January 18, 2007
COUNCIL MEETING – MINUTES
On Thursday, January 18th, 2007 Council of the Corporation of the Township of South Algonquin
held their second regular meeting for the month. Councillors present: Joe Florent; Dave Harper;
Sid James; Randy Jessup; Robert Ogilvie; and Richard Shalla with Mayor Percy Bresnahan
TOWNSHIP STAFF PRESENT:
Harold Luckasavitch – Clerk Treasurer; Gerald Dunn – Works Superintendent/CBO; Geraldeen
Dubreuil – Deputy Clerk.
O.P.P. Sgt. D. Sears - address any questions or concerns that Council may have.
Moved by: R. Jessup Seconded by: J. Florent Res. #07-021
“To call to order the regular meeting of January 18th, 2007 at 6:30 pm.”
Moved by: R. Ogilvie Seconded by: D. Harper Res. #07-022
“To adopt the agenda as circulated and amended.”
DISCLOSURE OF PECUNIARY INTEREST: None at this time.
Moved by: J. Florent Seconded by: R. Jessup Res. #07-023
“To adopt the minutes of the Council meeting of January 4th, as circulated.”
BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES:
Councillor Shalla thanked Councillor James for being able to resolve the situation so quickly
regarding a Rink Attendant for the Whitney outdoor rink.
Councillor Florent requested to know if the date for the meeting with representatives from
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing had been confirmed. Clerk Harold Luckasavitch
advised that the date had not yet been set.
Councillor Florent also requested to know if Brian Ackney – Community Emergency
Management Coordinator had been contacted to attend the February 1st, 2007 Council Meeting
to discuss Civic Addressing and provide Council with information prior to the meeting. Clerk
H. Luckasavitch advised that all arrangements had been made.
ROADS/WASTE MANAGEMENT/BUILDING CODE REPORT: Gerry Dunn, Works
Superintendent/Chief Building Official presented Council with a written report resulting in the
following resolutions and direction given:
Works Superintendent, G. Dunn to schedule a meeting (day/evening) with the Health & Safety
Representative when he/she is in the area.
Schedule a Roads Committee Meeting for Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 at 6:30 pm at the
Township of South Algonquin to continue with the equipment sharing program set up with the
Township of Madawaska Valley.
Schedule a Waste Management Committee Meeting in conjunction with the Roads Committee
Meeting on Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 at 6:30 pm at the Municipal Office
Moved by: J. Florent Seconded by: S. James Res. #07-024
“To authorize the Mayor to sign the Township of South Algonquin Health and Safety Policy
Statement and that the Works Department operate under the Health and Safety Loss Control
Program as presented until such time as this program is reviewed to include all municipal
Moved by: J. Florent Seconded by: R. Shalla Res. #07-025
“To authorize the submission of an application for funding from the Rural Infrastructure
Investment Initiative for the reconstruction of First Avenue, Second Avenue, Third Avenue, Lake
Street and Mill Street and that the amount of funding requested be based on the expenditures of
the Ottawa/Post Street project completed in 2004.”
Moved by: J. Florent Seconded by: R. Jessup Res. #07-026
“To authorize the Works Superintendent and all available municipal equipment operators to
attend the Hours of Work Legislation Seminar presented by the Bancroft and District Road
Supervisors Association to be held at the Dungannon Recreation Centre at L’Amable on
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 and all members of Council as well.”
Moved by: R. Ogilvie Seconded by: R. Shalla Res. #07-027
“That Council support in principle the application of Michael McCormack (MMAH file #48-DP-
060067) to create 6 or 7 seasonal recreation lots of between 1.4 to 2.8 ha each having +/- 75 m of
frontage on Aylen Lake ( as further detailed in the MMAH letter). And that the Clerk completes
the questionnaire supporting the application and returns it to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs &
**Councillor R. Ogilvie to work in conjunction with Clerk H. Luckasavitch to complete
application regarding the above resolution and forward to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and
Housing once completed. Also forward a letter to the property owner advising of Council’s
Moved by: R. Ogilvie Seconded by: R. Shalla Res. #07-028
“To authorize Bills for Payment as recorded and circulated for the meeting of January 18th,
GUEST PRESENT: O.P.P. Sgt. D. Sears
O.P.P. Sgt. D. Sears advised Council that it was part of the O.P.P. Business Plan for
representatives to attend local Council Meetings and address any questions or concerns that
Council may have regarding policing issues within their municipality.
