Summary of Council Achievements

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The effectiveness of the council term of office may be measured in part by Council’s effectiveness in at least five areas relating to: consideration of the future needs beyond the current term of office; policy; finance; service delivery; and infrastructure.

The following is an overview of the achievements of the 2010 - 2014 Council.

Are the long term goals of the Town, being the maintenance and sustainability of the unique Mono Headwaters environment, advanced or at least maintained?

Yes! These goals and the policies to support them can be found in the Town’s Official Plan, strategic plan, and other policies, and have been maintained or enhanced during this term of Council with:

  1. Approval of Official Plan Amendments #35, 36, 37 and 39, which will bring the Official Plan into full conformity with the 2014 Provincial Planning Policy Statement.
  2. Implementation of the Provincial Growth Plan.
  3. Development of the Brookfield Subdivision, including alternative access points for the existing residents and pending signalization of First Line and Highway 9.
  4. Site Alteration bylaw.
  5. Draft Forest Conservation bylaw.
  6. Source Water Protection Study.
  7. Development of a Town Vision Statement and comprehensive Strategic Plan.
  8. Replace and renew the Town website with access to information useful to residents and other participants.
  9. Policy development in
    • Asset Management Sustainability Lifecycle Studies for all Town physical assets.
    • Development Charge Study.

Has there been an environment to foster a strong working relationship of Council and staff to set Council policy and goals and communicate their vision to staff; then collaborate with and support staff to implement Council policy?

Yes! Staff members have to implement Council policy and explain policy and projects to the public when these policies and projects are not always welcomed by everyone. Staff members have felt that they have Council support at such times.

Under Council’s leadership staff and council developed a Strategic Plan to guide the Town through its efforts to set and achieve goals for the protection of the Environment, Economy and Equitable treatment of others in the Town’s decisions.

Under Council’s leadership, staff develop Annual Departmental Business Plans with the annual budget to highlight the goals of each department in the coming year, for transparency and elucidation for the public.

Maintenance of existing infrastructure and continuous infrastructure improvement is critical to the success of a corporation, especially a municipality. Proactive identification, review, financing and implementation policies regarding critical infrastructure are necessary to enable the Town to deliver mandated services to the public, while maintaining a stable taxation policy. Deferment of infrastructure needs may lead to longer term infrastructure failure and serious fiscal ramifications.

To this end, the Town has completed a multiple year program to develop a comprehensive Asset Management Plan/Geographic Information System (GIS)/Lifecycle Replacement Financial Study. This combined plan:

  1. Catalogues all Town assets, their condition, maintenance needs and expected remaining life.
  2. Locates each asset on an interactive GIS mapping system using global positioning.
  3. Determines the current value, end of life, and lifecycle replacement cost for each asset.
  4. Records asset improvements and adjusts lifecycle accordingly.
  5. Reports each year which assets require maintenance or replacement, ensuring maximum benefit for dollars spent.
  6. Informs the budgetary process for both capital and operating budgets.
  7. Enables the formation of a long term plan for town financing policy.

Has the infrastructure of the Town been adequately maintained and improved measurably over the term of Council?

Yes! There has been considerable infrastructure building during this term of Council, addressing long term service delivery and financial goals of the Town:

