The Corporation of the County of Northumberland
County Council Meeting
Revised Agenda

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  • Recommended Motion

    "That the County Council Agenda for Wednesday, April 17, 2024 be approved, as amended, to include a time sensitive Closed Session item pertaining to advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose and confidential negotiations (emergency shelter system)."

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Sabine Matheson, Engagement Principal
Brian Teefy, Vice President

  • Recommended Motion

    "That County Council receive the presentation from StrategyCorp regarding 'Northumberland Police Services Review' for information."

[The Council Procedural By-law allows for delegations at Standing Committees only. Council will need to approve hearing delegations at the April 17, 2024 Council meeting]


Ike Nwibe, Executive Director, Transition House 
Emma Blanchard, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG)

  • Recommended Motion

    "The County Council receive the delegation from Transition House regarding 'Impact of the Town of Cobourg's Emergency Care Establishment Licensing By-law on Transition House' for information."

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  • Recommended Motion

    "That the Minutes of the County Council Session of March 20, 2024 be approved as distributed and the determinations contained therein be deemed those of Council."

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  • Recommended Motion

    "That Council adopt all recommendations from the five Standing Committees, as contained within the Committee Minutes (meetings held April 2, 3 and 4, 2024), with the exception of the following items (referenced from the Standing Committee Minutes), that will be held for discussion:

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    And Further That the items listed above and held for separate discussion each require a separate resolution."

  1. Social Services Committee Meeting (April 3, 2024), Closed Session Item 5.d, 'Matters pertaining to advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose and confidential negotiations (310 Division Street, Cobourg)'

[Item will be considered in Closed Session]

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[If required]

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  • Recommended Motion

    "That By-law 16-2024 being a by-law to amend by-law 41-2023, being a By-law to Adopt the Estimates for General Purposes for the Municipal Corporation of the County of Northumberland for the Year 2024, in order to Authorize the Incorporation of Approved Carryovers into the 2024 Budget, be introduced, deemed to be read a first, second and third time, passed, signed and sealed this 17th day of April, 2024."

  • Recommended Motion

    "That By-law 17-2024 being a by-law to Set Tax Ratios for Prescribed Property Classes and the Treatment of Subclasses for County Purposes and Lower Tier Municipal Purposes for the Year 2024, be introduced, deemed to be read a first, second and third time, passed, signed and sealed this 17th day of April, 2024."

  • Recommended Motion

    "That By-law 18-2024 being a by-law to Establish 2024 Tax Rates to be Levied Against the Lower-Tier Municipalities, be introduced, deemed to be read a first, second and third time, passed, signed and sealed this 17th day of April, 2024."

  • Recommended Motion

    "That By-law 19-2024 being a by-law to appoint Plumbing and Sewage System Inspectors Pursuant to the Provisions of the Building Code Act, be introduced, deemed to be read a first, second and third time, passed, signed and sealed this 17th day of April, 2024."

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Glenn Dees, Director Health & Human Services

  • Recommended Motion

    That County Council, having considered Report 2024-057 ‘Declaration of Compliance and Certificate of Insurance’, delegates authority to Jennifer Moore, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), effective April 17, 2024, to declare to the Board of Directors of Ontario Health that after making inquiries of the Administrator, Alanna Clark, and other appropriate officers of the Health Service Provider (the “HSP”), and subject to any exceptions identified on Appendix 1 to this Declaration of Compliance, that to the best of Council’s knowledge and belief, the Health Service Provider has fulfilled, its obligations under the long-term care home service accountability agreement (the “Agreement”) in effect during the Applicable Period.”

Matthew Nitsch, Director Finance / Treasurer


[Presentation will be added to the agenda prior to the meeting]

  • Recommended Motion

    "That County Council receive the Quarter 1 (Q1), 2024 Financial Update for information."

  • Recommended Motion

    "Whereas Ontario is experiencing a housing crisis, with housing costs far exceeding affordable levels by any standard, including in Northumberland County; and

    Whereas the prevalence of homelessness is quickly increasing beyond the capacity of local governments to create new emergency, transitional, or affordable housing; and

    Whereas homelessness is a condition that can largely be prevented with adequate resources, but that nonetheless puts an increasing number of residents at risk of considerable harm or death; and

    Whereas insufficient housing and social services fail not only to provide for those experiencing homelessness, but also cause significant economic costs to lower and upper-tier municipalities as well as to the province in the form of higher policing, first responders, healthcare, and economic development costs, among others; and

    Whereas insufficient housing and social services fail not only to provide for those experiencing homelessness, but also cause significant social costs in communities that experience social estrangement, insecurity, and fear associated with increased crime and visible drug use, all of which causes considerable social and political unrest; and

    Whereas the Province of Ontario dictates the requirement for social services including emergency shelters, but limits their operation through insufficient funding, thereby causing said economic and social costs at the upper and lower tiers of municipal governance; and

    Whereas the municipalities of Northumberland County recognize our moral and legal obligation (according to the mandates of our respective tiers) to provide adequate shelter and public safety for all residents, but are limited in our capacity to unilaterally do so by constrained finances; and

    Whereas the Association of Municipalities of Ontario has requested a social and economic prosperity review, in recognition of these and other challenges faced by municipal governments as a result of insufficient funding;

    Whereas Northumberland County appreciates receiving $2,469,500 in additional Provincial funding from the Homelessness Prevention Program for the 310 Division Street, Cobourg Shelter Modernization Project and values our partnership with the Province in addressing homelessness; 

    Now Therefore Be It Resolved That Northumberland County Council hereby calls upon the Province of Ontario to increase ongoing operating funding for housing, shelters, and other necessary social services to ensure adequate levels of service to meet the needs of our residents; and

    Further Be It Resolved That County Council direct staff to send a copy of this resolution to the Honourable Doug Ford (Premier of Ontario), the Honourable Paul Calandra (Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing), the Honourable David Piccini (Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development and MPP for Northumberland - Peterborough South), the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), and to all Ontario Municipalities."

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  • Recommended Motion

    That County Council proclaim the following proclamations at the April 17, 2024 County Council meeting:

    • Proclamation, 'Earth Day' - April 22, 2024; 
    • Proclamation, 'National Day of Mourning' - April 28, 2024; 
    • Proclamation, 'First Responders Day' - May 1, 2024; 
    • Proclamation, 'Emergency Preparedness Week' - May 5 to 11, 2024; 
    • Proclamation, 'Safety and Health Week' - May 6 to 11, 2024; 
    • Proclamation, 'National Nursing Week' - May 6 to 12, 2024; and
    • Proclamation, 'May is Museum Month' - May 1 - 31, 2024."
  • Recommended Motion

    Whereas Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22; and

    Whereas environmental challenges and the impacts of climate change can be seen on both a global and local scale; and whereas Northumberland County is committed to preserving our distinct and stunning natural resources; and

    Whereas now more than ever, it is imperative for communities to unite and advocate for a sustainable future, safeguarding our natural landscape and resources for future generations; and

    Whereas Northumberland County aims to be a best practice leader in municipal government that prioritizes goals and initiatives related to ‘Propelling Sustainable Growth’ and the preservation of our environmental resources, as outlined in our 2023 – 2027 Strategic Plan; and

    Whereas Northumberland County is a registered municipal partner with Earth Day Canada and will be organizing local community-based initiatives to help make a positive impact on the environment in celebration of Earth Day;

    Now Therefore Be It Resolved That I, Warden Brian Ostrander, on behalf of Northumberland County Council, do hereby proclaim April 22, 2024 to be ‘Earth Day’ in Northumberland County.”

  • Recommended Motion

    Whereas the Mourning Day Act recognizes April 28 as a day for Canadians to remember workers killed, disabled or injured in the workplace and workers afflicted with industrial disease; and

    Whereas the Corporation of the County of Northumberland recognizes the importance of Health and Safety through the Occupational Health & Safety Policy passed by By-Law 02-2024; and

    Whereas the Corporate Mission “To be a best practices leader of County government and a collaborative partner with our member municipalities and community partners” includes the commitment to provide a safe and healthy workplace through the elimination of workplace hazards causing injury, harassment, and violences for all its employees, contractors, volunteers, and visitors; and

    Whereas the Corporation believes that all services provided are of extreme importance, however, no job is so urgent that time and care cannot be taken to conduct work safely;

    Now Therefore Be It Resolved That I, Warden Brian Ostrander, on behalf of Northumberland County Council, do hereby proclaim April 28, 2024 to be ‘National Day of Mourning’ in Northumberland County.”

  • Recommended Motion

    Whereas first responders are those who in the early stages of an emergency, are responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence and the environment; and

    Whereas first responders include professions such as paramedics, police officers, firefighters, doctors, medical evacuation pilots, community emergency managers, road maintenance personnel, and military personnel; and

    Whereas first responders’ commitment to duty is unwavering, responding to emergencies with courage, compassion and expertise, their skills often mean the difference between life and death; and

    Whereas the services, dedication and commitment of first responders deserve to be recognized and honoured; and

    Whereas in 2013 the Ontario Legislature proclaimed that May 1st of each year would be proclaimed First Responders Day;

    Now Therefore Be It Resolved That I, Warden Brian Ostrander, on behalf of Northumberland County Council, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2024 to be ‘First Responders Day’ in Northumberland County.”

