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  • Writer's pictureAnn MacDiarmid

Report from Council February 9, 2019

Updated: Feb 12, 2019

Seguin Council's February 4, 2019 meeting was packed with more appointments to Seguin Committees, applications for zoning changes and a request for the Township to assume maintenance of a private road. The latter has been referred back to Staff for exact costing now that 2/3 of the residents have signed a petition.


The 2019 Capital and Operating Budgets were approved in principle unanimously by Council. We continue to await news from the Minister of Finance on the exact amounts associated with the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) grants prior to the finalization of the 2019 budgets.


Council has requested a detailed review and comparison of their entire compensation package Treasury has reached out to 10 municipalities that have similar demographics to Seguin for a fact-based comparison that we hope will be available for open discussion in April 2019. As Mayor, I do not believe that our compensation should be the first order of business and hope that all Councillors will await the comparison before seeking more publicity.


An Ad-Hoc Wellness and Pool Recreational Committee is actively investigating the opportunities and costs associated with a pool recreational complex. Mayor Ann MacDiarmid has been appointed as the Seguin Council representative on that Committee. Councillor Art Coles has been appointed as her alternate. This Committee will be working closely with a Committee of CAO's from all of the West Parry Sound Communities. Reports will be brought back to all Councils.


The Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport has received $495,000 from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to assist with the site preparation of Phase 6 of the airport business development park. Funds has also been requested from FEDNOR.



As many of you are aware, the past few weeks have been challenging from a weather perspective. Extreme cold temperatures followed by several days of freezing rain have cancelled school buses and made travel - by vehicle and on foot - difficult. Please go the extra mile and assist your senior neighbours who cannot get out on the icy sidewalks. The Seguin Public Works department are doing their utmost to stay ahead of mother nature.

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Ann MacDiarmid
Ann MacDiarmid
Apr 23, 2019

Up until January 1, 2019 municipal elected officials throughout Canada received 1/3 of their salary tax free. Effective January 1, 2019 this was eliminated by the Federal government so that elected officials would be taxed in exactly the same way as any other Canadian. This was announced by the Federal government in the spring 2018 budget. Seguin Council did debate whether or not the taxpayers should compensate councillors for the perceived reduction in income - even though for some the lower income will mean less taxes paid. After Seguin's Treasury department did a scan of similar municipalities, it became clear that the Seguin councillor compensation package was about in the middle - certainly not the highest or lowest. A…


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twinhickory74
Apr 19, 2019

The way I read the change is that tax is now payable on part of a councilors salary so that compensation should be based only on the extra tax they would pay not on the tax free amount which some councils are doing ie if you had $10000 tax free you would expect to pay around 20%to 25% tax so compensation should be base on that !

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Larry Evans
Larry Evans
Feb 09, 2019

Fail to understand why councilors compensation is a topic so early in the current term. Everyone running knew the compensation package in advance. This is especially true for existing councilors (Osbourne). If they (Osbourne) feels his time is worth more $$, he should be pursuing other sources of income. Seems to be about how much money (Osbourne) can find available for his own pocket versus being a productive team member of our council.

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Rod Osborne
Rod Osborne
Feb 09, 2019

Ann - you hope Treasury report will be available for discussion at April mtg. Does that mean that possibly it could be May? How many months are we prepared to wait?

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Rod Osborne
Rod Osborne
Feb 09, 2019

Ann - not sure what you meant in statement about Moffatt and Collins waiting for report before seeking more publicity about their reduced tax haven - pls. explain

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