From the August 20, 2014 Regional Council meeting:
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Region approves Tax Increment Grant (TIG) for 1 Victoria
Regional Council has approved a TIG for the remediation and redevelopment of the property at 445 King Street West, also known and marketed as 1 Victoria in the City of Kitchener. Located across from the proposed King-Victoria Multi-modal Transit Hub, the development supports the Region's intensification and transit oriented development objectives with the construction of 208 condominium units and 472 square metres of commercial space. The $2,939,911 TIG will be cost-shared between the Region and the City of Kitchener with the Region's share at $ 1,809,588. The approval of a TIG for this development marks the fifth successful joint TIG application in Kitchener with approved grants to date contributing to the anticipated development of at least 599 residential units and an estimated total assessment increase of $150 million.
New Waterloo Region Economic Development Strategy
Council approved in principle the Waterloo Region Economic Development Strategy. The strategic vision and key objectives are: to be locally rooted; internationally competitive and globally renowned; to be the premier location for innovation and entrepreneurship; to be the most competitive location for new companies and institutions; to be a community of choice for talented people etc. Next steps include creating a Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation by January 1, 2016.
Region renews Safer Communities Agreements
Council renewed agreements with the 'Safer Communities - 1000 Officers Partnership Program' and the 'Community Partnerships Program' for a two-year term. Safer Communities aims to enhance community policing and address targeted issues including marijuana grow ops, dangerous offenders and domestic violence. The Community Partnerships program works to make Ontario communities safer by enhancing police visibility.
Council approves purchase of 10 new GRT buses for 2015
In 2012, Regional Council accepted a proposal from New Flyer for the delivery of transit buses over a five year period from 2013 to 2017. This purchasing approach has provided a pricing advantage due to a longer term commitment by the Region. Since the production and delivery schedule for transit buses requires a lengthy lead-time from order to delivery, Regional Council has approved the pre-budget approval for the purchase of 10 transit buses prior to the approval of the 2015 budget at a cost of $4,858,526.76.
Seniors' strategy endorsed by Council
Council endorsed the Region of Waterloo Seniors' Strategy which includes a variety of recommendations to support older adults. These actions will help ensure the Region of Waterloo continues to deliver our programs and services in an age-friendly manner. The strategy was developed by the Region of Waterloo Seniors' Advisory Committee, which consists of citizens, community partners and Regional staff.
Immigration partnership funding approved
The Region will enter into an agreement with the Greater K-W Chamber of Commerce under the Immigration Partnership for provincial funding of $248,000 (from August 2014 to July, 2017). The mandate of the Immigration Partnership is to help immigrants and refugees successfully settle and integrate into Waterloo Region. A portion of this funding will be allocated to deliver networking events for employers and internationally trained immigrants and diversity seminars for employers under the New Canadian Employment Connections Program.
Children's services - purchase of service
Council approved child care service contracts with the following:
- Muslim Association of Canada Maple Grove Preschool and Childcare Centre in Kitchener
- Tiny Hoppers Corporation in Cambridge
The Region currently has service agreements with 134 licensed early learning and child care programs. These agreements allow the Region to purchase child care space on behalf of subsidy eligible families in licensed programs in order to support choice for families with a wide range of requirements including special needs placements.
EMS response time targets Region of Waterloo Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will adopt response time recommendations for 2015. The Response Time Performance Plan proposes targets based on comparisons with other municipalities and the current performance of Region of Waterloo EMS. The recommendations range from six minutes for sudden cardiac arrest to 12 minutes for less urgent calls. The Region's EMS is currently performing well with trends moving in a positive direction.
Housing and homelessness plan approved Council approved the Region's 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan. This plan incorporates the Region's Housing Action Plan and Homelessness to Housing Stability Strategy. The Housing Action Plan assesses current and future housing needs for households with low to moderate incomes in Waterloo Region. The Homelessness to Housing Stability Strategy identifies ending homelessness as a goal and outlines a number of actions to respond to the identified needs over the next 10 years.
The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:
.$3,076,992.26 to E&E Seegmiller Limited for 2014 intersection improvements on Regional Roads at various locations.
.$2,904,461.60 to APGN Inc. for the supply of High Speed Turbo Blowers for the Kitchener Wastewater Treatment Plant.
.$1,748,109.97 to Coco Paving Inc. for miscellaneous roadway improvements at various locations.
.$1,667,993.44 to Capital Paving Inc. for Spragues Road rehabilitation, Brant/Waterloo boundary to Wrigley Road, North Dumphries.
.$860,382.00 to Jacques Daoust Coatings Management Inc. for recoating the Manheim West Standpipe (tank), Kitchener.
.$734,274 to Evoqua Water Technologies Ltd. for secondary clarifier mechanisms for the Galt Wastewater Treatment Plant, Cambridge.
.$516,410 to Joe Pace and Sons Ltd. for bathroom renovations at Waterloo Region housing sites at Greenfield Ave. Kitchener and Wyatt St. Elmira.
.$485,000 to AECOM as an amendment to an existing Consulting Services Agreement for administration and site inspection services required for the Waterloo Wastewater Treatment Plant.
.$381,786.32 to Semple Gooder Roofing Corporation for flat roof replacement at Greenfield Avenue, Kitchener.
.A $169,410.65 increase to Selectra Contracting Inc. for Wastewater Treatment Gas Detection System Upgrades for a total contract price of $479,501.13.
.$159,825.00 to Intelex Technologies Inc. for a Safety Management Information System.
.$153,942.32 to UNISORB Canada Ltd. for the Bisolids Dewatering Facility odour control system located at the Galt Wastewater Treatment Plant in the City of Cambridge.
.$151,588.37 to Amato & Son Aluminium & Glass for kitchen renovations at High St. Waterloo and Windom Rd. Kitchener, both Waterloo Region Housing sites.
Next Council Meeting:
September 17, 2014
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Bryan Stortz, Director, Corporate Communications, 519-575-4408
Or the Regional Clerk's Office, 519-575-4420
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