Second Terrace Bay Council Meeting for June 2022

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Second Terrace Bay Council Meeting for June 2022

Terrace Bay council and mayor met for the last meeting in June. The first item up for discussion was in regards to the upcoming election in the fall. The term “Lame Duck council” was explained by CAO John Hall as it seems there might not be enough original council members returning or seeking re election after this term ends. Unless a majority of previously experienced councillors run again or are retained then the council will be declared lame duck. Lame duck really means that powers to act are restricted until the new council is sworn in and assigned portfolios, and the outgoing members are officially finished with their roles and leave office for the last time.

The next topic was a recommendation to adopt a land acknowledgement statement at the beginning of each council meeting. This practice is becoming more common but until now has not been declared mandatory.

Also the issue of continuing streaming of meetings was approved and in co operation with the Schreiber Media Centre all future meetings will be made available to the public.

Next item on the agenda was in regards to issues at the Hydro Bay Area. Originally these were camps on crown land and later become incorporated into the township of Terrace Bay. This incorporation lead to massive increases in rates and because of the lack of services in the area, legal battles ensued to try and create a fair system for rate payers in rural areas of the township. As usual municipalities place the responsibility on MPAC assessments and tend to be hands off when discussing these issues.

Road access and maintenance is also a big concern as residents want the roads maintained year round and there is still a misunderstanding as to the official status of the road. Later in this meeting a discussion took part with residents of the area during the Question Period portion of the meeting.

A bylaw dealing with the sale of municipal land will need to be updated after a failed sale exposed errors in the original bylaw. 

A public presentation will be held to update residents on the positions and roles of elected officials in order to better inform potential interested candidates in the upcoming election.

Treasurer report highlighted variant costs of upcoming projects and mentioned the need for budget adjustments of certain items such as fuel costs going into the next year.

Community development report featured problems at the ski hill with water delivery. Currently water is being delivered by fire trucks until a solution is found. The waterfront development committee report mentioned the success of the waterfront project and implied that further development  will occur in the future to build on its position as a valuable tourism resource.
A request for a donation from the surfers club including permission to use the main beach pavilion was discussed. This event has always been well attended and the municipality voted to support it going forward.

Finally the floor was opened to the delegates and home owners in regards to the road issues at the Hydro Bay subdivision. The situation will not be resolved soon as there seems to be no clear understanding of the status of the unfinished portion of what was a private road before being incorporated into the township.


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