The Public Hearing was called to order by Reeve, Steve Upham on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 1:14 p.m. at the County Office in St. Paul to discuss Bylaw No. 1564.
The following Council members were present: Reeve S. Upham, Councillor G. Ockerman, Councillor D. Dach, Deputy Reeve C. Martin, Councillor M. Fodness, Councillor F. Sloan and Councillor A. Corbiere.
Krystle Fodoretz, Planning and Development Officer, informed Council that the purpose of Bylaw No. 1564 is to authorize a lease for Lot 28ER, Block 2, Plan 8023220.
Randy Scott, nephew of the current lessee, requested clarification on the bylaw as it pertains to motorized vehicles, as the Scott family currently parks RVs on the property. Mr. Scott then informed Council that the only thing they have done on the property is cut the grass.
Krystle Fedoretz read a letter from Janet and Gordon Scott, Lessees, speaking in favor of the Bylaw. Mr. and Mrs. Scott are requesting that Council allow them to continue using the property as they have in the past and continue to park their RV on the property. Mr. & Mrs. Scott's letter is attached to and forms part of these minutes.
Jack Dickson spoke on behalf of the Ashmont Beach Co. Ltd, who was the owner of the property in question in 1959. Mr. Dickson stated that he has no objection to Gordon Scott leasing the property, but he is opposed to allowing the property to be used for anything other than what an Environmental Reserve is intended for. Mr. Dickson's presentation is attached to and forms part of these minutes.
Tammi Boggis, adjacent landowner, spoke against the proposed Bylaw and requested clarification on who will carry the liability insurance on the property if the Scott family continues to lease it. Mrs. Boggis informed Council that she purchased her property because it was adjacent to an Environmental Reserve which is intended to remain in its natural state.
Susan Clennell read a letter in opposition to the Bylaw authorizing Mr. & Mrs. Scott to lease the Environmental Reserve. Mrs. Clennell stated that leasing the environmental reserve will set a precedent for other environmental reserve properties within the County. Mrs. Clennell feels that it should be left in the state that it was intended for. Ms. Clennell's submission is attached to and forms part of these minutes.
Leo Matthieson spoke against Bylaw No. 1564, which would authorize a lease for the property in question. He requested why and when the environmental reserve property became available to lease. He feels that if Council agrees to lease this property to the Scotts, it could open the door for a number of other situations throughout the County. Mr. Matthiessen would like to see more information about the environmental reserves, their purpose and what activity is allowed on them. Mr. Matthiessen's letter is attached to and forms part of these minutes.
Councillor F. Sloan left the meeting at 2:16 p.m.