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General Committee #2 โ€“ Monday, June 27, 2022, 7pm

Updated: Jan 5

The last General Committee before summer break โ€“ so a lot to pack in!




๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ“Š Finance and Corporate Services Committee


๐Ÿšปโ™ฟ๏ธ City Facilities โ€“ Support for Fully Accessible Washrooms

  • APPROVED on consent

  • That the Accessibility Advisory Committee supports the inclusion of fully accessible washrooms within newly built City facilities



๐Ÿ”ฅโ˜บ๏ธ Warming Spaces and De-Escalation Training for the City's Contracted Security Services



๐Ÿšธ๐Ÿšถ Pedestrian Crossovers (Ward 7)

  • Install a pedestrian crossover (level 2, type D) at the intersection of Thrushwood Drive & Elmbrook Drive / Megan Crescent, and at the intersection of Elmbrook Drive & Blackbird Lane

  • HELD by Harvey

  • AMENDMENT by Harvey to replace motion with:

    • That an all-way stop be installed at the intersection of Thrushwood Drive and Elmbrook Drive / Megan Crescent, and that a pedestrian crossover (level 2, type D) be installed at the intersection of Elmbrook Drive and Blackbird Lane, and that the appropriate traffic by-law be amended to reflect this change.

    • Amendment CARRIED [FOR: Aylwin, Ward, Thomson, N.Harris, Harvey, Morales, McCann; AGAINST: Riepma, Lehman; ABSTAINED: J.Harris; UNKNOWN: Kungl]

  • Motion, as amended, CARRIED unanimously



๐Ÿ›‘โœ‹ All-Way Stop - Reid Drive and King Street (Ward 7)



๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ› Declaration of Municipal Capital Facility



๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ›ฃ Acquisition of 851 Veterans Drive (Ward 7)

  • APPROVED on consent

  • Re: Veterans Drive New Trunk Watermain โ€“ Salem to McKay, and Veterans Drive Road Expansion โ€“ Salem to McKay

  • City to purchase the property at 851 Veterans Drive

  • Increase the budget for the Veterans Drive New Trunk Watermain by $1,300,000, with $1,105,000 from the Development Charges Reserve and $195,000 from the Tax Capital Reserve

  • Reduce the forecast Capital Budget for the Veterans Drive Road Expansion by $1,300,000, with $1,105,000 reduced from Development Front Ending and $195,000 reduced from the Tax Capital Reserve



๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ’ป 2022-2026 Council Technology Services

  • APPROVED on consent

  • Approve the suggested technology services for the next term of Council:

    • Members of Council would have use of a smart phone, a dedicated 4-digit extension within the City's phone network โ€“ Councillors' 4-digit extension would be automatically routed to that cell phone, the Mayor's extension would be programmed to a desk phone in the Mayor's office

    • Members of Council would have use of a tablet and laptop computer

    • The tablets will be equipped with integrated Wi-Fi and LTE or 5G network connectivity, laptops will have Wi-Fi capabilities to securely connect to staff & public Wi-Fi networks at City facilities

    • Multi-function work-centre units (printing/faxing/copying) would be available in the Mayor's office and Councillors' office and lounge at City Hall

    • The City's service ticketing system would continue to be used to log, track and manage Council technical service requests

    • The expenses associated with each Council Member's technology services would be reported at a minimum on an annual basis



๐ŸŽญ๐ŸŽซ Georgian Theatre Usage Agreement

  • APPROVED on consent

  • Authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the Georgian Theatre use agreement between Georgian College and the City, subject to these terms & conditions:

    • Term to be from July 1, 2022 to June 31st [sic] 2024, with option to extend for an additional 3 one-year terms, subject to mutual agreement of the parties

    • The rental space of ~20,000 sq ft with 650 seats will be made available to the City for theatrical performances, symposiums, conferences, speaker presentations, dance and musical presentations, and a general administrative office and ticket sales will be available in conjunction with the Theatre Operations

    • Annual rent to be $1 plus utilities for the term of the lease of $10,000 โ€“ amount to be reviewed & adjusted for any renewal terms

    • City responsible for services supplied to the Theatre, including janitorial services

    • City responsible for repair & maintenance of the Georgian Theatre, with minimum of $20,000/year expended on maintenance & repairs, and any unspent balance payable to the college

