King Township Council Meeting - February 6, 2023
Updated: Feb 13
This is the link to the livestream of the February 6th meeting - remember that it will only be live for two weeks.
Dufferin Marsh - come out February 18th at 9am for the Great Backyard Bird Count. While you are there at 2pm there is a community bonfire, hot dogs, marshmallows and skating (weather permitting).
Black History Month in King - Each February the KHCC is proud to release a weekly newsletter sharing the stories and achievements of Black citizens of King Township and Ontario. Newsletters are released each Monday in February. Read the February 6th edition here.
Black Excellence in STEM Careers - Diversity in Engineering - the King Library will showcase black excellence in engineering with a feature presentation by electrical engineer and energy specialist Gary Thompson, P. Eng. Mon. Feb 13th at 7pm. Click here to register.
Cold Creek Conservation has Maple Syrup Festival - March 11th from 10am to 2pm. This popular family friendly event includes pancakes with real maple syrup, outdoor activities and more. Cost: $10/per person or $35 for a family of four. Click here for more.
Volunteer Appreciation Awards - Each year, the King hosts a Volunteer Appreciation Night to honour and celebrate one of the Township’s most important resources: its volunteers. Categories include Citizen of the Year, Special Recognition Award, Non-Resident, Senior Citizen Award of Merit, Lifetime Achievement, and Youth Award of Merit. Nominations close on March 13, 2023.
King City Southeast Watermain Replacement Information Session – Due to aging infrastructure King Township will be replacing the watermains along Bennet Dr.; Forde Cres.; Hollingsworth Dr.; Kingslynn Dr.; and Patton St.
The Township of King invites the public to our Public Information Centre (PIC) for the King City Southeast Watermain Project. The PIC, which will include a brief presentation and drawings for the proposed works, will be held on Thursday, February 09, 2023, from 6:30pm to 8pm in the Council Chambers at The King Township Municipal Centre, 2585 King Road, King City, Ontario L7B 1A1. We ask all attendees to arrive early, as the presentation will start at 6:30pm. Click here to learn more.
1) Foothills Greenhouse
Foothills Greenhouse is a third-generation family owned/operated business that has operated in King Township for over 60 years. They have a 16-acre cucumber greenhouse which uses 100% indoor hydroponics and ships about 7.8 million Ontario cucumbers per year. This innovative business has been highly invested in renewable technology for decades: they have been burning wood-waste from chipped up scrapes of housing construction to heat their greenhouses since the 1980s; they capture and recirculate 100% of their irrigation water to use fertilizer efficiently; they installed solar panels in 2010; and have a cogenerator that has been producing both heat and electricity for over five years.
Council unanimously approved their requested to construct and operate a Non-Electricity Storage Facility through the installation of a new cogeneration engine. This additional piece of equipment will generate heat which they will use for their greenhouse as well as electricity which they will sell to the power grid. Below is the link to their entire presentation.
2) Nature's Emporium Run for Southlake
The Nature's Emporium Run for Southlake is a 5K timed road race down Davis Drive, with a route that passes under the iconic Southlake bridge and directly past Southlake Regional Health Centre - a hospital that serves patients in York Region, Simcoe and Dufferin Counties, and even as far north as Muskoka.
This all-ages event is Southlake's biggest annual fundraiser, a fun event for the whole family! Funds raised support the purchase of urgently-needed tools and equipment that Southlake's doctors, nurses and staff depend on to save lives.
Sunday April 30th - Warm-up is at 8:30 and the run is at 9am
King Townships 2023 Budget
For the past two years, King passed budgets with zero per cent increases to offset the difficulties of COVID. Economic conditions today are challenging and while King’s staff were able to find $400,000 in spending reductions, they recommended an increase of 4.95% which is still well below the rate of inflation. This will result in an average increase for the township portion of municipal taxes of 2.19% between 2019 and 2023.
It's important to note that the King only takes 39% of the amount you see on your residential property tax bill. York Region gets 42% and the School Board gets 19%. The town's website has a handy tax calculator that will show you the breakdown of your taxes and how the money for the township portion is allotted.
Oak Ridges Moraine Related Amendments
Staff proposed Township-initiated amendments to By-laws 2017-66 (Schomberg and King City Urban Areas), By-law 2022-053 (Countryside Area) and By-law 74-53, as amended (Oak Ridges Moraine Conformity By-Law) to standardize the language between the By-laws and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (ORMCP) and to remove references to the requirement for Site Plan Approval in the Oak Ridges Moraine. The amendments are proposed in response to the More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 (Bill 23), and are required to provide the Township with the ability to fulfill its obligation to ensure ORMCP conformity for previously authorized dwellings. Following the changes to the Planning Act through Bill 23 that removed the requirement for Site Plan Control for developments of 10 or less residential units, the Township didn't have a tool to review this form of development.
Council unanimously passed staff recommendations so that they are once again able to as to review small-scale residential proposals for conformity with the ecological and natural heritage policies of the ORMCP.
Request to Repeal Designation By-law at 5010 18th Sideroad
- Council unanimously declined the request to repeal the historical designation of the property but directed staff to meet with the owners about the encroachment on the property which is causing additional frustration to the owners.
David Boyd/Ward 2 – On Feb. 28th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the King Township Municipal Office there will be a workshop with York Region Police to learn how to protect your car from theft.
David Boyd/Ward 2 – Come for the pasta dinner hosted by the Nobleton United Church Friday Feb 24th at 6:30pm. Enjoy homemade sauces and meatballs, salads, desserts and coffee. $22 for adults, $10 for kids 5-12 years old, and free for kids under 5 years-old.
David Boyd/Ward 2 - On February 24th the Nobleton Lions Club is hosting a Texas Hold'em Fundraiser Tournament upstairs at the Dr. William Laceby Arena. The event starts at 6:30pm and costs $100, including a buffet dinner.
Avia Eek/Ward 6 – March8th from 1:30-3:30 at the Bradford West Gwillimbury Library there will be Drainage Act 101 information session all about the Holland Marsh Drainage System. Learn how drainage legislation and common law apply to drainage. Understand the management of municipal drains. How to follow the administrative procedures under the Drainage Act for new drains and the maintenance of existing drains. An overview of drainage assessment and grants. Email email@example.com to register.
Jennifer Anstey/Ward 3 - Meals on Wheels is expanding their Kosher and Kosher-style Meals on Wheels service into King City, Aurora, Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Newmarket. For more information visit www.circleofcare.com/meals-on-wheels or call 416-635-2860.
BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE CLOSED SESSION
Council approved the following committee recommendations:
King Township Public Library Board
1. Rose Grimaldi
2. Michael Tedesco
3. Patti Skrypek
4. Danielle Donadio
5. Caroline Anderson
6. Aleisha Richards
7. Irene Degeus
8. Councillor Cescolini
9. Councillor Boyd
10. Mayor Pellegrini
Accessibility Advisory Committee
1. Beverly Barra-Berger
2. Bernie Moyle
3. Linda Pabst
4. Anna Roberts
5. Jakob Schneider
6. Councillor Schaefer
Heritage Advisory Committee
1. Augusto Nalli
2. Todd Coles
3. Catherine Flear
4. Kelly Matthews
5. Michelle Hubert
6. Peter Latoszed
7. Anna Manna-Santarossa
8. Councillor Asselstine
Holland Marsh Drainage Joint Municipal Service Board
1. William Eek
2. Brian Visser
3. Councillor Anstey
4. Mayor Pellegrini
* Trevor Voorberg be recommended as the Joint Member to the Holland Marsh District Board.