Out of the Cold update
After the recent closure of several Out of the Cold (OOTC) shelters, the Region is coordinating with housing stability service providers (e.g., Emergency Shelters, Street Outreach, STEP Home), other service providers (e.g., mental health, addiction, hospital, police), and OOTC volunteers to look at short and longer term options to meet the needs of OOTC guests. There are six Region-funded emergency shelters that work together and have the ability to expand their capacity through coordination, referral, and the use of motel overflow. Current capacity within the emergency shelter system is flexible and can accommodate all OOTC guests who choose to go there. However, not everyone will choose to access emergency shelters. Some short-term responses being planned include: expanded emergency shelter, extended drop-in hours, and additional street outreach and STEP Home supports. Negotiations are currently underway with the YWCA to create and operate up to 50 beds in an open space shelter that would mirror the Out of the Cold sites.
Region Council approves Agreement Amendment with Infrastructure Ontario
Regional Council approved amending its original Memorandum of Understanding with Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (IO). Due to less than anticipated costs, the revisions to the agreement will result in a decrease of $846,008. Resulting in a total upset limit reduction to $3,008,536 from $3,854,544.
Public art selected
Council approved the selection of public art that will be displayed at the former County Courthouse at 20 Weber Street in Kitchener. Artist Ernest Daetwyler will create a work entitled Past|Present|future. The artwork, which will be a series of seven spheres of different materials relating to evolution and the passage of time, was selected by a five person jury after a nation-wide call for projects.
Regions four year progress report
Council reviewed the results of the Region's 2011-2014 Strategic Plan recognizing significant accomplishments have been made. Over the past four years, the Region has achieved: greenhouse gas reductions; waste reduction and water efficiency; the Brownfields incentive program; construction of Light Rail Transit (LRT); Grand River Transit improvements; more affordable housing units; harm reduction programs; and; Emergency Medical Services (EMS) improvements. During this time the Region saved more than $10 million in base budget reductions. Two additional actions were added to the Strategic Plan by Council in 2012 involving economic development and improved train service between the Region and Toronto.
The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:
- $874,161 to Demers Ambulances for the purchase of six ambulances.
- $401,936 to CIMA Canada Inc. of Vaughan to provide consulting engineering services for undertaking the Preliminary Design for Upgrades at the Galt Wastewater Treatment plant.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
at 7 p.m.