July 8, 2015 Stratford Town Council Meeting Summary

­Media Release

July 8, 2015 Council Meeting Summary


For Immediate Release:  July 10, 2015

 

The following items were discussed at the regular monthly meeting of the Stratford Town Council.

Insurance Tender

Proposals were called for insurance services at the current level of coverage and were received from Hyndman and Company ($61,232) and Cooke Insurance ($64,840).  Council passed a resolution to award the insurance contract to Hyndman and Company in the amount of $61,232 for 2015/16 with an option to renew for four additional years. As a result of this process, the Town of Stratford will realize approximately $17,000 in savings per year.

Emergency Generator and Skatepark Funding

An application that was made to the Gas Tax Fund for an emergency generator in the amount of $260,000 for the Stratford Town Centre, which is designated as the Emergency Operations Centre and the Reception Centre should a local state of emergency be declared, was deemed ineligible for funding under that program.  An application to the Provincial Infrastructure Fund for the development of a new skatepark was approved but would also be eligible under the Gas Tax program.  Council therefore passed a resolution to move the funding for the skatepark to the Gas Tax Fund and for the emergency generator to the Provincial Infrastructure Fund.

Animal Control Bylaw Amendment

Council approved second reading and adoption of an amendment to the Animal Control Bylaw to change the date that the annual license must be renewed to May 31 to allow the door to door collection to take place in better weather.

Declaration of Citizen Rights and Responsibilities

Municipalities in Canada have been asked to consider adopting a resolution regarding citizen environmental rights by the Blue Dot campaign, a David Suzuki Foundation initiative.  The Stratford Town Council supports the principles of the Blue Dot campaign but also has a broader vision of a more sustainable future for Stratford.  Council has therefore broadened the declaration to reflect the Town’s vision as follows:

The Stratford Town Council hereby declares that Stratford is a community where:

  1. Residents of the community have a right to:
  • safety and security of the person and property
  • personal health and wellness
  • respect as a person including freedom from prejudice and discrimination
  • meaningful participation in the cultural life of the community
  • meaningful participation in the governance of the community
  • a healthy environment in which to live

 

  1. Residents in the community have a responsibility to:
  • respect the rights of others
  • respect the natural environment
  • obey the laws of the community
  • participate in the governance of the community

 

  1. The Town of Stratford, within its jurisdiction, respects, protects, fulfills and promotes these rights and responsibilities.

 

  1. The Town of Stratford applies the precautionary principle: where threats of serious or irreversible damage to human health or the environment exist, the Town takes cost effective measures to prevent the degradation of the environment and protect the health of its citizens and the lack of full scientific certainty is not be viewed as sufficient reason for the Town to postpone such measures.

 

  1. The Town of Stratford considers, in balance, the full impact of decisions and actions, and mitigates any negative impacts where feasible, to ensure that the community moves continuously towards a more sustainable future.

In declaring the above rights and responsibilities, Council is articulating public policy principles but not creating or guaranteeing any legal rights or obligations.  “These principles align with our vision and will help to guide our actions towards a more sustainable future” stated Mayor David Dunphy.

Cosmetic Pesticide Bylaw

Municipalities in Prince Edward Island were granted authority to regulate the application of Non-Domestic Pesticides for the control of landscape pests late last year.   Mayor Dunphy said “Based on the strong support of residents in the 2015 Town survey and the precautionary principle, Council decided to proceed to enact a Cosmetic Pesticide Bylaw.” Council approved first reading of the attached Cosmetic Pesticide Bylaw to regulate the use of Non-Domestic pesticides in the Town.  Comments which were received a recent Open House as well as in written form will be reviewed by Council with any necessary changes made to the bylaw over the next month.  It is Council’s intention to have 2nd reading and adoption at the August meeting.

Commemorative Naming Policy

The Town of Stratford received a request to name a section of trail after Dr. David McKenna, a now deceased resident who made a significant, noteworthy contribution to Stratford and Prince Edward Island.  To create a fair and consistent process for consideration of such requests, Council passed a resolution to approve the attached new Commemorative Naming Policy.  Council also signaled their intent to name the section of the Stratford Trail on our Lady of Assumption church property as the Dr. David McKenna Trail at the August Council meeting.

