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Here's what's coming up at tonight's Collingwood council meeting

Integrity commissioner's report and noise bylaw will be among the agenda items for the May 14 council meeting.
Collingwood Town Hall. Erika Engel photo

Collingwood council has a meeting tonight (May 14) at the town hall council chambers beginning at 5 p.m. Here's a list of some of the things that will be discussed and/or voted on at the meeting. Click here for the full agenda. 


Integrity commissioner’s recommendation report: This report pertains to a complaint filed by Steve Berman (a candidate for councillor in the municipal election this year) against Mayor Sandra Cooper for her participation at the council table on a matter related to the sale of the Collingwood Regional Airport.

Mayor Cooper’s brother, Paul Bonwick, is senior vice-president of operations and business development with the Clearview Aviation Business Park, which is a development company that sells or leases property for aviation-related business at Collingwood Regional Airport. Cooper voted on a report titled Consulting Advisory Services in the Sale of the Collingwood Regional airport.

The integrity commissioner found Cooper did have a conflict of interest on the matter and should have declared it and recused herself from the discussion and vote on the staff report. The integrity commissioner does not recommend sanctions against Cooper, and instead recommends she refrain from any further matters before council regarding the sale of the airport. Watch tonight for an update on this story.


Collingwood BIA budget presentation: BIA Chairperson Penny Skelton and general manager Sue Nicholson will be presenting the BIA’s Budget for 2018, which will include the proposed levy for members of the downtown business improvement area. Council will vote on the budget at the next council meeting on May 28.


Grant allocation: Council will hear from the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department on the results of this year’s grant program including a list of what organizations were successful in obtaining municipal funding this year and how much they received.


Score Clock: Council will make the final decision on buying the Barrie Colts score clock for $80,000. This would be money taken from a contingency reserve.


Noise bylaw: Staff are back again with the noise control bylaw, this time they have presented two choices for construction noise. Firstly, that all construction noise from active development sites be prohibited Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Or the second choice, which has staff support, is to prohibit construction noise specifically from site alteration equipment on active development sites on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. There are also a number of letters from residents supporting the second option.


In Camera: Council has also planned for some in camera discussions (confidential) with topics including the New Tecumseth Pipeline update, fire union negotiations, CAO/Staff evaluation update, legal services regarding 400 Maple Street (Victoria School Annex property) and a potential land sale.


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