MEDIA RELEASE: Council Meeting - September 3, 2019

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Municipality of Port Hope Council Meeting - September 3, 2019

For Immediate Release

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - Port Hope, ON

Below is a summary of key items discussed at the Municipality of Port Hope regular Council Meeting held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The full agenda and staff reports are available on the Council Portal.

Blue Dot Resolution Presentation
During the regular Council meeting, representatives from Blue Dot Northumberland presented Members of Council with a framed copy the Blue Dot Resolution. This resolution was originally passed by Council on January 16, 2018, and declares that the Municipality of Port Hope recognizes the role all levels of government play in providing a healthy environment. It affirms that Council shall continue to communicate, consult, and collaborate with the other levels of government to help ensure the decisions of all levels of government protect the health of Port Hope residents and the environment. The framed resolution can be found in the corporate display cabinet in the Committee Room at Town Hall.

Vacation Policy Revision
At their regular meeting, Council passed By-Law 64/2019, which revises and enhances vacation entitlement for part-time and contract employees, vacation entitlement for full-time employees, and clarifies vacation administration for employees taking extended pregnancy / parental leaves. The implementation of this By-law aligns with the Strategic Plan’s Corporate Efficiencies priority to better attract and retain quality staff and address the succession planning challenge.

Zero Emissions Partnership
Council passed a By-law that executes a Memorandum of Understanding between the Municipality of Port Hope and Ontario Power Generation (OPG), relating to the potential use of Municipal lands for the purpose of installing, owning, operating and maintaining Level 2 Electric Vehicle Chargers and related equipment. This initiative aligns with the Municipality’s mission to deliver efficient and effective government services with an approach that is financially sustainable and environmentally responsible.

Rose’s Cottage
After consideration of a report, Council authorized Staff to work with the owner of the building to prepare a Council report with recommendations for a new agreement that contains terms, conditions and relocation timeframe milestones that are realistic, achievable and will result in the building being removed from King’s Field no later than the end of 2019.

The cottage is currently temporarily located on the Municipality’s King’s Field until the owner of the cottage can permanently relocate the building to a private lot. Rose’s cottage was moved to the temporary location at King’s Field earlier in the summer after a group of citizens and architectural conservancy advocates expressed concerns about the imminent demolition of the structure to accommodate the construction of the Strachan Street extension.

Minutes from this meeting will be available pending approval at the next Council meeting on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at which point they will become the official record of the meeting.

A recording of the September 3, 2019 Budget Committee meeting, Regular Council meeting and the Committee of the Whole meeting is available at porthope.ca/council-communications.

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For more information, please contact:

Kate Ingram
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
905-885-4544 x2248
kingram@porthope.ca