemption to the Noise By-law No. 212, as amended: St. Thomas Gun Club
This item was deferred to the July 3, 2014 Special Meeting of Council scheduled to consider the Parks and Recreation Master Plan because the original notice posted on the municipality's website contained the wrong dates. A corrected notice containing the dates July 13th and August 31st, 2014 is now posted, to hold trap shooting competitions beginning at 9:00 a.m., even on those Sundays.

CAO 28-14: Application for Exemption to the Noise By-law No. 212, as amended: Belmont Summer Fun Day
Council voted to grant the exemption to allow the Belmont Summer Fun Day Committee to hold the 2014 Summer Fun Day on June 21st, 2014 commencing at 10:00 a.m. and finishing at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) at Union Street Park in Belmont.

By-law
By-law 1748: Confirmatory By-law. Passed.

New Business

2013 Audit: Because the auditor is away, Karen DePrest explained the presentation of the municipality's 2013 audit will be made to Council at their July meeting.

August Meeting: The August meeting of Council was changed from August 18th to August 25th, 2014 in order to accommodate attendance at the AMO meeting.

Adjournment: The Open Session of the meeting concluded 15 minutes after it started, at 7:45 p.m. Members of Council were outside the building prior to 8:00 p.m. so presumable the Closed Session also didn't take much time.

Closed Session
CS1: Litigation or Potential Litigation: (s.239(2)(e)) and/or Solicitor-Client Privilege (s.239(2)(f)) - Property Standards
CS2: Closed Session Minutes:


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