Robert Purssglove pitched his business proposal for a personal watercraft and water
trampoline rental business on Little Beach in 2014 to Central Elgin Council at their
April 28, 2014 meeting, but did not quite get the agreement in principle that he
1. Bachner Proposed Severance:
Katharina and Michael Bachner and sons Mike and Stephen will be in attendance to
discuss a proposed severance involving 43585 Fruit Ridge Line and 6596 Fairview
This proposed severance comes out of estate planning with a desire to retain the
land parcels within the family and in agricultural production, but change them from
a large agricultural piece and a smaller retirement piece into to two farms of agriculturally
viable size. It includes moving the property line such that some provincially significant
wetland and designated heritage woodland will be contained entirely within the one
new parcel, as well as a reclaimed gravel pit to be used for cattle and hay. Deputy
Mayor Marr said the Bachners would need to also run this by the County planner.
Council had no objections to the proposal and encouraged the Bachners to submit
it to Land Division.
2. Little Beach - Rental Business Proposal:
Robert Purssglove will be in attendance to discuss a proposal for personal watercraft
and water trampoline rental business on Little Beach
"My proposal includes establishing a jet personal watercraft and water trampoline
rental business in the vicinity of the little beach in the Village of Port Stanley
during the summer of 2014," Purssglove said. Stating he was aware of Council's resistance
to the idea based on their prior experience, he told Council he has 3 years experience
in running this kind of business in other locations and shares Council's concerns
about unnecessary noise and safety considerations. "I know how to operate a safe
and beneficial location. I understand that my proposal is on the unorthodox side
and that my business is not a traditional business model but I also think I have
something that will bring visitors to the village."
Purssglove had submitted a 5-page in-depth proposal along with his application to
appear at Council. His proposal included two different scenarios.
Scenario A: This scenario includes two primary activities: The first is hourly
Personal Watercraft rentals that clients would use off shore in Lake Erie. The second
is one, and possibly two, water trampolines that I would like to operate "near shore"
but well beyond the swimming area.
Scenario B: This scenario includes operating two water trampolines only and
no Personal Watercraft rentals. The water trampolines themselves are made of a tough
rubber like material that are very brightly coloured and will be visible from quite
a distance. The trampoline would be anchored off shore in 10 feet of water and far
from swimmers. As a bonus, the appearance of the water trampolines and the attention
that they draw should create excitement and curiosity towards future redevelopment
of the area as well; kind of advertising for the things to come.
On this night Purssglove was looking for an agreement in principle from Council,
but he did not quite get it. While Council was willing to look at the water trampoline
concept, they were far less enamoured of the jet ski rental concept, stating concern
for the safety of swimmers as a primary objection. "We are not amenable to motorized
craft in the beach areas as it is not a good mix with swimmers," Councillor McNeil
Deputy Mayor Marr also thought Council "probably will have an issue with seadoos
operating off Little Beach." Councillor Martyn said that "trampolines might fit
but motorized craft will not."
"Your submission is timely as we are still working on a policy that has yet to come
before Council for approval and implementation," stated McNeil. "This year is a
pilot project policy and full Council will have to approve each activity in the
Purssglove wants to be included in the boat launch plan (public boat ramp) and McNeil
said staff will send him a finalized version of the policies and procedures for
businesses in the beach areas of Port Stanley once they have been passed by Council.
1. Land Division Committee:
Correspondence received from the County of Elgin respecting Land Division Committee
- Future Decisions.
Now that the Official Plan has been approved and a few months of operation has occurred,
under the new system of approvals, Elgin County Council was interested to know if
the lower tier municipalities wanted to continue with the status quo and leave Land
Division at the county level, or each have their own Land Division Committee. All
of the other municipalities had already responded in favour of leaving the status
quo. Marr and Martyn agreed with the county staff recommendations to keep the land
division at the county level and Council voted to do just that, making it unanimous
from all 5 member municipalities.
2. 2014 Belmont Canada Day:
Special Event Permit Application for 2014 Belmont Canada Day. Council approved the
permit and passed a resolution to reimburse the group for the cost of the insurance
Correspondence (for Council's Information)
- Received collectively as information.
