Recorded Votes of 2021

Sometimes a Councillor requests a vote at council be recorded in the minutes. These votes are typically some of the more contentious votes. Here are the recorded votes from 2021 during our Regular Council Meetings.

February 1, 2021

Councillor Bondy
Declaring Cultural or Historical Property Surplus

Moved By Councillor Bondy
Seconded By Deputy Mayor Meloche
That in advance of Council designating any public property surplus
that is a listed or designated Heritage property that the public is first
consulted by means of social media, newspaper, town website,
open houses, public meetings etc. and for such properties that the
Heritage Committee is also given notice and time to provide a
recommendation to Council.
Councillor Bondy requested a recorded vote.

Support : Bondy, Meloche, Bowman, Garon, Verbeek, Bjorkman. Opposed: Snively, Vander Doelen

Carried (6 to 2)

Councillor Bondy
Designating Public Property as Surplus

Moved By Councillor Bondy
Seconded By Councillor Verbeek
That only two reading be given to by-laws for designating public
property surplus followed by a third and final reading on the next
agenda to guarantee public notice and transparency.
Councillor Bondy requested a recorded vote.


Support: Bondy, Meloche, Verbeek and Bjorkman Opposed: Garon, Bowman, Snively and Vander Doelen.

Defeated (4 to 4)

February 16, 2021

Climate Ready – A Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the Town of Essex
Climate Change Adaption Plan

Lori Chadwick, Director of Development Services provided an overview to the
Adaptation Plan and recommended that such plan be adopted together with
the recommendation that the Town declare a climate emergency.

Moved By Councillor Verbeek
Seconded By Councillor Bondy

That Council adopt the Town of Essex Climate Change Adaptation Plan entitled
“ Climate Ready – A Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the Town of Essex 2021-
2026” and direct Administration to begin the implementation process
identified in said Plan;
That Council appoint the Chief Administrative Officer as the Climate Change
Adaptation Champion for the Town of Essex, to lead outreach activities and
help solidify the awareness and long-term commitment to Climate Ready – A
Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the Town of Essex 2021-2026; and
That the Town of Essex hereby declare a Climate Emergency as follows:
WHEREAS the Town of Essex is desirous of adopting a Climate Change
Adaptation Plan;
AND WHEREAS the Town of Essex has invested in the creation of the Essex
Region Community Energy Plan, in partnership with the County of Essex, the
Essex Region Conservation Authority, the other County of Essex municipalities,
and regional stakeholders, for the purpose of collectively mitigating the risk of
climate change by reducing regional emissions and energy consumption;
AND WHEREAS based on current climate projections the future impacts of
human caused climate change could be catastrophic to the Town of Essex’s local
economy and its municipal budget and may further result in significant
economic and health burdens for the constituents of Essex particularly our
vulnerable populations;
AND WHEREAS the Town of Essex can join the Canadian Federal government
and the 444 Canadian municipalities (including the City of Windsor, County of
Essex, Town of Amherstburg, Town of Tecumseh, and the Municipality of
Chatham-Kent) who as of November 2019 have declared climate emergencies
and are advocating for drastic change in order to reduce global carbon
emissions to mitigate future climate impacts and adapt to the impacts from
climate change;
AND WHEREAS the most recent report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) has indicated that within 10 years, in order to keep the
global average temperature increase to 1.5 degree C and maintain a climate
compatible with human civilization, there must be a reduction in carbon
emissions of about 45% from 2010 levels, reaching net zero carbon emissions by
2050; and,
AND WHEREAS taking climate action steps and undergoing the low-carbon
transition will also represent opportunity for economic stimulation and growing
job opportunities in the new low-carbon economy;
AND WHEREAS climate change will jeopardize the health and survival of many
local plant and animal species as well as their natural environments and
ecosystems;
AND WHEREAS the Town of Essex and the surrounding region is already
experiencing climate change impacts including, but not limited to, overland
flooding, heavy rain event flooding, emergence of invasive species, an increased
number of high heat days, the rise of vector borne diseases, the re-emergence
of blue-green algae and harmful algal blooms in our lakes and rivers; and,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Essex declare a Climate
Emergency and commit to urgently working towards adapting to the
impacts of climate change, mitigating climate risk, and preparing for our
climate future.
A Recorded vote was requested by Councilor Bondy.