Councillor James expressed concern regarding the closure of the walkway along the Highway
60 Bridge in Whitney to snowmobiles and O.P.P. enforcement of snowmobiles traveling on
the highway to link up with the snowmobile trail and/or obtain fuel.
Councillor Ogilvie expressed concern regarding an ongoing policing matter at a specific
residence on Aylen Lake, Dickens Ward.
Councillor Harper: FIRE
Discussed the training issue with both Fire Chiefs and it was their recommendation to continue
with the current trainer at this time.
Moved by: D. Harper Seconded by: S. James Res. #07-029
“To provide Medi-Facts with initial $1,000.00 to provide Training and Certification of Fire Staff
(26) approximate total cost $3,200.00 for 2007 as per quote on December 27th, 2006 invoice.”
Moved by: D. Harper Seconded by: S. James Res. #07-030
“To install under contract auxiliary electrical circuit panels and transfer switches at both the
M&L Recreation Hall and the Lester Smith Recreation Centre.”
Moved by: D. Harper Seconded by: S. James Res. #07-031
“To install protective covers above the hydro meter base and the propane regulator located on the
back wall of the Fire-Municipal Garage building in Whitney.”
Councillor James: WHITNEY RECREATION
Councillor James presented Council with a written report from the January 15th, 2007
Recreation Meeting which addressed the following: (a) Committee’s concerns regarding
Recreation By-laws; (b) janitor wage rate and rate charged by the township to recoup cleaning
fees; (c) Budget process; (d) update from Councillor Shalla regarding 2006 upgrades to
washrooms, shelving, and carpeting at the Lester Smith Bldg.; (e) allocation of the interest
accumulated in the Recreation Fundraising Account; (f) update on Committee events and draft
schedule of rink operations; (g) appointment of two new members to the Whitney Recreation
Moved by: S. James Seconded by: R. Shalla Res. #07-032
“Whereas there was a need for the prompt, but judicious, employing of a Rink Attendant for the
Whitney rink, a potential solution was arrived at on January 7th and 8th, 2007 by way of
discussion involving Richie Szczygiel, Mayor Bresnahan and Councillor James; Therefore be it
resolved that Richard and Patricia Szczygiel be employed as Rink Attendant and assistant with
responsibilities as outlined in the attached report.”
Presented Council with a written report from Fire Chief Aurel Thom of the Madawaska Fire
Station outlining the results of the annual vehicle inspections for the Madawaska Station.
Councillor Harper was given direction to contact the vehicle inspector and obtain a written
inspection report for the January 31st, 2007 committee meeting, contact Fire Chief Aurel
Thom to investigate costing for repairing and/or replacing the vehicle that did not pass
inspection, and also contact Fire Chief Brian August of the Whitney Station to be put on
standby for structural fires until this vehicle is repaired or replaced.
Letter received in response to maintenance on Dunne’s Road – Defer to Roads Committee
Meeting of Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 @ 6:30 pm.
Letter received from the Murchison & Lyell District School Authority advising that verbal
notification had been received that the funding for the partnering project had been declined by
the Ministry of Education.
R.B. Howe prepared and mailed response to resident regarding claim.
Letter received from a concerned resident regarding barking dogs – direction given to Clerk H.
Luckasavitch to draft a letter of acknowledgement and politely advise of the procedures for
this type of situation.
Councillor Ogilvie: DISTRICT OF NIPISSING SOCIAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
Attended first Board meeting and selected to sit on two Task Forces that he thought would be
useful to the Township of South Algonquin: Emergency Medical Services and Ontario
Works. (provided Council with a copy of the Committees/Task Forces)
Councillor Harper: LIBRARY
Board meeting scheduled for Monday, January 22nd, 2007
Requested to know the status of the Trillium Grant. Clerk H. Luckasavitch advised that this
project is to be re-advertised and site meeting scheduled.
Item #3 – Seminar regarding changes to the Municipal Act – Councillor James to attend the one
scheduled for Huntsville.
