SPECIAL MEETING OF COUNCIL
Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.
a) Land Acknowledgment
b) Adoption of Agenda
c) Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and General Nature Thereof
3. ADOPTION OF MINUTES
6. ACTION REQUIRED ITEMS
a.) Norisle Disposition- Marine Recycling Corporation
b.) 115 Arthur Street – EXP Feasibility Report
7. INFORMATION ITEMS
9. CLOSED SESSION
a.) Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal employees.
THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF ASSIGINACK
MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF COUNCIL
The Special Meeting of the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Assiginack was held in the Council Chambers on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.
Present: Mayor Brenda Reid
Councillor Dwayne Elliott
Councillor Jennifer Hooper
Councillor Robert Maguire
Staff: Alton Hobbs, CAO
Heidi Ferguson, Clerk
Deb MacDonald, Treasurer
Freda Bond, Taxes and Utilities Manager
Crystal Lentir, Administrative Assistant
Jackie White, Project Events Coordinator
Ron Cooper, Public Works Superintendent
Public: Denis Marion
Regrets: Councillor Janice Bowerman- Excused
#193-16-2023 R. Maguire – D. Elliott
THAT the Regular Meeting of the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Assiginack be opened for business at 7:00 p.m., with a quorum of members present, with Mayor Reid presiding in the Chair. CARRIED
The Land Acknowledgement was read.
#194-16-2023 D. Elliott – R. Maguire
THAT we adopt the agenda as presented. CARRIED
DISCLOSURE OF PECUNIARY INTEREST:
ADOPTION OF MINUTES:
ACTION REQUIRED ITEMS:
#195-16-2023 D. Elliott – J. Hooper
THAT we accept the offer from Marine Recycling Corporation to dispose of the Norisle.
Councillor Bowerman- Excused Councillor Elliott- Yea Councillor Hooper- Yea Councillor Maguire- Nay
Mayor Reid- Yea
NOTE: Mayor Reid addressed Council and the Public to advise that the Norisle currently has a number of issues including ongoing maintenance of the vessel and pumps; safety concerns for staff when they board the ship; risk of fire hazard to Mill; risk to our water treatment plant; as well as it is on the Coast Guard’s list and while we have not heard from them regarding this, the fines resulting from being on this list can be high.
Mayor Reid explained that we have received a proposal from Marine Recycling Corporation to dispose of the Norisle in the amount of $ 743,950.00 + taxes. Discussion then took place regarding this proposal.
When asked how we would pay for this, staff explained that we would have to borrow the money. Upon initial consultation with the Bank, if amortized over fifteen years, the cost would be approximately $ 80,000 per year, depending on the interest rate or if amortized over ten years, the cost would be approximately $ 100,000 per year, depending on the interest rate.
After much discussion, a resolution to support the proposal received from Marine Recycling Corporation was put forward, a recorded vote was held, and the resolution was carried.
NOTE: Discussion regarding the Feasibility Report by EXP for 115 Arthur Street took place. The Mayor advised members of Council of the two options contained within the plan and their costs. As per the report, to complete the renovations to the building, it will cost $ 1,322,100.00 and for the new construction option, it will cost $ 1,724,380.00. The Mayor also presented a third option, which is to put the building up for Sale by Tender.
Council discussed different options they could explore including those proposed within the report, as well as exploring other options such as using underutilized municipal spaces to house these tenants, the importance of maintaining these services and not displacing anyone and putting the building up for sale by tender.
Staff asked for Council’s permission to advertise the building for sale as an option to explore, with Council understanding that they do not have to take any offers we receive. Council requested that prior to doing this, that we get it appraised by a Certified Appraiser. Staff will bring this information back to Council for review.
#196-16-2023 D. Elliott – R. Maguire
BE IT RESOLVED THAT in accordance with By-law # 02-02 as amended and Section 239 of the Municipal Act, as amended, Council proceed to a Closed Session at 7:31 p.m. in order to attend to matters pertaining to:
a) Personal matters about an identifiable individual including municipal or local board employees. CARRIED
#197-16-2023 R. Maguire – D. Elliott
THAT we adjourn from our Closed Session at 7:40 p.m., accept the Minutes of the previous closed session, and resume our Regular Meeting. CARRIED
#198-16-2023 D. Elliott – R. Maguire
THAT we adjourn at 7:44 p.m. until the next regular meeting or call of the Chair. CARRIED
Brenda Reid, MAYOR Heidi Ferguson, CLERK
*These Minutes have been circulated but are not considered Official until approved by Council.Download