    • City will submit a plan for any proposed alteration or additions to Georgian College for approval prior to undertaking, which will be at the City's cost

    • Georgian College shall be provided 320 hours of use at no cost during the Term for academic, administrative or Georgian College Student Association events or presentations, to be staffed with at least one City staff member

    • City will comply with existing food service agreements/arrangements on Campus

    • City will comply with College's parking fees and policies



โ›บ๏ธ๐ŸŽ’ Encampments

  • Sponsors: Aylwin / N.Harris

  • City to call on the provincial & federal governments and County to immediately extend funding for the hotel model of emergency shelter, with a plan to create permanent social and supportive housing for people currently living in emergency shelter

  • Direct staff in the Enforcement Services Branch and Operations Department to take a human rights-based approach to interacting with those living in encampments in alignment with the 8 principles outlined in the National Protocol on Homeless Encampments in Canada

  • Forward a copy of this resolution to local MPPs, local MPs, the Federal Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, the Provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Provincial Minister of Children, Community and Social Services

  • HELD by Aylwin

  • AMENDMENT #1 by Aylwin:

    • To amend paragraph 1 to add "or other immediate alternative sheltering arrangements" after the words "hotel model of emergency shelter"

    • Amendment CARRIED (unanimously)

  • AMENDMENT #2 by Aylwin:

    • To add an additional paragraph #4, that reads "That the Chief Administrative Officer or designate be authorized to allocate up to $400,000 from the Reinvestment Reserve to the County of Simcoe to support one-time costs associated with the transition out of the hotel model of emergency shelter services during the summer of 2022, including but not limited to emergency shelter capacity and on-site addictions and mental health services, and that County staff and Council be immediately advised."

    • "Friendly" added by Kungl: to add "in Barrie" after "emergency shelter services"

    • Amendment to the Amendment proposed by Harvey:

      • After the word "$400,000", add "in a 25% / 75% cost-sharing agreement"

      • Aylwin & N.Harris offered the change "and request that the County include" rather than demand, since something needs to be done right away

      • Harvey insisted on sticking with his amendment

      • Amendment to Amendment to Amendment proposed by N.Harris:

        • alter the wording after "$400,000" to "to request that the County cost-share on a 3:1 basis"

        • CARRIED [FOR: Riepma, Aylwin, Kungl, Ward N.Harris, Lehman; AGAINST: Thomson, Harvey, J.Harris, Morales, McCann] โ€“ cost share will be requested, not required

      • Harvey's amendment, as amended CARRIED [FOR: Riepma, Aylwin, Ward, Thomson, N.Harris, Harvey, J.Harris, McCann; AGAINST: Kungl, Morales]

    • "Friendly" added by Ward, to target the most vulnerable, adding after "summer of 2022", "prioritizing the highest-acuity individuals"

    • "Friendly" added by McCann (even though he said he'd still vote no) that staff will report back to General Committee in September about any funds expended.

    • CARRIED (as amended) [FOR: Riepma, Aylwin, Kungl, Ward, Thomson, N.Harris, Harvey, J.Harris, Morales, Lehman; AGAINST: McCann]

  • AMENDMENT #3 by N.Harris:

    • To add an additional paragraph #5, that reads "That the City of Barrie calls upon the Provincial government, Federal government and County of Simcoe to immediately facilitate a meeting with all stakeholders surrounding the homelessness crisis in Barrie, to create an immediate plan to relocate anyone not able to be sheltered when the Travelodge program expires, and to work together to establish permanent social and supportive housing for individuals currently living in emergency shelters which includes discussion regarding additional funding options from all levels."

    • "Friendly" from Harvey to identify a responsible party. Changed to "That the City of Barrie calls upon the County of Simcoe to immediately facilitate a meeting with all stakeholders surrounding the homelessness crisis in Barrie, including the Provincial government and Federal government, to create an immediate plan..."

    • CARRIED unanimously

  • AMENDMENT #4 by Aylwin:

    • That paragraph #2 be replaced with "That staff in the Enforcement Services Branch and Operations Department, in consultation with community partners, be directed to develop a protocol for interacting with individuals living in encampments that ensures that all possible alternatives to encampment evictions are meaningfully explored through engagement with encampment residents and outreach organizations, and that staff report back to General Committee with any resources that may be required to strengthen engagement and facilitate alternatives to eviction."

