At least 25 more residents neighbouring Tiny Township could vie for a Tiny beach parking spot this year.
A staff report being brought forward at this week's committee of the whole meeting presents two options for increasing the number of non-residents parking permit passes for this year. The report presents three options: a 25 permit increase or a 75 permit increase or remain status quo. Staff recommend the first one.
The reason for that suggestion is that it would help address the nearly 25 inquires they received over a two-year period (2017 - 2019) and increase revenue by $2,500. However, an increase of 75 permit passes for 2021 would address the 73 inquires received for 2020 and increase revenue by $7,500.
The report adds that this option increases competition with resident permit holders as parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Among other issues, council will also address three resident letters part of the agenda.
Stephanie De Francesca, a seasonal Tiny resident, is asking if the township could look into clearing the way on driveways. The issue, she writes in her letter, is driveways being blocked by windrow snow once the municipal plow comes by after a snowstorm.
"This is very concerning for us as my husband has health issues but more so for the many seniors living in our community," writes De Francesca, who also appreciates the quick plowing services by the township. "Should you need to get out of your driveway or worse emergency vehicles get in, they will not be able to get access immediately. This is a safety concern."
A second letter part of the agenda expresses concern around overspray of the insecticide dragnet SFR, which contains permethrin, of the pyrethroid family (synthetic chemicals that act like natural extracts from the chrysanthemum flower).
Nancy Moysiuk wants to know if the township's policy around Btk overspray will also apply to the above insecticide, which is of concern to her.
The third letter is from C. Lynn Borysiuk, who wants to talk about the township's steps toward a short-term rental bylaw.
"I purchased my cottage 20 years ago," she writes. "The only way I could manage the mortgage, taxes and maintenance, was to rent it out throughout most of the summer. The first year, I took one week for myself and rented out the balance of the summer. Gradually, over the years, as I was able to afford to do so, I extended my personal time at the cottage."
Borysiuk writes that she vets her renters, lending the property for 7 nights or longer, and limiting the number of occupants to six. She also advises her prospective tenants that she lives right next door.
Borysiuk's letter also presents some numbers around noise and fire bylaw that she feels are not significant enough to trigger the need for a bylaw or regulations.
"I think the proposed regulations create an affordability and access issue," she writes. "Although I personally no longer require rental income, some 20 years later, the money spent on mortgage, insurance, taxes and most notably recently shoreline protection is significant. Responsible Owners who are trying to keep their family cottages affordable, and in the family, should not be burdened."
Borysiuk concludes her letter with the suggestion that if council want to put some rules in place this season, they should maybe begin with the least invasive approach that targets weekend rentals, which appear to make up virtually all of the documented complaints.
The meeting begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday and can be viewed via live stream on the township's YouTube channel. A regular council meeting will commence the same day after the committee of the whole session ends.
Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, OrilliaMatters.com