In addition to the surprise change in vote by Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin about opting-in on Cannabis retail stores, there were some other surprising moves made – notably by Councillor Emily Chorley. Debbie Davis submitted a petition “on behalf of concerned parents from Terry Fox Public School, regarding amendments to the No Parking Restrictions on Riddell Street and the end of White Street.” As expected, staff recommended that Council direct the petition to Public Works Staff for a report back to Council. But unexpectedly, Emily successfully moved that a timely report be made given that there were many items that have been on unfinished business for many months. Her motion specified a limit of 3 months. Another surprise was a Notice of motion by Suzanne Séguin to put the Floating Playground contract on hold pending a staff report – Emily supported that by seconding it.
It seems that no contract was ever signed for the playground and now that Suzanne’s “Notice of Motion” has passed, it will be discussed at the next C.O.W. on 28 January with the potential that the playground idea will be dropped.
Regular Council meetings are also the forum for Coordinator reports. Since he is the Coordinator for Economic Development, Mayor John Henderson gave a lengthy report listing the good economic news for the Town over the last several weeks. Most of this has been reported elsewhere but John also mentioned that he spent time with 4 students from William Academy. They helped with a Town clean up project then got treated to lunch at Tim’s where they asked “what is a bagel” and “what’s Chili”.
Suzanne’s report started with an apology for the poor sound on the Town’s video feed (I agree, it’s simply awful and speaks to technical incompetence somewhere). She also provided a comprehensive list of what’s planned for the upcoming budget planning sessions. The biggest change is a dramatic increase in the number of sessions open to the public. Previously, staff submissions were not public, but now they will be.
|February 5, 4:00 pm||Planning & Development Services
General Government Services
Week of February 11 to 15 – no meetings because of Strategic Planning Session (2 days, February 12 and 13)
|February 20, 2:00 pm||Public Works and Environmental Services|
|February 21, 4:00 pm||Community Services|
|February 28, 4:00 pm||Protection Services
Cobourg Public Library
Meetings will take place in Council Chambers and will be open to the public to attend as observers.
March 7, 2019 – Committee of the Whole meeting to review the full operating and capital budget starting at 10 am. If a second day is necessary it would be Friday, March 8, 2019.
Review and consideration of Community Grants will also take place during this session.
Motion to approve the 2019 Operating and Capital budgets will go to either March 18 or April 8 Regular Council Meeting.
Adam Bureau’s report included that there will be a public meeting in February to get an update on the Cultural Plan.
Emily mentioned in her report that options for the East pier would be provided during budget deliberations.
When I asked Brent Larmer about a complete list of Advisory Committees and their members, he indicated that the committees are under review and changes including possible disbanding would be coming before Council soon.