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After five years of it being up, a Harrison Place property owner was required to move her "tent storage structure". Lisa Fitzmaurice appeared at the August 25, 2014 Central Elgin Council meeting to discuss the notice she had received from the municipality on July 16th.

Said letter refers to Zoning by-Law #1507 which says these types of shelters are, by definition, to be considered a building or structure and as such s front yard setback of 7.62m & a side yard setback of 1m is required.

"This structure has been on our property for at least five years with no issues. I am under the impression that someone has complained, therefore your By-law officer must respond. Now I am responding in kind. This structure is in no way blocking any view or causing anyone any harm," she wrote on July 29th. "Our home is at the bottom of the hill on Harrison place. By its very nature the house does not comply with said By-Law. The tent structure is set back further then the house. As our property does not comply with said By-Law, I am asking for lenience in this matter."

However, when she got to the Council meeting at which she had asked to appear, she informed Council that the structure has already been moved. There was nothing left for Council to decide.

Correspondence (for Council's Information)

  • Received as information collectively and filed.
  • 1. Kettle Creek Conservation Authority - 2013 Annual Report: Copy of 2013 Annual Report from Kettle Creek Conservation Authority.
  • 2. County of Elgin Land Division Committee - Decisions: Notice of Decisions for Land Division Committee Applications No. E 36/13, E 39/14, E41/14 and E42/14.
  • 3. Approval of Official Plan Amendment No. 2: Correspondence received from the County of Elgin advising of Approval of Official Plan Amendment No. 2 - CE-OPA2-13 - North
  • 4. Canada Post - Belmont Post Office: Correspondence received from Canada Post advising of "Potential closure on Saturdays and realignment of weekday hours at the Belmont Post Office." Rob McFarlan said in response to David Marr's question that closing the post office on Saturdays would not be a problem, just more of an inconvenience. Losing the post office altogether would be a problem.
  • 5. Drainage Investment Group (DIG): Correspondence received from Drainage Investment Group (DIG) introducing this innovative not-for-profit organization.
  • 6. Zoning By-law Amendment - Township of Malahide: Notice of Public Meeting for the Township of Malahide respecting lands know municipally as 9040 Springwater Road.
  • 7. Kettle Creek Conservation Authority: Copy of minutes from KCCA meeting dated July 16, 2014.

Correspondence (Action)

1. Memorial Program: Memorial Program Application received from Charisse McMillan. The family of Bert and Betty Page, who lived and volunteered for numerous charities in Port Stanley, requested a memorial tree with a plaque to be placed in their honour either at the end of Carlow Road by the old boat ramp or by the water at Little Beach. Council approved the request for the old boat ramp location.

Reports

CEP 47-14: Application for Consent No. E47/14 - Stephen Michael Pineo, Concession 9, Part Lot 14, Municipality of Central Elgin. This is a severance application to create two rural residential lots. Council had no objection subject to certain conditions. Perrin stated it was through the development agreement that they would address the issue of the private water line regarding easement, and a servicing agreement between the two properties would be required. Mayor Walters also suggested the second house should have its own water meter.

CEP 48-14: Application to Amend the Village of Belmont By-law 91-21 - 8655720 Ontario Inc., 143 Borden Avenue.
At the July 21st, 2014 public meeting a question was asked by a local resident as to if there would be a height restriction placed on buildings within the proposed development ... Building height limits for similar developments in other jurisdictions were reviewed ... Based on the results of the review, staff and the applicant's consultant concur that a height limit of 10 meters would be appropriate for the proposed development and compatible with surrounding uses ... The proposal is still that the buildings would be one storey, but the 10 meter height would provide flexibility to accommodate the needs of prospective tenants who may require higher ceiling heights for larger equipment. Council received this report as information.

CAO 42-14: Steering Committee - Development Charges Background Study Update: Only David Marr had volunteered to be on this Steering Committee so Mayor Walters recruited the other two 'volunteers' Army style, appointing Dan McNeil and Stephen Carr to the committee. Councillor Matthews noted this committee's work won't get completed until next year and he wondered what would happen if these three do no get re-elected this fall. Marr said the committee's job was just to select a consultant to do the work, not to do any of the actual work. Council passed the resolution establishing the Steering Committee and its members.

CAO 43-14: July 2014 Monthly Building Report: Received as information.

CAO 45-14: Phase One Environmental Site Assessment and Supplemental Subsurface Investigation Port Stanley Harbour Lands - Lakes & Richardson Parcels - Proposal: Council passed a resolution accepting the proposal, Phase One Environmental Site Assessment and Supplemental Subsurface Investigation Port Stanley Harbour lands - lakes & Richardson Parcels from Stantec Consulting Ltd., dated August 20, 2014 with the $33,475 excluding taxes project cost to be funded from the Harbour Budget. This is a forerunner to seeking private sector investment In Port Stanley over the long-term.

CAO 46-14: Animal Control Services - City of St. Thomas: The City of St. Thomas has agreed in principle to assume animal control services in the Municipality of Central Elgin effective September 1, 2014 for a four month trial period. Staff from Central Elgin and St. Thomas is currently finalizing a draft agreement for this service. Council accepted the proposal in principle and authorized staff to draft the agreement for Council's consideration at a future meeting. The current agreement expires August 31, 2014.

PW 55-14: DWQMS Management Review: Council received and accepted the Drinking Water Quality Management System (DWQMS) Management Review Report and commended staff on the job they were doing, including taking immediate corrective measures as small issues were identified.

DFS 15-14: 2014 Budget Variance Report to July 31, 2014: Received as information.

FS 06-14: Monthly Alarm Activities Report: Received as information.

FS 07-14: Disposal of Fire Apparatus: Council authorized Chief Crocker to "Dispose by Auction" the Belmont 1994 Ford Pumper(41) and the Union 1994 Ford Rescue (23); and for the monies received from the sale be placed into the Fire Vehicle Equipment Reserve.

By-laws

  • Taken and passed collectively
  • By-law 1767: Confirmatory By-law
  • By-law 1768: Property Standards By-law
  • By-law 1769: Execute an Agreement with K.D.N. Pavement Markings Ltd. - 2014 Line Painting
  • By-law 1770: Zoning By-law Amendment - 143 Borden Avenue
  • By-law 1771: Being a By-law to Execute an Agreement with The City of London respecting Winter Control on Boundary Roads

New Business: Mayor Walters wants Council to ask to have staff (Fire and Physical Services) work with the County on problem intersections like John Wise Line and Fairview that have a history of a lot of accidents. Council agreed.

Closed Session

  • CS1: Closed Session Minutes
  • CS2: Security of Property (s.239(2)(a)) - 42685 Sparta Line
  • CS3: Security of Property (s.239(2)(a)) and/or Personal Matters about an Identifiable Individual (s.239(2)(b)) - Port Stanley Harbour
  • CS4: A Proposed or Pending Acquisition or Disposition of Land (s.239(2)(c)) - George Street
  • CS5: A Proposed or Pending Acquisition or Disposition of Land (S.239(2)(c)) - (verbal report)
  • CS6: Labour Relations or Employee Negotiations (s.239(2)(d)) and/or Personal Matters about an Identifiable Individual (s.239(2)(b)) - Health & Safety Policy
  • CS7: A Proposed or Pending Acquisition or Disposition of Land (s.239(2)(c)) - Harding Smith Line
  • CS8: Litigation or Potential Litigation (s.239)(2)(e)) - Property Standards (verbal report)
  • CS9: Personal Matters about an Identifiable Individual (s.239(2)(b)) - CAO Performance Appraisal (verbal)

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