T-B: Robert Weare - Lifetime; Dot Sale - Cultural; John Martyn - Natural
Presentation of the Ontario Heritage Trust Certificate of Achievement Awards topped
the Central Elgin Council agenda list on February 11, 2013, with three honourees
from different areas of the municipality.
As part of the 2012 Heritage Community Recognition Program, shown to the left, top
to bottom, are:
Robert Weare of Port Stanley received a Lifetime Achievement Award
for his years of dedication and tireless work to preserve the L&PS rail connection
between London and Port Stanley, and in the restoration, preservation and running
of the Port Stanley Terminal Railroad.
Dot Sale of Belmont received the Cultural Heritage Award for her years
of dedicated work in researching, recording for posterity - which includes writing
and publishing 13 books on it - Belmont's heritage.
John Martyn of Sparta received the Natural Heritage Award for his
years of dedicated work in preserving Carolinian forest species and reforestation.
Congratulations to this year's recipients whose work enriches our community, both
now and for many years to come.
1. Dog Licence Fees:
Correspondence received from Marta Baitz, 6193 Oakview Crescent respecting dog licence
fees. This lady was complaining that the fees had been doubled. Council maintained
there had been a $5 increase, not double, and that the fees had been increased to
bring them in line with surrounding municipalities. Council directed staff to send
a letter explaining the fee increase and the reasons for it to Ms. Baitz.
Later, under New Business, Councillor Martyn raised the issue of a resident who
was not allowed to purchase 4 dog licences as she has been doing every year, because
the maximum number of dog licences is set at 3. For more than 3 dogs, a kennel licence
is required. Martyn wants a phase-in so that people with more than 3 dogs will reduce
that number through attrition as the dogs die off and are not replaced. Mayor Walters
wants Council to review the By-law before any changes are made.
2. Catfish Creek Conservation Authority:
Copy of 2013 Preliminary Budget for Catfish Creek Conservation Authority. Council
approved payment of Central Elgin's levy apportionment of $60,337.01, which is an
increase of 2.9% over last year. Councillor Martyn reported that the CCCA held the
line by freezing all staff wages and transferring $200,000 out of their reserves
into the 2013 budget.
Correspondence (for Council's Information)
- Received as information and filed
- 1. Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA): Copy of OGRA Heads Up Alert - Minimum
Maintenance Standards. Perrin noted winter control standards have changed somewhat.
- 2. Elgin County OPP - Auditor General's Report: Copy of correspondence sent
from Inspector Brad Fishleigh, Detachment Commander, Elgin County OPP, to Elgin
Group Police Services Board respecting recent Auditor General's Report. Deputy Mayor
Marr was impressed by the 42% local reduction in overtime hours.
- 3. 140 St. George Street: Correspondence received from Stan Beleutz, 32 Vineden
Drive, and Bob Fleming and Carol Fleming, 4 Vineden Drive respecting 140 St. George
- 4. AMO - Members Pension Plan: Correspondence received respecting AMO - Members
- 5. Association of Ontario Roads Supervisors: Correspondence received from
Association of Ontario Roads Supervisors extending congratulations to Glenn Golem,
Andrew Sleegers for recent Associate Road Supervisor certifications and Jason Vowel
for recent Associate Road Supervisor certification. Councillor McFarlan wanted to
know what course Jason Vowel had to take. Perrin said there were a number of courses
at different levels, as well as experience. Deputy Mayor Marr offered his congratulations
to these certificate recipients.
Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee: Sparta Baptist Church: Recommendation
for Addition to Clerk's List of Property of Heritage Value or Interest - Sparta
Baptist Church, 46170 Sparta Line
The church members were advised of this recommendation and its implications and
the majority of them were in agreement with placing it on the Clerk's List.
The Baptist Church was built as a mission of the First Yarmouth Baptist Church (The
Plains) in 1869. The original church structure was a white frame church, but in
1898 it was raised on jacks, had a basement hand dug beneath it and a stone foundation
put in place. The surface of the building was covered in red bricks and the buttresses
were added. The church features corbelled brick work, and coloured and patterned
glass windows in Gothic style spaced between symmetrical buttresses. These features
are typical of the Rural Gothic style in which the church was built. It also features
double entrance doors with a three teardrop window above on the front gable.
Their first minister was the Rev. Alexander MacDonald who later became the first
missionary to Western Canada. The congregation struggled for its first few years
and then grew by the 1880s. It continues to serve the community of Sparta to this
PW 02-13 Millman Drain: Report referral back to Engineer
Evidently the Millman Municipal Drain was not found in its original 1961 location.
It had been moved and rebuilt on private property in 1970 by the County when they
were rebuilding John Wise Line. It was subsequently found "in early November (2012)
by Allen Fish when he dug holes on his property with an excavator to look for the
pipe that he thought was the official municipal drain. While digging he found two
pipes, one which was plugged and one that was carrying water. It was determined
by staff that the pipe he exposed, which was running water was in fact, the Millman
"Staff investigated the exposed drain further once it had access to the pipe and
determined the location of the drain by the use of video equipment. Repairs were
made to this drain where it plugged on the property line between Allen Fish's property
and Scott VanHaren's property. The drain was in need of some repair, however, not
to the extent of what the Drainage Report [which was appealed by Allen Fish to the
Ontario Drainage Tribunal under section 48 of the Drainage Act on the grounds that
the report was impractical.] was calling for. The drain is now up and running, and
the problems that initiated this report are now resolved."
"After staff had further investigated the drain, it was determined that the County
of Elgin relocated the portion of the drain along John Wise Line from the road allowance
south to private property. The outlet of the drain was also moved from a property
north of John Wise Line to a property south of John Wise. This was done outside
of the drainage act and the Municipality had no drainage records indicating this
change. Therefore, staff was unable to locate the drain during its initial investigation."
"Allen Fish has withdrawn his appeal to the Ontario Drainage Tribunal now that the
drainage report is referred back to the engineer, the majority of the work to date
is invalid and therefore will be ignored. However, the portion of drain that the
county relocated in 1970 is currently sitting on private property and holds no status
as a municipal drain. What this means is that the Municipality has no authority
over this portion of the drain and therefore cannot access the drain for maintenance
without the cooperation of the landowner. This part of the drain should be adopted
as the Millman Municipal Drain so that it can be properly maintained as a municipal
drain. In order to do this a report will need to be completed, which can be done
if referred back to the engineer."
"The current engineering fees incurred to date are approximately $8,000 for the
initial report. Staff have contacted the county and relayed the information to them
and they have offered to pick up half of the cost of the report due their error
in 1970. That would leave $4,000 in remaining engineering fees. It is suggested
that this cost could be picked up by the professional services budget and not be
charged to the land owners."
Council agreed to refer the Millman Drain Report back to the engineer and to this
cost sharing of fees.
- Taken and passed collectively
- By-law 1559: Being a By-law to Assume Certain Lands as Part of the Public
Highway known as Edgeware Line
- By-law 1560: Confirmatory By-law
- By-law 1561: Being a By-law to Authorize the Execution of a Development Agreement
with Robin Ridge Estates Limited respecting Phases 2 and 3 of Draft Plan of Subdivision
1.Year Round Depot: staff report to come forward
CS1: Labour Relations or Employee Negotiations - Verbal Report
CS2: Security of Property - municipal parking lot