Support: Bondy, Snively, Meloche, Garon, Bowman, Verbeek, Bjorkman. Opposed: Councillor Vander Doelen

Carried: 7- 1

April 19, 2021

The Corporation of the Town of Amherstburg
Universal Paid Sick Days in Ontario


Moved By Councillor Verbeek
Seconded By Councillor Bondy
That the correspondence from The Town of Amherstburg and St.
Catherines regarding universal paid sick days be received and
supported, and
That a letter of support be sent to the Province of Ontario, The
Town of Amherstburg and the City of St. Catherines. A recorded vote was requested by Councilor Bondy.


Support: Bondy, Verbeek, Bjorkman Opposed: Snively, Bowman, Meloche, Garon, Vander Doelen

Failed: 3-5

Councillor Bondy
Safe and Reliable Supply of Electricity from Hydro One


Moved By Councillor Bondy
Seconded By Councillor Garon
That Essex Council send a letter to Hydro One to let them know of
the concerns we have in our municipality of frequent power outages
that are negatively impacting both our residential homes and
businesses.
A recorded vote was requested by Councilor Bondy:

All In Support
Carried: 8-0

May 3, 2021

Office of the CAO-2021-01
E.L.K. Valuation Request

Moved By Councillor Bondy
Seconded By Councillor Garon
That Report Office of the CAO-2021-01 entitled E.L.K. Valuation Request
prepared by Chris Nepszy, CAO dated May 3rd, 2021 be received, and

That Council requests the Board of E.L.K. Energy Incorporated (E.L.K.) to
obtain and fund a valuation of E.L.K. Energy Incorporated.
Councillor Bondy Requested a Recorded Vote:

Support: Bondy, Meloche, Garon, Verbeek, Bjorkman. Opposed: Snively, Bowman, Vander Doelen.

Carried 5-3

Municipal Election Proxy Procedures Policy
Robert W Auger, Town Solicitor, Legal and Legislative Services/Clerk
gave a summary of the Policy which is intended to supplement the existing
Provincial requirements. The additional requirements under this proposed
Policy will include the following:
 Clerk’s Office will only issue the required Form 3 directly to qualified
electors who make a direct request (in person/by phone/email) that
they wish to appoint another person to vote on their behalf;
 After confirming personal and voter information Clerks office will issue
and stamp Form 3 with a distinctive serial number stamp and give/mail
the form directly to the elector who requested the Form 3.
o Only Proxy forms that have been issued and assigned a number
will be accepted.
o The person who ends up being appointed as a Proxy will bring the
completed Form in person for review and certification by the Clerk
as they normally would. However now they will additionally be
required to bring with them acceptable proof of identification of the
elector who appointed them.
o Proxy Form Applications will no longer be received, processed and
certified at the voting location itself. If a person wishes to be
certified as a Proxy they will first need to go to Town Hall during
designated hours for certification directly at the Clerks office.
The goal of this new policy is to strike strikes the right balance between
enhanced controls (over and above provincial requirements) while still
ensuring access to voting process.

Moved By Councillor Bondy
Seconded By Councillor Verbeek
That Legal and Legislative Services-2021-09 entitled Municipal Election
Proxy Procedures Policy prepared by Robert W Auger, Town Solicitor,
Legal and Legislative Services/Clerk dated May 3, 2021, be received;
That the Town of Essex Municipal Election Proxy Procedures Policy
attached hereto to this Report be adopted as presented; and
That the said Policy be sent to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario
(“AMO”) for support and request for provincial regulations to be reviewed
and/or amended relating to forms and procedures relating to the
appointment of voting proxies in a municipal election.
Councillor Bondy Requested a Recorded Vote:

All in Support

May 17, 2021

Office of Integrity Commissioner
Report to Council in Open Session

Multiple Code of Conduct Complaints against Councillor Chris Vander
Doelen
Robert Swayze, Town of Essex Integrity Commissioner provided a
summary of his written Report to Council regarding his review of the
current Code of Conduct Complaints against Councillor Vander Doelen
and provided the following recommendations to Council.
Recommendation:
It is hereby recommended that Councillor Chris Vander Doelen be
required to accomplish the following within 3 months of the date of this
report:

