Parking discussions back on the table for Tiny

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Parking access on Tiny's eastern shoreline could soon to be restricted to permit holders only.

The staff report presented in the committee of the whole agenda updated parking strategy is back on council's committee of the whole agenda this week for approval. The report recommends that a targeted open parking conversion to permit parking changes be implemented at Peek-a-boo Trail and portion of Champlain Road.

Further, the report proposes that the permit parking season be increased from April 15 till Oct. 15. Those who do not have one of the 175 parking permits available for non-residents will also have to pay a $75 fine for an early payment and $90 for a delayed payment.

This is not the only fee structure that is under review. Council will also look at a new recommended building permit fees.

Consultant suggestions around the fees are to maintain current fees with annual inflationary increases at 2%, except for, apartment buildings, which should be at $3,258 plus $0.80/sq. ft. The current fee is $3,194. Fees for garden suites or park model trailers should be changed to $2,558. The current fee is at $3,012. The charges for minor repairs for decks/sheds/docks should be at $179, reduced from a current fee of $260. Further, the fees for small farm buildings should be set at $959, compared to the current fee of $2,149. Lastly, the fees for retaining walls should be set at $265, compared to a current minimum of $260.

A new policy that council will consider is around overspray for controlling the gypsy moth population in the area.

Elected officials will either approve the implementation of the proposed draft Btk overspray policy to allow private residents obtaining permission from the township to overspray the pesticides on municipal land or remain status quo.

The agenda includes a letter from a Tiny resident in support of the overspray policy.

"I respectfully request that council not add further requirements to this which are not necessary," writes Barbara Reid. "Overspray on municipal land should be permitted as this has been done by other municipalities without need for any additional requirements or waivers, which would render some property owners unable to proceed with spraying this spring.

"The township could actually benefit from overspray on their municipal lands as it would be paid by the abutting property owner and help protect any trees bordering their municipal land," she adds.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, and will be streamed live on the municipal YouTube channel. The meeting will be followed by a regular council session.

Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, OrilliaMatters.com