1. No flag for Black History Month
Council rejected a request for proclamations and flag-raising ceremonies for several groups, including one honouring Black History Month, due to a bylaw stating the township does not allow proclamations. Council agreed to formally recognize the month through social media channels.
2. No fees for lobbyist
Council rejected a motion to offer a fee to lobbyists Upstream Strategy Group to pressure the provincial government to increase aggregate fees paid to each municipality from six cents to approximately 25 cents per tonne. Mayor Don Allen will contact the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) for further information.
3. Toxic corn kills pigs
A letter by farmer David Spring concerning a 2018 fungal blight known as vomitoxin was reviewed. The invisible mould prohibits farmers from feeding their infected corn crops to pigs, but can’t be sold in Canada as a biofuel due to Clean Fuels Act restrictions. Council will review the act and revisit the matter.
4. No doggie campers
A request by Barrie Kennel and Obedience Club to camp overnight at Tree Nursery Sports Park was rejected. Although the club stayed overnight in 2019, council determined not to change a current bylaw prohibiting overnight stays.
5. Trail head parking woes
Carson Road parking near snowmobile trail at the tip of Anne Street North was addressed. No signage will be displayed prohibiting parking, but staff was directed to discuss clearing trees to facilitate a small parking area with the Midhurst Carson Road developer.
6. Slow internet needs attention
A committee was formed to determine how to help under-serviced internet broadband areas within the township. Its first order of business will be to produce a survey to determine residents’ requirements and discuss with staff costs related to internet service providers.
7. Performance reviewer reviewed
Council wants to be informed about reports pertaining to job duty requirements of all levels of staff and offered to set up a committee to help guide the external Efficiency and Service Delivery review consultants.
8. No ice time in Elmvale
Township staff determined not to open Elmvale Community Arena this season although the provincial government lowered Simcoe County’s COVID-19 status to the red zone. The township administration office will reopen to the public Feb 22. Appointments are strongly encouraged.
Cheryl Browne, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance