June 12, 2015 - Special Council Meeting





The Special Meeting of the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Assiginack was held in the Council Chambers on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 4:30 P.M.


Present           Reeve Paul Moffatt, Councillor Leslie Fields, Councillor Hugh Moggy, Councillor Brenda Reid

Excused          Councillor Robert Case

Staff                Alton Hobbs CAO,  Jeremy Rody Clerk,  Jackie White PEC

Press               Alicia McCutcheon, Expositor

Others             Dave Ham, Paul Bonwick, John Coulter, Abby Stec, Wayne Fisher, Elaine Kelly, Robert Maguire



#204-13-15 – B. Reid – H. Moggy

THAT the Special Meeting of the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Assiginack be opened for business with a quorum of members present at 4:30 p.m., with Reeve Moffatt presiding in the Chair. CARRIED



#205-13-15 – H. Moggy – B. Reid

THAT the agenda for this meeting be accepted as presented. CARRIED






The Meeting moved from the Council Chambers to the Library for a power point presentation from Paul Bonwick of Compenso Communication Inc. and Abby Stec, Executive Director for the S.S. Norisle Steamship Society.  The presentation was titled, “S.S. Norisle: The Return of a Great Lakes Passenger Steamship,” and is attached to these minutes.  The presentation outlined the purpose and process of the proposed fundraising campaign; a few highlights are listed below.

  • The purpose of the campaign is “to raise the necessary funds to refit the Norisle and return her to service as a heritage passenger steamship on Great Lakes Cruises.”
  • A feasibility study has indicated there is a significant market for multi-day berthed passenger cruises on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River from mid-May through October. Potential has also been shown for winter operations for a restaurant and tours.
  • The financial requirements and fundraising goal is $18 million.
  • Fundraising Campaign will include two phases. The first phase will be a “quiet phase” where they attempt to secure major gifts, solicit donors close to organization, 50-70% of the funds could be raised in this phase.  Phase two will be the “public phase” where the audience is much wider, and will use social media and direct mail to raise the remaining funds. Focus in phase two is on small to medium gifts.
  • The vision of the project as it stands right now in the early stages is to have the Norisle berthed out of Collingwood. Bonwick explained that it would be a natural place for the boat as that is where it was built and has strong ties in that community.  He also suggested that Collingwood is desirable because the market in Toronto is very crowded.
  • Expected economic impact: 102 jobs created in Ontario for the refit of the ship and 58 jobs would be created on the ship once in operation as a passenger vessel.
  • Potential funding is expected to come from various sources including: Government, Corporations, Individuals, Foundations and Associations.


#206-13-15 – B. Reid – L. Fields

THAT we thank the Friends of the Norisle and their fundraising campaign management team for attending this meeting and making their presentation to Council. CARRIED



#207-13-15 – L. Fields – H. Moggy

THAT we adjourn until the next regular meeting or call of the Chair. CARRIED


_______________________________          _____________________________

Paul Moffatt, REEVE                                     Jeremy Rody, CLERK


5:45 p.m.

These Minutes have been circulated but are not considered Official until approved by Council.