  1. Administration Office rebuild, energy reduction with spray foam insulation, LED lighting conversion, and addition.
  2. Works building rebuild, energy reduction with LED lighting conversion, and addition.
  3. 100 KW Solar Panels on the works building roof as an environmental sustainability project and as an economic investment of reserves.
  4. Purchase of lands along Hockley Road as an Environmental sustainability project to protect a significant wetland, create a buffer for the Island lake Conservation area, and for passive recreation.
  5. Purchase of lands adjacent to the town Sanitary Landfill Site as a buffer.
  6. Highway Bridges:
    • Bridge Replacement - 7th line just north of Highway 9 (bridge 19).
    • Bridge Replacement - 7th line south of 5 Side Road (bridge 7).
    • Bridge Replacement - Mono/Adjala Townline, south of Rosemont (bridge 22).
    • Resurface Bridge - Blind Line south of County Road 10 (bridge 21).
    • Bridge Design - 5th Line north of Hockley Road (Bridge 16).
  7. Road Building:
    • Rebuild Hurontario Street, 30 Side Road to HWY 89.
    • Completion of rebuild and pave - 5 Side Road from Airport Road to Mono/Adjala Townline.
    • Completion of rebuild and paving, and double culvert - Campbell Road.
    • Design - Blind Line from County Road 10 to the 15 Side Road.
  8. Re-paving:
    • Cedar Grove Road.
    • Golden Road.
    • Hurontario Street, Buena Vista to Island Lake entrance.
    • Starrview Crescent.
    • Dodd’s Court
    • Victoria Heights Avenue
  9. New Pavement:
    • 10 Side Road from Hurontario to HWY 10, with guide rail installation.
    • Mono/Amaranth Townline from 10 Side Road to 20 Side Road Second Coat Pavement.
    • 5 Side Road from Airport Road to Mono/Adjala Townline Second Coat Pavement.
    • 2nd Line, Highway 9 to 5 Side Road Second Coat Pavement.
    • 15 Side Road from Townline to HWY 10 Second Coat Pavement.
    • Blind Line from County Road 16 to County Road 10 Second Coat Pavement.
  10. LED Street light intersection improvements.
  11. LED conversions program of all Town street lighting to LED.
  12. Roads Equipment - Replacement of:
    • pickups
    • backhoe/excavator
    • float trailer
    • grader
    • scarifier/roller
  13. Parks & Recreation:
    • Improvements and additions to Town’s trails including:
      1. The building of 1.2 kilometers of new accessible trails (Federal grant contribution received).
      2. 1000’ of boardwalk added to the Monora Park trail system.
      3. 3 trail bridges at Monora Park and 1 bridge at Mono Centre resurfaced.
      4. 2 new side trails at Mono Centre in partnership with BTA.
      5. 3 bridges and boardwalks connecting the north and south shores at Island Lake, in partnership with CVC and Orangeville.
      6. New parkland and trail signage.
    • Annual $25,000 contribution to CVC Trail Development.
    • Cardinal Woods Park playground equipment replacement including accessible rubber surfacing.
    • 4 tennis courts resurfaced at Cardinal Woods Park and Mono Centre Park.
    • Playground equipment and accessible rubber surfacing budgeted for Mono Centre, for completion in 2015.
    • Monora Pavilion elevator install and 1,526 sq. ft. hall addition, including accessible ramps (Federal grant contribution received).
    • Monora Pavilion indoor and outdoor LED lighting conversion.
    • Replacement HVAC at Monora and Mono Centre.
  14. Waterworks water main loop on Hockley Road.
  15. Restoration and conversion of house on Hockley Road land acquisition, to institutional to lease to our tourism partners (Federal grant contribution received).

An impressive total new or improved infrastructure total: $12 million.

Projects include $760,000 federal and provincial infrastructure grants for roads and bridges, and $203,353 federal grants for recreation and other projects.

Have the reserves for future councils use on infrastructure renewal been maintained or increased?

Yes! During this term of council, even with the impressive capital works, Town reserves increased from $5.5 million to $5.8 million. The Town of Mono has no debt.

Has the local portion of the tax rate been maintained, not significantly increased, nor reduced for short term advantage?

Yes! Council continued the policy set by previous councils to tie the tax rate to the rate of inflation so that services could be maintained and improved where needed, while not increasing the tax burden but not reducing it either. Taxation and reserve policy provide funds so infrastructure can be improved and reserves maintained for the future, notwithstanding that:

  1. The current Provincial Government is continuing Provincial policy of reducing formula based core funding to municipalities, while requiring that the property tax base support increasing service levels, and income distribution programs, such as -ambulance, -welfare, -social housing, etc. (Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund [OMPF] grants were reduced from $631,400 in 2011, to $410,200 in 2015).
  2. While reducing core grants, the Province continues to mandate escalating costly regulation over municipal service delivery, requiring redirection of staff and resources, and increasing cost of existing services.
  3. Infrastructure grant funding to municipalities is continuing to evolve toward grant approvals to municipalities in financial difficulty and with failing infrastructure, while eliminating funding to other municipalities.

Town of Mono fiscal policy recognizes this continuing trend and the resultant need for self-sufficiency and for diligent infrastructure lifecycle renewal practices.

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