Fire protection agreement
Hanover council passed a by-law during a council meeting on Oct. 1 to approve and authorize the execution of an agreement between Hanover and West Grey for the provision of fire protection service for a portion of the neighbouring municipality.
The Municipal Fire Protection Agreement between Hanover and West Grey has been in place since 2005, but several months ago Hanover fire chief Jeff Dentinger initiated discussions with West Grey’s fire chief to review and amend the agreement, which was approved by West Grey council during a Sept. 17 meeting.
Dentinger said the service fee was discussed at length. Based on the current formula the fee for providing fire services to West Grey was $57,000 for 2017.
“It was agreed to use this as the base rate for 2018 with an annual increase based on the Federal Consumer Price Index starting in 2019,” Dentinger said. “This ensures growth each year, consistency and fairness.”
Dentinger said there is a similar fire protection service agreement with Brockton that has a base rate of $65,000 and the same annual increase based on the Federal Consumer Price Index.
Regional training centre
Dentinger presented a report to council advising that Grey County has been approved as a regional training school and the Grey County Training Officers Association has been approved to offer Ontario Fire College certification courses within the county.
This announcement stems from new regulations to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act in May 2018 that as of July 1, 2019 all Ontario firefighters are required to be certified in the duties they perform for a fire department. This results in additional and more extensive training requirements than what is currently required and additional expenses to municipalities.
“Having a training centre in our county will greatly reduce the expense of sending trainees to Gravenhurst as well as the personal burden placed on firefighters having to attend multiple weeks of training away from family and job demands,” Dentinger said. “Course costs will be shared among the departments sending firefighters to the training.”
The first course is slated to begin in January 2019 and will be an NFPA 1021 Officer 1 course held in Markdale. NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level 1 and Level 2 courses will take place in 2019 with additional courses being offered, dependent on demand.
“Having a local training facility allows firefighters to take the necessary training and return home each night to their families,” Dentinger said. “Courses can be offered on weekends thus minimizing the impact on work obligations for new firefighters and those requiring additional skills for new positions within the fire department.”
Coun. Peter Hambly presented the Hanover-Walkerton Waste Management Committee minutes and noted the update about the polystyrene densifier.
The report states a grant application for $3,500 has been submitted to provide training to operate the densifier. The grant funding is anticipated to be announced in October, following which the densifier will take 8-12 weeks for delivery.
When the densifier machine is up and running, Hanover and Walkerton residents will once again be able to recycle styrofoam.
However, Hambly noted styrofoam that is used for meat trays cannot go through the machine and those trays are to be placed in with the rest of household garbage that goes to the dump.
Terms of reference
Hanover council carried a vote to approve the Hanover Heritage Committee and Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee (PRCAC) terms of reference as presented during the Oct. 1 council meeting.
Further to the recently approved review of corporate boards and committees of council report, both committees reviewed and revised their respective terms of reference.
As the revised terms of reference indicate, the main goal of the Heritage Committee is to advise council on matters related to heritage and to plan for projects specific to heritage initiatives, celebrations and policies.
The main goal of the PRCAC is to advise council on matters related to parks, recreation and culture facilities, programs and services while working in partnership with the community to create opportunities for leisure activities, facilitate sustainable quality facilities and support healthy lifestyles for all ages and abilities to continue being a centre of excellence for our facilities, programs and services. This reflects the mission and vision included in the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan.
Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture Sherri Walden is the liaison between council and both of these committees, and provides direction, information and recommendations pertaining to committee objectives.
The Heritage Committee consists of eight members who represent organizations with a heritage/cultural mandate or who have a personal interest and awareness of Hanover’s history.
The PRCAC consists of seven members who represent a cross section of knowledge and experience from a variety of stakeholder groups, including arts and culture, sport (outdoor/indoor), trails/parks, families, adult, older adult, youth and young adult.
Walden said the PRCAC also recommends the number of council appointees to the group drop from two representatives to one.
Compliance Audit Committee
Hanover council passed a by-law to approve the appointments of the Grey County Compliance Audit Committee with Ken Duffy being a representative from Hanover.
On June 18 a report about the committee was presented to council, which included a terms of reference for the committee. Since then a recruitment process was conducted and a selection committee consisting of county clerks reviewed applications and made recommendations for appointment of seven individuals.
The other six members recommended are from Wiarton, Shallow Lake, Blue Mountains, Durham and two from Meaford. Appointees will be paid a retainer of $1,000 over the four-year term of their appointment. The retainer is $250 annually per person, which the member municipalities share the costs equally.
A rate of $150 for meetings under four hours and $250 for meetings more than four hours, plus mileage, will be paid by the municipality requesting the services of the committee.
Commencing the week of Oct. 22 to the end of November, Hanover public works staff will collect leaves once a week on either Monday or Tuesday. Leaves should be placed at the curb by Monday morning.
Leaves must be placed in paper compostable bags only. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be collected.
Twigs and small branches are also not collected, but may be taken to the landfill site free of charge throughout the year during regular landfill hours, Tuesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.