Agenda item 7.1 Mark Wunderlich and Bill Cheshire-Development at 800 Frank Street Wiarton
The agenda item title is very misleading. Mr. Wunderlich and Mr. Cheshire are not “developing” the property at all. They are selling it. Mr. Wunderlich says he is looking for some kind of town policy reassurance, but it sounds to me more like he is making demands. He seems to be demanding that council provide sewers and water. He seems to be demanding that Council remove conservation authority restrictions. He seems to be demanding that council remove zoning restrictions. Council should tell him to go through the proper processes with the proper people. Council cannot and should not give any reassurances regarding the outcome of the processes.
Agenda item 7.2 Doug Pedwell, Huron Fringe Birding Festival-Update on Festival and Events in South Bruce Peninsula
Members of council are having trouble finding enough time to focus on the real policy issues. This bird presentation seems to be very interesting, but it has nothing to do with council activities, and is a distraction, and should not even have been on the agenda.
Agenda item 8.1 FS10-2014 Wiarton Sewage Treatment Plant Expansion
This is discussed in a separate commentary 4-13. (criaggammieblog.com)
Agenda item 8.3 CLK27-2014 Potential Surplus Property /8.4 CLK28-2014 Amabel Water System Surplus Property
This may be a bad time to be selling these properties. Council should give some consideration to holding instead.
Agenda item 8.5 ADM19-2014 Policy A.6.1 Professional Conduct
This is discussed in a separate commentary 4-11 (criaggammieblog.com)
Agenda item 8.6 PAC02-2014 Zoning By-law Amendment and Official Plan Amendment, Pt Lot 23 Div S Claude W/S and S Pt Lot 23 Div S Claude W/S (Wiarton), 2373389 Ontario Limited
This is discussed in a separate commentary 4-12 (criaggammieblog.com)
Agenda item 8.8 PSB01-2014 Parachute-Safe Communities Designation Program
This is a report from the police services board. I find it very odd that the PSB, which is supposed to be completely independent of council, is writing reports to council.
That said I agree with the PSB chair Yvonne Harron. Council should look favourably on the parachute recommendation.
Agenda item 8.12 ADM23-2014 Ratification of 2014-2017 SEUI Local 2-BGPWU Collective Agreement
The staff report (non-union staff that is) says:
Wage adjustments: Since union staff are used as male comparitors in the pay equity plan, the negotiated wage increases for union staff all apply to non-union employees in order to maintain pay equity and fairness. This provision is reflected in the attached by-law.
What?? Non-union staff give themselves a raise every time union staff get a contract raise. And council allows this? Ludicrous. Who’s driving the bus? Doesn’t anyone understand that taxpayers are stretched to the limit?