  • Recommended Motion

    Whereas the Corporation of County of Northumberland recognizes the importance of Emergency Management in Ontario; and

    Whereas the goal of Emergency Preparedness Week is to raise community awareness and the need to prepare for the possibility of an emergency; and

    Whereas the safety of our community is the responsibility of each and every one of us, we must prepare now and learn how to secure a strong and healthy tomorrow;

    Now Therefore Be It Resolved That I, Warden Brian Ostrander, on behalf of Northumberland County Council, do hereby proclaim May 5 to May 11, 2024 to be ‘Emergency Preparedness Week’ in Northumberland County.”

  • Recommended Motion

    Whereas the Corporation of The County of Northumberland recognizes the importance of Safety and Health across North America; and

    Whereas the goal of Safety and Health Week is to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community; and

    Whereas the Corporate Mission "To be a best practices leader of County government and a collaborative partner with our member municipalities and community partners" includes the commitment to provide a safe and healthy workplace through the elimination of workplace hazards causing injury, harassment, and violence for all its employees, contractors, volunteers, and visitors;

    Now Therefore Be It Resolved That I, Warden Brian Ostrander, on behalf of Northumberland County Council, do hereby proclaim May 6 to May 11, 2024 to be ‘Safety and Health Week’ in Northumberland County.”

  • Recommended Motion

    Whereas National Nursing Week is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of nurses who work tirelessly across all healthcare sectors, advocating for their patients to ensure they receive the best care possible and bringing about transformative change in their health and well-being; and

    Whereas the Canadian Nurses Association’s theme for 2024 is ‘Changing Lives. Shaping Tomorrow’ to recognize the tremendous impact that nurses have on individuals, communities, and the future of healthcare; and

    Whereas Nurses are at the forefront of healthcare, playing a critical role in directly impacting lives through their care, compassion and expertise; and

    Whereas Northumberland County recognizes and thanks its nursing staff at the Golden Plough Lodge long-term care home for their care and dedication in supporting residents to live lives of purpose, choice, dignity, and respect;

    Now Therefore Be It Resolved That I, Warden Brian Ostrander, on behalf of Northumberland County Council, do hereby proclaim May 6 to 12 to be ‘National Nursing Week’ in Northumberland County.”

  • Recommended Motion

    Whereas the 700+ museums, art galleries, and heritage sites, and over 8000 museum workers and 16,000 volunteers contribute to Ontario’s $26 billion cultural sector; and

    Whereas our local museums create healthy and connected communities and inspire lifelong learning by ensuring all Ontarians have access to culture and heritage; and

    Whereas museums promote growth and build local economies by welcoming tourists in every community across the County and the province; and 

    Whereas this month provides an opportunity to raise awareness for the vital role museums, museum workers and volunteers have in our communities and celebrate their contributions to community wellbeing, tourism, education, and learning; and

    Whereas May 18th, 2024 is International Museum Day to highlight museums as centres of education, innovation and cultural understanding;

    Now Therefore Be It Resolved That I, Warden Brian Ostrander, on behalf of Northumberland County Council, do hereby proclaim May 1 – 31, 2024 to be ‘May is Museum Month’ in Northumberland County.”

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16.a.   Litigation or potential litigation matters, advice that is subject to solicitor client privilege including communications necessary for that purpose and confidential County infrastructure negotiations (Public Works) (Item going directly to Council)


            Municipal Act, Sections 239.(2.e), (2.f) and (2.k)


16.b.   Confidential negotiations regarding Port Hope Walk-in Medical Clinic (Item going directly to Council)

   Municipal Act, Section 239.(2.k)


16.c.   Security of the property of the municipality or local board, a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board, advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for the purpose and confidential infrastructure negotiations (Corporate Services) (Item going directly to Council)


            Municipal Act, Sections 239.(2.a), (2.c), (2.f) and  (2.k)


16.d.    Social Services Committee Meeting (April 3, 2024), Closed Session Item 5.d 'Matters pertaining to advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose and confidential negotiations (310 Division Street, Cobourg) (Item from Standing Committee Requiring Separate Discussion)


         Municipal Act, Sections 239.(2.f) and (2.k)


* 16.e.  Advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose and confidential negotiations (emergency shelter system) (Item going directly to Council)


            Municipal Act, Sections 239.(2.f) and (2.k) 


