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City Council – Monday, April 11, 7pm

Updated: Nov 18, 2022

Items from the most recent Planning Committee and General Committee reports. Plus an unclear and confusingly-worded direct motion about Council members on leave of absence – which makes one question if it is targeting the Mayor now on leave to campaign for MPP?


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Circulation List:|&Search= (note that our Statement – Stopping Sexual Violence In the Workplace – is STILL not included in the Circulation List, as had been submitted and requested March 28)

ON LEAVE: Lehman

Councillors Aylwin & Morales and the Clerk were attending via Zoom – unfortunately, they only appeared on screen when speaking, so we are not 100% certain of their votes, just going by "best guess" from Deputy Mayor Ward's wording.

📜📜 Confirmation of the Minutes

📝🏘 Planning Committee Report

🗣🏭 Public Meeting – 315 & 232 Mapleview Drive West (Ward 7)

🗣🏘 Public Meeting – 505, 511, 515 & 533 Yonge Street (Ward 8)

📝📄 General Committee Report

Section A

  • Carried – we believe unanimously

🎤🪕 2022 Busking Program Pilot and Emerging Artists / Musicians Program

  • Staff Report:

  • Execute a Memorandum of Understanding with Canadian Musicians Cooperative, Inc. (CMCI) for delivery of the Emerging Musicians Program as a music industry incubator for 2022 and for subsequent years

  • Pursue a one-year pilot busking program – artists that are ineligible for the Emerging Artists / Musicians Program can apply for a Busking Permit to perform at a designated spot in downtown Barrie

⛔️🌳 Gate at Tyndale Park

  • Direct Development Services Department to Investigate the cost of installing and operating an automated gate at Tyndale Park to limit vehicular access into the park in the later evening hours

🐟🎣 Lake Simcoe

  • Support federal funding for a Lake Simcoe Restoration Fund, that represents a significant percentage of the overall Freshwater Action Plan Fund, with funding in excess of previous commitments, beginning in the 2022 budget

  • Ask that this funding be used for:

  • Shoreline mitigation, stream restoration and stormwater quality management, including the tributaries of Sophia Creek, Kidd's Creek, Bunkers Creek, Dyments Creek, Hotchkiss Creek, Whiskey Creek, Lovers Creek and Hewitts Creek

  • Projects to ameliorate contaminated sites in the watersheds

  • Upgrades to help retrofit municipal infrastructure such as wastewater treatment and stormwater management facilities to decrease total discharges

  • Planting 250,000 trees in the watershed

  • Purchasing and conservation of more forests and wetlands under the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

  • Send this resolution and a letter from the Mayor to the federal Minister of Finance, Minister of the Environment & Climate Change, President of the Treasury Board, local MPs, all Lake Simcoe region municipalities and the LSRCA

🙅‍♀️🦹‍♂️ Stopping Harassment and Abuse by Local Leaders Act

  • Endorse the "Stopping Harassment and Abuse by Local Leaders Act" that would create a process for municipal Councils to remove Councillors who violate workplace violence and harassment policies.

  • Send a letter of support to local MPPs, MPP Stephen Blais, the Premier, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario

Section B

  • Received – we believe unanimously (although Morales had asked for this to be a separate report last week, so he may have voted against)

🏠🏢 Establishing a Renters' Committee

  • MOTION LOST: Direct Legislative and Court Services Department to include the establishment of a Renters' Committee to be considered by the 2022-26 Council as part of its Council Committee appointments, to bring forward issues of renters – including rental rates and regulations associated with rental units

  • Because the motion was lost, there was no further direction to staff.

Section C

  • Received (AGAINST: McCann – others were unanimous to receive, we believe)

💸🦹 Potential Purchase of Barrie Jail

  • MOTION LOST: Investigate the feasibility of purchasing the Barrie Jail for the purposes of preservation and affordable housing with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and/or Infrastructure Ontario

  • Because the motion was lost, there was no further direction to staff.

📝📄 General Committee Report

  • Report from April 11: (not yet available – taking place 2 hours before City Council)

Section A

  • Carried – we believe unanimously

💰🏙 Community Revitalization Fund Application – Downtown Barrie BIA

  • We are unsure at this time if there were any amendments – will correct when minutes are finalized

  • Support in principle the BIA's application to the Community Revitalization Fund for a permanent road closure infrastructure project to facilitate the Open Air Dunlop programming

  • Earmark funds to match the BIA's financial commitment of $35,135, from the Reinvestment Reserve, subject to Infrastructure Department in consultation with other City departments:

  • complete a technical and operational assessment of the proposal and associated scope of work, to ensure it considers all of the elements, including additional budgetary requirements and operational considerations associated with installing permanent infrastructure on a municipal right-of-way

  • work with the BIA to review appropriate design concepts, project timing, project management, and procurement for the project

  • Economic and Creative Development Department, in consultation with other City departments, report back to General Committee on feasibility, additional costs to the City for the project and implementation, prior to the release of any matching project funds

Section B

  • Carried – we believe unanimously

🤫🧑‍💼 2022 CUPE Negotiations

  • Confidential Labour Relations / Employee Negotiations Matter

  • Staff Report

Section C

  • Carried – we believe unanimously, although Deputy Mayor Ward was specifically reminded to ask for those opposed for this vote, so perhaps one of the Zoom attendees opposed?

🤫🧑‍💼 Staff Performance