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Minutes - Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Minutes - Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Authority Meeting - Minutes August 20, 2008 – continued FA-96-08 MOVED BY: M. DiFruscio SECONDED BY: A. Fevez THAT: the Minutes of the Full Authority meeting held June 18, 2008, be received and approved. "CARRIED" (b) BALL’S FALLS HERITAGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING – AUGUST 6, 2008 There were no errors or omissions with respect to the minutes. The following resolution was presented. FA-97-08 MOVED BY: B. Butters SECONDED BY: B. Steckley THAT: the Minutes of the Ball’s Falls Heritage Advisory Committee meeting held August 6, 2008, be received and approved. (2) BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES "CARRIED" There was no business arising from the Minutes. (3) CHAIRMAN'S REMARKS The Chairman welcomed John Kukalis who is now officially the new Director of Water Management and Mark Neufeld, Chairman of the Source Protection Committee. The Chairman thanked Darcy Baker for his presentation and all staff involved in the Cave Springs Master Plan Open House, at the Ball’s Falls Centre for Conservation on August 19, 2008. He advised the members that 35 people had attended. He noted that Margaret Reed will be remembered at the site. Activities will be low profile and if the park is misused, it will be closed to protect the ecologically significant aspect of the area. He also noted that there was a very good article in the Standard on the meeting. The Chairman noted that the tour of CA sites before the last meeting had been very worthwhile but acknowledged that not all members could attend due to work schedules, etc. The Chairman advised that next year is the Authority’s 50 th anniversary and that staff are working on a plan to make the event memorable. The Chairman advised that this year is Hamilton’s 50 th anniversary and that on October 17 - 19 there will be an opportunity to visit different sites. Barb Henderson said that she could bring more information forward on their events as they came to her attention.

Authority Meeting - Minutes August 20, 2008 – continued The Chairman advised that he and the CAO met with the Regional Chair to update him on the Authority’s recent efforts. He said that the discussions were worthwhile and they were encouraged by the interest and enthusiasm shown by the Regional Chair. The Chairman congratulated Ellen Mitchinson and Linda Holmes on their receiving Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for 15 years and 5 years of service at Ball’s Falls, respectively. (4) CAO’S REPORT The CAO noted the handouts on the table for the members. The ROM is brining a bat display to Ball’s Falls from September 6 to November 2. The Water Quality Monitoring program, 2007 Annual Report and the Niagara River RAP Update 2008 were handed out for the members information. The CAO advised that as of August 1, 2008 the Authority has taken over the administration of the Tree and Forest Conservation By-Law Program. As such, 2 new staff persons have been hired. Dan Drennan has been hired as Forester and Jeff Vlasman has been hired as the Forestry Technician. He noted that both men are already working with the public on forestry issues. The CAO advised the members that the opening for E.C. Brown CA Wetland Project will be held on September 15, 2008. Representatives from OPG will be on hand. He also noted that the site looked very good as a result of all the rain this month. The CAO noted the he and Suzanne McInnes, Planning Coordinator, presented the NOTL Watershed Plan to council and it was received with some reserve. There is still resistance to the objectives and implementations of the plan and staff are continuing to work with the Irrigation Committee to resolve those issues. The CAO advised that the OMB decision on the golf course at the Vince Kerrio site in Fort Erie had been issued on August 14 and the Board decreed that a PSW does exist on the property and development will not be allowed. (5) BUDGET STATUS REPORT - REPORT NO. 54-08 The CAO overviewed this report and after a brief discussion the following resolution was presented. FA-98-08 MOVED BY: B. Butters SECONDED BY: B. Steckley THAT: The Budget Status Report for the month of May, 2008 be received. “CARRIED”

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