Hemp, water provisions on the menu for Tiny council this Monday

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Tiny staff have come up with a report clarifying water provisions around excessive use and a water ban.

Details of the new water provisions include specifying the days and timing residents can water their yards, fill their pool and wash their vehicles, among other uses. Residents will also be given a chance to apply for a 14-day watering permit to water newly laid sod/seed. The permit will not be available once the ban comes into effect.

At the beginning of the meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. Monday, council will also receive a presentation from the Canadian Hemp Farmers Alliance. Dan Carter, the group's CEO, hopes to make a case in favour of a municipal sustainable hemp development plan to align with the United Nations sustainable development goals.

The organization is looking to raise $3 million to conduct research and development exercises to process and formulate hemp flower, seeds, grain, grain oil and protein stalk fibres to make functional hemp-based products, such as bio plastics, liquid fuels, and building materials.

Council will also hear a proposal around a reciprocal library membership agreement to give Tiny residents access to libraries in Midland, Penetang, and Springwater.

Another report will be presented by consultants charged with reviewing development charges. The move comes after several recent changes were made to the Development Charges Act. Development charges help recover capital costs associated with residential and non-residential growth within a municipality. Capital costs are in addition to costs that would be incurred for infrastructure that would normally be constructed as part of a subdivision (i.e., internal roads, sewers, watermains, roads, sidewalks, streetlights, etc.)

The consultants will present an overview of the work they have done so far, including calculated charges, rate comparisons and next steps.

Council will also present municipal Years of Service awards to three employees: Shawn Persaud for 15 years of service, Joceline Roi-Pattison for 10 years, and Laura Russell for five years.

The meeting will be streamed live on the township's YouTube channel.

Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, OrilliaMatters.com