- 1. Pestill Construction Inc. - Approval Official Plan Amendment: Correspondence
received from Steve Evans, Manager of Planning, County of Elgin, advising of approval
of Official Plan Amendment No. 1 - Pestill Construction Inc., 139 William Street
- 2. Robin Ridge Estates Ltd. - Plan of Condominium Approval: Correspondence
received from Steve Evans, Manager of Planning, County of Elgin, advising of draft
plan of condominium approval respecting 34-CD-13001, Robin Ridge Estates
- 3. Prespa Construction Ltd. - Plan of Condominium Approval: Correspondence
received from Steve Evans, Manager of Planning, County of Elgin, advising of draft
plan of condominium approval respecting 34-CD-13002, Prespa Construction
- 4. Land Division Committee - Decisions: Copy of Decisions from Land Division
Committee respecting applications E5/14 Gotzmeister Farms Limited (Granted), E10/14
Walter Hayhoe (Granted), and E11/14 A.F. Kosynski Farms Ltd. (Granted)
- 5. Long Term Energy Plan: Copy of correspondence received from Township of
Wainfleet and Town of Petrolia respecting Long Term Energy Plan. (Opposition to
any energy rate increases)
- 6. Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care - St. Thomas - Smoking Outside:
Copy of correspondence sent to Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President & CEO, St. Joseph's
Health Care London from Jeff Yurek, MPP, respecting smoking outside of the Southwest
Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care - St. Thomas. The hospital is legally allowed
to provide a designated smoking area on hospital property (rather than the edge
of the road which puts smokers and motorists at risk), but Mayor Walters said in
his meeting with them the hospital was not at all inclined to co-operate.
- 7. Heritage Conservation District: Copy of minutes from Heritage Conservation
District Steering Committee meetings dated October 23 and December 11, 2013 and
January 29 and February 12, 2014.
- 8. City of London - Official Plan Amendment: Notice of Adoption of an Official
Plan Amendment by the City of London.
- 9. Local Energy Planning: Correspondence received from Ministry of Energy
respecting Local Energy Planning. Councillor Matthews wanted to know if there were
any applications on the table or coming to locate windmills in Central Elgin. He
was told there was not. This letter says new projects of this type will have to
demonstrate community engagement and support for the project in order to get approval.
Mayor Walters wants Central Elgin Council to decide now if the municipality
is willing to host windmills, rather than just wait until someone applies to do
it. There was nothing in Mayor Walters suggestion to imply the affected public would
be given any say at all in Council's decision on the matter. Signs in opposition
to windmills can be seen all over West Elgin and other area communities.
- 10. User Fee Committee - Minutes: Copy of minutes from User Fee Committee
meetings dated October 9, October 22 and November 14, 2013 and January 30 and April
16, 2014. "Committee agreed that it is not Council's position to determine what
organizations and charities rate payers contribute to, and that the Committee must
look at base cost, or actual cost, of renting halls to non-profits to cover utilities."
CAO 15-14: Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Steering Committee: Future
At the March 19th, 2014 meeting of the Heritage Conservation District Steering Committee,
it was decided that the Committee does not recommend that the Draft Heritage Conservation
District Proposal be brought forward to Council at this time.
The Committee wishes to make it known that they will not move forward without greater
consensus from those within the proposed District. The Committee recognizes that
there are still many changes to be made, and as such the Committee will remain active
and continue to meet to make these changes.
All of the public feedback received in relation to the proposed Heritage Conservation
District was attached to this report, except for Jim McCoomb's analysis of the petition
received regarding where the people lived who had signed the petition. Council received
this report as information.
CAO 16-14: Elgin Election Joint Compliance Audit Committee & Terms of Reference:
2014 Municipal Election
Council received this report as information and agreed that any expenses incurred
for the purposes of a compliance audit be expended from the Election Reserve.
CAO 17-14: Compliance Audit Committee Appointments: 2014 Municipal Election
The following is a list of those four (4) individuals who have agreed to serve on
the Elgin Election Joint Compliance Audit Committee for the 2014 Municipal Election:
• Dr. Tim Cobban - is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Political Science
at The University of Western Ontario. He has a PhD in Political Science and teaches
in the Master of Public Administration program. He is very familiar with the Municipal
• Patricia Miller - is a Barrister & Solicitor. Her legal training and experience
includes many aspects of municipal law. She has knowledge and experience with provincial
and municipal elections.
