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ABCRA Board Meeting 2013 May

Minutes from

ABCRA Meeting

May 9, 2013

Belmont House


Ian Carmichael (Chair & Co-President), Mary Helen Spence, Frank Copping, Judith Orban, Sue Ainley, Liis Palmer, Sam Vise, Tracy Warne, Hugh and Rebecca Winters, Sharon Moncarz, Donna Lacavera

1. Guest Presentation 

Derek Grieve from Hub International made a presentation outlining the benefits of Directors and Officers Insurance for Non-Profit Corporations. The insurance basically protects directors and officers for the decisions they make in the exercise of their duties for the corporation, excluding intentionally any harmful acts.  It covers legal representation costs in court or Human Rights Commission actions brought by other directors, members or volunteers.  It does not cover damages arising from actions only legal fees. He reviewed the premiums, coverage and comparative advantages of four insurance companies and recommended we consider two of the four: Trisura and Travelers. Their premiums are comparable, wording the most inclusive and deductible zero. He will forward their wording for our review.  The policies have a three-year term: payable every year but the rate and the insurability is guaranteed for the term. The policies are written on a "claims made" basis which means they must be in effect when the claims are made rather than when the events in question occur. Also once declared, the policies are taken to be retrospectively in force back to the inception of the organization. The Travelers policy includes $5000.00 per member protection for reinstatement of identity expenses in the case of identity theft, related or not related to duties for the board. The annual premiums are as follows: Trisura, $800 for one million and $1160 a year for two million coverage; Travelers $800 for one million and $1150 for two million coverage.

2. Agenda

The agenda was adopted as printed.

3. Minutes

The minutes were adopted as circulated.

4. BIA Planning - Mary Helen Spence and Linda Chu

The BIA planning sessions April 22 and 23 were well attended by ABC. In fact there were people present from almost every street in the ABC area.  John Caliendo spoke on behalf of ABC. After initial presentations on the project, those present worked in groups to identify on maps of the area the features of specific streets and the issues that require consideration. The next open public meeting with the Planning Partnership is scheduled for the fall. 

The ABC planner Scott Burns has met with the Planning Partnership, Oren Tamir and ABC executive members. The next ABC meeting with Scott will be next week and at that time he will present his suggested workplan and costing for the ABC area portion of the plan.

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5. Traffic - Donna Lacavera

Members of the Roxbourough subcommittee  - Sam Vise, Liis Palmer and Sue Ainsley - gave an update on their progress. A neighbourhood meeting was held at Susan Ainsley's home April 27 to acquaint residents of the neighbourhood with the issues and to enlist their support for getting the city to introduce traffic mitigating measures to offset the increase in traffic caused by the installation od the traffic signal at Roxbourough and Yonge.  Sam reported that, despite several requests to the councillor's staff and transportation services, the committee has not been able to get the statistics from the most recent count conducted in January 2013. The committee plans to schedule another meeting with the councillor and to canvass the neighbourhood with a petition in advance of the meeting.

Linda Chu reported that the Pusateris lay-by issue is on the agenda for the city council currently in session.  As of the time of this meeting, the item was still being held and it is impossible to determine if it will get heard in this session or how the final vote will go.  Both neighbourhood associations and the BIA are in favour of its removal. Several alternatives have been considered - including relocating the valet service to Genoa Lane and using bollards to create a flexible removable lay-by. Transportation Service's latest recommendation is to keep the lay-by where it is but reduce it from 4 to 2 car lengths. 

The renovation of Bay Street and the Davenport intersection is delayed due to the lay-by issue.

6. Parks - Mary Helen Spence

Mary Helen Spence reported that she and Judith Orban attended the Parks Committee Meeting to depute in support of the Parks Department Five Year Plan which outlines their broader goals across the city. 

The Councillor has said the city has set aside 4 million dollars for the renewal of Ramsden Park and she would like another million to be raised by residents of the area, Thus far ABC Parks Committee has developed suggested concept plans for the park and has submitted them to the city in the hopes that the ABC plans can influence the city's renewal of the park. The ABC plans go beyond just restoring the park to infusing the restoration with meaning and purpose.  The plans attempt to recapture the history of the park, the significance it has had for the neighbourhood and the city, and actually mark that history and significance permanently in plaques throughout in the park. There is a long list of stakeholders who should be involved in the renewal, but following the Councillor's directive, Mary Helen emphasized it is important to allow the city to take charge of the RFP process and the Parks Department to direct the renewal. The city will begin public consultations in the fall.  Hugh and Rebecca Winters noted that would like to contribute to the restoration efforts and they would be willing to work on the fund-raising effort. Mary Helen provided them with an information brochure about the “Toronto’s Partnership Office” that can facilitate and support fundraising initiatives. 

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7. Development - Linda Chu

Linda reported that the Developers at 36 Hazelton are hosting an informal information session for the neighbourhood on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. The developer is seeking a minor variance at the committee of adjustments, specifically enclosing the south and west terraces on the 7th floor and increasing the height of the building approximately 12 inches.

The OMB appeal of the OPA 203 preserving the view corridor of the provincial legislature will be head July 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. o'clock. There are three parties to the appeal, the developers of 21 Avenue road, York Square and the Park Hyatt.

The Masonic Temple has been sold to a software group. The Councillor advised that  they are planning to preserve the heritage features of the building inside and out and to build a couple of stories on top of it.

The decision of 21 Avenue Road is also before the city council currently in session and a decision has yet to be reached.

Concerning 1128 Yonge, Frank Copping reported that residents of Macpherson have been notified of the variances approved by the Committee of Adjustments. ABC has sent a letter to Barry Brooks requesting a meeting to see how the plans will implement the  concessions the developer  promised.

8. Appointments to the Board - Ian Carmichael

Ian reported that the current directors polled by email to confirm officially the appointments of Mary Helen Spence and Donna Lacavera to their current positions as Directors at Large, Mary Helen in the portfolio of Planning and Parks: Donna, in Traffic.

9. AGM and Newsletter 

The AGM will be held September 25 at Heliconian Hall. It is hoped a pre meeting announcement and some information will be distributed across the area 3 weeks prior. 

10 Adjournment

The next meeting is June 13, 2013


Later Event: June 13
ABCRA Board Meeting 2013 June