Council Info - April 12, 2017
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Transit initiatives for Cambridge
Council approved the 2017 Implementation Plan for the Regional Transit Supportive Strategy for Cambridge, which includes two new initiatives: advancing the enhancement of four existing GRT routes as part of the Cambridge Network Redesign, and a pilot promotion to encourage early transit adoption among youth in Cambridge. As part of the approval for ION implementation in 2011, Regional Council approved an annual allocation of $1 million for a period of 10 years to implement a Regional Transit Supportive Strategy (TSS) for Cambridge. The ultimate goal of the TSS is to accelerate the implementation of Stage 2 ION LRT through initiatives that improve transit ridership and/or encourage transit supportive development, specifically within the Central Transit Corridor (CTC) in Cambridge.
Council approves Transit Hub designer
The Region will retain WZMH Architects for planning and design advisory services on the multi-modal transit hub to be located at King and Victoria Streets. They will have a critical role in developing the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents due out this fall. The transit hub site is a landmark development and transit station connecting the Region to the Toronto-Waterloo Region Innovation Corridor. It will be a mixed-use development including office space, residential and retail opportunities.
TravelWise Program extended
Regional Council has approved staff to undertake feasibility and design study for a pilot network of separated bike lanes. This pilot project would aim to increase the cycling mode share in the Region and would follow the experiences of other Canadian municipalities. The pilot project implementation is scheduled for 2018.
Ontario Early Years and Child Care Strategy
Children's Services staff provided the province with feedback on the Ontario Early Years and Child Care Strategy. The strategy highlights the importance of high quality early learning and its relationship to future academic achievement, health and well-being and lifelong success. Staff feedback stressed the importance of a national and provincial framework, provincial policies that support municipal service managers, and provincial policies that support the factors know to impact quality such as:
- Low adult-child ratios;
- Low staff turnover;
- Higher wages;
- Not-for-profit child care programs;
- Adequate funding for children with special needs; and
- Adjusting the fee subsidy program to allow more families to access licensed care.
Region of Waterloo International Airport Master and Business Plan approved
Regional Council approved the Region of Waterloo International Airport Master Plan and associated Business Plan. Staff were directed to prepare the 2018-2027 10-year Capital Plan based on the Master Plan and Business Plan to be presented for approval during the 2018 budget cycle.
The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:
- $10,277,710 to Clearway Construction Inc. for King Street Uptown Waterloo streetscape construction and ION tracks to Elgin Street, Waterloo.
- $5,520,647 to E & E Seegmiller Limited for King Street reconstruction from Ottawa Street to Montgomery Road, Kitchener.
- $4,317,017 to Capital Paving Inc. for Regional Road No. 12 (Notre Dame Drive) and Regional Road No. 6 (Snyder's Road East) reconstruction, Petersburg.
- $1,884,595 to A. vanEgmond Construction Ltd. for west side gas header and landfill gas control systems for the Waterloo landfill site.
- $1,870,900 to Varcon Construction Corporation for Preston Wastewater Treatment Plant headworks, blowers and electrical upgrades, Cambridge.
- $1,655,719 to Joe Pace & Sons Contracting Inc. for Waterloo Region Housing kitchen replacements Phase 1.
- $1,618,786 to SPEC Construction Inc. for Waterloo Region Housing kitchen replacements Phase 2.
- $1,601,826 for upgrades to the current Grand River Transit On-Board camera system from Seon Design Inc.
- $768,446 to Matrix Solutions Inc. for the Upper Cedar Creek Subwatershed Study.
- $667,272 to Team Truck Centres for three Hooklift Roll Off trucks.
- $740,000 to Associated Engineering (Ont.) Ltd. To provide engineering consulting services for a Class C Environmental Assessment and preliminary design for Bleams Road from Strasburg Road to Fischer-Hallman Road.
- $691,000 to WalterFedy to provide engineering and consulting services for a for a Class C Environmental Assessment and preliminary design for Fischer-Hallman Road from Columbia Street West to Westmount Road.
- $2,493,870 to CH2M HILL Canada Limited of Kitchener, Ontario to provide Consulting engineering services for undertaking the detailed design and construction administration for the Cogeneration Facilities at the Kitchener Waterloo and Galt Wastewater Treatment Plants.
For more information, contact:
Bryan Stortz, Director, Corporate Communications, 519-575-4408
Regional Clerk's Office, 519-575-4420
Wednesday, May 3, 2017