• Christene Scrimgeour - is a Chartered Accountant and is familiar with the Municipal
Act and the Municipal Elections Act. She is an auditor for a number of municipalities.
• Andrew Wrights - is a lawyer at Siskinds LLP, in London. He specializes in Municipal
Law and is familiar with the legislative requirements as they pertain to Municipal
Staff would respectfully request Council to approve the appointment of the above
noted individuals by by-law as we believe they hold the experience and knowledge
required to serve on the Joint Committee, with expertise in finance, legal and municipal
Council received the report as information and later passed By-laws 1719 & 1720
to implement it.
CAO 18-14: Proposed Surplus Lands: Unopened Part of Lois Avenue Road Allowance
Council passed a resolution declaring the unopened part of Lois Avenue north of
Lawton Street to be surplus and authorized the CAO is to give public notice of the
sale of the said properties as required by the Municipality's Sale and Other Disposition
of Land Policy; and to arrange for an appraisal of the said road allowance. The
land is large enough to be a building lot and Council decided to wait for the appraisal
to decide how it will be sold (tender or real estate agent). There are already at
least four interested buyers. Deputy Mayor Marr said it was important that anybody
and everybody interested in buying the property be offered the chance to buy it.
PW 24-14: Tender Award, Contract CE-015-14, Centerline Painting:
Council awarded contract CE-015-14, Centre Line Painting to K.D.N. Pavement Marking
Ltd., Rockwood, Ontario for the tendered unit price of $4.70 per litre for 2014,
and to exercise a three year contract price of $4.70 per litre for the next three
DFS 08-14: Capping and Claw-back:
Council supported the proposal to adjust the Current Value Assessment (CVA) threshold
for clawed-back (decreasing) properties to $250 from the previous threshold of zero.
When CVA assessment was introduced in 199B, the goal was to have fair taxation in
which properties of equal value would pay equal taxes, This new system created an
outcry amongst property owners that had previously enjoyed relatively lower taxes
in comparison to their neighbours, Despite the fact that this new system was ultimately
fairer than the prior system, the significant increase in taxes for some properties
caused by the transition was a concern, As a result, the province introduced a capping/claw-back
program to soften the blow, Under the capping program, properties that previously
were paying taxes lower than their CVA taxes had their tax increases capped to a
manageable increase, Since the capping/claw-back program Is revenue neutral, those
properties that had been paying taxes below their CVA tax level bear the cost of
the capping program through claw-backs. These properties are enjoying reductions
in their taxes, but not to the full extent due to this claw-back feature of the
program. Fifteen years later, the program is still causing significant workload
issues for the local treasurers every year.
The province introduced some optional mechanisms into the program to help reduce
the workload. The county has implemented the optional tools that exclude properties
from the program if they crossed over from capped to clawed back, or vice versa.
In addition, once a property is at CVA tax, they will stay at CVA tax. The county
also selected the option that would exclude properties from the capping program
if the amount of the cap were below $250. One further option remains, which the
county has yet to implement, exclude properties from the program if their claw-back
is below $250.
Selecting the $250 threshold for increasing (capped) properties had two advantages:
it reduced the number of properties in the program; and, it reduced the amount of
money that had to be clawed back from decreasing properties. By not selecting a
$250 threshold for decreasing (claw-back) properties, the cost of the capped program
was spread out over more clawed-back properties, thereby allowing the properties
in a claw-back position to retain a greater portion of the difference between their
prior taxes and the CVA-based calculated taxes. Consequently, there were a larger
number of properties experiencing claw-backs in 2013, than would have been if the
$250 decreasing threshold were in place.
The estimated impact to Central Elgin ratepayers, based on 2013 capping data, would
be to reduce the number of properties within the commercial capping program from
97 to 17 resulting in an additional $2,595.25 being borne by those 17 ratepayers,
and the number of properties within the industrial capping program will not be affected
and will remain at 3. The net overall change to Central Elgin is an additional $2,595.25
being levied against Central Elgin ratepayers; however, it will reduce the number
of properties participating in the capping program by 80.
FS 02-14: Monthly Alarm Activities Report: Received as information without
comment by any member of Council.
FS 03-14: DSPA (Dry Sprinkler Powder Aerosol) Extinguisher:
In 2011, the writer was contacted by AFG Flame Guard Ltd. to attend a demonstration
In Hamilton, ON at the fire training grounds for the Hamilton Fire Department.
