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Message from Mayor Hughes on behalf of Township Council, August 30, 2016
The Wayhome and Boots and Hearts Music Festivals at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds (BCEG) have concluded for 2016. Township of Oro-Medonte staff continue to gather information and build files pertaining to matters for Council’s consideration. A status update on these matters is provided below.

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TopicCurrent Situation
Next Steps
Timing
Special Events Permits (SEP) and Enforcement Council unanimously voted to issue SEP with conditions for each of the music festivals for only the zoned lands (92 acres).     

Municipal Law Enforcement officers continue to gather evidence and compile information related to potential violations.
   
Investigations are ongoing.

Council will provide direction to staff upon completion of these investigations.


The Township has 6 months to file charges under the Provincial Offences Act.
Sound Monitoring Program


More details here:

2016 Sound Monitoring Program

The Township has hired Trinity Consultants Inc.  to complete an independent peer review, analysis, and report of the sound level data collected during the Wayhome and Boots and Hearts Music festivals. Council will review the results of the Sound Monitoring Program, peer review and analysis in consultation with senior staff, legal counsel, and other experts that are required.
 
Following the evaluation, Council will consider the information to establish sound levels and duration for BCEG.
Presentation and report to Council targeted for late Fall 2016


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TopicCurrent Situation
Next Steps
Timing
Archaeological StudyStage 2 Archaeological Study is the responsibility of BCEG Inc. and is currently underway.  
Results will be considered as part of land use applications.

Anticipate results by end of October.
OMB Hearing/ Temporary Use By-law (TUB)
OMB hearing for the TUB is in recess.

Township no longer has jurisdiction on the TUB zoning application.
Decision on TUB application rests with OMB.

OMB hearing resumes in October.

Next hearing dates set for October 25-28, 2016 at the Township Administration Centre.
2015 Charges Related to Events on BCEG Burl's Creek acknowledged its violations and conduct with respect to the 2015 events.

In October 2015, the Ontario Court of Justice imposed fines of $75,000 for two zoning violations and $125,000 for five obnoxious use violations, totaling $200,000.

In light of the guilty pleas and imposed fines, there were no further prosecution by the Township for the use of the BCEG’s between June and September 2015.

The amount is due and payable to the Ontario Court of Justice, and not the Township of Oro-Medonte directly.

The Ontario Court of Justice sets the payment date.


​The fine of $200,000 is due by October 1, 2016.

Council remains committed to acting in the best interest of all residents and business owners of Oro-Medonte, while adhering to legislation and regulatory Acts.

Respectfully,
Harry Hughes
Mayor, Township of Oro-Medonte

Message from Mayor Hughes on behalf of Township Council, August 8, 2016
As the Boots and Hearts festival wraps up at the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, Council wanted to take this opportunity to thank residents for participating in, and providing feedback to, the 2016 Sound Monitoring Program.

Throughout the summer, many opinions were shared regarding large-scale events at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds. A few times during these discussions, some information provided to residents and the media by third parties was not accurate.

Here is the correct information related to the Township and its procedures.
Incorrect Third-party InformationCorrect Information
Minor soccer will not be affected by land use decisions on the 434 acres at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds currently zoned agricultural and environmental protection.​Any OMB decision on land use zoning applies to all planned activities for the 434 acres, including soccer.
Township provided insufficient notice for July 6, 2016 Special Council Meeting. The Township's Procedural By-law requires 24 hours' notice for a special Council meeting. For the July 6, 2016 Special Council Meeting, 48 hours' notice was provided.
This was a special Council meeting, not a regularly scheduled Council meeting.
Notice and Agenda for July 6, 2016 Special Council Meeting not received at the same time by all parties.​​ In accordance with the Township’s Procedural By-law, all parties received the Notice of the Special Council Meeting at the same time, and ahead of the Agenda, to allow time for all interested parties to respond.
Notice was posted on the Township website. Then, once the Agenda was ready and submissions collated, they were posted on the Township website. Both of these steps were made in accordance with the Township’s Procedural By-law.
​Limit placed on number of speakers at July 6, 2016 Special Council Meeting.​The Procedural By-law does not require time for public comments during special Council meetings.
Given community interest, Council amended the special Council meeting format to allow for a 20-minute Open Forum at the July 6, 2016 Special Council Meeting.

Council continues to be committed to acting in a fair and balanced manner on behalf of all residents and business owners of Oro-Medonte.

At this time, Council also wants to recognize the hard work of Township staff, especially those from Municipal Law Enforcement, and Fire and Emergency Services. Their efforts, along with those of the Ontario Provincial Police, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, and Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario, safeguarded both residents and attendees during the 2016 WayHome, and Boots and Hearts festivals.

Sincerely,
Harry Hughes
Mayor, Township of Oro-Medonte


Message from Mayor Hughes on behalf of Township Council July 20, 2016

On July 6, 2016, Township Council issued special events permits for the 2016 WayHome, and Boots and Hearts festivals. This decision came after careful consideration of impact, risks and opportunities arising from these festivals. In particular, Council wanted to ensure that the public health and safety, and sound management concerns surrounding these events are managed and monitored on behalf of all of the residents of Oro-Medonte.

Council is aware that the most important outstanding operational concern for these festivals is sound level management. Through the amended 2015 Memorandum of Understanding with BCEG Inc., Council is now in a stronger position to manage sound concerns and apply penalties if needed.

Through the 2016 Sound Monitoring Program, sound level and duration data will be gathered, analyzed and presented to Council by an independent acoustical engineering firm. Council will review this information and determine if the 2016 sound limits were suitable and should be used as benchmarks for long-term sound management and regulation at Burl’s Creek.

We encourage you to review the 2016 Sound Monitoring Program. You will see that the sound levels for WayHome 2016 are lower than for 2015 – with a stronger enforcement plan this year for both WayHome, and Boots and Hearts.

Sincerely,
Harry Hughes
Mayor, Township of Oro-Medonte