Report to Council and Community September 5, 2017

Seguin Council eAgenda for September 5, 2017


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14th Annual Fly In – Drive In

It’s the 14th Annual Fly In and Drive In, come out to the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport 10:00AM to 4:00 PM for a Day of Vintage Aircraft from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and Acer Cold War Museum, Live Music, BBQ, Classic Cars,Ice Cream local vendors and More!  Free Admission


Safe Quiet Lakes Survey Results are announced

See the complete report from Erin Research at this link

Your Lakes Your Views

Frances Carmichael Chair of Safe Quiet Lakes has reported  “The survey results are in and analyzed by Erin Research. A link to the survey results is above.  3,291 people responded to the survey and many from Seguin ; 101 from Otter; 157 from Lake Rosseau North , 295 from Lake Joe North and Little Lake Joseph ,47 from Horseshoe  and many from smaller lakes. .  Interestingly for SQL’s mandate , 72% support further education.

We are hoping to present the results to Council in the late fall”

Excerpt …
The three most frequent problems in 2017 are associated with unsafe and inconsiderate boating:

  1. Boat noise, especially from personal watercraft and sound systems
  2. Boat wakes
  3. Boats operated at high speeds, especially when close to shore

• 72% of all respondents support increased education and communication about responsible boating. This proposal receives the strongest support of all the proposals included in the survey
• Support for increased education and communication is significantly greater in 2017 – up 10% from the 62% in favour in 2013

See the complete 55 page report here

Quick Facts – Blue Green Algae

  • Cyanobacteria, also called blue-green algae or ‘pond scum’, are not really algae, but tiny
  • Although usually hard to see, during hot weather they can grow rapidly to form a large
    mass, called a bloom.
  • Blooms continually change and are difficult to predict. Wind,temperature or sunlight could change where the bloom is located in the water.
  • Even when a bloom has disappeared, toxins can persist in water bodies for a long time.
  • Toxins can irritate the skin and, if ingested, cause diarrhea and vomiting. At high enough levels, the toxins may cause liver and nervous system damage.
  • If skin contact does occur, wash with soap and water or rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove algae.
  • Blooms most commonly occur in late summer and early fall. They thrive in areas where the water is shallow, slow moving and warm, but they may be present in deeper, cooler water.
  • Prevention take these simple steps to prevent the growth of blue-green algae:
    • use phosphate-free detergents, personal care and household cleaning products
    • avoid using fertilizers on lawns, especially fertilizers that contain phosphorus
    • maintain a natural shoreline on lake and riverfront properties
    • reduce agricultural runoff by planting or maintaining vegetation along waterways and minimizing fertilizer use
    • check septic systems to ensure they do not leak into the water source


Houston and Wetland Policy

See complete article – ANALYSIS See Recent CBCNEWS Article

“It’s becoming increasingly obvious that climate change is here and the negative impacts associated with the manifestation of extreme weather are significant,” Feltmate –  Blair Feltmate, a professor at the University of Waterloo and the new chair of an expert panel struck by the federal government to consider what Canadians and their governments should do to prepare. says, “and we now need to be working to counter those negative impacts.”

Countering those impacts will require public resources, individual action and political will.

Feltmate considers flooding the primary concern.  Thousands of residents in and around Windsor, Ont., were flooded by record rainfall, the second time the area has dealt with historic flooding in the past 12 months. Meanwhile, wildfires in northern Manitoba prompted evacuations from several communities.

The degree to which any single disaster can be linked to climate change will perhaps always be debatable, but these are the sorts of events we have been told to expect: stronger storms, floods and fires.

Storms are capable of dumping enough water in a short enough period of time to overwhelm city sewer systems. As cities have grown, fields and forests have been paved over, leaving water fewer places to go. Urban infrastructure is aging. And homeowners have developed their basements into living space, increasing the cost of damages.

Feltmate says natural wetlands around cities should be preserved, while diversion channels, holding ponds and other features can be used to redirect and absorb water. To limit their own exposure, homeowners can install sump pumps, put covers on basement window wells and redirect water away from their properties.

Fire breaks around cities and fire-resistant siding and shingles on homes could limit the risk of wildfires consuming communities.

“It’s not like people aren’t learning or that we’re not evolving. We are. The question is, are we addressing it fast enough?” he says. “And what people don’t understand on the climate file, by and large, is that we do not have the luxury of time. We’ve got to get on with adaptation.”

Read the complete article here

A summary of the Sept. 5th Seguin Council meeting. 

  • Proceed with the awarding of the blasting works at the Segment 5 location for the Clear Lake Road Reconstruction Project. Resolution No. 2017-302.
  • Implement the revision to the Winter Sand Strategy 2017-18. Resolution No. 2017-303.
  • Proceed with Shore Road Allowance Application No. RAS-2017-0001-H and Deeming Application No. D-2017-0005-H (Willemse). By-law Nos. 2017-080 and 081.
  • Prepare a summary of terms of reference and a proposed time line for researching regulation of short term cottage rentals and reporting to Council. The terms of reference will outline items to be included as part of the research project for
    Council consideration and approval. 
  • Register Mayor Gibbon, Councillor Buszynski and Councillor Collins for the 2018 ROMA Conference. Reserve hotel rooms for Mayor Gibbon and Councillor Collins. Resolution No. 2017-306. 
  • Register Mayor Gibbon, Councillor Adams and Councillor Collins for the District of Parry Sound Municipal Association Fall Meeting. Resolution No. 2017-307.
  • Advise Mr. George Ariss that Council is agreeable to Mr. Ariss’ time line for the removal of the derelict boathouse on the Township owned shore road allowance on Otter Lake.

Respectfully Submitted

Jack Hepworth

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Jack and his wife Gail live at their lakefront home on Sucker Lake in Seguin Township, Ontario. First as Lake Rosseau cottagers, now as full time residents, they retired to Seguin in 1999. Proud parents of three married sons, Jack and Gail have 8 grandchildren. Family, community involvement, and physical fitness, are the pivots that support Jack's life. Striking a balance is essential to empower Jack's passion of working to enhance the quality of our community life. A graduate of McMaster University, Jack worked as a Department Head of Geography in Beamsville, Ancaster, and Highland Secondary School in Dundas, Ontario. He enjoys being involved with challenges that improve our quality of life.
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