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Council Info

From the June 22, 2016 Regional Council meeting:

Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meetings. It is circulated immediately following each meeting. You are encouraged to quote from and copy this information. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting. Watch the Regional Council webcast

Progress Report: 10 year Housing and Homelessness Plan

Council approved the 10 Year Housing and Homelessness Plan 2015 Progress Report. This Progress Report highlights some of the Region's achievements over the last year, including: 10 Year Plan Action Updates, Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative Implementation, Affordable Housing Strategy, Community Housing initiatives, 20,000 Homes Registry Week, System Assessment and Family Shelter Diversion Pilot, Community Guide to End Homelessness, and more.

Quality improvement review of Homemakers and Nurses Services

Council approved a quality improvement review of the Homemakers and Nurses Services (HNSA) program. The HNSA program serves vulnerable and low-income adults, older adults and families to support independence and long term housing stability. The program provides services to 220 vulnerable individuals/families and is an integral support in sustaining housing for this client group. As part of the review, Regional staff will explore opportunities to develop program partnerships within the Community Services Department. Staff will explore opportunities for service integration, alternative options for cost sharing of staff and administrative supports and outline a service plan for potential service changes and/or expansion to better meet the needs of those waiting for service.

 

Waterloo-Breslau ambulance station to be co-located with fire station

The Region will partner with the Township of Woolwich on the construction and occupation of a new ambulance station co-located with the new fire station in Breslau. This station will improve coverage in the Breslau, Bloomingdale, and Bridgeport areas, as well as at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. Construction is expected to begin in late 2016 or early 2017 and be completed in late 2017.

Energy from Waste Feasibility Study concludes

A feasibility study to examine various aspects associated with thermal treatment and energy recovery for residual waste management was initiated in 2014. The study was recently completed and Council has recommended that staff take no further action related to pursuing Energy from Waste for residual waste management at this time. Staff will continue discussions regarding residual waste management and waste diversion programs with the Inter-municipal Working Group and have been directed to report back to the Planning and Works Committee regarding the remaining site life of the Waterloo Landfill and update the status of the Energy from Waste industry in three years' time.

New Pedestrian Crossovers to be implemented at Roundabouts

The Highway Traffic Act has been updated recently and now regulates the use of a new traffic-control device called a Level 2 Pedestrian Crossover. This new traffic-control device consists of new roadside signs and pavement markings and serves to enhance the mobility of pedestrians at mid-block locations and intersections including roundabouts. The implementation strategy of these new crossovers in the Region will include an education outreach in June 2016, implementation at all existing roundabouts by Fall 2016 including a reduction to the speed limits on approaches to roundabouts where necessary.

Discretionary benefits funding topped up by Region

Council approved additional funding of up to $600,000 to maintain the approved level of service for the Ontario Works Discretionary Benefits program for the balance of 2016. Discretionary Benefits provide funding for unmet needs of participants within the Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support programs.  Benefits may include adult dental care, food hampers, funding to prevent eviction or loss of utilities, and funding to replace lost identification. In 2012 the Province changed the funding formula which resulted in a dramatic reduction in the amount of Discretionary funding. The Region has requested an increase in the funding provided by the Province of Ontario to $10 per person, per household, per month.

Bridgeport Road/Caroline Street improvements

Council approved the Class Environmental Assessment Study (Class EA) for improvements to Bridgeport Road/ Caroline Street from King Street to Erb Street, and Erb Street from King Street to Caroline Street to King Street in Waterloo. Improvements to Albert Street from Erb Street to Bridgeport Road were also approved as part of this Class EA Study on behalf of the City of Waterloo.  Improvements include replacement of the pavement, construction of a new boulevard multi-use trail, installation of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, watermain, storm and sanitary sewer replacements and enhanced boulevard landscaping.

Tenders/Contracts:

The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:

  • $12,108,649.54 plus applicable taxes to Amico Infrastructures (Oxford) Inc. for Fountain St. and King St. improvements, Shantz Hill Road to Eagle Street in Cambridge. An increase in project costs of $1,201,628 was approved.
  • $3,331,000.00 to Steed and Evans Limited for road resurfacing, Townships of North Dumfries, Wilmot and Woolwich.
  • $3,047,041.75 to Steed and Evans Limited for Airport infrastructure improvements.
  • $1,741,000.14 to Capital Paving Inc. for intersection improvements. A project cost increase of $452,317.83 was approved for access improvement work on Fairway Rd. on behalf of CF Realty Holdings Inc. A project cost increase of $103,429.67 was approved for access improvement work on King St. on behalf of Canuck Properties Limited.
  • $1,563,451.75 to VanRooyen Earthmoving Ltd. for final capping and civil works construction at the Waterloo Landfill.
  • $1,510,624 to Stantec Consulting Services for the New Hamburg Wastewater Treatment Plan Upgrades.
  • $949,888 to James Kemp Construction Limited for refrigeration machine replacement at 99 Regina St.
  • $637,680 to Associated Engineering Ltd. of Kitchener, to provide consulting engineering services for a preliminary design, public consultation, detailed design, contract administration and construction inspection services for proposed improvements on Westmount Road and Victoria Street.
  • $555,000 in additional funds to Xterra Construction Inc. to cover extra retaining wall costs required to provide sufficient boulevard with for a possible future multi-use trail  on the east side of Westmount Rd. immediately north of University Av. I the City of Waterloo.
  • $333,000 to Ball Construction Inc. for Sunnyside localized leak repairs.
  • $270,000 to JB Construction Management Corp. for parking area rehabilitation at 150 Main St. Cambridge.
  • $261,889.80 to Eclipsys Solutions Inc. for two Oracle Database appliances.

Next Meeting:

Thursday, August 18, 2016
7 p.m.

For further information, contact: 

Bryan Stortz, Director, Corporate Communications, 519-575-4408
Regional Clerk's Office, 519-575-4420



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