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Meeting Minutes

Thursday February 16, 2012

Thursday February 16, 2012


41342 Morris Road

Minutes of the Meeting
Thursday, February 16, 2012   6:00 pm

1)  Call to order:   The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm  by Mayor Paul Gowing.
Purpose:    A working supper,  to meet with North Huron Council and discuss pertinent issues.

Council in Attendance:
Paul Gowing               
Jason Breckenridge
David Baker
Jamie Heffer
Jamie McCallum                                             
John Smuck
Neil Warwick

Staff in Attendance:
Nancy Michie              Administrator Clerk Treasurer

Township of North Huron :
Reeve-       Neil Vincent
Alma Conn
Dave Riach
James Campbell
Brock Vodden
Bernie Bailey
Ray Hallahan – arrived at 6:30 pm

Others in Attendance:
No others were in attendance at the meeting.

2)  Declaration of Pecuniary Interest:    There was no declaration of Pecuniary interest.

3)  Agenda
Motion:  79-2012     Moved by  Jamie McCallum       Seconded by Neil Warwick
“That the agenda for the meeting of February 16, 2012 be adopted as circulated.”
Disposition   Carried

4) Business:

1.  Mayor Paul Gowing opening comments

Mayor Gowing explained that the meeting had been called to clear the air.
There appears to be distrust.  Morris-Turnberry and North Huron need a strong partnership.

2.  Lunch – All in attendance had lunch for a working supper.

3.  Economic Development
Past history items were reviewed in regards to Economic Development and the previous OMB hearings for the Willis property.    Reeve Vincent stated that North Huron only had observer ‘party’ status. Mayor Gowing stated it was pre mature to form an economic development committee.
Development lands need to be set up.
There is a possibility of a private planner for the comprehensive review.
Morris-Turnberry felt it was premature for the Press release that was sent out and had advised at the first meeting that the council would review the matter at the next meeting.

4.  Agreements for Services:
Agreements and rates for servicing were discussed. The Belgrave Water agreement that was challenged by North Huron was discussed.
Cross service agreements must be amicable.

5.  Recreation and  Cemeteries:
There was a previous proposed grant for cemeteries,  however it was not approved by North Huron.
Recreation – there are no boards for recreation.
Neil Vincent advised that they will provide a cost of the service to Morris-Turnberry, before North
Huron discusses the issue.

6.  Fire Agreements:
Reeve Vincent stated that North Huron is disappointed with Morris-Turnberry’s plans to form a fire department.  North Huron will honour the agreement until January 1, 2014. Reeve Vincent said that they have no wiggle room because they have to provide protection to two other municipalities.
North Huron doesn’t agree with billing based on assessment or population.
Morris-Turnberry doesn’t find the percentage acceptable.

7. Comprehensive Review
North Huron has talked to their planner about the Highway Commercial designation in the river flats. 
That will be changed.
Morris-Turnberry feels that there should be a comprehensive review and then give consideration to the Economic Development committee.
North Huron mentioned amalgamation.

8.    Summary of the ‘to do’ items:
1.       Economic Development -  develop a wish list.
2.       Comprehensive Review
3.       Delay the Economic Development Committee
4.       Agreements – status quo.
5.       Cross Border Agreements
6.       Recreation – based on users.
7.       Fire service-  Morris-Turnberry not happy with percentage.
8.       Comprehensive Review-   possibly use a private planner.


9.  Flyer:
The Flyer that was circulated,  by an unknown,  was discussed.
10.Other Business:
Dave Baker commented that if the fire costs can be reduced,  Morris-Turnberry needs to know soon.
Alma Conn left the meeting at 8 pm.

Paul Gowing mentioned that it isn’t all about money.
Jason Breckenridge- the Municipality had to move forward to purchase land. 
Brock Vodden:   four firehalls in the area makes no sense.
Paul Gowing:   The North Huron budget is over $500,000  for fire.   Morris-Turnberry could service part of North Huron.
Jason Breckenridge:   suggested to look at the numbers in the Public Report.
Neil Vincent:   Council has made the decision.   $150,000  in fire budget is for capital. 
Paul Gowing:  Fire should be assessed by assessment.
John Smuck:  The area can’t afford new fire trucks.
It was mentioned that the municipalities have to work together and start now.
Neil Vincent thanked Morris-Turnberry for inviting them.
The group shook hands.
The meeting adjourned at   9:20 pm and was a 2-4 hour meeting.


                                                                                                Mayor, Paul Gowing
                                                                                                Clerk, Nancy Michie