During the demonstration, when the DSPA was deployed Into a fully Involved room
fire with temperatures exceeding 1000·F, the temperature dropped to 4S0"F within
1 minute, leaving only overhaul or deep seated charring to extinguish.
Using DSPA Technology, the DSPA-S is an effective Dry Sprinkler Aerosol Tool, utilizing
an environmentally safe aerosol that when deployed, has the appearance of white
smoke. The DSPA-S is a flame knockdown tool meant to supplement, not replace, conventional
firefighting tools and tactics. Under no circumstances should DSPA-S's be relied
upon as a sole means of suppression. All fires must be properly fought and overhauled
with conventional methods, following the use of a DSPA-S.
In late Fall 2013, a DSPA was deployed at a house fire In Port Stanley, knocking
down the fire with only minimal overhaul and only 30 gallons of water used at the
More recently, Thames Centre Fire Department deployed a DSPA into a fully involved
kitchen fire and again only minimal water used.
The benefits to the use of this piece of equipment is that it reduces the heat for
the firefighters, results in less fire loss, as well as less water usage.
The approximate cost of this unit is $1,200.00 and it is our intention to invoice
the insurance carrier for the replacement cost of this equipment if used, with no
cost to the municipality.
Central Elgin Fire Rescue currently has 12 DSPA's which were initially donated as
part of a marketing incentive; however, this incentive is no longer available.
Crocker said both the people who had the fire and the insurance companies were delighted
with how this tool reduced water damage normally associated with extinguishing a
fire. Council received this report as information.
FS 04-14: Municipal Property Address Signs:
Some properties within our built-up areas cannot be identified from the road or
street. The area that is particularly challenging is in the Community of Port Stanley.
This area has many properties where the homes have been tiered, one behind the other,
making it impossible to see the house numbers from the street.
It is not our intention to change any of the property numbers, but merely to install
the property numbers at the street. By doing so, it will greatly enhance the response
time by the emergency services to these properties and further make it more convenient
for the ratepayers to receive deliveries to the correct property.
The writer is estimating that less than 100 properties will be affected by this
amendment. There will be no direct cost to the ratepayers for installing these signs
at the street, as this project will be funded from the "911" sign account. Council
received this report as information
Site Plan Control Committee: 207-209 Main Street: Email correspondence received
from Mike Goodwin, 207-209 Main Street, respecting Site Plan Application
Council approved the Site Plan, noting Goodwin had met with the Heritage Committee
who had wanted him to set back the development an extra 5 feet from the road, but
that he could not do that and maintain the parking at the rear of the building.
- By-law 1687: Roberts Line Drain (THIRD READING) - taken and passed separately
- Taken and passed collectively:
- By-law 1716: Being a By-law to Repeal By-law 1694 - Agreement with Belmont
Lions & Lioness Clubs for Use of Hall at Belmont Arena (rental fee plus applicable
- By-law 1717: Being a By-law to Repeal By-law 1695 - Agreement with Over 55
Club for Use of Hall at Port Stanley Arena (rental fee plus applicable taxes)
- By-law 1718: Confirmatory By-law
- By-law 1719: Being a By-law to Establish Election Joint Compliance Audit
Committee for 2014 Municipal Election
- By-law 1720: Being a By-law to Appoint Members to the Elgin Election Joint
Compliance Audit Committee for 2014 Municipal Election
- By-law 1721: Being a By-law to Execute an Agreement with Hawkes Cliff Farms
- 2014 Fine Grass Cutting
- By-law 1722: Port Stanley Business Improvement Area - 2014 Budget
1. Front Street Bridge: staff directed to prepare a report on the structure
2. Code of Conduct: Staff directed to prepare a report
3. Sewage Servicing: 123 Centennial Avenue
- CS1: Closed Session Minutes
- CS2: A Proposed or Pending Acquisition or Disposition of Land (s.239(2)(c))
- Land Purchase Rates
- CS3: Security of Property (s.239(2)(a)) - Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental
Health Care - St. Thomas and Regional Mental Health Care - St. Thomas and Elgin
County OPP Detachment - (verbal report)
- CS4: Security of Property (s.239(2)(a)) - Port Stanley Harbour