Mono Tennis Club leaders ask council for two new courts

March 25, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Mike Baker

At Tuesday’s meeting of Mono Council, Mono Tennis Club President Peter Gibson and Vice President Patti Powell praised the excellent location and condition of the  facilities located at Mono Centre Park. 

Mr. Gibson noted that the town’s Parkland Needs Study recommended a single additional court be constructed at the facility. He suggested that two courts should be built. 

Ms. Powell explained that the club is limited in its ability to generate revenue with the existing two courts. She said adding one more court would not allow them to host more revenue-generating competitions whereas two more courts would. Four courts would also assist the club in expanding its junior programs. They are beginning to look at opportunities for funding an expansion, including seeking a Trillium Grant.

Glenn Wellings, planning consultant for Powerhouse Properties Ltd., described the nature of a proposed development at 207187 Highway 9, in the Coles Industrial subdivision. 

He said Powerhouse Properties, which owns the land, plan to construct a self storage facility that would then be operated by Bluebird Self Storage. If the zoning bylaw amendment is approved, Mr. Wellings anticipates construction to commence this summer with a grand opening in the spring of 2020. 

Director of Planning David Trotman explained that the land is zoned Highway Commercial (CH) which does not permit self-storage facilities.  The zoning bylaw amendment would add this use by way of a Special Site Specific Highway Commercial Zone. Mr. Trotman stated that Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) submitted a comment to the Town on March 6, asking that a portion of the property be zoned Environmental Protection. Due to CVC’s comment being received less than a week ago, Mr. Trotman recommended that the application be deferred pending further consultation between himself, CVC and the applicant.

Mono Council meetings will soon be streamed live to the Internet, as Council has approved installing a video recording system in council chambers. The system will also save the recordings and display them alongside the minutes of council meetings.

At the same meeting, Council approved an updated and revised strategic plan. The plan re-affirms Council’s commitment to 3 E’s:  

1. Protect our Environment and rural character; 2. Ensure Economic sustainability of our decisions; 3. Honour our commitments and be Equitable in our dealings with stakeholders and others.

Council also established a task force with a mandate to develop educational material regarding the recreational use of cannabis. The task force will also develop a plan to ensure the information is widely distributed throughout Mono. Ideally, the task force will include representation from both youth and teachers as it will be expected to develop materials aimed not only at adults, but also to ensure that youth understand the inherent risks in consuming cannabis.  Applications for this task force are being accepted until 4 p.m. on April 4th, 2019.

In February, Council established a task force to examine the level of Internet service available in Mono. Applications to sit on the task force having closed on March 11th, Council appointed George Anderson, Ed Ayranto, Robert Hunt, Eric Neufeld and Stevan Plavsa. Deputy Mayor John Creelman will chair the task force. 

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