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General Committee – Monday, February 28, 2022, 7pm

Updated: Jan 5

It's going to be a busy night! This week's highlights: a raise for the next term's Councillors, approval of the Wastewater Asset Management Plan, and the Economic Recovery Programs for 2022 (patios! Open Air Dunlop!).

💰🧑‍⚖️ Council Compensation Review Committee

📑💰 Report of the Council Compensation Review Committee

  • Held by Thomson

  • Report from February 11:

  • Please note that these are recommendations to come into effect November 15 – i.e., for the newly-elected Council, not the current one

  • Council Compensation:

    • Base salary for Mayor to be increased with a phased-in schedule – current is $122,580, raising to $142,008 by 2026

    • Base salary for Councillors to increase to $40,983

    • Additional compensation for Deputy Mayor to increase by $2,500/year

    • Continue to align base salary cost of living adjustment with the annual percentage provided to the Non-Union Employee Group.

  • Benefits & Pensions:

    • Provide Members of Council the option to be enrolled in the Non-Union Group Extended Health and Dental Benefits Plan

    • Life Insurance Policy for Members of Council set at two times their annual remuneration

    • Enrol Mayor and Members of Council in the OMERS Pension Program

  • Continue enrolment in Employee and Family Assistance Program for Members of Council

  • Expense Reimbursements:

    • Annual Car Allowance set at Councillors $2,400, Deputy Mayor $3,600, Mayor $6,600

    • Expense account allocations for Mayor and Councillors established on the basis of forecasted population

    • Members of Council will be reimbursed for successful completion of courses offered through the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (max. $1,600 per year per member)

    • Council Conference Budget maximum $25,000 annually

    • Submission of Council Member expenses for reimbursement will be in accordance with the Finance Department's year-end reporting deadlines

  • 2022 Municipal Election Candidate Package will include:

    • Time requirements and expectations associated with serving on Council

    • List of external and internal Boards and Committees that require Council member representation

    • Process for expressing interest in serving as Deputy Mayor

  • Concerns raised that OMERS pension for Councillors would be opt-in / opt-out, but as a group. Asked staff to get rationale for that qualification before next week's Council meeting

  • CARRIED (unamended) unanimously

🌇🌃 City Building Committee

🚽🏭 Wastewater Asset Management Plan

📑🏰 Municipal Heritage Register

  • Approved on Consent

  • Add 72 Burton Avenue to the Municipal Heritage Register as a listed property.

📜📑 Barrie Arts Advisory Committee Mandate / Strategic Priorities

  • Held by Thomson

  • Amend to add the following mandate:

    • To advise City Council and staff on all matters regarding the arts and culture in the City of Barrie

  • Replace the Objectives in Section 3 with the following:

    • To ensure that arts and culture is appropriately represented in City plans, policy initiatives, infrastructure projects, and budgets, wherever and whenever possible This undertaking has as its purpose, the development of the City of Barrie as a vibrant, unique, and diverse centre for the arts.

  • Thomson held in error, put it on the floor as written

  • CARRIED unanimously

🚴🌃 Bike The Night

  • Approved on Consent

  • Endorse a Bike The Night event for September 2022

🏆🤝 Potential Sponsorship Opportunities Between Barrie and District Realtors Association (BDAR) and Heritage Barrie Committee

  • Approved on Consent

  • Investigate potential sponsorship opportunities for BDAR to support future Heritage Barrie Awards or other Committee initiatives and report back to the Committee

💰🧑‍⚖️ Council Compensation Review Committee

🥒🎾 Investigation to Construct Professional Grade Pickleball Courts

  • Held by McCann

  • Staff Report:

  • Increase funding by $644,000 to a total of $1,294,000 to construct a 14-court Pickleball Facility without a dome, located at the Barrie Community Sports Complex

  • Revise the project to show the design phase in 2022 at a value of $119,000 and construction phase in 2023 at a value of $1,175,000.

  • Proceed with the consultant selection process for the design of the Pickleball Facility in the second quarter of 2022, with the construction tender issued at the end of 2022 or early in 2023.

