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Wasaga Beach Council Highlights – April 28, 2022

Discussion to start about establishing arts centre at future high school

The town will start discussions with the Simcoe County District School Board and local art groups about establishing an arts centre in the new secondary school the board is considering for Wasaga Beach.

Councillor Mark Kinney, chair of the Community Services Section of Coordinated Committee, shared the news as part of his monthly update to council.

He said that during the April 14 Coordinated Committee meeting, the committee provided direction to staff to start talks with the board.

A related report from George Vadeboncoeur, chief administrative officer, notes that similar to the community use facilities agreement for the new Sunnidale Trails elementary school, there is an opportunity to introduce a community use component at the new high school.

Read the staff report to learn more.

Additional special events OK’d for this summer

Town council approved a series of summer events for the community.

These events are in addition to events approved in March.

Council granted approval for the following:

  • Bard’s Bus Tour: Henry V by Shakespeare at Nancy Island Historic Site on Thursday, Aug. 4;
  • Poutine Feast at the Third Street Parking Lot from Thursday, Aug. 19 to Sunday, Aug. 22;
  • The Mars Agency’s GoGo Squeez Marketing and Sampling event over the July 22 to 24 weekend at the Spruce Street Parking Lot;
  • The Wasaga Beach Blues event at the Stonebridge Town Centre’s music pavilion from Sept. 16 to 18.
Lease renewed for county ambulance base

Council authorized the mayor and clerk to sign a five-year lease with the County of Simcoe for the county’s continued use of the town building that houses the paramedic station on Oxbow Park Road.

Read the related staff report to learn more.

Town investing in new skateboard park equipment for local youth

Members of council awarded the design, creation, and installation of two new skateboard ramps at Oakview Woods Skateboard Park to the Canada Ramp Company.

The project cost is $32,028, plus applicable taxes.

The work will include spraying foam to the underside of the new equipment and existing equipment to dampen noise from them.

Read the staff report to learn more.

Fire hall renovation project on hold, talks for revised scope taking place with contractors

Council agreed not to award the tender for the Fire Station 2 renovation and addition project, as the bids significantly exceeded the available budget.

On a related note, council agreed to waive provisions in the purchasing policy so that staff can work with the two proponents with the lowest bids so that these companies can submit quotes for a revised project and scope.

Staff will update council on discussions with the proponents when appropriate.

Read the staff report to learn more.

Council approves emergency works for watermain, sewage forcemain

Council members approved emergency works for the replacement of the sewage forcemain and watermain that crosses the Nottawasaga River, next to the Schoonertown Bridge.

In March, public works staff identified a watermain leak and the following month discovered a leak in the adjacent sewage forcemain.

For full details, read the related staff report.

Transit ridership remains strong: Report

The Wasaga Beach Transit Monthly Ridership Report shows continued strong ridership on town buses.

In March, the service recorded 6,094 rides, compared to 4,582 rides for the same period a year ago.

March 2022 ridership was also up by almost 1,200 rides when compared to February 2022.

See the report to learn more.

Expanded Open Patios program approved

Council authorized expanding the Open Patios program to include performances any day of the week.

Launched in 2021, as a COVID-19 business recovery initiative, the program provides businesses with funding to pay for musical entertainment.

As currently structured, only performances taking place between Monday and Thursday are eligible for funding.

Staff recommended extending the program to every day of the week in order to better support local businesses.

Read the related staff report.

Search on for consultant to prepare new comprehensive zoning bylaw

The town will hire a consultant to create its new comprehensive zoning bylaw.

Council directed staff to issue a Request for Proposal seeking a qualified consultant to develop the bylaw.

Work on the project would start this year with completion in 2023.

The new bylaw will provide a long-term strategy, focusing on creating zoning categories that foster growth, while preserving characteristics of the unique areas in town.

Read the related staff report.

Demolition of Cook farmhouse deferred 

Council deferred ratifying a decision to demolish the Cook farmhouse at the sports park after a resident expressed interest in buying the home.

Coordinated Committee, on the advice of staff, had recommended taking the home down and erecting a garden and gazebo to commemorate the site.  

The Cook family sold the property to the province in the 1970s and ownership later transferred to the town, which repurposed the property for the sports park. The house has largely sat unused over the years.

A staff report identified significant costs with repairing the 19th century building.

Given the interest in preserving the home as a private residence, council asked staff to investigate the potential purchase and sale of the property.

Staff will report their findings in due course.

See our related Q&A to learn more.

Firm retained for land appraisal

Council approved hiring Andrew-Thompson and Associates Ltd. Real Estate Appraisers.

The company will undertake an appraisal of Shady Lane at a cost of $12,000 to $20,000. The town is interested in acquiring the land to ensure residents can access their properties.  

Shady Lane is a privately held lane that provides access to the rear of townhouses that front Mosley Street and to the rear of homes that front Shore Lane, between 15th and 16th Street North.

Greenhill Homes purchased the lane from the original owners and maintains the lane, but this has created concern among neighbours who are worried about losing access to the rear of their properties.

See the staff report to learn more.

‘Wasaga’ placemaking sign on the way

Mount Lee in Los Angeles is home to the famous ‘Hollywood’ sign and soon Wasaga Beach will have its own placemaking sign.

Council awarded a contract to Excellent Signs and Displays Inc., for the provision of a portable ‘Wasaga’ sign at a cost of $39,200, plus HST.

They also authorized spending up to $15,000 to extend electrical services to the sign and pay for any other project-related installation costs.

The illuminated, multi-coloured sign will be at Beach Drive and Main Street.

The sign will be five feet high and 10 inches deep. The town will be able to move the sign to other locations, as required.

The sign will be in place by June 24. Staff expect it will be a popular spot for photographs, particularly during festivals and other special events.

Read the related staff report to learn more.

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