16.f.    Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees (Correspondence to Councillors involving identifiable individuals) (Item going direct to Council)


            Municipal Act, Section 239.(2.b)

  • Recommended Motion

    "That this Council proceed with the next portion of the meeting being closed to the public at _______a.m./p.m.; and 

    Further That the meeting is closed to the public as permitted under the Municipal Act Sections 239.(2.e), (2.f) and (2.k) in order to address matters pertaining to litigation or potential litigation matters, advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose and confidential County infrastructure negotiations (Public Works), and that Jennifer Moore, Denise Marshall, Darrell Mast, Cheryl Sanders and Matthew Stergios remain present; and

    Further That the meeting is closed to the public as permitted under the Municipal Act Section 239.(2.k) in order to address matters pertaining to confidential negotiations regarding Port Hope Walk-in Medical Clinic, and that Jennifer Moore, Glenn Dees, Kate Campbell, Darrell Mast, Cheryl Sanders and Matthew Stergios remain present; and

    Further That the meeting is closed to the public as permitted under the Municipal Act Sections 239.(2.a), (2.c), (2.f) and (2.k) in order to address matters pertaining to the security of the property of the Municipality or Local Board, a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board, advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for the purpose and infrastructure negotiations (Corporate Services), and that Jennifer Moore, Lisa Ainsworth, Darrell Mast, Todd Farrell, Cheryl Sanders and Matthew Stergios remain present; and

    Further That the meeting is closed to the public as permitted under the Municipal Act Sections 239.(2.f) and (2.k) in order to address matters pertaining to advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose and confidential negotiations (310 Division Street, Cobourg), and that Jennifer Moore, Lisa Horne, Glenn Dees, Darrell Mast, Kate Campbell, Rebecca Carman, Bill Smith, Cheryl Sanders and Matthew Stergios remain present; and

    Further That the meeting is closed to the public as permitted under the Municipal Act Sections 239.(2.f) and (2.k) in order to address matters pertaining to advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose and confidential negotiations (emergency shelter system), and that Jennifer Moore, Lisa Horne, Glenn Dees, Darrell Mast, Kate Campbell, Rebecca Carman, Bill Smith, Cheryl Sanders and Matthew Stergios remain present; and

    Further That the meeting is closed to the public as permitted under the Municipal Act Section 239.(b) in order to address matters pertaining to personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees (correspondence to Councillors involving identifiable individuals), and that Jennifer Moore, Darrell Mast, Cheryl Sanders and Matthew Stergios remain present."

     

    [If required, for any business held from discussion from the Standing Committees]

    Further That the meeting is closed to the public as permitted under the Municipal Act Section 239.(_____) in order to address matters pertaining to _________________________, and that Jennifer Moore, ____Name(s)_____,
    Cheryl Sanders, and Matthew Stergios remain present."

  • Recommended Motion

    "That this Council rise at _____ a.m./p.m.; and

    Further That the confidential resolution moved in Closed Session regarding matters pertaining to litigation or potential litigation matters, advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose and confidential County infrastructure negotiations (Public Works), is hereby referred to this open session of Council for adoption."

  • Recommended Motion

    "That the confidential resolution moved in Closed Session regarding matters pertaining to confidential negotiations regarding the Port Hope Walk-in Medical Clinic, is hereby referred to this open session of Council for adoption."

  • Recommended Motion

    "That the confidential resolution moved in Closed Session regarding matters pertaining to the security of the property of the municipality or local board, a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board, advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for the purpose and confidential infrastructure negotiations (Corporate Services), is hereby referred to this open session of Council for adoption."

(Item from Standing Committee Requiring Separate Discussion)

  • Recommended Motion

    "That the confidential resolution moved in Closed Session regarding matters pertaining to advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose and confidential negotiations (310 Division Street, Cobourg), is hereby referred to this open session of Council for adoption."

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[If required]

  • Recommended Motion

    "That the confidential resolution moved in Closed Session regarding matters pertaining advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose and confidential negotiations (emergency shelter system), is hereby referred to this open session of Council for adoption."

  • Recommended Motion

    "That the confidential resolution moved in Closed Session regarding matters pertaining to personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees (correspondence to Councillors involving identifiable individuals), is hereby referred to this open session of Council for adoption."

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  • Recommended Motion

    "That By-law 20-2024 being a By-law to confirm the proceedings of a meeting of County Council held on April 17, 2024 be introduced, be deemed to be read a first, second and third time, be passed, signed and sealed."

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  • Recommended Motion

    "That Council adjourn at ___________ a.m./p.m."

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