    • Amendment by Kungl - to amend it to read as follows: "That staff in the Enforcement Services Branch and Operations Department, in consultation with community partners, report back to General Committee with any resources that may be required to strengthen engagement and facilitate alternatives to eviction." โ€“ WITHDRAWN, following details provided by CAO Prowse.

    • FAILED [FOR: Aylwin, Ward, N.Harris; AGAINST: Riepma, Thomson, Harvey, J.Harris, Morales, McCann; UNKNOWN: Kungl]

  • AMENDMENT #5 by Thomson:

    • To remove paragraph #2 in its entirety.

    • CARRIED [FOR: Riepma, Ward, Thomson, N.Harris, Harvey, J.Harris, Morales; AGAINST: Aylwin; UNKNOWN: Kungl]

  • MOTION, as amended, CARRIED unanimously



๐Ÿ›ฌ๐Ÿค Lake Simcoe Regional Airport (LSRA) โ€“ Authority for Agreement

  • APPROVED on consent

  • Sponsor: Ward

  • That the confidential direction set out in the correspondence dated May 4, 2022 from the County of Simcoe concerning the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport be endorsed



๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ“‘ Items for Discussion โ€“ Considerations for Next Term of Council

  • APPROVED on consent

  • Sponsor: Lehman

  • Include the following proposed amendments to the Council's Procedural Bylaw, as part of the staff report re: procedural matters, at the outset of the 2022-26 term of Council:

    • Items for Discussion will be introduced at Reference Committees, not General Committee

    • Items for Discussion must be:

      • prepared by Councillors on the Notice of Motion form provided by Legislative and Court Services

      • sent to the Legislative and Court Services Department 10 days in advance of Committee meetings to ensure proper wording

    • Notice of Motion forms must be circulated to all Councillors 5 days in advance of the Committee meeting, or when the Agenda is published, whichever comes first

    • Amend the Notice of Motion form to require the Mayor an Councillors to identify the relationship between the proposed item and Council's Strategic Priorities



๐Ÿ‘ทโœ… Ontario Build It Right

  • Sponsor: Riepma

  • Ask the Province to include, in the next edition of the Ontario Building Code, tiered energy efficiency standards and a timeframe for when higher tiers would become the minimum energy efficiency requirements in the Code, consistent with the draft Tiered National Model Building Code

  • Ask the Province to adopt a more ambitious tier of the draft Tiered National Model Building Code as a minimum energy efficiency requirement than the tiers currently proposed for the next edition of the Ontario Building Code

  • Ask the Province to provide authority to Municipalities to require increased performance in energy efficiency through the implementation of tiered Green Development Standards

  • Ask the Province to facilitate capacity, education, and training in the implementation of the Tiered National Model Building Code for municipal planning and building inspection staff, developers, and homebuilders to help build capacity

  • Provide a copy of this resolution to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, to area MPPs, and to all Ontario Municipalities

  • HELD by Thomson

  • McCann declared potential conflict, left the Council table but remained in chambers

  • FAILED [FOR: Riepma, Aylwin, Kungl, Ward; AGAINST: Thomson, N.Harris, Harvey, J.Harris, Morales; ABSTAINED: McCann]


๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿƒ Naming of a Park in Recognition of Will Dwyer

  • APPROVED on consent

  • Sponsor: Harvey

  • Direct the Development Services Department to work with the late Will Dwyer's family to identify a suitable park in the City to be named in his honour, and provide a memo to Council once the park location has been determined



๐Ÿ›‘โœ‹ Three-Way Stop at Cumming and Stapleton Place (Ward 6)

  • APPROVED on consent

  • Sponsor: N.Harris

  • Add a 3-way stop at the intersection of Cumming Drive and Stapleton Place


๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿฆ‹ Promoting Biodiversity โ€“ Yard Naturalization

  • APPROVED on consent

  • Sponsors: Aylwin / Kungl

  • Direct Access Barrie, in consultation with the Enforcement Services Branch, to investigate the creation of communications including yard signage and online educational materials to promote and designate natural gardens and boulevard gardens and report back to General Committee

  • Direct the Enforcement Services Branch to investigate an amendment to the Yard Maintenance Bylaw to allow residents to participate in No Mow May, and direct Access Barrie to investigate the creation of signage and communication tools to clearly communicate the benefits of No Mow May and report back to General Committee









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