(Municipality of Chatham-Kent)

Chatham-Kent Council met for a regular/planning meeting on Monday night, February 11, 2019.

A link to the full agenda can be seen, here.

Here are the items Council dealt with at their meeting:

– A tender award for Animal Control and Pound Services across C-K was approved. Council approved a staff recommendation to award Pet and Wildlife Rescue a five year contract for all of Chatham-Kent, at a cost of $4.13-million from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2024. Watch for more on this on the Sydenham Current.

– Chatham Counc. Karen Kirkwood-Whyte entered the following notice of motion: “Re: Making the Right Call – Local Promotion of N11 Numbers – I, Councillor Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, hereby provide notice that I will bring forward the following motion at the March 4, 2019 Council Meeting for discussion and voting: Whereas today – February 11 – is recognized as 211 Day to acknowledge the free helpline that connects residents to community and social services – 24 hours each day, 365 days each year in over 150 languages, and Whereas 211 has been in operation for over 20 years in Chatham-Kent – funded by United Way and the Province of Ontario, and Whereas 311 is a non-emergency telephone number that residents can call in other communities to find information about municipal services, make complaints or report problems like graffiti or road damage, and Whereas Police Services currently receives over 60,000 calls for service, and Whereas it would be helpful to local residents to dial a simple three digit telephone number for specific situations. Be it therefore resolved that administration be directed to explore the feasibility of, and costs and/or savings associated with, the promotion of the proper use of each of the following N11 numbers – 211, 311 and 911 including, but not limited to (a) co-branding of 211 (and perhaps 311) on police, fire and public utility vehicles as well as through other appropriate communication channels (b) changing 519-360-1998 to 311 (c) undertaking an analysis – for the past three years – of the number and types of non-emergency calls going to 911; all of which could potentially save and/or redirect limited human and financial resources and/or eliminate duplication of services currently provided by other community partners.”

– Council approved the Authorization of Payments to Member of Council-Owned Vendors.

– Council heard a presentation by Gary Scandlan, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. about Water and Wastewater Development Charges and Part 12, Municipal Act 2001. This was a statutory public meeting. Council approved the staff recommendations.

– Council approved information reports on: the Child Care Affordability Plan, Nepotism Free Hiring Practices and 2019 Benefit Carrier RFP Results.

– An Application for Exemption from Part Lot Control, First Family Homes Inc., Lanz Boulevard & Caleb Court, Community of Blenheim was approved.

– An application for Exemption from Part Lot Control, Jodamar Properties Ltd., Bordeaux Place, Community of Chatham was approved.

– A report on Dedicated Gas Tax Funds for Public Transportation Systems, April 2018 – March 2019 Program was approved.

– A report on the Construction and Assessment By-law – Churchill Street, Devon Road and Sussex Street Curb and Gutter Local Improvement, Community of Chatham was approved.

– The 2019 Municipally Significant Events were approved.

– Reports on the Disposition of Land By-law, the Appointment By-law and three planning application were all approved.

– Council will also meet in closed session to discuss: “Labour relations or employee negotiations and advice that is subject to solicitor-client privileges, including communications necessary for that purpose with regard to Fire Services Negotiations. Section 239(2)(d) & (f), Municipal Act, 2001.”