General Committee – Monday, April 25, 7pm

Updated: Jun 15

This meeting includes a recommendation from the Anti-Racism Task Force to look at ways of encouraging and recruiting a greater diversity of membership on City Committees – please encourage your Councillor to support this initiative! Also, wrapping up the 2021 budget, looking to the 2022 Tax Ratios and Capping Policies, and supporting Bill C-216.


Minutes: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=M&ID=913802&GUID=7ABE608F-B897-4161-8D52-D536A4F94422

Watch Again: https://youtu.be/G6xG7Of4b-I

Agenda: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=913802&GUID=7ABE608F-B897-4161-8D52-D536A4F94422

Circulation List (from previous week): https://barrie.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=951829&GUID=C2331697-E720-4F89-9BDA-9DBF52D2DEAA&Options=info|&Search=

Circulation List: https://barrie.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=951830&GUID=F6BCAC69-67FC-4A4D-8B9F-3CFEF32825B4&Options=info|&Search=



💰📊 Finance and Corporate Services Committee


🧕🏾👨🏽 Investigate City Procedures and Policies to Encourage Greater Diversity on City Committees

  • Direct the Legislative and Court Services Department, in consultation with the Anti-Racism Task Force, to revise the Discretionary Committee application procedures and policies to encourage and recruit a greater diversity of membership on City Committees and report back to General Committee


🏁🚦 Participation in the "It Starts With Me" Initiative

  • Direct Access Barrie, in consultation with the Anti-Racism Task Force and the County of Simcoe, investigate opportunities for the City of Barrie to participate in the “It Starts with Me” initiative and report back to General Committee.


🧓🧑‍⚕️ Nominating a Senior / Caregiver Of The Year

  • Refer to next Spirit Catcher Committee meeting: "That staff in the Legislative and Court Services, in consultation with the Seniors Advisory Committee, establish an award in recognition of seniors and be included as part of the Annual Spirit Catcher Award."



🌇🌃 City Building Committee


📑🏰 Municipal Heritage Register - 56 William Street

  • approved on Consent

  • Add 56 William Street to the Municipal Heritage Register as a listed property

📃🏰 Heritage Designation 125-127 Dunlop St. E.

  • approved on Consent

  • Receive the Heritage Evaluation Report, which demonstrates that 125-127 Dunlop St. E. is of heritage value or interest to the community

  • Proceed with the issuance of the notice of the intention to designate 125-127 Dunlop St. E


🚴🌃 Bike the Night

  • HELD by McCann

  • Direct Access Barrie to work with the Active Transportation and Sustainability Advisory Committee to produce promotional materials for the Bike the Night event, including printed material and social media assets, with a budget of $2000 to be funded by an internal transfer from Councillor Aylwin's expense budget.

  • AMENDMENT by McCann:

  • That staff and Councillor Aylwin reach out to the community to see if there are opportunities to raise the $2000, and if the fundraising is not successful in 30 days, then to fund from the Community Benefit Fund

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

  • MOTION (original, no amendments) CARRIED unanimously

📛🪧 Municipal Names Registry – Additional Names

  • Staff Report: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=10819932&GUID=2BC1CADD-1D52-4496-8DE3-0B3D4020C49C

  • Approve and add the following names to the City's Municipal Names Registry:

  • Kenyon

  • McPhee

  • Woolvett

  • HELD by Kungl

  • AMENDMENT by Kungl:

  • Add "That staff in the Development Services Department give consideration to adding the names of the Barrie Flyers players identified in the correspondence dated March 30, 2022, to Councillor Kungl from C. Gariepy and A. Gariepy, to the Street Name Listing and report back to General Committee.

  • AMENDMENT carried unanimously (we think – Zoom attendees were not shown)

  • MOTION, as amended, carried unanimously (same caveat)



📈📉 Budget and Business Plan Year-End Report (2021)


😷🎚 Safe Restart

  • Use $1,406,509 of Safe Restart Funding (Municipal Operations) in addition to the budgeted $1,322,000 of Safe Restart Funding to offset COVID-19 pressures related to expenses and lost revenues associated with Tax Rate supported services

  • Use $1,044,533 of Safe Restart Funding (Municipal Operations) to offset pressures related to expenses and lost revenues associated with Parking Services

  • Use $270,010 to offset pressures related to lost revenue in Wastewater Services as a result of freezing the rates at 2020 levels

  • Use $1,958,872 of Safe Restart Funding (Transit) to offset pressures related to expenses and lost revenues associated with Transit Services, in lieu of drawing from the Provincial Gas Tax Reserve (to support the reserve balance for ongoing Transit pressures in 2022)


💵↔️ Reserve Transfers

  • Make the following adjustments, and the remaining Tax Rate surplus of $579,862 be allocated 70% to the Tax Capital Reserve and 30% to the Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve, in accordance with the City's Financial Policies:

  • $1,886,627 transferred to County of Simcoe Capital Reserve to support future capital requirements