  1. Remove all Tweets from his Twitter account which refer to the Chinese
    Flu, China Virus, the Chinese Origin Virus and/or the Murderous China
    Regime
  2. Prepare a draft apology for the approval of the Integrity Commissioner
    to be read by him in an open session of Council, and
  3. Attend an in-person Diversity and Inclusion training session chosen by
    staff and paid for by the Town. (Staff to confirm his attendance to the
    Integrity Commissioner.) If staff advises the Integrity Commissioner

that the course is only available remotely, the training may be attended
online.
It is further recommended that if the respondent fails to perform any one or
more of the above 3 requirements by 4:30pm on Monday, July 19, 2021,
that the compensation paid to the respondent as a member of Council, be
suspended for a period of 60 days commencing with the pay period
following that date.
R21-05-198
Moved By Councillor Bondy
Seconded By Councillor Bjorkman
That the Report and presentation by Robert Swayze, Town of Essex
Integrity Commissioner, dated May 17, 2021 concerning the Code of
Conduct Complaints filed against Councilor Vander Doelen, be received
and that the recommendations therein be supported and adopted by
Council.
Councillor Bondy requested a recorded voted:

Support: Bondy, Meloche, Garon, Bowman, Verbeek, Bjorkman.
Opposed: Vander Doelen.

Carried 6-1

July 5, 2021

Moved By Councillor Verbeek
Seconded By Deputy Mayor Meloche
That the Town send a letter to County Council and the Essex-Windsor

Solid Waste Authority (EWSWA) asking them to consider other
alternative sites and not the Town of Essex site (on the property adjacent
to the current Landfill site) with respect to the selection of a site(s) for
the hosting of future organic waste programs.
Councillor Bondy requested a recorded vote:


Support, Verbeek, Snively, Meloche, Bondy, Garon, Bowman, Bondy. Opposed: Bjorkman


Carried 7-1

October 18, 2021

Moved By Councillor Bondy
Seconded By Councillor Verbeek

That the Town of Essex COVID-19 Vaccination Policy be forwarded to the
County of Essex for its review and/or consideration
.

Councillor Bondy requested a recorded voted:


Support: Bondy, Garon, Verbeek, Bjorkman Opposed: Snively, Meloche, Bowman, Vander Doelen

Defeated (4 to 4)

November 1, 2021

Town of Kingsville
Action on Unreliable Supply of Electricity


Moved By Councillor Bondy
Seconded By Councillor Verbeek
That the correspondence from the Town of Kingsville regarding action
on unreliable supply of electricity be received and forwarded to E.L.K.
Energy

Councillor Bondy requested a recorded vote.

All in Support

December 6, 2021

Councillor Bondy
Letter of Instruction issued December 5th 2021 by the Windsor-Essex County
Health Unit (“WECHU”).


Moved By Councillor Bondy
Seconded By Councillor Bjorkman
That Essex Council let the WECHU know that we oppose, The Letter of
Instruction dated Dec 5th, 2021 which limits the indoor capacity of bars and
restaurants to be only at 50 percent of their total capacity.
Whereas residents in Windsor- Essex are able to cross the border to attend
sporting events, restaurants and concerts without capacity restrictions.
Whereas residents are able to attend local sporting events, shop in big box
stores locally without capacity limits.
Whereas grants and subsidies for businesses that have struggled since March
2020, have now been cancelled and businesses are expected to start making
repayments all while entering into a reduced capacity period.
Whereas Windsor- Essex residents have a high vaccination rate and businesses
are legislated to already check vaccination documents and these businesses
cannot afford to lose more patrons during the month of December.
Whereas many of our local business owner/operators are mentally exhausted
and have suffered personal financial hardships over the last two years struggling
to provide for their families and pay their bills.
Whereas last year our businesses were shut down around the same time and
Windsor- Essex residents were told that with vaccination and the checking of
vaccination records we would get back to normal and here we are hurting our
business industry once again.
Therefore we issue this letter from Essex Council to WECHU, all local
municipalities impacted, County council, our MPP Taras Natyshak and Premier
Doug Ford requesting that the Letter of Instruction be revoked so our
businesses can operate on an equal playing field.

Councillor Bondy requested a recorded vote
All In Support

December 13, 2021

During Budget a motion was made to include an addition to the OPP contract- OPP Traffic Enforcement Officer.

In a recorded vote:

Support: Bondy, Verbeek, Meloche, Bowman Opposed: Snively, Garon, Bjorkman and Vander Doelen