Report to Council and Community June 19, 2017

Seguin Council June 19, 2017 eAgenda


Financial Update

Seguin’s Budget Update June 13, 2017 appears below and  has been provided by CFO Michele Fraser.

Spending in all departments is currently projected to be on budget, and, as always, staff remains diligent about working towards operational savings; however, it is still too early in the fiscal year to forecast any surpluses or deficits in individual departments. As in the past, we will continue to monitor revenues, since these lines cannot always be controlled by staff. We are currently forecasting a surplus of $29,100, up from the $7,100 reported on May 3. Subsequent to Seguin passing the budget bylaw, The Province amended the municipal tax rates for railway properties from $38.89 to $80.00 per acre, generating just over $22,000 extra in 2017.

Capital projects are still in the beginning stages for 2017; actual expenditures on a project basis within each functional area will be reported to Council beginning with the June month end Financial Update. As of June 12, 2017, just over 10% of the 2017 Capital Budget of $3.242 million has been spent . Activity in the Reserves and Reserve Funds has been minimal, consisting of some SRA/CRA sales, and interest income; a report on the Reserves and Reserve Funds will accompany the June month end report.

As per Council direction, up to $42,000 of the Contingency Fund has been allocated to the Rosseau Memorial Hall project. The balance of $58,000 in the Contingency Fund has not been included in the projected surplus.

Respectfully submitted,
Michele C. Fraser, BA, MBA, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer”


Rosseau Nursing Station in the Ruth Dare Health Clinic – June Blog and Website update

Rosseau Nursing Station Calendar link

Katie’s Korner June 2017 Blog Post link

Katie’s June 2017 Blog Post

“Summer has arrived! Welcome back to all the snow birds and winter city dwellers!! Rosseau will soon be hopping with new energy from summer residents, vacationers, and of course our faithful year-round residents.
In this blog, I wanted to highlight the summer hours, weekend walk-in hours, and our community and wellness room events.
Additionally, we continue to support learners and are currently hosting 2 Nurse Practitioner students (Brittany and Sue) and 1 RN student (Victoria). They will be here on rotating days through the end of July.
Hours of Operation:
The Nursing Station will continue to operate Monday to Friday by appointment only. Although the Nursing Station is open from 8:30 am -4:00 pm. Appointments are typically booked between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm to allow for administrative time. Additionally, there are no appointments available after noon on Friday.
The weekend walk-in hours will begin July 1st weekend and continue through the long weekend in September.
We are incredibly fortunate to have received enough donations to run the program this summer; however, we rely solely on donations to keep the program running as it is NOT GOVERNMENT FUNDED. Additionally, this year we WILL BE OPEN on the long weekend Mondays, thanks to the generosity of the community members.
Please check the Calendar for hours and events at the Nursing Station and in the Wellness Room.
Thank you to all the community members and Lake Associations for all your ongoing support and fundraising efforts!
What’s New!?
Exercise is Medicine is Back!! The resistance training program is based on the Diabetes Association Guidelines and suitable for ALL AGES.
Linda Sellers is a Pilates instructor and Wellness coach who has volunteered to run the program on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm -7:00 pm in the Wellness Room. The Program uses resistance bands and Weights. Last year our oldest participant was 92 and the youngest was 14. Come join us its Free! Donations are welcome to be utilized for more bands and equipment.
Linda will also be hosting a Pilates class on Monday’s at 5:30 pm-7:00 pm for a small nominal fee.

Yoga in the Wellness Room will be announced and updated on the Calendar once we know the official dates and hours.

 Community Support

I wanted to give a HUGE SHOUTOUT to the Rosseau Lake College music students, lead by student Emma Clendenan, and their teacher Tracey Ramsey.  In May, they hosted an incredible concert and tea, featuring piano, vocal, various string, flute and other wind instruments.  The concert was held at the Anglican Church of the Redeemer with support from Peter Simmons.  They raised 500 $ and the Rosseau Lake College matched that donation for a total of 1000 $, which will be utilized for our Wellness Program!

We look forward to collaborating with the College again to host future concerts to help maintain and support our community wellness programs; as well as support and encourage the incredible students and their talent!

The Rosseau Classic Cruise Show is another wonderful community event being held August 5th 10:00 am-3:00 pm at the Rosseau Waterfront.  Last year the organizers held a 50/50 draw and donated the profits to the Nursing Station to support the summer hours, and wellness programs.  Thanks to all the participants, organizers, and donors. 

Please come out this year and support the wonderful show—and the Nursing Station!


Who does the nursing station serve? 

The Nursing Station serves both year round and seasonal residents.  You may access the Nurse Practitioner even if you have another primary care provider.

Katie Hogue is the full-time Nurse Practitioner and Manager of the Nursing Station. She has a full patient primary care load, and also sees seasonal and local residents who have their providers, for episodic care, such as infections, medication renewals, and acute illnesses or injuries.  Unfortunately, there is no funding for another Nurse Practitioner or another health care worker, such as a nurse.

The Rosseau Nursing Station is funded by the Primary Care Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.  This funding is provided to ensure that the local residents have access to primary care, particularly if they do not have another provider; such as a Physician or Nurse Practitioner.

How do the weekend hours help?

