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Council Highlights
September 8, 2020

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In this issue
 

  1. Public Question Period
  2. NVCA Updates its Strategic Plan
  3. Upgrading Council Chamber AV Capabilities
  4. New Fence Bylaw
  1. Licencing Tow Trucks
  2. ATVs Not Permitted on Town Roads
  3. Town Rental Facilities Remain Closed 
  4. Water Tower to Host Internet Service Providers 
This meeting was conducted by means of Electronic Participation by a majority of council members, as permitted by Section 238 (3.3) of the Municipal Act, 2001, as amended, as there is presently an emergency declared to exist in the Town of Mono, that being the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting was live streamed, and a video recording of the meeting has been posted on the Town’s website.
 
Residents can request to join the September 22nd, 7 p.m. meeting in order to ask a question during question period by completing the online request form.  Alternatively, you can use the online submission form to pose questions to Council in advance that will then be addressed during Question Period.

Public Question Period


A resident asked if the Town would reconsider the use of towers to deliver high speed internet services such as fixed wireless to residents and businesses?  Mono is currently pursuing leasing space on the water tower that would permit Internet Service Providers to install wireless transmitters. This would provide additional options to residents within line of sight of the Tower on French Drive. Council is actively encouraging Internet providers to consider co-locating on existing towers, whether they be large cell towers or smaller ones that would afford localized line of sight service.

NVCA Updates its Strategic Plan

Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority board chair Councillor Keith White (Essa Township) and CAO Doug Hevenor presented the conservation authority's 2020 – 2025 strategic plan. The plan emphasizes partnerships and provides resilience in the face of climate, political and legislative changes. The NVCA's mission is to work together to deliver innovative, integrated watershed management that is responsive to the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the Nottawasaga Valley watershed. Mr. Hevenor noted that COVID-19 has had its impact on their strategic initiatives. The Tiffin Centre has not held any educational activities since the pandemic started. Between lost revenues and increased costs, he is projecting a $100,000 shortfall this year. Chair Doug White explained that pending provincial legislative and regulatory changes could redefine the role of conservation authorities in Ontario, and a new Memorandum of understanding may be required with the municipality. Until the province publishes these regulations, “it's hard to know what our core mandate will be” explained Councillor White. In the meantime, the NVCA will continue to work with municipalities to fulfill their mission as expressed in the 2020–2025 strategic plan.
 

Map of the NVCA

 

pdf icon  NVCA Strategic Plan 2020 – 2025

Upgrading Council Chamber AV Capabilities

Council approved a plan to upgrade the audio-visual equipment in council chambers. As currently configured, meetings held in council chambers can be recorded and live streamed but cannot also accommodate virtual participation. When Council determines when they wish to meet in-person, the upgrades will permit meetings to become a combination of in-person and virtual. Those residents that wish to come to Town Hall for council meetings will be able to do so, within the limits to maintain physical distancing that may be in effect at that time. Those residents not able to come to Town Hall will be able to participate virtually. We anticipate the upgrades will be completed by early November.

pdf icon  AV Upgrades to Facilitate Blended Council Meetings

New Fence Bylaw

Council gave final reading and passed a new fence bylaw. The bylaw, that takes effect immediately, prescribes the type and height of fences on residential properties. Existing fences are grandfathered until such time as 50% or more of the fence is repaired or replaced. The bylaw includes provisions for pool enclosure fences as well as certain restrictions that apply town wide.
 

Illustration showing 1.8 metre fence at the minimum setback

 

pdf icon  Fence Bylaw

Licencing Tow Trucks

In cooperation with other Dufferin municipalities, Mono Council is considering establishing a licencing regime for tow truck operators. Ideally, a single system would be put in place for the entire county. Mono Council has recommended that Orangeville, which already has a business licencing programme, consider running a county-wide tow truck licencing program on behalf of all Dufferin municipalities.
 

Tow truck hauling car

 

ATVs Not Permitted on Town Roads

New legislation that changes where off-road vehicles can operate in the province come into force on January 1, 2021. Off-road vehicles are currently not permitted on Town roads. Council received a staff report that confirms they do not need to pass a new bylaw to continue to prohibit ATVs on Town roads. The legislation also expands the definition of off-road vehicles to include off-road motorcycles and extreme terrain vehicles. These vehicles are not permitted on Town roads either. Council chose not to pass a new bylaw, confirming their intent to prohibit ATV and other off road vehicles on municipal roadways.

pdf icon  Amendment to Ontario Highway Traffic Act Regulation 316_03, Off Road Vehicles

Town Rental Facilities Remain Closed

Director of Recreation Kim Heaton recommended to Council that the Town's rental facilities remain closed. Mono has two community centres, Monora Park and Mono Community Centre. Both normally are available to rent with rooms that can accommodate functions with up to 200 people. They have been closed due to the pandemic since March. With the likelihood of a second wave increasingly probable, Council agreed that it would be prudent to keep the facilities closed.

Monora Park Pavilion Entrance

pdf icon  Report on Reopening Rental Facilities

Water Tower to Host Internet Service Providers

As mentioned earlier in these Council Highlights, and previously reported, Council is actively seeking Internet Service Providers that are interested in using the water tower to locate wireless internet equipment. The goal is to offer improved service and facilitate increased competition amongst providers. At least two Internet Service Providers have expressed interest in entering into a lease agreement that would allow them to install equipment on the tower while covering any Town related expenses.
 

The next Council Meeting is scheduled for September 22, 2020 at 7 pm 

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