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Council Info

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.

August 17, 2016


Traffic by-law changes to accommodate three new roundabouts in west Waterloo

To support growing development in the area, the Region is in the process of installing a new roundabout on Ira Needles Boulevard at Thorndale Drive and two on Erb Street immediately opposite the Region of Waterloo's Waste Management Centre. In order to facilitate these intersection improvements Council has approved amendments to the Traffic and Parking By-laws and to allow the implementation of Level 2 Pedestrian Crossovers. This new traffic-control device consists of signs and pavement markings and when used, provides pedestrians the right-of-way to cross roadways. 

Transit service to Family and Children's Services

Regional Council approved new transit service to serve areas along Hanson Avenue, Lennox Lewis Way and Fallowfield Drive in Kitchener. This new service will bring transit to the area around Family and Children's Services and the Family Centre facilities on Hanson Avenue in Kitchener. The new service, Route 78 Hanson, will be operated as a part of the contracted GRT busPLUS service using smaller vehicles. The service will begin on September 6, 2016 and will operate Monday to Friday, 12 hours a day on a 30 minute frequency.


Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades ahead of schedule

Council approved an increase in the 2016 capital budget (with no increase to total project costs) for the Kitchener Wastewater Treatment Plant process upgrades as construction of the project is proceeding well ahead of schedule.


Council endorses funding for rare Charitable Research Reserve

Council agreed in principle to provide financial assistance to the rare Charitable Research Reserve over a five year trial period - subject to Budget approval. The money would fund activities complementing Regional environmental and stewardship initiatives like: research related to monitoring and conservation of the Greenlands Network; stewardship of its own properties; and support for the work of multi-property conservation land trust.

Affordable housing for survivors of domestic violence

The Region of Waterloo will participate in a pilot program to grant fast affordable housing access to survivors of domestic violence. The provincial program aims to make it easier for survivors of domestic violence to leave an abusive situation without having to stay in shelters or other unstable housing situations. The Region will receive funding of $71,775 in 2016/17 and $76,774 in 2017/18 for this program and will be required to collect data in order to evaluate the program.

Extended day programs at local schools  

Council approved an amendment to agreements with local school boards (WRDSB and WCDSB) for the provision of before and after school programs for children aged 4 - 12. The programs are administered by the local school boards directly or through third party agreements. The Region purchases child care space on behalf of subsidy eligible families in before and after school programs. Council also approved the amendment of agreements with Conestoga College, YMCA and YWCA in order to offer youth development programs for children aged 8 - 12.

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding

Council approved the allocation of additional funding for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). Increased federal funding for 2016/17/18 will be used to support Housing First activities, including STEP Home programs and staffing for the Kitchener Waterloo Urban Native Wigwam Project. Federal funding will also be used to increase staffing by a 0.3 full-time equivalent.

Region endorses Promoting Affordable Housing Act

The Region will endorse the provincial Promoting Affordable Housing Act (Bill 204). This act addresses affordable housing issues and provides legislation that will allow municipalities to require affordable housing units to be provided in new development projects (referred to as inclusionary zoning.) The Region will give the province feedback on Bill 204, including a request to consider the resource and cost implications of an inclusionary zoning program for municipalities.

Funding for affordable housing

Council approved the Region's plan for Social Infrastructure Funding (SIF) from the federal and provincial governments. SIF funding is meant to improve the quality of existing affordable housing and create new affordable housing while stimulating economic growth. The Region will receive about $16.3 million over two years.

Review of affordable public transit programs

The Region will soon launch a pilot study of low income transit programs. The pilot will provide discounted bus tickets and passes to people on a low income waitlist in order to study the personal, social and economic impacts. This data will be used to guide decisions around transit fares for people with low income while maintaining current service levels.

Daycare purchase of service

The Region will enter into an agreement with Elite Day Care in Cambridge to purchase child care space on behalf of subsidy eligible families. The Region currently has service agreements with 131 licensed early learning and child care programs.

Council encourages collaboration in Waterloo Region tourism industry

Council agreed that the Waterloo Region Tourism and Marketing Corporation and local tourism operators should develop a 'Destination Marketing Program' for the region in order to achieve a more sustainable and financially robust tourism program.

 

Tenders/Contracts:

The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:

  • $3,367,634 plus applicable taxes to Bestco Construction Ltd. for the Ayr Sanitary Sewage Pumping Station.
  • $2,792,000 plus applicable taxes to Joe Pace & Sons Contracting Inc. for Waterloo Regional Housing - bathroom and domestic water distribution replacements.
  • $973,054 to Finnbilt General Contracting Ltd. for a purge well system at the Cambridge Waste Management facility.
  • $869,200 plus applicable taxes to Velocity Mechanical Inc. for Lab and Operations Centre BAS/HVAC upgrades.
  • $777,950 to Bestco Construction Ltd. for decommissioning of reservoirs at the William Street Pumping Station.
  • $448,700 plus applicable taxes to Steed and Evans Limited for Waterloo Regional Housing (Albert Street) water servicing upgrades.
  • $360,000 to Scheidt & Bachmann Canada to implement a hosted and managed services solution for the Region's Electronic Fare Management System for a three-year period commencing in August, 2016 wit an option for two additional one-year periods.
  • $350,000 to Becker Bros. Trucking Inc. for the annual estimated amount for towing services for Grand River Transit.
  • $3,268,400 plus applicable taxes to Ross & Anglin Ontario Ltd. for Phase 3 HVAC upgrades to 150 Main Street, Cambridge.
  • $177,800 plus applicable taxes to Ross & Anglin Ontario Ltd. for Sunnyside Home interior renovations.
  • $106,750 to Guelph Power Sweeping for snowplowing at Kitchener Housing Area A Sections 1 and 3 and $46,375 to Kevin's Outdoor Services for snowplowing at Kitchener Housing Area A section 2. This includes an option to renew for four additional five month terms for a total one term cost of $153,125 plus applicable taxes.

Next Council meeting
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
7 p.m.

For more information, contact:

Bryan Stortz, Director, Corporate Communications, 519-575-4408

Regional Clerk's Office, 519-575-4420


Council Info is also online.

 
For further information, contact: 

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



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