Inspector Brad Fishleigh told Central Elgin Council that the 2013 policing statistics
show a return to previously normal levels, with the lower levels experienced in
2012 being the anomaly. Domestic Violence incidents continue to increase, but Fishleigh
said that may be due to better reporting as a result of their public education efforts
on the issue.
1. Elgin County OPP 2013 Year End Report: Inspector Brad Fishleigh, Elgin
County OPP Detachment Commander and Doug Gunn, Chair, Elgin Group Police Services
Board, were in attendance to discuss the Elgin County OPP 2013 Year End Report,
a copy of which is available on the municipality's website under the Council agenda
package for March 10, 2014.
Doug Gunn said they couldn't do anything about the alarming increase in domestic
violence statistics "but we can educate the deer in this county", referring
to the deer/vehicle collisions.
Inspector Brad Fishleigh said the addition of a fifth sergeant had greatly helped
in covering staffing supervision needs, and praised the contributions made by Crime
Stoppers. "This program has been very successful in 2013, handling 1,869 tips that
resulted in the clearance of 52 criminal cases, 163 criminal charges, over $39,000
in recovered property, 16 weapons seized, over $3 million in seized drugs, and over
$75,000 in seized cash."
Elgin Group Calls for Service: A comparison of incidents from 2011 to 2013 covering
the same time period January to December reveals a slight decrease in calls for
service in 2012 and a return closer to our normal level in 2013, with Central Elgin
Collisions: There were 7 fatal crashes, 2 involving distracted driving, 1 involving
aggressive driving, 1 involving alcohol. Of the remaining crashes, 316 involved
deer, 72 involved distracted driving and 87 involved aggressive driving.
Crimes in Central Elgin: Break and Enters were down to 27. Domestic Violence went
up to 156. Overall, robbery, assaults, sexual assaults, thefts, auto theft and mischief
are all up slightly.
Mayor Walters was still absent from the room so Deputy Mayor Marr proceeded without
1. Harbour Vision Committee: Correspondence received from Nigel Howcroft
advising of his resignation from the Harbour Vision Committee. Howcroft's resignation
was accepted with regret and his proposal to put Mike Karda in his place as the
PSVA representative was accepted.
2. Chicken and Rib Nite - Belmont Lions Club: Correspondence received from
Belmont Lions Club seeking permission for Chicken and Rib Nite on April 12, 2014
at Belmont Arena. Council had no objections subject to the provision of insurance.
At this point Mayor Walters returned and resumed chairing the meeting.
3. Bill 69 - Prompt Payment Act, 2013: Correspondence received from AMO respecting
Bill 69, Prompt Payment Act, 2013. This proposal would prevent municipalities from
withholding payment to ensure the proper and timely completion of a job. The mayor
was authorized to sign the attached letter objecting to the Bill.
4. St. Thomas - Elgin Water Children's Water Festival: Correspondence received
from Kettle Creek Conservation Authority seeking support for St. Thomas-Elgin Children's
Water Festival scheduled for May 13 - 16, 2014. Councillor Martyn noted the CCCA
holds the Forest Festival every year and it is entirely self-funded; they do not
ask the municipalities for further contributions. Councillor McNeil did not think
the municipality should be contributing to any charitable organizations and Councillor
McFarlan agreed with him. Deputy Mayor Marr said such requests should go through
the grants program and Karen DePrest said their was just under $850 left in that
program. The municipality gave $2,000 to this program in 2008. This time the request
for contribution was denied.
5. AMO - Joint and Several Liability: Correspondence received from AMO respecting
"Legislature Supports Motion on Municipal Liability Reform - More Municipal Action
Needed". The mayor was authorized to sign the attached letter calling for the AMO
suggestions on municipal liability reform.
6. Request for Partial Closure of Southdale Line: Correspondence received
from Robert Broadbent, Fire Chief, City of St. Thomas, seeking approval for partial
closure of Southdale Line for Railway City Road Races scheduled for September 21,
2014. Council had no objections.
Correspondence (for Council's Information)
- Received as information and filed
- 1. Prospect Street Slope Stabilization: Correspondence received from Golder
Associates respecting "Deformation Monitoring Temporary Retaining Wall Prospect
Street Slope Stabilization".
- 2. Dexter Line Implementation Plan - A Phased Approach: Correspondence received
from the County of Elgin respecting Dexter Line Implementation Plan - A Phased Approach.
- 3. Road Access/Egress - 140 St. George Street: Correspondence received from
R.J. (Bob) Fleming respecting Road Access/Egress to 140 St. George Street.
- 4. Kettle Creek Conservation Authority: Notice of Confirmation - 2014 Levy
- 5. Thames Valley District School Board: Correspondence advising of 2013 Director's
Annual Report for the Thames Valley District School Board.
- 6. 2013 Library Usage and Statistics Report: Copy of 2013 Library Usage and
Statistics Report from the County of Elgin.
- 7. CN - Dangerous Goods: Correspondence received from CN respecting movement
of Dangerous Goods by rail.
- 8. BIA Board of Management: Copy of minutes from BIA Board of Management
Meeting dated January 9, 2014.
- 9. Municipal Emergency Management Programs: Correspondence received from
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services respecting Municipal Emergency
CAO 07-14 February 2014 Monthly Building Report: Permit values for February
2014 were $9,895,975.00, due to the $9,200,000.00 required for the Elgin Primary
Water Treatment facility on Dexter Line. Received as information.
CAO 08-14 Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act:
Leitch, Donald: Chief Administrative Officer and Clerk: $133,351.92 wages + $752.59
Perrin, Lloyd: Director of Physical Services: $120,222.36 wages + $610.53 taxable
Crocker, Donald: Director of Fire Rescue/Fire Chief: $109,460.88 wages + $706.12
Received as information.
PW 08-14 Annual Water Reports for the Belmont Water System and the Central Elgin
Distribution System for the year 2013: Central Elgin staff has completed
the reports as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act. A copy of each report is
available for review by the general public at the Central Elgin Administration Office
in the Physical Services Department and on the Central Elgin Website. Central Elgin's
systems have once again received good reports. Received as information.
PW 10-14 Purchase of John Deere Gator: Council accepted the price submitted
by Huron Tractor Limited, in the amount of $14,200.00 plus HST, for the purchase
of a John Deere Gator vehicle for the Parks Department. Councillor Martyn asked
if staff had looked into the purchase of e-bikes for the summer municipal by-law
officers but Perrin said they were deemed unsuitable as the by-law officers sometimes
have to attend at the municipal office or occasionally in other parts of the municipality.
PW 11-14 ESDA (East Side Development Area) Phase 3 Project, Appointment of Firm for
Contract: Council appointed AECOM for the provision of contract administration
for the East Side Development Area (ESDA) Phase 3 for a total cost of $508,405 exclusive
Site Plan Control Committee
1. Site Plan Control Committee Report: Mike Goodwin, 207-209 Main Street:
Council deferred consideration of this in order to seek input from the Municipal
Heritage Committee on the site plan, as the subject property is located within the
Heritage Conservation Study area and between two properties already designated as
heritage (Russell House and Telegraph House).
By-law 1700: Confirmatory By-law: passed.
1. Front Street Bridge: staff directed to prepare a report on structure
- CS1 Security of Property (s.239(2)(a)) - ERTH Corporation
- CS2 Security of Property (s.239(2)(a)) - 177 Carlow Road - Lease with Richardson
- CS3 Proposed or Pending Acquisition or Disposition of Land (s.239(2)(c))
- CS4 Security of Property (s.239(a)) - Port Stanley Harbour (verbal report - environmental)