1. Central Community Health Centre
Judith Wiley, Central Community Health Centre, was in attendance to update Council
on their activities.
There Mission is healthy clients and healthy communities, one person at a time.
To empower clients and communities to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.
Central Community Health Centre (CCHC) is a charitable organization whose purpose
is the delivery of comprehensive primary care services to individuals and families
in St. Thomas, Central Elgin and Southwold Township. CCHC's services complement
existing healthcare in these communities, and include health promotion, illness
and injury prevention, and the diagnosis and treatment of illness and injuries.
Standardized Adjusted Morbidity Index (SAMI) Methodology to measure morbidity of
individuals and populations across multiple care settings to allow comparisons on
the basis of how much primary care they need relative to the “average” CCHC’s SAMI
score is 1.94 whereas the Ontario average SAMI score is 1.46.
Who runs the Central Community Health Centre?
The Board of Directors consists of 7-9 community members identified by a volunteer
Current Board of Directors
- Craig Sigurdson, Chair
- Chris Herridge, Vice Chair
- Paul Jenkins, Treasurer
- Malcolm Wood, Past Chair
- Heather Jackson
- Sharon Larmour
- Cecilia Preyra
Are Community Health Centres new?
No. In Ontario, CHCs have been in existence for more than 35 years. There are currently
over 75 CHCs in Ontario. The Central Community Health Centre in St. Thomas is one
of 22 Community Health Centres announced in 2005.
No. The Centre does not provide emergency or walk-in care. Primary care and support
services are provided at the Centre to clients registered with the Central Community
Health Centre. Clients need to make an appointment for all services.
Which health professionals will provide services and what services are offered?
- Nurse Practitioners
- Registered Practical Nurses
- Social Workers
- Physiotherapist Assistant
- Systems Navigator
- Primary Health Care
- Dietary Consultations
- Community Programs
- Outreach Services
- Systems Navigation
- Needle Exchange Programs
- Health Links
- Elgin Situation Table
- Elgin Community Drug & Alcohol Strategy
- St. Thomas Elgin Rainbow Alliance
- Elgin Health Services Council
- Southwestern Public Health
- St. Josephs Health Sciences
- Arthritis Society
- Alzheimer’s Society of Elgin — St. Thomas
- Canadian Mental Health Association Elgin YWCA
- Northside Neighbourhood Hub
- Local Immigration Partnerships
- Children’s Action Network
- Poverty Coalition
- Housing & Homelessness Action Group
- Taking Action on Women’s Homelessness
- Residential Care
- Human Services & Justice Coordinating Committee
“The heart of a volunteer is never measured in size, but by the depth of commitment
to make a difference in the lives of others” — DeAnn Hollis
3. Lions Landing Marina Park
At the request of Council, several members of the Port Stanley Lions Club were in
attendance along with local Lion President Rick Nemett to discuss some concerns
regarding Lions Landing Marina Park.
Lion Rick Nemett indicated that he was there to address the accusations and allegations
put forward by Fiona Nisbet and Shawn Buchanan at the last Council meeting. Some
are quite valid while others are misinformed or just down right false.
Where is Lions Landing?
Mr. Nemett began with lot conditions concerning downed trees and scattered brush
in the spring are issues involving private property owned by the Railroad. The stored
boat trailers are on Railroad property. If there is any dispute over property lines,
we would ask that the Municipality provide us with an up-to-date survey to distinguish
where our responsibilities begin and end. The fence on the property that was damaged
in the 2018 flood was owned by the Municipality and is the responsibility of the
Municipality. The adjoining property owner has put up roped fencing on the north
side to mark the boundary by their own accord.
Central Elgin is not in the Marina Business!
Just to be clear the Municipality is not anyway involved in the operation of the
Lions Landing Marina, it simply leases the property to the Lions.
