SDG Counties Council Meeting Notes – October 19, 2020

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Full Agenda and supporting documents: https://sdgcounties.ca/sites/default/files/council_docs/2020-10-19_Meeting%20Package.pdf

Re-watch the meeting: https://www.facebook.com/SDGCounties/videos/2717360535170119/

SDG Counties Council received a presentation from EORN regarding the 1Gig Project, discussed amendments to their procedural by-laws, and elected a Frank Prevost as Warden for 2021.

EORN’s (Eastern Ontario Regional Network) Proposed 1Gig Project – Presentation

  • The EORN Cell Gap Project was approved previously by Council to find solutions for the voice call and mobile broadband gaps in Eastern Ontario.
  • Towers will be constructed throughout the region. EORN continues to collect data and will share with Council as contracts are awarded.
  • The Cell Gap Project will target areas where people live, work, and travel to bring them access to the internet and better broadband by installing fiber cables and towers for Wi-Fi.
  • The project will be funded by Eastern Ontario Warden’s Caucus, Eastern Ontario Mayor’s Caucus, the federal government, the provincial government, and the telecom service providers for a grand total of $213 million. SDG contributed approximately $600,000 towards the project.
  • Bell and Rogers submitted proposals for this work. EORN will review and evaluate the two proposals until February 2021, with construction planned to begin in 2021.
  • In 2019, EORN’s analysis showed that only 46% of EOWC rural homes and businesses has access to 50/10 Mbps, which the CRTC considers to be the minimum standard. It was estimated that it would cost SDG $58,897,873 to reach this minimum standard. However, should SDG pursue the 1Gbps project, it will cost $138,158,226, which will provide better technology than the minimum standard of 50/10 Mbps.

Housing Revitalization Project

  • Mellissa Morgan gave a presentation outlining the current situation of housing in Cornwall and SDG.
  • To meet current demands, SDG will need to add a total of 741 units by 2031.
  • Currently, on South Dundas has “shovel-ready” potential for new units.
  • There is a possibility to purchase units that are currently for sale and to build new.
  • Due to difficulties with the audio, Mellissa will return at the next Council meeting to present again.

Reduced Setback at 18939 County Rd. 2 Summerstown

  • Council approved a setback of County Rd. 2 for the proposed construction of a deck at 18939 County Road 2 (Summerstown)

Setback at 12445 County Rd. 2, Morrisburg

  • Council approved a setback of County Rd. 2 for the proposed building façade improvement at the Morrisburg Building Centre.

Shared Services Agreement between SDG and City of Cornwall

  • Council approved a by-law that will outline shared services agreements between the City of Cornwall and the SDG Counties. The new agreement will give direction for how to deal with roles, responsibilities, and cost sharing for shared services between the two parties.
  • This document will be reviewed by Cornwall City Council at their next regular meeting on October 26, 2020, at which time, amendments could be made.

Night Shift Supervisor – Compensatory Time

  • Council approved this by-law that will update the current County’s Personnel Policy Manual to better compensate night shift supervisors with one week of time off.
  • This was recommended due to the amount of workload that night shift supervisors take on by working additional shifts to cover the needs. Combined, the two positions work 7-days a week and are not compensated accordingly to the number of hours they put in.

Sing by-law

  • Council approved a by-law provides regulations around acceptable location and size of signage within and adjacent to the County Right-of-Way. Included in this by-law is regulations on glare, the definition of “billboard”, and electronic displays.
  • The updated by-law is intended to make the roadways safer for drivers by providing fewer distractions or impediments to safe driving.

Official Plan Amendment No. 4 (Bettencourt)

  • Council approved a by-law to amend the designation of Lot 19, Concession 7 (Williamsburg) from “Agricultural Resource Lands” to “Special Land Use District” to permit residential uses.

Draft Procedural By-law

  • Some amendments are being recommended to Council for review to allow electronic participation (as part of emergency procedures), earlier release of full agenda package two business days prior to the meeting to the public, and changes to the In-Camera sessions.
  • Council will now be able to review this draft document and it will be further debated at the next regular meeting.

Follow up on Guiderail Spraying

  • The program includes respraying of guiderails on roads and the clearing of vegetation on the side of the roads.
  • Total cost of the program was $8,300 plus taxes for roughly 54km of guiderails sprayed.
  • Council debated some options for a go-forward plan based on three options recommended by staff: 1. return to pre-2020 approach, 2. hire additional students to complete guiderail trimming, and 3. develop a program to allow for residents to “opt-out”.
  • Some new options will be brought back to Council in a future meeting for review and further debate.

Election of Warden 2021

  • Warden Frank Prevost and Mayor of North Dundas, Tony Fraser, were nominated for Warden for 2021.
  • Sound was lost before the winner could be announced. It was later announced that through ballot voting, there was a tie and Frank Prevost’s name was drawn from a hat.

The next regular meeting will be Monday, November 16, 2020.

Shannon Tierney
Author: Shannon Tierney

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