For the last four years, the Nursing Station has been open on Saturdays and Sundays for the months of July and August.  This has only been made possible through generous donations and fundraising efforts.  The weekend extended hours are not funded by the primary care branch and therefore donations are the key to maintaining this service.

Having the weekend hours has enhanced service delivery immensely.  Although we have moved to a by appointment schedule during the week, we could see most of those who would like same day appointments.  Additionally, if it is a non-urgent issue, we have been able to defer to the weekend Nurse Practitioners so that we can continue to provide optimal care to our regular patients.

Throughout the month of July, we have saw between 5 -7 same day appointments throughout the week.  We have opened some more same day appointments by reducing some of our longer visits during these months.

Having the extended weekend hours available has reduced the load of the primary NP by 20 patients per week which is significant!  Additionally, the availability of an NP on the weekend has reduced the use of the ER for non-emergent concerns.

Where do your donations go?

All donations are earmarked for the Rosseau Nursing Station and held by the WPSHC Foundation.  If you wish to donate specifically for the weekend summer hours, please specify as there is a separate account.  You may also Earmark donations for the Exercise and Wellness program.  All other donations are used to purchase equipment, and facilitate education programs.

Some of the recent donations not earmarked for summer hours have helped to purchase: 

  • New Tru BP blood pressure cuff
  • Sit to stand ergonomic desks
  • New OTN equipment
  • Updated computer system for electronic records, and laptop for home access
  • Therabands and materials for Exercise is Medicine
  • Exercise Equipment for the new wellness program starting in the Fall

Thank you for Reading!  Have a Safe and Healthy Summer!

Katie Hogue NP/Manager Rosseau Nursing Station”


Safe Quiet Lakes 2017 Survey

Your Lakes – Your Views Survey

Dear Community Member:

Our 2017 Your Lakes –Your Views Survey is now open.

To complete the survey and share your views, please visit:

The survey will be available online from Monday June 12th to Monday July 10th, 2017. Please complete this interesting survey now.

We need to hear from everyone! We encourage you to complete the survey yourself and also to forward this email to all family members and others who use the lakes.
This 2017 research will help Safe Quiet Lakes to better understand your interests.  We want to know the positives about your activities on the water and the lake environment, and what, if anything, detracts from your enjoyment the lakes.
Your responses are entirely confidential. Results will be tabulated by an expert research firm, ERIN Research Inc., and reported in aggregate form. No individual participant or their responses will be identified. Safe Quiet Lakes will distribute a summary of the report available to participating associations and on its website members.  Results will also be shared with elected officials, the OPP, Transport Canada and local media.

We look forward to broad participation by members of the community and to sharing the results with you.

Frances Carmichael
Chair, Safe Quiet Lakes


Muskoka Lakes Council rejects proposed quarry rezoning amendment June 16

A large number of residents, spoke to Muskoka Lakes Council June 16th, requesting the rezoning application for a proposed Quarry and Pit at 1089 Butler Mill Road be denied. Township Councillors voted unanimously against the passing of a rezoning application and Official Plan amendment at the council meeting on June 16.

Under Ontario Planning Regulations, there is still a possibility the applicant of the proposed Lippa Pit and Quarry could appeal the Muskoka Lakes Council’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).


A Summary of the June 19th Seguin Council Meeting.

  • Forward a cheque to Audra Nicholson as a donation towards Audra’s attendance at the
    International Dragon Boat Federation’s 13th World Nations 2017 U16/U18 Championships. Resolution No. 2017-208.  
  • Execute and implement the Waterline Agreement between Seguin and Gary & Carolyn Stevenson. By-law No. 2017-056. 
  • Execute the Licence Agreement between Seguin and Arben Enterprises Inc. (Application No. RAA-2015-0002-H). By-law No. 2017-057. 
  • Forward the resolution re: Ontario’s Natural Gas Grant Program. Resolution No. 2017-212. 
  • Provide Councillor Hepworth with the costing information obtained from Union Gas for the inclusion of underground conduit for SMARTCO when Union Gas is boring for their underground gas lines. 
  • Advise Janice Roberts of Council’s approval to commence the process for the disposal of Property Roll No. 4903-040-004-01727 and commence the process. Resolution No. 2017-213.  
  • Forward the resolution re: 1/3 remuneration for local officials to the various parties. Resolution No. 2017-214. 
  • As part of the 2018 budget process provide Council with information on the financial impacts of the amendments to the 1/3 remuneration of local officials.  
  • Prepare a report and zoning by-law amendment for Council consideration at the next meeting of Council. The proposed by-law will not include amendments related to secondary dwelling units as per the comments from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and boat ports/fabric awnings. 
  • Prepare a report for future Council consideration on boat ports/fabric awnings on the 9 lakes where boat houses/boat ports are permitted. 
  • Proceed with reports and recommendations on the following applications:
     Rezoning Application No. R-2017-0009-F (Hall).
     Rezoning Application No. 2017-0010-H (Lecuyer/Post). 
  • Proceed with Consent Application No. B-2017-0004-F (Songer). Resolution No. 2017-219. 
  • Proceed with the sale of Part 2, Plan 42R-20685, (North Sandy Plains Road Development Project). By-law No. 2017-060.

Respectfully Submitted

Jack Hepworth

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