Council News Highlights - April 19th 2022

Town News

The following staff were recognized for education and training:

  • Penny Kelly, Clerk/CEMC – Municipal Law Program (MLP) – Unit Two
  • Amanda Trafford, Business Development Coordinator – Basic Emergency Management (BEM)
  • Robert Kennedy, Superintendent of Parks & Facilities – Basic Emergency Management (BEM)
  • Jeff Johnston, HR Generalist and Payroll Administrator: Basic Emergency Management (BEM), Municipal Administrative Program (MAP) One and Two, and; Payroll Compliance Practitioner Designation
  • Gord Howard, Fire Chief: Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021 Fire Officer Level IV, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1033 Fire Investigator
  • Lynsey Zufelt, Administrative Assistant – Municipal Clerk’s Institute – Level One
  • Paul Robertson and Joanne Van Dreumel of the 1000 Islands History Museum gave a presentation to Council with a request support OMA recommendations on the restructuring of Ontario's Community Museum Operating Grant.
  • Council defeated a request to utilize the Community Grants funding for the KEYS Job Centre Urgent Transportation Fund Pilot Project 
  • The Thousand Islands Association (TIA) requested that Council allow a  surface-skimming Seabin to collect debris at the Municipal Marina. Council directed staff to prepare a report.   
  • A grant in the amount of $7,000 will be awarded to the Town on behalf of the Minister of Canadian Heritage for the 2022 Canada Day Celebration and Commemoration Program.
  • Council received the 2021 Audited Financial Statement of Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA). 
  • Council approved a request from the BIA Board to waive Patio Development Fees for as well as parking space fees for 2022, but amended the motion to include the entire Town.
  • Following a request to have Staff report on the pros and cons of returning to Committee of the Whole Meetings following a Covid-induced hiatus, the Procedural By-law No. 2016-094 has been amended to remove reference to Committee of the Whole Meetings and will be therefore eliminated.
  • Council directed the Clerk to explore hybrid Council Meeting Options to include in person and virtual attendance.  All Council meetings will remain virtual until such time as staff can achieve a hybrid meeting solution.
  • Council authorized staff to engage an engineer to perform a structural analysis of the King Street pedestrian bridge for $9,000.
  • The CAO provided Council with a Kinsmen Building Advisory Panel Interim Report. Council extended the Term of the Panel to August 1, 2022 and approved in-principle, exploring the option to maintain the building for Municipal Use/Non Municipal (or a Hybrid Use). Council defeated the motion for a Geotechnical Assessment/Shoreline Erosion Study for the unstable slope. The Panel is meeting April 20th 2022 at the Arena upstairs at 4:30PM.
  • Council passed the Rural Economic Development (RED) Funding Agreement “The 1000 Islands Wanderer Program” which will showcase Gananoque and what the area has to offer and to promote tourism and support businesses and create business awareness. The project will be led by the Town of Gananoque with collaboration with the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands Economic Development project.  
  • The existing contract for Concrete, Sidewalk and Curb Installation and Replacement Services with H. V. Construction has been extended for 2 years at a 5% rate increase.
  • The Contract for Asphalt Repairs, Installation and Services with Kiley Paving (extended for a one-year term with an 11% rate increase) was passed.
  • Council defeated the Award of Contract to purchase 2 Electric/Hybrid Trucks and passed a new motion to purchase one truck for under $70,000.
  • Council received the Capital Matters Pending Report and Reserve Schedule.
  • Council directed staff to transfer funds to Arena Reserve ($39,735), to the Municipal Accommodation Tax Reserve ($15,158), and to the Police Reserve ($67,933).
  • The Building By-law from 2001 was repealed and a new By-law established to take into account language, fees, and Septic Approvals which will fall under Municipal jurisdiction  as of September 1, 2022.  The Fees and Rates By-law was also amended.   
  • The Gananoque Public Library received a $29,500 Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Grant for the creation of a meeting room pod and for the purchase of 4 new computers.