Below is a summary of key items discussed at the Municipality of Port Hope Council Meeting and Committee of the Whole Meeting, held on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. The full agenda and staff reports are available on the Council Portal. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting was held electronically via video conference.

Council Meeting Highlights

Proposed cancellation of Choate Street Extension / changes to Vision in Motion

Council approved, in principle, the Municipality’s acceptance of the proposed changes to the Vision in Motion Project as presented by Cameco Corporation, including the cancellation of the proposed Choate Street Extension, conditional on the satisfactory negotiation of remaining anticipated expenses and previous commitments incurred by the Municipality to date.

Council also directed staff to work with legal counsel and negotiate with Cameco Corporation to prepare the necessary amendments to By-law 60/2014 and the necessary agreement to repeal By-law 61/2014.

Former George Hamilton Public School acquisition

Council authorized and directed staff to submit an offer to purchase to the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board for the property formerly known as George Hamilton Public School.

Additionally, Council directed staff to further engage legal counsel, negotiate the purchase of the property, and bring forth the purchase agreement in the form of a By-law for consideration by Council at a later date.

At the last Committee of the Whole meeting, staff advised that use of the property has not yet been established, but that the acquisition would be of strategic benefit to the Municipality. The value of the Property is such that this opportunity is worth pursuing for future efforts related to satisfying the objectives of the Strategic Plan 2019-2022.

Committee of the Whole Meeting Highlights

Delegations

Two delegations were presented to Council at the Committee of the Whole Meeting:

• PHAI Quarterly Update presented by Scott Parnell, General Manager of the Historic Waste Program Management Office, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

• Vision and progress of work to date on a proposal to create Canada’s first Smart Agricultural Hub in Port Hope, presented by Mike Bellamy, Frontier Labs and Jeremy Laurin, Loyalist College.
Both delegations were received by the Committee for information.

Staff presentation

Staff made a presentation to the Finance Committee with progress update on the Municipality’s Asset Management and Capital Funding. Highlights of progress to date include:

  • Hiring of Asset Management & GIS Coordinator position.
  • Continual advancement of asset management knowledge through staff professional development. 
  • Strategic Asset Management Policy approved July 2019.
  • Continual enhancement of the data (condition assessments and replacement cost updates).
  • Implementation of basic enterprise-wide asset management planning software, integrated with GIS, work orders, and permitting.

The Finance Committee received this presentation for information.

Water and Wastewater Rate Study presentation

As the next step in the Water and Wastewater rate study process, Peter Simcisko, Manager at Watson & Associates Economists Ltd., made a presentation to the Works and Engineering Committee on refinements that have been made to the capital forecasts as a result of comments submitted by residents during the community consultation process as well as Council feedback.

Council directed staff to prepare a By-law for presentation to Council to approve the new Water and Wastewater Rate Structure, effective January 1, 2021. The By-law will be considered at the Council Meeting on December 15, 2020.

Meeting minutes and videos

Minutes from the Council and Committee of the Whole meetings will be available pending approval at the next Council meeting on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at which point they will become the official record of the meeting.

Recordings of the December 1, 2020 Regular Council meeting and Committee of the Whole meeting are available on the Council webpage.