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Correspondence Agenda - 2020/05/07 The Corporation of the Township of Malahide CORRESPONDENCE AGENDA May 7, 2020 7:30 p.m. (F) Correspondence: 1. Association of Municipalities of Ontario - Watch File dated April 16, 23, and 30, 2020. (Pages C3 - 12) 2. Township of North Dumfries Resolution supporting the County of Haliburton request to the Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport and the Minister of Transportation to reconsider or phase in fee increases for tourism oriented destination signage. (Malahide supported a similar resolution on March 5, 2020). (Pages C13 - 14) 3. Township of North Dumfries Resolution supporting the Town of Grimsby request to the Ontario Energy Board to suspend time-of-use electricity billing to support lower electricity bills until the COVID-19 outbreak has been contained. (Pages C15 - 16) 4. Township of Perth South and Township of North Stormont Resolution supporting the Municipality of West Nipissing, Village of Merrickville-Wolford and County of Norfolk requesting a review of the Ministry of Natural to provide supporting evidence to impacted municipalities when designating Provincially Significant Wetlands within their boundaries. (Malahide supported a similar resolution on March 19, 2020). (Pages C17 - 24) 5. Township of Mapleton - Resolution requesting the Province to review the Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program in light of Economic Competitiveness concerns between Rural and Urban Municipalities together with County of Farm Property Class Tax Rate . (Pages C25 - 35) 6. District Municipality of Muskoka and Town of Gravenhurst Resolution requesting Province to add Community Gardens, Garden Centres, and Nurseries as essential services during the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pages 36 - 37) 7. Township of Armour Resolution supporting the need to make substantial investments in high speed internet connectivity in rural areas. (Pages 38 - 40) 8. City of Hamilton Resolution requesting the Province to regulate and enforce odour and lighting nuisances relating to cultivation of cannabis plants. (Pages 41 - 42) 9. Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) 2019 Annual Report. (Click on link on MPAC Correspondence to review report.) (Page 43) Municipal Act Consumer Protection Act Planning Act Planning Act Consumer Protection Act, 2002 2958 Greenfield Road PO Box 1060 Ayr, ON N0B 1E0 April 17,2020 RE:Tourism Orientated Destination Signage Fee Increases This letter is to advise that at its meeting of April 14, 2020, the Councilof the Township of North Dumfries receiveda copy of the County of Haliburton resolution(as attached) specific to the Tourism Orientated Destination Signage Fee Increases. Please be advised that Council of the Township of North Dumfries hereby supports the resolution as presented. Sincerely, Ashley Sage Clerk cc.allOntariomunicipalities 2958 Greenfield Road PO Box 1060 Ayr, ON N0B 1E0 April 17,2020 RE:Suspend Time of Use Electricity Billing This letter is to advise that at its meeting of April 14, 2020, the Council of the Township of North Dumfries received a copy of the Town of Grimsby resolution (as attached) specific to suspending thetime of use for electricity billing.Please be advised that the Council of the Township of North Dumfries hereby supports the resolution as presented. Sincerely, Ashley Sage Clerk cc.allOntariomunicipalities SENT VIA EMAIL RE:Suspend Time-of-Use Electricity Billing th Please be advised that at the Special Council Meeting of March 18, 2020, The Council of the Town of Grimsby passed the following resolution: Moved by Councillor Sharpe; Seconded by Councillor Dunstall; Resolve that during the circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak, that the Council of the Town of Grimsby supports the Premier's recommendation to suspend time-of-use electricity billing; and, That the Council of the Town of Grimsby request that the Ontario Energy Board suspend time-of-use electricity billing to support lower electricity bills for residents who may be isolating at home during the day, and to support businesses who continue to operate, via lower power rates during the day-time peak period; and, That this time-of-use billing suspension take effect immediately until such time that the COVID-19 outbreak has been contained; and, That this resolution be forwarded to: Premier Doug Ford MPP Sam Oosterhoff Ontario Energy Board OEB OntarioMunicipalities Grimsby Energy Inc. If you have any questions with regard to the foregoing, please do not hesitate to contact me. Yours truly, Sarah Kim Town Clerk Mary McCuaig, A.M.C.T Acting CAO/Clerk The Township of North Stormont 15 Rue Union St., P.O. Box 99 Berwick, ON. K0C 1G0 P: (613) 984-2821 x222 F: (613) 984-2908 E:mmccuaig@northstormont.ca W:https://northstormont.ca April 21,2020 To: Municipalities of Ontario by email Re:A Resolution to Request the Province of Ontario Review the Farm Property Class Tax Rate Programme in Light of Economic Competitiveness Concerns between Rural and Urban Municipalities Please be advised that at its March 10, 2020 meeting, the Council of the Township of Mapleton carried the following Resolution2020-04-14: WHEREAS the Province of Ontario implemented changes to property assessment and introduced taxation reform which came into effect in 1998; AND WHEREAS prior to 1998 farm properties were subject to taxation at the base residential tax rate and qualified farmers applied annually to the province to be reimbursed 75% of the farm portion of the taxes paid to the local municipality; the Farm Property Class Tax Rate Programme under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA); AND WHEREAS rather than apply annually and wait for property tax rebates, the delivery of the programme shifted to local municipal governments and onto the property tax system; AND WHEREAS eligible farmland assessment values are now locally subsidized by 75% of their full current value assessment (CVA) to produce a lower weighted assessment base which is used for tax rate setting purposes; AND WHEREAS the effect of the locally subsidized weighted assessment shifts an increased burden of tax onto all other property classes within the municipality; AND WHEREAS these taxation reforms were originally supposed to be revenue neutral and offset by funding from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) and its predecessor the Community Reinvestment Fund (CRF); AND WHEREAS the province has been reducing support from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund while the cost of the farm tax rebate programme is continuously increasing; AND WHEREAS an economically competitive agricultural industry provides affordable food and agricultural products to all Ontarians and is a provincial objective that should be cost shared amongst all of its citizens; AND WHEREAS the cost of this programme disproportionately falls upon property taxpayers in rural municipalities; AND WHEREAS higher property taxes in rural municipalities is creating economic competitiveness issues between rural and urban municipalities; (overforpage two) Page 2 of 2, Mapleton Resolution Re: Prov. Review of Farm Property Class Tax Rate Programme implemented in 1998; NOW THEREFORE the Council of the Township of Mapleton requests that: 1.The Province of Ontario undertake a review of the Farm Property Tax Class Rate Programme to determine: a.The appropriateness of the cost of the Farm Property Tax Class Rate Programme falling disproportionately amongst rural residential and business property owners when the benefit of an economically competitive agricultural industry andaffordable food and agricultural products is a provincial objective that should be shared amongst all taxpayers in Ontario; b.The adequacy of funding being provided to rural municipalities to offset the cost of the Farm Property Tax Class Rate Programme; c.The differences between the amount of property taxes paid in rural and urban municipalities and the root causes of those differences; d.Economic competitiveness concerns with disproportionately higher average property taxes being paid in rural municipalities; e.Other methods of delivering the farm tax rebate programme to farmland owners where the cost can be shared province-wide. AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this motion be sent to Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, Hon. Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, MPP Randy Pettapiece, Hon. Ted Arnott, all Ontario Municipalities, Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) and Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). Attached you will find the County of Wellington Committee Report dated January 16, 2020 for review and consideration. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the undersigned. Sincerely Larry Wheeler Deputy Clerk Attach. (1) April 29, 2020 Honourable Doug Ford Premier of Ontario Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 Re:Support Resolution - High Speed Internet Connectivity in Rural Ontario At its meeting held on April 28, 2020, the Council of the Township of Armour passed Resolution #6 supporting our CouncillorRod Ward’s letter regardingthe need to make substantial investments in high-speed internet connectivityin therural areas of Ontario. A copy of Council’s Resolution #6 dated April 28, 2020 and Councillor Ward’s letteris attached for your consideration. Sincerely, Charlene Watt Deputy Clerk Cc:MPP Norm Miller, MP Scott Aitchison and Ontario Municipalities Enclosures