Item #5 – Letter received from M. Hatt, Aylen Lake, Dickens Ward – Councillor Ogilvie to
prepare a response for Council’s consideration at the February 1st, 2007 meeting.
Item #7 – F.O.N.O.M. 2007 membership – direction given to Clerk H. Luckasavitch to forward
payment for the Township to continue to be a member of this organization.
Item #12 – 2007 F.O.N.O.M./M.M.A.H. Municipal Conference – Mayor Bresnahan to attend the
conference scheduled for May 9th – 11th, 2007.
Item #13 – Letter received from TD Canada Trust – direction given to Clerk H. Luckasavitch to
forward this information to all financial institutions along with a cover letter stating
what our communities could offer an interested financial institution.
Item #14 – Infrastructure Ontario – Comprehensive Capital Financing Solutions – direction given
to Clerk H. Luckasavitch to investigate and provide Council with more information.
Item #15 – quote to upgrade telephone system at municipal office – defer to Budget Meeting.
Clerk H. Luckasavitch updated Council on an upcoming presentation meeting for a program
called “Vials of Life” hosted by the Opeongo Seniors Centre in Barry’s Bay on Wednesday,
February 7th, 2007 at 1:30 pm. Mayor Bresnahan and Councillor Jessup to attend this
presentation meeting. Direction was also given to photocopy this information and distribute in
the Madawaska and Whitney mail boxes.
Review plans for Medical Centre – defer to Monday, February 5th, 2007 @ 6:30 pm at the
Councillor Florent expressed concern regarding the substantial amount of paperwork that
Council had been receiving. Direction was given to sift through the paperwork more
thoroughly and place all the information in the “Information Package”.
Moved by: R. Jessup Seconded by: R. Ogilvie Res. #07-033
“To extend the meeting past 10:00 pm at the call of the Chair.”
MOTIONS OF COUNCIL
Moved by: S. James Seconded by: D. Harper Res. #07-034
“Whereas there are now slightly less than four months left before the closing of the TD Canada
Trust branch in Whitney, and; Whereas to this date Council has failed to take any visible action
with respect to seeking an alternative financial institution, and; Whereas there is considerable
concern expressed by Township residents regarding this matter, and; Whereas the existence of a
financial institution in the Township is critical to future development. Therefore be it resolved
that this matter be given high priority and this Council strives to seek a solution at the earliest
Moved by: R. Jessup Seconded by: J. Florent Res. #07-035
“To renew the Township’s membership with F.O.N.O.M. for the year 2007 at a fee of $180.00.”
Moved by: R. Jessup Seconded by: J. Florent Res. #07-036
“To hire Cindy Hildebrandt as a supply part-time librarian for the Madawaska Library.”
Moved by: R. Jessup Seconded by: J. Florent Res. #07-037
“To implement a Building Inspection Sheet as of today.”
Moved by: S. James Seconded by: D. Harper Res. #07-038
“Whereas it is apparently the desire of Council to alter the terms and/or conditions under which
Household waste from Algonquin Park is to be received, and; Whereas By-Law 06-261 being a
By-Law containing Tipping fees in Schedule ‘D’ would require an amendment to Item 6) (a)
before new terms and/or conditions may be applied. Therefore be it resolved that By-Law 06-
261, Schedule ‘D’, Item 6) (a) be amended to read ‘Algonquin Park Household Waste’
**Council recommended that the above item be deferred to the Waste Management Committee
Meeting on January 31, 2007.
Moved by: R. Jessup Seconded by: R. Ogilvie Res. #07-039
“To move into camera at 10:45 pm to discuss personnel matters.”
Moved by: R. Ogilvie Seconded by: R. Shalla Res. #07-040
“That Council move out of camera at 11:01 pm.”
Moved by: R. Jessup Seconded by: R. Ogilvie Res. #07-041
“To pay the bill owing to Brian Paplinskie in the amount of $392.77.”
Moved by: J. Florent Seconded by: R. Shalla Res. #07-042
“To adjourn the meeting of January 18th, 2007 at 11:05 pm.”
(Mayor – Percy Bresnahan) (Clerk– Harold Luckasavitch)