April 20, 2020 Council Highlights

Orangeville lowers flags – On behalf of Orangeville Council and the community at large, Mayor Sandy Brown extended condolences to the people of Nova Scotia. Flags will remain at half-mast until May 4.

Climate change initiatives Council received an update on several climate change initiatives taking place at the Town, including the achievement of being awarded Milestone One of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. The report also includes an update on the Town’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan, providing an overview of the findings from a corporate vulnerability assessment and Town-wide risk assessment. These findings demonstrate the risks and impacts that climate change presents for Orangeville and will inform adaptation planning moving forward.  

New transfer point for Orangeville Transit Council voted to establish a transfer point for Orangeville Transit buses on both sides of Broadway, between First Street and John Street. The vote follows the recommendation of the Orangeville Transit Task Force (OTTF). Additional recommendations by the OTTF include moving to a four-route system to improve Town-wide coverage and system efficiency, maximizing advertising opportunities in bus shelters and on buses, and looking into the feasibility of an accessible bus. Town staff will develop an implementation plan which will include a four-route system with each route beginning and ending at the new transfer point. Further information will be forthcoming regarding the timing of these changes.

OPP transition update - The Town submitted the request for disbandment to the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC) in March. A decision on the application is slated for mid to late May of 2020. The OPP application process for Uniform members closed on March 31, and applications are currently being reviewed. Civilian position postings are expected to be completed in July, and OPS Auxiliary members have received information on the OPP Auxiliary program. Construction on the police facility at 390 Riddell Road is tentatively scheduled to commence in June and proposed to be substantially completed by October.

COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law -  Council approved a COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law to help protect the health and safety of residents. Individuals not adhering to physical distancing regulation can be fined a minimum of $500 and maximum of up to $100,000 for each offence. Municipal regulations under the by-law include:

  1. Prohibits a person from being within 2 metres of another person in a public place, except if individuals reside at the same premise.
  2. Prohibits a person from being seated or standing within 2 metres of another person inside or outside a business, except if the individuals reside at the same premise or are employees of the said business.
  3. Prohibits the use of outdoor recreational amenities.

Complaints about non-compliance with respect to the provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act or the Orangeville Emergency Measures By-law should be directed to the Orangeville Police Service at 519-941-2522.

Residential demolition permit application - An application for a demolition permit at 53 Town Line was approved. A new structure to replace the residential building must be substantially in place within two years.

Tow Truck Licensing By-law - Council directed staff to investigate the possibility of formalizing a Town Tow Truck Licensing By-law that considers the safety of citizens to reduce the practice of accident chasing, licensing and enforcement requirement for towing companies, and driver qualifications of tow truck drivers.

COVID-19 continuity of operations - In order to ensure the continuity of Town services, the Town updated its Incident Management System (IMS) structure and began to develop business continuity plans (BCP) to address the requirements of the pandemic. A regular Pandemic Planning Meeting, which includes all Town Managers, was established as part of the IMS structure to support the planning and delivery of the work as the situation has continued to evolve. Throughout the pandemic staff have worked actively to stay on top of changing information from the federal and provincial governments as well as provincial and local health officials. This information reviewed by the Planning Team is used to inform (Emergency Operation Centre) EOC decisions. To date, the Town continues to be able to deliver all of its essential and necessary services. Discussions around recovery planning have also begun.

Financial impact of COVID-19 - The impact of COVID-19 in the short term (March through June 2020) is user fee related revenue loss. Close to $750K (projected) user fees related to revenue loss will be adequately recouped through wage mitigations ($500K) and reductions in overheads costs ($250K). As seven out of eight funding sources for the 2020 budget remain unaffected, there is no immediate necessity to revise the current budget.

Orangeville BIA presentation - The Orangeville BIA 2019 preliminary financial report and 2020 budget was presented to Council along with some initiatives that the BIA has implemented to assist businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.