Council Highlights
February 20
and 26, 2019

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With the February 12th meeting having been postponed to February 20th due to severe weather we have combined the February 20th and Feb 26th meetings into a single issue of Council Highlights.

In this issue


 February 26

  1. Updated Council Code of Conduct
  2. Protection and Enhancement of Natural Vegetation and Tree Canopy Policy
  3. New Rosemont Fire Department Agreement
  4. Internet Service Task Force to Be Established
  5. Review of Council's Strategic Plan

 February 20

  1. Council Passes 2019 Budget
  2. Council Raises Road Safety Concerns with MTO
  3. Rooftop Solar Panel 2018 Annual Performance Report
  4. Video Recording Council Meetings
  5. Citizen Engagement Charter

February 26

Updated Council Code of Conduct

Council approved an updated Code of Conduct. In addition to applying to members of Council, the new code of conduct now includes certain local boards, as defined by an amendment to the Municipal Act. The code of conduct was also updated to reflect that the Town has had an Integrity Commissioner since 2017.

pdf icon  Council and Local Board Code of Conduct

Protection and Enhancement of Natural Vegetation and Tree Canopy Policy

Council approved a policy aimed to ensure the protection of the tree canopy, natural vegetation and significant wetlands within the Town. Mono has been a leader in Ontario regarding this area. Our illustrated treecommitment to reforestation dates to a Council resolution in 1924, and the first reforested sites dating to 1925 and 1926. The Town of Mono continues to run an annual seedling program to provide a source of plantings to continue this tradition. ln 2018, the Town incorporated significant natural heritage policies to our Official Plan.
Mono will require an impact assessment as part of the approval process for development within or adjacent to lands identified in our Natural Heritage Strategy and will employ methods to protect these resources through the use of zoning and site plan control.


pdf icon  Protection and Enhancement of Natural Vegetation and Tree Canopy Policy

New Rosemont Fire Department Agreement

Council approved a new agreement for the management of the Rosemont District Fire Department LogoRosemont Fire Department.  Among other things, the agreement between the three municipalities that are served by the Rosemont department; Mono, Mulmur & Adjala-Tosorontio, changes the cost sharing formula for capital purchases. It goes from each partner paying 1/3 to a formula taking into account number of buildings, coverage area and property assessment. For 2019, Mono's share of capital expenses is 27.85%.

pdf icon  Rosemont Fire Department Agreement

Internet Service Task Force to Be Established

As many people know only too well, affordable Internet options available to Mono residents, especially those who live in rural parts of the town, are limited at best. In an effort to better understand the factors affecting Figure - internet service task force graphic with "Task Force" text acrossInternet availability & affordability, the Town will be setting up a task force.  It will examine service levels including quality and cost.
Applications are currently being sought for members for this task force, with a deadline to apply of March 11th. Please see the Town's Committee Meetings page if you are interested in applying.

Review of Council's Strategic Plan

Council reviewed their 3 E’s Strategic Plan with the goal of updating it to reflect current priorities and objectives. Council’s strategic plan was last revised in 2012. Education and advocacy will play a larger role in the updated plan as will the impacts of climate change. Council will continue their review at the March 12th meeting.

pdf icon  Council's Current Strategic Plan

February 20

Council Passes 2019 Budget

Following an overview of the changes made to date, and with consideration of comments received by residents, Council passed the 2019 budget. The 2019 budget incorporates a 2.2% inflationary increase over 2018.  The Treasurer further noted that with the growth in the Town's overall assessment, the tax rate for Mono's portion of property taxes will decrease.


Council Raises Road Safety Concerns with MTO

Mayor Ryan sent a letter to the Minister of Transportation, Jeff Yurek, detailing the safety concerns the Town has regarding Highway 9 and Highway 10. These include lack of traffic lights at Hwy 10 & Mono Centre Road and at Hwy 9 & 2nd Line EHS; the  need to expand Hwy  10 to four lanes; and adding a second westbound lane to Hwy 9 west of 1st Line EHS.

pdf icon  Letter to MTO re Safety Concerns on Hwys 9 & 10

Rooftop Solar Panel 2018 Performance Report

Deputy Clerk Fred Simpson presented a report on the solar panels on the roof of the public works garage. The rooftop solar array generated 112.7 megawatt hours (MWh) in 2018, generating $61,474 in revenue. That was down slightly from 2017, where 113.9 MWh was sold to Ontario Hydro for $62,432 revenue. The lifetime revenue at the end of 2018 was $263,703.10 which was 8% under the projected $287,900 revenue to the end of 2018. Due to actual revenues falling somewhat short of projected, it will take slightly longer to realize the full return on the Town’s capital investment. The projected 6.8 year return on investment is currently trending towards 7.4 years.

Figure - 2018 Actual vs. Projected Power Production

pdf icon  Rooftop Solar PV 2018 Annual Performance Report

Video Recording Council Meetings

Council considered a staff report on recommended options to live stream council meetings to the Internet. The recommendations include one or two cameras plus a feed from the council chamber's presentation projector. This would allow council and staff to be captured on video as well as any presentations shown on the projector. Those making delegations, however, would not be recorded. This would all be streamed live to either the Town's You Tube channel or, optionally, integrated into the current agenda management website.
Council asked staff to investigate the feasibility of using a 360° camera so that both council and delegations could be recorded.

pdf icon  Video Recording Council Meetings Report

Citizen Engagement Charter

Council reviewed a draft Citizen Engagement Charter for the Town. The Citizen Engagement Charter acts as an agreement between and among Town of Mono elected representatives and the residents of Mono regarding citizen engagement with their local government that establishes the commitments, responsibilities, and fundamental concepts of this relationship. It allows for responsible decision-making through a range of perspectives, experiences, and knowledge and involves sharing ideas in ways that support learning and the creation of sustainable solutions.Citizen Engagement Logo
Council will be soliciting input from residents on the draft charter. Keep an eye on the Town's website and social media for further details on a town wide survey.


pdf icon  Draft Citizen Engagement Charter
The next Council Meeting is scheduled for March 12, 2019 at 7pm 

Agendas and minutes for all council and committee meetings can be found on the Town's Citizen Engagement Portal:

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Youth Soccer Program


The cost is $90 per player.

All leagues are co-ed and grouped by date of birth:Soccer Ball on Fire
  • Lil Cleats (born in 2014 & 2015)
  • Tykes (born in 2012 & 2013)
  • Twisters (born in 2010 & 2011)
  • Cyclones (born in 2008 & 2009)
  • Titans (born in 2006 & 2007)
Each player gets a team uniform, team photo, individual medallion, and soccer ball . There will also be a year end BBQ.

Registration is open online. Spots are filling up fast!

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Ping Pong and Euchre


Euchre Nights

Every other Thursday | 7-9pm (next night is Mar. 14)
$2 per night and includes light refreshments, prizes, and fun!
Playing cards - spades and clubs


Ping Pong

Wednesday evenings | 7-9pm
Mono Community Centre, lower level
Jan. 16-May 16/19
$3 per person per night; children under 12 are free.

Ping Pong paddles with a flaming ping pong ball in the middle. Text "Ping Pong" at opposite corners

Wine & Paint Night Returns


Celebrate Spring

With the return of Wine & Paint Night.
Enjoy some hors d'eouvres and (of course) sip some wine.

Painted Wine glass

Wednesday, April 3 from 7-9pm 
Monora Park Pavilion

$45 or paint a pair of wine glasses for an additional $5!

Call 519-941-3599 extension 233 or email to register

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