Township of Springwater Staff Service Awards
Presentations were delivered by CAO Jeff Schmidt and Library CEO Jodie Player Delgado to recognize Springwater employees who have reached major service milestones with the Township. In 2021, Service Awards went to Lesley Heaslip, Shelley McNabb and Joe Moir (30 Years), Anita Verstraten (20 Years), Kathy Cook, Pierre Desroches and Ginger Tsang (15 Years), Jason Blakely (10 Years), and Renée Ainsworth, Steve Blogg, Brent Ferguson, Amanda Hodgkinson, Alex McNeil and Jodie Player Delgado (5 Years). 2020 Service Award recipients were also recognized, including Maggie Sparrow (30 Years), Penny Travis (15 Years), Tom McGinnis (10 Years), and Brianna Belcourt, Jeff French, Linda Potje and Mark Therrien (5 Years). During the presentations, Council congratulated the recipients and thanked them for their service.
Increase in Ontario Community Infrastructure Funding
To assist municipalities in addressing their critical core infrastructure needs, the Ontario government has announced multi-year increases in Ontario Community Infrastructure Funding (OCIF). Under the 2022 OCIF formula, the Township of Springwater is eligible to receive an allocation of $1,458,264.
Through the 2022 Budget deliberations, Council approved capital roads infrastructure projects in the amount of $814,600 to be funded from the OCIF allocation. The Township will benefit from the increase in OCIF funding, which will result in additional funding of approximately $700K for roads and related infrastructure projects.
The additional funding will be allocated towards the following projects:
- Buckley Street - $220,000
- Harmony Drive - $37,000
- Lilac Lane - $100,000
- Midpark Blvd - $25,000
- Archer Crescent - $115,000
- Nash Avenue - $40,000
- Bertram Drive - $90,000
Revision of Condition 34 – D. Hickling Subdivision
Council accepted revisions to Condition 34 of the D. Hickling draft plan of approved subdivision, which represents Phase 1B of the Midhurst Valley development. The revisions will require Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) for site servicing and not site alteration. The revisions will allow for the consideration of site works (tree clearing, grubbing, grading) by Council. Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks approval is still required before any site servicing (water, sanitary, stormwater management) commences.
Joint and Several Liability
A Notice of Motion was put forth by Council to call on the Attorney General of Ontario to work with municipal governments on a plan of action to address “joint and several liability”, prior to the end of the government’s current term. Municipal governments are facing exponentially rising insurance costs, in part due to the legal principle of ‘joint and several liability’ which assigns disproportionate liability to municipalities. While the Government of Ontario has committed to review the framework with a vision of helping municipalities manage their risks and costs, little action has been taken. The Motion was passed with Council resolving to support the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s efforts to advocate for reforms to the joint and several liability system in Ontario.
Donation for Skating Rink Tarps at Snow Valley Park
Council has approved a donation request made by the volunteers at the Snow Valley Park outdoor rinks in the amount of $1,500. The donation will provide the remaining funds needed to purchase two outdoor rink tarps, for which the volunteers have already fundraised $3000. The Township’s contribution will be taken from the Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve.
Next Council Meeting: February 16, 2022
This summary is not a full representation of the meeting. For the official record, please refer to the minutes in the next Council Agenda.Past Council Meetings are available for viewing on the Township’s YouTube channel.