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Previews and highlights of upcoming and recent City Council and General Committee meetings, posted weekly on Fridays and Tuesdays.

General Committee and City Council meetings air and stream live on Rogers Television. Formal channels to communicate with City Council include Circulation List and Deputations.

PREVIEW: General Committee
7 P.M. Monday, November 18, 2019

Full agenda


All motions will be considered for final approval at the Nov. 25, 2019 Barrie City Council meeting


2019 Audit Service Plan

General Committee will consider a motion that the 2019 Audit Service Plan, presented by Deloitte LLP to the Finance and Corporate Services Committee on Nov. 6, 2019, be approved.


 

2019 3rd Quarter Internal Audit update and Year Two Fraud Wrongdoing

A motion will be considered by General Committee that both the 2019 3rd Quarter Internal Audit Status Report and the Year Two Fraud and Wrongdoing Pilot Project Summary be received as information.


Reserve Fund - International Relations Committee
General Committee will consider a motion that an International Relations Committee (IRC) Reserve Fund be established, and that any unused funs at the end of each calendar year from the IRC budget be put into the Reserve Account. Also, that the IRC Reserve Fund be capped at a maximum of $20,000.


Homeshare for Students and Seniors Pilot Project
A motion that a one-year Student and Seniors Homeshare Pilot Project, in partnership with Georgian College, be supported and $5,000 be committed to it from the Community Benefit Reserve will be considered for approval by General Committee. Once the project is in place, an update would be provided to the Seniors Advisory Committee on its progress.


Report of the Building Committee dated Nov. 12, 2019
Motion 19-G-248 referred by resolution 19-A-109, authorization to enter into an agreement to construct a fence on City owned property along McDonald Street frontage at 88 Mulcaster St. (Ward 2)

General Committee will consider a motion that motion 19-G-248 concerning authorization to enter into an agreement to construct a fence on City owned property along McDonald Street frontage at 88 Mulcaster St. be received and that no further action be taken. The David Busby Centre is located at 88 Mulcaster St., and following renovations at the site, there have been requests made by area residents for a fence along the property’s McDonald Street frontage.


Municipal Heritage Register listing - 126 Letitia St.
A motion that the property municipally known as 126 Letitia St. in Barrie be added to the Municipal Heritage Register as a listed property will be considered for approval by General Committee. The register is a publicly accessible list of properties that includes designated buildings and those of heritage interest. It recognizes properties of cultural heritage value in a community, fosters civil identity and pride by drawing attention to the heritage and development of a community, and enhances an understanding of a community’s cultural heritage.


70/72 Dunlop St. sign install - amended application to alter designated heritage building

General Committee will consider a motion that the recommendation from the Heritage Barrie Committee report dated Oct. 9, 2019 concerning 70/72 Dunlop St. sign installation - an amended application to alter a designated heritage building - be referred back to Planning and Building Services Department staff for further investigation and report back to Heritage Barrie Committee.


Investigation of implementing a bike and/or scooter share pilot program

A motion that City staff investigate the feasibility of implementing a bike and/or scooter sharing pilot program, including but not limited to, docked or dockless, and privately or publicly operated systems, and report back to General Committee, will be consider by General Committee.


Motions/Staff Reports

Bob Hunter public art artist selection
General Committee will consider a motion that sculptor John McEwen will make and install ’Heart and Horn’ in Meridian Place in downtown Barrie as part of the Bob Hunter Public Art Project. ‘Heart and Horn’ would be made of stainless steel, stand 6 feet, 10 inches high and reflect Mr. Hunter’s passion for music and his chosen instrument, the trumpet. The cost of its design, fabrication and installation would not exceed $100,000 and that funding would come solely from community donations. A Hillsdale resident, Mr. McEwen’s work was chosen by a jury from 21 submissions.


Business Plan status as of Sept. 30, 2019

A motion that the 2019 Budget and Business Plan status as of Sept. 30, 2019 be received will be considered by General Committee. It includes authorizing City staff to proceed wth existing projects requiring additional funding - including the Sophia Creek culvert expansion at Grove Street and the Ceremonial Fire Pit - totalling $749,000. Overall, 99.5% budget accuracy has been achieved in the first three quarters of 2019. The City’s financial policies framework requires quarterly memos and a year-end staff report on finances that compares year-to-date actual results to the budget.


Big Bay Point rail bridge modification agreement with Metrolinx
General Committee will consider a motion that authorizes the completion of a bridge modification agreement with Metrolinx to allow electrification infrastructure to be attached to the Big Bay Point Road bridge. Metrolinx is planning to electrify the majority on the GO Rail network, in order to increase commuter train service and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This requires constructing overhead wires to supply electricity to the trains. When the rail corridor crosses under a bridge, such as this one, Metrolinx requires bridge modifications to support the overhead wire system.


