|ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_||IREK VOTED||COUNCIL VOTED||TYPE OF ITEM|
|8.1 Mobile payment for parking system||Yes||10-0||Consent|
|8.5 Interim control bylaw land use study||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|8.2 Exemption form Sandwich Demolition control bylaw||Yes||5-5||Regular|
|8.2 Exemption from Sandwich demolition control bylaw – Motion to Note & File||Yes||9-0||Regular|
|11.2 Holiday lighting display||No||6-5||Presentation|
|11.3 National trade corridor fund||Yes||10-0||Consent|
Item 8.2 – Exemption from Sandwich demolition control bylaw: Council has a long-standing record of denying demolition permits to the Canadian Transit Company in the area of Old Sandwich Town. Issue related to demolition is currently before the Canadian court system, hence the rationale is to simply wait until the Supreme Court makes its decision.
In this one unique case – I voted to make an exception and permit the demolition, as the condition of the building in question was severely compromised due to a fire that gutted the building. Hence, in my opinion, this burned out shell of a building represented too much of a public safety hazard to allow it to stand. For example, I see a tremendous risk of injury should a child venture into that severely damaged building.
Item 11.2 – Holiday Lighting Display: I voted NO on the $3 million holiday light display in Jackson Park. Simply put, we have other priorities that are more important including maintaining our existing infrastructure which includes sewers, roads, parks, libraries etc.
I asked administration to report back on the chain-link fence recently erected in the water at Sandpoint Beach, and to provide both the reasoning for the fence as well as alternatives.
In my opinion, the chain link fence degrades the beauty of this park.