Who pays for Ministry of Natural Resources Water Lot Fees, Sewage and water costs,
year-round electricity costs, BIA levy, commercial property taxes, liability insurance,
grass cutting and road maintenance. The answer would be Lions Landing, all of it
except of the BIA Levy which hasn't been brought to us.
It is also important to note that all money that goes toward maintenance and operational
expenses goes directly back into the community, being local contractors or businesses
such as Port Stanley Home Hardware, Stumps or Us, Hawks Cliff Landscaping, Steelway,
Yarmouth Group, Laemers Excavating, Just Pipes, CBM Concrete, and the Port Stanley
Firefighters who are our prime labour force. They volunteer to install and take
out our docks and in return we donate $4,000 a year to them, which in turn they
donate back to the community.
The Key Differences between the Lions Marina and other Marinas!
The Lions are responsible for the upkeep of the bathrooms, the landscaping, maintenance
of not just the income generating portion but the entire park which is the majority
of the property. The Lions are responsible for all taxes under the lease, HST as
well as property taxes. Paying the HST on the lease was one of the reasons that
the lease was negotiated early so that the HST on the lease could be paid by the
Lions. If the Municipality feels that the Marina should be paying commercial rates,
then we would only ask that also consider adjusting the property tax rate on the
public park portion as well. HST
The dockage is in short supply in Lake Erie and demand exceeds supply, so how do
our rates affect other operators ability to fill their docks year after year. We
currently have a waiting list of 5 people, all of whom have been recently added
to our list this spring. Our rates are based on competitive rates from all nearby
marinas on Lake Erie, not just the ones in Port Stanley. Based on the rates compiled
by the Municipality, the average dock rate is $1,750. The statement that we are
$1,000 below is simply not true. Currently Bridgeview Marina is at $1,300 per year,
exactly the same as us. We are also comparing apples to oranges. At any other Marina
if I was to wander through at 10:00 at night, I would probably having a chat with
the policeman within half an hour. With ours there is no security, it's a public
park that has no controlled entry. We also can not accommodate larger boats, our
maximum is twenty-six feet in length with a eight foot beam, and on a good year
a three foot draft, with this year being an exception. Of course a Marina that can
take a thirty-five foot boat will charge more for docks then we do. We also offer
no Marina services, there's no gas, no launch ramp, no repairs, no storage, no store,
no clubhouse or lounge. Our only advantage is being located close to a public park,
which is a double edged sword. We are willing to adjust our rates to remain competitive,
but our request would be that an independent party would decide what the minimum
competitive rate would be taking into consideration the various amenities that each
Marina has to offer.
Does Lions Landing unfairly benefit members of Lions or their friends?
Incidentally Mr. Buchanan was also on the waiting list for a dock this year, and
considers himself a friend to a Lions Club member. He turned down the dock when
it became available, his reason was that he doesn't own a boat. Currently there
is four Lions Club members of the sixty docks available with dock space at Lions
Landing. However, what's important to note is that those four members were tenants
long before they became Lions club members. Our dockage is open to anyone, with
everyone applying via the posted email address. This year we welcomed twelve new
boaters, none of whom are known to be friends of Lions. The notion that our facility
is somehow only available exclusively to friends and families of Lions is completely
Maintenance, Improvements and Operational Concerns
In the last four seasons we have installed concrete sidewalks from the roadway to
the Pavilion to allow accessibility by wheel chairs. We have also added wheel chair
accessible washrooms along the sidewalk. During that same period we also purchased
eight wheel chair accessible picnic tables for the Pavilion. We have looked into
other options of improved washroom facilities as suggested, however these options
run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars due to distances to services. We could
not commit to such a investment without a long term commitment from the Municipality.
The unused paving stones have been sold and will be removed as soon as the grounds
dry up enough to get a vehicle in to load them up. Trees that have fallen over the
winter on the leased area have been taken care of. There is still lots left on Railway
land that has to be dealt with. Tree Stumps left over from fallen trees have been
ground down below the surface. Visible debris in the area has been cleaned up by
volunteers. Potholes have been repaired with the exception along the railway tracks.