Recommendation to implement a Stormwater Climate Action Fund

Creating a Stormwater Climate Action Fund, to pay for the City’s operating and capital infrastructure needs, will be considered by General Committee. It would include a capital project with a three-year budget of $1.4 million, beginning in 2020, and be funded from the Tax Capital Reserve and repaid from revenues generated by the fund, once implemented. The City owns stormwater infrastructure valued at more than $1 billion. It protects public safety, private property and manages urban runoff. Barrie experiences flooding during major rain storms.


Investigation of insurance billing services for fires and insured perils
General Committee will consider a motion receiving, for information purposes, a City staff report concerning an investigation regarding the feasibility of using an outside agency for collection of costs from homeowners’ insurance companies when Barrie Fire and Emergency Service responds to fires and other insured perils. Historically, fire and emergency services have been sole funded by municipal property tax revenues. Provincial and/or federal funding to offset fire service operational costs is not available.


Filling of Ward Three Councillor vacancy
A motion to hold a by-election to fill the Ward Three Councillor vacancy will be considered for approval by General Committee. Doug Shipley resigned as Ward Three Councillor after being elected Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MP in the Oct. 21, 2019 federal election. If approved, nominations would close Jan. 10, 2020, there would be early voting Feb. 10-24 and by-election voting day would be Feb. 24, 2020. The next Ward Three Councillor would be sworn in March 2, 2020. A Ward Three by-election is estimated to cost more than $50,000.


Surplus and transfer of 1 foot reserve - Plan 602 (Ward 8)
General Committee will consider a motion that part of the one-foot reserve which bisects properties known as 28, 32 and 36 White Oaks Rd. in Barrie be declared surplus to the City needs and transferred to each involved owner, at fair market value. This transaction would provide these property owners with legal access to White Oaks Road. The City bought this reserve in 1985 for $750, a move which resolved two title conflicts with the City’s right-of-way and accommodated future servicing plans.


 

Zoning Bylaw amendment application - Barrie Waterfront Developments Inc. c/o Weston Consulting Inc. - 39-67 Dunlop St. W. and 35-37 Mary St. (Ward 2)
A motion to rezone 39-67 Dunlop St. W. and 35-37 Mary St. to allow the development of a phased, mixed-use, high-rise development in downtown Barrie will be considered by General Committee. It would consist of two 32 storey residential towers atop a 7 storey podium, with ground-floor retail/commercial uses and 495 parking spaces on levels 2-6. The developer is asking for an increase to the maximum permitted building height and permitted gross floor area, and a reduction in the minimum required parking and commercial coverage on this one-acre parcel of land.


Official Plan (OP) amendment (Salem and Hewitt’s Secondary Plans) text and map amendment - 965 Yonge St. (Wards 7, 8, 9 and 10)

A motion that the proposed OP amendment removing the conceptual pathway noted at 965 Yonge St. in the Hewitt’s Secondary Plan will be considered for approval by General Committee. And in both the Salem and Hewitt’s Secondary Plans, a system of pathways would be developed primarily in the Natural Heritage System and would be conceptual in nature, subject to further study and refinement to the City’s satisfaction, conforming to the relevant Master Plan, in consultation with landowners and the conservation authority.


Application for a Zoning Bylaw amendment Honeyfield Bemp 2 Ltd. and Bemp Holdings 2 Inc. 515 Mapleview Dr. E. (Ward 9)
General Committee will consider a motion to rezone a portion of 515 Mapleview Dr. E. in Barrie to enlarge the proposed mixed-use development on this 48-acre property, located east of Seline Crescent, west of Dean Avenue and on the south side of Mapleview Drive East. This rezoning could increase the number of residential units to 518, with an opportunity to develop a maximum of 847 units - depending on the built-form on the property’s mixed-use blocks.


Review of licensing, regulating and governing residential rental units
A motion that a City staff report on the review of licensing, regulating and governing residential rental units, including absentee landlords, be received for information purposes and no action be taken with respect to the implementation of a licensing regime for rental housing, will be considered by General Committee. The staff report’s purpose is to compare the current enforcement practises of business licensing, property standards and zoning enforcement with the perceived benefits of licensing rental housing.


Items for discussion


Invitation to present - Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
General Committee will consider a motion that Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority officials be invited to City Council to provide a presentation concerning their Education Centre. This motion is sponsored by Mayor Jeff Lehman.


Parking passes - Canadian mental Health Association (CMHA)
A motion that the CMHA be provided with six yellow parking passes worth $3,456 to accommodate the loss of six parking spaces to provide for an outdoor amenity space at 88 and 90 Mulcaster St. in perpetuity, and be funded from the Council Strategic Priorities account, will be considered by General Committee. This motion is sponsored by Councillor Keenan Aylwin.


 

Centralized system for residents to recommend speed bump locations
General Committee will consider a motion that Access Barrie and Roads, Parks and Fleet Department staff investigate the feasibility of creating a centralized system for residents to recommend speed bump locations and report back to General Committee before the 2020 speed bump rollout. This motion is sponsored by Councillor Sergio Morales and Councillor Keenan Aylwin.

 


 

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