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For more information please contact:

Robert Hughes, Chief Administrative Officer
Phone: (902) 569-6251
Email: rhughes@townofstratford.ca

July 8, 2015 Stratford Town Council Meeting Summary

­Media Release

July 8, 2015 Council Meeting Summary


For Immediate Release:  July 10, 2015

 

The following items were discussed at the regular monthly meeting of the Stratford Town Council.

Insurance Tender

Proposals were called for insurance services at the current level of coverage and were received from Hyndman and Company ($61,232) and Cooke Insurance ($64,840).  Council passed a resolution to award the insurance contract to Hyndman and Company in the amount of $61,232 for 2015/16 with an option to renew for four additional years. As a result of this process, the Town of Stratford will realize approximately $17,000 in savings per year.

Emergency Generator and Skatepark Funding

An application that was made to the Gas Tax Fund for an emergency generator in the amount of $260,000 for the Stratford Town Centre, which is designated as the Emergency Operations Centre and the Reception Centre should a local state of emergency be declared, was deemed ineligible for funding under that program.  An application to the Provincial Infrastructure Fund for the development of a new skatepark was approved but would also be eligible under the Gas Tax program.  Council therefore passed a resolution to move the funding for the skatepark to the Gas Tax Fund and for the emergency generator to the Provincial Infrastructure Fund.

Animal Control Bylaw Amendment

Council approved second reading and adoption of an amendment to the Animal Control Bylaw to change the date that the annual license must be renewed to May 31 to allow the door to door collection to take place in better weather.

Declaration of Citizen Rights and Responsibilities

Municipalities in Canada have been asked to consider adopting a resolution regarding citizen environmental rights by the Blue Dot campaign, a David Suzuki Foundation initiative.  The Stratford Town Council supports the principles of the Blue Dot campaign but also has a broader vision of a more sustainable future for Stratford.  Council has therefore broadened the declaration to reflect the Town’s vision as follows:

The Stratford Town Council hereby declares that Stratford is a community where:

  1. Residents of the community have a right to:
  • safety and security of the person and property
  • personal health and wellness
  • respect as a person including freedom from prejudice and discrimination
  • meaningful participation in the cultural life of the community
  • meaningful participation in the governance of the community
  • a healthy environment in which to live

 

  1. Residents in the community have a responsibility to:
  • respect the rights of others
  • respect the natural environment
  • obey the laws of the community
  • participate in the governance of the community

 

  1. The Town of Stratford, within its jurisdiction, respects, protects, fulfills and promotes these rights and responsibilities.

 

  1. The Town of Stratford applies the precautionary principle: where threats of serious or irreversible damage to human health or the environment exist, the Town takes cost effective measures to prevent the degradation of the environment and protect the health of its citizens and the lack of full scientific certainty is not be viewed as sufficient reason for the Town to postpone such measures.

 

  1. The Town of Stratford considers, in balance, the full impact of decisions and actions, and mitigates any negative impacts where feasible, to ensure that the community moves continuously towards a more sustainable future.

In declaring the above rights and responsibilities, Council is articulating public policy principles but not creating or guaranteeing any legal rights or obligations.  “These principles align with our vision and will help to guide our actions towards a more sustainable future” stated Mayor David Dunphy.

Cosmetic Pesticide Bylaw

Municipalities in Prince Edward Island were granted authority to regulate the application of Non-Domestic Pesticides for the control of landscape pests late last year.   Mayor Dunphy said “Based on the strong support of residents in the 2015 Town survey and the precautionary principle, Council decided to proceed to enact a Cosmetic Pesticide Bylaw.” Council approved first reading of the attached Cosmetic Pesticide Bylaw to regulate the use of Non-Domestic pesticides in the Town.  Comments which were received a recent Open House as well as in written form will be reviewed by Council with any necessary changes made to the bylaw over the next month.  It is Council’s intention to have 2nd reading and adoption at the August meeting.

Commemorative Naming Policy

The Town of Stratford received a request to name a section of trail after Dr. David McKenna, a now deceased resident who made a significant, noteworthy contribution to Stratford and Prince Edward Island.  To create a fair and consistent process for consideration of such requests, Council passed a resolution to approve the attached new Commemorative Naming Policy.  Council also signaled their intent to name the section of the Stratford Trail on our Lady of Assumption church property as the Dr. David McKenna Trail at the August Council meeting.

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For more information please contact:

Robert Hughes, Chief Administrative Officer
Phone: (902) 569-6251
Email: rhughes@townofstratford.ca

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