  • $800,000 transferred to WSIB Reserve to fund anticipated 2022 expenses

  • $356,379 transferred to Fleet Management Reserve re: capital gains on sale of fleet vehicles

  • $350,000 transferred to the Tax Capital Reserve for leasehold improvements of the Holly Library

  • $225,000 transferred to Tourism Reserve to offset diminished revenue throughout 2021

  • $400,000 transferred from Development Charge Discounts Reserve to offset impact of DC Discounts

  • $150,000 transferred from Legal Reserve to cover increased expenses for summary judgement hearing preparation

  • Water Rate surplus of $1,153,401 allocated 70% to the Water Capital Reserve and 30% to the Water Rate Stabilization Reserve in accordance with City's Financial Policies

  • After the wastewater-related Safe Restart funding allocations, Wastewater Rate surplus of $732,017 allocated 70% to Wastewater Capital Reserve and 30% to Wastewater Rate Stabilization Reserve in accordance with City's Financial Policies

  • After the parking-related Safe Restart funding allocations, the Parking Rate surplus of $887,504 allocated to Parking Capital Reserve

  • A new capital project be created for Holly Library Leasehold Improvements with a budget of $350,000 funded from Tax Capital Reserve


➕🧾 Other

  • That $2,921,754 in discretional Development Charge discounts and exemptions granted during the year be recovered from the related rates as follows:

  • $2,033,239 from the 2021 year-end Tax supported operating results;

  • $301,489 from the 2021 year-end Water Rate operating results; and

  • $587,026 from the 2021 year-end Wastewater Rate operating results.



💰📊 2021 Year End Development Charge Reports and Treasurer's Statement



💰🏞 2021 Year End Cash In Lieu of Parkland Report and Treasurer's Statement



💸✋ 2022 Tax Ratios and Capping Policies

  • approved on Consent

  • Staff Report: https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=10819928&GUID=1BFFAA99-BA64-46B8-84CD-9DD65A8F064B

  • Establish the tax ratios for the 2022 taxation year:

  • Residential/farm property class 1.000000

  • New Multi-residential 1.000000

  • Multi-residential 1.000000

  • Commercial Occupied 1.433126

  • Industrial Occupied 1.516328

  • Pipelines 1.103939

  • Farmlands 0.250000

  • Managed forest 0.250000

  • Landfills 1.067122

  • Discontinue the capping phase-out option for commercial class, as no properties remain within the capping parameters

  • Maintain two sub-classes for Farmland Awaiting Development in each of the multi-residential, commercial, and industrial property classes at the following discounts:

  • Phase I – 25% discount from residential tax rate

  • Phase II – 0% discount from applicable property class tax rate

  • Continue with existing Rebates for Charitable and Non-Profit Organizations Program providing a tax rebate at a rate of 40% of the current year's taxes, applicable only to the leased space occupied by the organization – eligible organizations continue to submit annual application



🏫📃 Southshore Community Centre Facility User Agreement Renewal

  • approved on Consent

  • Renew Southshore Community Centre Facility Use Agreements with the Barrie Canoe and Kayak Club, the Barrie Rowing Club, the Rotary Club of Barrie, and the Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia

  • term from May 1, 2022 to December 31, 2026, with option to extend for 5 years

  • Barrie Rowing Club and Barrie Canoe and Kayak Club continue exclusive use of the lower level of the Southshore Community Centre

  • The two Rotary Clubs continue to have right-of-first-refusal to book the Community Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays for their weekly lunch hour meetings

  • Community Parters shall fund the following facility improvements:

  • Rotary Clubs funding technological improvements focused on enhanced internet connectivity, value $40-50,000

  • Rowing and Canoe Clubs to fund facility repairs, value $8-10,000

  • Rental rates paid by Barrie Rowing Club will include all occupancy costs including electricity, water and natural gas, in amount of $1,110 per year, payable by January 1st of each year – fee subject to increase based on consumer price index (CPI)

  • Rental rates paid by Barrie Canoe & Kayak Club will be equivalent amount and terms



🚶🚦 Pedestrian Safety – Collier St. & Bayfield St. Intersection

  • approved on Consent

  • Sponsor: Aylwin

  • Direct Development Services to investigate pedestrian and cyclist safety and possible signalled crossings at the intersection of Collier St. & Bayfield St. and report back to General Committee


🌉👷 Jonathan Court Catwalk

  • Sponsor: Aylwin

  • Direct Operations to investigate the feasibility of closing the access to the catwalk from Jonathan Court to Davidson St., due to ongoing safety issues, and report back to General Committee before summer recess

  • HELD by Thomson

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


💊🧑‍⚖️ Support Bill C-216

  • approved on Consent

  • Sponsors: Riepma, N.Harris

  • Send correspondence to the Prime Minister, and Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, in support of Private Member's Bill C-216 "An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to enact the Expungement of Certain Drug-related Convictions Act and the National Strategy on Substance Use Act"