CFN – In last night’s regularly scheduled meeting of the South Stormont Town Council there were no presentations and no demonstrations, just the ordinary business of the township. Only the department reports and motions and by-laws that are common during these meetings were on the agenda.
The OPP presented a report listing the number of offenses that they responded to during the month of October. The Fire & Rescue report did the same for their department. The highlight of the finance report was a proposed procedure to round cash transactions up or down to the nearest five cent increment. However if a person or party chose to make a cash transaction with pennies, no rounding will be required.
During the Building and Development report Hilton Cryderman discussed an ongoing concern over cats creating a nuisance in one residential neighbourhood. There have been numerous complaints and a potential by-law to control cats was brought up at the meeting. After a lengthy discussion it was decided to see if one of the nuisance bylaws already on the books could handle the situation. Mayor McGillis and Deputy Mayor Hart agreed that said that they didn’t want to make a bylaw if they don’t have the resources to enforce it.
Approval for terms of reference for the Ingleside Community Park Committee was discussed during the Public Works Operations report. A committee will be formed to examine and develop potential community park options in the Ingleside area. A press release in the near future will outline the requirements of committee members and how to apply for the position.
The last item on the agenda was the most contentious one of the evening. During the vote to approve the listed bylaws, Deputy Mayor Hart insisted that the vote on the “By-law to Establish Remuneration for Non-Union Employees” be recorded. All members of the council with exception of Deputy Mayor Hart voted to approve the by-law with Deputy Mayor Hart voting against. Mayor McGillis expressed surprise over Deputy Mayor Hart’s position stating that during the committee discussion on this bylaw she stated that she was in favour. Deputy Mayor Hart simply replied that she had changed her mind.
Mayor McGillis went on the describe how the consultants that the township had hired to review non-union remuneration had established that the rate that South Stormont paid their non-union employees was 25% lower than similar positions in the surrounding communities. This bylaw would not jump salaries up by 25% but will start to incrementally increase the salaries over time. The mayor went on to say that in order to retain or hire new competent employees their salaries must at least be competitive with other communities.