Overnight Camping in the area is specifically prohibited in the rental agreement.
Overnight on a privately owned craft is not prohibited at any other Marina, so
I don't see why it would not be allowed at ours. We do provide a garbage container
at the Picnic Pavilion now, however the boaters are still expected to home their
garbage at the end of their stay. Safety equipment will be left up year round going
The Sun Shade Conundrum
A lot's been said about the tents and the gazebos, you don't like them, we don't
like them, but the lease does not specifically prohibit them. They are in use at
other Marinas as well, and others Marinas have lounges or clubhouses for their members
to use as shelter when the heat or sun is unbearable. If this should be a major
concern to Council or the Municipality that Council draft a By-law that prohibits
such structures along all waterways not just Lions Landing.
Where Do The Profits Go?
We are willing to provide our financials to the Municipality, but do to privacy
issues for our clients we can not release that information for the public record
at a Council meeting. If the Municipality wants to see our records, the money, the
books, that's fine, we just ask the Municipality to not make this information public
available to anyone. Lions International By-laws requires strict segregation of
funds. Any administrative that directly benefits Lions or family of Lions must be
funded through dues or other non public sources of income. Money raised in the general
public must only be used for the benefit of the general public. Even though the By-laws
technically allow us to use rental income for administrative purposes, historically
we have chosen to avoid this as much as possible so that we can maximize the amount
of proceeds that go back into the community. For the 2017- 2018 fiscal year proceeds
of over $23,000 went back into the community. A small portion of all Lions funds
that we raise go to national and international charities such as Lions Club International
foundation, Diabetes Canada, and to regional causes such as the London Regional
Cancer Centre, Eyes Right a Lions Club Foundation that provides state of the art
equipment to hospitals for sight saving procedures, however the vast amounts of
funds raised stay in Central Elgin to support local projects. Projects such as Violence
Against Women, St. Thomas General Hospital Foundation, Port Stanley Sailing Squadron,
Port Stanley Gardeners, Port Stanley Community Policing, Port Stanley Fire Department
providing funding for special rescue operations equipment such as the shallow water
rescue vehicle and the ATV rescue vehicle, the annual Dickens Day Parade, the
annual Christmas display at Lions Landing, the Port Stanley Sailors Hockey, Port
Stanley Sailors Minor Hockey, Port Stanley Legion, Port Stanley Christmas Care,
Port Stanley Foodbank, Farmtown Canada, the St. Thomas Rotary Music Festival, the
Alzheimer Society, St. Thomas Christmas Shop, and the assistance of local families
The Port Stanley Lions Club is more than willing to work with the Municipality,
and with this Council to ensure that the Lions Landing property provides an annual
benefit to the residents and visitors of Port Stanley. We are willing to make substantial
investments to the improvement of the property, but we need to know that our position
is secure, not subject to cancelation from the complaints of a few individuals.
To sell the property to private interests according to Mr. Buchanan luminous submissions
to Council, it appears as his ultimate agenda which may net the Municipality a few
extra dollars in the short term, but any additional profits will go into the pockets
of a few individuals rather than benefitting the community. And further the Municipality
would loose control over valuable green space in the Village of Port Stanley.
Deputy Mayor Marks indicated that he was 110% satisfied with the Lions Landing Marina
Councillor Fehr indicated that he wouldn't want to make any decision on the lease.
He also wanted to spend more time reviewing the lease checking the MCAP tax assessment
and possibly changing the tax structure to Commercial rates.
Moved by Deputy Mayor Marks and seconded by Councillor Cook that the presentation
given by the Port Stanley Lions Club respecting issues with Lions Landing Park be
received as information and filed; And that the presentations from Shawn Buchanan
dated April 1st and June 10th on this topic be received as information and filed;
And further that the presentation from Fiona Nisbet on this topic dated June 10th
be received as information and filed. The Motion was Carried by recorded vote.