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ABCRA Board Meeting 2013 June

Minutes from

ABCRA Meeting

June 13, 2013

Belmont House


John Caliendo (Co-President), Ian Carmichael (Co-President), Dianne Robinson (Treasurer), Diane Dyer (City Liaison), Mary Helen Spence (Parks and Planning), Frank Copping, Judith Orban, Lianne Miller, Liis Palmer, Sam Vise, Tracy Warne, Jane Ormiston, Genessa Radke (Bike 27), Sian Henck, Donna Lacavera (Traffic and Acting Secretary)

1.  Agenda

Motion: The agenda be adopted as amended, with Tracy Warne's report on insurance moved to the end of the agenda.

Moved by: Jane Ormiston

Seconded by: Leanne Miller

Disposition: Carried

2. Minutes

The minutes from the May 9, 2013 meeting be adopted as circulated.

Moved by: Ian Carmichael

Seconded by: Jane Ormistan

Disposition: Carried

3. Treasurer's Report - Dianne Robinson

The Treasurer received an accounting of the cheques which were distributed in May in her absence for work in progress. She noted that in the past she has outlined the procedures to be followed for expenditures and cheques, and will bring a written report on the procedures to the next meeting so that they may be officially included in the minutes.

4. City Liaison - Diane Dyer

Diane reported on the Planning and Growth Committee May 16 meeting concerning third party signs. Titan indicated it would withdraw its lawsuit against the city conditional on being allowed to maintain its 19 illegal signs. The city's agreement sets a dangerous precedent as it rewards non-compliance. When the new sign by-law was passed, the Astral Media representative noted his company took down its illegal signs, but Titan did not and is now profiting from having ignored the by-law. Other sign companies are sure to follow suit and demand comparable licensing concessions.

She also reported on the CORRA meeting May 25. The next CORRA meeting will be in the fall and the AGM has been transferred to the fall. Reports are that the Casino issue is not dead. Councillors voted against it because it was sure to lose at this time, but indications are that it will resurface in the future.

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5. Traffic - Donna Lacavera

Roxborough: Members of the Roxbourough subcommittee, Sam Vise and Liis Palmer, gave an update on their progress. Sam has developed a web site and print materials for the neighbourhood traffic calming initiative. The neighbourhood is being canvassed to collect support before a July 24 meeting with Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam. 

Pusateri's Lay-By: At the last council meeting the city approved the removal of the lay-by. The work on the reconfiguration of the Bay-Davenport intersection and the revitalization of neighbouring streets can now proceed according to city plans that had been finalized after several meetings of all relevant city departments including TTC, cycling, urban planning, works and after the public consultation at the Reference Library last fall. The valet service is going to be relocated to Genoa Street, essentially behind Pusateri's rather than in front of it. Valets have always brought the cars around Genoa to access the underground parking lot and now customers will take their cars directly there. No doubt there will be more congestion on Genoa, but the city is removing all lay-bys across the city as they have proven to be dangerous.

6. Planning and Development - John Caliendo and Mary Helen Spence

ABC Planning Initiative: Mary Helen reported that work is proceeding on the ABC planning initiative for the ABCRA neighbourhood.  ABC has hired a professional planner Scott Burns and urban designer Michael Spaziani to create ABC's part of the plan.  The ABC plan is being written to dovetail with a plan the BIA has in progress for its overlapping commercial area. The combined work will result in a unified plan covering the area from Bloor to the CPR tracks that can be enacted as official plan and zoning amendments. There has been one public consultation thus far at which ABC was well represented. The next public consultation will be in the fall. A strong presence and continuing support by ABC members will be essential to getting the Councillor and city to shepherd the plan into law.

181 Davenport: The development is going before TEYCC next month and ABC has already indicated its support for the development.

89 Avenue Road: The OMB pre-hearing is June 28. ABC has been supporting the opposition, specifically the residents of 77 and 99 Avenue Road and the residents of Hazelton Avenue, and will continue to do so at the pre-hearing.

Webster: There is a new application for the site, more than double in size from what was previously approved by the OMB.

ESSO Station: There is a plan just being formulated for the site and the Councillor recommended that the developer consult with ABC from the outset rather than proceeding unilaterally and ending up with objections from the community.

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Masonic Lodge: The building has been purchased by a high tech firm from London, Ontario that intends to preserve the interior and exterior heritage elements as it adds three stories and turns it into an office.

50 Cumberland: The individual site has been redesigned with the parking lot moved to the interior of the building from the exterior. The city called all neighbouring landowners together to try to get an integrated design for the whole area from Yonge to Bay and 

Bloor to Yorkville that integrates underground and aboveground walkways and creates a north-south mid-block connection that focuses on the Yorkville Fire Station clock 

tower. The city is interested in linear parks and an animated streetscape for both the indoor and outdoor public realm for the whole area and seems to be trying to salvage some public benefit out of the Yorkville area lost to skyscrapers.

102-104 Yorkville: The building has been recently renovated and the walkway on the east side leading to the TPA is much improved. It now looks like an animated and inviting laneway and is the kind of midblock connection between Scollard and Yorkville that is typical of Yorkville and worth preserving. 

Ridpath's: The owner has appealed to the OMB on the grounds of the city's failure to act within the required timelines. Dianne Robinson will contact the city for an update.

7. Parks - Mary Helen Spence

Mary Helen reported she presented the ABC Ramsden Park Plan to the Yonge BIA, who were very receptive to it. Going forward she will continue to encourage their support for the plan.

Mary Helen is framing a copy of the plan to give to Shirley Morriss at the AGM. Those present signed the matte with greetings to Shirley on her retirement from ABC after decades of service.

The city is conducting a survey on opening parks to general use by off leash dogs during specific hours. It may not affect Ramsden as it will not affect parks that have off leash areas. Nevertheless, the move would definitely harm the parks.

Motion: For Mary Helen to write a letter on behalf of ABCRA to the Councillor indicating that ABCRA does not support off leash hours across entire public parks and also that ABCRA would like all new development projects to be required to make provisions for on site "dog comfort stations" and also for posts with waste bags and a special waste receptacles be added to dog off leash areas in parks.

Moved: Leanne Miller

Seconded: Tracy Warne

Disposition: Carried

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8. New Business 

AGM: 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. 

Motion: To spend up to $1500.00 for the AGM and notices of it.

Moved: Diane Dyer

Seconded: John Caliendo

Disposition; Carried

Web Site: While the web site is functioning very well, thanks to web master Barbara Moore, it would be good to have some additional design work done on the site to make it more interactive and to add more indexing to carry more searchable information. Ideally would be good to have the additional design work completed before the AGM.

Motion: To spend up to $2000.00 on redesigning the ABCRA web site.

Moved: John Caliendo

Seconded: Mary Helen Spence

Disposition: Carried

Cycling: Genessa Radke reported on the activities of Bike 27 and encouraged ABC to support the bike lanes on Davenport and Bay.

Handicapped Parking: Sian Henck reported that there is a problem with an over abundance of Handicapped Parking permitted cars taking up all the parking on Scollard Street, and that the permits are being used by people who are obviously not handicapped.  Recommendations were made that she contact the local MMP's office and also the city parking permit office.

9. Adjournment 

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

The next meeting is September 12, 2013

After the meeting, Tracy Warne shared his expert analysis of the Directors and Officers Insurance options, especially the ambiguities and loopholes in the language of the policies we were given by Derek Grieve. Tracy indicated the Board would be better served with a general liability policy and has asked Derek Grieve to arrange a quotation on what is required.


Earlier Event: May 9
ABCRA Board Meeting 2013 May
Later Event: September 25
ABCRA 2013 AGM September 25