  • McCann moved to refer back to staff in Development Services to report on the ability to develop 8, 12 & 14 new courts at Painswick Park, including available procurement options, to come back to General Committee on March 21

    • Referral CARRIED (FOR: Riepma, Aylwin, Ward, Thomson, N.Harris, Harvey, J.Harris, Morales, McCann; AGAINST: Kungl)

🚫🅿️ No Parking Any Time – Pepin Court (Ward 10)

  • Held by McCann

  • Staff Report:

  • Extend "No Parking" zone on Pepin Court on the north side from Prince William Way to 150m east, and on the north side from Prince William Way to 90m east

  • McCann put forward an amendment to also remove the sidewalk

    • Amendment FAILED (FOR: Harvey, McCann; AGAINST: Riepma, Aylwin, Kungl, Ward, Thomson, N.Harris, J.Harris, Morales, Lehman)

  • Original motion (not amended) CARRIED unanimously

🍽🍻 Economic Recovery Programs 2022 – Patios, Open Air Dunlop, Business In The Parks, Patios Everywhere and Downtown BIA Patio Program

  • Approved on Consent

  • Staff Report:

  • Patios Everywhere / Downtown BIA Patio Program

    • Approve the Patio Programs, including refreshment vehicles, running from April 1 - November 30, 2022

    • Charge only half price for new applications in 2022

    • Any previously approved patio can be renewed at no charge

    • Extend patio hours:

      • Entry / Re-entry until 11:30pm M-Th, 1:45am F-Sa (currently 10:30 all days)

      • Remaining on the patio until 12:15am M-Th, 2:30am (currently 11:15 all days)

    • No amplified sound after 11pm, all other regulations and bylaws continue to apply

    • Non-compliance could result in permits being revoked or further conditions being added

  • Business In The Parks Program

    • Extend Pilot Program to December 31

    • Add Cheltenham Park, East Bayfield Community Park, Eastview Park, Ferndale Park, Golden Meadow Park, Little Lake Park, Lougheed Park, Madelaine Park, Painswick Park, Sandringham Park, Shear Park, St. Vincent Park, and Tyndale Park to the authorized list of parks for the program, and to the list of parks to which the private function permit fees apply

  • Open Air Dunlop

    • Support the pedestrianization of Dunlop Street, in partnership with the Downtown Barrie Business Association, through the Open Air Dunlop programming, subject to approval of all required special event permits and the SMDHU requirements

    • 17 consecutive Saturdays on Dunlop St. E between Mulcaster & Clapperton, and on Dunlop St. W between Bayfield and Maple, from June 4 until September 24

    • 3 pop-up closures on the same portions: October 8 (Thanksgiving), October 29 (Halloween), and November 19 (Noella tree lighting)

    • Contribute $60,000 to support the 20 required road closures

🚰🧑‍🔬 Water Operations Branch 2021 Drinking Water System Reports

⛽️💰 2021/2022 Ontario Gas Tax Funding Agreement

🏥📊 Invitation to Present – Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH)

  • Approved on Consent

  • Sponsor: Ward

  • Invite the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre to give a presentation to Council re: an update on the RVH capital plans

🚫🅿️ Parking Restrictions – Davidson Street

  • Approved on Consent

  • Sponsor: Aylwin

  • Add "No Parking" and "No Stopping" restrictions on the east side of Davidson St. from Grove St. E and Parkdale Cresc. between 8am and 5pm, except on Saturdays, Sundays, and Statutory Holidays

🎨🖼 Community Art Project

  • Held by Thomson

  • Sponsor: Kungl

  • Investigate the potential to deliver a community art project in the summer of 2022 (i.e. painting of an art wall or a skateboard park on City property) and report back with the required costs and resourcing, as well as any potential sponsorship opportunities

  • Thomson concerned about timing. Ward noted the Public Art Committee meets next week, so if this motion passes tonight, we can get the answers we need about timing from them right away.

  • Motion CARRIED unanimously.

📱✍️ Resident Mobile App

  • Approved on Consent

  • Sponsor: Thomson

  • Waive the requirements of the Procurement Bylaw and award a contract for the provision of a Resident Mobile App for five years with a limit of $110,000

Liability Insurance

  • Re: Item C3 from February 14 Circulation List:

  • Concerning Joint and Several Liability, and South Glengarry's motion to call on the Attorney General of Ontario to work with municipal governments to put forward a plan of action to address this before the end of term, so municipalities can continue to offer high quality services to their communities

  • Moved by Riepma to refer this to Legal Department for a report back to Finance and Corporate Services

  • CARRIED unanimously



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